Blooming Garden


I wasn’t planning to make a card today, but when I don’t feel like doing anything else, it happens.  Today I was inspired by Debby Hughes after watching her video on Simon Says Stamp.  Debby’s website is Lime Doodle Design.  I’ll put a link below.  You can watch her video to folow her lead on how to color with colored pencils.  I don’t have the flower stamp that Debby used, so I used a similar one.  

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  • Ranger Kraft Paper
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cutting Machine


  • Penny black Stamps, Blooming Garden
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • VersaMark Sticky Ink Pad    


  • Colored Pencils, Prismacolor and Staedtler

IMG_9784  Start with the lightest color and go darker with each stepIn the beginning, use the side of the pencil and color lightly.

The Prismacolor colored pencils are not watercolor pencils and blend beautifully.  The Staedtler pencils are watercolor pencils.  Without water, they do not want to blend.  

After using the white and pink pencils, go over the areas to be shaded very lightly with the black pencil.  This stamp has the shadowed areas marked.   Click on the photo to link.1_114393_FS

Keep layering the colors until you get the look you want.  Use the tips of the pencils now to get more intense colors.

Use a Prismacolor Colorless Blending Pencil to spread the colors.


Select the colors you want to color the stems.


To highlight areas, use a Uni-ball White Gel Pen lightly beside the shadows lines.  I see that I forgot to do this to the buds.  To give the illusion of anthers (the part of the plant that makes the pollen), put a few white dots on the insides of the flowers.  


Make the Sentiment:

  • Stampendous Fran’s Friendly Phrases Stamps
  • 80# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad

Stamp the sentiment, then emboss it.  The Versafine Ink stays wet long enough for you to emboss with it.

  • Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
  • heat gun


Die cut the sentiment.

  • Pinpoint Main Street Tags by Poppy Stamps
  • Cuttlebug
  • Post-It Tape


Punch a hole in the tag using a hole punch.  This is just for a realistic look.  Don’t run the cord through the hole.  Attach this to the flower stems with Scrapbook E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive Tape.  I got a piece of rope cord from my stash and tied it in a bow.  This was stuck onto the tag with a small Zots Clear Adhesive Dot

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The card front was fastened to the cardbase with Scrapbook E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive Tape.  The card measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches and is an A2 size card.  Simon Says Stamp Crystal Reflections Sequins were attached to the card front with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue

I generally don’t make clean and simple cards, but I sure do need to get in the habit of it.  They are “no bother a-tall.”  You should give a clean and simple card  a try.

Happy coloring,


P.S.  Looking at the steps of coloring on the photos, I think I like the flowers better with more white on them.  What do you think?  Maybe it’s the lighting.  Also, I should have used brown for the shadowing instead of black.  The black is too harsh.


Debby Hughes –



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2 thoughts on “Blooming Garden

  1. Virginia L. says:

    Fabulous tutorial with the coloring pencils on kraft!! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Awesome details and design! Super work!


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