How to Color Stamped Images with Pencils on Toned Gray Paper

Hello, Julie here! Today I’m sharing tip about how to use colored pencils with stamped images on toned gray paper. I used the new Meadow Flower stamp set, but these colored pencil blending techniques would work great on any of the flower stamps in the Greenhouse Society collection. I love the Meadow Flower stamp set because it’s so versatile and looks great in so many different colors. Today I’m going to be coloring it a bit like a California poppy. I’m a California girl, and I love that state flower. Watch the video tutorial, or read through the photo tutorial below, if you prefer.

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Using Colored Pencils on Toned Gray Paper

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So, I have my image stamped on gray toned paper, using a waterproof ink. And I have my Prismacolor pencils, a small brush, and my ever important coffee mug ;)


 

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Because I’m working on gray toned paper, I’m going to start with a layer of a light color. That could have been white, but this time, I’m going to start the project out on the warm side, and use canary yellow. I’m just going to cover the entire flower with it.


 

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Once I’m done with that, I’ll move on to yellowed orange. This will go in almost everywhere the yellow did, because, of course, it’s going to be orange, like a California Poppy. It’ll have yellow highlights, but will be mostly orange.

Next is a smaller layer of orange. This is going to start out in the shadowy areas for now. Later I will cover more of the flower with this, but I want to start out slow. I find that it’s easier to add more of a dark color later, than it is to try and layer on a lighter color if I get it too dark.


 

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Once I’ve got the shadows started, I’ll move to poppy red (fitting, right?) in the darkest parts of the shadowed areas.

Once I’ve got that, I’m going to go back and forth a good bit to get the colors to balance just the way I want them to. I use the yellowed orange to blend and smooth the poppy red, and then add more canary yellow to blend that, and so on.

This paper is really nice for building up color, but I always make sure I’m using my small circles and thinking about my pressure. As the project develops, it gets harder and harder to get another layer of color to stick, and you may have to use more pressure. Just think about how hard you’re pressing, and don’t go crazy – I try to remember to increase that pressure slowly.


 

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And I’ll keep going until I’ve got all three flowers, a bit like this.


 

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Now for the leaves. Once again, I’m starting with a layer of light. First is yellow chartreuse, all over. With the stems I’m switching it up, and going from the lightest color to the darkest – in this case dark green. I’m just going to go in with a very very light layer, only in the parts I want to be shadowed.


 

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Next is spring green, and I use it to blend the dark green into the yellow chartreuse and to sort of bridge the gap between them. On to apple green, back to dark green, then spring green, back and forth and back and forth with a bit of chartreuse thrown in for good measure.


 

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And here is my finished piece.

It was fun to work with the gray toned paper, colored pencils and stamps because the color really pops, even without a huge range of color. I’m excited about playing with other color combinations, like this blue version, which I’ll finish and make into a card or something soon.

I hope you saw something you can use on your next project. If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!

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PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you earlier this month.

Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Meadow Flowers stamps (and the matching dies), sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member before the end of this month!

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Monkey Business Stamp Set Project Idea by Norine Borys

Hi Technique Tuesday friends! Bev here with a happy blog post. Today I get to officially announce that Norine Borys is joining our design team. Norine has been making projects using Technique Tuesday products for a long time. So when I asked her to join our design team, I told her that she could choose which line of products she wanted to use. I thought she would choose the flowers from our Greenhouse Society Collection. But instead she choose the cute critters in the Animal House Collection. I can't wait to see how she uses the hand-drawn animal stamps and punny sentiments to make cards, tags, and party decor projects!

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Hello Technique Tuesday friends! It’s Norine Borys here with you today! I’d like to introduce myself, and tell you that I’m delighted to be here as a contributor to all the wonderful inspiration that the Technique Tuesday blog provides!

I’m a Canadian girl, living in the US, wife of 1 (lol), mom of 4 + spouses and SO’s, and best of all, Grand-mimi to 2 perfect little grandbabies! I love ALL types of arts and crafts and with the exception of paper quilling, have tried most of them at some point. This is my first month to work with the current TT release, and to post here and I hope, the beginning of something long and beautiful! I had fun this month with the Monkey Business stamps and matching dies. I meannn, who wouldn’t?

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I began by covering an A2 sized card panel of cardstock with the two swinging monkey images. I stamped with brown ink, then trimmed ⅛” off each side.

I stamped the 3rd monkey (Football Huddle Monkey as I’ve taken to calling him) image onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with alcohol friendly ink, and colored him with Copic markers before die cutting him out. I also die cut another 3 of the same shape and glued them in a stack to give the colored image some extra dimension.

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I used some stitched border dies to create interest on the top and bottom edges of a wide strip of brown cardstock on which I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment. Then I wrapped the brown strip with thin jute string and layered that over the stamped background panel. Finally, I adhered the Copic-colored monkey stack, a few matching enamel dots and this card is complete. Pretty simple, but dang cute if you ask me!

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Thank you for visiting the blog today and have a wonderful day!

~Norine

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Thanks so much for sharing your Monkey Business card with us, Norine! I don't think I'm ever going to look at that tough, little monkey stamp without thinking there's Football Huddle Monkey.

As always, I'd like to invite all of you to leave a comment here on our blog. It means a lot to us and the design team members when we hear from you!

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PS: Are you a member of the Animal House auto-ship program? If so, we shipped these cute monkeys to you last week. I hope Norine's project inspires you to get them out and make some stamped monkey projects of your own!

Not a member? You can order these monkey stamps and matching dies individually now. Or if you'd like to save 25% off the Monkey Business products, sign up to become a Animal House auto-ship member before the end of this month!

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Make Your Own Dragonfly Embellishments and Accents

Good morning! Julie here, welcoming Ashley back for another guest post. Today, Ashley is going to show us how to make dragonfly embellishments using the Beautiful Dragonflies Stamp Set and the Dragonfly Crafting Dies. Using Ashley's techniques, you can make your own dragonfly accents for cards, layouts, or any papercraft project!

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Hi everyone! It’s Ashley, and I’m back today to share a new layout in my Traveler’s Notebook with you! I used the Beautiful Dragonflies Stamp set and the Dragonfly Die. I love stamping on patterned paper and having the color show through my stamping. I stamped the dragonflies several times on different patterned papers to create a fun look for my Traveler’s Notebook layout!

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Once I had some of the dragonflies stamped, I also ran the Dragonfly Die through my manual die cut machine, to give a different look to the dragonflies. I wanted to create a scattered look on my layout, to make it look like they were flying across the page. Before adding them to the layout, I layered some of the die cut dragonflies over the stamped dragonflies to create a dimensional look. Then I machine stitched down the center of each one to add texture.

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Next, I placed my photo in the center of the layout. I wanted to have the dragonflies “flying” around the photo. I love the whimsical look it adds to the layout. Once all of my dragonflies were in place, I used a few embellishments to tie the look of the layout together.

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The Beautiful Dragonflies stamp set also includes some great sentiments and photo captions. I knew the “Chase Your Dreams” sentiment would be perfect for the title of my layout. I stamped it with Black Archival Ink on a circle sticker and layered it under my photo. It was a great finishing touch to my Traveler’s Notebook layout!

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I hope you’ve been inspired to combine your stamps and dies in fun ways on your Traveler's Notebook layouts and memory keepering projects! Layering is always a great way to add interest. I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Julie here again. I hope you enjoyed seeing how Ashley made dragonfly accents for her project and that you'll try making some dragonfly embellishments for your next card, layout, or craft project. I have been absolutely loving getting to see Ashley's Travel's Notebook pages and scrapbook layouts over the last couple of months. Ashley's projects have been inspiring me to get back to journaling and doing little bits of art every day.

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PS: Want to see more dragonfly projects? Hop on over to our website to watch Bev's video and see how to make more dragonfly embellishments for your scrapbook pages, cards, and other projects!

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Ink Smooshing Technique - Featuring the Meadow Flowers

Hi all! Julie here to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. Today she's sharing an ink smooshing tutorial with us. To make her bright, beautiful cards, she used an acrylic block, the Meadow Flower Stamp Set, the Essential Stitched Labels Dies, and some Distress Inks. I can't wait to try this block printing technique with the Meadow Flowers myself!




Good Morning and Welcome! It is Dana here today sharing a couple of cards made using this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set. This is such a gorgeous flower stamp set with so many possibilities.

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To begin my card, I created my backgrounds. I used Distress Ink and a clear acrylic block. I smooshed the ink onto my clear block and spritzed my block with water. For my first card, I used Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The little cubes are the perfect size for this acrylic block stamping technique.

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Next, I flipped the block over onto a piece of watercolor paper. I placed something heavy (to apply light pressure) on my block and let it sit for a few minutes. Once I removed my block, I used a paper towel to pick up any extra water left behind.

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Once my background was dry I began working on my card design. I stamped the flower with black ink onto my card panel. Next, I added clear embossing powder to the flower images for some added shine. I attached my card panel to a black cardstock mat.

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I stamped my sentiment onto a label from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies. Finally, I attached everything to an A2 card base.

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For my next card, I used Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for my background. I once again stamped the flower image and applied clear embossing powder. This time I added the sentiment directly to my card panel to keep things clean and simple. I once again added a black mat and then attached everything to an A2 card base.

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I hope you enjoyed my cards today and give this ink smooshing technique a try. It is definitely a favorite of mine.

~Dana




Thanks, Dana, for sharing this block printing technique with us, and for making these beautiful cards with the Meadow Flowers stamp set.

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PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you last week.

Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now. Or, if you'd like to save 25% off the Meadow Flowers stamps (and the matching dies), sign up to become a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member before the end of this month!

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It's April Reveal Day!

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Tam & Julie here, to let you know that we are not fooling around today. We have our super-duper serious faces on, and will not stand for any kind of tom-foolery. Nor any Tam-foolery! But Julie-foolery is just fine. ;)

But seriously, we're not joking when we say that these new stamps and dies are gorgeous! Bev will tell you all about it in her new release video, below. You've probably been following along with our sneak peeks of the Monkey Business, Growing Garden, Garden Sentiments, and Meadow Flowers, but now you get to see everything!

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Plus, Don't Miss The Blog Hop!

Our creative team, along with several guest designers, have a whole bunch of projects that they're sharing with you, too. We hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!

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We hope you enjoyed watching Bev's video, and seeing all the projects along the blog hop. If you saw some new stamps or dies that you like, head on over to the website and snag your own copies. We've included the links below!

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April Sneak Peek #3 is All Ready for Spring!

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So April's showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but we decided to get a jump on Mother Nature with today's sneak peek. You get some of those May flowers now!

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The April entry into the Greenhouse Society Collection is the Meadow Flower. It's going to be one of the most versatile flowers in your craft room, since it can be pretty much any color your heart desires! For example, it looks lovely when the flowers are colored in the style of a Morning Glory, and brightly cheerful when colored orange like a California Poppy. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for these sweet little blooms.

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The Meadow Flower will be shipped to all Greenhouse Society auto-ship members in April. Not an auto-ship member? Well don't worry, we've got you covered! You can pre-order the Meadow Flowers starting tomorrow. Or you could look into becoming a member, and having that little package to look forward to every month. Learn about all of the benefits of being a Greenhouse Society auto-ship member!

Join us tomorrow to see all the new products, watch Bev's new release video, and take a tour of the monthly design team blog hop! Our designers have been working hard and I've been seeing some absolutely gorgeous projects coming from them.

See you soon!

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April's Sneak Peek #2 Is Going to GROW on You!

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Are you ready for spring? Around my house, we are buying seeds and starts, getting our garden beds ready for planting, and planning which veggies are going where. Both of today's sneak peeks let me feel feel like I'm playing around in the garden even when it's pouring down rain outside.


This month's Memory Keepers Studio stamp set is named Growing Garden. It will help you make scrapbook pages about your garden, layouts about your child or grandchild who are growing like weeds, or gardening-themed cards for your friends and family members.

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Are you a member of the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program? We will ship the Growing Garden stamp set to you starting on April 10th. You may also want to add the matching Growing Garden dies to your auto-shipment. If you do place an add-on order, don't forget to choose the "Members only: Add to my existing monthly shipment" option so you don't pay any additional shipping!

Not a member? Learn how you can save 25% of the Memory Keepers Studio stamp sets, receive free shipping on your add-on orders, and about the other benefits of becoming an auto-ship member.


If you like the sneak peek of the Growing Garden stamp set, you will probably also like the Garden Sentiments stamps and matching dies. The hand-drawn garden and plant images from these two sets are designed to be mixed and matched together.

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I hope you enjoyed the sneak peeks of these two sets of stamps and dies. If you want to be the first to see all the new stamps and dies on the new release reveal day, sign up for our Inner Circle Newsletter. We'll send you all the details on Monday!

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April Sneak Peek #1 Is Some Serious Monkey Business!

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March is going out like a lamb here in Oregon (the daffodils in my yard are blooming in force). That means we are getting ready for April's showers with some new stamp and die sets! The first on that list (and possibly my favorite Animal House stamps and matching dies ever) is Monkey Business.

I may have been a huge fan of a certain TV singing group who often monkeyed around, and I might have absolutely loved a certain inquisitive primate whose best friend wore a yellow hat when I was a kid, so these are right up my alley. Apparently I'm not the only one, as our Design Team and Guest Designers have been sending us some awesome projects with these guys. 

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The Monkey Business stamp set and matching craft dies includes three cute monkeys, the requisite banana, and some funny, punny phrases to go with them. These little guys are excited to get to meet you on Monday when we do our big reveal of the month's new products. Come back and see it all, including a blog hop with the design team. Or you can sign up for the blog's RSS feed, and automatically get the sneak peeks and information about the blog hop too!

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PS: If you're a member of the Animal House, you'll find the Monkeys in your mailbox mid-month, with the rest of your auto-shipment.

Not a member? You can pre-order yours on April 1. Or, if you would like to save 25% on cute animal stamps and dies each month, check out the Animal House auto-ship program. Members enjoy discounts, exclusive special offers, plus free shipping on their add-on orders.



Beautiful Day Fresh Peonies Card

Hi Friends of Technique Tuesday! I am so happy to welcome the very talented Dana Kirby to our blog today. She is sharing a gorgeous card she made with the Fresh Peonies stamps and matching dies. I know you'll appreciate how Dana shares all the marker colors and ink colors so you can make fabulous cards like hers!


Hello and Welcome! It’s Dana Kirby here today with a card using the gorgeous Fresh Peonies Stamp Set.

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I started my card by stamping my Peonies in a watercolor friendly ink. I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Pens (yellow, light green, medium green, and orange) to watercolor my flower image.

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Next, I used the Fresh Peonies Matching Dies to die cut my Peonies. I set this aside and began working on my card panel.


For my card front, I first created my background. I used Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade. I blended the three colors onto my background, spritzed my background with a little water and then splattered on a little white paint.

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Once this was dry, I stamped a sentiment from the Beautiful Narcissus stamp set onto my card front. I love how all of sentiments stamps in the Greenhouse Society Collection work together. Lastly, I attached my die cut peony to my card base with foam adhesive to finish my card.

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

I hope you have a beautiful day,

Dana


Isn't Dana's card fabulous? You can see more of her work on her blog, including several more projects featuring these peonies. The peonies and the Beautiful Narcissus stamp set that Dana used for her sentiment are both part of the Greenhouse Society Collection!

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Robbie the Raccoon Card Tutorial

Hi everyone, Happy Monday Morning! This is Bev and today we are welcoming Allison Arbour and Robbie the Raccoon to our blog. Allison has put together this playful raccoon card and a tutorial to go with it. I hope her project and tutorial inspire you to make some cute raccoon projects of your own! Here's Allison...


Today I'm going to show you how to create this cute card using the Robbie the Raccoon Stamp Set, the matching Robbie the Raccoon Crafting Dies and the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.

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Step 1: I stamped Robbie and the sentiment on a white piece of cardstock. I used Versafine ink, and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. Using Copic markers (colors W1, W3,W5, & R11) I colored Robbie in, then die cut him using the matching die. Then I cut out the sentiment using the smallest label in the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies. 

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Step 2: Next I die cut the largest label from a piece of white cardstock. I used the negative space as a frame for the card and stamped Robbie’s feet in Versafine ink. I heat embossed the feet using clear embossing powder.

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Step 3: Next I lightly watercolored the label with Distress Inks. I used Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber.

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Step 4: Finally, I glued the watercolor panel down to the card base. I popped up the sentiment and frame using foam tape to add dimension. Then I cut a small slit between Robbie’s tail and body so that I could wrap his tail around the bottom of the frame. I added a drop of glue to keep Robbie in place and a piece of foam tape behind his head to prop it up.

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Thanks so much for sharing your Robbie the Raccoon card with us, Allison!

If you are a member of the Animal House auto-ship program, we shipped Robbie to you earlier this month. I hope Allison's project inspires you to get out your raccoon stamps & sentiments and use them on your own projects. Not a member? Robbie and his matching dies are available for individual purchase on our website.

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