119 posts categorized "Coloring"


Sun 23

Let's Talk About Coloring With Pencils
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I want to talk about coloring with Prismacolor pencils today.  I hope that by breaking it down into step by step pictures will help you with the process.  For each of the flowers ad leaves, I used a light, medium and dark pencil.  You don't have to use three, but I find that it is often a good number to get a gradient of color.  For the tutorial today, I am going to focus on the bottom red/pink rose.

These are the three shades I used.  Pardon the photo.  I took a picture that included the labels I use as a reference, but I didn't position the pencils so that you could read the color names!  I used were Magenta (dark), Process Red (medium) and Blush Pink (light):


Before I began coloring, I stamped my white cardstock with black Versafine ink (my favorite) and allowed it a long time to dry.  Then I placed my cardstock with the flowers on top of a couple scraps of cardstock.  Having a little extra "give" underneath your image will help the coloring go on a little smoother.

Step 1:


Start by laying down your darkest color.  I hope you can see from the picture that I added the color heavily at the base of each petal that was in shadow and then gradually colored with a lighter hand as I moved away from the shadow.  Use small circles when you color so that you don't develop lines.  Take your time to build up the color.

Step 2:


Next, take your medium color pencil and start coloring over the darker color.  Leave a little bit of the darkest color untouched, but cover up some of gradient you created with the darkest color using the medium.  Your coloring will be similar in step 2 as it was in step 1.  Start with a heavy hand of adding color and then soften the pressure as you move towards the outside edges of the petals.  Leave a bit of each of the petals white around the outside edges.

Step 3:


As a final step, add your lightest color.  This time you are going to color from the outside edges of the petals towards the base of each petal.  Continue using small circles to avoid lines.  Don't be afraid of using a heavy hand to really crush the pencil pigments together.  Just a heads up...if you use enough pencil and pressure to your piece, you will saturate the image with wax and you will notice that there will come a point where you can't add any more color on top of the wax build up.

One of the reasons why I like using the pencils themselves for coloring rather than using a blending pencil or gamsol is that you get a very vibrant finished product.  A blender pencil dulls the color and gamsol makes the image look more watercolored.  Both are fine, but I really like the vibrancy you can get from Prismacolors.

Here is a close up of the flowers and leaves:


To finish the card, I sponged a little Turquoise PanPastel chalk around the flowers and added my die cut sentiment.

I hope my instructions were clear.  Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.







Thu 06

Watercolor an Embossed Daisy Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Adding watercolors behind the Daisy Flower Frame is quick and easy with an embossed background.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a timesaving coloring technique that will work for many other Memory Box dies too.

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¾" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss it with Daisy Flower Frame using the plates and mats recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - platform, die face-up, precut watercolor paper face-down, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

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Paint the embossed image with watercolors  - I  used Peerless Watercolors.  It'll look messy, but that doesn't matter because it will be covered.  Heat-set it.

 Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.

Diecut Daisy Flower Frame from smooth white cardstock.  Layer it over the embossed and watercolored background.  Add orange gem stickers.  Attach everything to a green A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.

It's a quick alternative to paper-piecing...and it's a very forgiving technique!

Join us for the SUMMER SPLASH class at Impress if you're in the area on Saturday June 8th.  Beachy scenes, origami fishes and lovable sea creatures create great summer cards for everyone you know.  

Thanks for visiting - see you soon!  








Thu 09

Wishing you the Best
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying all the designer's posts this week!  There are so many inspiring ideas using these wonderful new Memory Box products.

For my card I decided to use the beautiful new Rose Bouquet stamp set.  This floral image is so much fun to color and I can see using it for many projects.


To create the card I stamped and colored the image using colored pencils.  Once the coloring was done, I spattered the image and a white card base with black ink.


I trimmed my stamped image to fit onto my card at an angle. I adhered this to a piece of black cardstock and trimmed the black to only mat two sides of my paper. To finish the card, I glued this to my card base and then added my die cut word "wishing" and my stamped sentiment to the card front as shown.


Would you like to win your own Rose Bouquet stamp set? Leave a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th. One winner will be selected at random to win the new stamp set. All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST. Good luck, and I hope you will visit us often this week!

Have a great weekend and good luck!






Mon 29

Birthday Fishes
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you which features a fun technique using a Gelli Plate.


The circle background on the card is the piece I created with the Gelli Plate.  

To begin with, I die cut the fish on a piece of white cardstock to make a stencil.  


I placed my stencil on the Gelli Plate and sponged Pan Pastels over the stencil. 


Next, I removed the fish stencil and placed a piece of mesh (it came from a bag of onions) over the Gelli Plate and added some blue Pan Pastels in the background. 


Once I finished my background, I brayered  a thin layer of white acrylic paint over the plate and then pressed a piece of white cardstock onto the Gelli Plate to make a print. Next I die cut a circle shape from the print.  I also stamped, colored and die cut some fish and seaweed to add to the card.  I stamped the striped border and trimmed it to fit the card.

IMG_5309To assemble the card, I spattered a piece of white cardstock with black ink and glued the striped border to the card front.  

Next I glued the circle to right side of the card front. I let it hang off the side and trimmed away the excess.  

Then I glued the fish to the circle and added the seaweed.

I stamped the sentiment onto a white cardstock strip and glued it to the card.

To finish up the card I added some clear dots. 


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!






Wed 10

Cottage Flower Circle Frame and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a special birthday with the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and the Bold Friendly Greetings. It's easy to color the delicate blossoms with bright pigment inks and emboss them for a glossy finish.  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a colorful spring design today.

Prep the circle frame by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easy to remove the delicate diecut.

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This looks messy,  but it's the easiest way to color the delicate Cottage Flower Circle Frame.  Diecut it from the smoother side of watercolor paper - don't remove the offcuts. 

Use cotton swabs to color it with Imagine Crafts pigment inks - Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Radiant Neon Electric Coral, VersaColor Lime and VersaFine Clair Sunshine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder, then carefully remove the offcuts.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Friendly Greetings set - with Electric Pink.  

Stamp a portion of the dotted strip - also from the greetings set - with Sunshine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Tear it so it resembles a short strip of washi tape.  I like to use the serrated cutting edge of a tape dispenser to cut real washi tape - it's great for stamped strips like this too.

Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.

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Diecut and color some extras - they'll be prepped and ready the next time you need a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's FRIENDS+FLOWERS and BEYOND THE BOX classes at Impress!  Special thanks to Linda too - we loved your ChocoMochi snacks - the perfect combination of salty, crunchy rice crackers and rich chocolate!  And thanks Ann, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone find the dies, stamps and papers for our spring projects.

No classes this weekend - here's my spring schedule.  Please call Impress (206 901.9101) if you can join us!

       -    Charming Prints - April 20

       -    Asia Now - April 27 and May 12

       -    Stash Cards - Birthdays Happen! - May 4

       -    Seattle Style - May 27 and June 22

       -    Summer Splash - June 8

       -    Outside the Box - June 22

       -    Butterfly Wishes - July 4 and July 13

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!







Tue 26

Sea You Soon Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha  sharing a cute CAS card with you today. I also want to share how easy it is to layer various dies for added dimension and add colour to the die-cuts. Do you feel summer :)

For today, I decided to create a cute CAS card using various new dies. I kept this adorable Mermaid as my focal image as I really love this one!


I started by creating a white square card base. I then die-cut the"Mermaid Wonder Frame", "Happy Octopus", "Underwater Scene" dies using white cardstock. I colored the mermaid using copic markers and the applied some versamark to it partially. I then added some glitter embossing powder and embossed it. I sponged the water. I also added color to the underwater scene die and adhered it to a piece of vellum, which I coloured as sky. I then adhered this frame to the cardbase.

Now, I adhered the water where I wanted behind the mermaid frame die and cut the extra parts. I adhered this onto the previous frame die.

Finally, I adhered the mermaid using 3D foam.

Stamp and emboss the sentiment onto a black stripe. To finish add some sequins.

Here is a close up


Easy isn't it?  Have a wonderful crafty day! 







Fri 22

You make me Smile Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha  sharing a clean and simple spring themed card with you. Today, I want to share that we don't have to color the full die-cut images to achieve pretty results. Leaving a bit of white space leaves the project with an airy feel, which is quite important for CAS one layer cards :)


I started by creating a white cardbase and sponged a bit of salty ocean distress ink to create the background. I then die-cut the floral wreath and added a bit of Shimmerz paints to it, let it dry. Meanwhile I die-cut the butterfly and added some distress ink for a pop of color.

Now I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the die-cuts. To finish, I adhered a few crystals from Studio Katia.

Here is a close up


Easy isn't it? Just keep a lot of white space and you will have a fun, airy CAS card, Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day! 






Thu 06

Prismacolor Pencil Holiday Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been making a lot of cards lately that use Prismacolor Pencils on Kraft cardstock.  I really like the vibrant looks you can achieve.  I was going to call this a single-layer card, but I ended up cutting out the presents to glue them on the sled.  I didn't feel like making a mask in order to stamp the presents on the sled, but I think you still get the similar look to a card without layers.

The first step was to place my kraft notecard into my MISTI stamp positioner and stamp my items in black Versafine ink:


I love the look of Versafine because it gives you crisp lines, but it takes a while to dry.  Give it plenty of time to dry before you color your images or the ink will smear.

Next, I colored the bunny and sled with my pencils.  I didn't worry about crossing over lines such as the bunny's eye because I knew that I would be restamping the images later.  Here is the coloring:


You can see that my lines weren't quite as crisp as before.  I put the card back into the MISTI and restamped my images:


Notice how much better the second bunny looks.  He has really well-defined lines.  It took a REALLY long time for my ink to dry because it was on top of my waxy pencils.  I could have embossed it with black embossing powder, but sometimes the heat will warp a single-layer card.  I decided to just let it sit out for a while, and it did completely dry on its own.

To finish the card, I sponged some white pigment ink under the boot and sled and added a bit of Stickles for sparkle.  The final step was to hand draw a line between the bunny and sled so that it looked like he was pulling the sled behind him.  Here is another close up of the coloring.  Notice that I tried to make it look like my light source was coming from the top left of the card, so my bunny and presents were darker on the right and brighter on the left.


It really doesn't matter which Prismacolor pencils you choose.  For most colors, I chose a light, medium and dark version so that I could get a gradient of color.  If you are interested in the specific colors I chose, here they are:

Bunny- Cool grey 70%, 50%, 30% and 10%

Scarf- Dioxazine Purple Hue, Parma Violet, Lavender

Boot/Sack/Sled- Dark Brown, Light Umber brown, Ginger Root

Cheek and inside of ear- Blush Pink

Present in Sack and stripe on green present- Crismson Red, Carmine Red, Deco Peach

Green Present- Olive Green, Grass Green, Spring Green

Yellow/Orange Present- Pumpkin Orange, Orange, Sunburst Yellow







Fri 30

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope this weekend will bring you some time to create!  Christmas will be here before you know it!  I think the card I have for you today will inspire you to get your Christmas cards made!


To make this card I began with a white notecard and adhered a silver cardstock layer to the front.

Next I die cut the Snowy Circle from white cardstock on the right hand side of the paper.  The snow background die cut I inked with Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress ink.  I glued the white cardstock onto the silver card layer and then glued the inked snow background in place.  


I die cut three trees from the Pine Forest Frame, inked them with Peeled Paint Distress ink and glued them to the left of the snow background.  

Next I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and snowballs and adhered them to the card front.

I inked the striped border stamp with red ink and stamped it on a strip of white cardstock, which I then adhered to the front of the card using foam tape.


To finish the card, I stamped Merry Christmas and added some sequins to further embellish the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Tue 06

Bold Greetings Die Set, Bold Greetings Clear Stamps, That’s Acute Triangle Die Set, and That’s Acute Clear Stamps by Jean Okimoto


Combine That's Acute Triangle Dies and That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and create a forest of colorful trees for the holidays.  Stamp and diecut a Bold Christmas Greetings  message for a pop of bright purple.   Add sparkly gem stickers - and that's it!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a plush felt design to warm a frosty winter day.  Or a rainy fall day!


Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet -  to wool-blend felt and cut triangles with  the dies from the That's Acute Triangle set.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

Stamp the striped triangle from the That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neon Electric Purple.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  The color of  the stamped image doesn't look like the inkpad - but it really is Electric Purple.  It's very electric, and very purple!

Cut it with the coordinating That's Acute Triangle die.

Cut a white cardstock background with the 3-½" x  4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  Use foam dots for the tip of the stamped triangle.  Use foam dots for the top and bottom of the "y" and the bottom of the "j."

Attach silver gem stickers.


Have fun creating this card in your favorite colors too.  Mix  different shades of green with a bright red stamped triangle on a Kraft card.  Or try gold, copper and silver glittered cardstock with a teal striped triangle.  

I could spend hours mixing and matching colors & textures, matte & metallic, prints & solids.  There are so many options for these versatile dies and stamps!  They're all designed for you by Dave Brethauer and proudly made in the USA.  

If you're in the Seattle area and need a few fresh ideas for quick holiday cards - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress on Veterans Day, November 12.  We're making 7 deceptively simple cards that don't look quick-and-easy - and they're great for mass-production too.  

Thanks for visiting -