This one is done with a kind of reverse image stamp. The black background is stamped leaving what I colored white. Then I colored the white in with colored pencils. That was the technique. I only have 3 of this kind of stamp and they are all on the smallish side. The background didn't look too black after I stamped it. I tried lots of times and finally thought, I would find a way to fix it after. I use Prismacolor colored pencils and have used them even in needlework! If you color the light colors first, then you can kind of blend them. I colored lightly over the black when I was done and then noticed that I had black pencil all over my hand!! From leaning on it, I guess. So I put a light coat of glossy accents over it and let it dry. I know the bird isn't a cardinal, but I wanted it to be red! Call it artistic license! One more post for today yet.