Simon Says Stamp | Christmas Lights on Black in Blue & White. Christmas Card by Yana Smakula #stamping #pencilcoloring #cardmaking

Simon Says Stamp | Christmas Lights on Black in Blue & White

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another episode from my by-monthly Yippee For Yana video series for Simon Says Stamp Blog! In today’s episode I wanted to go back to pencil coloring on black cardstock, but offer a simpler & easier to make and color idea.

Simon Says Stamp | Christmas Lights on Black in Blue & White. Christmas Card by Yana Smakula #stamping #pencilcoloring #cardmaking

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARD DETAILS

I decided to use a fun background stamp from Hero Arts – Christmas Lights Bold Prints and I heat embossed it in Simon’s Antique Gold embossing powder onto Simon’s black cardstock. This cardstock is smooth, but still has a bit of tooth to it and it’s crucial to make sure your paper has some tooth as this is what will effect your coloring with colored pencils.

Simon Says Stamp | Christmas Lights on Black in Blue & White. Christmas Card by Yana Smakula #stamping #pencilcoloring #cardmaking

For my coloring I picked Polychromos pencils from Faber Castell, you can also use Prismacolors. I used 2 blue – a light and dark and 2 white – a white and light gray pencils for my coloring. If you watched some of my previous videos where I shared pencil coloring on black cardstock and felt intimidated – this is a much much simpler version, the same approach, the same look, but really a simpler version of a colored background. I encourage you to give this idea a try – if you don’t have this particular background stamp, look through your stash – maybe you have a similar stamp, or just a string of lights that you can heat emboss multiple times and go ahead and color. It’s fun and it’s relaxing.

Simon Says Stamp | Christmas Lights on Black in Blue & White. Christmas Card by Yana Smakula #stamping #pencilcoloring #cardmaking

Quick tip of you – if you make a mistake and accidentally color where you aren’t suppose to – you can erase some of the pencil with a pencil eraser. I’m not sure if this will work on white cardstock, but this has worked for me a few times on black and it’s been very helpful.

Simon Says Stamp | Christmas Lights on Black in Blue & White. Christmas Card by Yana Smakula #stamping #pencilcoloring #cardmaking

My coloring process took about 20 minutes and I was really happy with how this background turned out. This card idea was actually inspired and prompted by a card I did earlier using same stamp set – I was writing a blog post for it and I thought about coloring these lights with pencils and as soon as my post was done I went and tested my idea out and it worked!

Simon Says Stamp | Christmas Lights on Black in Blue & White. Christmas Card by Yana Smakula #stamping #pencilcoloring #cardmaking

To create a sentiment for this card I used one of Simon’s Peace on Earth set and heat embossed a long skinny sentiment that reads Wishing You The Happiest, Merriest, Brightest, Most Fun Filled Christmas Ever. Next, I foam mounted my background and my sentiment onto a card base. To spice this card up I colored each light using a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen and finally coated each light with Glossy Accents. This really made my card pop and pulled the entire project together.

I hope you’ll give this idea a try. Have fun stamping!

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Simon Says Clear Stamps Peace on Earth
Simon Says Clear Stamps Peace on Earth
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Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Christmas Lights Bold Prints
Hero Arts Christmas Lights Bold Prints
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Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
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Misti Stamping Tool
Misti Stamping Tool
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EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
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Ranger Glossy Accents Glue Dimensional Adhesive
Ranger Glossy Accents Glue Dimensional Adhesive
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ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
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Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder Tool
Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder Tool
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Simon Says Stamp | Christmas Lights on Black in Blue & White. Christmas Card by Yana Smakula #stamping #pencilcoloring #cardmaking

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4 Comments

    1. Beautiful card. I’ve tried your technique with a leaf stamp several times. I love the results, but think they would turn out better with heavier cardstock. I was just using the 65# black in my stash.

    1. I love to watch all of your amazing techniques. Looking forward to trying them. Nicole

    1. This is so beautiful Yana, I keep coming back to look at it. Just gorgeous.

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