Patriotic Painters by House House Designs

Rowhouse Greetings | Patriotic Painters by House Mouse Designs

GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! I’m back today with a card featuring the Patriotic Painters from House Mouse Designs. This image usually makes the rounds on Pinterest on 4th of July, but I used it here to make a card for a friend to give to her niece who is becoming a citizen next month. The image features Amanda, Mudpie, and Monica — yes, the mice have names — bursting into song after completing their coloring of the American flag.

This image is fun to color, but challenging for a couple of reasons, both relating to the flag. The first is the challenge of coloring around the stars in a dark color without accidentally coloring over a few. I had to do a little cleanup with my colorless blender marker afterwards. The second challenge was coloring the red stripes. This marker combination (R35, R37, R59) blends fairly well, but red will sometimes creep outside the lines if you get too much ink on the paper.

Rowhouse Greetings | Patriotic Painters by House Mouse Designs

For the sake of simplicity, I chose to color all of the mice in cool gray, but if you want to vary the colors, Stampendous provides a Copic color chart that suggests other color combinations you might want to consider.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card. Don’t forget that tomorrow is Demo Day at Photo Scraps. We’ll be starting at 10AM (instead of the usual 11:00 AM) tomorrow with the hopes of getting some coloring in before the latest round of icy weather comes our way. Hope to see you there!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Cardstock in Admiral by Bazzill; Cardstock in Fog by My Favorite Things
Stamp: Patriotic Painters by House Mouse Designs (Stampendous!)
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: E000, E00, E93 (skin); C1, C3, BV20 (fur); B91, B93, B95, B97, R35, R37, R59, C1 (flag); YG03, YG17, YG21, BV20, R35, C1, B93 (paint brushes); BV20 (shadows)

Vital Rose by Power Poppy

Vital Rose by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING POWER POPPY FANS! I’m back today with a new digital release from Power Poppy called Vital Rose. Now here’s an image that will brighten up a cold, dreary day! This digital stamp set features a large single rose that opens up to welcome all that life has to offer. With lots of room to shade the petals, you can be as loose or as detailed as you’d like in your coloring, and still come away with a dramatic final piece. Available solo or with poetic words handlettered and winding around the petals. Includes no-line versions, too!

I didn’t have a lot of time yesterday to put my design team card together so I decided to keep the coloring and the card design super simple. Since I only had petals and leaves to color, I selected my favorite RV & YG combinations to keep marker selection quick and easy.

Rowhouse Greetings | Vital Rose by Power Poppy

After coloring the image, I used the largest die from the Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables from Lawn Fawn to trim the image layer and added a few dew drop embellishments from Honey Bee Stamps. So here’s the finished project!

Rowhouse Greetings | Vital Rose by Power Poppy

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card; Bazzill Cardstock in Date Swirl
Stamp: Vital Rose (*) by Power Poppy
Die: Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Dahlia Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69 (rose) | YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves)

Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Just finished up another class at The Queen’s Ink. This month we had some fun with the Potted Primrose stamp set from Power Poppy and embossed backgrounds. Be sure to join us next month for another Copic class featuring the Bloomin’ Wonderful stamp set from Power Poppy.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Cardstock in Atlantic
Stamp: Potted Primroses by Power Poppy; Honeycomb Background by My Favorite Things; Itsy Bitsy Polka Dotted Background by My Favorite Things
Dies: Tag Stacklets 2 by Taylored Expressions; Mixed Media dies by Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Veramark; Versafine in Onyx Black; Delicata in Golden Glitz
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves); B0000, B00, B02, B06 (flowers); Y32, Y38, YG21 (flower centers); BV23 (shadows)


Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamp: Potted Primroses by Power Poppy; Lined Up Dots Background by My Favorite Things; Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots by My Favorite Things
Dies: Zig Zag Square Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Painted Hello Die by Simon Says Stamp
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Veramark; Distress Oxides in Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, and Worn Lipstick
Embellishments: Ranger Enchanted Gold Embossing Powder; Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear; Honey Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps [retired]
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves); RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66 (flowers); Y32, Y38, YG21 (flower centers); BV23 (shadows)


Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Cardstock in Atlantic
Stamp: Potted Primroses by Power Poppy; Lined Up Dots Background by My Favorite Things
Dies: Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Veramark; Versafine in Onyx Black
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear; 29 Lilac Lane Sequins in Not So Heavy Metal
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves); W1, W3, W5 (pots); B00, B02, RV63, RV66, Y32, Y38 (flowers); E42 (background); BV20 (shadows)

Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook

Just finished another wild, crazy and slightly chaotic class at Photo Scraps. Did we go into overtime? Well of course we did! But as one of my students noted, at least I finished before the store closed!

We covered a lot of techniques and hopefully I gave you a lot to think about. I want to pause for a moment here to talk about marker selection. When you are just starting out, the array of Copic colors is overwhelming. Before you go shopping, take a moment to get a basic understanding of the Copic color system. Then think about what you want to color. If you’re going to be coloring flowers, you’ll need at least one green or yellow/green combination for leaves and foliage as well as yellow, pink and/or red combinations for the flowers. If you going to color people, you’ll need markers for skin tones, hair color, and clothing. I started off with the intent of making Christmas cards, so my initial collection included lots of reds, greens, and yellows.

When you first start out, everyone buys all the pretty colors and if you look at your markers, I bet you have a lot of pretty pinks, blues, and greens. But if you want to have some depth in your coloring, you need to buy the muddy colors, the colors that you think that you might never use.

To get you started, I’m going to make it easy for you by telling you flat out that if you don’t own Copic markers BV20 and BV23, you need to drop everything right now and go out and buy them. These markers magically add depth and dimension to your coloring and you need to have them in your collection. If you don’t believe me, take another look at those snowman in the first card. They’re not all standing shoulder to shoulder. Some are stepped a little forward and some are stepped slightly back. To be honest, I used BV20, but I could have added BV23 for a more dramatic effect.

(P.S.: I don’t work for Copic – I just love these markers!).

Just a note: The supplies listed below reflect those used for the original class models. In class, we substituted Nuvo Glimmer paste in Moonstone in place Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium and Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Clear Rock Candy.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Frozen Fellowship by Newtons Nook Design

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Snow Flurry by Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Clear Rock Candy; Tacky When Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BV000, BV20, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YR09, R59, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG15, BG32, C1 C3, C5, C7

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Snow Flurry by Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Clear Rock Candy; Tacky When Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BV000, BV20, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YR09, R59, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG15, BG32, C1 C3, C5, C7

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird; POW Glitter Paper in Silver by American Crafts
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook; Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Dies: Triple Tear Die by Spellbinders; Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BG0000, BG000, BV000 (snow); BG11, BG32, BG15 (vest); C1, C3, C5, C7, RV14, RV17, RV19, R59 (hat); Y38, YR09 (carrot); BV20 (shadows)

It’s Time for Demo Day!

Join me TODAY at Photo Scraps for Demo Day! I’ll have the two cards shown below. There will also be cards designed by Dedra, Lisa, and Linda and scrapbook layouts by Gina. Just drop in anytime between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM and create as many Demos you want. Please remember to bring your own tape runner or other adhesive of choice to Demo Day. 

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Sunny Days by Echo Park Paper Co.
Stamp: Mail Chick by Stamping Bella
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Lacy Heart Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, YR04, YR09 (chick) | BG0000, B0000, R46 (envelope) | BV20 (shadows)

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Purple Posies (*) from the Really Rainbow Collection by Lawn Fawn
Stamp: Sweet Dear Friend by Picket Fence Studios
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versafine in Onyx Black
Copics: E00, E93 (skin) | E30, E33 (hair) | YG01, YG03, YG07, B00, B01, B02, R81, R83, R85 (dresses)