Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Best Stamping Technique for Pencil Colouring on Coloured Card Stock| Concord & 9th

Would you like to know the most appropriate stamping technique for pencils colouring of a half solid half outline stamp impression?
I continue exploring card-making techniques suitable for pencils colouring.
Today I bring two cards to your attention made with Wonderful Florals stamps and coordinating dies set from Concord & 9th coloured with Polychromos pencils.

From this post you will see what stamping technique is the most convenient for pencils colouring and why.

Tone-on-Tone Stamping in Card Making

Tone-on-Tone Stamping is rather popular technique among card makers for creating cards backgrounds and quick mass production of cards.

The basic idea of Tone-on-Tone Stamping is to stamp images down to a coloured card stock using the same or very similar shades of ink. A design stamped on coloured card stock appears a few shades darker than the card stock giving your project depth.

The most common way to apply Tone-on-Tone Stamping technique is to match ink colour to your card stock or to use clear embossing ink, e.g. Versamark.

Inspiration for My Cards

I partially drew my inspiration from designs created by Mariana Rodrigues, the Portuguese illustrator living in London, for Nespresso Spring Limited Edition Coffee called The Mythical Origins of Coffee.

Why Did I Stamp Tone-on-Tone?

Tone-on-Tone Stamping gives an opportunity to use coloured card stock and produces impressions with less visible outline which is better for no-line colouring with pencils.
Polychromos Colouring on Black Card Stock

Fast drying dye inks leave smooth images and a lot of space for colouring. While, au contraire, heat embossing is eating up a space.

Wonderful Florals main stamp from Concord & 9th has a lot of small elements, which would be difficult to colour properly with pencils if it was heat embossed.
Wonderful Florals stamps set from Concord & 9th is a half solid half outline stamp. The flowers, foliage and letters are outlined images, and the space between the elements is a solid area. Tone-on-Tone Stamping adds a shade to the solid area and creates a fine outline for all the elements.

Besides I wanted to preserve one colour for background. The design of the main stamp is opulent enough, and I wanted to avoid adding a new colour as a background colour.


For my first card I picked a green cards stock and dye ink. An image is die cut and stamped with a help of MISTI tool and then coloured with Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell.
Polychromos Colouring on Green Card Stock
The word Wonderful is die cut with a matching die from a piece of silver glitter card stock and popped up for extra dimension.
Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops on Pencils Coloured Card
To complete the card I made drops with Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops. Beware that it dries clear.
Green-on-Green Stamping for Pencils Coloured Card


Black-on-Black Stamping for Pencils Coloured Card
This card is made following the same technique, but the image stamped in black ink onto a black card stock.
The image is coloured with Polychromos colour pencils from Faber-Castell.
Tone-on-Tone Stamping for Pencils Coloured Card
The word Wonderful die cut from Gold Sparkle card stock from My Favorite Things stands out brightly enough without a foam tape. I used Mini Multi Medium Matte glue that leaves no shiny traces on black card stock.
Pencils Coloured Card on Black Card Stock
At the final step I embellished the assembled card with Nuvo Crystal Drops in assorted colours.

Wonderful Florals Set from Concord & 9th

Wonderful Florals stamps set contains one stamp big enough to cover a standard Portrait card front and seven smaller stamps which can be used for enhancement of the big image, e.g. a popped up flower or a striped pattern for letters. It contains also six sentiment builders compatible with the main word Wonderful.

Do not limit yourself to using only the big image. The smaller elements images are good for making more CAS cards.
Tone-on-Tone Stamping for Pencils Coloured Cards

More Creative Ideas for Tone-on-Tone Stamping

  • If you do not have dye inks matching your coloured card stock, use clear embossing ink instead.
  • Play with similar colours. Try stamping in light blue down onto green card stock or in green onto a light blue card stock. This is what I am going to try next time.
Today I explained why Tone-on-Tone stamping technique is the best for pencils colouring of stamps impressions combining solid and outlined elements, demonstrated this technique on two cards made with coloured card stock, i.e. green and black, and shared a few creative ideas to try.

Do you want more inspiration for supplies I used?

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Pencils Polychromos coloured floral cards
Pencils Coloured Floral Cards
Pencils colouring on black card stock.
Pencils Colouring on Black Card Stock

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Tone-on-Tone Stamping for Pencils Colouring

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  1. WOW ! This is just stunning ! Your colouring on these two coloured card stock is so eye-catching ! I am always pleasantly surprised to see what we can do with colour pencils! You managed to give so much depth in these two cards, it's just amazing ! Thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring !

    1. Dear Isabelle, thank you so much for your kind comment. I am very happy to read it and hope to see soon your pencil coloured cards ;)

  2. Ксюша, спасибо, что делишься такими крутыми находками ;)
    Очень красивые открытки!!! У меня один вопрос, как ты видишь черные чернила на черном кардстоке?! В чем секрет? ;)

    1. Спасибо, Таша, за отзыв! Техника старая, но редко применяется для открыток, раскрашенных карандашами.
      Чёрное на чёрном очень просто увидеть, если найти правильный угол падения света. Поворачиваю настольную лампу, пока не нахожу нужный угол. Попробуй ;)

  3. Ksenija, what gorgeous coloring! You continue to delight and inspire me, and I truly love how you've colored on colored card stock. Exquisite done, sweet friend! Warm hugs!

  4. Ksenija you were so right to direct me to this post, the coloured pencil colouring is fantastic on the cardstock. Gorgeous!

  5. Gorgeous cards with AH-MAZING pencil colouring! The black one is so a standout! Love them both!