Hi! It’s Lynnea Hollendonner and I have a project for the Scrapping for Less blog today using the Avery Elle Cool Beans stamp set and some colored pencils! And there’s a video at the end of this post!
I love the cute little coffee cup image in the Cool Beans stamp set and I toyed around with a bunch of ideas in my head before settling on this one! I used the Splatters stencil from Tim Holtz and some Ground Espresso Distress Ink to create my background. I taped down my stencil and then blended on the ink keeping it darker at the bottom and lighter at the top.
I stamped my coffee cup with some ink safe for colored pencils and grabbed a few colors of my Prismacolor pencils. I usually tend to stay away from colored pencils. I’m not good at coloring – especially with pencils. I can never get colors to blend and I always have streaky pencil marks. I usually use a blending stump and some gamsol to blend the colors together, but I can’t seem to keep a good point on the stumps and the gamsol almost shreds my paper. I watched Jennifer McGuire’s video where she showed how to put gamsol into an alcohol ink blending pen and use that to color with pencils and I was AMAZED! I had to try it for myself! Watch the video below to see exactly how I colored this cup!
I put down some quick color with my pencils and then used the blending pen filled with gamsol to blend the colors together. And look! No streaky pencil lines! I cut out the cup and popped it up with foam and added some colored hearts as accents to finish off the card!