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Inktense Animals

Hi All!

I’m using one of the new products from my SSS order, Woodland Gifts by Mama Elephant. I colored them with my Inktense Pencils. I really like using both Inktense Pencils and Distress Markers when I have smaller areas to color. It allows you to be more precise with your color application.

I also used Ranger watercolor paper, which is not my favorite. I explain more in the video, but if you are a beginner, I think you may get frustrated with this paper.

I matted the card onto some colored cardstock, which is something I don’t do a lot. I tried it with black, but I felt like it needed an extra pop of color, so I went with the yellow.

I cut the arms of the animals to fit the honey and heart into. I just love these little guys!

Enjoy and have a great day!

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Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense colors used: bunny (oak, carmine pink); racoon (payne’s gray, ink black); mouse (neutral gray), flower (lemon sherbert, cherry); bear (dark chocolate, sepia ink); sky (iris blue)

Woodland Gifts
Woodland Gifts
EH|SSS
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
DB|SSS
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
EH|SSS
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
EH|SSS
SSS Sunshine Cardstock
SSS Sunshine Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
EH|SSS
MISTI
MISTI
MSP|SSS
Absorber
Absorber
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

Comments

  1. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Connie

    I just love those little animals. Thanks for reminding me to get out my Inktense pencils again.

  2. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Mary Jane

    Love the card and really love the way you put the things in their little paws. Just so cute!

  3. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Laura Norris

    Really cute Darlene! You color so well with watercoloring! I have had the same problem with the ranger paper- other people seem to love it, but it’s not my favorite.

  4. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Glynda

    Such a cute card – beautiful coloring as always!

  5. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    conil

    Actually this is a darling card despite the trouble you had with the paper. It’s good to know I’m not the onlt onr who “jumps the gun” when assembling cards.

  6. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    Sorry Darlene, but I honestly love seeing when it doesn’t go ‘just right’ for you. 😀 I love realistic videos; helps when we have our own frustrations! LOL

    I have found when using the Inktense pencils, I prefer to wet the area, then take my brush to my pencil and transfer the color that way (like you did to deepen your shadows). I colored an image this weekend and the balloons I used pencil directly to paper and just could not get blending I was happy with; but when I switched it around I was much, much happier with the remaining portions of the image.

    As always, thank you for sharing!

  7. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, not sure why you used the Ranger paper (you said it was really white) but you colored it all, so you could have used another brand, correct? Just wondering before I try this. I have some Strathmore water color paper…

    • wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Connie

      Yeah I was wondering the same thing and glad you pointed it out. I think Ranger watercolour paper is intended to only be used with Distress Markers that you put on without water and maybe spritz afterwards and leave to set but don’t move around with a paint brush. Calling it watercolour paper is very misleading. It definitely is not watercolour paper and cannot handle the amount of water required for most watercolour effects. I think Darlene did a great job of salvaging her piece despite this problem.

      • wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 9:54 am

        Darlene DeVries

        Thank you Connie. 🙂 Regarding the paper choice, I replied to Carol’s comment.

    • wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carol. Very good observation. My first intention with this card was to leave the circles white in the background, which is why I originally reached for the Ranger paper. When I went to create the video, I should have remembered that I didn’t need to use the Ranger because I covered it with blue, but my mind was elsewhere. And, of course, it only occurred to me after the issue. And that’s how things usually go for me. 🙂

  8. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Andrea

    Love the card, Darlene. And I agree with Whimsical Creations–I also like the honesty of leaving the “oops” in the video. Makes everyone feel like we’re not alone in that department! 🙂 Thank you also for posting what colors you used on each item/animal. I like that better than someone just saying, “I used this this this and this,” just generally. I just like to know exactly what was used for what. Anyway, thanks for doing this tutorial! ~ Andrea

    • wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Darlene DeVries

      My pleasure! Thanks for the feedback. I’ll be sure to keep doing it.

  9. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Peg C

    Really is cute, great job and nice stamp set too

  10. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    crazy4life

    I Really liked your video, and like the others, I like to see the “oops” . Sometimes, I get MAD at my cards because things don’t go the way I want them to and then sometimes I can fix them up a little and sometimes, not ! Nice to know that I’m not the only one to get agitated. But your card came out Great and I would not have even noticed anything that didn’t go right. Do you talk to you cards when things like this happens ? I do !

    • wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I definitely talk out loud – not to anyone in particular. It’s usually, “are you kidding me?”. I’ve thrown a card across the room before – does that count?

      • wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 10:49 am

        crazy4life

        Yes ! Yes it does ! Have a Great Day ……

  11. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Brenda L.

    Cute card Darlene, I love those cute critters and I love how you put the items in their paws. Hugs, Brenda

  12. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    okiedee

    Oh no! I just ordered the Ranger Watercolor paper…yikes!
    Love your image coloring and your card design, such a happy card!

    • wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Connie

      Don’t worry about using the Ranger Watercolor paper as long as you only use it with Distress markers without water in the way it was intended. I think they call it watercolour paper to extend their market share but this is very misleading and frustrating for those of us who actually want to do watercolour with sufficient water on actual watercolour paper such as Strathmore or any good medium weight watercolor paperr (about 90 pound or 190 gsm! You don’t want it much heavier than that because it makes the card front too bulky.

  13. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    blondie37

    Thanks for cute card demo. I had to chuckle when I heard you say “YOU GOT MAD ”
    And messed up . It is refreshing to see and hear experts like you can MUCK UP
    Too
    Your right it is what it is …..
    Thanks again for your inspiration
    Love
    Raewyn

  14. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Suzanne Law

    Love the card, Darlene.

  15. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Diana

    Love it!!

  16. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Lizzie

    Thanks bunches for allowing all of us to fell good when doo-doo happens. I love the card and still think it came out super but love even more that you went ahead and posted it. I’m loving the idea of the circles and the way you did them, wouldn’t have thought of them in quite that way myself. Be Happy!

  17. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Lizzie

    Thanks bunches for allowing all of us to feel good when doo-doo happens. I love the card and still think it came out super but love even more that you went ahead and posted it. I’m loving the idea of the circles and the way you did them, wouldn’t have thought of them in quite that way myself. Be Happy!

  18. wrote on June 10th, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Connie

    Yeah I was wondering why Darlene used Ranger when it got completely covered up anyway. Glad Carol Mac pointed out what I was thinking. Ranger watercolour paper is intended to only be used with Distress Markers that you put on without water and maybe spritz afterwards and leave to set but don’t move around with a paint brush. In all of Tim Holtz videos, this is the way he applies the colour to this paper. Calling it watercolour paper is very misleading. It definitely is not true watercolour paper and cannot handle the amount of water required for most watercolour effects. I think Darlene did a great job of salvaging her piece despite this problem.

  19. wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 12:11 am

    DewinGA

    Hi Darlene, love your card and this whole site. Could you please give me some tips on how to shade with watercolor techniques. I am not an artist, I have watercolor crayons, Copics, spectrum aqua, water color pencils, zigs, and stampin up markers. I keep buying, where and how to start, and paper,. Help!!

    Thanks so much. Deborah

    • wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Deborah. I try to give tips whenever I do a watercolor card, so probably watching some of the basic ones would be helpful to you. I would go to the Technique Gallery and click “Watercolor”. All of these cards are watercolor. A couple of good basic ones are this one and this one. Good luck!

    • wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Beau

      Deborah, one thing that I noticed with Darlene’s watercoloring (Darlene, please correct me if I’m wrong) is that she only puts the paint down where the darkest shadows go and then brings in her water brush and puts it down in the white areas of her image (wetting the white areas) and then moves the brush into the color in small circles. As soon as she gets the paint medium wet, she moves on so that the paint medium will blend into the white areas but not enough to completely cover them and not to completely take the color away from the dark areas. This gives you a very beautiful blended look and it also gives you a lot of dimension. The Zig pens are a great place to start since they blend very easy and it gives you a lot of variety in your watercoloring. I say they are a great place to start because some watercoloring mediums can be fussy and more difficult to learn how to use. I really like the distress too, but I don’t use the distress markers in the sense of putting it down on paper then try blending it out, I always use an acrylic block and pick it up with my paint brush. When you are using that type of medium try to find the easiest way to use it for you. So if picking it up from an acrylic block works better for you then great, but if putting it strait to paper like Darlene can do, fabulous. Just play around and find works the best for you. When you are picking it up strait with the paint brush, you will notice that when Darlene does this, she does the same thing with where she puts her paint. She picks it up and sets it on paper where the darkest shadows will go and start lightly blending it into the white space. But you will also notice with her that she almost always leaves white space in her images giving them a lot of dimension. I just wanted to point a few things out that really helped me get into watercoloring and make it actually look good. Hope this helps and good luck, oh and don’t use Ranger watercolor paper because it is actually a harder paper to work with. 🙂

      • wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        DewinGA

        Beau, thank you so much! I guess I have to keep watching these, and quit buying! I was working with the zigs. Ok but not as good as the watercolor crayons,, thanks for taking the time to help me, I will keep these things in mind when I rematch the videos. I don’t have the distress markers so I will work with the others,

        • wrote on July 10th, 2015 at 1:54 pm

          Beau

          Your welcome Deborah! Anytime 🙂

      • wrote on June 12th, 2015 at 10:00 am

        Caly Person

        Beau! You are so resourceful! 😉 Are you the same Beau that commented on my Lila’s Heart video?

        • wrote on July 10th, 2015 at 1:49 pm

          Beau

          I do believe so 🙂 Sorry it took me forever to reply! I told Darlene we need to get an internal notification section instead of it just going to our emails because I get 100s of emails a day and can’t keep up lol.

      • wrote on June 19th, 2015 at 9:20 am

        Darlene DeVries

        Beau, I couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂

  20. wrote on June 11th, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Caly Person

    Love this card, Darlene! I have to say, I had put Inktense pencils on my amazon wish list, then took it off because I had gotten Prismacolor and couldn’t justify both. But it’s now ON AGAIN! LOL.

  21. wrote on June 12th, 2015 at 6:03 am

    swimbikerunat60

    Well Darlene, I too love the fact that you do not edit your videos, watching them makes us realize that mistakes happen once in a while to all of us.
    I love the design of this card and how you placed those pretty stitched circles around, such a sweet card, mistakes and all.

  22. wrote on June 12th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    SandraMaria

    Such a cute card…I always think that I need much more color from the pencil than I really do….I need to work on that!! Those little animals are so sweet and I love how you used the Xacto knife to insert the little heart and honey jar. You are so clever! Thanks for sharing another adorable card!! =)

  23. wrote on June 12th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    SIMPLYCRAFTYFRENCH

    So adorable card Darlene ! Love your coloring, as always and this animals in a “bubble” idea !

  24. wrote on June 12th, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Glenismaree

    Well Darlene what can I say after all those comments. You have done it again. I am so enjoying all of your videos and I am glad I subscribed. Thank you for sharing your talents. Have a great day. Glenis

  25. wrote on June 13th, 2015 at 9:34 am

    thecardsmith

    I love it when you fuss over your cards and admit to being upset at it or over working it. It’s something we can all relate to. I sort of assume we’re all perfectionists in here.

  26. wrote on June 14th, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Anita

    Great card and great video Darlene. I love to watch you work around little mishaps and produce a beautiful card every time, in spite of whatever may have not gone as planed or wanted. I think I tend to get too critical of my creations, forgetting that they will be appreciated by the recipient even if they’re not exactly blue ribbon material.

  27. wrote on June 20th, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    marymoxx

    Hey Darlene! I love this card…it’s so cute. I really wasn’t really interested in this stamp set, but after seeing you use it, I thought of some things I could do. And I really think I’m going to invest in some Inktense pencils…I’ve never liked them much, but I really like the way they give such a natural look to the animals, almost like you can see the fur. It’s great! <3

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