Pencil Colored Shimmer Background


Hey there! Today I’ve got a card that uses lots of simple colored penciled coloring, and a beautiful shimmer!

I’ve been itching to try my hand at colored pencils ever since laying eyes on the various beauties Yana Smakula has made with them. I finally got around to it, but decided to start slow and keep things simple with the coloring, just doing simple blocks of color.

I heat embossed the beautiful Floral Tiles background in Gold on some black cardstock, and then began coloring in, using Faber-Castell Polychromos colors White, Mauve, Magneta, Dark Phthalo Green, Cobalt Green, and Rose Carmine. I was coloring this while watching tv, and found that the colors popped more if I put a layer of white down first, and then the actual color. It may just be my artificial lighting (when I make cards most of the time), but with very dark cardstock, a layer of white seems to help the colors pop more.

This isn’t fancy coloring – I was actually pretty impatient to see the results, so it’s not even terribly smooth. It took me a good hour of coloring/tv to lay it all down; however, I did lay an entire extra layer of white for every pop of color, so if you cut that out, you’re cutting down the time in half. 😉

Also, Yana mentions often that sharp pencils make the process more enjoyable – SO. TRUE. I have a rinky-dinky pencil sharpener, so I didn’t like taking the time to do it often, but when I did, it just went on easier and made my hand less cramped.

Before adding my sentiment, I sprayed the entire piece with some beautiful Hero Arts Gold spray. This spray is actually discontinued, but you can either find it HERE on Amazon, or there’s some alternates available. I haven’t tried these, but Heidi Swapp Gold Lame spritz, Altenew Metallic Shimmer Warm Sunshine spray, Wendy Vecchi Mica sprays – I’ve linked more down below the supply list, if you’re interested in exploring. You could always try making your own as well, by mixing water and Perfect Pearls.

I just LOVE the shimmer and shine it gives to this card!

I then heat embossed a sentiment from Magical Nights Messages in Gold, and then trimmed it out, punching the corners with a small hole punch for a little extra detail. Finally, some pretty gems – pretty much a must-have, considering the sentiment – top the card off.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Bazzill Licorice
Stamps: Hero Arts Floral Tiles background and Magical Nights Messages
Ink: Versamark
Other: Hero Arts Gold embossing powder, Pool Mixed Accents and Gold spray; Faber-Castell colored pencils

Tools: heat gun


Gold Shimmer Spray Alternatives (not tested by me…yet):

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