I shared a photo the other day on instagram of a dragon from the Mama Elephant Me and My Dragon stamp set, which I’d coloured to be a galaxy dragon. I used Faber Castell polychromos pencils to do this. I’ve done plenty of distress ink galaxy backgrounds before, but never tried using colouring pencils so it was a bit of an experiment to see if I could get the look I wanted.
If you’ve ever made a distress ink galaxy before, you’ll know that it can look kind of a mess until right towards the end, when you add the black ink and stars. I discovered it’s pretty much the same with coloured pencils!
I’d stamped the dragon image on white cardstock and cut him out. I then began by adding a very light layer of blue and purple pencil to the image. I didn’t colour in everything, instead I added areas of colour around the image. Kind of how I do with distress ink galaxies. I don’t use any blending solution for my pencil colouring.
I carried on doing this, adding darker blue and purple pencil colours and adding some stronger areas of colour in places. At this stage, it wasn’t looking like much of a galaxy. It’s not until you add the grey and black pencil around the edges that it starts to look much better. I finished the dragon by adding some white gel pen details for stars, and some black gel pen for his eyes.
To make this into a card, I coloured a couple more images with pencils. The girl is from the same stamp set as the dragon, and the cake is from Mama Elephants Dragon Wishes stamp set.
I die cut three Mama Elephant Polaroid frames from black card and once from white card. I white heat embossed a greeting from the Dragon Wishes stamp set on to one of the frames, then layered the black frames together. On the inside piece of the white frame, I added some ink blended clouds, created with the MFT Mini Cloud stencil. I intensified the blue with coloured pencils.
I added the frames and inside piece to the card, then the images on top with foam tape. I finished the card by stamping some yellow stars and adding some Pretty Pink Posh clear sparkling sequins.
I’m really pleased with how the galaxy dragon turned out. I’ll definitely have to try the technique again with other images.
If you want to see the colours I used, please check out my Instagram photo from the other day.