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)

More Holiday Cards featuring Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps

Here’s a few more cards from the holiday, all featuring the Jingle All the Way stamp set by My Favorite Things. I prepared these cards for a Copic class at Photo Scraps and card kits are still available – call the store at 410-549-5187 to get yours!

Already have the stamp set but stuck on what to do with it? Here’s some inspiration to get you started!

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.

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Tree Festival from the Milk & Cookies Collection by Doodlebug
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09 G9 (gifts & tree)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas One by Authentique
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas Two by Authentique
Stamp: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09, G9 (gifts)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas One by Authentique
Stamp: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09, G9 (gifts)

Artic Antics by Penny Black

Saturday was our first snowfall of the season. Not really much accumulation, but enough to remind me that winter is here. Despite a major kitchen renovation a couple of years ago, we still have issues with freezing pipes. So dipping temperatures means pulling out the space heater and letting the kitchen faucet drip to prevent any catastrophes. Although the snow is lovely, we’re also on high alert to make sure that our pipes stay intact.

We’ve started decorating the house for the holidays- lights in the flower box, candles in the windows, and a big, beautiful wreath on the door – but unlike many of our neighbors, we have yet to put up the tree. Our living room is small, but somehow we’ll fit a fully decorated tree and fourteen people in here for Christmas Eve dinner. However, some decluttering needs to happen before the tree comes up from the basement and I have to finish up coloring projects for that to happen.

In the meantime, I’ve been coloring snow and polar bears for holiday cards – part of getting into the Christmas spirit. You may have noticed that I’m teaching a class next week that features the Polar Bear Pals stamp set by My Favorite Things. Polar bears are quick and easy to color and can be done with a limited number of markers. Obviously, there’s no white Copic marker, so you “color” white by coloring the shadows, emphasizing contours and depth. I start with the lightest warm gray to map out the shadows and then add layers of the darker grays to create the contours. I completed the shadows with a light wash of E30 to make the grays even warmer. Throw in some miscellaneous colors for the packages and you have another holiday card ready to cheer someone’s day.

What’s on your craft table today?

SUPPLIES

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.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Holiday 6×6 paper pad by American Crafts; Scarlett Red Dot by Authentique (I used scraps of the solid red side of the paper).
Stamps: Artic Antics (*) by Penny Black; Boxed Greetings (*) by Paper Smooches; Believe by Penny Black (inside sentiment, not shown)
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: W0, W1, W3, E30, 0 (bear); C0, C1, C3, R35, R46, R56, R59 (scarf); YG03, YG05, YG09, Y02, Y15, Y19, B24, B28, R35, R46, R56 (gifts); BV000, BG0000, BG10, B000 (snow/shadow)

Return of the Sassy Santas! Tuesday, December 19th, 1:00PM – 3:00 PM – Photo Scraps

The Sassy Santas are back by popular demand! I’ve redesigned the adorable Santa cards and will be teaching them one last time.  Join me for this workshop where you will complete four holiday cards featuring stamps from My Favorite Things. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Details are below. Seats are 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
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 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 you need.

  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Skin White
  • E57: Light Walnut
  • E93: Tea Rose
  • R22: Light Prawn
  • R24: Prawn
  • R29: Lipstick Red
  • YG06: Yellowish Green
  • YG09: Lettuce Green
  • G09: Veronese Green
  • C0: Cool Gray 0
  • C1: Cool Gray 1
  • C2: Cool Gray 3
  • C4: Cool Gray 4
  • C6: Cool Gray 6
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • 0: Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape and scissors.

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps)

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps)

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps)

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps)

Last Chance! Elf Grumplings Holiday Gift Tags – December 13th, 2017 at the Queen’s Ink

This is your last chance to get in on the fun making holiday gift tags featuring stamps and sentiments from Taylored Expressions. These are easy, no-stress images to color using a very limited selection of Copic markers. We’ll make six gift tags and two gift card holders featuring the Elf Grumplings. Details are below. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449.

BRING TO CLASS: 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. You will need two blendable green markers, two blendable red markers as well as a skin tone and a blush tone (optional). Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

  • E00 – Skin White (can substitute E50 or E51)
  • YG06 – Yellowish Green
  • YG09 – Lettuce Green
  • R20 – Blush (can substitute RV10 or E93)
  • R24 – Prawn
  • R46 – Strong Red
  • 0 – Colorless Blender
OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors, foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions