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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Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Yana for being our guest!

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  1. It’s gorgeous Yana, thank you so much for this lovely card with this awesome stamp set. Great idea to put a second flower in the circle, love that you showed how you did that and that the circle lines in the flower didn’t bother you at all.

  2. Always enjoy watching your technique and try to apply the tips to my own coloring. I have prisma pencils and do like them. However when it comes to replacing them I think I will try a set of the Polychromos. You and several others I watch like them. As always, nicely done.

  3. What a beautiful card! Thanks for the explanation about burnishing and tooth – I had no idea colouring was so technical!

  4. What a gorgeous card Yana–I’m going to have to try stamping and coloring on some toned paper, I believe I have the toned tan, it would be fun to try.

  5. What a beautiful card! I love coloring on colored card stock too and if it’s not watercolors that I’m using, it will be colored pencils. I think they are so versatile. Thanks for a great video.

  6. Thank you Yana for the inspiration of another beautiful card. Your tips for using colored cardstock and instructions on soft touch and burnishing with the pencils will be extremely helpful in my attempt to start trying to use pencils.

  7. Love watching you coloring with your pencils, I always learn something!! Slowing down the video to show us the motions was such a great help! I don’t do circles and I can never get mine to turn out like yours, so now I’ll try the circles and see what happens now :) Thanks so much for the great tip!! Love the card, it’s beautiful and no one would have known you put the second flower on top, LOL!! Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips and tricks along the way!!

  8. Beautiful colouring, Yana! Love your gorgeous card! Congrats to the candy winners, especially happy to see my friend Gail’s name! Yay!

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