Sunday, 25 October 2020

Colouring on Kraft card

 Having seen a few examples online (and it being my favourite card stock), I thought I would use my pencils on some to see how it went.

I was watching someone colour online and noticed after colouring, that they re-stamped their image - what a difference. Luckily, I have a good stamping platform (like a folded book), rather than one on four bouncy legs. By cleaning the stamps insitu, they can be left in place. This allows you to see exactly where you were and can easily overstamp - providing nothing moves.

Herewith a kraft sample card, coloured in - this is how most people colour their cards:

After restamping:
Apart from a flower stem moving and the flash going off, which has overlit the bunnies bottom right, it makes such a difference don't you think?

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Colour and swing

I have been attempting some general colouring on some old gnome stamps whose dies don't quite fit properly. I have sent for some new ones and hope they are better.

Shading is mimimal as I don't yet understand the concept or how to do it properly but hopefully, I will improve. Although the colouring is basic, I also hope to learn how to blend the colour by melting it slightly with oil brush cleaner - apparently, the technique makes the colour more intense - watch this space!

Never to just do one new thing at a time, I also came across a tutorial on how to make an element on a card swing (rather than slide which needs a die), so have also done that with the gnome on an old bit of card to create a sample:

Onwards and upwards...

Friday, 23 October 2020


Part of developing my card making skills is to learn to colour better. Despite doing a BA in Fine Arts, Fine Art was not my strong point and I moved very off piste in my development!

Also, my biggest problem to date has been making myself spend money. Having been frugal for so long, and now having more money available, I was finding it very difficult to make myself spend it.

I want to colour cards (and other things) without just being able to use stamping ink. I have been looking at alcohol markers, looking at each make in detail, couldn't make a decision. Some are refillable, some aren't. The unfillable ones are cheaper but that means throwing them away once done. Some can be ordered individually to replace empty ones, others in sets, some, would need the whole set replacing just to replace one!

Then, watching a video on colouring cards, I came across wooden pencils with a wax crayon interior. A whole other ballgame. In the end, I settled on Derwent Coloursoft.

Next dilemma - how many to buy. They come in 24, 36, 48 and 72. I looked online at the colours that are in each set and went for the 72. Most sets just didn't have enough of the colour range I knew I would be interested in. This make also sells them individually for when a certain colour runs out. They are not cheap. On the makers site they average £148. On a well known online site £116. However, I carried on searching and found another online site, dedicated to pens and got them for just under £97, quite a saving overall:

I have begun my journey and so far, am enjoying myself. Better get a move on though as I still haven't begun my Christmas cards:(