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!
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!
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.
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!
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)
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!!!
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.
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)
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!
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!
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
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!
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**
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).
- 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!!
- MFT Wonderful Woodland Friend Stamp Set
- MFT Wonderful Woodland Die Set
- MFT Grassy Edges Die-Namics
- MFT Sweet Celebration Paper Pack
The items above are available and linked to the Not2Shabby Stamp Shop.
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- OMS/Gamsol Brand
- Crayola Colored Pencils
- Cra-Z-Art Colored Pencils
- Prismacolor Colored Pencils 132 Set
- Schpirrer Farben Colored Pencils
- Blending Stumps
- Sanding Blocks
- Blending Stumps & Sanding Board Bundle
- Electric Pencil Sharpener
- Glass Dippen Dish
- Metal Cap Dispenser
- Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
- Big Shot
- Catherine Pooler It’s a Boy Ink Pad
- Catherine Pooler Lime Rickey Ink Pad
- Amazon Ink Blending Brush Set
- Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds Die Set
- Lawn Fawn Banner Die Set
- Waffle Flower Nesting Oval Die Set
- Lawn Fawn A Little Note Border Die
- Foam Adhesive
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
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