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Blending Colored Pencil: Christmas Spirit

I was sent this little set called Christmas Spirit to use for my card, and I’m pretty well 100% certain it would have lept into my cart if it wasn’t already in my happy little mailbox, courtesy of Mama Elephant! I may be bringing up the rear in this three-day bloghop/stampede – but I hope it was worth the wait to get to my card!

Blending Prismacolor Pencils

This video topic has been a long time coming! Primarily because of the sharpener issues discussed in the video – thankfully now resolved. Yay! So I’m sharing my technique for getting a softly blended look without the use of blending mediums like gamsol or baby oil. If I can take my time and do this well, I like the look of it so much better than using the liquid blending mediums. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

The masking on this card was CRAZY since I wanted to use every stamp in the set (sentiment is inside), and I gave up on shooting video of the masking process. It’s not for the faint of heart! It involved tons of this masking tape and a good pair of scissors for a ton of fussycutting.

Once I got it stamped, I fortunately thought to scan it so I could print my own and make more cards with it. (I’ll color this in Copics on Periscope today!) PLEASE be aware that doing this and passing files on to anyone else is illegal. You can scan and print for your own self only. But if you do crazy masking like this? You’ll want to make at least a couple more!

Sandy Allnock Blending Prismacolor Pencil

A sharp pencil, as you saw in the video, is crucial to getting this to work well! Invest in a good sharpener, it makes a difference. Colors used:

  • skin 1092 942 1009
  • greens 907 909
  • reds 923 925
  • browns 941 947
  • golds 1003  942 118
  • greys 1056 935

Let’s color this image LIVE!

If you’re new to my blog – you might not know that I’m hooked on Periscope! This afternoon at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern, I’ll be coloring this same Mama Elephant image LIVE – in Copic markers this time! Take yourself a half hour break from whatever you’re up to and join me. You can download the app for free on the web (itunes or google play) – or you can just pop over HERE to watch on the web! (You can’t chat or tap hearts on the web, but you can still watch!)

Sale & giveaway!

Heck yeah! There will be a 10% discount code on the Mama Elephant site, active for the 3 day blog hop…coupon code HAPPYTHREE!  Purchases over $100 will receive the MINI MESSAGES stamp set free, and purchases over $150 will receive the MINI MESSAGES stamp set and MINI TAGS die set free.

And what’s a party without presents? Mama Elephant is giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the Stampede for a grand total of 9 winners!!! Holy guacamole, batman! Winners will be chosen and announced Monday, October 19th on the ME blog.

Where to go next:

If you’ve come from Joy’s blog and hopped along, you’re at the end of the hop. And if you haven’t hopped at all, well get busy over at the Mama Elephant blog to see all the creativity!


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item.  Affiliate links are used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

125 thoughts on “Blending Colored Pencil: Christmas Spirit

  1. love the effort you put into heavy masking and blending color with pencil? wow. can you please check your linm to the masking tape because both links point to the EH scissors. thank you.

  2. My goshness!! You never ever disappoint! I’m just in awe! Now… heading off to watch the video!

  3. So cute.

  4. I love how you colored this one! This is the way I would do it if I had these stamps. I color all the time! I have tons of colored pencils, some I have had since the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, crayons, water colors and markers and I just got myself some copics when they were on sale. I love stamps that I can color and I love colored stamp pads for when I can’t color. This reminds me that I have to get started on my Christmas cards! I hope someone sends me a card like this.

  5. I love watching all your videos. You are without a doubt extremely talented Thanks Sandy for sharing

  6. Cute little elves making up your tree!

  7. Love this cute tree of elves! So fun!

  8. Thanks for the tutorial. A fabulous card and technique.

  9. Thank you for the wonderful video tutorial…so helpful!

  10. Awesome video!! I love using my pencils and your video is amazing! Great Card!

  11. Such a cute card Sandy. Your coloring is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Sandy, your elf and penguin tree is just amazing! I don’t do lots of masking, but I love your tip about scanning and printing (your own) images.

  13. Wow..great job with your masking! Cute card!

  14. What a darling elf stack!

  15. I love your coloring technique…and your card is adorable!

  16. How adorable! I cannot believe how perfect your coloring turns out every single time!!! I love how you positioned these elves!

  17. This is SO sweet, love the adorable elves!

  18. i like ME on facebook!

  19. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques

  20. Very cute card and gorgeous coloring!!!

  21. You are just too talented for words. I am speechless!! ♥♥♥

  22. Adorable card! Loved the video! Prismacolor pencils are my go to coloring medium, so I found your video very helpful!

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