Yippee for Yana: Pencil Coloring on Smoke Gray Cardstock

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to the latest edition of Yippee for Yana with the super talented Yana Smakula! Be sure to watch the video for the full tutorial and enjoy!

Yippee for Yana
Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula for Simon Says Stamp! Today I’m using a stamp set from Simon’s August Card Kit – the Beautiful Mandy’s Flowers set. I thought it would be a good idea to create a simple pencil colored card using one of the images from this set.

Yippee for Yana: Pencil Coloring on Smoke Gray Cardstock
I started to work on my card by stamping image in Simon’s Fog ink onto a piece of Smoke Gray cardstock. When it comes to colored pencils I always think it’s a good idea to color on non-white paper (as I can always use my Copic markers to color on white).

To color this image I used Polychromos pencils from Faber Castell. I used the following pencils:
● #167 Permanent Green Olive, #166 Green Yellowish, #170 May Green;
● #274 Warm Grey V, #270 Warm Grey I, #101 White
● #109 Dark Chrome Yellow, #108 Dark Cadmium Yellow, #107 Cadmium Yellow

When I color with pencils I use the pencils themselves to blend the colors, I burnish with my pencils. I start with a light hand and as I get to the final layer of color I apply heavy pressure to burnish my coloring. The burnishing action smoothes out the tooth of the paper and prevents it from accepting more pigment or more color on top. So that’s why you don’t want to use a heavy hand right away when you just begin your coloring or you’ll flatten all of that tooth that the paper has and you will not be able to apply more color.

Once my initial flower was colored I created a mask and stamped another flower along with a few leaves to build up my image and colored it in the same way as before.

Yippee for Yana: Pencil Coloring on Smoke Gray Cardstock

After my coloring was done I stamped sentiment that reads “Thank You For Your Love” in Smoke ink. I also added a few more stamped images – a little heart, a little branch and a few clusters of tiny dots (and again, colored those with colored pencils). To color the circle frame I used my white pencil along with a light and a dark gray to create shadows from the florals.

I also hand drew a few additional branches here and there to fill this image in. I could have stamped those, but I didn’t want the top flower looking exactly like the bottom one. I stamped “For Your Love” sentiment part in smoke ink onto white paper, I cut it into a little strip and foam mounted onto the card. I also added a few little enamel hearts that came in my August kit and adhered this panel onto an A2 white card base.

Have fun stamping!

Yippee for Yana: Pencil Coloring on Smoke Gray Cardstock



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    1. This card is very pretty. I love your coloring. This set had so many beautiful stamps, it’s hard to pick one to do!! You always do such an outstanding job!! Love it!

  1. Beautiful flowers.
    I have to try coloring on
    paper other than white – the
    effect is gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing

  2. I have never used grey as a background but LOVE the effect. Thanks for sharing. I love to learn new things.

  3. Beautiful card Yana! I love those colors together! And thank you for all the tips about colored pencils! TFS

  4. This stamp looks gorgeous colored with pencil! I love the idea of coloring on a colored base and also really appreciate the tip about waiting to apply heavy pressure until the end. I never knew this! Beautiful card.

  5. Yana – I always like to see what you are up to so I can Say Yippee for Yana – love that – the coloring is fabulous [as for me – I need practice] Thank you for sharing your art. And Happy Dance to me as a winner for making a comment on Shari C blog – Yeah oh Yeah – Happy Dance to all winners – I have emailed Reed with my address and thank you. So Excited to be a winner – thanks Simon Says! Have a fab day!

  6. Lovely card, Yana! I really like the second flower and the enamel hearts. Your coloring is fabulous!

    Thanks for the coloring tips!

  7. The card is beautiful! Someone the other day asked why they make white pencils when you can’t see it! Now I have an answer and I will try other colored paper.

  8. This is gorgeous on the grey card stock and since I seem to have accumulated a stash of grey card stock, I’ll give this idea a try. I love to color with colored pencils and though the process is time consuming It’s worth it.

  9. What a lovely card. Pencil coloring show up so well on this cardstock. Thanks for sharing the lovely card and video.

  10. I love that gorgeous image, and Yana’s pencil coloring is beautiful. I watch and listen intently every time she posts a colored pencil project — today I learned how nice it looks on gray!

  11. I haven’t tried coloring with pencils yet, but you sure inspire me to try. I love your card and this kit!

  12. Lovely card! I don’t often see this use of grey colors, and I think you did an excellent job! The variations on the flowers was a nice touch, and the use of smoke ink throughout really makes the flowers pop!

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