Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Wanna Scrap!

Welcome to Scrappin' Peeps summer camp hop. It you didn't arrive from Mandi's blog, be sure to go back and check it out.  

The Peeps have a week full of fun planned for all of us. We have all fallen behind in our scrapping and paper crafting and thought we would take advantage of this week of summer to get a bit caught up.
The theme for our blog hop is water. Water is a BIG part of summer and summer fun: cool glasses of ice water after a day in the sun, a cool dip in a pool, and wading through puddles after a summer rain. Water is also becoming a big part of scrapping and crafting.  At first glance, that statement may sound a bit odd. After all, water and paper usually DON'T mix, do they?

One of the big trends in cardmaking has been the introduction of watercolor and watercolor techniques. You see it everywhere. Well, if you are like me you can experiment with watercolor, but the results are often less than impressive.

Recently, however, I discovered a wonderful alternative!

I purchased THESE pencils after a recommendation from a friend:

They are NOT watercolor pencils. They are actually INK pencils. The resulting color is much more intense than the look you achieve with watercolor pencils. I have also found that it is MUCH easier to shade.

After my purchase, the first thing I did was go to YouTube to see if I could find a good tutorial on using them. I found THIS one by AnnaBelle Stamps

Great ideas huh?

Now, let me share with you 2 cards that I created using these pencils.

My first card was this beautiful Santa image. It is from a Recollections stamp set called "Country Santa".

After stamping and coloring I heat embossed the beard and added some chunky glitter to the fur parts of the coat. I layered the image with cardstock and a frame cut using a Spellbinders die.

My second attempt with these pencils was this snowman card. It was created using the Stampin' Up stamp set called "Snow Much Fun".

Don't you love the shading on the snowman's body, hat, and boots?

I have discovered only one problem with these pencils. I love the look SO MUCH that I need a bigger set with more colors! A quick search on Amazon revealed to me that there is a set of 24 and a set of 72 available.  I am already saving up to make one of  those sets my next splurge.

Your next stop for the crop hop is Robyn's blog. If you got lost on the way here is the complete list.

Mandi mjskraze.blogspot.com/
Stella myscrapbliss.blogspot.com/
Robyn cozienookhomestead.wordpress.com/
Christine terrapincreekdesignstudio.blogspot.com/


  1. Cute cards! A possible product addition to my Christmas list too. Thank you for sharing your work. islandscrapper

  2. Wow! These cards are beautiful! Love every details of it! Love that pencil!

  3. BEAUTIFUL cards!!! The shading is neat.....you have inspired me to try the INKTENSE pencils I just bought!!