Winter 2018: Garland Pixie by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Garland Pixie by Penny BlackOn a hot summer day, it’s hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about holiday cards, but here I am with my first of the season! A few years ago, I didn’t make enough and my husband secretly bought a box of cards at Hallmark to send to everyone on his list. Last year, I made sure that he had enough cards to send to his family and friends, but mine got shortchanged. It’s time to get rolling so that we have enough to send out this year.

I’ve loved this image ever since I first saw it as a digital stamp by Maurie Manning. It’s now available as a rubber stamp from Penny Black and that’s the version shown here.

I really experimented here with coloring her skin, layering a lot of different tones to create highlights as well as depth. After watching Sandy Allnock, I started adding violet to my skin tones (usually V20, BV00, or BV01). While Sandy starts with the violet tones, I added them a little further on in the layering because I found that works best for me.

The background combination of BG70, G20, G21 and V20 was mostly a happy accident. I started with BG70 and G20, but as I colored, I found that I needed to deepen the background in order to push it further behind the pixie. I also dabbed it with a piece of terry cloth dampened with colorless blender to add some texture and blend the colors further.

OK – one down. I don’t want to think about how many I have left to go!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Garland Pixie by Penny Black
Ink: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, V20, Y21 (skin); R35, R46 (garland); G20, G21, G46 (clothing); C1, C7 (sash); C1, C3, BG70, G20, V20 (fur) BG10, BG70, V20 (wings); G20, G21, G46 (leaves); BG70, G20, G21, V20, 0 (background)

Kiss Kiss featuring Gill Friend by My Favorite Things

Recently, I spent the day designing cards for my August Copic class at Photo Scraps. I was on a roll so I made one more featuring these adorable fish from the Gill Friends stamps set by My Favorite Things. After coloring the fish with Copic markers, I made a quick background using the Full of Heart stencil (also by MFT Stamps) with Distress Inks. Add a little Glossy Accents to make the bubbles shine and a few dew drops for bling and you have a card full of summer love!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah 110# Solar White; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock
Stamps: Gill Friend (*) by My Favorite Things Stamps
Dies: Gill Friend Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things; Small Stitched Rectangles by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Versafine in Onyx Black; Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade and Worn Lipstick
Stencil: Full of Heart by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Ranger Glossy Accents; Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear, Oceanside Dewdrops by Honey Bee Stamps; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glaze
Copics: Y11, Y15, Y19, R32, B000, B00, B02, B04

Copics and Stencils and Stamping! Oh my!

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny BlackI’ve been doing a lot of coloring lately in preparation for upcoming classes, but a few days ago, I took time today to step back and focus on expanding my own range and skills. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with creating backgrounds using stencils, embossing powders, distress inks, and various other media. This is a big step for me – my card designs have always been so pared down that adding sequins was as close as I ever came to mixed media. But I’m intrigued by all the new embellishing, embossing, and texturing products coming on the market and decided it was time to start incorporating them into my projects.

So I pulled out a new stamp in my stash – Happy Together by Penny Black – and decided to color the image of the potted cacti. I wish I had taken photos while I was coloring, but frankly I wasn’t really sure where I was going with this and the coloring just evolved along the way. After stamping the images with Memento Ink, I drew a cast shadow along each of the cacti and pots in BV20 and BV23, but changed my mind and decided to add stippling in W1, W3, W5, and E30. However, I looked at that big expanse of white above the stamped image and decided that I had to turn this image into some sort of scene.

My new love affair with texture pastes has resulted in the purchase of several new stencils. It happened that one of my recent purchases included the Bricked stencil by Tim Holtz. I taped the stencil in place and used Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Pumice Stone to create the pattern. I got as close as I could to the plants without overlapping them with the stencil pattern. After I removed the stencil, I used my blending tool to lightly sweep a little Weathered Wood to soften the remaining white background of the card stock. I blended out the earlier stipling with W1, W3, and E30 to merge into the bricks, combining the earlier background attempt and the new stenciling into one coherent scene. At this point, I was pretty pleased with myself and actually did take an interim photograph shown below.

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny Black

I debated adding a little texture paste to the stencil, but I wasn’t sure how it would react with the X-Press It Blending Card that I had used when I stamped the image. While I’m the first to say “it’s just paper,” I felt that I was too far along at this point for that level of experimentation. So I’m saving the texture paste for another project.

Next, I had to decide on the color scheme for the plants. I debated using bright colors, but decided to stick to a softer, more subtle color scheme. I first colored the two terracotta pots in E30, E31, E33, E35, and E57. I decided that I’d use G40, G43, and G46 for the first cactus, repeating the combination on the other similar cacti. I decided that I wanted to go a little darker for more contrast so I added G85 to the blend. I left a white line around the inside edge of the image as a highlight that I later colored with G20, R00, and Y02 to add highlights. A little R32 and R35 on the flowers provided a pop of color.

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny Black

For the second plant, I base coated the leaves with YG11, gradually working darker with G00, G02, and adding highlights with Y02 and V000.

I decided that I wanted another pop of color so I used R000, R00, R01, and R02 to color the center pot. I later added R05 to deepen the color and a little Y02 to brighten the highlight. For the plant I used YG11 and BG72, a combination that I probably wouldn’t use over a large area, but worked here to depict a highlight and a contrasting low light. I randomly added Y02 to brighten the colors.

The fourth pot reminded me of one that I’ve seen in my local gardening center which for some reason is only ever available in aqua so I used BG000, B000, BG01, and BG02. I used BV01 and BV02 to add depth and to emphasize the pattern on the pot.

I decided that I wanted the fifth pot to be a burnished gold color so I used Y21, Y23, Y26, and Y28 to achieve the golden color. It’s hard to achieve depth when coloring with yellow, so I overpainted the yellow with BV01 and BV02 to add some depth, accentuating the curve of the pot. The final plant was colored using G40, G43, and G46, adding Y02 and R01 to the highlights.

I tried to repeat colors across the entire image to provide some continuity. With that in mind, I swept a little E20, Y02, and R00 randomly on the stenciled bricks to tie the Distress Ink shades into the Copic colors.

After the main coloring was complete, I used BV20 and BV23 to add cast shadows and to deepen areas that needed to recede into the background. A little BV00 on the terracotta pots added a bit of a weathered look to the surface.

It took me several hours (and a lot of markers!) to complete this card, but I think the time and effort was worth it in the end. Hope my project inspires you to try something new!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Happy Together (*) by Penny Black; Grateful Heart (*) by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Weathered Wood, Tea Dye, and Pumice Stone.
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Layering Stencil – Bricked by Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz
Copics: BV01, BV02, BV20, BV23, V000, R000, R00, R01, R02, R05, R32, R35, Y02, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, YG11, G00, G02, G20, G40, G43, G46, G85, BG000, BG01, BG02, BG72, B000, E30, E31, E33, E35, E57, W1, W3, W5

 

Heart Abloom by Power Poppy

Heart Abloom By Power PoppyTake a look at the latest digital release from Power Poppy! Heart Abloom is a tapestry of spring flowers fill a large, lush heart shape in this Color Story adventure! The flowers for this heart were expressly chosen for this scene to celebrate yellows, greens, blues and purples. We have Daffodils and Narcissus, a myriad of single and double Hellebores, Trout Lilies, and then the surprise guest: Blueberries! Now, here’s the thing. Blueberries ripening on the vine start out a very pale greenish-white. The same stem can have a multitude of shades in white, pink, chartreuse, light and dark blue. Hellebores also are cross-pollinated to create loads of color combinations. So, whether you take this Color Story into cool territory with green, blue, deep purple, and white, or something warmer with blushes, yellows, and peachy tones, you are pretty much going to end up with a masterpiece!

Lately, I’ve been designing cards for Copic classes where I try to use a limited number of markers so that my students don’t have to buy a lot of markers in order to take a class. However, this time I got to color just for me and could pull out lots of markers and experiment with color and blends. I’ll try to break down the various combinations here and in the supply list below I’ll simply post the list of markers.

  • Daffodils
    • Flower Combo 1: Y00, Y02, YG11, BV0000, BV00
    • Flower Combo 2: Y00, Y02, YG11, BV00
    • Flower Combo 3: R00, R30, R32, Y00, Y02, BV00
    • All leaves & stems: YG03, YG17, YG67, BV23
  • Hellebore
    • Flower Combo 1: R00, R30, R32, Y00, Y02, BV000, BV00
    • Flower Combo 2: R30, R32, Y00, Y02, BV000
    • Flower Combo 3: Y00, Y02, YG03, BV000
    • Flower Combo 4: YG11, YG21, Y00, Y02
    • All leaves & stems: G40, G43, G46, BV23
  • Trout Lily
    • Petals: E000, E00, E02, E04
    • Stems: E23, E27
  • Blueberries
    • Berry Combo 1: B000, B02, B06, B18
    • Berry Combo 2: RV52, RV55, RV66
    • Berry Combo 3: RV52, YG11
  • Banner: E000, E00, E02, YG11, YG13, YG17, BV00
  • Snail: E21, E23, E27

Take a look at what the rest of the Instant Gardener team has for you! And be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Cheryl Scrivens
Stacy Morgan

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: X-Press It Blending Card
Stamp: Heart Abloom (*) by Power Poppy
Copics: BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV23, RV52, RV55, RV66, R00, R30, R32, Y00, Y02, YG11, YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67, G40, G43, G46, B000, B02, B06, B18, E000, E00, E02, E04, E21, E23, E27

 

Hugs by Penny Black

I spent yesterday at the Queen’s Ink for Art du Jour. If you missed out, stop by or call the Queen’s Ink — a few card kits are still available for purchase. Here are the cards that I featured along with the supply list.

CARD 1 CARD 2

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

CARD 1
Paper: Frosty Winter Four by Authentique (*); Bazzill Basics in Stonehenge; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamps: Hugs by Penny Black; Forever & Always (*) by Penny Black
Dies:  Small Stitched Rectangle Stacklets by Lawn Fawn
Copics: Y02, Y15, Y19 (flower center); BG0000, B0000, BG10, RV10, BV000 (flower petals); E30, E31, E33, RV10 (mice); BV0000, BV00 (shadow)

CARD 2
Paper: Imagine Seven by Authentique (*); X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamps: Loads of Love by Penny Black; Forever & Always (*) by Penny Black
Dies:  Postage Stamp Stacklets by Taylored Expressions
Copics: R81, R83, R85 (heart); E30, E31, E33, RV10 (mouse); G40, G43 (cupcake wrapper); C000, C0, B0000 (icing)