Hello crafters! Today I have another video for you featuring the new Snowflake Grove collection from Purple Onion Designs.
I am starting out with the beautiful new Birch House, which I turned into a simple and clean christmas card. I also show you how I use blending solution to create a background with colored pencils, since quite a few of you had emailed me about this.
I personally like to use heavy watercolor paper when I work with my colored pencils. The rough surface allows the pigment to hold on and for many layers and the paper holds up well when you burnish (press hard down a lot). My preferred paper is Torchon by Hahnemühle, which I get from my local art store. You could also try Tim Holtz Distress Paper.
When working on a background and blending, I found it very useful to lay down a few layers of color to have great saturation and have something to blend with (no color = no blending). Just make sure you are not pressing down too hard when laying down the color. You don’t want to burnish at this point, you just want multiple layers of color that you can work with later. For blending, find a paper stump and a blending solution, then blend away until you like the result. You can also add more color after you blended and then blend out again!
For my card, I enhanced the scenery a bit with Wink of Stella and with my Stardust and white gel pens. It’s the details, and they can make a remarkable difference in your cards. As you can see, the other details are the stitching from the frame dies which shows up perfectly on heavy paper, and the twine I tied around the front panel.
Thank you for stopping by today, your comments brighten my day!