Today I’m sharing a card and a technique that is my favorite when it comes to background stamps and colored pencils. Over the last few months I’ve several videos showing how to color using Polychromos pencils from Faber Castell, however, if you are a beginner in card making or coloring those might have seemed a bit intimidating. For today’s video, I decided to go back to basics and do a simple selective background coloring.
I picked the Center Cut Kaleidoscope background stamp for my project, you can also use other background stamps. It’s best to use a stamp that has a bit of a pattern to it, something not totally random. I started to work on my card by covering a piece of black cardstock with anti-static powder. This is an important step in heat embossing and something that shouldn’t be skipped if
you aim for a clean heat embossed look.
Next, I stamped my image Versamark ink and covered with new Hero Arts Gold Glitter embossing powder. I’ve been wanting to try this product and I absolutely loved it – this might be my new favorite gold embossing powder ever. By the way, Hero Arts also has the same glitter embossing powder in Silver.
I used just 2 pencils to color today. Both are Polychromos from Faber Castell – #163 Emerald Green and #264 Dark Phthalo Green. Both of these come in the 36 pencil set. Coloring a background like this on black paper is a good place to start with colored pencils if you’ve never used them before. Why? Because this black paper is forgiving and it doesn’t take as much time or as much hand pressure to have nice colored surface. This pretty much is how I started using and getting to know my pencils – I colored on black paper. From there I slowly moved onto other colors of paper such as kraft and gray.
When you color the background like this it’s up to you to decide which section you want to color and which you’d like to keep as is. You can even color all of it if you like, I love to do just simple selective coloring and have a lot of black in the background for the contrast.
To create a sentiment I heat embossed Thanks from the Big Thanks Words stamp set onto black paper using same Gold Glitter embossing powder. To have even more sparkle I’m actually double heat embossed it. I cut Thanks out using a coordinating die and also die-cut a fun foam layer out of black adhesive foam to pop this element up a bit. I also wanted to add another skinny strip with another message. I used my pencil to color a piece of black paper in the same color as the coloring on the background and heat embossed my sentiment over it in Antique Gold embossing powder. I used “Never Change Who You Are” sentiment from the You Got This stamp set.
Have fun stamping!
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