Succulents Colored With Distress Crayons

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hi everyone!

Svitlana is here today sharing a card and using Succulents stamp set. I fall in love with this stamps set the moment I saw it. The succulents look so realistic! And love them as is, in the pots. However for today card I wanted to try something different, by creating some kind of frame out of them.


First, I cut a panel out of Kraft cardstock and stamped succulents semi-frames in the bottom left and top right of the panel using a water-resistant ink, as intended to apply water afterwards. I used masking when was stamping them, so nothing overlaped.

Next I colored succulents using Distress Crayons. They're so pigmented and buttery and are great for coloring. If my panel was white, I would have more options for coloring. I could use COPICs, Distress markers, etc. However, as my panel was not white, to get more vibrant coloring I needed to use a pigment colorant as crayons are. I was applying crayons inside the stamped images and then blended them with slightly wet brush. Slightly is the key here. As my cardstock is not watercolor one, I couldn't use a lot of water without risk of warping or ripping cardstock. So I wet brush just a bit, it was enough to blend crayons (which blend easily), and wasn't enough to warp my panel.

When I finished coloring I stamped the sentiment using two stamp sets – Painted Encouragement and Calligraphy Alpha. The second set I used to make word prayers, as I wanted it to be a bit bigger. Fonts of these two sets match perfectly.

To finish off my card I adhered the panel to white card base, using a foam sheet between them to add some dimension. I could add some embellishments, like sequins or enamel dots, but I just didn't see them here.

I believe this design could work for a masculine card, or even as wedding design for succulents themed wedding ;)

Have a great day!



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Linda S. August 31, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Your card is gorgeous. Love the colors on the kraft card. TFS.

Svitlana Shayevich September 1, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Thank you, Linda!

conil August 31, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Your coloring is dyno-mite. The shading is extraordinary. Gorgeous card.

Svitlana Shayevich September 1, 2016 - 1:14 PM

Thank you a lot! Crayons happened to give vivid coloring results.

Esther August 31, 2016 - 11:08 AM

What a lovely card. The rich colours and balanced layout really let that fabulous sentiment shine through. Fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration. Esther

Svitlana Shayevich September 1, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Thank you, Esther! Your support means so much to me!

Vera August 31, 2016 - 11:16 AM


Svitlana Shayevich September 1, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Thank you!

Harriet August 31, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Excellent use of this stamp set. Great idea….crayons!!!

Svitlana Shayevich September 1, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Thank you, Harriet! I finally got my hands on them and am very satisfied with the result.

Lynn Dalby August 31, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Lovely Card.

Svitlana Shayevich September 1, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Thank you, Lynn!

maria f. August 31, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Such a great idea to use crayons on kraft.

Svitlana Shayevich September 1, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Thank you, Maria!

Judy Anderson September 5, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Always looking for ideas on how to products. You always have such great ideas.

Svitlana Shayevich February 8, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Thank you, Judy!


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