01 February 2018

Love Story - Sheepski Designs, Prismacolour pencils

The challenge for this February on Sheepski Designs challenge blog is Red, Hearts, Romance, and/or Love. My inspiration piece combines Fantasy Romance with all of those. Come join us with the challenge.

Fantasy Romance depicts an elven couple in a loving embrace. The alternate image, included in the download, added wings to the male.

I coloured the image with PrismaColor pencils and used an Umbrella Craft die to create a scalloped heart window to frame them with a heart-filled paper.

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Putting It Together

I am so glad I got the full set of PrismaColor pencils when it was on such a good sale in December. After doing a Kit and Clowder class with the older 72 pencil set I originally had, it was like a bell rang in my head and unlocked a key to how they work. The PrismaColor pencils are coming neck and neck with water-medium for my favourite image colouring medium.

Before I decided to use the pencils to colour the image, I printed it on light lightweight student-grade (90lb) watercolour cardstock. I had the idea to use the heart die to create a window frame with the foiled heart paper from a My Mind's Eye pad. I was originally considering a translucent gold inner window/matte so I did a dry fit with the two hearts on the image.

And then I decided to use PrismaColor pencils to colour the image. Interestingly, the heavier watercolor paper is better with the pencils than this lightweight paper. The tooth (bumpiness of the paper) is easier to flatten on the heavier paper. Flattening gives a smother more blended look. I intentionally don't fully flatten the hair since I like the rougher, hair-texture.
  • skin: Rosy Beige, Beige Sienna, Seashell Pink, Beige, Eggshell, White
  • her hair: Black Raspberry, Terra Cotta, Henna, Peach Beige, Goldenrod, Dark Brown
  • his hair: Goldenrod, Burnt Ochre, Yellow Ochre, Cream, Light Umbre
  • his clothes: Violet Blue, Ultramarine, True Blue, Light Cerulean Blue, Blue Indigo, Silver, Gold
  • her clothes: Dark Green, Grass Green, Apple Green, Chartruese
  • eyes: True Blue, Grass Green, Black
  • lips: Tuscan Red, Crimson Red

I really liked how vibrant the image turned out. I didn't want to cover up much of the image and, to fit better on an A2 card base, I decided to turn the heart on its side. I actually dry fit the die on the coloured image to see how it fit before I cut the foiled heart paper. It might have been a bit more intimate with an upright heart and/or the addition of the original planned translucent gold, but I was loathed to cover up the colouring. This layout is still impactful.

I matted the red hearts with gold mirror board and cut the heart from that, too. This gives a nice finished look and a slight bit of dimension.

I adhered the couple and the frame to a card base and added three rhinestone hearts.

Inside, I stamped a sentiment from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and added a heart from the smallest of the nested set cut from scrap from the front.



Sheepski Designs blog challenge: Red / hearts / romance / love
Dies R Us: For the One I Love
Addicted to Stamps and More: Mark Your Mark
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Love and Hearts
Createful Heart: Add a Heart
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: Anything Goes


  1. It is a gorgeous card, Rijacki! I love how you angled the heart, too. And love the step-by-step instructions! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Createful Heart Digis & Designs this week. We hope to see you next time too!
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Createful Heart Digis & Designs

  2. Oh Kate, what a beautiful job of colouring you've done on that Elven couple. The colours and shading bring it to life. I'm not sure that I agree that an upright heart would have been more intimate. The lean to the heart makes me think they are falling into love. What lovely paper you've used as the background to the couple, too. The foil hearts against the soft red add such elegance as do those rhinestone hearts. Love that the inside of the card reflects the outside. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  3. Love how you show us how you put your cards together. So glad you found those pencils, I think you're going to do amazing things with them
    Andrea x
    Sheepski Designs

  4. So sweet! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘For the One I Love’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  5. So romantic Jijack. I love the eleven couple images and you've coloured them beautifully. I like the verse inside the card too. Thanks so much for joining our "Anything Goes Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  6. Gorgeous card Rijacki, the image is beautiful and I love the foiled paper and simple layout, so pretty :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  7. Beautiful job with the Prismacolours! Also, so clever how you positioned the heart die - why cover up all that amazing work? Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  8. The background heart DP looks great as a frame for your couple.
    Thanks for making your mark at ATSM. :)

  9. Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!


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