I recently attended the CHAPaper + Arts expo in Shaumberg Illinois just over a week ago as part of the Scrapbooks By Design team. It was a great experience and I got to see a LOT of sneak peaks from brands like Sizzix, Penny Black and Echo Park!
At the expo I had an opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by the Graphic 45 team to create a mixed media album using the Guilded Lily collection. The workshop kit included everything I needed to make the gorgeous album, and it was surprisingly easy to make too! As my reader know, I tend to lean towards the ‘cuter’ side of things, with Lawn Fawn etc, so I didn’t think I was capable of making something so lovely. The Graphic 45 design team created a beautiful project, which I created as a Scrapbooks By Design design team member.
I wanted to make my mom an ‘non traditional’ Mother’s day card this year. Something that did not have flowers and the standard Mother’s day imagery on it.
This is what I came up with:
Banner Greetings Penny Black Mother’s Day card
This is the supplies I used:
Paper: Stampin Up – crumb cake (base), very vanilla (mat) Stamps: Stampin Up: Banner Greetings in 2013-2014 In Colors, Hedgehogs – Penny Black, Cirlces / bubbles from Simon Says Stamp Exclusive set of stamps (designed by Kristina Werner!) “Best Mom Ever”
As always, your comments & feedback are always welcome!
So I have been on a crazy coloring binge since I have discovered the blending technique using colored pencils & baby oil from my post here.
I fell in love with the critter stamps from Penny Black – the hedgehog, kitties, mice and critters are just about the cutest things EVER and are versatile enough to use for any age & occasion card! I have found that Simon Says Stamp is the best place to get them online (other than Ebay) – great prices and even BETTER shipping! Being Canadian I really appreciate when sellers can offer reasonable rates.
Ok – enough of the hype, here is my latest creation.
I used only colored pencils & baby oil to color it. I love that it looks like a cross between watercolor pencils & Copic (or alcohol markers). Best of both worlds I think! My boyfriend (yep, he’s *that* awesome) came up with the idea to fussy cut the balloons them pop them up with pop dots.
The inside has a white matte to cover the ribbon, and I used the “Celebrate” sling mount from the Outlined Occasions set from Stampin Up’s 2011 Sale-A-Bration.
Penny Black stamp colored & blended with Crayola Pencil Crayons
My foray into coloring with my new Prismacolor markers wasn’t NEARLY as successful – the set of 48 I got did not have enough shades of one color to allow for a proper gradient blend.
Here is the video that madame Wong posted showing a tutorial on how to blend your pencil crayon coloring:
Here are a few additional tips to coloring & blending your pencil crayon coloring:
If you want to show texture (like fur in my example), then be careful not to over blend
Use only a pinpoint amount of baby oil – the more oil you have on your tip, the more it will blend your work. go over your colors a few times instead. Better to have not enough, than too much blending. And yes, you can blend too much. Too much blending = smeary, smudgy looking work
The better quality pencils you use, the richer your colored image will turn out.
I used Whisper White card stock from Stampin Up, but plain old card stock from Michaels also worked when I tested it.
Materials for my card:
STAMP: Penny Black (clear mount) “It’s Your Day”INK: Black Memento Archival Ink COLOR: Crayola Pencil Crayons BLENDING: Household standard type Baby Oil & Marker / Pen Nib refills (see video for other types of blenders you can use)
PAPER: Recollections (I don’t know the colors)
EMBOSSING FOLDER: Cuttlebug Spots & Dots
After some requests, here is a picture of the blenders that I use. I am Canadian & got these at my local Michaels. (I looked for the tool that was used in the video but I couldn’t find it.)