Warm Autumn Wishes Card


So, I’ve spent a little more time playing with my new Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils…and today I wanted to share a simple autumn card that demonstrates the smooth blending you can achieve with them.  I love using colored pencils on kraft cardstock (especially this time of year!) and the images from the Sheena Douglass “An Apple A Day” stamp set were perfect to experiment with high contrast coloring.


After stamping my images and sentiment (from the “Greetings” set) in a medium brown ink on Neenah Desert Storm 100 lb. cardstock, I added several light layers of the following colors, blending slowly from light to dark to light (almost like I would with alcohol markers):

  • Apples – Raspberry, Antique Rose, Pear Green, Sage
  • Basket – Pewter, Walnut, Cinnamon, Copper, Yellow Ochre
  • Leaves – Fern Green, Sage, Pear Green
  • Flower – Raspberry, Antique Rose, White

I left a few sketchy strokes here and there for some texture, but was pretty impressed with how easily the colors blended.


Once I had finished coloring, I matted my piece onto some deep red cardstock.  I thought the apple bushel need a little grounding, so I poked two holes on either side of the image with a paper piercer and added a loop of some natural twine tied into a double bow.

I can’t wait to try these pencils on an even larger image now where I can really play with some fun color blends!  Thanks for stopping by today and I would love to hear your comments!