Colourblend Pencils on Kraft Card


Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils look amazing on kraft cardstock. This tutorial will share a great tip on how to brighten the vintage tone that results in coloring on kraft cardstock and also helps with blending! The white pencil (found in the ColourBlend Essentials tin) can be used to color the initial layer, which gives a whole different effect to the end result.

Design team member Nicky shares her process below:


I printed the tags from the free Spectrum Noir online Adult Coloring course download from week three (see the course here), on to kraft card from Crafter’s Companion. This is a lovely recycled card that has quite a rough finish, but it’s not too thick that it doesn’t go through my printer.

You could also try Neenah Desert Storm if you wanted, it has a smoother finish (it’s all down to personal preference).


Start covering the petals with the white pencil. Try and keep and even pressure at this stage, as you don’t want to fill the tooth of the card too quickly.


Next, starting at the top of the petal use Peony from the Florals set, covering about a third of the petal.


Take the Mulberry pencil from Essentials and blend the next third of the petal (remembering to take the first color back over), blending the two colors together.


Now the last color on the petal is Boysenberry from Florals. Again fill the last portion of the petal and then take the Mulberry over the top to blend the edges. 

You may have to repeat this if the color isn’t quite as strong as you would like it.


Color the leaves in the same way, starting with the white pencil. I used Avocado (Naturals), Sage (Essentials) and Verdigris.


Another thing you can do is to use the white pencil like a blender! Try going over the top of the colors and watch the colors blend seamlessly together.

The rest of the tag is colored with the following: White (Essentials), Lemon (Primaries), Tangerine (Floral), and Cherry Red (Floral).


Why the need for the white pencil in the first place? It helps to fill in the ‘tooth’ of the card a little bit so that when your colored pencils go smoothly over the top, you’re not using so much of the pigment that’s in them.

You are also eliminating the need to press hard or do layer upon layer in order to achieve a vibrant finish. The picture above demonstrates the same image colored the exact same way but one is with the White pencil underneath and one without.


To make my tag into a card I also printed the Week one download onto the same Kraft card, trimmed it down to fit a 4″x6″ card blank, then drew around the tag in the position I wanted it.

There is no point coloring the whole sheet or anything that will be covered!


I then used all of the same colors to finish the backing card:

White (E), Peony (F), Mulberry (E), Boysenberry (F)
White (E), Avocado (N), Sage (E), Verdigris (S/T)
White (E), Lemon (P), Tangerine (F), Cherry Red (F)

Tutorial credit: Nicky Hayden

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