Good morning! I am excited to be a part of Altenew’s Color Therapy Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Barb Engler‘s blog, and your next stop is Zinia Redo. This hop was organized by Altenew to help encourage people to color just because they love to color. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that coloring is my passion. Any medium. (And I must have them ALL lol!) I always get so sad when the Daily Marker 30 Challenge is over, because I don’t have an “excuse” to color on a daily basis anymore, but the truth is that I shouldn’t need an excuse to do something that I love every single day! Coloring is my safe space, my meditation, my version of yoga. (Well, that and online shopping haha!) I’m so happy to have been included in this blog hop doing something that I love! I hope you’ll read to the end, because I have a few tricks to help you make the most of not one, but TWO mediums… plus, there’s giveaway information at the end! 😉
Because they’re awesome like that, Altenew is also running a sale on their Artist Markers, so I decided to combine the Artist Marker Set A with my Polychromos pencils to really get a lot of bright, happy colors with depth and dimension. I started by stamping several images from my all-time favorite Altenew stamp set: A Beautiful Day using alcohol marker-friendly black ink.
I colored the images in using most of the markers from the Artist Marker Set A, using only two of the pink markers on my largest bloom. I wanted to keep the bloom more coral than red, so I decided to omit the two darkest pink markers and use my Polychromos pencils to add depth and shadows instead. You can see the difference adding the colored pencils made on the depth of the flower! I also added some dark blues to the smaller sprigs.
After I’d added sufficient extra shading and gotten into every nook and cranny, it was time to assemble my card. I die cut the florals and foliage using the coordinating dies, then used the Creative Edges: Lace die at the bottom of a white card stock panel.
After I’d determined the placement of the flowers on the card front, I stamped a sentiment from Altenew’s Celebrations stamp set. (The fonts in that set are SO beautiful… I can’t believe I’ve never used them before now!) I also added a strip of glittery black card stock at the bottom. I adhered the florals using foam adhesive to add extra dimension, and added a few gems for some sparkle.
Well, that’s all for that project! What a difference adding that bit of colored pencil made to my project. I hope you’ll try adding some extra oomph to your colored projects by combining your mediums!!
Now, for some fun announcements: Altenew is running a sale on their Artist Markers, so if you’ve wanted to try them, now would be a great time to get your fingers on them at a great price! They’re so fun to work with, and the color range is just beautiful. Use code HAPPYCOLORS at checkout to receive 15% off of the artist markers!
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, July 18th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/22/2018.
Not only is Altenew giving away a $30 gift certificate on their own blog, but they’ve also given me a $20 gift certificate to give away to my own blog readers! All you have to do to be eligible: 1) be a blog follower/subscriber. (I will check!) 2) Leave a comment here telling me which coloring medium is your favorite! Leave your comments by 7/15/18, and I will announce the winner on 7/16/18!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy hopping!
Emily Midgett<— you are here
Beautiful colouring as always, Emily! I personally love water colouring the best I think but alcohol markers are a close second.
I love my Copics… but lately I have been practicing with my Prismacolor pencils and falling more in love with them!
I love all of the new ideas!
Kelsey Thomas says
It’s hard to choose between alcohol markers and colored pencils. I reach for both frequently.
Tara Prince says
So very pretty!!
barbara lassiter says
This is so beautiful. The coloring and card design are awesome!
Stunning card, Emily! Your coloring is amazing and I love the design of this card. Very pretty!
Kelli Horger says
LOVE your gorgeous card!!! So beautifully done
Cheryl Rigney says
Such a beautiful card!! I’m not so sure I have a favorite method of coloring. I am learning and working with many mediums and have yet to figure out a favorite. So far, I love them all.
MARYANN SULLIVAN says
Such a beautiful, I love the alcohol markers and using watercolor pencils.
Kirsty Vittetoe says
Pretty coloring ! So glad you share with us!
Gilda McCain says
I use watercolor pencils mostly. Love your beautiful card. Awesome coloring.
Aditi Jagdish says
Your card is beautiful ! Your coloring is fantastic. Thank you for sharing your creativity.
Charlotte Deerborn says
Beautiful flowers. I am already a subbie. My favorite coloring medium is water color pencils.
Rema DeLeeuw says
Jenny Lloyd says
Absolutely gorgeous I am currently in love with coloured pencils, especially my Polychromos.
cyndi morris says
Beautiful. I love the lace edging die. Your coloring is gorgeous.
I love the way you designed this beautiful card…I would be so honored to receive something so lovely. Thank you for sharing your work.
I forgot to mention that top of my list is my copics….and I love using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens second….also love colored pencils…I am just all over the place huh?….LOL…sorry I forgot to leave that on my other comment…hugs
Deepa Robbins says
Love your card! Very nice and subtle! I love colouring with alcohol markers! I like seeing how they blend.
Cindy Holmes says
STUNNING card! GORGEOUS coloring too!!
Laraine R says
Gorgeous card! Love your coloring. I like to use pencils when I color.
Sylvia Gale says
Oh my goodness this beatiful.
Patty Eifert says
OH WOW!! Stunning card with such beautiful coloring & perfect design!!
Beverly Sue Lessard says
A beautifully designed card! The lovely die cut border and black contrast provided the prefect frame for that gorgeous coloring!
Miriam Prantner says
Beautiful! I love the added shading from the pencils!
So pretty, love the added depth you get with those pencils. My favorite medium, as I type this, is watercolor. 🙂
Beautiful card. I need to get out my “Beautiful Day” set and get busy. You have inspired me. Thanks so much.
Lee-Anne Cross Designs says
This card makes my heart sing! Love the depth you’ve achieved adding the pencils.
Laura Rozsonits says
Your use of the colored pencils gives the flowers and leaves such great dimension.
Oh, Emily, this is the most exquisite card ever. I would love to be able to do this kind of work. Makes me drool 🤤
Love your beautiful site and how you write your name.
Lindsey F says
Would you sell this card?
Cathy Lillie says
Gorgeous card and coloring! The pencils did add some great depth and detail to the flowers, but then again they were beautiful before that! I use colored pencils mainly. I’m trying to get the courage up to try the alcohol markers. Coloring in general is still a challenge for me.
This card is beautiful! I really like that lace edging.
My new favorite medium is alcohol markers. I just got some copies in June and won 2 sets of Altenew markers from the 30 day coloring challenge giveaways and I am HOOKED! 🙂
Kathy Ferguson says
Your card is gorgeous and very elegant. I love the way you used two color mediums to enhance the floral image. Thanks for the inspiration.
Stef Perry says
Love this stamp set and how you colored it! Beautiful card design as well!
Nandini Karmarkar says
Love this gorgeous card. Thanks for all the great tips on improving my coloring! I love using distress inks and watercolors for coloring. Though I recently bought the Artist Markers and I am starting to practise a bit with them.
So beautifully colored !
My favorite medium to color are waercolors.
Teresa Doyle says
How elegant Emily, beautiful colouring too!
I am desperately trying to learn to water colour and master the art of Copic colouring, so I am back and forth on both ALL of the time. Love the look of both and I am determined to learn. (I have to admit, the Altenew markers might have been a better choice for me as I find it hard to know which Copics blend best together. It does NOT come naturally to me! LOL)
Beverly Jordan says
Oh,Emily! LOVE your beautiful bouquet with the lace die edge over black! Stunning coloring and will use your advise to add the Polychromos pencils with the alcohol markers! A Clever tip!
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Wendy Lambert says
Very pretty card. I use colored pencils mostly as that is what I have. I will purchase some alcohol markers when I am more confident with my coloring.
This is such a soft and pretty card and love the lace border.
Cynthia Cole says
Your card is beautiful!
Beautiful coloring. After seeing several blogs using the technique, I’ve been adding colored pencils to my alcohol markers and watercolors. Great for tiny spaces and shading.
L Williams says
Very beautiful card (my favorite in the blog hop so far)! Love the mix of using both markers and pencils; makes the flower look much softer. And the lace-like border at the bottom is gorgeous! Well done!
Jeanne Beam says
Absolutely gorgeous card!
Thanks for sharing…
Lisa Moline says
Beautiful card! I love the depth of your coloring and what a difference it makes to finish them off with the colored pencil! Thanks for the inspiration!
Ericka Strange says
Beautiful coloring and I love the dimension that the color pencils add to these gorgeous flowers! Stunning job!
Lynne Wilcox says
I love the look. Reminds of the pretty embroidered hankies that my grandmother always had
Beautiful card. There’s a Altenew class that’s amazing and it discusses how adding your own details like this really makes the image yours and makes it so much ‘more’. Love it! Nice job!
Terri Clark says
GORGEOUS!!!!! So beautiful and inspiring! Thank you!
Joy Meadows says
I love coloring with my Prismacolor pencils, but these markers are really fun to use for coloring, too! I love your gorgeous card.
I am just in the beginning stages of papercrafting so I’m still getting my supplies built up. I already had colored pencils so I have been using those as well as dabbling with some distress inks for watercoloring. I am loving the way the alcohol markers look (vibrant, soft, everything in between depending on technique) so these will be my major purchase for next month. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration from your card and the helpful tips. 🙂
Stunning. Love the depth the pencils gives to the flower.
Dana M says
Beautiful and elegant card! I love the contrast of the lace border against the black, grounds your floral spray so perfectly. I tend to watercolor with ink pads the most.
Angie Hall says
The card turned out so beautiful using the markers and the pencils. I like the lace border and the black strip. They made the flowers pop.
Connie Johnson says
Hi Emily! Your card is absolutely divine! I love the way you used the dark strip at the bottom of it to sandwich the beautifully colored flowers in between it and the sentiment 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Andrea Hastilow says
Stunning colour work on your card, it’s so soft, delicate & makes me just want to touch them. I really love the look of alcohol markers & coloured pencil together & have been trying it as well. My favourite medium mud be coloured pencils but o or you I seem to own all of them, thanks for sharing x
Linnea Sundstrom says
luv the black border! I fluctuate between being exclusive with my zig brush markers and my prismacolor pencils
Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous card with such pretty details!
Love this stamp set and your coloring with the polys is fabulous!
Carissa Workman says
Absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors and your coloring technique is just amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talent!
Carissa Workman says
This card is beautiful! You have an amazing talent! Thank you so much for your inspiration!
I love that you used alcohol markers and colored pencils together. I will try that!
Beautiful card, it inspires me to try using pencils with markers!
Melissa Friedrich says
I’ve been reaching for my Zig clean color real brush markers lately. I LOVE how you combined markers and pencils, what a huge difference in your gorgeous card! I love the black glitter cardstock along the bottom too, so elegant.
Jill Figley says
Beautiful card, I love your coloring, and the colors that you chose. Thank you so much for sharing…:-)
Lauryne Cunningham says
I love the beautiful bright colored flowers with the black cardstock- love the contrast! And the lacy edge is gorgeous! Great job coloring everything!
Beautiful coloring – just gorgeous!
Renee VanEpps says
Wow! You’ve got some pencil skills!!! Beautiful card!
Judie Fralick says
Love this BEAUTIFUL card. Love the black with the pink and also the lace border die!!! This is a keeper!
Sue D says
Lovely. I like your coloring and the lacy edge. I like to color with copic markers.
This is so delicate and soft! I love it!
Karthikha Uday says
Super beautiful card!! Fantastic coloring!! 🙂
super stick chick says
Gorgeous coloring, love the decorative border too.
Liz O says
Fabulous design and coloring Emily! Thanks for the inspiration!