Thursday, July 9, 2009

Little one


Been making baby cards again:) For this one I pulled out my Gracie set from Sherrod Studio and used one of the flower images to random stamp the background and the adorable little teddy bear for the focal image. I colored him in using Prismacolor pencils and blended with baby oil.

Wanted to share a few tips with you if you use Prismacolor pencils for your coloring that have really made a big difference for me. First, if you have your pencils in their tin and not out in the open to see I highly recommend investing in a some office pencil cups or cute little buckets to store them in so that you can see them and grab them eaisly! I've had my set in the tin it came in and it was very annoying to have to dig through the trays and not be able to see all of them at once. Now they are all in a 3 part pencil holder I found on clearance at Target. I love being able to see all of my colors and just grab what I want, plus the holder is small enough that I can leave it on my desk so my pencils are always ready to use.

The next thing that has also made a huge difference for me is what I use to blend with. I have been using the paper stumps and using a sanding block to remove old color and try to re-sharpen the tip but I was always very frusturated with how imprecisie my control was using the paper stumps. So I decided to try some Ranger Cut 'n Dry nibs and a Marvy blender pen and they work beautifully! They absorb the baby oil wonderfully and the tips on both don't break down so you can have a very sharp, precise tip to blend with. To remove the color I just scribble it on a scrap piece of paper and dip it in the oil again if need be to help pull the rest of the color out of it. If you haven't tried these ideas before I encourage you to! It's made a huge difference in my enjoyment and results in my coloring. If you do try it let me know, I'd love to hear about your experience:) I hope you have a wonderful day!

13 comments:

melanie said...

so sweet!

Cassie said...

Great tips, Leah, and super cute card ;D

IamDerby said...

so cute!!

Ann said...

Such a sweet card, Leah! You're on a roll with these baby cards! ;)

LEMphotography said...

So cute Leah! You always make the most adorable baby cards!

Maggi said...

Such a cute card, love the buttons!

Belinda said...

So cute!

Melissa said...

Very sweet card!

peggysue said...

Ranger cut and dry nibs, you really like those better? I will have to investigate, you get such nice results with yours. Very cute, I like the layout you designed.

Mary G. said...

Leah, this is adorable! I was thinking today of using that little bear for a new baby card that I'll be needing. Yours is beautiful! Great job!

Fink said...

Cute teddy!

Liszha said...

Oh, this one is just to cute. I am not a stamping puppets kind of girl but you make it work.

BethieJ said...

Leah this is sooo CUTE! Love that lil bear!