Yippee for Yana: Selective Pencil Coloring

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Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula for Simon! Welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video!

Yippee for Yana: Selective Pencil Coloring

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.

Yippee for Yana: Selective Pencil 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.

Yippee for Yana: Selective Pencil Coloring

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.

Yippee for Yana: Selective Pencil Coloring

Have fun stamping!



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Hero Arts GOLD GLITTER Embossing…
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD…
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EK Success POWDER TOOL Applicator…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps BIG THANKS…
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Simon Says Stamp BIG THANKS Wafer…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps YOU GOT THIS…
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Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
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Spellbinders PLATINUM 6 Die Cutting…
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  1. So beautiful! And only two pencils! Love the look you’ve created with minimal supplies. Will be trying this out for sure….thanks for your amazing inspiration!

  2. Lovely card and great coloring instructions. I don’t have polychromous pencils, but I’m considering putting them on my Christmas wish list.

  3. Gorgeous Yana, a great effect and so simple to do. I love also the card you made before with the Glossy Accent on it, that also a great idea. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Go to Simon Says.com enter Ranger Anti Static Pouch, under product information it will give you a description of what it does.

  4. Thank you for breaking down your technique with Polychromos for us beginners and giving us tips on how you got started with them. Your card is beautiful and the video makes it seem like I can do this so I’m definitely going to try. I wouldn’t have thought of coloring the cardstock to match for the sentiment, that’s really cool. As always, thank your for the inspiration!

  5. Your card is so elegant looking! I love how you showed how one can make a statement card with minimal supplies. Plus the coloring tips were much appreciated!

  6. This card is absolutely awesome. I love the colors and how you chose certain parts to color. Great video. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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