Coloring with Colored Pencils & OMS for Cardmaking – A Video Tutorial

When beginning cardmaking I was overhwelmed with all the different mediums you could color with and the prices of each! Then, I learned you could use colored pencils (the cheap kind, too!!) and I found my favorite way to color! You don’t need to invest a lot of money to be able to color with colored pencils and OMS, just watch the video tutorial below for all the details!

Coloring stamped images with Colored Pencils and OMS or Gamsol.

The Video Tutorial

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Coloring with OMS & Colored Pencils

Tools You Need


The first thing, aside from colored pencils, that you need to color is the OMS, Odorless Mineral Spirits. The brand name that most crafters know is Gamsol, but really there are a lot of brands you can get out there. I will leave the brand I use linked down below. I bought this bottle when I first started cardmaking 11 years ago, and I still have some left!

Blending Stumps

Also known as tortillions. These are rolled paper blending tools. I like to buy the variety pack with different sizes included. I also like the double ended stumps that are solid, not hollow. I find these do the best job blending the colors.

Sanding Block

These are used for sanding away the color from the tip of the blending stumps when switching colors. They also roughen up the tips so the OMS can be more easily absorbed into the paper stumps. I like to use nail sanding blocks. You can buy these in bulk from Amazon or individually from Sally’s Beauty Supply very cheaply! There are artist’s sanding blocks and you can buy them in a kit with the tortilltions, but I find the nail sanding blocks work just as well. Also, nail files work, too!

Pencil Sharpener

First, let me say, I know most artist’s say to not use an electric pencil sharpener. If you are buying SUPER expensive pencils, you should probably take their advice. But I’m a rebel (in the most tamest way), I LOVE using an electric pencil sharpener. It saves me so much time and I get the sharpest points. If you do go the electric sharpener route, I also suggest splurging for the plug in sharpener. You will save far more in the long run not having to buy batteries.

Glass Dippen Dish and Pipettes

This is completely a preference of mine. Because I have such a large bottle of OMS I like to take small portions out to use at a time. If you decide to buy a smaller container with a dauber top you won’t need these. But the Glass Dippen Dish is what I use to hold the OMS while I work. I use the pipettes to transfer the OMS from the bottle to the dish.

Metal Cap Dispenser

Again, this is an optional tool. If the glass dippen dish option isn’t for you, you can buy a metal cap dispenser (normally used for nail polish) and store your OMS in it. Then, when you need the OMS you just push the top down. the well in the dispenser top will hold the OMS so you can dip in your blending stumps.

Colored Pencil Options

Cheap Colored Pencils (Crayola & Cra-Z-Art)

Coloring stamped images with Crayola and Cra-Z-Art Colored Pencils and OMS / Gamsol.

When I first started cardmaking, I did not want to spend a ton of money on supplies, and to be honest, with a new baby, we didn’t have the extra money for me to spend. That’s why I love this technique! The investment is minimal and the supplies last for YEARS!!!

A handmade greeting card stamped with My Favorite Things Wonderful Woodland Friends

The main difference between these cheaper colored pencils and the more costly pencils is pigment. You can see from the coloring on my card these pencils are not fully loaded with pigment and you shouldn’t expect them to be for the price. BUT, I do love the look they give my project! And they do blend very nicely with the OMS, too.

Coloring with Crayola Colored Pencils and OMS

For this finished card, after coloring all of my die cuts (from My Favorite Things “Wonderful Woodland Friends” Stamp & Die Set) with my Crayola and Cra-Z-Art colored pencils, I quickly stamped the background onto the A2 top folding card base. And again, I colored in the background with the same colored pencils and OMS. I built my little scene of die cuts along with a grass die cut from My Favorite Things and added it onto the card base to finish the handmade card!

Wax Based Colored Pencils (Prismacolor Colored Pencils)

Coloring stamed images with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and OMS

The Crayola Colored Pencils I shared above are wax based pencils, but now I am talking about a more high end, artist grade, colored pencil. There are many brands out there, but my favorites are the Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I use the 132 set. What I absolutely love about these pencils is not only the way they perform, but also you can buy them in sets or individually. Inevitably, there are going to be pencils that you use more than others. This allows you to replace individual pencils as you need to, which is so nice!

Die cut tree from My Favorite Things Wonderful Woodland Friends stamp set. The image is colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and OMS

These pencils are also set up in a way where their number system allows for easy color blending! Also, these Prisma colored pencils are so pigmented! You don’t need a lot of the lead for an intense color payoff.

**Tip** When using wax based pencils, you might lose some details in your stamping. In order to darken those areas, use a black pen. I like the Micron Pens, but any black pen will do!

A die cut scene on a handmade greeting card

This finished handmade card is very simple. I adhered my little colored die cuts onto an oval die cut that I inked blended a quick scene onto. To finish the scene, I added a few cloud die cuts as well. Finally, I added a sentiment banner to finish this card up!

Oil Based Colored Pencils

Stamped images from My Favorite Things Wonderful Woodland Friends stamp set colored with oil based colored pencils and OMS

Just like with wax based colored pencils there are many, many brands of oil based colored pencils out there. And they all come at different price points. Oil based pencils are typically more expensive than wax based pencils, but I am using a more inexpensive set today called Schpirrer Farben Colored Pencils. They come in a set of 72 and they work great with the OMS!

Stamped image colored with oil based colored pencils and OMS / Gamsol.

The oil based pencils do have a different result from the wax based pencils and they don’t blend as nicely with the OMS. What I like to do is blend once, then redip my blending stumps into the OMS and blend again. The first layer of OMS breaks down the pigment and allows the second layer to really blend well! And I do want to mention that my oil based pencils do have a scent to them. If you’re sensitive to smells this might be an issue. They do get to me after awhile.

**Head HERE to check out my review of the Schpirrer Farben Colored Pencils**

A handmade greeting card with a die cut scene.

To finish this handmade card I used all of my die cut pieces to create a scene. I used a grass die from My Favorite Things and the new “A Little Note” die from Lawn Fawn to finish this very simple card!

Tips & Tricks for Coloring with Colored Pencils & OMS

  • Light layers are best. Use a very light hand so you don’t leave any indentations in the paper.
  • Different pencils will give you different results. The cheaper pencils have less pigment and give lighter results, the Prismas are most definitely the brightest and most vibrant, the oil based pencils are more inbetween and add more texture. The photo below from left to right is Prismas, Crayola, and Oil Based (Schpirrer Farben).
Comparison of Wax Based (Prismacolor) Colored Pencils, Cheaper (Crayola & Cra-Z-Art) Colored Pencils, and Oil Based (Schpirrer Farben) Colored Pencils.
  • Sharp pencils are best, especially for filling in smaller stamped areas. Use a good sharpener to get the most life from your pencils!
  • Get a good variety of blending stump sizes. I use my smaller double ended stumps the most, but it’s nice to have a wide variety. Also, I tend to lean towards using the double ended solid blending stumps most. You will find what stumps you like best as you work with them!
  • If you are coloring stamped images, make sure to use an ink that will play nicely with these pencils. My favorite to use is Memento Tuxedo Black ink. It’s my go to for this coloring medium and also alcohol markers.
  • My most important tip if you are just starting out is buy the cheaper option first and see if you even enjoy coloring with colored pencils. I found that for myself, I don’t like all forms of coloring. So trying with a cheaper option that won’t break the bank is best!

I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial today! If you have any questions or comments, tips or tricks that you want to share, leave them below in the comments or over on YouTube in the comments!

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!

Supply List

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Faux Inlaid Die Cutting

Inlaid die cutting is a technique that I have used many, many times before. Basically, you use a die to die cut a piece of cardstock and then you can inlay the die and/or the pieces cut from the die back into their openings. Alot of times I like to add color or use patterned paper to add some interest. But there are dies that I have that I would love to use the inlay technique on, but I just can’t bring myself to the tedious task of inlaying such intricate and so many pieces! And that brings me to today’s technique which looks like you’ve taken the time to color and inlay so many small pieces, but in actuality it is so much simpler! Check out the video tutorial below for all the details!

Some supplies used in this video were sent to me for design purposes. Please know I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! If you would like to find out who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.

Intricate dies are incredibly beautiful, but they can be tricky to cut. Since I am using intricate dies for today’s card I want to share a new to me product that really helps to make intricate dies much easier to cut! Here’s the video!

With this technique you can use any number of dies and coloring mediums to get beautiful results. On my first card I used the Altenew Striped Leaf Cover Die along with alchol markers for a really saturated fall color palette.

Faux Inlaid Die Cutting with Altenew Striped Leaf Cover Die and Alcohol Markers

On my second project I again used a cover die, this time from Kat Scrappiness. It’s one of my favorites called Fancy Florals. It is SUPER intricate. This die would look gorgeous using alcohol markers as well, but I switched it up and went with inks instead. To get into those really tight places I used my Fantastix tools.

Faux Inlaid Die Cutting with Kat Scrappiness Fancy Floral Die and Inks

While I used cover plate dies on my first two cards, this technique can also be used for smaller dies as well. On my third and final project I used one of my very favorite dies from Memory Box called Leaf Silhouette. This die is no longer available, but I will some others that are similar down below! I also used a different way to color, ink blending! This is by far the fastest, but it looks so good!

Faux Inlaid Die Cutting with a Stand Alone Die and Ink Blending

Faux Inlaid Die Cutting is such a great way to make the look of inlaying without all the work! And it doesn’t just work on intricate dies, you can also use it on simple dies as well.

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my cards today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!

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Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps New Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Who’s ready for the new release from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps?? Today, Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps is releasing 28 new stamps and I’m sharing two projects using the new Viney Wreath stamp!

This new stamp is sure to be one I use often and although I didn’t use them today, it has a few coordinating stamps that can be used to dress up the wreath! Be sure to hop along with the rest of the design team and you’ll see more fun ways to use these stamps! But before you do that, watch the video tutorial below to see how to make cards with see through sentiments!

The new Viney Wreath stamp is so versatile, I couldn’t decide whether to make a fall or winter card with it. I decided to take the same exact card design and make two cards for each season. And you could take this design and make it for any holiday/season you need! Like I said, it’s a really versatile stamp!

To complete each card, I paired the Viney Wreath with some of Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps other stamps that in the shop. For the Fall themed card I used the “For All Our Blessings” sentiment stamp in the center of the wreath. And the background is one large stamp, “Thankful”, that I repeatedly stamped over and over.

The winter themed card is put together in exactly the same way, I only switched up the stamps. For the sentiment I used the “Christmas Greetings Writing” stamp, and the background was stamped with “Pine Branch” stamp.

Each sentiment, while it appears on the front of the card, is actually stamped on the inside of the card base. I LOVE using this technique! It adds a little something to the inside of your cards!! All I had to do was die cut a circle in both the panel and card front. Then, with my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment inside the circles onto the card base. Be sure to watch the video tutorial above for the full run down!

And to pull the entire card design together, I added a bit of ink blending to the edges of both card bases and the wreath panels, too! All that was left to do was line up the die cut circles and attach the panel!

Aside from the Viney Wreath, there are so many wonderful stamps being released today from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. Here’s a look at ALL of the stamps that are being added to the shop today!

You can shop the entire new release the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps NEW website! Just click the photo to go shopping!!

There is an entire hop going on to celebrate and showcase this new release, so be sure to hop along! And while you’re hopping, be sure to leave a comment at EACH stop along the way! Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps is giving away a $50 Gift Card to the Crackerbox & Suzy Shop (along with free shipping) to one lucky winner/commenter! You have until 8/4/19 at 11:59 MST to leave your comments and be entered into the giveaway! The winner will be announced on the Crackerbox Blog on 8/11/19.

Here’s the entire linked list so you can continue on!

If you are interested in any of the supplied I used on my project today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Happy crafting, everyone!!

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3 Ideas with the Wood Grain Frame Die

Hi everyone! Today Kat Scrappiness is releasing a brand new die, the Wood Grain Frame Die and I have three different and fun ways to use this new die! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!

Each one of these cards uses the frame die as a frame, but each a little differently!


On the first card I cut the die several times and stack them up to create a thicker chipboard frame to frame a background I had created earlier. I shared that background in the Shadow Stamping video tutorial! This is the perfect die to frame all of those backgrounds you’re not quite sure what to do with!


For my second card, I used the die to frame a little spring scene. I also used the Crafter’s Essentials Easter Edition die set from Kat Scrappiness to make the scene. This was a fun one and I used a new product to make the little chick fuzzy, so be sure to watch the video above for all the details!


My last card was a lot of fun to put together! I made a quick shaker card, but instead of plain acetate on the front I did a bit of foiling! I also used three different sequins from Kat Scrappiness for the shaker bits, which adds so much more fun to this already super fun card!


I hope you all enjoyed a look at how I created these three unique cards with the new Wood Grain Frame die! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked below! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Inlaid Patterned Paper

I love making my own patterned paper with stamping, but you can easily use diecutting (yes, I know it’s two words, but Google) to make some beautiful patterns as well! It’s so easy and it just makes your diesets go that much further! Be sure to watch the video tutorial down below for all the details on how I made my own inlaid patterned paper for my card today!

Be sure to watch the video above for all the details on today’s card. I find explaining my process through video so much easier than writing! But here are a few pictures of the finished project!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s video tutorial. If you are interested in any of the supplies I used, you will find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

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