The month of September is filled with awesome news for me and today I have not only the honor but also the pleasure to announce I’m joining another Design Team I have been dreaming about for quite some time now: Purple Onion Designs.
I actually went back on my blog to find out when I started falling in love with them, and it turns out that my crafty friend Sonja Kerkhoffs is single-handedly responsible for that. She crafted with some of the gorgeous stamps, I ordered from POD and the service and experience was excellent: super fast shipping to Europe, reasonable shipping prices – and the love story began.
Today, I want to delight you with a card combining two different stamps and my passion for colored pencils: the Cups of Joy are normally a christmas stamp, but I masked off the holly to pretend it’s not. And Birch, the Winter Bunny, can also be used year round.
I apologize for the abysmal video quality 🙁 I actually returned my camcorder after seeing this footage and I’m back to using my trusty OMD EM5 photo camera. Sorry!
Through some masking, I was able to create the effect of the bunny almost jumping out of the cups. As always, when using my rubber stamps, I like to use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to make sure the placement is correct on the card. As many of you have let me know in video comments, the Misti tool can also be used with rubber stamps, so there you go! You might already have a tool you can use.
One of the most important aspects to coloring with colored pencils, like my Polychromos here, is the type of paper you are using. Paper which is very smooth will not hold as much pigment, and therefore you cannot work in many layers. Paper which has some texture, like the Torchon watercolor paper I’m using today, can hold a lot of pigment because the surface is larger (all those bumps and hills in watercolor paper increase the surface area).
And, as I’ve pointed out in my coloring tutorial recently, working in layers does magic for the results you’ll get. Yes, you can apply only one or two layers and then use Gamsol, Baby Oil, or Zest It! to blend the colors out. That’s completely fine and there’s no reason not to do that. I personally went for pencil-only blending and here it’s even more important to start with a light hand, build up your color, and then intensify it layer after layer.
I’ve also been asked if I prefer the Polychromos to the Prismacolor. I started out with the Prismacolor (cheaper) and didn’t experience the quality issues many others have complained about. My problems were two fold: the pencils were used up very quickly, and because they are wax based, coloring over printed or stamped lines muted those outlines into oblivion and the wax buildup gave my images an unpleasant shine. For those two reasons I switched to Polychromos, which are a bit harder to blend than Prismacolor. Either one of the them is fine for this technique, and you can absolutely mix the two brands, no problem at all.
Here’s a list of the colors I used (all Polychromos):
- Bottom cup: 188, 115, 111, 109
- Checkered cup: 184
- Dotted cup:264, 168, 171
- Top cup: 158,153,156,154
- Bunny fur: 274,232,230 and ears: 132, 189
- Hat: same as corresponding cups
To finish up the project, I added a few sequins by Pretty Pink Posh. I originally had wanted to use sequins representing all the colors I had used on this card, but as it turns out, it got overwhelmingly colorful so I settled for the elegant Marshmallow and the subtle Sand color.
If you want to learn more about coloring with colored pencils, and maybe take a class, check out my previous post on online coloring classes, which has a coupon code at the end!
Thanks for stopping by today – I’ll have more projects with POD products coming up soon! If you don’t want to miss out on more tutorials, subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel – I promise I’ll make it worth you time 🙂
Oh, and I’m also submitting this card to the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp “No Designer Paper” and The Card Concept #40 “Forest Friends” where I was inspired by the inspiration photo and the project by Laura Jane where she also used Purple Onion Designs stamps.