Colored Pencils + Gamsol Techniques + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! Lately I have been getting many requests to share more colored pencil techniques. Not only do I share tips for coloring on dark cardstock, but I also share how to make a gamsol pen! And to be honest, this video has helped me to fall back in love with my pencils. I hope it does the same for you.

Colored Pencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

There are several great options for colored pencils out there. After using quite a few, I have focused lately on two high quality brands: Polychromos Colored Pencils (SSS | AZ) and Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ). These do have a higher price point then other brands but are truly a step above. The good thing? You can do a lot with a small set of these pencils by layering and blending colors to create whatever you need. (Keep in mind that I still think Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Chameleon Colored Pencils are good options… and more affordable. Find out more about them HERE.)

In my video I share tips for using the Polychromos Colored Pencils (SSS | AZ) and Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ)… but I also show how to create your own “gamsol pen.” Gamsol is a product people use to blend colored pencils. You can put Gamsol into a Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen for ease of use and I LOVE it!

Be sure to watch the video to learn more about these cards, including lots of tips and techniques.

My first card shows colored pencils on a dark cardstock. I used Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ) along with Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Cardstock. The bird is from the Gina K Snow Birds Stamp Set (SSS | GK) and I stamped him with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink (SSS | GK). I colored in the image heavily with pencils and then stamped the bird once again in the same spot with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and clear heat embossed.

Colored Pencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ) are incredible for coloring on dark cardstocks. The colors almost glow in real life! You can use other colored pencils, but the colors likely won’t be as vivid. I added my bird into a Birch Press Dahlia Heart Layering die cut window and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Gina K Sweet Friendship Stamp Set.

Colored Pencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card also uses the Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ) and Gina K Snow Birds Stamp Set (SSS | GK), but this time on white cardstock. I like to use the Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock for colored pencils… and love that it is bright white. I also created and used a “gamsol pen”… made with Gamsol and a Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen.

Colored Pencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the Reverse Confetti Diagonal Stitches Die (SSS | RC) to create the faux stitched background and again added a sentiment from the Gina K Sweet Friendship Stamp Set.

Colored Pencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This card is another example of fast coloring with colored pencils. I used the Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils (SSS | AZ) along with a lovely heart image from the Simon Says Stamp Love Always Stamp Set on Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock. I layered Birch Press Adora Layering Die cuts for a backdrop and added a Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set sentiment.

Colored Pencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like to finish off my colored pencil images with heat embossing so the lines stand out more…

Colored Pencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last example features the Reverse Confetti Big Bear Stamp Set (SSS | RC)… along with  Polychromos Colored Pencils (SSS | AZ) with my “gamsol pen.” I also added a layered Birch Press Dahlia Heart Layered die cut piece behind him. That bear is the cutest!


How would you like to win FOUR new Reverse Confetti Stamp Sets?! (You can see their newest release HERE.) My friend, Jen, is the owner of Reverse Confetti and she sent me extra sets to use as a giveaway! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 1/30/19 telling me if you ever use colored pencils. (To leave a comment, head to blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the stamps and dies which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Gina K Snow Birds Stamp Set
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Snow Birds Bundle
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Sweet Friendship Stamp Set
[ GNK ]
Reverse Confetti Big Bear Stamp Set
[ SSS | RVR ]
Simon Says Stamp Love Always Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Adora Layering Dies
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Dahlia Heart Layering Dies
[ SSS ]
Reverse Confetti Diagonal Stitches Die
[ SSS | RVR ]
Caran D’Ache Luminance Pencils
Polychromos Colored Pencils
Gamsol Kit
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Black Foam Tape
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS ]
Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Cardstock
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
[ SSS ]
[ SSS | ELH ]
Micropore Tape
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]



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493 thoughts on “Colored Pencils + Gamsol Techniques + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Your cards look beautiful! Thank you for sharing more on colored pencils and gamsol techniques. I use colored pencils and gamsol because of your previous video. 🙂 I’m looking forward to using these techniques on future cards.

  2. I own 16 Fabre-Castell colored pencils and wasn’t successful with the end result of cards colored with them. Hope to in the near future, produce cards as lovely as yours. Blue happens to be my favorite color and I love this card, the bird is exquisite!! Thank you.

  3. I love using colored pencils. My fave are polychromatic. I use them alone and to add highlights to co,or stamped images.

  4. I love my colored pencils! It was getting back into coloring that prompted my entry into stamping and card making. I still have not unearthed my new oil based pencils I got for Christmas last year, but it will be like Christmas all over again when they get unpacked. (I’d also love to find my winter coats and boots!). Next on the list: drawere and shelves for the craft room so I can start organizing the craft room! Thanks for the tips. Can’t wait to try them.

  5. I love using color pencils, and had been interested in gamsol for years but never tried it cuz it looked hard to use, but I really want to try this Gamsol PEN! It looked easier to use on this video clip!

  6. Hi Jennifer… I have used colored pencils and even used gamsol but did not like the results. I will definitely give it a try again using the Tim Holtz pen. You made it look so easy to get beautiful blended colors. Thanks.

  7. Your colouring is lovely! I have read about gamsol elsewhere but now I really want to try it. I usually use watercolour pencils.

  8. What a wonderful tutorial on so many awesome things. I love colored pencils and you have showed me even more techniques. Thanks so much!

  9. I love to take colored pencils to group card making sessions because they are easy to share and are not messy to use. Thank you for the ideas and techniques that take the art of coloring to new levels.

  10. I love watching your videos, they are so inspirational! You always do such a good job! I love using colored pencils! They give such a different look than using markers.

  11. I have used Prismacolor pencils for years, and enjoy them. I have been blending with mineral oil, but may now try Gamsol. Thanks for the tips!

  12. Hello, I love using my Prismacolor pencils. I love using them with gamsol it is not very difficult and looks beautiful without a lot of effort.

  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the pen tip!! I love colored pencils but hate those stumps! My pencils consist for Prisma and Polychromos however, it seems I may need to do some shopping! The Luminance pencils are beautiful with such vibrancy on the colored cardstock. I need one of Tim Holtz pens so might as well pick up the pencils while I am at it. 🙂
    Jennifer, I also want to thank you for all the hard work you put into your videos and blog.. You have inpired me on so many different occasions!!

  14. I’m new to your blog and have enjoyed shopping for the items you use most in your videos (inks, embossing powders, etc.). As my Amazon and SSS packages have arrived I have reorganized my craft area a bit and was going to put away my colored pencils but was hesitant to. After reading your latest blog post, I’m glad I didn’t! I’m looking forward to trying my hand at using my colored pencils with my new SSS stamps! You do amazing work!

  15. Yes I love to use prismacolor pencils ; I bring them to school when I meet with my mentee , sharing my love while keeping our hands busy

  16. My husband bought me a set of Caran D’Ache Suprasoft, not the Luminance and used them to color images on my set of 2018 christmas cards!

  17. Hi Jennifer;
    Thank you for sharing the ways in which you use color pencils and gamsol. I love to color and have used baby oil and petroleum jelly to blend my colors. I recently purchased the gamsol and look forward to using it soon. I enjoyed learning of the Tim Holtz refillable pen as well. I thoroughly enjoy your videos as they always inspire me to spread a little kindness!

  18. I have been using colored pencils for quite a long time. The copics were so expensive it took me awhile to get some. The pencils worked great. As you said it took a lot more time but just as beautiful. I had never really used them on dark cardstock but I will be trying it more often. I like the video with the craft cardstock and I am ready to give it a try. Thanks. I love your videos. You make it seem so simple. Have fun at the show this weekend. I will be waiting for more videos with all the new products.

  19. Beautiful cards! I love to use colored pencil on my cards because I find them easier to use than other mediums. I had no idea there were so many different types of colored pencils and the differences between them. Thank you for sharing!!

  20. Beautiful coloring! Gina K’s Snow Birds is a delightful set!! Yes, I have used colored pencils. I use Prisma and love the blendable quality. thanks so much for the chance to win!

  21. I haven’t experimented with colored pencils yet as I’m focused on learning to use my new Copic markers. I’m new to card making and am having so much fun! Thank you for your inspiration!

  22. I have only used colored pencils in school! I never dreamed how amazing they could be to make cards with! I would love to try your techniques out! I have been an avid follower of yours from clicking on one of your ads on Facebook. Been hooked ever since! Keep up the amazing work!

  23. I have to confess I’m a bad colorer, therefore I don’t use colored pencils very often. I have tried mineral spirits and nibs. Don’t really like having to send. Love the tip of the refillable pen. Th a m you. Love your cards. They are beautiful

  24. I use Prisma coloring pencils and Gamsol. I like how I can build the color up with these pencils. I LOVE how you stamped/colored the blue bird onto blue paper. Looks great on colored paper and gives more options than always using white paper. Thank you for all your insights and creativity.

  25. I tried gamsol a couple of years ago when you used it in a video. I liked it but despite having the bottle sealed and in a plastic bag it evaporated. Don’t understand why 😞

  26. You always make the prettiest cards and your videos are so inspiring! Yes, I have used colored pencils, although not with the success you have!

  27. I do use color pencils. Too bad the finished product looks like a 4 year old colored them! Lol. Hey, it’s handmade that’s what counts right! Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  28. SQUEAL!! LOVE these!! Such AWESOME Tips!! It’s been awhile since I’ve colored with Pencils and gamsol!! You’ve INSPIRED me to get them and out and PLAY!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

  29. Hello Jennifer, I first started crafting cause I saw your Gamsol and coloured pencils video. I have definitely broadened my crafting scope since, but I always enjoy a video that reminds me of where I started. Thank you for the great video!

  30. I enjoy all of your videos and have tried several of your techniques. I enjoy using colored pencils and will definitely pick up the Alcohol Ink refillable pen for the gamsol.

  31. I have colored pencils and ga isolated, but don’t use them as much as I should. Thank you for the nudge and the tips.

  32. I love using colored pencils. I have several different sets and brands, but lately watercoloring has been my jam! I love, love, love watching your videos Jen!

    Keep up the amazing job!

  33. I prefer colored pencils as I feel I’m less likely to mess up with them. And there are lots of colors to choose from, too. Thanks for the tips – especially the Gamsol one.

  34. I do use colored pencils with Gamsol quite frequently. They work better without bleeding through on one layer cards that i send frequently to an uncle who is in and out of jail often.

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