When I heard that the August 2019 kit featured Alex Syberia designs I said, “Yaaas!” I love her style and knew the beautiful blooms would be perfect for coloring with our favorite mediums. Large florals are my jam!! Today, I’m featuring color pencils on dark cardstock.

The video below shows my process for both cards as well as some tips on how I corrected some mistakes. I like to leave the oops in so we can all learn together!

Choosing Dark Cardstock

You can use any colored cardstock you have in your stash. Most colored cardstock has a bit of tooth or texture to it which is perfect for colored pencils. You want a little texture for the pencils to grab onto. I also find colors blend better on textured paper.

Today, I’ve chosen Basis Navy cardstock and Stardream Metallic Punch cardstock from cutcardstock.com. I hadn’t used color pencils on shimmer paper before and thought it’d be fun to experiment.

Ink & Color Pencils

I stamped the images in inks that coordinated with their respective cardstocks to create a tone on tone effect appropriate for no-line coloring.

  • Altenew Azurite for the navy cardstock
  • Altenew Purple Wine for the purple cardstock

Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils in the following colors were used:

  • White
  • Black
  • Warm Grey V
  • Dark Indigo
  • Hellioblue-Reddish
  • Ultramarine
  • Light Ultramarine
  • Magenta
  • Middle Purple Pink
  • Earth Green Yellowish
  • Light Green

For tips on coloring technique, I recommend watching the video. I jumped right into coloring without testing the pencils on each cardstock, so right out of the gate, I had a mistake that needed fixing. Fortunately, it mended well!

Pin It

If you’d like to save these projects for later or share them, here’s a great pic for your Pinterest board. For more inspiration, visit The Hedgehog Hollow on Pinterest.

I tend to gravitate towards navy, gray, purple, or green when I color on colored cardstock. What’s your favorite to color on? I hope you enjoy these cards and I can’t wait to give these stamps another go with a different medium! Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Breathe · Ink · Inspire!

Amber Rain Davis

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