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Monday, September 5, 2016

Blessed Beyond Measure Layout and Colored Pencil Shading Tips

I was looking through some of my mom's photo albums last month and ran across this gem.  Are you kidding me?  This was way back in 1996. How did I not have a copy of this photo. I pulled out my trusty cell phone and snapped a photo of the photo, uploaded it to my computer, did a little editing, then printed that baby out.  Of course, it's not nearly the quality of the original (which was glued down and was not coming up to scan), but I'm so glad I have it. Since then, as I've showed this pic to some friends, I've heard this comment several times, "You guys look like an 90's sitcom family in this photo!"  I'm not sure if that's a compliment of not.  (lol).

I used the September Stamp of the Month (Blessed Beyond Measure) as my accent on this layout (the title and the pumpkin) and used papers from the new Enchantment Fundamentals pack for most of the background and the little flags along the side of the photo.  I've included a full list of the products I used, complete with photos and links for your convenience, at the end of this post.

Remember that this stamp set is only available in September and is yours for only $5 ($12.95 savings) with every $50 you order. Order $100, get 2...and so on. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before checking out.

Here are a few close ups of the layout.  The first shows the flags I used down the side of my photo.  along with papers from the Enchantment Fundamentals pack, I also used some of the stamps from the Stamp of the Month to stamp tone-on-tone designs on some cardstock.

In this photo, you can see the close up of the pumpkin, which I stamped in Goldrush ink then used my watercolor pencils (without water) to shade on top.  I will give you a little detailed photo of how to do that below.  Another fun detail this photo shows is that on the "word search" paper from the Enchantment Fundamentals pack, there really are fun words to find and circle, which is a nice touch on this layout.  I just chose a few words that I thought went with my layout and circled them with my journaling pen.

Colored pencil shading on solid stamping:

Steps to shading on solid stamped images with colored pencils:

1. Stamp your solid stamp. In this case that is the pumpkin design. I stamped it in Goldrush ink (first pumpkin).

2.  Pick a colored pencil just slightly darker than the base ink color and shade.

A few tips:
  • take your pencil on a scratch piece of paper and rub it at an angle. This will make a nice angled flat tip on your pencil. This will make your shading much smoother than using a point to color.
  • start at the place you want to be the darkest on your shading and press the hardest with your pencil. Go back and forth along the length of what you are shading.  As you move in, put a little less pressure on your pencil so the shading gets lighter and lighter and blends with the base ink color.
3.  Once you are happy with your first pencil shading, feel free to find a darker color and do a little more shading at the places you want to be the very darkest. I used 2 colors of pencils on this pumpkin.

Have fun stamping and shading!


Laurel said...

Look at that young good looking family :) Love it Karen!

Katy said...

Well, isn't that just BRILLIANTLY GORGEOUS!!! Such a GREAT tip and nice looking family...why do they grow up so fast!


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