Welcome back for yet another Valentine’s day card! I’m using a small stamp set from Penny Black called XOXO. I just fell in love with this darling girl–she’s cute for Valentine’s day, but I think this set could be used throughout the year.
Coloring with colored pencils on kraft card stock is a lot of fun! If you’ve never tried it, I would highly encourage you to give it a try. It creates such a vintage, charming look. I used both Faber Castells and Prismacolors to color it in. I love both brands, but Faber Castell Polychromos pencils are my favorite. The reason I used both is because my set of 36 Faber Castells doesn’t include any skin tones. Also, the Prismacolors tend to build up over the lines of your stamped image. To get around that you can re-stamp your image when you’re done coloring, or be careful not to color over the lines. I usually prefer re-stamping my image, but this time I was just careful not to go over the lines. I only used them on her skin, so it was easy.
I also used a white gel pen to add highlights to her dress, boots and flowers. It helped make the image pop.
I used the sentiment that came in the set to make my own strip of pattern paper. I used my mini misti to help me out with this. I ended up inking up all the stamps I used for this card at least twice–many times more on the little girl. (Time for a new ink pad for me.)
I also pulled out my dusty Silhouette cutting tool. I absolutely love this machine; I don’t know why I don’t use it more often! Oh ya, it’s because I’m lazy and don’t want to have to plug things in. Lol! I prefer using dies and my Sizzix. For this card I wanted a scalloped strip, and I don’t have a die like that, so I thought I create one. I’m slowly building up my die collection.
Here is the cute scallop! Pulling out my machine and plugging it into my computer and the wall wasn’t too painful. Lol!
And here’s a close-up of my finished card! I added a bit of twine as well. I don’t know why I always think of this after I have adhered my panel onto my card base. The Tombow stamp runner I use is very forgiving. I was able to pull it off without ripping anything.
I also included a short segment of me cleaning my poor, neglected Mini Misti! I love this tool, but somehow I let ink build up on it. Here is the before picture of how dirty it was.
I used some Novus Plastic Cleaner on it, but my misti was too far gone for that. I then found a rusty tin can of Oops! Multi-Purpose Remover. It took a bit of elbow grease to rub it all off, but that did the job.
While I was showing my Mini Misti some love, I thought I’d also go ahead and laminate one of the sheets of grid paper and use that in my Misti. This was a tip from Jennifer McGuire, and I love it! If I get ink on it, it wipes clean. I make sure I wipe it down, along with the rest of the Misti, when I’m done using it for the day. I use the Novus plastic cleaner for both.
Here’s the video of how this card came together. You can watch it here on my blog or on my YouTube Channel.
Thank you for visiting my craft table! Have a wonderful day!
These are the supplies I used to create this card:
Faber Castell Polychromos:
Dress: Light Green – 171, Emerald Gree – 163, Rose Carmine – 124,Deep Scarlet Red – 219, Magenta – 133, White
Boots: Burnt Ochre – 187, Raw Umber – 180, Walnut Brown – 177
Hair: Prismacolor Yellow Ochre – 942, Faber Castell – Burnt Ochre – 943, Prismacolor Mineral Orange – 1033
Skin: Prismacolor Seashell Pink – 1093, Prismacolor Rosy Beige – 1019, Faber Castell Burnt Ochre – 187