Building a Snowman by Spellbinders

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today I’m sharing one of the designs that I’m considering for this year’s holiday cards. I usually try to put together a few designs — often made from die cuts — that I can quickly put together in bulk. My husband seems to have an ever-growing holiday mailing list so I need to have designs that are easy to pull together to prevent a repeat of that year that he went out to Hallmark and bought cards. I’m experimenting with the Building a Snowman Shapeability die from Spellbinders. I love these dies because they are large, simple and perfect for scene building. Add a little ink blending and a sentiment and you have a card ready to go.

Rowhouse Greetings | Building a Snowman by Spellbinders

Creating the Background

For the background, I cut a piece of white card stock to 3.75″ x 4.25″ and masked off the bottom at 5/8″ for the sentiment. I used Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Chipped Sapphire to create an ink blended background. With the mask still in place, I splattered Nuvo Mica Mist in Nebula Blue and Antique Gold and let it dry. Then I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment using Versafine Clair in Blue Belle. For added stability and dimension, I glued a piece of craft foam to the back before adhering the background to the card base.

Rowhouse Greetings | Building a Snowman by Spellbinders

Putting It All Together!

I cut the image out twice from white card stock and glued them together. I put foam squares on the back of the die cut and adhered it to the background, placing it just above the stamped sentiment.

Rowhouse Greetings | Building a Snowman by Spellbinders

Fun, festive and husband approved!

Hope you got some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

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Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 110#
Stamp: Christmas Sentiments by Penny Black
Die: Shapeability Dies – Building a Snowman by Spellbinders
Inks: Versafine Clair in Blue Belle by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire
Embellishments: Nuvo Mica Mist in Nebula Blue and Antique Gold by Tonic Studios

Bundled Up by Penny Black

GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! I’m back today with another holiday card featuring Bundled Up by Penny Black, one of the brush stroke images which was perfect to try out some no line coloring.

For no line coloring, the image is stamped with a light colored ink instead of the traditional black ink. In this case, I decided to try out Fadeout No Line Coloring Detail Ink by Inkon3, a hybrid ink suitable for alcohol markers, watercolors, and colored pencils. The ink appears as a light tan color when stamped, but takes on the color you lay on top. As a result, Copic blends stay true and are not changed by the underlying ink.

I stamped the image and planned out my coloring. With no line coloring, you need to put more thought into depth and layering since you don’t have black lines to help the eye see the various shapes and folds. I started with the folds in the scarf and worked my way from there. At first, my coloring looked a little strange without the guidance of the black lines, but the more I colored, the more it came together. So it was just a matter of having faith that it would all work out in the end.

After I finished the Copic coloring, I cleaned up my lines a little with a Prismacolor pencil in Indigo blue, adding lines where necessary or adding a little more color as needed to push some areas back and pull others forward. I filled in the eyes with a black Copic multi-liner (0.05 tip) and added a few highlights on the berries with a white gel pen.

Rowhouse Greetings | Bundled Up by Penny Black

Once complete, I added a simple sentiment to let the image stand on its own. I love how it turned out in the end, particularly the movement and billowing of the scarf.

Have you started your holiday cards yet? Hey – it’s August already! What are you waiting for?

Disclosure: 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. 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. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 100#
Stamps: Bundled Up by Penny Black; Christmas Sentiments by Penny Black
Inks: Fadeout No Line Coloring Detail Ink by Inkon3; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Copics: BV20, BG11, BG53, BG57 (scarf & hat band); C5, C7, C9 (hat); R27, C5 (berries); C5, YG03, YG17 (leaves); C5, R14, R22, R27 (nose); BG0000, BG10, B0000, BV000 (snow)

Butterfly Garden by Penny Black

Just finished up another great class at Photo Scraps which featured the Butterfly Garden stamp set by Penny Black. Next month’s class will feature stamps sets from Honey Bee Stamps so be sure to mark your calendar for the June class. Hope to see you there!

Rowhouse Greetings | Butterfly Garden by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock
Stamps: Butterfly Garden by Penny Black
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Postage Stamp Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Embellishments: Sequins in Fairy Sparkle by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: BV20, Y11, Y15. Y19, YR04, BG10, BG11, BG23, BG15 (Butterfly); YG11, YG13 (leaves); , Y11, Y15. Y19, YR04 (flower)


Rowhouse Greetings | Butterfly Garden by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock
Stamps: Butterfly Garden by Penny Black; Because by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon and Squeezed Lemonade
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangles by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Square Mandala by Gina K. Designs
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in Clear by Tonic Studios
Copics: Y11, Y15. Y19, YR04, YG11, YG13, BG10, BG11, BG23, BG15 (Butterfly)


Rowhouse Greetings | Butterfly Garden by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Basics in Date Swirl
Stamps: Butterfly Garden by Penny Black
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Postage Stamp Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Embellishments: Sequins in Fairy Sparkle by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: Y11, Y15. Y19, YR04, BG10, BG11, BG23, BG15 (Butterfly)

New Class! Butterfly Garden – May 11 or 15, 2019

Join me for an new Copic class at Photo Scraps! In this workshop, you’ll complete three cards featuring the Butterfly Garden stamp set from Penny Black. I’ve kept the card designs clean and simple so that we can focus on Copic coloring and blending. Details are below. Class size is limited so sign up today! CLASS FEE $28

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, OR
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

Copic Markers

PLEASE NOTE: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification.

Markers will NOT be supplied either by me or Photo Scraps. You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers or other supplies you’ll need to participate in class.

  • BV20: Dull Lavender
  • Y11: Pale Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • YR04: Chrome Orange
  • YG11: Mingonette
  • YG13: Chartreus
  • BG10: Cool Shadow
  • BG11: Moon White
  • BG23: Coral Sea [can substitute with BG32]
  • BG15: Aqua
  • 0: Colorless Blender

Other Supplies

Please bring:

  • Scissors
  • Foam tape squares (such as Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3-D Squares)
  • Tape runner
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Connect Glue by Gina K. Designs or Ranger Multi Medium Matte)

Class Cards

Rowhouse Greetings | Butterfly Garden by Penny Black
Rowhouse Greetings | Butterfly Garden by Penny Black
Rowhouse Greetings | Butterfly Garden by Penny Black

New Class – Copic Coloring With Nancy – April 14 & 17, 2019 – Photo Scraps

Join me for an new Copic class at Photo Scraps! In this workshop, you’ll complete three cards featuring the stamps from Penny Black. I’ve kept the card designs clean and simple so that we can focus on Copic coloring and blending. Details are below. Class size is limited so sign up today! CLASS FEE $28

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, OR
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 
Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

COPIC MARKERS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification.

PLEASE NOTE: Markers will NOT be supplied either by me or Photo Scraps. You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers or other supplies you’ll need to participate in class.

  • BV20: Dull Lavender
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • RV10: Pale Pink
  • RV11: Pink
  • RV14: Begonia Pink
  • YG01: Green Bice
  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • B0000: Pale Celestine
  • B000: Pale Porcelain Blue
  • BG10: Cool Shadow
  • E50: Egg Shell
  • E53: Raw Silk
  • E55: Light Camel
  • E57: Light Walnut
  • 0: Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES – Please bring:

  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in Silver (Note: this not silver ink like the Uniball Gel Pen, but a silver sparkle)
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Connect Glue by Gina K. Designs or Ranger Multi Medium Matte)
  • Foam tape squares (such as Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3-D Squares)
  • Tape runner
  • Scissors
Rowhouse Greetings | Critter Celebration by Penny Black
Rowhouse Greetings | Critter Celebration by Penny Black
Rowhouse Greetings | Flower Teddy by Penny Black