Colored Pencils on Kraft Cardstock + Class GIVEAWAY!

– [Kristina] Hi everyone. Kristina here. Before we get started
on today’s card, we have a new card class at Stay tuned for more
info and a chance to win your very
own spot for free in our latest class. For today’s card I’m
going to be using this adorable stamp set
from Art Impressions called Doggy Kisses. And I really love
this set because, I don’t know about
you, but I have a lot of people in my life
who are getting injured or are sick or just need some extra encouragement. So this is a perfect
stamp set for that. So I’m going to start out by prepping my card base. This is going to be
a one layer card. And I’m going to do some colored pencils on it. I thought it would
be kind of fun to use a more neutral
background instead of the usual white. So I’m using some
Neenah Desert Storm 100 pound card stock. And I’ve scored that
at five and a half to create a top-folding card. Now I’m placing the card inside my Misti stamping tool. And I’m going to do
a bunch of stamping. I’m going to make
this box of tissues and a little cup of tea. I’m going to make
that look like it’s in front of the dog that I’ll later be stamping. So I first going to stamp it in some black Simon
Says Stamp ink. And I’m going to go ahead and press that down. I’m using my Misti
because I wanted to stamp the image
twice to make sure that it’s nice and dark. So I’m going to go
ahead and ink up that stamp one more time. And then I’ll swing that over and the lines just intensify and they’re nice and bold. So I previously
stamped this and had to start over because
I made a mistake. So I already have a mask made. I just used a Post-It note, stamped those the image of that and then trimmed out the side. And that’s going to protect that little Kleenex
box or tissue box and cup of tea while
I stamp this cute little dog. He’s cuddling his teddy bear. I think it’s so cute. So I’m going to stamp him twice, just like I did
with the other stamp to make sure the lines
are nice and dark. And then I’m going
to take the greeting that comes in the stamp set or one of the greetings. There’s lots of them actually. And this one is
really really cute. I thought it went
well with the imagery that I’m using. And it says heard
it’s been ruff. I think that’s a great sentiment to send anyone who’s
been sick or is ill and it’s just really fun. So the packaging
for the stamp set has the color images on it. And like I’ve said in the past, I like to use that
as a reference just so it’s easy to know where to put shadows. So these colored
pencils are Prismacolor. I showed these in
a previous video, and a bunch of you asked how I got them so sharp. So I’m showing you
this pencil sharpener. This is my favorite
pencil sharpener. It’s fantastic. It has the front
part that comes out and then you pinch
the two levers to put the pencil in. And then let go those levers. And it holds the pencil tight, so it doesn’t move around. And then you can turn the crank on the other end. And it sharpens the pencil. Now because this does sharpen it to quite a point, you do sacrifice
some of the pencil, but I find that that’s
completely worth it because I get a really
really sharp point. And you know I don’t like it doesn’t waste
a ton of the pencil, if that makes sense. I feel like I’m getting
more use out of it because it makes
it easier to use. So the one thing you
do have to notice or be aware of when
you have a pencil that’s this sharp is that usually the very tip,
the very sharp tip does break off because
it is so delicate. And you know your
coloring and pressing onto the paper. So usually the very
tip breaks off, but that’s not a problem because it’s still
very sharp otherwise. So the way I’m
coloring this image, especially, in
particular on this darker background instead of
something that’s white is I’m adding some
white highlights first. And that gives me a good area that I’m going to
keep nice and bright. And I think it also
adds some brightness to the paper. So it just gives some
highlighted areas where otherwise it
could look rather dull because it makes everything that brown shade. So I’m adding in all those areas where there’s going
to be highlights on the dog and the bear. And even the box of tissues and then the teacup. And then I’m coming
in with the colors that are going to
be the shadows. So the darkest colors that
I’m going to be using. And I’m going to
color those in first. And then I’ll take
a lighter shade. And I’m going to go
over the white areas. And that just turns that white to a different shade. It tints it and it gives it
a really great dimension. So I know a lot of
people when they color with colored pencils,
they use gamsol or mineral spirits
or some other type of medium to get nice
smooth pencil lines or no pencil lines, if you’d rather have that. I haven’t tried that. Or I did a while back, but I didn’t like the
fumes and things like that. So I don’t mind having
it look a little bit more textured with
some colored pencil lines and these
Prismacolor pencils, actually do fairly well with you know blending out all the different
pencil strokes. I think it’s not
quite as obvious. And as long as you
have some good contrast in there with some
darker shades. And some highlights,
it’s going to look great, no matter what you do. So I’ve almost got this
completely colored. I’m going to go
ahead and finish off the color of the dog. I did add a few different
colors of brown, just to get it to
the right tone. Cause I wanted it to
be a different brown than what’s on the bear. And then I decided to color that box of tissues
a nice blue shade. I always think of a
blue box of tissue. I’m not sure why. And then I’m going to
take a nice bright green. And I’m going to add
that to the teacup. And this bright bright green is going to be the highlight. And then I’m going to bring in a little more of a darker green. It’s a little more muted. And I’m going to add the shading to the rest of that cup. And it’s going to give
it a nice bright area to focus on. So there’s just a
couple more things to finish up on this image. I’m going to add some black, very very faint black
to create a shadow. And then I’m going to
bring in a black pen and darken up some
of those lines. As you can see the waxy texture of the colored pencils
sometimes dulls out the black of the lines
on the stamped image. So I like to just
come in with a pen and just fix that up. And I’m using a Pilot
envelope addressing pen for that. It’s really great. So after I had all of
that image colored in, I decided to add some stenciling above the image on
the front of the card. So I’m going to put
down my craft sheet to protect my work area. And then I’m taking
some two-inch wide Post-It tape and I’m masking off the area just above the fold. This is going to protect
the back of the card. I’m using the stars
stencil from Tim Holtz. And I’m masking
off that one side since the card’s a
little bit too wide for the stencil. And then I’m coming in with some Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink and a mini round blending tool. And I’m just blending
on some of that color. I want the white shade to be most concentrated at the very top of the card. So I’m putting down a lot
of ink at the very top. And then I’m blending it
out toward the bottom. And by only taping
down that one side, which also served as a mask, I’m able to lift up that stencil and see how it’s going, if I need to come down
a little further or not. And then I can
place it back down. So I did want to bring it
down a little bit more. And then I was able
to add really really bright white up at the top. So, I wanted to make
sure that that white was very stark up at the very top of the card. And then blended that out, so it was a little bit more of a smooth transition. So I’m going to
peel up this stencil and slide it to the right and line it back up
with those stars. And I will just go ahead
and stick this down onto my craft sheet now. And then I’m going
to come right back in and finish off the
area with the stars. So like I did before,
I’m having most of that color concentrated
at the very top of the card. And then blending that down, so that kind of fades off toward the area with the dog. So I thought that
was just super fun. I love those stars. And I’m going to peel
off that Post-It tape, and then the card is
basically complete. So that’s the card for today. I hope you guys enjoyed it. Thank you so much
for joining me. And like I mentioned
at the very beginning of the video, I have
some more info for you about our newest class over at I’m super excited
about this class. It’s called Rainbow Maker. And Jennifer McGuire
and I have teamed up with Laura Bassen who is co-teaching
this class with us. And we’ve also
invited lots of fun, crafty friends to share their rainbow
techniques as well. So it’s a really
really fun class. We have lots of different cards to show you guys. And it’s going to be super fun. So if you would like a chance to take this class for free, I’m giving away three
free spots on my blog and all you have to do is go to my blog and
go to today’s blog post and leave a comment. I will pick the winners of the three free
spots on Wednesday, June 28th. And I will announce
it over at my blog. So you’ll have to
go back over there to see if you’ve won or just check your email, cause I’ll email
the winners as well. Thanks so much for
watching today’s video. I will catch you
guys very very soon with another card. And thanks for watching. (happy music)


  • Jenny Song

    First! Love you Kristina!!😘 first like toooooo ! Amazing card as alwayssss

  • Linda Rivera

    I've always enjoyed your kraft card stock designs. Thanks

  • Dee Johnston

    that dog card is adorable as always

  • A Mini Hobby - Kelley

    Love colored pencil on Kraft! Very sweet card, TFS!

  • Sonshine1296

    I'm a huge fan of your work and I especially love the more simplistic ideas. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Kathryn D

    I haven't found that Gamsol smells much for me. I mean, I don't sniff it but. 😂

  • Brooke Shull

    As always, I couldn't wait to see your next video. Everything you make I love.

  • Georgina Black

    Love all your vidos

  • Clotheslinecrafts Caroline

    Lovely card!

  • Linda Ruschmeyer

    Another great card. TFS

  • Rosangela Comarin


  • katrine leber

    I love this card! Its darling. the stenciled stars add so much. I learn so much about using colored pencils when I watch your videos! Thanks, hugs, treen

  • Teresa Doyle

    Such a sweet card, I really need to use coloured pencils more often. An amazing job as always!

  • Deb Kerns

    Love the card and the white stars! Just adorable!

  • Bonnie Smoller

    Sweet & simple! Love the stars – so good for so many occasions!

  • Pennie Glasser


  • Paula Evans

    Cute stamp! Don't you just love the slippers on the dog. Kristina, I wish I could watch you color all day!🙂

  • JoAnn E

    Great tutorial!

  • iamdawt

    I can't wait to give the white pencil trick a try. Thanks so much!

  • Maggie Baxter

    Hi Kristina ~ This is too funny….I took out Kraft cardstock to make some pillow boxes when I saw your post come up. Perfect timing!! Love this adorable card and think your class looks exciting! Thanks for sharing. ~HUGS~

  • Jake 3D

    Great Techniques! Can't wait to try them out 🙂

  • Shona Austin

    Wonderful card and loved the pencil techniques. Thanks so much. Love to attend a class.

  • GreenIsGreat790

    I like the faint pencil marks too! I love the element of "handmade" it adds. If you want to try something to take that away, however, Prismacolor makes a colorless blender pencil that smooths out the surface and blends without diluting the color! hope you give it a try. 🙂

  • Terrie Rodrigue

    Good tip on using the white colored pencil first then the color….thanks

  • Terry Zouzounis

    I love dog stamps and this card is one I could use often. Thanks for the ideas. I love the "cone head" dog!

  • Nancy Lynn

    Ah Kristina, this card simply 'rocks' and I too love the stars (that makes you a 'rock star'…I know, pretty lame LOL)! Anyway, perfect timing for me b/c I just received this stamp set in the mail. Don't you just love Ai! Thanks for the opportunity to win a class and I'm sure it is a lot of fun, especially if Laura B is co teaching! TFS Kristina

  • SAMI van Ammers

    Wow , Kristina you amazed me again with this simple coloring techniek, you made a great get well card o give. Love it ! thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Valerie Breingan

    A really cute card Kristina.Love the white for highlights.

  • Therese Arsenault

    I have to take out my pencils. You make it look so easy.

  • Greetingstar

    Colored pencil always looks so good on kraft cardstock! Have to remember to get those pencils out :o)

  • sacconner

    Simple, but yet so darn cute! Love it!

  • Scrapjanny

    Very cute! Does that white pigment ink dry? All of the white pigment inks I've tried never dry completely, and I end up having to emboss them. Thanks!

  • Kathleen Baugh

    Kristina this stamp set is adorable. Where did you find it? Love your coloring techniques. Thank you for sharing your creativity! Katz Baugh

  • Lettering By Laura

    peels off the tape and wala! magic!

  • Bernadette Roberto Shisler

    Hi Kristina! You made this look so easy to do! Thank you! The images are adorable and perfect for friends who need encouragement during "ruff" times. 🙂

  • Pam Pirtle

    I love using these pencils. I first learned about Prisma pencils about 20 years ago from a children's illistrator. She used mat board for her drawings. Now I use a blending pencil from Prima to blend the colors. I have also used baby oil to blend with, but I like the blender pencil better. I very much enjoy your videos to learn other tips and tricks with colored pencils. I wish I had enough money to buy all of the stamps you use.

  • Norine Mueller

    Another great card never thought to put white down first great tip thank you so much

  • Crafty Scissors

    I love the stamp set!! 🙂

  • Deborah Nauser

    Darling card! I have been needing more get well/encouragement cards as well and set is perfect for that.

  • Tortoise of Doom

    I always get great tips from your tutorials- loving the mask idea for creating depth. Thanks!

  • Donna Dacy

    Great little card. Love the sentiments and the images. Should make someone's day better. TFS

  • Kathy Bosi

    I'm sure your classes will be amazing!

  • Deborah Inman

    Love your coloring and thanks for the instructions. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  • Gloria Reynolds

    Glad I got to have my "Kristina fix" today! Been playing with pencils this week and by far, Prismas are the absolute best. Have tried cheaper varieties with not so good results, plus the leads often break during the sharpening process.

  • Dee Elms

    Beautiful, thank you!

  • angela14962002

    Love it!!!

  • Cynthia J Faulkner

    Liam had a blue teddy just like that as a puppy.

  • Laura Buehler

    What a great card. I especially like the tip about using white pencil in the beginning to color in the highlights. That worked wonderfully for you, and I hope it will work as well for me. Thanks!

  • Melissa Craig

    Kristina I'm sure you're probably aware, but Prismacolor also has a blending pencil that you could use to blend out som of the lines, if you really didn't want all the texture of the lines. And Iliana at My Sweet Petunia also leaves her stamps in the MISTI so that she can overstamp after she's done coloring. You are amazing with a pen – some (me) aren't so gifted. 🙂 Anyway just some thoughts. You do great work and you inspire me a lot.

  • 16bombers61

    I look forward so much to your videos. Your cards are always amazing and I feel I CAN DO THAT AFTER WATCHING.

  • Denise Ferguson

    Love the craft with pencils! Thanks Kristina!

  • Mindy Reed

    Very cute card!

  • Maria Miskimmon

    great card…..

  • Carmen Casillas

    I love your card, I wish I could color like you.

  • Andrea Munox

    love the way you color

  • Marcia Fellner

    Love your card — amazing how much the white stars added to the image of the dog. You always make it look so easy.

  • Monica Rau

    Dog-gone… thats a beary cute card!

  • ArtemisToo

    I have to laugh at myself, because that pencil sharpener looks exactly like mine, without that pull-out part to hold the pencil. So I went and looked at it, and it DOES have that pull-out part – I never knew! 😀

  • Elena Laskari

    Love this stamp set! Your card is amazing, the white fading stars look so beautiful over the lovely colored scene! 💖💖💖

  • Diane Maki

    Thank you for your video. I always enjoy watching you color. So cool!

  • patricia posk

    I think so stamps are adorable….what a great way to cheer someone up…love them and your card

  • Tina Rehs

    Always amazing.

  • Rosie H

    Love your videos 🙂

  • Lorraine A

    Love this card…I always struggle with highlights…not sure where to put them! 😕

  • Lisa DeLong

    Super cute card. That stamp set is adorable and has my pup on there, a Dachshund. Using the white pencil first in some areas is a great technique, I'll have to give that a try.

  • Maria Sarwar

    The card is amazing. You are the first card maker i ever saw on YouTube and i was inspired to start making cards
    I would love to join the classes

  • Susan Ackerman


  • gumnut1966

    Great card as always Kristina, thanks so much for your informative videos, I really appreciate them. Re the blending, Prisma has a blender pencil I really like which blends effortlessly, or you can also get odourless mineral spirits which works well with stumps or cotton buds as we call them. I use pencil as much as spirits. In case you're interested. 😉

  • Susan King

    Amazing I never knew that using the white underneath would make a huge difference. Thank you for the great tip as I am going to use this in my bible journaling!

  • Robin M

    Very cute card.  You always do such a wonderful job and are so creative!!!

  • Teresa Gooslin

    Love your classes I'm a softie for dogs will try, never used pencils.

  • CraftyPaws

    Adorable card! love those puppy stamps!

  • Emily Henry

    I love the pencils on Kraft cardstock. The addition of the white stars really makes the card stand out.

  • Jan Arnold

    Such a great card!

  • Debbie T

    I love to watch you color! As always. this card is adorable!

  • Lee Newton

    So cute and so nice to see you using colored pencils for a change of pace.

  • Sue Ellen Sherer

    Loved this stamp set you chose! Laughed out loud at the dog with the cone on his head!

  • Tamatha Mavraides

    What black pen are you using in this video to outline the image? It's not on the list of tools used and I love the deep dark black of your pen.

  • Kathy Camasso

    I love the look of colored pencils on kraft!  I'm so excited abut this class; I signed up as soon as I saw the announcement; I can't wait!

  • Elizabeth Z.

    hermoso gracias

  • elisa notari


  • Maggie Abrahamson

    Great tip about the white underneath for highlights on craft card stock. I love this AI set and have used it in the past, but I enjoyed seeing 'another take' on this set. Thanks so much for your video!

  • Margot Ferrera

    WOW…just saw the card…how doggone cute is that! You are an AMAZING CRAFTER!

  • Katy Glenn

    Love your coloring!


    Such a cute card! Thanks for sharing!

  • Familie Meijer

    I realy love this card. I almost want to be sick. 😉
    The pensils are beautiful, are these still in store? I'm from the Netherlands and order a lot of stuff online. but with this kind of pensils I'm affaird that they will be broken.
    I have another question, I see you use white pigment ink form Simon. Is that the best?
    Enjoy your vacantion and hope to hear from you.

  • MaryAnn Short

    OMG I just found and watched for the first time. You make the idea so easy to follow. The sick dog is cute and beautiful with the stars. I never thought of using white under a color for a highlite. Thank you. TY TY.

  • KonaSitkaRose

    Thank you for the inspiration to color on craft. Beautiful get well card!

  • Edith Handmadez

    Brilliant thanks

  • Erna Taylor-Stark

    Quite adorable and I would never have thought to put the stars on it!

  • Irene Isbell

    Thank you .

  • Katherine Haught

    I, too love the look of colored pencils on Kraft. Well done, as usual. Hugs…😊❤️❤️👍

  • Katherine Haught

    Very cute. When blending l use the Prismacolor blending pencil & it does a beautiful job of blending. I love color on Kraft paper, so l am going to try this.

  • devilblueduke

    the doggies are hurt, are they going to be ok ?


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