Saturday, February 11, 2017

Violets + Colored Pencil technique

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this 2nd Saturday in February.
We came through our first big snow of the season. And, this weekend our temperatures are on the rise. It's been such a crazy winter. Well, actually no winter really at all. It's not been really cold here and we have hardly had any snow. Crazy winter weather for sure!
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly post on the CottageCutz blog. Today for your viewing pleasure I am featuring one of the new Birthday Flowers sets. This one is the Violets Flower - February.  Not only is it a stamp but it has a matching die. So let's get started on how I created my card.

Wisteria Wonder Card Base: 5 1/8" x 4"
Wide Rectangle Frame: 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Kraft Image Panel: 4 5/8" x 3 5/8"

For this week's card, I wanted to use Prismacolor pencils to color my image on Kraft cardstock. I  stamped the Violet's image with Stampin'-Up white pigment ink. I set it aside to dry for a few hours or you could speed up the process with your heat tool.
For my next step I gathered up the Prismacolor pencils I wanted to use. I chose 2 different shades of purple pencils (PC932 & PC1008) for the flowers and 2 shades of green pencils (PC109 & PC989) for the leaves and stems. On the centers I used a yellow (PC916) and an orange pencil (PC1002).

What I like about this technique is that after you color the image the white pigment ink is still there and gives your image that little pop. I used the lighter purple pencil to color the flower and then the darker to add shading. The darker pencils give it depth and define the flower. I did the same with the leaves.
It really produces a soft look by stamping on the kraft cardstock and then using the colored pencils. You definitely should give this technique a try.

 Once the image was colored, I decided to cut a rectangle frame in white cardstock and use the new Calendar Months die to cut out February. I thought this would be a nice card to send to someone special to let them know you are thinking about them. Come February we are getting tired of winter and a handmade card always brightens someone's spirits.
The final step before assembling my card was to step the sentiment. I like to use my MISTI tool with clear stamps in case you don't get a good image the first time. With this tool you just re-ink your stamp and try again.  I used a chocolate ink for my sentiment because the card look is so soft. I thought black was a bit too stark.

To assemble the card, I used double sided tape to secure the layers together and Ranger multi-matte medium to secure the February die cut at the top of the card. 
Well, that's it for me for today. I hope I have inspired you to pull out your colored pencils and give this technique a try. Time for me to get busy with my day. I have my granddaughter's valentine card to make and get in the mail.
So until next time.........God bless!!!
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Colour Crazy Challenge is anything goes.
3.   Jo's Scrap Shack has an anything goes challenge.


  1. This is so gorgeous!!! Love the look of colored pencils on kraft and I love how you have framed these sweet little flowers. And the font on the "February" die cut is fabulous! Thanks for playing with Jo's Scrap Shack.

  2. This is so gorgeous, thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends, xxx

  3. Hello…. You have made a beautiful card…. Thanks for entering it into our 'Anything Goes' challenge. Good luck in the draw and we would love you to join us again for our next challenge.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]



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