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3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

Are you looking for cardmaking ideas using colored pencils?

Well join us today as Sandy gives us some ideas to use colored pencils on three different kinds of essential papers!

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

Hello there! I’m Sandy Allnock and I’m so excited to have gotten an early peek at Life is a Circus….because honestly, ain’t that the truth!? Ha!

I’ve made three cards to give you some ideas on how to use this set from the upcoming release – using Prismacolor pencils on THREE different papers! Yep, let’s think out of the box!

Each paper is very different – and all work a little differently; see a bit about each one in the video…

Here are the colors I used for all the cards – on the left is the bigger color list for the second 2 cards, and on the right are the colors for the monkey…

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

The first card is stamped and colored on Woodgrain embossed cardstock – yes, you can stamp and color on this textured paper! I stamped it in Versafine Onyx and let it dry completely before doing anything to it.

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

There’s only one short swing in this set – but if you mask off the strings and just stamp the swing, you can add your own strings of any length – so you can make a flying monkey trying to grab a high wire swing like I did!

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

Next up is coloring on Letterpress paper – it’s really soft, so it takes the pencil pigment well and leaves a beautiful texture. Plus it just FEELS good to color on it.

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

I turned it into a square card with rounded corners – and die cut the circle with one of the new dies in this release, too!

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

Last but not least – I colored on vellum! The background is on letterpress, and you can see it’s a simple indication of a scene – easy! The Essentials vellum is nicely thick – not so much that it’s super cloudy, but enough that it holds up well to stamping and coloring. If you want to hold the vellum down, put a little adhesive under the ball to tack it down a bit.

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

You can also use Copics on vellum, but beware of trying blending very much; solid colors work best. I like pencils as a medium on vellum much better.

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

I hope you liked my fun cards – be sure to scroll through the blog to get peeks at other new release sets coming our way!

3 Card Ideas Using Colored Pencils

Thanks so very much for joining me for this little peek at the Life is a Circus set. Put an alarm on your calendar for Sunday morning so you can be first to nab one when it’s released!


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  • Reply Henriëtte March 6, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Gorgeous cards Sandy. Great video with a lot of tips, thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson March 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    This is so cute!!!!!!! I love the elephant especially…

  • Reply Laura Norris March 6, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Just darling!!

  • Reply Denise Bryant March 6, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Such fun cards! I really love the look of the woodgrain paper!
    All the animals are adorable! The zebra is my favorite!

  • Reply Daria March 8, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Really cool cards. Thank you for all the tips.

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