Hi crafters! Today kicks off the HUGE sale at Purple Onion Designs. From today until Dec 7, you can get am amazing 25% off of all the stamps in the store, so if you have been waiting to stock up on some of the most wonderful, whimsical images to color, now is your chance! To celebrate and give you lots of inspiration, I’m presenting you with a brand new card, featuring both an old and a new stamp. I’m currently enjoying coloring on kraft, which takes the better part of forever, but the results are so satisfying I just can’t help myself 🙂
I know that you guys are looking forward to videos, but I’m too busy to do that much for the remainder of this year or early next year. I have some video tutorials saved up for you, but for the time being, I’ll treat you to many more close up shots instead 🙂
I stared out by stamping the smaller snowman, masking him off with some post it tape, and then stamping the large snowman. It was by accident that his hat gets cut off by the edge of the card, but after I looked at it for a while, I found that I don’t mind much. Now, I colored this with my Polychromos pencils, and the white Caran d’ache Luminance pencil, which goes on very smooth and doesn’t build up any wax because it’s oil based. Because I get the question a lot, in this blog post I talk about why I prefer the Polys over Prismas. It’s a personal preference; use whatever you have at hand, don’t feel like you have to buy what I’m using. Maybe the pencils you have will work great for you, so just give them a whirl.
As always, the trick is work in layers, layers, and more layers and with a very light hand in the beginning. The bodies of the snowmen took roughly four layers of white, with some blue for shadows thrown in layers 2 and 3. If you apply too much pressure too early, you’ll flatten the paper and it won’t be able to hold the pigment from the pencils. This coloring here took me about five hours, so you better not be in a hurry.
Also, don’t be afraid to go dark. I have a lot of people write me and say that they feel their own coloring somehow lacks the “wow” or “pop” effect. When I check out their blogs and IG accounts, I often see very soft colorations, with very little contrast. Now, don’t get me wrong: this is entirely up to personal taste, and it’s totally ok to not do dark shadows if that’s not your thing. This is artistic license, and you should so whatever you like. But I challenge you to grab an image, and just go dark, dark, dark in some shadow areas, around the edges. Go darker than you usually would, and see if you like it. It doesn’t have to be a card that you send to anyone—just try something different from what you usually do. Only way to learn and to challenge yourself 🙂
Lastly, don’t forget to add some details—I did it with my Sharpie white marker, and added some snowflakes in the background (notice how I varied the size to make sure it appears random and not uniform) as well as a highlight on the heart.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired! Don’t forget about the SALE at Purple Onion Designs where you can now stock up on great rubber stamps to stuff your christmas stockings with 🙂