Pencil tulips

I had fun with a few new techniques and products when creating this card. Those white spots on the kraft cardstock are not paint splats even though they look a bit like I spilt something on my panel. I sprayed some minc reactive mist onto a kraft panel then ran it through the minc with white foil. I realise I could have used white gesso or paint but the thing I like about the foiling in this instance is that it has no texture or bulk so stamping over it was easy.

I stamped the Penny Black ‘tulip bouquet’ stamp in the corner and part of a sentiment from the PB ‘choose happy’ set both in versafine onyx black ink then started colouring. Since I began teaching my pencil colouring technique class I have had pencils within reach most of the time. I grabbed a couple of prismacolor pinks, a green and a polychromos white to colour the tulips and leaves. The antique hemp twine seems to be popping up on quite a few cards too; it’s not too thick to knot or tie in a bow and it blends in with most colour schemes and especially kraft cardstock. To add a little interest to my white card base I gave it an all-over texture treatment by running it through the die-cutting machine several times with the new ‘rows of stitches’ die from Penny Black.

I really enjoyed reading the responses to my last card – the one with the clever black brusho design. Some of you have already experienced the joy of black brusho and others are now wanting to try it. I’d love to see your creations if you do try it; please leave me a comment or use the contact me option.


PB Stamps: tulip bouquet, choose happy

PB Die: rows of stitches

Ink: versafine onyx black ink

Paper: kraft

Pencils: prismacolor 925, 930, 911, polychromos 101

Also: minc reactive mist, white foil, minc


7 Comments on “Pencil tulips”

  1. ednamburgess says:

    Very beautiful card. Will try this technique. I use Prismacolor pencils a lot also.

  2. ednamburgess says:

    Forgot to ask, what is polychromos 101? Is it a color or a certain kind of pencil? Have never heard of that before. Ednai

    • Heather says:

      Hi Edna, polychromos refers to my Faber-Castell polychromos pencils; 101 is the white one. I did the pinks and greens with my daughter’s prisma colours but used the white from my set of polychromos pencils. (my daughter’s white pencil is under 2″ long!)

  3. Sylvia Johnson says:

    Your coloring on this is pretty. I like the soft feminine feel of this card. Would love to be able to take some of your classes but live in the middle of the USA.

  4. Karen Jackson says:

    I really love the feeling of joy that you have managed to pencil in to this card Heather. The colours have come out so true despite being over a Kraft card panel. They’re lovely. I have this stamp on order and can’t wait for it to arrive.

  5. Pat says:

    These tulips are beautiful Heather and the pencils have given a soft and pretty finish, and the Minc spray is something I haven’t heard of but a great idea as the white foil is very effective, and love that background embossing too. x

  6. memalagene says:

    Love the white foiling, its so cool and I love the fact that a boo boo was the cause for a totally cool card!

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