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Polychromos pencil colouring on Strathmore Tone Grey Paper

Hello, great to see you again and I hope you’re having a great week. I really enjoyed making this card, and I feel that I starting to improve my colouring skills. For this card, I wanted to use my new Polychromos pencils and start practising shading with them. My pencils prior to these were a very cheap set from the cheap shop, so I decided to splash out a little more money and invest in a small set of Polyschromos. They’re beautiful to work with, lovely and soft and I enjoyed blending the holds with the white pencil. I have a shop local to me, where I can buy the pencils individually which allows me to buy only the colours I want. In addition, I build my collection up slowly when I have money for them. Crafting isn’t a cheap hobby! If you haven’t tried polychromos pencil colouring before, you should give it a go!

The main stamp used in this card is an Altenew stamp. It is a new stamp for me however, it has been out with Altenew since 2016. The stamp set is called Bamboo rose and has lovely hand drawn and freely drawn flowers, leaves and some butterflies. These were stamped onto Strathmore Toned Grey Paper which I have often seen Yana Smakul use. I was intrigued to try it out, and I have to say it is lovely to work with. If you have the opportunity to get some I would recommend it. 

So let’s get started with the card!

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polychromos pencil colouring Card process overview:

To start off, trim a piece of Strathmore Toned Grey paper to the size of your cardbase. I created an A6  card (UK sizing)- around 5.75″X 4.2″. Next stamp in clear embossing ink several of the flowers and leaves onto in two corners opposite one another. Cover this with Platinum Embossing powder and heat set. On an additional piece of Strathmore Toned Grey scrap paper, stamp several more flowers and leaves, repeating to process to heat set in the powder.

Once complete, it is time to start colouring. I used two colours (dark and light shade) and a white for each flower. For the list of colours used, see below. Start off with adding white to your highlight areas (areas where the light would hit the flower). Next, add the lighter shade next to this and add the darkest shade to the shadows. Overlap the colours slightly, and repeat adding the colours in reverse order – dark then light, then white. When ready colour over the whole area with your white pencil to blend the colours.

Repeat this for each petal of the flower. Use this method to also colour in the leaves, starting the with the lightest to darkest, then back to light and finally blend with the white pencil.

When you have finished colouring the images, fussy cut out all the flowers and leaves on your scrap piece of paper. Heat emboss a sentiment in white embossing powder onto black cardstock and foam mount this onto your card panel. Next add the additional cut out flowers onto the card, using different thickness of foam pads. For more depth, overlap the flowers on the card panel. Lastly to finish the card off, add a selection of Tonic Nuvo drops in a colour corresponding colour. 

polychromos pencil colouring Card photos

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Addtional supplies:

White A6 cardbase, acrylic blocks, heat gun, Platinium WOW! Embossing Powder, Polychromos: Light Ultramarine 9201-140,Helioblue-reddish 9201-151, Fuchsia 9201-125, Pink Madder Lake 9201-129


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About Me

Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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