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Inspirational Tutorial: A Victorian Christmas


Create a beautiful vintage style card in soft shades with the Victorian Lady stamp set from Sheena Douglass coloured with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. Laine Webb shows you how to colour this image and make a beautiful Christmas card for your friends and family in this step by step tutorial below.

Let’s begin colouring!



Step 1: Cut out your stamp and attach to a Rock-a-block mount. Stamp onto Neenah Classic Crest card with the ink of your choice, here a VersaFine Ink Pad has been used. Starting with the face use the Saddle Brown pencil to add depth and shadow to the contours of the face and into the eye sockets, behind the nose and under the chin. Add the Antique Rose pencil for colour and blush.


Step 2: Using the Cream pencil blend the Saddle Brown and Antique Rose to create a smooth flow of colour. Leave the central areas of the face uncoloured.


Step 3: The Linen pencil creates the paler areas of the face and should be applied over all pencils to give a creamy complexion.


Step 4: Periwinkle, Royal Blue and Persian Blue have been used to colour and define the hat. Use the palest shade in the area in most light and blend the darker shades to create depth and definition. Different colour results can be achieved using the same pencil and varying the amount of pressure used to apply the pigment to the page. A gentle pressure will provide a light shade and this pressure can be increased to darken the colour.


Step 5: Use the Pewter pencil to add shadow to the feather, hair and the muff. Add further detail and depth with the Black pencil.


Step 6: Colour the coat of the image, here a soft blue, almost vintage hue has been created. Follow the detail provided by the stamp to create shade and light, use darker shades where indicated by the stamp detail. Here Periwinkle, Royal Blue, Prussian Blue, and Harbour Blue have been used.


Step 7: Add brightness and contrast to the image with the use of the Carnation and Mulberry pencils. These are used to add detail to the skirt, cuffs, inside of the ruff and the flowers on the hat and bouquet. Colour between the petal layers, leaving small areas of white to add definition off the petals. Jade is used to colour the leaves. Depth is created with a light coating of Smoke to one side of the gloves, the buttons and the neckerchief.


Step 8: The colouring is complete. A background of Distress Ink is added to the image. ‘Snow’ is created with the use of Stampendous Frantage – Shabby White, applied with dots of tacky glue.

Step 9: Add the coloured image to the card base or project. A sentiment from the stamp set has also been stamped and die cut. Here a front stepper card has been made and the image mounted front and centre. Various die cuts and items from the Sara Signature Contemporary Christmas range have been used to decorate the card.

Here blending solution has not been used. The Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils blend easily with each other and blending solution was not necessary.

Have lots of colouring fun, below we have a list of supplies for you that you will need to make this project.

Crafter’s Companion Supplies:

Other supplies: Tsukineko VersaFine Ink Pad – Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass, Stampendous Fran-tage WHITE and Shabby Embossing Enamel

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