Pencil Colouring on a Dark Background

Hello again! Today I’m sharing a card with a technique I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time now. It’s doing pencil colouring on a dark background! I’ve seen so many beautiful projects with this technique, I had to give it a try. Let me know what you think!


The stamp set I chose is from Altenew, called Everlasting Happiness. I love the images & sentiments with this set. And I thought the flowers would be a good size for me to try this technique.

Pencil Colouring on a Dark Background

Now, I know we’re always our own worst critics, but I’m thinking of changing out the colour of the die cut ‘hello’. What do you think? Maybe to a darker pink, or plum colour, or just white?


To start, cut a panel of dark cardstock. I chose to use black, but you could use a dark brown, blue or gray. Be sure to use your anti-static tool over the whole panel, to avoid any excess embossing powder where you don’t want it. Set up the panel and your stamp in your stamping platform. Cover the stamp with Versamark ink, and stamp down onto the panel. If you want, you can ink & stamp twice, to be sure you have good coverage. Now, cover the image with clear embossing powder, and heat set.

Choose your colours for the flowers and leaves. I use my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. The colours I chose are White, Rose Carmine 124, Middle Purple Pink 125 and Magenta 155 for the flowers. For the leaves, I chose White, Light Green 171, Leaf Green 112 and Earth Green Yellowish 168. The middle of the flowers are coloured with Dark Naples Ochre 184.

Start by laying a base of white on the stamped images, first. This gives a base for the colours, and you can go back and add more highlights with the white later. This is what it looks like, when you first start.

Coloured Pencils on Dark Background

It actually doesn’t look too bad, if you’re going for a ‘moody’ look! I found it difficult to see the embossed outlines – I work in my dining room, so the lighting isn’t the best, and neither are my eyes! I just kept tilting the panel so that I could see it properly.

Next, lay down a light layer of your lightest colour; for me, that is the Rose Carmine. Gradually add your next 2 colours, keeping some areas lighter for highlights, and tucking the darkest colour in the shadow areas. One thing I learned from Kathy Racoosin, who to me is the pencil guru (her blog is The Daily Marker) is to keep your pencils SHARP!! If you think they’re sharp – sharpen them again – and then they’re probably sharp enough! Seriously – it’s amazing what a difference a really sharp pencil can make.

After colouring in the images, I outlined the inside of the wreath circle with the Dark Naples Ochre pencil.


When you’re adding layers of colour, the pencils do start to burnish the paper, giving it a smooth, shiny appearance. Which makes it difficult to get a decent picture! But here’s a close up of my colouring – mistakes and all!

Pencil Colouring on a Dark Background


Stamp the sentiment in Versarmark ink onto a strip of black cardstock. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set. Attach it across the middle of the card, as shown in the photo below. Use the MFT Sweet Hello dies to die cut the word from pink cardstock, and the background from Vellum. Layer the two together with liquid glue, and then attach to the top of the panel.

With foam tape, attach your front panel to a bright pink cardstock panel, and then to a yellow card base.

Pencil Colouring on a Dark Background

The final finishing touch is to add a few frosted droplets to the card front.


I hope  I’ve inspired you to try this technique! It is a technique, and I do have more learning to do, but it’s also fun. I’m looking forward to trying different pencil colours, as well as different dark cardstock colours. Let me know what you’d like to try!

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Pencil Colouring on a Dark Background

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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