Saturday, May 12, 2018

May Leading Lady Cynde Whitlow | Take Two (Video)

Our May Leading Lady Cynde Whitlow back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today's card is utterly charming and magnificently colored!

Ladies and gentlemen, Cynde...

Hey folks!

It's Cynde and I'm back today for Take 2 with Winnie & Walter as the May 2018 Leading Lady! Today we're going to take a look at using colored pencils on kraft cardstock. I say kraft, but honesty just about any color will do! More on that in a moment.

My last card was all about masking a scene and coloring in that scene with Copic's. The idea was to build up those images with layering and color. Today, I wanted to focus on colored pencils which is another medium folks can find frustrating and intimidating. Colored pencils can be just as fun as Copics! I promise! I kept today's card super clean and simple. I really just wanted to keep the focus on the coloring and the paper. Let's get started!

If you're interested in seeing how I made my card, I have a video to share! You can see that HERE.

I wanted to use those darling kitties in the cup from Purrfect with Evelin T Designs, but before I stamped them I needed to choose my cardstock. You can have the best colored pencils, but if your paper isn't as good, then you're still going to struggle folks. Prismacolor and Polychromos are super popular pencils (They should be. They rock!), but what about the cardstock?

The beauty of colored pencils is you can color on virtually any color of cardstock, but it needs two important features in order to work the best. The first thing is it needs some tooth. Ultra smooth cardstocks generally don't work the best. For the purposes of this tutorial, lets just say if you can feel even light texture on your cardstock, you probably good go.

The other thing I like in a cardstock (for color pencils) is I want it to feel little soft. Now this is mostly a personal preference, but I think it helps a bunch. This way I don't feel like I need to add as much pressure with my pencils right away. You should be able to feel a slight amount of "give" when you start coloring. I talk more about this in the VIDEO.

When I chose the colors for my card I purposely chose colors that would pop. I wanted colors that would stand out so you could see how they go down on to the cardstock and so you could see how those colors can really build up.

To finish off my card, I added a few hearts from the Scenery: Seeing Hearts Stamp Set and colored those in with he same colors as the hearts on the cup. They're pretty tiny and it's always important to keep your pencils sharpened when you color anyway, but that much more when your coloring in those tiny lil images.

I had left the stamp in my MISTI Stamping Tool so After I had everything colored in, I put the panel back in it and stamped it again with Versafine Onyx Black Ink to get those lines nice a crisp again.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed my card today

Be sure to follow along with me this month folks! I will have a super fab giveaway (Thanks Shay!) at the end of the month. All you will need to do is leave a comment on my blog telling me which one of my projects was your fave and why!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.


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  1. Love the colored pencils on kraft! Awesome coloring of this sweet image!

  2. Beautiful coloring--love the look on kraft!

  3. The sweet image really pop out against the BG.! So striking 😍

  4. Wow--fabulous coloring on kraft.

  5. Great coloring with colored pencils!

  6. Wow!! Your coloring technique is so beautiful and I love the look of kraft. Those sweet kitties in a teacup couldn't be any cuter.

  7. Wow! It's simply adorable! Love the colors!!!

  8. What a sweet card !!! The Kraft color as a base is a perfect combination to your colored cup and these kitties are just the cutest !!

  9. Such a cute card! Love those kitties in the tea cup!

  10. These little kittens are the cutest ever and I really like the look of kraft for a nice homey look.

  11. Beautiful colour palette used for this sweet image. Thanks for the tips about paper.


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