Bunny Friends by Penny Black

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I actually had to look at the clock to be sure that it’s still morning. After so many weeks sheltering in place, not only do the days blur together, but the hours as well. It’s gray and rainy outside so I decided that a little spring cuteness was just the cure for a dreary day.

I have a soft spot for the critter images from Penny Black stamps and this one is one of my favorites. I’ve only been able to find it as a wood mounted stamp but I was able to easily remove the block so that I could use it in my Misti platform.

Rowhouse Greetings | Bunny Friends by Penny Black Stamps

The image is colored with Copic markers (see list below). For the pots, I underpainted the shadowed areas with a series of cool gray tones before applying the YR colors to give the pots more depth. For the bunnies, I blended from light to dark so that I could control the overall darkness and applied touches of R20 on the cheeks, ears, and paws to brighten the overall look. I used V20 to add shadows on the bunnies and around the pots.

For the grass, I flicked varying shades of YG markers and made of point of flicking over the base the pots even though it wasn’t on the image since grass would grow all around the pots, not just between or behind them. For the sky, I flicked varying shades of B and BG, darker around the pots and lighter as I worked my way up. I used colorless blender around the edges to fade the color into white.

Rowhouse Greetings | Bunny Friends by Penny Black Stamps

For the die cut sentiment, I blended Distress Ink in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn on a scrap of white card stock and then ran it through my Big Shot using the Bloom die from Honey Bee Stamps. I cut two more and then stacked the layers together using my Xyron for added dimension. On the top, I applied two layers of Nuvo Crystal Glaze for shine and dimension. The additional sentiment is from the Bloom stamp set also by Honey Bee which I stamped with Versafine Clare ink.

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

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, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#
Stamps: Bunny Friends by Penny Black; Bloom by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Dies: Crimped Frames by The Greetery; Bloom by Honey Bee Stamps
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Glaze by Tonic Studios
Adhesives: Beacons 3-in-1 Advanced Glue; Xyron Create a Sticker Maker
Copics: E30, E31, E35, R20 (bunnies); C1 C3, C5, YR20, YR21, YR24, YR27, R20 (pots); C3, C5, W1, W3 (snails); YG03, YG63, YG67 (grass); B0000, B000, BG10, 0 (sky)

Splendiferous by Penny Black

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE! It’s a cold rainy day here so staying home and coloring is real easy to do.

I’m back today with a new card and a new coloring video featuring the new Splendiferous cling stamp by Penny Black. Once again, this card will be available as a kit from Photo Scraps. If you’re interested, give Tracy a call at 410-549-5187 and she’ll be happy to take your order and mail them out to you. I had enough design paper to make 19 kits so act fast if you want one!

I was inspired by a card made by one of my Power Poppy team mates. Cindy Lawrence was my Copic certification instructor and I always find lots of good tips and information on her blog.

Rowhouse Greetings | Splendiferous by Penny Black

The image was colored using Copic markers. I just used a portion of the full image. I’ve included a coloring video to show how it was colored.

For the banners, I taped together three of the dies from the Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax by My Favorite Things. After running them through my die cutter, I had a large banner frame, a smaller banner frame, and a solid banner. I stamped the image on the latter using my Misti stamping platform. I should note that the actual stamp is much larger than the banner so the resulting stamped image is only a portion of the original stamp.

To complete the card, I used a trick that comes in handy when I don’t have a solid card stock to match my color palette. I used the chisel tip of my R32 marker to apply two coats of color to the larger banner frame. I repeated the process using the G43 marker on the smaller banner frame. That way my banner frames were exact matches for the colors used in the stamped image.

I’ve included a video below to show how the banners were created and colored.

Music: Acoustic Breeze from Bensound. http://bensound.com

That’s all for now. I’m working one several projects at the same time, one of which is creating a video version of my Strike Up the Band class. More information on that shortly!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Paper: Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#; Apron Strings from What’s Cooking Collection by Photoplay
Stamps: Splendiferous (*) by Penny Black; Summer Berries (*) by Power Poppy [Sentiment]
Dies: Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax by My Favorite Things
Copics: E50, YR00, R20, V20 (tulip combo 1); R11, R32, R35 (tulip combo 2); YG01, G40, G43, G46 (leaves & stems); V20 (cast shadow)

Rowhouse Greetings | Splendiferous by Penny Black

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, 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)

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, 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)

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

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, Thanks so much! Read more.

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