Pencils on Black

The other night, Rachel stopped by with her new dog, Toby.  Toby is a pit bull, so I know he may scare some people.  Our Hoss is a Rottweiler and weighs around 180 pounds, so he can also be scary.  Once you get to know them, though, you realize that Toby and Hoss are two of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet.  They’re both very gentle and laid back.  Rachel & Jon wanted to see how the two would get along.  They’ve been together before, but it was outside on the front porch, so we all wondered how they’d do in the house.

After the initial sniffing (mostly by Hoss), they got along great.  Toby was, of course, curious about things, and Hoss had to follow him around to be sure he didn’t get into anything he shouldn’t – like the kitchen.  But they never snarled, growled or showed any other type of aggression.   Toby almost fell into the pool, and our backyard bunnies will never be the same.  Hoss sees them and decides it would take too much energy and effort to chase them.  Toby, however, didn’t have those reservations.  So our normally complacent bunnies have to be on their guard now.

It was interesting having two large dogs in the house, but everything went very well.  I can understand why pit bulls used to be “nannies” for children.  Toby is as protective of Rachel as Hoss is of Jon.  They’re not mean, they just stay by their “person” and won’t let anyone else next to them until they’re sure the other person is ok.  It was funny last night, because the kids were using their laptops at the dining room table with a dog on each side.  I’m sure they felt very safe!  The only altercation was when Toby decided to sniff Hoss.  Hoss has to be the dominant male, so he doesn’t like being the sniffee.  He just gave a little warning, and everything was fine.

I saw another tutorial the other day about using pastels (not our chalk, but pastel crayons) on black card stock, and thought I’d try it with some of our products.  Here’s one using Stampin’ Up!® watercolor pencils.

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Stamps:  Bordering on Romance, Tiny Tags; Ink:  VersaMark, Poppy Parade classic; Paper:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade card stock; First Edition specialty designer series paper; Other:  Silver embossing powder, watercolor pencils, Labels framelits, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, basic jewels – rhinestones, crochet trim – Victoria, vintage trinkets, jewelry tag punch, paper piercing tool, mat pack, Adorning Accents edgelits, Big Shot, stampin’ dimensionals, corner rounder punch

I stamped the flower on Basic Black with versamark, then embossed with the silver powder.  After I colored the image with pencils, I cut it out with the label framelit.  If you lightly trace around the outline of the frame, then cut out the parts that will be outside the frame, you can place the cut outs on top of the frame so they won’t get cut off.

I was a little surprised when I held this card up to the light.  While I was working on it, it was hard to see, but when I held it up – wow!  I love the way the pencils look on the black.  I’m going to try another one with our Stampin’ Pastels.  I think it will look a little softer than the crayons, but still should show up really well.

Have a great day – and thanks for stopping by!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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