Good morning! Today, I am honored to be a part of Waffle Flower’s New Release Blog Hop! You should have arrived from the utterly amazing Debby Hughes’s blog, and your next stop is the fabulous Yana Smakula’s blog. Nina’s new release is SO creative and clever, not to mention useful. Here are a few words from Nina with more details about the fabulous new products released today:
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you will find Waffle Flower’s newest release a great investment for yourself.
This is a back to basics release focuses on the function of stamps and dies. Our goal is to help beginners gaining confidence over a coloring medium and to help experienced colorers warming up and learning more about their media.
Color Swatches (stamp, die, combo) is a great all-around swatching set while Color Wheels (stamp, die, combo) helps you create the most accurate color-mixing references with the supplies you have on hand. The 2”x3” Swatch Stamp Set is adapted from Color Swatches stamp set for quick-n-easy applications and storage. Swatch Tag Die contains a standard ATC size tag (2-1/2” x 3-1/2”) with piercing details and hole re-enforcers. Also in this release is a 5”x7” stamp set called Adventures to let you practice landscape painting techniques right away and the Lacy Flower XL Die to add a soft, feminine touch to any project.
A professionally printed guide will be included in the Color Swatches Combo. All combos come in our Cloud Storage Pockets.
Please check out our videos with detailed instructions here: https://waffleflower.com/
One of my favorite things about this release is how versatile these products are and the huge amount of applications that can be made with the different combos. The video shows both Copics and watercolor applications, but I chose to work with my pencils. I love using my pencils on colored card stock, and I thought what better way to show the versatility of these products than to create a little swatch book for colored pencils on colored card stock?
I began by cutting the Swatch Tag Die several times from plain black card stock, then stamped the coordinating Swatch Tag Stamp Set using white pigment ink, with plenty to spare for future combinations.
I used a scrap piece of black card stock to create some color combinations of Polychromos Pencils that I knew I would want to use for my project. Once I had found combinations that I wanted to keep for current and future use, I colored them on my swatches, making sure to note at the bottom the numbers of the colors on the pencils so that I could easily grab the colors if I was in a rush to get some coloring done. I put all of the swatches on a ring for a super easy reference for the future. I love that you can use these products for basically ANY medium, and the dies make it so that you can create them on any type of paper or color of card stock that you wish!
For my project, I wanted to use the pencil combinations to create a pretty floral project using the new Bouquet Builders 2 from the previous release. I started by stamping 2 of the magnolias on black card stock using white pigment ink, and another on a piece of scrap card stock to be die cut, then using my Polychromos pencils to color the images in using the no-line coloring technique.
After I had finished coloring the flowers, I die cut the peachy pink magnolia and trimmed off the stem. I popped the die cut up with foam tape, then turned to the sentiment. I heat embossed the greeting from Bouquet Builders onto some strips of black card stock, then popped those up using foam tape as well.
After I had adhered all of the pieces, I added some jewels from Pretty Pink Posh to add some sparkle.
Now, for some fun giveaway information!
This Waffle Flower release is awesome. I am a newbie to cardmaking/ papercrafting/multi-media and am just starting to build my stash of inks, watercolors, markers, pencils, etc. My mind has been kind of boggled trying to figure it all out and figure out what I have and still need. I knew I needed to make some color swatches/charts but where to begin LOL. Many of the items in this release will definitely help me get get some of this under control so I am doing a happy dance right now 🙂
Betty J says
Emily I love how you used this amazingly fantastic swatch set with polychromos! Now I want not only the stamp set but the polychromos as well. And what a lovely card!
Rubeena I. says
I love what you did here!! You’re right, so many possibilities!
Love seeing the swatches on black.
Debbie P says
WOW! Your card is beautiful. Thank you for showing us this release on the black cardstock with colours pencils. What a new way to use this release. Thank you.
Wow, love the swatches on black, gorgeous card too
I love that you did your swatches on black, the colors are so vibrant! Your card is stunning! Thank you for sharing!!
Just starting to learn how to use watercolors and feel overwhelmed at times on how to combine colors. This release seems like the answer to what I need.
Mary McCaslin says
How fun! I’ve not really been aware of this company and what really great stamps here!
Great use of black cardstock for making swatches. This post stands out from the rest of the pack!
Carmen Lalande says
I love that you used colored cardstock to make some swatches. I too like using pencils and these swatch ideas are great!
I was already loving the swatch kits, but wow! I love that you swatched colored pencils! I may have just ordered the 150 ct Prismacolor set (wheee!) so I can’t wait to swatch them on dark colors! Fabulous idea!
LOVE this and how you did the pencils on black….so Awesome Emily!
Great idea. Your flowers are simply stunning.
susie sonnier says
Love the swatch stamp set. Great idea on black cardstock!
Theresa Petermann says
such a brilliant concept both practical and fun. thanks as always for sharing.
Mary Holshouser says
The black gives you an entirely different perspective
than the white and having these charts will make color
selection so much easier. I love the flowers against
the black. I have the zig markers and these charts
would give me a better idea of the actual color so
I don’t have to “test” my colors every time I’m coloring
something. thanks for sharing
EKKK!!! The black!!! LOVE IT! And I have Prisma’s, but have heard the PolyChromos are so much better. I “almost” hit buy last night, now I am thinking I need them!!!! Wonderful projects and examples!!!!! HUGS
Karen S. says
Emily, your card is beautiful! And while I have swatched out my colored pencils, your idea to use black cardstock is simply brilliant! Thank you for your tip and to Waffle Flower for a wonderful release!
Beautiful job Emily. Love the black cardstock. These flowers came out gorgeous❤
Melanie Allen says
Love your swatches on black. Great idea!
Yeowza! I’m going to need to give coloring on black cardstock a try! These are GORGEOUS!!
Lisa Moline says
What a fantastic idea to do the swatches on black for colored pencils! I had not thought of that one yet! All of those swatch stamps are so versatile! Love your card too, the colored pencils are so gorgeous on black! Thanks for the inspiration!
Ciara Taylor says
I love that you used black card stock, I always think the pop of colour looks so beautiful !! Such a great idea and way to swatch.
Christina Remter says
This is awesome!
Teresa Selby says
Love the swatches for stamps. You can make swatches on white and black card stalk to see the reaction they would make. Your card is awesome too. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.
Michele W says
Using these stamps to make swatches on black paper with colored pencils is brilliant! I think I’ll make some swatches using kraft paper, too! Thanks so much for sharing this idea!
I love the swatches on black paper! Bless your heart for heat embossing them all.I love how you stepped outside the box using these stamps. However it does mean another whole set of swatches…that may have to be a future project. TFS!
Karthikha Uday says
The swatches on black are different and nice! And I love the coloring on those flowers 🙂
Awesome product idea and I loved seeing how you personalize it for how you color!
Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous card and beautiful swatches! Love the colored pencils on black paper!
I’ve swatched all my inks and alcohol markers but have never swatched colored pencils of watercolor markers. Looks like it would be helpful in choosing colors for a project.
Jane Crisci says
Love your card! Thank you for sharing your idea to swatch on black card stock. Great idea!
Beautiful coloring on black cardstock 😘
Crimson Owl Creations says
Wow! This is such a unique look with the swatches painted on black paper! What a cool look! Your card looks absolutely gorgeous too!
Jean Chaney says
I love pencils on black, but some work better than others. Perfect use of part of this great release!
I love your style of coloring over black paper reminds me of my University years
Linda Miles says
What a great release! Love your idea of making colored pencil swatches!
Geri S says
Beautiful cad!!! Should have remembered about black – now I’m thinking Craft!
Kathryn A says
I loved seeing the pencil colours on black paper! Great idea to swatch those out.
I like the swatches on black. Polychromos pencils are perfect for coloring on this paper. I need to remember that all backgrounds don’t need to be white!
Thank you for sharing your version of how to use these new stamps. It’s great to see swatches done on something other than white, because we don’t always use white on our cards. The card you created is absolutely stunning & I am in awe!
Sandy M says
At last someone uses colored pencils to show the results of them on the swatches. And to see it done on black paper is especially helpful. I love using my Prisma Color pencils on black paper and use this technique the most.
Love the black tags with the pretty pencil coloring – so elegant!! And your card is beautiful.
Thank you for sharing. I would’ve never thought of using black card stock, but it’s beautiful.
Lisa Byers says
I love seeing the swatches in black. It really makes the colors pop!!
Nora N. says
I LOVE that you used the stamps on BLACK. Very cool!
I was just getting my mind around the basics with these swatches and then you introduced the black. I’ve really got my hands full now! LOL Lovely cards! They pop off the black cardstock!
Debbie Daniels says
I love this blog hop on swatching-so many creative ideas and examples. I love it.
Tina Hendricks says
Love the swatches on black
Renee Drew says
I’m just learning to use colored pencils, so your descriptions are so helpful. Thanks, Emily.
Peggy Pride says
Such a great idea with these new swatches. I am intrigued! Thanks!
Linnea Sundstrom says
luv the color on dark cardstock!
Becky Green says
Emily, THANK YOU for showing us how you use these GREAT STAMPS & DIES! I really hadn’t gone any further in my mind than white paper! LOL (I have been thinking of doing a Color Study Journal & then Waffle Flower comes out with this release……) Your swatches look FABULOUS on the black! WHAT A GORGEOUS JOB you’ve done! AND your card looks FABULOUS TOO!!! 😉
Kathy S says
I love your card and your explanation has helped to understand more about coloring techniques. Thank you.
I love these swatch sets and thanks for the idea of swatching colored pencils!
Marisa K says
I’m pretty new to stamping and hand coloring still terrifies me a little bit but I would love to try something like this with my own color pencils. I absolutely love how you colored those flowers too! I already follow your blog, which is why I even see any of these releases, so thanks for demonstrating them so well!
Sheryl Hurley says
Love this new stamp and die swap set
Victoria Milam says
I like the black card stock! Something I never would have thought of! Thanks! This blog hop has been very useful to me seeing how others are using swatches and organizing them!
Julie Harden says
I love the swatches on the black card stock. The card is made is beautiful and very elegant. Thanks for your ideas
Maegan Hendricks says
I hadn’t even thought of doing this on black cardstock to make a color palette!
Jan Castle says
GORGEOUS samples!!!!! These stamp sets will be SO USEFUL and FUN!
Arlene Plastine says
I love Waffle Flower’s new release!
Beautiful card Emily.
Mary M. says
What a great idea to swatch on black cardstock with your pencils. I think doing a swatch on kraft cardstock would also be great…since I love to use my pencils on kraft….thanks for the idea and inspirations
An absolutely stunning card! And thanks for showing the swatches on colored paper with your Poly Chromos!
Carol Rietzke says
Love the way your flower images pop off the black card stock.
Cynthia Koop says
So great on black!
Dee Earnshaw says
awesome new release !!!!
Kelsey Thomas says
Love how these colors stand out against the black background. 🙂
Thank you for showing how versatile the swatching set is by using black card stock and your colored pencils. Your card is beautiful!
Sharon Gullikson says
OH MY GOSH, your flowers look so BEAUTIFUL!. I really like the look…
Great swatches for black cardstock. Pretty card, too.
I never even thought about using black cardstock and coloured pencils, thank you for yet another great idea on how to use the products in this release, and your card is very pretty
I love that you did it on BLACK! WOW! Really makes a unique color scheme!
Kathy Nakata says
Thank you for your blog post! I have been practicing with my Polychromos colored pencils on Gina K’s Slate card stock. I loved your post because you used it for the pencils. I ordered just the Color Swatches combo set for now.
beautiful card … liked the swatching on black
How clever to use the swatches for pencil colors.Pencils show so well on black as your beautiful card reveals. tfs
Beautiful card. Great tips.Love swatching out pencils.
Cheriese H says
Love that you did the swatches on black!
Your swatching on the dark cardstock looks so pretty, and your card even more so!
Oooh, the coloring on black cardstock is so dramatic and beautiful!
Laura L says
Wow! love the black cardstock swatches–very inspiring!
My Crazy Craft Life says
Karen @ MisplacedMojo.com says
The swatches are strikingly beautiful in black, much like your card! I’m afraid if I got these stamps I’d stop making cards and just make swatches! LOL After all, I use the standard black and white, and a lot of kraft, oh and a ton of SSS Fog cardstock… and that’s just pencils. Oh man, if I used this for inks I’d never stop swatching! hehe
Susan Partridge says
Ooh! I love the idea of black card-stock… I agree that these are so versatile they are indeed an investment!
Kirsty Vittetoe says
Cool and fun release and your card is darling!
So inspirational to do your swatches on Black. Innovative inspiration
Your swatching looks great Emily, just love seeing pencils on black and your card is stunning. I really need to organsie my swatches, I have them, just not in a consistent format. This is a fab set! Lisa
Lisa Says says
these polychromos swatches on black cardstock are such a great idea ! and your card is gorgeous
Isabel Z says
I love blog hops because I get inspired to create–thank you.
Megan Francis says
On black.. nice! Thanks for showing the versatility of this release. Used it for everything!
Marcia K Designs says
ooh. . . ahhh. . . a whole new take on this release. What a surprise to see it on dark card stock. Love your card!
Angie Hall says
The swatching stamps and dies will certainly help us organize our coloring mediums. Using black cardstock is a great idea. Your card is beautiful.
Love your swatches and charming card!
Jeanne Beam says
Love your gorgeous card and how you used the swatch stamp set.
Thanks for sharing…
Susan King says
Oh I just am so thank full you used blank for your swatches it has given me a great idea!
Barbara R says
OMG – that is so cool to use black cardstock for your swatches. the more sites I visit, the more I want this set. Yours put me over the edge!
Beautiful, and useful creations !
Andrea Hastilow says
Beautiful swotches with the pencils, your card is awesome as ever & reflects your colour options on the dark cardstock. I hope you already know that I regularly stalk you , follow you, on your blog & you’ve dropped my idea already . I want to have a set of switches for all my mediums eventually but will be starting with my coloured pencils, switched on white smooth card, watercolour paper, Neenah dessert storm, kraft, black, blue, green cardstock which I have worked on so far as you too like the effect different coloured cardstock has on basic pencil colours. I’m so excited about this release or could talk the legs off a iron donkey & not get bored. Thanks for your infectious disease ideas & enthusiasm.
Miriam Leech says
Beautiful, Emily! Thanks for showing yet another way to use this brilliant release!
Mary G says
Basically Brilliant! Love the use on BLACK ! WOW. Stunning!
Love the swatches! Awesome coloring and love this release!
cyndi morris says
Beautiful! The Bouquet Builder 2 set is gorgeous. Love the idea of creating swatches on dark card stock.
Stef Perry says
The release is so innovative and a colorists dream, love seeing how you used the swatches with the polychromos pencils. Thanks for sharing that gorgeous card!
Louanne Collins says
These swatch and color wheel stamp sets are FANTASTIC. I like to swatch my mediums but don’t tend to because I hate to create those charts. This is like a gift from heaven!
Lynn Hardy says
What a good idea to do pencil swatches onto coloured card! I think I’d like to do some on Kraft card.
Brandy Duncan says
Such a beautiful card. I love the swatches with your polychromos on black cardstock. That is definitely going to be on my long list of things to do with this release. I know the swatches and colorwheel are going to be 2 of my most used stamps ever. I’m so excited. These products are genius.
barbara lassiter says
The color swatch sets are great products and I think I’ve seen genius, in a couple of places, to describe them. I agree and know that my sad looking swatch sets would be more useful using this method. I love the use here of swatching on black to aid in colored pencil use. Great idea and perhaps just one of many great uses! 🙂 Beautiful card, BTW!
Martha H. says
I love The Bouquet Builder 2! Such a beautiful stamp.
Thanks for sharing.
I have been enjoying this hop and then I saw that you used dark cardstock. I am so glad you reminded me that I will need to do it. I would maybe have thought about it.
Cynthia Cole says
Your card is lovely and so are your color swatches on dark card stock.
Joyce E Preusser says
LOVE the new swatch stamps and dies! Can’t wait to get everything swatched.
Wow!!! Your colouring is really amazing!!! Awesome card!!!
Deborah Kaye says
I really like that you swatched your pencils onto black card stock. What a great idea! Your card is lovely!
Anne Sturgeon says
I have recently been experimenting with black cardstock. I love hope the colored pencils react. Brilliant idea…..
Home run for Waffle Flower. What a unique and creative idea for everyone! Love this new swatching kit!
Love that stamp on black! Brilliant and so vibrant!
Ann-Louice Myhrberg says
Awesome swatch cards. Good idea to make them black.
Gavi Slutzkin says
Looove the pencil on black color swatching! Great release!
Laura Casselman says
Ohhh! Mail that card to me! It matches a cross stitch I have hanging in front of me.
Aimee LaCroix Slocum says
It’s incredible to see the swatches on black…WOW! The card is gorgeous too!
Cheryl Rigney says
Your samples are amazing!! I would use the new swatches to color up various color combos. While I have all of my Prismacolor pencils and Spectrum Noir markers swatched individually, I haven’t swatched a single color combo. They are simply written on paper.
Teresa Doyle says
These are fantastic Emily, I love the swatches in black too, very clever. That, now, is one of the many things I would do with this release. Your card is stunning. I am a follower of your blog. As for what I would do with the products from this release, not only would I swatch every marker, pen and ink pad but I would make swatches of them blended or watered down for quick colouring references. (All of which, I learnt throughout this hop.) It would def. make my life easier.
I can only admire your ability to blend the colored pencils! Hope these new WF products would help me get better at this as well! Thank you for sharing.
Carla Hundley says
Just found your blog and
now following it! Fabulous
idea with the colored card
stock and swatches. I would
use them to make swatches
for my Gelato paint colors.
Carla from Utah
JoAnne R says
Wow your card is gorgeous. I love the idea of swatching color combos on black paper. I have been blown away be the versatility of this release.
Ericka Strange says
Love these swatches on the black cardstock! So many wonderful possibilities with these awesome stamps. Thanks for sharing.
Ericka Strange says
I forgot to add that I’m a follower of your blog and would use these stamps for first my watercolors but then also to keep a list of my favorite Copic blends!
Wow your creation is beautiful.
Jo Williams says
Beautiful swatches for sure! I love the look on the dark cardstock for sure!!! I really am enjoying this new release, we definitely all NEED these swatch sets in our arsenals!! Thanks for sharing!!
Jo in Jersey
Denise Mlady says
I see how these swatches could really help to remember good combinations with my Zig and Arteza markers. Good idea doing them on black, great idea for the metallic paints. Your coloring on your card is beautiful!
Thérèse Arsenault says
Dark cardstock. Great idea.
Sue D says
Fabulous card and great idea to make swatches on black cardstock.
Mary-Anne V says
Thanks for the new take on how to use these color swatches. I love that you did it on black cardstock because I think the card bases that are dark really create an amazing wow factor.
Stunning to see the swatches on black — and the card you made. I can see we should do it on card, black, white, gray. . . . Fun!
Awesome! Love how you used the black card stock for your swatches…I can see doing a set on white, kraft, and black…super helpful!
Marisela Delgado says
I LOVE black cardstock! FABULOUS card!
Lisa Miceli says
absolutely love this set…both functional and fun! the possibilities are endless
Dana M says
Stunning card!! The possibilities are endless with the color swatching products! So fantastic to swatch on black!
Heather Mills says
What a fun idea to create your swatches on black! and that card is gorgeous!!
Lauryne Cunningham says
What a great idea swatching your colored pencils on black cardstock! Your card is beautiful!
Andre M. says
These florals are just lovely. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
Andre M. says
I’m already an email subscriber. I’m trying to improve my colouring skills so these products will be great to discover new colour combinations for pencils or paints. I also believe they’d make fab backgrounds.
Susan Powell says
Love what you did with the swatches. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!
Deb Binard says
What a great idea to create colored pencil swatches on black cardstock! And I love your floral creations!
Susan Powell says
I need to do this with my pencils – great idea! And a gorgeous card too!
Kristina Hein says
Your card is gorgeous and this release is awesome !
Great idea using this on the dark cardstock!
Marjorie DUMONTIER says
Your card is simply amazing ! Your coloring is so beautiful and smooth. And the black base gives a lot of depth to the flowers. Awesome job !!
Mary Holshouser says
Have you picked the recipient of the stamp set?
jean marmo says
THis is such a wonderful release and thank you for sharing! i could really use it!