Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Winter Greeting Card with Prismacolor Pencils

Dreamerland Crafts Stamp Colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils

I love this adorable image by Dreamerland Crafts. I made it as a generic card so any greeting could be stamped inside (or just a handwritten message). I used Prismacolor colored pencils to color the image and Chelsea Classic Studio Walnut Oil with blending stumps to blend the colored pencil for a smooth look. This oil is non toxic and low odor, much safer to use than other solvents, such as (odorless) mineral spirits. I also did a quick comparison to Sansodor. The comparison chart is below the step-by-step.

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Making the Card

1. Cut light blue cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut light turquoise cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches; adhere to card base. Cut plaid patterned paper 4x6 inches; adhere to card base in center of light turquoise.

2. Cut white cardstock about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Watch video below; it compares walnut oil to Sansodor for blending. After the blending comparison I go into stamping and coloring the image.

Video Steps:
3. Die cut image with stitched rectangle (Rubbernecker Stamps Small Stitched Rectangle Dies). Cut gray cardstock 1/4 inch larger than die cut image. Adhere image to gray cardstock.

4. Cut enough seam binding to make a bow with three loops and tails. Use Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries Distress Inks (plus optional Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink) to dye seam binding. I used a small mister bottle with water to wet the inks and seam binding as I went along the length of seam binding. Set aside to dry.

Dreamerland Crafts Stamp Colored with Prismacolor Pencils

5. Use Distress Inks Picked RaspberryFestive BerriesPeacock Feathers, and Tumbled Glass (plus optional Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide) to color bouquet flowers. I used cotton swabs to apply the colors.

6. Cut several inches of blue/white/black twine - this will be used to tie around ribbon. Wrap dyed seam binding around 2 or 3 fingers three times - leaving enough for tails. Pull off fingers carefully, grasp in middle. Tie twine around and secure with knot. Fluff loops.

7. Thread twine through hole in button. Trim and adhere on back with Glue Dot (you may also tie a knot but it might make it more difficult to adhere it flat on the card).

8. Adhere bouquet flowers, bow, and button using permanent Glue Dots, where shown.

Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink used to color seam binding ribbon

Comparing Walnut Oil to Sansodor

In the video you can see me blending the colored pencil using walnut oil with blending stumps. Walnut oil is non-toxic and does not give off harmful fumes like other solvents. Sansodor, although as the name implies doesn't have much odor, gives off harmful fumes and must be used in a well ventilated area. It is a toxic substance, poisonous if swallowed (possibly fatal), harmful if inhaled, and harsh on the skin. Walnut oil is flammable (as many oils are) so care should be used when disposing of oil-soaked rags and other items, otherwise it is safe to use.

I would say that the blending is comparable between walnut oil and Sansodor. It is slightly easier with Sansodor but I definitely don't think using it is worth the added risks. When blending lightly colored layers, I actually preferred the walnut oil. See the chart below. The first (unlabeled) rows are straight pencil with no additional blending. The "W" rows were blended with walnut oil; the "S" rows were blended with Sansodor. I also wrote the Prismacolor pencil numbers I used next to each section.

The first rows on the left are simple gradient's of one color (208). Next to them on the right are light layers (pencils 208 and 925). The yellow to red and yellow to blue rows were colored pretty heavily. The walnut oil mostly took off the top layer of red over the heavy yellow, although Sansodor did something similar in the yellow to blue row. When colors were applied lightly (right side), they blended much more smoothly.

I will likely be trying linseed oil and lavender spike oil for blending

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