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.
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.
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!
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