I am going to color it using my Inktense pencils and then I am going to add some subtle dimension to this card using embossing paste and doing my very own embossing on the stamped image. Check it out:
I have a few tutorials on how to use your Inktense pencils which you can find here, here, and the entire YouTube playlist here. The one thing that I’ve learned is that I usually get the best results when I color in layers, so that’s what I did to create those rich shadows on the tree to give it a very dimensional look. By working in layers you can also ensure that you have enough space for your highlights, which is important to make sure that it looks realistically. If that’s not the look you’re going for, then don’t worry. It’s just something that I like very much.
While you don’t need fancy brushes to work with intense pencils, I would recommend getting brushes in various sizes. For an image like this, a small brush like a #0, #1, or #2 (those are the sizes) are best suited. They allow you to get into all those nooks and crannies and not color over any other details. You don’t need the most expensive brushes, but having them in different sizes will really help you out. As you can see in the video, I am switching to a much wider brush when I work on the background.
As for the subtle dimension: embossing paste is always a great choice, especially for seasonal Christmas cards. Embossing paste adds virtually no bulk and no weight. Additionally, I flipped my card stock around and on the back of the tree used a tool with a round nib to gently but consistently just to against the card stock. That made the baubles on the colored side of the card stock pop out a little bit. You should check that first before doing that on a finished project! You will need heavy card stock for this, otherwise you will punch through. Make sure to have a squishy surface on the other side that gives.
I hope you got inspired and you enjoyed the project. Let me know what you think and have a fantastic day!