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Storybook Coloring: Woodland Critters in colored pencil

 

Storybook Coloring: Woodland Critters in colored pencil

Some call this “no line” coloring – basically it’s a way to lessen the effect of stamped lines so it looks more like an illustration than a colored stamped image….and I find it forgiving. Repairing stamping that didn’t go so well is easier with this technique than straight-up stamping – which I’ve said a lot that I am not very good at. See how the no-line technique helped fix booboos in the video! Watch it below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may 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.

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Magical Monday: Golf Cart Card

Male and female golfers will love this stamp set – Par-Tee Golfers….I decided to color the dude in the cart, and show you how I get a nice soft blend. But due to laryngitis at the time – you get Magical Monday, with a text explanation of tips below!

Magical Monday: Golf Cart Card

This card reminds me of my Dad. He passed years ago, but oh man, was he a golfer. And a punster! I cut apart the sentiment stamp (gasp, I know, I know!) so I could put the second half of the sentiment on the inside of the card. Also – I shortened the flag pole by stamping the bottom and masking the top part, then moving it and lining up the pole, masking off the bottom. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Colored pencil tips:

  • To create the soft blends into white, use a kneaded eraser to soften it – works like a charm!
  • Keep your pencils really sharp – love my Quietsharp electric sharpener.
  • Use light pressure so you can keep adding layers without a waxy buildup.

Inside of the card I used the second half of the sentiment, along with the teed-up golf ball stamp in the set.

A silly dad story

A while after my dad moved out on his own – to Myrtle Beach so he could golf all the time! – he called me and was hemming and hawing a bit. It took a while to get to the point….which was to ask me if it’s okay for a man to wear pink. I told him I thought it’d be ok, did he buy a shirt that someone teased him about? Not exactly. He washed some red socks along with his white shirts…….I suggested he take those to Goodwill and treat himself to some new shirts – but keep the pink undies. LOL! Miss him….

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may 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.

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Llovely Day in Machu Picchu

 

Llovely Day in Machu Picchu

I recently had a studio challenge…things have gotten so out of control (ie messy) that I couldn’t find my 2nd case of colored pencils – all the browns and greys. Instead, I decided to try my Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, which were NOT hiding from me. And guess what? They work fabulously even without water! Watch the video below or click Check out more on Machu Picchu to see it in HD on YouTube.

Check out more on Machu Picchu. It’s one place I’d like to visit someday!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may 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.

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Rainbow Flight: Plane and Simple

 

Rainbow Flight: Plane and Simple

Lots of stamps are ones that move (in real life)….and creating a movement of color along a repeated-image wave can create that movement visually in a really colorful way! I used prismacolor pencils here but you can use a lot of mediums to try something like this. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on  YouTube.

For the little banner, I stamped it on another piece of paper and hand-cut it out; I added a power tab (aka Extreme Tab) under the left side (under the T) and regular tape runner under the right side, so it looks like it’s lifting “up” off the page.

 

This card was the inspiration for the planes, using DuhNuh. So much fun, these sharks don’t look one BIT dangerous, do they?

Supplies

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Compilation: 9 Fox coloring videos!

I’m out of town on vacation (ok a working vacation, but ya know. Gotta do what you gotta do!) And since my house-and-pet-sitter doesn’t make videos…I kinda needed a plan B.

One of my lovely followers had a genius idea for my vacation posts…to do some fun reprises of old posts you might have missed! Today….I collected the crazy number of videos I’ve done with foxes – can you believe this craziness?! lol! Supplies aren’t listed in this post, but click through to the blog post or YouTube page to get links if you need ’em. Note that a bunch are older, so links might be dead if they aren’t available any longer.

Complementary Foxes, Technique Tuesday (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Jump for Joy, Lawn Fawn (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Friends for All Seasons, WPlus9 (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Dreamers, Elizabeth Craft Designs (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

The Fox, Gorjuss (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Cliff Climbing, Mama Elephant (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Interactive Card, Dr Ph Martins Rainbow Ride (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Choosing Copic Colors with Hex Chart – Fox Hollow, Newtons Nook (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Soft Birch Forest, Purple Onion Designs (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

 

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Floral Wreath in Colored Pencils

 

Floral Wreath in Colored Pencils

I hope today’s video shakes up your thinking a little – get this stamp set from Honey Bee or go look at your floral collection – and make a wreath of your own! I colored this with pencils but you could truly do this in so many mediums. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This may have been a time consuming card, but just LOOK at the results! You could easily take this stamped paper, a couple pencils and a sharpener, and go sit at your kids’ baseball game and make something extraordinary.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may 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.

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8 Tryfold Cards – and Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils

 

This is a bit of an epic post….go make a cup of tea and have a sit down, and we’ll get started!

8 Tryfold Cards – and Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils

Paws to Love is, out of the new TryFold stamp sets from AI, my favorite, of course! But you’ll see a whole bunch of them in this video and post. Along with some initial playing around and testing of Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils – comparing them with Prismacolor, and Gamsol vs Baby Oil! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The second of the three Paws to Love panels is the doghouse, peeking inside to the kitty and puppy….

And inside – the critters!

These are the supplies used for these cards….I found in this first bit of testing that, aside from wishing I had more colors (LOL), these Colourblend pencils compare favorably to Prismacolor pencils (my lifelong favorite). Gamsol vs Baby Oil: blending results seemed about the same, Baby oil seeps into the paper and leaves a little bit more of a grease spot, but the Gamsol does the same. Gamsol has a light odor, too. I think either works! But I’m totally smitten with the stump sharpener.

Sweet Wishes has a Valentine sentiment in it – but also has some other lovelies for year round. I love the extra-opening of the mailbox!

Pamper Yourshelf is so cute especially for a bookworm…

Everything wonderful – wishes for a happy birthday for kitty lovers!

And for the chefs and bakers out there…Homemade Happiness

Eastertime is almost here – so Celebrate Spring!

Seas the Day will be a stamp set for all summer – or whenever you need a vacation. Stamped on Desert Storm.

Welcome Little One…a special die creates the bars on the crib.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may 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.

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Complementary Foxes

First

… a little shout out to the grammarians in my readership!

Complementary: kämpləˈment(ə)rē/

  1. combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another.
  2. relating to complementary medicine.

Complimentary: ˌkämpləˈmen(t)ərē,ˌkämpləˈmentrē/ <—two pronunciations, who’d a thunk?

  1. expressing a compliment; praising or approving.
  2. given or supplied free of charge.

Today’s video is about using complementary colors – combining colors opposite of one another on the color wheel to “enhance the qualities of each other.” I hadn’t thought about that as an explanation of why they work – but it’s pretty cool!

Complementary Foxes

I got such excited feedback on the last 3-color pencil video I made that I thought I’d try it again – this time with foxes! No orange pencils were used….can you believe it? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t it amazing to see yellow and purple turn into such a pretty combined color?

An opportunity for a compliment

While we’re talking complements, I also have a way for you to send a nonpartisan compliment. I asked a friend in the White House Correspondents Association if we could send cards and letters to the journalists there. (I saw that Tom Hanks sent an espresso machine again – cool idea!) Being a reporter is a tough job to have right now, and cards to just say thanks could help them to keep on. Funny punny cards especially! Cards and letters from kids would be much appreciated too. Please send to the address on my contact page by March 15, 2017. Know that cards will be opened and reviewed before sent in a packet together, and cards of a partisan nature will not be included. Thanks!

Supplies

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Adding White Pen Details on Colored Pencil

 

Adding White Pen Details on Colored Pencil

When coloring on Desert Storm or any colored cardstock, white pencil definitely shows up nicely. But add some white PEN to it and watch the magic happen! In today’s video I’ll show you how to make that cute fuzzy hat and make a so-so image sparkle with texture! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I bought the cling set (in red rubber) at TGF – there’s also a clear set over at SSS, and it’s got slightly different stamps in it, and I think the characters are a different size. Both are linked in the supply list. 🙂 (Pssst smaller stamps can be colored a little faster!)

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may 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.