Mary Englebreit’s Wishing Upon A Star by RubberMoon

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! Today’s project was actually inspired by my friend Jenn White who recently posted her rainbow colored tiles, tassels & tuffets using stamps from ArtFoamies. If you missed her blog post, take a look at it here

In a recent conversation, Jenn revealed that she often stamps out mass quantities of things and sends them out to friends. I was a happy recent recipient of some of her colorful Moonglo Bright Rainbow HeArtFoamies featured in her January post. What I love about Jenn’s artwork is that she just goes with the flow, enjoying the journey rather than worrying about the destination. She plunges right in and figures it out (or not) as she goes. Either way, she just plays and finds her inspiration along the way.

I’m the exact opposite. I can’t seem to start unless I can see it in my head from start to finish and visualize the end result. As a result, I spend a lot of time staring at my empty craft mat ….

So Jenn encouraged me to just play with my art, pretending that I’m once again in preschool, experimenting, discovering, and playing. So brings us to today’s project.

I pulled out my favorite Mary Englebreit stamps from RubberMoon — Wishing Upon A Star (Small). Did you click on that link to take a look? As some of you know, RubberMoon Stamps aren’t available just anywhere! You have a couple of options. The entire catalog is available to subscribers to Kae Pea’s Patron Group where for as little as $2.00 a month you can:

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Since I’m going to use my Copic markers, I stamp the image on Hammermill cardstock with a Copic friendly ink. Next, I pull out a range of Copic markers and laid them out on my desk in rainbow order. I knew that I wouldn’t use all of them, but had them handy so that I could easily jump between colors without a lot of thought. Then I started blocking in areas of the background with color. 

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

I kept working until I had the entire background filled. At this point, I wasn’t concerned about getting a smooth blend between colors. I just wanted to get the colors placed on the background.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

I added a second coat of each color improving the blending and color depth as I went along. I also used tip to tip blending to help with the transitions between colors.

If you are not familiar with this Copic technique, select two markers in your blend (dark/medium or medium/light) and hold the lighter marker in your dominant hand (i.e. the hand you write with). Using the light marker, pick up some of the ink from the tip of the darker marker. When you color, you will have a tone that is a blend of the two markers that will make it easier to transition from dark to light.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

At this point, the colors are beginning to meld together a little better. I allowed the inks to dry thoroughly since I knew that they would continue to blend on their own as they cured. 

I decided that I wanted to create some sort of galaxy in the background. To add texture, I dampened a small piece of terry cloth with Copic colorless blender and gentle dabbed the cloth over the background. The colorless blender lifts the Copic ink, leaving behind the imprint of the nap of the cloth.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

Here I should note a few things:

  • Your inked background needs to be complete dry before you start dabbing, else the dots will just blend together. 
  • This technique also causes some movement of the ink so it helps to further blend transitions from one color to the next.
  • Since the ink can move, you need to be careful that the ink doesn’t bleed into the uncolored parts of the stamp. If that happens, use your 0 blender marker to push the ink back where it belongs.

Once the ink was dry, I started coloring the stamped image.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon
Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

Once the coloring was complete, I added a starry galaxy with white and gold gel pens. And here’s the finished image! I haven’t decided what to do with it yet. I may mount it on a card or I might frame it.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

That’s it for me today! Hope you’ve enjoyed this today’s inspiration.

Until next time —

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Yep – it’s true! Today’s card is a holiday card. It was snowing when I created this so I thought – why not? I’ve been tempted to make holiday cards ever since I straightened up last week and came across all of the holiday stamps that I bought and never got around to coloring. Not to mention, all of the holiday favorites that I didn’t make this past year. So I put aside my spring flower stamps and pulled out an oldie but goodie – Jingle all the Way by My Favorite Things.

Today’s project features:

  • Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things [retired, but still available from a few online stores]
  • Merry Merry by Avery Elle [retired, but still available from a few online stores]
  • Copic coloring (marker list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
  • Supplies linked with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Coloring Video

This Santa is one of my favorite holiday images so I’ve put together a short video to show how I color it.

Step by Step Directions for Jingle All the Way

That’s all for me today! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 (skin); R14. R24, R46, R89 (jacket & pants); R14. R24, R46, R89, T0, T1 (hat); T0, T1 (beard); T4, T6, T8 (belt, gloves, boots); Y38 (belt buckle)

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Inspire Me Monday – Party Essentials by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today with a new card and video for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Party Essentials Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

Supply list for today’s project is shown below. See you back here soon!

SUPPLIES

COPICS: BV00, RV55, RV63, RV66, Y02, Y15, Y19, G20, G21, G24, B00, B02, B04

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

You’re my Jam by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today I’m sharing a project that features the RAM You’re My Jam stamp set which was part of the new release by My Favorite Things. My friend Susan Itell over at Simple Stamping fell in love with this stamp set and asked if I would do a Zoom session with her to color it. Susan adored the card made by MFT design team member Angelica Conrad, who graciously shared the Copic colors she used on her card. So to prepare for our Zoom session, I went ahead and colored the images myself, using Angelica’s marker choices as the basis for my color scheme and adding in a few more of my own.

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | You're My Jam by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Making the Card

I find that the E markers are more difficult to blend. Lighter E colors tend to shatter the blending when used with darker colors so that I end up layering and re-layering to get a smooth blend. This time, I used tip to tip blending and had a much easier time with the blending.

For tip to tip blending, select two markers in your blend (dark/medium or medium/light) and hold the lighter marker in your dominant hand (i.e. the hand you write with). Using the light marker, pick up some of the ink from the tip of the darker marker. When you color, you will have a tone that is a blend of the two markers that will make it easier to transition from dark to light.

When finishing the card, I added a strip sentiment from the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set. It was a little wide for my layout so I trimmed off the top sentiment row from the stamped image. I backed it with a band of solid cardstock as well as a band of striped design paper to finish off the design.

That’s all for me today! Hope you enjoyed this fun project. See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies For You’re My Jam!

COPICS: E11, E21, E51 (hedgehog face); E70, E74, E79 (hedgehog fur); BG93, BG96 (turtle face, neck, feet); YG61, YG63, YG67 (turtle shell); E21, E23, E25, E51 (squirrel); E04, E11, E21, E50, E51 (rabbit); B40, E41, E42, E43, E44 (bear); B00, B23 (flag, bird); R32, R35, E37, Y21, Y35, Y38 (drum)

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Botanical ArtFoamies Background with Birdie Girlie

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m this week’s guest artist over on the ArtFoamies blog. I needed a card to send to a friend who has been ill so I did a quick look through my ArtFoamies to see what I could use for a quick background.

Now as many of you know, my style is really clean and simple. I love the randomness of mixed media where lots of colors, textures, layers, and patterns come together to create a beautifully organic design. And I love to experiment with my inks and paints. But when I’m short on time, I just keep it simple. 

Today’s ArtFoamies project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Balzer Designs | Botanical by ArtFoamies and Jone Hallmark | Birdie Girlie by RubberMoon

I started by inking the Botanical foam stamp with Versafine Clare in Verdant and Bluebell on with a piece of white cardstock trimmed to 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″. I did a few trial runs with Distress Oxides, but I wanted the stamped image to be fairly crisp so I switched to a pigment ink. After stamping, I set it aside to let the ink thoroughly dry.

In the meantime, I stamped the Birdie Girlie stamp on Hammermill white cardstock (110#) with Hero Arts Intense Black. The image was colored with Copic markers (marker list shown below). 

Since my stamped image was now dry, I used the Lawn Fawn Mini Picture Frames die to cut an opening in the center of the image. I cut the frame three more times from white cardstock so that I could stack them on the oval opening. I positioned my Copic colored image behind the opening and adhered it in place. 

The rest is pretty straightforward. I cut green and dark blue cardstock, each layer being 1/4″ larger than the next. Once the cardstock was cut, I adhered all of the layers together and then to a card base made from Neenah Classic Crest 100#. My finished card is A2 in size (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). 

Rowhouse Greetings | Balzer Designs | Botanical by ArtFoamies and Jone Hallmark | Birdie Girlie by RubberMoon

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E50, E51, E21, E11, V20 (skin); E53, E55, E57 (hair); B000, B12, B24, B26 (sweater); RV 32, RV34 (flower)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.