Wintery Day by Stampendous

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! This post will be short and sweet. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I still have much to do to get ready. I’ve done very little so far to get ready so today will be a scramble to get everything in order. And what have I been doing instead? Well, I decided that I wanted some time to myself to color. So that’s what I did!

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Wintery Day by Stampendous

I have a soft spot for cute stamps and frankly I bought this stamp because I couldn’t resist this snowman. Coloring white objects is a bit tricky because as you’ve probably noticed – there’s no white Copic marker. So we color the shadows, contours and reflections. I tend to color snowmen in shades of blue and blue/green and I throw in a bit of blue violet in the darkest shadows to create a bit of depth. It takes a bit of restraint though because you don’t end up with a blue snowman!

Rowhouse Greetings | Wintery Day by Stampendous

That’s all for me today. It’s time to tackle my to do list. But let me take a moment to say how grateful I am to each and every one of you for joining me and supporting me through this artistic journey. I am beyond thankful to have you all in my life. Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time ….

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

[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.]

COPICS: BV000, BV20, BG0000, BG10, B000, 0 (snowman & surrounding snow); Y35, YR68 (carrot); BV23, BV25, BV29 (buttons); RV55, RV63, RV66, BG11, BG15, BG32 (hat & mittens); E40, E50 (fur); BV23, R14, R24, R46, YR68 (cardinal); YG01, YG03, YG67 (sprigs); YG03, YG17, YG67, R24 (holly); B00, B02 R46 (blue bird & hat)

Season’s Greenings by Power Poppy for Inspire Me Monday

Rowhouse Greetings | Season's Greenings by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card and video featuring the Season’s Greenings clear stamp set by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

Jone Hallmark Daisy Fae by RubberMoon

MORNING EVERYONE! I’m back today with my project for the 100 Moons Creative Design team which is a creative collaboration between RubberMoon stamps, ArtFoamies, and 100 Proof Press. But first – some exciting news from the homefront!

I’ve not done much coloring lately because we’ve been preparing for a home renovation project. As many of you know, I live in a nineteenth century Baltimore rowhouse that I usually describe as having been built before the invention of closets. When my husband bought in the house twenty years ago, it had two small closets, both of which were narrower than the width of a hanger. You can imagine what it was like to hang clothes!

When we got married, we had to merge two households together which made the storage problem even worse. Luckily, we have a basement, but who wants to go to the basement every morning to get dressed? We removed the two existing closets and used wardrobes to store our belongings. The solution worked for a few years, but it was becoming obvious that we needed to do something else.

So we contracted with California Closets and had a designer take a look at the space. Last Thursday, they installed five cabinets — three clothes closets and two storage cabinets — in our second bedroom so that we now have a functional dressing room. After we put our clothes and other stuff away, we still had one completely empty cabinet. So I claimed it as my craft closet and I’ve been happily organizing it (and quickly filling it) with fun stuff! I can’t promise that it will always look this organize, but it’s great to finally have space that looks good and can be closed off from curious cats.

So back to today’s project which features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Jone Hallmark Daisy Fae by RubberMoon

(Wondering what I used for today’s project? Where possible, supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links may be used).

Step by Step for Jone Hallmark Daisy Fae

  • Cut card base from Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and score at 5.5″ for a top fold card.
  • Cut a piece of white card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ 
  • Cut a strip of white card stock to 1/4″ x 1.25″ for sentiment
  • Cut a piece of polka dot design paper to 1″ x 4″. I used a sheet from the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Pastels 6×6 pad from MFT that is now retired.
  • Cut a piece of diagonal stripe paper from the Black & White Stripes Paper Pad to 1/4″ x 4″
  • Create a die cut tag from coordinating solid card stock. For the paper, I used an MFT cardstock that has from my stash that has been retired. For the die, I used Sizzix’s Dotted Tag which has also been retired, but I linked below to Sizzix’s Stitched Border Tag which is similar.
  • Create a die cut circle from white card stock using the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Circle Dies Stackables.
  • Cut a piece of craft foam to 3.75″ x 5″
  • Stamp Daisy Fae image on a Copic friendly paper with a Copic compatible ink.
  • Color image with Copic markers (marker colors shown below).
  • Add Wink of Stella to the wings and flower center. Set aside to dry.
  • Fussy cut image. 
  • Stamp Wish sentiment on 1/4″ x 1.25″ strip. Trim edge to create fishtail. Apply foam squares to back. I used Taylored Expressions Foam Sticky Strips since they were precut to 1/8″ wide.
  • Apply foam adhesive squares to back of image and set aside.
  • Adhere craft foam to back of 4″ x 5.25″ white card stock with Beacon’s 3-in-1 craft adhesive.
  • Adhere design paper strips and die cuts to front as shown.
  • Position and adhere Daisy Fae image.
  • Position and adhere sentiment. You may have to trim the end to fit it behind the image.
  • Adhere card front to card base.
Rowhouse Greetings | Jone Hallmark Daisy Fae by RubberMoon Copic Color Map

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, BV000 (skin); E43 (hair); B0000, B000, BG10, BG11, BG13, BV000 (dress); RV10, RV11 (wings); BV000, Y35, Y38 (flower); G20, G21 (leaves)

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.

Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! I’m back today with something a little different. I’m featuring a beautiful stamp by Taylored Expressions called Seasonal Sprig colored with Karin Brushmarkers Pro.

As many of you know, I’m a frustrated watercolorist. I love the look of watercolor – and sometimes even mimic it with my Copics – but beyond that I’m hopeless. I’ve got all the brushes, the best paper, lovely paints, and watched ALL the videos, but somehow it just doesn’t come together for me. Ever hopeful, I decided to give the new Karin Brushmarkers Pro a try. My friend Jill Killeen – who shares my watercolor frustration – had already invested in a full set and sent them to me to try. So after a bit of playing around, I finally got the hang of blending out the ink and controlling the amount of water used.  I’ve linked the supplies for today’s project with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

  • Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions
  • Karin Brushmarkers Pro (see list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below
Rowhouse Greetings | Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

Coloring the Image Seasonal Sprig

I stamped the image on Canson XL watercolor paper using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. For the leaves, I applied a small amount of Lime Green at the base of the leaves with the marker, blending it out with a waterbrush. Once the first layer was dry, I applied a second layer of the same color with the marker, once again blending it out with a waterbrush. When the second layer was dry, I used the Olive Green marker to apply a small amount of color to the base of the leaves, carefully blending it with my waterbrush to keep the contrast between the two colors. I did the same thing for the berries, using the markers to randomly apply either Magenta Red or Pale Violet which I blended with a waterbrush. After the first layer was dry, I used the markers to apply a small amount of color along the darker edge of the berries and softened the light with my water brush.

OK – that probably sounded confusing, but once you get into the rhythm of doing it, the coloring moves along smoothly.

Rowhouse Greetings | Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

In any case, the results satisfied my desire to watercolor so I’ll probably continue using these markers. They’re available in sets and as single markers so give them a try.

That’s it for me! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

KARIN BRUSHMARKER PRO: Magenta Red 170, Pale Violet 247, Lime Green 071, Olive Green 281

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!

Valerie in Autumn by Mo’s Digital Pencil (VIDEO)

MORNING EVERYONE! I’m back today with another card and a new Copic coloring video. I decided to take a break from holiday cards to color up a fall image from my stash – Valerie in Autumn by Mo’s Digital Pencil. I’m a guest designer this month over on the Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge blog and decided to feature this card for my design team project. I’ve linked the supplies for today’s project with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

  • Valerie in Autumn Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil
  • Copic coloring (see marker list and video below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below
Rowhouse Greetings | Valerie in Autumn by Mo's Digital Pencil

VIDEO – VALERIE IN AUTUMN

Watch below or in HD on YouTube.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

That’s it for me today! I hope you enjoyed today’s project and video. Leave me a note in the comments below if you have any ideas for future videos. If you liked today’s video, I’d be delighted if you’d give it a thumbs up and subscribe. If you would like to be notified when the next video is available, don’t forget to hit the bell next to the subscribe button.

See you next time!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); B34, C1, C3, C5 (hair); B91, B93, B95, B97 (jacket); BG11, BG15, BG32, R24 (dress); C1, C3, C5, BG32 (tights); C1, C3, C5, B91 (boots); R24, YR04, Y35 (leaves); BG0000, BG10, B0000, 0 Various Ink (background); BV23 (shadows)

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!