Blended Pencils

by Lydia Fiedler

Blend colored pencils over lightly stamped images for a striking look.


  • White or kraft cardstock

  • Light neutral dye ink

  • Large silhouette floral image (Stampin' Up! Inspired by Nature used here)

  • Colored pencils (Prismacolor® Premier used here)

  • Fine line black pen (Prismacolor Premier .005 used here)


  1. Step 1

    Using a light colored neutral ink, ink up a large silhouette flower image, stamp off once on a scrap, and then stamp your image on the front of a white or kraft card base.

    Don't worry if the image isn't inked fully or is uneven - you will be covering the ink with pencil.

  2. Step 2

    Using the dominant color in your image, color around the edges of the petals, leaving the centers blank.

  3. This coloring can be very rough and sketchy - the texture will become smooth as you add more layers of color.

  4. Step 3

    Color towards the center of the petals with your next lightest color.

  5. Step 4

    Come back with the your first color and blend the colors together. You will start to see the color become smooth and blended, but there will still be porous portions. Leave a little bit of exposed cardstock at the center of the flowers.

  6. Step 5

    Using the lightest color pencil, color over the entire petal to blend all the colors together. The texture of the color will now be smooth and waxy.

  7. Step 6

    Come back one last time with the darkest color pencil and intensify the darkest portions of the petal. Color the top of the flower with two of the lighter pencils.

  8. Step 7

    Color the other flowers in the image with a charcoal grey pencil - this coloring can be very light and sketchy - you do not need to blend this - just use basic coloring and shading. On the main flower image, come back and blend the grey on the stem and leaves with the lighter colored pencil.

  9. Step 8

    Using a very fine black pen, add detail to the flowers.

  10. Step 9

    You may also add this detail to the grey background flowers.

  11. Step 10

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Blended Pencils. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wow! fabulous technique, thanks so much for sharing this, I will be giving this a go.
HuggiesCrafts  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 4:45 AM
You make it seem so easy. I love this tutorial. Thanks.
Uneeke1  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 5:18 AM
What a striking effect. I will definitely be giving it a go. Thanks very much Lydia.
Annette  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 5:33 AM
thanks so much. I have the SU colored pencils and will try this. The Cone Flower is also known as the Echinacea.
Debi Pippin  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 5:41 AM
I love how this turned out smile Thank you so much for showing how it is done in detail especially on the video.
Susan  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 6:07 AM
Beeeeeautiful! It looks like you sketched and colored the flowers yourself. Great technique!
Catherine  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 6:08 AM
Love you card, so beautiful. I have to try this out. Thank you for sharing.
Karin  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 6:23 AM
md  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 6:27 AM
Loved the effect you got. Thanks for sharing this technique. I will be sure to try it.
Dale  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 6:31 AM
This is absolutely amazing. I have this stamp and really want to try this.
Mary  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 6:31 AM
What a beautiful card. I have all of the supplies. I can not wait to get home to try it.
Maureen  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 6:38 AM
love it, would like to gave it a try.
barbara  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 6:55 AM
I am just beginning to learn how to stamp. I would like to know what kind of coloring tools I need. Type, ie pencils, stamp brushes.

Any tips you can give this beginner is appreciated.
Pat  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 7:20 AM
Very pretty! Will definitely pull out my unused colored pencils and give this a try! tfs!
tam  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 7:31 AM
You have given me a new look at silhouette stamps, can you hear all of them being taken off the shelf today? Thank you
Sharon  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 7:36 AM
Thank you. I needed that! Just yesterday I learned about those pencils and now I want some. You are fantastic.
Betty Siu  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 8:01 AM
Thank you so much. I am, also, a lover of decorative painting. The shading, etc. really hit home. Your card and technique are beautiful.
Kathy  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 8:02 AM
stampylisa  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 8:07 AM
stunning! Clean & Elegant look ! Thank you!
Karen  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 8:07 AM
This is fabulous! Can't wait to give it a try!
Pat (mspfd)  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 8:24 AM

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