Playing With Color

Hi Everyone! This is Susan with some coloring tips for coloring on colored card stock for you today. I’ve been trying to use more colored card stock – break out of my comfort zone once in a while – it’s been fun.

I started by stamping the flowers from the You Are Lily Stamp Set from Concord & 9th with black ink onto a piece of Lawn Fawn light pink card stock. You can see that I stamped it in black ink in the picture below but in the picture above those same black lines are now embossed in white. The reason for that is because I like the look of the white lines but I find when I color with pencil crayons it can stain the white.
TIP #1
Use a stamp positioning tool (SPT), stamp the image with black ink and leave the stamp in the tool. After you’ve colored the image put it back into the SPT and prep it with a powder tool then stamp the image using versamark ink. Because you never moved the stamp from the first time you stamped it everything will line up.

Typically I would use 3 or 4 different shades of the same color when coloring flowers and blend them all together but not this time. I know next to nothing about flowers and have no idea if the colors I chose are realistic for a rose – if that’s even what these are – but I like how it turned out. I used a crimson red, orange, canary yellow and white pencil crayon. I kept the coloring really simple and colored in lines – meaning I didn’t do much in the way of blending. I started with the red, then overlapped the orange, then the yellow and finished with white over top of most of it. I just did simple pencil strokes or lines overlapping each color.
TIP #2
If you are coloring on a darker color of card stock this tip is very helpful. Start by coloring your image lightly with white pencil crayon and then adding your color. This will help the color to be brighter. I did it a little on this card but because my card stock was a light pink it wasn’t as necessary.
In the next photo you can see that I added another color. I used a brown pencil crayon to add a little bit of shading to the areas of the petals that are up against another petal. This helps to add some depth to your image.
I did the same technique for the leaves using a green, yellow and white pencil crayon and then coming in with a little bit of brown for some dimension.
I used the 12 pack of Prismacolor Pencil Crayons for this project. There’s so much you can do with that little pack!

TIP #3
Don’t be afraid of the darker colors. I use brown, black and purple to help add shading and depth to my cards. Start with a light hand and build the color up until you are happy. It’s easier to add color than it is to remove it.

TIP #4
Now for those of you that prefer the look of black lines to the white embossed ones I still recommend you using a SPT because when you color with pencil crayons it’s hard to keep those black lines looking crisp. The pencil crayons can cover them up and blur them out. So when you’re done coloring put it back into your SPT and stamp the image again using black ink. It will make those lines look crisp again.

I hope you give this a try. If you do I’d love to see it. Share it on the
Scrap’n Stamp Facebook Challenge Page and tag me.

Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!



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3 Responses to “Playing With Color”What You're Saying

  1. Johanne Lacombe says:

    Beautiful card.

  2. Mary-Anne V says:

    I have never stamped on colored cardstock but it looks so amazing! Thank you so much for the tips I’m going to have to do this in the future.

  3. Susan Powell says:

    Thanks so much Mary-Anne. If you try it and share it on social media I’d love it if you’d tag me

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