Hold you Close

Hey all! Today I have a super sweet card using the image Hold You Close as well as my latest sentiment set Thank You Friend, both from Whimsy Stamps!

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Coloured Pencils used:
FC= Faber Castell, PC=Prismacolor,
Skin – Dark Sepia, Van Dyke Brown, Bistre, Cinnamon, Light Flesh, Ivory (FC)
Hair -Espresso, Dark Brown, Light Umber, Gingerroot, White (PC)
Pink – Black Cherry, Process Red, Pink, Blush Pink, Pink Rose (PC)
Teal – Hellios Turquoise, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Green, Light Cobalt Turquoise (FC)
Yellow – Dark Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Light Cadmium Yellow, Zinc Yellow (FC)
Orange – Light Cadmium Red, Dark Cadmium Orange, Orange Glaze, Cadmium Orange (FC)
Ground – Walnut Brown, Burnt Umber, Raw UMber (PC)
Sky – Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue Greenish, Phthalo Blue, Light Phthalo BLue (FC)

I kept the finished card super simple just stamping a couple sentiments at the top!

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Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz
Jessie

Alice in Wonderland

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It is time for another Wonderful Wednesday Challenge over at Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! The challenge as always is anything goes, so bring out all those Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps and play along with us!

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I have been on this CAS card kick lately, and loving it! So for today’s card I broke out my coloured pencil and went to town on the Alice in Wonderland image!

Skin – Van Dyke Brown (fc), Bistre (fc), Cinnamon (fc), Light Flesh (fc), Ivory(fc)
Purple – Dark Grape (pc), Violet (pc), Violet (fc), Greyed Lavendar (pc), White (Lum)
Pink – Middle Purple Pink (fc), Light Purple Pink (fc), Pink Madder Lake (fc), white (Lum)
Hair – Burnt Ocher (fc), Raw Umber (fc), Nougat (fc), Dark Sepia (fc), White (Lum)
Eyes – Indanthrene Blue (fc), Hellioblue-redish (fc), Cobalt Blue (fc), Middle Phthalo Blue (fc)
Warming Grey IV (fc), Warming Grey III (fc), Warming Grey I (fc), White (Lum)
Blue – Blueish Turquoise (fc), Prussian Blue (fc), Middle Phthalo Blue (fc), Light Phthalo Blue (fc)

fc – Faber-Castel Polychromos
pc – Prismacolor
Lum – Luminance

The June Release is UP and in the Krafty Store! Happy shopping!!

We want EVERYONE to be able to play along so your submission can use ANY stamp and can be any theme, any style, any design and it can be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item….you name it!! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on this post until June 20th at midnight! At the end of the month one random winner will be chosen from all the submissions for the whole month and will receive a $20 Gift Card to the shop!!! What do you think…..wanna WIN?? Let’s see your krafty stuff!!

In addition to the great Krafty Challenges & Wonderful Wednesday, each month we will post a Sketch. The sketch will last all month long and if you use it in ANY of our Challenges or WW’s during that month you will get an additional chance to win a store gift card! You do NOT have to use the sketch, it’s just a little extra boost for your mojo if ya need it!

Thanks for stopping by,
hugz,
Jessie

Balloon Boy

Hey everyone! I am here today sharing with you some awesome inspiration using Roberto’s Rascals Balloon boy!

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I coloured up my image with my coloured pencil then cut him out with scissors. I created the background using some distress inks and a little bit of masking. Adding the sun from the Make a Card Summber #16 Die set.

Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz,
Jessie

Cutesy Anya

Hey everyone! I have another card featuring The Greeting Farm.

I coloured up Cutesy Anya with my PrismaColor pencils, and even recorded a video for you all!

Coloured Pencils used:

Skin – sepia, dark brown, sienna brown, light umber, burnt ocher, peach, light peach, eggshell, white (luminance)

Hair – indigo, peacock blue, aquamarine, light aqua, white (luminance)

Purple – violet, parma violet, lilac, grayed lilac. white (luminance)

Yellow – artichoke, goldenrod, yellow ocher, jasmine, cream, white (luminance)

I cut the shaped card out on my cameo, added some flowers, cheese cloth and chip board. I tossed on some molding paste, and gesso and called this card done!

Oh yeah! The video I promised at the start of this post!

Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz,
Jessie

Magicals Kit

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Hey everyone! Today I have a card using the Magicals Kit from The Greeting Farm. Unfortunately this set is retired but I can’t help but use my Greeting Farm sets, retired or not!

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I coloured her up with my Prismacolor Coloured Pencils, the paper I use is Fabriano Artistico 140lbs hotpress watercolour paper.

skin – Dark Brown, Sienna Brown, Burnt Ocher, Peach, Light Peach, White
hair – Black Grape, Dark Purple, Dahlia Purple, Mulberry, Lavender, Greyed Lavender, White
Clothing – Peacock blue, Aquamarine, Parrot Green, Light Aqua, Light Green, White, Black

I used up some old papers from Prima’s Ladies Diary collection. Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers, a few chipboard pieces from Scrapenic, and a seam binding bow that I coloured with Heidi Swapp Color Shine!

Thanks for stopping by,
Hugz,
Jess

C.C. Designs December Release Blog Hop

The DECEMBER RELEASE is now available for purchase in the C.C. Designs Store. As you have seen from our Preview Days, we have a new kitty set with coordinating dies, mystical creatures, breakfast stamps, and two new dies. These amazing products are perfect for all your stamping needs.
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I coloured up this lovely lady from Robertos Rascals Breakfast set with me coloured pencils. I created the sentiment myself and printed it onto watercolour paper. Added a little blue and green Peerless Watercolours to the background and some twine and it was done!

Every release we will have a New Release Blog Hop to showcase our awesome Design Team. Check out their amazing creations!C.C. Designs Blog

Christine

Jessie

Joni

Kelli

Larisa

Laura

Martha

Rosemary

Stacie

Tamara

And we can’t have a Blog Hop without a PRIZE!! Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment on each DT Member’s Blog, and then head back to the C.C. Designs Blog
to let us know you completed the hop. There is a $25 CCD Store Gift
Certificate hidden on one of our Design Member’s Blog so you definitely
want to comment on each blog. 🙂

*This Blog Hop will end on Sunday, DECEMBER 4th at NOON, 12pm EST.
Winners will be announced the following week. Don’t forget to also
comment on each CCD PREVIEW DAY Post for a chance at winning a $15 CCD
Store Gift Certificate, and answer the Facebook question for a chance at
a free stamp.

Happy Hopping!!

Let’s Talk Coloured Pencils

*First things first this review comes from a cardmaker (crafter)*

I personally, at this time, own two brands of pencils complete sets, and have a couple of pencils from a third brand I will touch on these at the end.

Prismacolor Priemer Pencils 

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Prismacolors are probably the most commonly known pencil brand, they are readily available in online stores, as well as locally. Prismacolour pencils are available in sets as well as in open stock (individual pencils, so you can replace the pencils as you need without needing to purchase an entire new set). In terms of artist grade coloured pencils these are at the lower end of the cost spectrum.

These pencils are wax based and have a very soft lead, unfortunately due to the way they are currently manufactured the leads have been knows to fall out of their wood casings, and to be not centered causing breakage during sharpening. The lack of adhesion to the casings cause the leads in these pencils to break at the slightest bump of the pencil. Sharpening can be difficult causing pencils to be eaten faster due to leads breaking during sharpening.

Wax based pencils cause “wax bloom”, which is when your work gets a milky white haze on the surface of your work when you use lots of heavy layers with your pencils work. Waxy pencils layer easier and tend to have more brilliant colours. The white and cream in prismacolours are fantastic and fairly opaque with the wax and softness of these pencils!

To remove wax bloom you can wipe your work with a soft cloth, just make sure do wipe it lightly as using lots of pressure with the rag could remove some colours or if you have not brushed off all of the loose pigment could cause your image to look blurred by rubbing that loose pigment into the paper that has not been coloured.

To prevent wax bloom you can purchase a coloured pencil fixative, and use it in light coats between layers on your work.

Wax pencils also tend to leave loose pigment behind because they are such a soft pencil and break apart so easily, make sure to brush your work off using a soft brush or canned air so as not to make marks on your work with that loose pigment.

Faber-Castell Polychromos

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Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils are an oil based pencil (soy bean). There are 120 different colours in this brand, again they are available in sets as well open stock. These pencils are not as common as the Primacolors but they are still easily accessible in online stores.

With these pencils being oil based they react especially well to Oderless Mineral Spirits for blending, I tend to do this for my base layer just to get the colour nice and smooth to start, they do blend well with just layering the pencils, but being as they are oil based and are a harder lead take your time and let the light layers do their work. The bonus in these harder leads is that these pencils hold their point a lot longer then the softer wax based pencils. The white and cream in this collection is not nearly as opaque as the wax based pencils and they tend to be more translucent. But the black is amazing! Oh the black!

Just because I am referring to these as oil based with a harder lead do not let that fool you, they still feel soft and lay down their colour wonderfully, but the hard lead makes those details easy to achieve without constant sharpening.

These do have a fair sticker price on them! They are on the more expensive then the Prismacolors, but, considering how much pencil I lose do u breakage of my Primacolors I find that they cost me about the same in the long run.

You will not experience “wax bloom” with these pencils as they are oil based! There is also not as much loose pigment floating around my page with these pencils.

I find these pencils play nicer layering over my copics then the Prismacolors, this could be because there is no wax laying on top of my alcohol markers.

Caran D’ache Luminance 

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These pencils basically the top of the line wax based coloured pencils. Their price tag could make you fall over. Currently I only own white and buff titanium in this range. But I absolutely love them! They are still the soft pencils with the smooth consistency you expect from a wax based pencil. But they do not break as much or fall out of their casing and all of those issues me, and many others, experience with the Prismacolors.

I can not speak from personal experience about working with this range on its own, as stated above, I do not have them all. Yet. But the two colours I own are absolutely magnificent. They are so opaque and play well with my Polychromos.

Many artists that use these pencils exclusively say that the “wax bloom” is not there with these pencils like it is with Prismacolors. I will test this for myself if I ever get a larger range of these pencils.

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugz,

Jess