Simon Says Stamp | Mirror Floral Arrangement + Polychromos Coloring on Toned Gray Paper. Video by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #polychromos #pencilcoloring #adultcoloring #simonsaysstamp #stamping #nolinecoloring

Simon Says Stamp | Mirror Floral Arrangement + Polychromos Coloring on Toned Gray Paper. Video

Hello friends! If you’ve been following me for some time you might remember that in the Fall of last year I fell in love with the Polychromos pencils by Faber Castell. I was gifted a set of 36 pencils and after trying them out on dark cardstock (see my first cards here, here and here) I was very much impressed and I continued to color with the pencils on other kinds and colors of paper.

Simon Says Stamp | Mirror Floral Arrangement + Polychromos Coloring on Toned Gray Paper. Video by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #polychromos #pencilcoloring #adultcoloring #simonsaysstamp #stamping #nolinecoloring

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I today’s video I’m going to show you how to create a floral card featuring mirrored floral arrangement, some simple masking and of course Polychromes pencil coloring for a no-line look.

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 picked Strathmore Toned Gray paper for my card today, I learned about this paper in one of the Facebook groups that I belong too – I went ahead and bough it and I’ve been using it actively ever since. It’s a great surface for coloring with pencils and this paper is very inexpensive – the 50 sheet pad that is 9×12″ is under 10$ so you get a lot of paper to play with.

Simon Says Stamp | Mirror Floral Arrangement + Polychromos Coloring on Toned Gray Paper. Video by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #polychromos #pencilcoloring #adultcoloring #simonsaysstamp #stamping #nolinecoloring

I started working on my card by stamping the image from the Even More Spring Flowers by Simon Says Stamp in Simon’s Fog ink. The idea was to create a symmetrical or mirrored floral arrangement with minimal effort and later color it with pencils.

I rarely do masking because I am too lazy to cut the masks out for my stamps, but for this particular card I went ahead and I created masks for some images using masking paper.

Simon Says Stamp | Mirror Floral Arrangement + Polychromos Coloring on Toned Gray Paper. Video by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #polychromos #pencilcoloring #adultcoloring #simonsaysstamp #stamping #nolinecoloring

I masked the first impression, rotated my paper 180 degrees (panel was cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″) and stamped same flower again. Next, I brought in the second kind of flower, I arranged it and stamped it onto my panel twice – once, and than I rotated the panel, repositioned the mask and stamped it again. Next, I stamped the leafy branch – and again I stamped it once, repositioned the mask, rotated the panel 180 degrees and stamped it again creating a mirror image.

I added some smaller leaves to make this cluster a bit fuller and again I repeated the same steps as before.

I was using specialty masking paper here – it is sticky on the back and it does make masking a more enjoyable task, but if you do not have specialty masking paper you can also use a sticky post it note or ever regular printer paper with some removable adhesive.

Simon Says Stamp | Mirror Floral Arrangement + Polychromos Coloring on Toned Gray Paper. Video by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #polychromos #pencilcoloring #adultcoloring #simonsaysstamp #stamping #nolinecoloring

Once my stamping was done I pulled out my Polychromos pencil chart and I started on picking out the colors of my card. If you are wondering – you can download this card online, simply google Polychromos pencils chart, I got mine from the Faber Catell website and I just printed it onto thin printer paper and I swatched the colors of pencils that I have.

Currently I have close to 70 pencils, I started with the 36 pencil set and I got additional colors that I felt I’d use more in my cardmaking. To pick out the colors I used my color cards (see this video to understand what they are and how you can get yours). I picked out the pencils that mimicked my selected color scheme and I swatched them on the back of my paper in order to see what the colors would look like. Ideally, it’s bets to have a color chart on the same kind of paper you plan to color on, so it would have been smarted to have a color chart printed on this Toned Gray paper since I color on it so often, but I never seem to have the time to do this, so I just sketch my pencils on the back.

Simon Says Stamp | Mirror Floral Arrangement + Polychromos Coloring on Toned Gray Paper. Video by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #polychromos #pencilcoloring #adultcoloring #simonsaysstamp #stamping #nolinecoloring

I used the following pencils for my coloring:

  • #101 White, #170 May Green, #168 Earth Green Yellowish, #278 Chrome Oxide Green.
  • #171 Light green, #166 Grass Green, #266 Permanent Green, #167 Permanent Olive Green.
  • #102 Cream, #104 Light Yellow Glaze, #107 Cadmium Yellow, #108 Dark Cadmium Yellow, #250
  • #109 Dark Chrome Yellow, #111 Chromium Orange.

Once my coloring was done I adhered my panel onto an A2 white card base and added a sentiment. With a coloring panel like this you can turn it into any kind of card you like – this can be a birthday, miss you, thank – anything really. I was making a card for my Mom, so I used a sentiment that reads “I Love You Mama”. I call my Mom Mama so I was happy to spot a sentiment that reads Mama and not Mom. I white heat embossed it onto black cardstock and cut it out with the help of a coordinating die. I don’t have a lot of sets that have coordinating dies for sentiments so I was glad to discover this set and I know I’ll be using it often for my cardmaking.

Simon Says Stamp | Mirror Floral Arrangement + Polychromos Coloring on Toned Gray Paper. Video by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #polychromos #pencilcoloring #adultcoloring #simonsaysstamp #stamping #nolinecoloring

I stamped an additional message on the inside of the card – it reads “I am thankful every day that you are my mom”. I also embellished this card using sequins from Simon Says Stamp from their butterfly kisses set. These might be my new favorite – there colors are so nice and they just go well together with many different cards.

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 Even More Spring Flowers
Simon Says Clear Stamps Even More Spring Flowers
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CZ Design Stamps Love You Mama
CZ Design Stamps Love You Mama
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CZ Design Dies Love You Mama
CZ Design Dies Love You Mama
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Strathmore 400 Series Recycled Toned Sketch Wirebound Journals
Strathmore 400 Series Toned Sketch Paper
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Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
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Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 12 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 12 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 Set
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Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Kisses Sequins
Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Kisses Sequins
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Dye Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp Fog Dye Ink Pad
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
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Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
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13 Comments

    1. Beautiful coloring and I like the way you stamped the florals. I recently discovered that the yellow polys work really … really well on the gray paper as well! As my prisma pencils dwindle I’ll be replacing them with polys as I like working with them much better too. A local art supply store sells the polys individually so I get to support a local independent store AND slowly build up my stash of polys. Thank you for introducing me to these pencils (love, love, love them!) and to the gray toned paper! Much appreciated.

    1. Thank you for the video tutorial today. Your coloring is always so gorgeous.
      The comment about taking 4 hours to make, made me realize coloring has to be saved for special cards. ( Sometimes I get the all or none mentality).
      I bought the polychromo and love them, but thought….hmmm, don’t have the patience to color all my cards.
      I’ll do some fun practicing with the pencils until I feel comfortable with the coloring.
      Thanks for clearing my thinking in this.

    1. beautiful card, I really appreciate that you explain everything so well in your videos.

    1. This is just gorgeous! Love the pops of yellow and green against the kraft cardstock and how beautifully you added dimension to the sentiment!

    1. Thank you for another video using the PolyChromos pencils, Yana. I love coloring with them.

    1. You are amazing at colouring with your coloured pencils. I learn more and more every time I watch a tutorial on this. I love my Prismacolour pencils and as you said “Everyone is different and everyone may like different pencils”. :O)

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