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. 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. 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. 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

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 (*) 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. 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)