Less can be More when Embossing and Coloring
After my watercoloring craze, I picked out a few prismacolor pencils and started playing again. I love working with black paper (like with this fun card or this crafty sensation), but it can sometimes be hard to make the image stand out. Embossing is a good start, but I found using these pencils can bring the beautiful images to life.
Embossing lets you keep the layers to a minimum while still having a great focal point.
- Prismacolor soft thick lead pencils (933 & 903)
- Chrysanthemum Stamp (Spellbinders)
How-to make these cards:
- Cut bright blue cardstock 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half to create your 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″card base.
- Using versamark, stamp your image and sentiment onto 4″ x 5 1/4″ black cardstock.
- Quickly sprinkle images with your embossing powder and tap off excess.
Pro-Tip: If you are stamping multiple images together to be embossed, and they are layered, masking can be impossible without wiping off your embossing powder. With the chrysanthemum, I stamped the flower and sprinkled the gold embossing powder and tapped it off. I then inked just the top of the leaves, and stamped it where I wanted it and sprinkled the powder and tapped it off. Where the leaves overlapped the petals, I took a small tool (a paperclip could work too) to remove the powder from the middle of the petals.
- Heat your image with a heat tool.
- Color the “empty spaces” of your image with the prismacolor pencils. I use my darker colors first for the inside parts that are likely to have more shadows, then finish with the lighter colors.
- Pardon but I was in a bit of a blue period! But this did make for a semi-matching set of Clean And Simple cards!
- If necessary, adhere dimensionals to pop-up the focal point.
- Adhere your finished black cardstock to your blue card base.
The challenges I am playing along with:
- Addicted to Stamps – Make your Mark
- Stamping Sensations – In My Garden
- Sunny Day Crafting – Animals
- Animal Friends Challenge – In The Water
- Happy Little Stampers CAS – Animals
I hope this tutorial inspired you to create some fun projects! I’d love to see any of your cards that this tutorial may have inspired! Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting!!
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