With this time of year, so many graduations are upon us and I’m always looking for ideas to create unique and special cards to celebrate. I thought this sentiment from Mama Elephant was absolutely perfect for a special graduate I know! And the flower image from the same set (Butterfly Kisses) is really pretty too.
I used this card as one of my samples for the Chameleon Color Tones Pencils review over at Splitcoaststampers. The pretty coral and green pencils (double sided!) create the perfect shading and no stress over coordination. I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper. I love this particular paper the best with the pencils. It has a smoother feel that a watercolor paper but enough “tooth” to allow light coloring and layering. The key with most colored pencils, it seems, is layering. Lots of layering. And patience! I colored for bit and then moved on to a different section. Eventually I came back to each part and layered some more, and so on. I had never used wax based pencils so I definitely had a learning curve…but not an overwhelming one. Success came quickly and the colors on these just match! A light touch was definitely the key to success. As a background for the image, I used this brand new DSP from Stampin’ Up called Wood Textures DSP. It is a MUST HAVE from the catalog that goes live today. I promise you it will fly off the shelves so take a look and order it quickly!
That’s it for today. If you want to see more about these pencils, please go over to the review (linked above) there are amazing videos from both Lydia Fiedler and Kathy Racoosin….two extraordinary stampers!
Back tomorrow with a collaboration blog hop that I know you don’t want to miss. Hope to see you then! Have a great day!
I have been waiting for today because I have something super awesome to share with you!! Not only do we have a great sketch by the lovely Kim Singdahlsen at Freshly Made Sketches, I also finally get to share some information about a product review I did for Splitcoaststampers!
I have been using the amazing new pencils from Chameleon and I created this card by combining the Chameleon Color Tone Pens with the Color Tone Pencils. Wow, they are great together! I shared details and my thoughts on paper choices over at Splitcoaststampers so please check the entire review from the review team here: CHAMELEON COLOR TONE PENCILS REVIEW
To help you understand a bit more of how the products work together, I made a quick video showing you how I did the coloring:
I made the flowers the star of the show but I could not resist adding a doily that seemed perfect for the sketch! I used Night of Navy Baker’s Twine to coordinate with the blue in the flowers and thought this great sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Lovely worked beautifully with the sketch.
The Freshly Made Sketches design team has created some beautiful work to inspire you and the Splitcoaststampers Review Team has samples that show many facets of these new pencils. I’ll be back tomorrow with another card I created for the review. Until then, have a great day!
Stamps: Mondo Hydrandea (Ellen Hutson), Lovely (Ellen Hutson); Ink: Smoky Slate (SU), Chameleon Color Tone Pens; Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media, Smoky Slate; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Doily (SU Ret), Mondo Hydrangea Dies, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine
This is my first post of the day, if you are looking for day 2 of the Newton’s Nook Designs May Release, it will be up in just a bit.
I am the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches and I have a sketch that I hope you will really enjoy. I thought the long panel would give you space for some different images or dies that take up the vertical and I added in a place for a sentiment too.
So did you hear that the new Stampin’ Up catalog has been released to demonstrators and the preorder is super fun. I just HAD to have one of the adorable hostess sets called Feathery Friends and I think it is going to be such fun to color. Today I used the Chameleon Color Tones Pencils for coloring. I have not had wax based pencils like this before so I’m still working on my technique with them but the colors are really pretty, don’t you think?! And speaking of color…look at that card base! Oh yes, you DO spy one of the new In Colors for 2017-18 called Berry Burst. It is rich and so lovely! The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I added on some fun sequins in coordinating colors.
Thanks for stopping by for my FMS card. Make sure you come back for the Newton’s Nook projects and a chance to win free stamp sets! See you soon!
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