Practicing Creativity

Do you need expensive pencils to achieve good coloring results?

Happy Autumn card featuring Autumn Stroll from Di's Digistamps, by Paperesse.

Do you notice any difference between the digital stamp coloring of today's card and the look of this fall card from a few weeks back?  If you say, 'Not really', from a purely visual aspect, I'd have to agree with you. I ask because instead of the nice-but-expensive Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils I normally use, I used an inexpensive box I recently picked up at my favorite outlet shop. It's not like I needed any more pencils – I have all 76 Luminance ones – but I was curious as to what result I could achieve using these and as they were only €4.99 for a nice tin box of 24 I didn't risk much.

I was pleasantly surprised by the result! The brand is Fantasia and although a bit more expensive than the €4.99 outlet store price I paid, an internet search shows them available in the States for $10.99 and the UK for £9.48. My Luminance pencils run about CHF 4.00 a piece (about $4.00). Do the math and you see what a great buy these are. I wouldn't say they're perfect. Their blend-ability is adequate, but they're not quite as good as my Luminance ones and I feel like they miss a bit in color intensity, but that could be because I was limited to 24 colors. All in all though, for someone just beginning the hobby and not wanting to spend a lot, they're great!

The cute little bear with his goodie laden wagon is Autumn Stroll from Di's Digi Stamps (on sale for $1.00). The digital papers are freebies from Rita at The Coffee Shop BlogMabel and Thanksgiving. It's worth taking a look around Rita's site. She is a very talented photographer/designer who graciously shares all sorts of wonderful freebies. The sentiment was created with Euphoria font. Embellishments are simple pearls in each corner.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Coffee Shop Blog Mabel & Thanksgiving digital papers
Digital stamp – Autumn Stroll Di's Digi Stamps
Color – Fantasia pencils
Dies – Die-namics rectangle stax, Artemio circles
Embellishments – pearls
Font – Euphoria

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Challenge 5/10/18 – Include a Pumpkin, Little Red Wagon 17/10 – Digis, The Paper Shelter #358 – Digis, Crafty Creations #376 – ATG, and Creative Moments #154 – ATG.


  1. Oh, this is so adorable!! Love the fabulous layout and your coloring is beautiful (I think the less expensive pencils worked just fine!) Thanks for playing with Di's Digi Designs.

  2. What a precious image - reminds me of Paddington bear - and I sure wouldn’t know you used cheaper pencils on this. I think it looks very nice, Shani!
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  3. Wow...your coloring is superb and you created an extra special project! Thanks for joining us for the challenge at Crafty Creations and hope to see you again soon. Donna - DT Member

  4. Really great card - the image is so cute and your colouring is amazing. I've never used pencils - maybe I should try...!! Thanks for joining in the challenge at Di's Digis and for using one of Di's images.
    Alison x

  5. Adorable! That digi is super sweet! Delightful autumn card.

    I hear you about the pencils. I use Prismacolors now but way back when when I first gave pencils a go I just grabbed my kids' Crayolas and they did the trick....well, did the trick enough to show me the reason I was failing at colouring was because I wasn't suited for Copics. They're not a smooth as the Prismas, of course, but would certainly do if someone was just a sometime pencil user. And, you can't beat the price!

    Oh, and thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon. (:

  6. Super cute card with lovely design and image. Thanks for playing along with us over at The Paper Shelter this week.
    Love n hugs

  7. Adorable image. Your coloring is superb no matter what! Thanks for sharing your comparison.

  8. Squack! I can't get over the new, bold, colorful papers you are using for Fall - they are quite yummy! And your pencil technique on this bear is fabulous - I can just feel with my eyes the texture you achieved! Nicely done my friend!


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