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Wednesday’s Card: Colored Pencil Flowers

Colored Pencil Flowers

Colored Pencil Flowers

Hi All!

I don’t think I have ever used colored pencils in a video before! They are actually quite easy to use. I used PrismaColor pencils, which are very nice, rich pencils. I haven’t tried using ordinary colored pencils from Crayola – I don’t know how they would compare. But really, if you are looking for a more economical alternative to Copic Markers, these wouldn’t be a bad choice.

I started using Neenah cardstock on my first try at this. Then, for some reason, I grabbed a piece of Stampin’ Up! cardstock for the next try. I was getting really frustrated about my coloring when I finally realized that I was using different paper. The Neenah cardstock gives the pencils a chalky sort of application, which allows them to lay thick on the cardstock and blend. The Stampin’ Up! cardstock gives the pencils kind of a waxy application, not blending well, and frankly not giving very good coverage. I was very surprised by the paper difference.

When I first created this card, I used a red background (where you see the blue above). I didn’t like it, so I dismantled the card (and didn’t take a photo of it). Next, I tried a brown background (scroll to see below). I was ok with it, but ultimately decided that it wasn’t working for me. Finally I tried blue and decided I liked that the best. What do you think?

Anyway, enjoy the video and have a great week!

Prior Version:
Colored Pencil Flowers









  1. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Carol B

    Love your card, it is beautiful. You are my inspiration.

  2. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 9:05 am


    I definitely like the blue because it complements your GORGEOUS pencilled flowers. And then to use the same image for your background – awesome idea! I’ve got the 132-pencil set and rarely color the entire image, usually my pencils are applied (when I think to use them 😉 which is rare these days) after I’ve colored with my Copics.

  3. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 9:10 am


    I use Prisma colored pencils often, as a matter of fact, I used them years before Copics because of their affordability. I also blend them using gamsol and a blending stump which gives a really nice look as well.

    I too love the blue background. I especially love the raised dots around the edges.

    I love watching your videos because it gives me ideas for backgrounds that seldom think of. Continue with your great work, your videos are so enjoyable to watch.


  4. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 9:21 am


    Love the blue. The contrast makes everything just pop.

  5. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 9:35 am


    Love your cards! the coloring is amazing and so smooth and just gorgeous. I love the blue card best. Everything pops so nicely against the blue.

  6. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 9:39 am


    This is SO pretty! I agree with your choice of blue for the background!

  7. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 9:46 am


    Sorry to take up more comment space, but I REALLY love the fact that you started with the crumbcake ink on your image! It gives it such a terrific softness!

  8. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 10:44 am


    Both of those are gorgeous. But it is amazing what a change in colour can do to a card. It helps me understand how I can get paralyzed by colour choice. But I keep truckin’. Thanks for inspiration!

    Maple Ridge, BC

  9. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Robin Mayfield

    I enjoy watching your videos every week. I have used several of your cards for inspiration. This card is so pretty. I like the blue version more than the brown, and I also like it better with the stripes going horizontal rather than vertical. I am looking forward to what you do next week!!

  10. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 10:47 am


    Yikes, I forgot to comment on the colour for stamping the image. I agree with Richard.

    In addition, the videos are fabulous (as per Susan). I really need to SEE to learn. My learning style, so I thank you for going to the trouble!!

  11. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Valerie Martin

    Hi Darlene!!!

    I honestly LOVE both cards… the blue card really “pops” but I LOVE the color combo of the Brown card…I am a BROWN girl and my favorite color combo to wear is Brown with Yellows so I am really partial to it. (I recently purchased a pair of elegant detailed leather cowgirl boots and the sales girls was shocked that I did not want the black pair and opted for the brown pair.) So I guess that I am in the minority.

    I really like your technique of stamping in a light color to give you the outline to then go in and either color with copics or in this case, pencils. I fell in love with this when I saw you do it with a sunflower image. I also really like how you use either the white pencil or gel pen to do accents… It truly give a more realistic look. I would appreciate a tutorial of this particular technique. (hint, hint, wink, wink)


  12. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Rhonda Miller

    Wow, what a great card. I love the blue background with the panel and the way it looked after you sanded the little holes. TFS.

  13. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Tonya Denton

    Love it! Love it! Love it! I do like the BLUE better because it does make it POP! Besides these three colors (blues, reds, yellows) compliment each other very well. Of course I believe we all learned that in Kindergarten most likely! LOL! Darlene you have out done yourself once again! 🙂 Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

  14. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Francine G

    So lovely! I really like this so feminine card. In 2012 I will use my color pencils a lot more on my cards. Thank you for the inspiration. Can’t wait to see what you will have for us next week.

  15. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Eveline van Heijst

    I like the card with the brown background too. The red gives more pop there. But I also like the blue background.

  16. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Dixie C.

    Great info about the colored pencils. I think Neenah card stock works well for just about everything. Your card is gorgeous!

  17. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 4:15 pm


    Just love it! I’ve ordered the stamp/die set too – hope my card turns out as nice as yours!
    Thanks so much for the great videos – I know I’ve said that before but they are a tremendous help and you make such beautiful cards.
    Bye for now.

  18. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Lillian R

    Darlene, I love BOTH cards. Great Instructions. You always make it look so easy.

  19. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Kimberli Sarsfield

    WOW! I am in love with this card! Wonderful tutorial and the card is just breathtaking!

  20. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 9:53 pm


    Another sure winner. You are the best. Your ideas just keep getting better and better. Thanks so much for always sharing your talents.

  21. wrote on January 11th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Holly M

    Lovely card! I agree with you…the type/brand of cardstock used makes a big difference in the outcome of a project. Thanks for sharing all your great tips.

  22. wrote on January 12th, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Embossing Queen

    Love the blue as the border, it really makes the card pop! I also like the brown border but it does give a softer finish to the card. I haven’t tried coloured pencils yet, although I do use my Copics a lot.

  23. wrote on January 12th, 2012 at 4:34 am


    I love this, I tried colouring with my Prisma after you had showed some videos showing a similar technique with the copics…stamping in the lighter colour. I love the brown better…….love the blue also. I really like how you made the background. I see you got lots of new “toys” this christmas!

  24. wrote on January 13th, 2012 at 1:14 pm


    As usual a superb presentation and gorgeous work — I love both cards but feel the blue emphasizes/frames your artwork — at least from a computer view. In reality I bet they are both stunning. Anyone would love receiving either card.

    I love these pencils too and also use Gamsol as Sue mentioned; however, I recently learned that Prismacolor also makes a blender pencil which was recommended at the art store. So being a papercrafts junky, I bought it and will let you know how it works. I love trying new techniques too.

    Your enthusiasm for the arts is exciting and makes your videos a pleasure to watch. Thanks for all your sharing.

  25. wrote on January 13th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Very pretty card! You did a wonderful job with the coloring, too: thanks for sharing and for all your tips.

  26. wrote on January 14th, 2012 at 1:46 am


    I love the look of coloured pencils – they blend so beautifully. Great card Darlene.

  27. wrote on January 15th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Becky Sennholtz

    I really like the contrast that the blue background adds. I’ve used my water color pencils quite a bit, but I haven’t used the “regular” ones very often. Thanks for the inspiration! I just subscribed recently and really enjoy your videos.

  28. wrote on January 21st, 2012 at 8:58 am


    Beautiful card as always. I love the blue background … it compliments the flowers! Thanks for always inspiring me with your awesome videos. I enjoy seeing that email about a new video in my In Box!

  29. wrote on March 28th, 2012 at 5:57 pm


    I have been reading back through your blog and so happy I did. I have tried coloring with my prismacolor pencils and never liked the coverage I got. Now I know it was probably the paper I was using. I will try it again on the Neenah paper. Thanks for another helpful tip.

  30. wrote on October 16th, 2012 at 6:07 pm


    Fabulous video TFS!

  31. wrote on January 18th, 2013 at 12:42 pm


    Just gorgeous! I actually have this stamp and I can’t wait to try this card. The background is simply superb. Thanks for the awesome video.

  32. wrote on February 11th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Diane McVey

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial! I love my Prismacolor pencils, and it was great to see your technique. I also liked the tip about the holes coming from back to front, so the white would show! Awesome! This was my first video of yours, and you can be assured I’ll be back for more! Your card is gorgeous, and I love everything about it. I had not thought about putting the lines on there, what a great idea! You rock!!! 😀

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