New Class! Valentine, You Make Me Smile! – February 3rd, 2021 – Queen’s Ink

In this workshop, you will create three happy mail cards featuring the Cool Chicks and Harry the Stuffy by Stamping Bella. You will work in the medium of your choice (Copics, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.) and I will lead you through the concepts of shading and color selections. CLASS FEE $32

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website:
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 @ 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Please bring along your favorite coloring medium, whether it is Copic markers, colored pencils, or watercolors (along with any associated tools such as blender pens, water container, brushes, etc.). You are encouraged to use whatever color combinations you desire, but you should note the design paper used in each card to coordinate your selections.  

General instructions will be provided by the instructor, but you should already be comfortable working with your selected coloring medium

Students should bring:

  • COLORING MEDIUM OF YOUR CHOICE (Copic markers, watercolors, colored pencils, etc.) in a variety of colors and any associated tools (blender pens, water container, palette, brushes, etc.)
  • CRAFT MAT or whatever base you normally color on (glass mat, board, etc.)
  • SCISSORS suitable for fussy cutting
  • ADHESIVES: We will use three types — Beacons 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, and foam adhesive squares.

We will be practicing social distancing protocol. Please wear a MASK and bring your SANITIZER

Inspire Me Monday at Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Va-Va-Valentines by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Va-Va-Valentines 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!

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with a new card featuring the Hyacinth Bulb in Glass Digital Stamp by Power Poppy. As you can see, I’m finally moving away from holiday cards and starting to color spring flowers again.

Today’s project features:

  • Hyacinth Bulb in Glass Digital Stamp by Power Poppy
  • Azaleas Clear Stamp Set [sentiment – stamp set now RETIRED] by Power Poppy
  • Copic coloring (marker list shown below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Hyacinth Bulb in Glass by Power Poppy

My style tends to be clean and simple although lately I’ve been experimenting with more complex designs. However, I wanted this image to be front and center without distraction so I stuck to a relatively simple layout.

Rowhouse Greetings | Hyacinth Bulb in Glass by Power Poppy

And be sure you take a look at the Power Poppy projects from my teammates in the Bloom Brigade!

Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

That’s all for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads


COPICS: BV00, BV13, B69 (flower combo 1); B60, B63, B66 (flower combo 2); V12, V15, V17 (flower combo 3); V20, V22, V28 (flower combo 4); G20, G24, G28 (leaves); BV23, E21, E23, E27 (bulb); BG0000, BG10, B000 (glass); BV20, BV23 (shadow)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

ArtFoamies Guest Artist

Hey Friends! I’m over on the ArtFoamies blog as this week’s guest artist. Today I’m featuring a mixed media project that was actually a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law so hop over to the blog for the details.

In other news, I’ll be offering a new class at The Queen’s Ink that can best be described as “color your way” featuring stamps from Stamping Bella. Watch this space for more information!

In the meantime – stay safe!

Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! I’ve got a fun card today featuring the Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella. I love the Oddball series and I’ve colored several of them in the past, but the Nutcracker is a particular favorite. Best of all, he’s relatively quick to color!

Today’s project features:

  • Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella
  • Copic coloring (see marker list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella

Coloring Notes for Oddball Nutcracker

I colored the stamp a few days ago, but I decided after the fact to create this video. Since I can’t seem to color anything the same way twice, you may see some differences here as I color the image a second time. The marker colors are shown in the video and below so you can follow along or substitute with markers in your stash.

The card design is pretty straightforward so I’m going to focus on the Copic coloring – specifically the red combination. If you look at the marker list for the jacket and hat – R24, E07, E09, E19 – you’ll notice that there is only one red marker in the combination. I used the three E markers to underpaint the darker “red” areas of the uniform. I started with E19 using a little in the very deepest areas, blending out with E09 and E07 respectively leaving some areas of white for the final blend. You’ll see that the colors moved from brown to a bright rusty red tone. Afterwards I applied a coat of R24 over all of the E colors plus the remaining white, creating areas with some depth as well as highlights that were true red. Techniques like this are particularly useful if you have a limited number of markers, showing how you can use underpainting to create a variety of tones.

Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella

That’s all for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads


COPICS: E000, E00, E02, E04 (skin); BV31 (eyes); BV31, C1, C3 (hair & beard); R24, E07, E09, E19 (jacket & hat); BV31, C1, C3 (shirt); Y35, Y38, YR02 (hat & jacket); YG03, YG17, YG67 (pants); BV23, BV25, BV29 (boots)’ BV23, BV25, BV29, Y38 (belt)

[Supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.]