Tall Cake by Mo’s Digital Pencil

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Another short and sweet post because today is my mother’s 92nd birthday. And if there was ever an occasion that requires a card then this is it! My husband and I will take her out to lunch later today and my niece will take her out tomorrow so she’ll have a weekend of celebrations.

For today’s card, I used Tall Cake Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil. This image is also available as a cling stamp from Penny Black (see supply list below).

Rowhouse Greetings | Tall Cake by Mo's Digital Pencil

To be honest, the image kind of reminded me of myself. Many years ago, my grandmother spent her 89th birthday in the hospital so I decided that she had to have a homemade birthday cake to celebrate the day. I used a boxed cake mix so in theory nothing much could go wrong, but I got distracted and forgot to add one of the required ingredients before I baked the cake. The cake never rose while baking so each layer was barely 3/4 inch when done. To add insult to injury, the cake actually sunk further while cooling so the layers looked like pancakes. My grandmother was a fabulous cook, so needless to say that cake was trashed and I started over again. Even with a boxed mix, anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Rowhouse Greetings | Tall Cake by Mo's Digital Pencil

The image was colored with Copic markers – all the colors including the combinations for the rainbow frosting are given below. For the background I used the City Buildings stencil from The Crafters Workshop with Distress Ink in Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, and Tea Dye. The sentiment was stamped using VersaFine Clair Ink followed by heat embossing with clear embossing powder. A few enamel dots finished it off!

On that note – I’m running off to start my day!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#
Stamps: Tall Cake Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil (also available at a cling stamp – Tall Cake by Penny Black); Uplifting Wishes by Newton’s Nook Designs
Inks: VeraFine Clair in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, and Tea Dye
Stencil: City Buildings by The Crafters Workshop
Embellishments: Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear by Ranger; Enamel Dots – Once Upon a Time by Echo Park Paper Co.
Copics: BV00, E11, E51, E93 (skin); E50, E53, E55, E57 (hair); B000, B93, B95, B97, B99 (dress); C0, C1, BV000, BV00 (hat & apron); E51, E53, E55 (cake); RV10, R83 (pink icing); Y19, YR04 (orange icing); Y11, Y19 (yellow icing); YG01, YG03, YG17 (green icing); B000, B21 (blue icing); BG10, BG13 (teal icing); BV02, BV20 (purple icing); V01, V12, V15 (violet icing)

Spring Fairy Puddle by Mo’s Digital Pencil

GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! This post is going to be short and sweet. I’m running errands before I head off to my parents’ house this afternoon. If it’s Tuesday, then it must be pizza day and we can’t miss that! When I’m not there, I have to pre-order their Tuesday pizza for delivery, but today, we’ll go out for our pizza fix.

I’m still playing around with some digital images from Mo Manning. Today’s project features the Spring Fairy Puddle digital stamp because who can resist coloring a fairy riding a frog? Obviously I can’t so I’ll just drop this here for your enjoyment!

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Fairy Puddle by Mo's Digital Pencil

I toyed with the idea of creating some sort of water splash for the background. As many of you know, I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler so creating something free hand is definitely a bad idea. I often use pointillism to create backgrounds and decided that I could mimic water with shades of blue and blue green. So my frog got a watery background with no drawing required on my part.

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Fairy Puddle by Mo's Digital Pencil

And on that note, I’m off! Can’t be late for pizza!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Prestige Cardstock in Cornflower by My Favorite Things
Stamps: Spring Fairy Puddle by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Grateful Heart by Penny Black
Ink: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackable by Lawn Fawn
Copics: V20, E50, E51, E11, E93 (skin); BV00, B0000, B000, B00 (hair); BV00, B000, B00, B01, BG10 (clothing); BV20, BV23, YG01, YG03, YG63, YG67 (frog); BV00, BV01 (frog’s eye); BV00, B000, B00, B01 (ribbon); V20, BG000, BG10, BG11, B000, B41, B45 (background)

Baby Fairy Amanita by Mo’s Digital Pencil

GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! It’s been awhile since I posted anything new (outside of class announcements) so I made a point of sitting down this morning and coloring just for fun.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Mo Manning’s digital images. Today’s image – Baby Fairy Arminata – is also available as a clear stamp from Penny Black (see links below). I’ve been eyeing this image for awhile and it gave me an opportunity to try out some new Copic combinations.

I also made a few mistakes along the way. In class, my students seem determined to color perfectly on the first try, so I remind them that you learn from mistakes, not from perfection. And that was certainly the case with the card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Armanita by Mo's Digital Pencil

For the skin, I started with a combination used by Sandy Allnock – YR30, YR000, YR26. It looked great on her sample sheet, but didn’t blend as well for me. So I substituted E93 for YR000 and had better results. Which just goes to show that all those Copic combinations you see on Pinterest are really just suggestions – you have to modify and substitute as necessary to make them work for you.

I knew that I wanted a rosy color for the dress and flower petals. I also didn’t want either to get too dark. I started by underpainting the deepest areas with B32 followed by a blend of R43, R81, and RV00 (a beautiful rosy blend used by Debbie Olson). I ended up adding a little R46 to add more definition to the folds and the deepest areas of the flower petals.

Rowhouse Greetings | Armanita by Mo's Digital Pencil

I underpainted the mushroom cap with C1, C3, and C5 and then added R46 and R24. Underpainting with the cool grays helped me get some depth without relying on really dark reds.

I had intended on stamping the sentiment on the image directly, but when I was putting the card together, the top right corner picked up some ink from a previous project. I couldn’t remove it remove with a sand eraser so I extended the background a little further to cover some of the damaged spot. I added a small sentiment from the Summer Berries clear stamp set by Power Poppy.

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Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It by Copics; Simple Vintage Botanicals 6×8 paper pad by Simple Stories
Stamps: Baby Fairy Aminita by Mo’s Digital Pencil (image also available on Missing You clear stamp set by Penny Black; Summer Berries (*) by Power Poppy [sentiment]
Ink: Versafine Clair in Nocturne by Tsukineko
Dies: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: YR30, E93, Y26, BV00 (skin); C1, C3, C5, C7 (hair); B32, RV00, R81, R43, R46 (dress); C1, C3, C5, R24, R46 (mushroom cap); BV00, YR20, YR30, YR31 (mushroom gills); YG01, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves & stem); B32, RV00, R81, R43, R46 (flower petals); B0000, BG0000, BG10, RV00, BV00 (background)

Little Elf Tippi by Mo’s Digital Pencil

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with a new card and a new video featuring another digital stamp from Mo’s Digital Pencil. This time it’s Little Elf Tippi, also available as Beaming from Penny Black.

Rowhouse Greetings | Little Elf Tippi by Mo's Digital Pencil

In the video, I show my favorite technique for coloring alternating stripes like those on Tippi’s shirt and hat. This technique is great for coloring candy canes too.

Hope you enjoyed today’s video! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfyQlOZMg1EhqH5jB51g7nw

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Digital Color Copy 100#
Stamps: Little Elf Tippi by Mo’s Digital Pencil (also available as a clear stamp as Beaming by Penny Black); Christmas Sentiments by Penny Black
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: White Gel Pen by Sakura
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, R21 (skin); BV00, BV02, R24, R37, R59 (hat, shirt & stockings); BV00, BV02, BG11, BG32, BG72 (overalls & shoes); Y38 (star); Y38, BG32, R37, BV02 (lights); BV0000, BV000 (background)

Little Elf Kippa by Mo’s Digital Pencil

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m on a roll right now coloring holiday images. I found that the best way to keep moving along is to keep the layout simple so here’s another where the image takes center stage.

I’ve long been a fan of Mo Manning and it just isn’t holiday card making season until I’ve colored one of her elves. This is one of her latest images – Little Elf Kippa – which is available as a digital stamp from her website. If digital images aren’t your cup of tea, the image is also available as Bauble Balance from Penny Black.

Rowhouse Greetings | Little Elf Kippa by Mo's Digital Pencil

I found that the best way to have highlights on the ornaments was to draw them in first and color around them. I don’t usually make circular highlights, but I saw that’s how the artist had them and it really was much easier so did the same thing.

Rowhouse Greetings | Little Elf Kippa by Mo's Digital Pencil

I used BV02 and BV04 to accentuate the curvature of the ornament. I could have added a fourth marker to any of the colors combinations used for the ornament, but using the BV markers added some depth without adding an even deeper color. I doubt I would have gotten the same effect with a deeper color – afterall, the shadow of a red object is a muddy gray color, not a darker shade of red. When we buy markers, we all tend to pick the pretty ones, but this is where investing in some of the muddy colors (which seems like most of the BV markers) really pays off.

That’s it for today! I have a few more Mo Manning images coming up next so stay tuned!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Digital Color Copy 100#
Stamps: Little Elf Kippa by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Sweetest Moments by Penny Black
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangles by Lawn Fawn
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, R21 (skin); BV04 (hair); BG11, BG32, BG72, BG75 (overalls); R24, R37, R59, BV02, BV04 (shirt, patch & hat); Y26 (buttons); BG11, BG32, BG72, BV02, BV04 (teal ornament); Y21, Y26, Y28, BV02, BV04 (gold ornament); R24, R37, R59 (red ornament); BV02, BV04 (ornament hooks); BV0000, BV000, 0 (background)