Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Detailed Coloring with Distress Crayons

Hello friends!
I have always loved to try new ideas and ways of using my new and old supplies.
Today's post is about using Distress Crayons for coloring!
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See this stamp "Poppy Gems" from Penny Black?
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It BEGS to be colored, right? 

I love Distress Crayons' creamy textures and vibrancy. The only "problem" is that the Crayons are rather large and really can't be used for detailed coloring.
 While coloring, I stumbled upon a new way of using Distress Crayons!
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I realized that in order to "move/facilitate" the colors, I need a smaller pen!

Ding! I took out my Crafter's Companion Paper Stumps and Gamsol.

Or you can use a kit like this.

I simply colored the image like how I would with regular color pencils. The colors blend rather well with the Gamsol and Distress Crayons. 

In my project, I used Simon Says Stamp Card Stock. I think it will work with most card stock, but the crucial part is that the card stock is preferably smooth and thick. This way of coloring was purely from my own experiment. As you can see, the blending is not perfectly even. However, it does make the poppies look very artsy!
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Hope that you are inspired to try Distress Crayons if they are on your wish list (or perhaps you've got some?). The stamp Poppy Gems is truly a gem. I am sure I will make more cards with it.
Thanks for stopping by!

PS: I did not try this with Gelatos....I "imagine" it would work also. 
Also,  For the larger area (such as petals), I colored them directly with crayons... For the stems and leaves, I inked up the paper stumps first and then color.
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28 comments:

Jessica Frost-Ballas said...

I love this card! The flowers look so soft and pretty!!

Michelle Borsack said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous....

lostinpaper said...

So beautiful Virginia, and a great 'light bulb moment' for sure!

Dawn Turley said...

Looks great Virginia. The blending turned out really cool looking. Very artsy

Karen D. said...

Beautiful card mf. Will have to try this out.
I did a tutorial for Splitcoast and on my blog there are links about how I use watercolour crayons to colour directly onto my stamps and using water, either stamp or move the colour around after stamping.
Thanks for the tips.
hugs,
Karen

jan metcalf said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Renee said...

Gorgeous card, love the paper strips and string bow!

Karen B. said...

What a clever idea with beautiful results! Thanks for the tip!

Lin said...

Beautiful, Virginia! You've shown off this stamp so well with these pretty colors!

Patty Albertson said...

Beautiful Virginia! I love the artsy look the crayons created!

Shelly said...

This is gorgeous!! Love how you used the crayons! Thanks for sharing! :)

Connie said...

Love this, Virginia! TFS

Harriet said...

Your poppies are truly lovely. I think you were able to blend the colors very well. From the photo these crayons look really thick. Penny Black stamp...the stamps from Penny are so beautiful, some quite intricate and great for coloring using any material. Your use of the DMC thread is always a treat to see. I'm a big fan of sequins. Beautiful card, Virginia. Thank you.

Marlena M. said...

Artsy indeed! I love the vibrancy here, Virginia~

Lisaerica said...

Such a pretty card! I love the pretty soft shading. I have them but have yet to use those sticks, you make me want to play, lol. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Tracey McNeely said...

Lovely card Virginia and I always know that you will enlighten me on a new technique!

Susanne Vargas said...

Very pretty!

LauraJane:) said...

Great idea Virginia!

conil said...

Once again, you're a genius. What a terrific idea. Honestly, can't see where you said the colors didn't blend well. The card looks fabulous to me.

donna mikasa said...

SO inspired to try the crayons after seeing your results! Who knew that Gamsol would help with the blending? Hope to see more gorgeousness!

alexandra s.m. said...

You did wonders once again my dear Virginia!
Beautiful blooms and card!
Thank You~

Miriam Prantner said...

Such pretty flowers! I really love the centers too!

Arlene said...

WOW, looks great!

Lisa said...

Sigh...this si BEAUTIFUL!!!

Cindy C. said...

So beautiful!! Virginia I need to expand my vocabulary I am running out of 'beautiful' words to describe your creations!! :)

Barb Ghig said...

So, so GORGEOUS, Virginia! I love how you colored the petals and leaves, and your design is stunning! Thanks for the tip about Gamsol :)

Daria Z. said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Virginia. Glad you stumbled upon a new way to color!!

Laura Bassen said...

So pretty! I've been on the fence about these crayons...not sure if I need them or would use them, but I love the color that you achieved with them so much!