Posts Tagged ‘prismacolor pencils’

As hard as it is to believe Fall is upon us and in some parts of the country winter has actually arrived early.  I’m always  in awe of the amazing colors that fill our world during this time of the year.  The lush green leaves from summer are now turning into bold shades of red and orange leaving just a hint of green behind.  Before we know it, the leaves will be gone and along with it the brilliance of the Fall landscape.  In the spirit of the beautiful colors of the season along with an inspirational card contest from Art Impressions Stamps, I spent time yesterday making a card depicting the colors of red, orange and gold and adding just a sprinkle of green to say farewell to summer.

The pumpkins were stamped with Timber Brown Staz On and colored with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits.  The tendrils of the pumpkins were highlighted with the Glitter Gelly Roll pen by Sakura.  Vintage Photo Distress Ink  was used around the edges.  I’m always drawn to leaf shapes, so I decided to enhance the card with some hand painted leaves.  Since I’m not an artist the course of action I took was to pull out some white card stock and randomly paint a variety of Twinkling H20s on the sheet.  I set it aside to dry.  My leaf punch was used for the shapes.  They are so pretty in person, each leaf has a different color combination with a slight twinkle because of the paint that was used.  A small glue dot was adhered to the back of each leaf and the edges were fluffed to add a little dimension.

Recently I purchased a 100 yard spool of white Hug Snug and knew this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at dying the rayon seam binding.  Several shades of green reinkers were tested, but Mellow Moss was the winner by a landslide.  I must admit the process was quite easy and the results were just beautiful.  What took me so long to try this???  If you’ve been hesitant to try your hand at this dying technique have no fear, it’s easy, cost-effective and the results are spectacular.  I would highly recommend it.

Participating in the Art Impressions card contest is something I wanted to try my hand at, so it was fun to begin with the color scheme and see where it would lead me.  I must admit I was skeptical at first to use gold on the card because I was unsure if it would make it too gaudy, but adding the 3 small brads on the band actually added to the overall design and I was happy with that addition.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my new obsession with Art Impressions stamps.  I was looking for something new in the stamp world and quite by accident ran into Bonnie’s tutorials and website.  Her company has been around for years, but her techniques and stamps were all new to me.  Even though Bonnie has a plethora of images, I was drawn to the Watercolor Series stamps.  I ordered the catalog so I could take my time and decide where I wanted to begin.  With the enormous selection of stamps offered I knew I had to use some self-discipline when placing my first order.  After careful consideration, I decided on the Watercolor 4 Series, some LePlume Markers along with a few extras to work with.  I can’t tell you how wonderful Bonnie is to work with and her artistic talent is amazing.  My package arrived quickly and a special surprise was enclosed, the 3 pumpkin stamp.  Needless to say this was my stamp of choice for the monthly Art Impressions Contest and my starting point.


Pumpkin Stamp from Art Impressions Stamps
Hug Snug Seam Binding (purchased from the Zipperstop here)
Card stock and paper from SU
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Reinker from SU
Prismacolor pencils
Odorless mineral spirits (aka Gamsol)
Timber Brown Staz On Ink
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Leaf punch – Tonic Studios
Gold brads – Hobby Lobby I think
Twinkling H20s (love these)
Gelly Roll Glitter Pen by Sakura
Glue Dots
Scor Tape

Thanks for visiting and many blessings to you this Fall season.



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My hubby asked me to make a card for a business acquaintance to congratulate he and his fiance’ on their recent engagement.  Since I’ve never met the couple I wasn’t sure if I should go with a frilly type of card, something rather simple using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a sentiment, or should I just go with my instincts.  After some pondering, I decided to go with my instincts and hope they enjoy the card.

I used the Sarah Kay stamp called “A kiss for Chloe” because I thought it was the perfect image to depict a young couple’s love for each other at this special time in their lives.  I colored the image with my favorite Prismacolor Pencils and used Gamsol to smooth out and blend the colors.  It took me awhile to find the right card stock and paper colors, but in the end I decided I liked the combination of dark brown, ivory and pink.

Supplies use for this project:

Sarah Kay Clear Stamp – “A kiss for Chloe”
Anna Griffin Stamp-  “Love”
Prismacolor Pencils
Pink & White polka ribbon from Piggy Tales
Dark Brown & Naturals Ivory card stock – SU
Background paper – Hot Off the Press
Light pink paper – ?
Pearls – The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Close to Cocoa & Chocolate Chip Classic Ink – SU
Crystal Effects (I use this to adhere the pearls as the glue dot type of adhesive they come with doesn’t always hold)
Fabri-Tac – (to adhere the bow to the front of the card) – I love this stuff for permanently affixing bows & fabric type elements
Spellbinders Dies
Stamping Spongs – SU

Until next time…..  Have a blessed day!

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I’ve been busy this week working on a few cards and a gift box for our monthly Friday night stamping get-together.  I wanted to do the lattice technique, so I decided to make a gift box rather than a card for this project.  All of the flowers are handmade.  The pink rose is made from a shimmery vellum type of paper and I used an ivory texture card stock for the small rosettes.  The rosettes are very similar to the Recollection Flowers that are so popular right now.  I saw a tutorial on making my own and couldn’t be happier with the results.  They are quick and easy to make and cost next to nothing.  I taught my 7 year old granddaughter to make them and she made several to put on a card yesterday.  She made a 2-tone flower using purple and pink, her favorite colors, and they turned out perfect.

I wanted to use Flower Soft as one of the elements on a card, so I used a bit of the light pink on the flower and then used Diamond Stickles for the flowers on the “Love Birds” card.  The bird house is made from a template from Chia.  I wanted to do a spinoff of a card I saw awhile back using this same template, and this is what I decided to do.  The original card layered strips of card stock to make the shingles but I didn’t want to do that for this particular card.  I decided to do what I call the “Shadowing Shingles” technique (which I made up) and I like the effect.  The birds are colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.  I think this card would be cute for an anniversary, wedding or even a fun Valentine’s Day card.  Or just to say “I love you” to your sweetheart.

Last, but not least, is a summertime card I made using the strawberry stamp from my favorite stamp artist, Karen Lockhart.  This was a fun card to make as I used some pretty strawberry paper I had in my stash.  I paper pieced the bowl from a small sheet of green paper I also had hanging around.  I love to color with Prismacolor Pencils, and this was as easy as it gets, just 2 colors and I was finished.


Tutorials on the lattice technique and mini rosettes can be found on my blog here.


Supplies Used:

Lattice Gift Box

White , Green & Barely Banana Card Stock from SU
Striped paper from SU
Flower paper inside the box, Pink shimmer paper & Ivory textured card stock from Hobby Lobby
Spellbinders Die
Martha Stewart leaf punch
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive (I love this stuff)
Fiskars flower punch
Scalloped Decorative Scissors from SU
Paper Trimmer

Love Birds Card

Template from Chia – Here’s the link
Cuttlebug Swirl Embossing Folder
White Card Stock
Ballet Blue & Bashful Blue Classic Ink from SU
Pretty in Pink & Green Galore Stampin Write Markers from SU
Prismacolor Pencils
Love stamp from Anna Griffin
Circle stamp from Paper Wishes
Diamond Stickles
Circle Cutter from Creative Memories
Scalloped Die from Spellbinders
Circle Punch from SU

Summertime Sweets (Strawberry Card)

Always Artichoke card stock from SU
Strawberry paper from DCWV from the Glitter Sweet Matstack
Green textured card stock from Club Scrap
Twill tape from Martha Stewart
Prismacolor pencils
Spellbiders Dies
Paper pieced bowl paper from Paper Wishes
Dimensionals from SU
Always Artichoke  Stampin Write Marker from SU

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For someone like me who was very reluctant to use digital stamps, I am now a huge fan. This card uses a combination of rubber stamps & digital stamps. I enjoy vintage clipart, so using a vintage digital stamp is the best of both worlds. I love the little boy in vintage attire playing baseball. The free digital stamp is from Digital Two For Tuesday. The circle stamp “4 today” is a free digital stamp from Bird’s Cards.

Other supplies used:

Prismacolor Pencil
Baseball & Bat image from Stampin’ Up!
Paper & ribbon from Stampin’ Up!

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Here is one more thank you card I made. I was inspired by Karen’s Sketch Challenge for this card. I didn’t use the exact sketch she had on her blog, but I was inspired by her to use various papers for the background. I never thought to use multiple papers cut in strips for a background in this manner, so it was fun to see the card come together. The paper is from Scenic Route that I had in my stash. The stamp is from Sarah Kay and is called “My Sweet Lili”. I love Sarah Kay stamps and use them as often as I can in my cards. Prismacolor pencils were used for coloring the image and I highlighted the bows with Stickles. Don’t you just love Stickles? I bought 2 more colors yesterday and can’t wait to give them a whirl in my next projects.

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This is a thank you card I made for our granddaughter, Kylie. She loves shiny things and is very much a girly, girl, so I added rhinestones & Stickles to add some sparkle. I used a free digital stamp from mygrafico. Don’t you just love this little girl hugging her kitty? I just couldn’t resist adding my own sentiment before printing and coloring the image. The little flower above the “i” is just a little extra to add more detail.

Products used for this project are:

Free digital download from mygrafico
Polka dot paper from The Paper Studio
Cotton Candy, Yellow & Lavender Stickles
Self-adhesive rhinestones
Rhinestone brad, Pretty In Pink & Whisper White card stock from Stampin up
Prismacolor pencils
Gamsol from Inky Antics
Scrap ribbon
Prima flowers
Double punch from Fancy Crafts (for small flower)

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I think sending thank you cards is important to tell that special person that you appreciate what they gave or did for you. In the vein, I made this for our grandson.

This card uses the masking technique to add the little boy to the skateboard. I used Eclipse Tape for this and reach for this product every time I need to mask an image. I think it works great!

Other products I used to create this card are:

Little boy & skateboard are retired stamps from Stampin’ Up!
Only Orange, Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun & Whisper White card stock from SU
Ribbon from The Paper Studio
Prismacolor pencils – I love these for coloring images
Paper Piercing tool from SU
Spellbinder dies

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