Colored Pencil on Gray + Simon’s STAMPtember® Party!

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Colored Pencil on Gray + Simon's STAMPtember Party!

Hello everyone! Can you believe it is already September? And on top of that, can you believe it is STAMPtember®???? I am very excited that Simon’s month-long STAMPtember® event has finally arrived, because it is always full of great fun, awesome surprises, exclusive releases and so much more!

Speaking of so much more… Simon is hosting a HUGE (and I mean REALLY huge), party on their blog! I am part of the party, sharing inspiration AND an exclusive shopping promo code! At checkout, use code JAVA38 through 9/4 to get an exclusive Coffee Hour stamp set that I had previously designed for Simon.

At the Simon blog, they have a list of amazing crafters that are also participating in the STAMPtember® party, which I encourage you to check out when you are finished up here. Be sure to visit the other crafters’ blogs, because we all have random promotions for MANY exclusive free gifts!

How I Made It
Colored Pencil on Gray + Simon's STAMPtember Party!

The card that I made for today’s inspiration uses the new, Beautiful Flowers 2 set that Kristina Werner designed for this release. I really love that she incorporated a couple of single, stemmed florals into the set, which can be used on their own or in a grouping.

Using my Mini Misti, I stamped the flower onto gray sketch paper with Barely Beige ink. Because I was planning on doing no-line colored pencil coloring, I wanted to use an ink that would not show through the coloring; the pencils I used were from Prismacolor.

To make sure I maintained a detailed stroke with my pencils, I sharpened them frequently with the KUM Precision Sharpener. I have used this sharpener for a long time now and LOVE how it always maintains a sharp tip on my pencils, and rarely breaks the lead.

Colored Pencil on Gray + Simon's STAMPtember Party!

After coloring my flower with a mixture of purples, pinks, blues and greens, I added a few splatters of dark purple ink onto the panel for some organic texture. The edges of the panel were cut down with a Memory Box Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles die.

For a greeting, I heat embossed the word “thanks” in Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Hero Arts; the warm tone of this embossing looks so pretty with the gray background.  I trimmed the sentiment out of the purple cardstock using the Sentiment Labels die set that I designed for Simon’s STAMPtember® release.

You can see another card I created with the Sentiment Labels set in this video that I shared on STAMPtember® 1st! I also incorporated many other new STAMPtember® products into the design, including the Big Thank You die and the Harvest stencil!

Colored Pencil on Gray + Simon's STAMPtember Party!

Finally, I finished up the card by adding a few sequins around the greeting, which are from the new Birthday Cake confetti mix! I put dots of Morning Dew Nuvo Drops into each confetti piece to create a dimensional, domed effect.

Why I Love It

You are probably wondering why I chose to use gray sketch paper for my coloring today. The reason?

  1. I find this paper blends the pencils beautifully. There is enough tooth to make color transitions easier to acheive.
  2. It is a slightly darker surface (but not overly dark), which allows the pencil coloring to “pop” more off the paper. On white, the colors have a differnet look to them; either way it is still beautiful, but I really prefer the darker paper.
  3. The paper is extremely inexpensive! You get 50 sheets from a 5.5 x 8.5″ pad, for only $7.

I hope that this card has inspired you with an elegant way to use the new Beautiful Flowers 2 stamp set, along with the Sentiment Labels dies!

Colored Pencil on Gray + Simon's STAMPtember Party!
Supplies Used

Simon Says Stamps And Dies BEAUTIFUL…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps BEAUTIFUL…
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Simon Says Stamp BIRTHDAY CAKE…
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Prismacolor 150 PREMIER COLORED…
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Strathmore TONED GRAY Sketch Paper…
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120…
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Tonic MORNING DEW Grande Nuvo Crystal…
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Ranger Embossing Powder LIQUID…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder…
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Don’t forget! Be sure to visit Simon’s blog to learn more about the amazing STAMPtember® release party happening NOW! And remember that you can use the special promo code above, to get the Simon Says Stamp Coffee Hour stamp set FREE with any purchase while supplies last!

I hope you enjoy the blog party; thank you for visiting me today! I will be back again very soon with more exciting things to share!

26 Responses

  1. Avatar Karen Ramsey says:

    Boy do you know your way around colored pencils!! Your shading is awesome…beautiful job!

  2. Avatar Jodi Warren says:

    WoW! That is great coloring. Love the purple. Beautiful.

  3. Avatar Tara Prince says:

    Gorgeous coloring! I love the purple on gray!

  4. Avatar Carissa Jo says:

    Hi Nina-Marie
    I have really enjoyed your YouTube videos! They constantly inspire me!
    Thank you for your inspiration!
    This card for Stamp-tember is beautiful! I love using my Prisma pencils on Kraft cardstock, so now I cannot wait to try them out on the Toned Gray!
    Again, thanks for sharing your amazing gift of creativity!!!

  5. Avatar Joanne Lowe says:

    I love the strokes you’ve used on your coloring of your floral blossoms, I am going to try coloring on that grey sketch paper, it really does pop on that paper!!! Thanks for the tips, your cards have impressed me for some time, it’s a joy to be able to learn from you–thank you. Best wishes, Joanne

  6. Avatar Teri S. says:

    Nina I really appreciate that you not only tell what you use, but also why you like it at the bottom. What a great idea! I adore the colours you chose to use in this gorgeous floral image. Thanks!

  7. Avatar Candy T says:

    I never thought to use the grey sketch paper, but it is so pretty when used like this. Really nice card!

  8. Avatar Peggy M says:

    Very pretty card! Thank you for sharing!

  9. What a super pretty card!! Gorgeous flower!!

  10. Avatar Kathy G. NJ says:

    Your coloring is Amazing! Love the shading and the colors you chose. Beautiful card.

  11. Avatar Mindy Drummond says:

    Your card is beautiful and the gray paper really does make the colors pop. Thanks for the info on your pencil sharpener and the gray paper, I’m definitely getting both asap. Thanks for sharing as always I get so much inspiration from your projects/posts.

  12. Avatar Dawn Gee says:

    Stunning coloring and I love it on the gray cardstock.

  13. Avatar Brenda Kuder says:

    Your cards always impress. I love the coloring!

  14. Like the floral creation. Wonderful coloring.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  15. Avatar Ilda says:

    WOW! Simply gorgeous!!!

  16. Avatar Phyllis Freese says:

    I always enjoy watching your videos, Nina. The flower is so expertly colored, especially against that gray background.

  17. Avatar Dawn Young says:

    Vert cute card!!! The colors are amazing! And the background is perfect! Funny, I just bought the toned grey paper.

  18. Avatar Marzee Carnes says:

    Your card is truly beautiful!

  19. Avatar Maria Demae says:

    Beautiful card! i really like the color combination.

  20. Avatar LC Lamothe says:

    Happy STAMPtember! Such a beautiful card! I enjoy reading your blog posts. They are filled with great tips and tricks. I especially love the ‘why I love it’ section. Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  21. Avatar Nora Noll says:

    Simply STUNNING!!!

  22. Avatar Laura J. says:

    Wonderful card!!!

  23. Avatar Victoria Milam says:

    Beautiful card! I think I will get some colored card stock and pencils out and experiment! Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Avatar Teresa Doyle says:

    An absolutely gorgeous card Nina, I love this set so much!
    Your designs in this release are fabulous BTW!

  25. Avatar Debbie Rumpza says:

    I just ordered the Toned Gray sketch pad… haven’t used it yet, and now I’m excited after seeing your result! I love the no line look you got!


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