I hope you have all had a great day, here at the cottage we are once again sweltering in these Summer conditions, I am so looking forward to Autumn when it finally arrives and yes, I know that I still have a long way to go, but with each day that means it is getting closer :)
Tonight, I am playing catch up on some admin here on the blog…
Back in December last year I had a giveaway here on my blog for a Pretty Pink Posh, Bee Friends..I apologise for not drawing the winner of this giveaway sooner, but the end of last year saw lots of medical things pop up here in my family with varying levels of worry, so of course I just was treading water trying to get through the bare minimal in life and creating…we still have a lot going on behind the scenes but today seemed a good day to finally post that winner…
Thank you for everyone that passes by my blog each time I post and leave sweet messages, means the world to me..
The winner of the Bee Friends stamp and die set goes to: Marilyn congratulations Marilyn, I will contact you via your email to organise to have sent out to you…
Next up is a review….
I had a few people ask me on FB about the Polychromos Pencils that I purchased for myself as a Birthday and Christmas present, then after Christmas, Darryl brought me a larger set and well I am here to give you my thoughts of these pencils..
Firstly, I am not being paid by anyone or any company to share my thoughts and these really are just my thoughts and once you use them you will form your own opinion too, like any other product us crafters use..but I do hope that these thoughts do help you decide if you feel you would like a set too..remember I am not the best artist out there, just having fun and learning heaps..
Now before I jump in with the Pros and Cons, I have to say that I love my Prisma Coloured pencils, but one thing that has been quite the deterrent for me is the leads inside some of the pencils just keep breaking when I sharpen and of course by the time you sharpen I have lost quite a lot of value and money as the pencil is almost gone…some say to heat the lead inside and that will join back together, I am yet to do so..
I also find that when you colour over the lines on stamped images it fades the outline and that is just a personal thing that seems to bug me..
The Pros to these pencils are:
- They are all sharpened upon arrival
- The leads I have found are in tacked
- The range of colours are just as good as Prisma Coloured ones
- When I colour over a line it generally does not discolour the outline of the stamped image like Prisma Coloured ones do
- They blend without have to use gamsol and they blend beautifully
- I find that the wax build is less, you can go over and add plenty of colour and layers
- The only thing so far that I have found is that the white pencil does not have any if not at all depth as the Prisma Coloured one..
As I said I find both sets of pencils are both fantastic and I love to use both, but at present I like to gravitate towards the Polychromos, I think they are worth the investment if you are wishing to purchase a set for yourself…
If you are in Australia and wondering where I purchased mine, I got mine from HERE, they send them very quickly and the packaging is exceptional, I could not be more delighted to deal with this company..once again I am not being paid by them to say this..
I will add that I found the 60 tin set to be fine as a starter kit, but the range of colours for layering are not quite there, so if you are willing to invest the 120 tin set is so worth it..
I hope that this has helped you all decide if you wish to purchase or not..
Now for a card that I created using the Polychromos…
I sat and coloured the Hollyhock from the Sunshine and Smiles set from Clearly Besotted, die cut out and set aside..
I then took the Scallop Frames from Pretty Pink Posh, die cutting a white panel, the insert I added some MFT, Lemon Chiffon ink..
I added this to a white card base and adhered the flower..
Finishing off the card by stamping a sentiment from Beautiful Friends 2 and some Clear Sequins and the card was complete..
Thanks for sticking with me til the end with this rather long post..