Shimmer poppies

I’ve been enjoying some pencil colouring lately, especially on ‘Stardream’ shimmer paper. (this background is stardream lapis lazuli) Working on a  dark background requires a different approach but the results can be quite eye catching. I stamped a few of the ‘wonderland’ poppies from Altenew on blue shimmer cardstock with antique linen distress oxide ink. The oxide ink ends up looking almost white on such a bold background.

My pencils are Faber Castell Polychromos but you could use whatever coloured pencils you have on hand. With a dark background it helps to lay down a light base of white before adding colours over the top. I chose two pink pencils plus a white to colour the petals and blended from white on the petal edges to dark pink at the petal base. I preserved the stamped lines where I could but occasionally coloured over them and did what repairs I could with my white pencil. I used a bright green pencil for the stems and sepals and a tiny spot of yellow in the centre of the lowest poppy.

As always it is hard to capture the shimmer of the paper on camera but I think you can see a bit of it in each photo. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on the panel but made a patchy job of it so I stamped it on cream cardstock and cut it out with the avery elle sentiment dies that are never far from my side these days! I popped the sentiment up on dimensional tape and added the panel to a cream card base.

I love that sentiment and hope you all stay awesome today, my friends!

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10 Comments on “Shimmer poppies”

  1. Martha says:

    Lovely card! I don’t see a link for the ‘Stardream’ shimmer paper. I only see it available from sources other than paper stores. Is it available from any stamping web stores? Thanks.

    • Heather says:

      Unfortunately I couldn’t find a store to link to for the Stardream shimmer paper even though I am sure many scrap booking stores probably carry it. Crop A While here in Ottawa has it but they do not have online ordering.

  2. Holly Jackson says:

    Heather, did you use Gamsol, or just pencils straight on paper?

  3. tish rowe says:

    The colors on this ground are so eyecatching. I was in awe..thinking no way can I do this. But because of your instructions, I feel I can since I do have colored pencils stacked away. I used to live by a wonderful art store which had all brands of colored pencils and even watercolor pencils.
    So thank you for your incredible work–sharing with us.
    Tish

  4. Liz Chartrand says:

    Beautiful! Love the colours!

  5. debsmart says:

    Your card is so stunning! I’m always in awe of your colouring -it’s just beautiful. I’ve just ordered some Polychromos, so I’m looking forward to having fun with them . I’d love to know where the beautiful shimmer paper can be found!

    • Heather says:

      Unfortunately I couldn’t find a store to link to for the Stardream shimmer paper even though I am sure many scrap booking stores probably carry it. Crop A While here in Ottawa has it but they do not have online ordering.
      I love my polychromos pencils and they work beautifully on the stardream cardstock.


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