Friday, February 1, 2019

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Heartfelt Sentiments With Process Video


Welcome to the February stamp of the month blog hop for the "Heartfelt Sentiments" stamp set. You may have come from Marciava's blog. If not, you can continue in a circle or see a list of all participants.

For my projects, I wanted to share the different looks you can get by using 2 different types of colored pencils. I created two cards, one using CTMH's new watercolor pencils and one using Prismacolor pencils. I love the outcome of each, just depends on what look you're trying to achieve!


I made a process video to show you how I colored and assembled each card. I am definitely not the best at coloring, but I have fun with it and enjoy doing a little bit of blending. You can view the video below or over on YouTube in HD. I'd love if you'd subscribe to my channel while you're there! More photos and written details are below.

Card #1

The first card I created was the one with watercolor pencils, which gives a soft look. The colored pencils do not initially go on very smoothly, but once you blend with water they smooth out just like real watercolors! You can dip the tip of the pencil in water first to help the process before bringing to the paper, or just add a little color to the paper and then blend with water. I blended with a waterbrush and the clear shimmer brush for sparkle.

This card is A6 size to accommodate the larger stamp, which was slightly too large for a standard A2 size card. The proportions of the card were a bit off from the stamp, so I offset the stamped panel to the right and added some shimmer trim and silver embellishing thread to the left to complete the card.

The stamp pad I used was Intense Black ink, which is waterproof. It's good for watercoloring and also copic/alcohol ink-safe. I used watercolor paper to stamp on, and because of the uneven surface, the ink from the stamp didn't go on super solid. So I took my Copic multiliner pen, which is also waterproof, to color over some of the black lines that were not solid. You could also use a stamp tool such as the MISTI or Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp multiple times for an even impression, but I only have the Mini MISTI and this piece of paper was too big to fit in it. I used CTMH's largest clear block on the foam side of the Versamat which worked pretty well. I applied a lot of pressure and then filled in where needed with the Copic Multiliner.

Card #2

My second card is A7 (5x7) size. I stamped some of the loose flowers from the set surrounding the large focal image, then used Prismacolor pencils to color everything. I love how these colored pencils blend! I originally bought the 24-pack of Prismacolors but have since given them to my daughter and invested in the 72-color pack so that I'd have more color options. They go on super smooth and blend nicely for a more vibrant look than the watercolor pencils. My 5yo daughter can also tell a difference in these pencils - she won't use her Crayolas anymore, she wants to use her Prismacolors!

I added shimmer from the shimmer brush to the red letters, but because of the slick surface of the prismacolor pencils, it didn't really take, it just sat on the surface of the color. I then added Liquid Glass to the letters for a shiny, raised surface. I finished the card off with a scattering of sequins, adhering each with a dot of liquid glass.

This was a really fun stamp set to color, with all of the small flowers and leaves. If you also enjoy coloring, I encourage you to pick up this set. It's only $5 with a purchase of $50 or more from my CTMH website in February.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Now head over to Haley's blog to see what she's created with this set!

Have a wonderful day!


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Haley D. said...

Your cards are GORGEOUS!

Wendy Kessler said...

Beautiful cards!

Warrell Creations said...

Beautiful job, I love the purple!

Vickie ODell said...

I really love your coloring on first card!

Miss. Carrie's Creations said...

Loving the color palette you chose! It makes the sentiment really stand out. <3 Miss. Carrie

SunnyAZ said...

Thanks so much for doing the helpful on techniques....the cards are gorgeous...

Lauren said...

These are both so pretty! I especially love the bolder colours of the second one.

Brenda Lapp said...

Gorgeous cards! I love how you used the smaller stamps on card two. It makes the sentiment look like it is exploding off the card.

Catherine Nowak said...

Beautiful cards!