It’s another Friday and that means another video post for The Alley Way Stamps!
Today I wanted to try something unusual: I love my white card bases, but in order to make colors pop out from the card, I decided to go with a kraft base today. That’s the greatest thing about colored pencils like Prismacolor or Polychromos: they show up incredibly well against the darker surface. Let me show you in the video how I colored these cute critters from the “Oogles” stamp set.
As you can see, I intentionally embossed the outlines of the critters with white embossing powder. I tried doing the card with white pigment ink, but I kept coloring on top of it and then the white outline would become too muted to give a great contrast.
When using colored pencils, always work in layers. You need to build up the color, not press down hard on the very first pass. By working in layers you will be able to blend the colors very nicely. Granted, it takes a little bit more patience than working with Copics or maybe watercolor, but I feel the result is absolutely worth it.
You could stop right there, but I feel that, for added interest, a few little dots around your main focal image can go a long way in making the card more lively.
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I’m also sending this card off to Time Out Challenges, which have a muse this week and I was inspired by the kraft card and funny cactus.