Felt with the Heart

Everytime I go to a scrapbook store, I come home with more paper. Beautiful florals, petite polka dots, plaids — you name it and it’s probably in my stash. Some of it is so pretty that I almost hate to cut it. But the advantage of accumulating so much paper is that you have more opportunities for mixing and matching colors and patterns across different companies. Here I managed to match paper from Lawn Fawn, Echo Park Paper Company, and Core’dination and while I’m sad to use up some familiar papers, I now have room to spare for some new favorites.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Wild Flower Line Dance from the Let’s Polka in the Meadow Collection by Lawn Fawn; Mom Words from the Beautiful Mom Collection by Echo Park Paper Co.; Core’dinations card stock in Powder Blue
Stamp: Forever & Always by Penny Black
Dies: Fancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Fancy Squares & Little Things Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Grace Build-A-Card Die Set (*) by Creative Basics

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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Penny Black Critters

Just a quick update! I’m going to be at Photo Scraps tomorrow demonstrating Copic coloring on two cards featuring Penny Black stamps.

Supplies

CARD 1
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Snake Skin (*) from the Zoo Crew Collection by Belle Blvd; Progressive (*) from the Homestead Collection by Authentique; Bazzill Basics in Whirlpool (*)
Stamp: Bubbly by Penny Black
Dies: Tagged by Penny Black
Copics: C0, C1, C6, E02, E93 (cat); B0000, B000, B00, BV00 (bathtub); B000, B00, BV000, RV10, BG10 (bubbles); E30, E31, RV10 (mouse)

CARD 2
Paper
: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Little Chickadee (*) from the Celebrate Easter collection by Echo Park Paper Co.; American Crafts cardstock in Grass(*)
Stamp: Critter Time by Penny Black; Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black
Dies: Fancy Rectangles and Squares Die Set (*) by Creative Basics
Copics: C0, C1, C6, E02, E93 (cat); YG06, YG09, RV52, RV55, Y06, R05 (flowers)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

A Thorny Affair

Back today with another holiday card, this time featuring this cute image from Penny Black. I love the Penny Black animal images particularly the holiday themed images. The menagerie of mice, cats and hedgehogs always bring a smile to my face. Add some colorful design paper from Doodlebug, a Lawn Fawn die cut from foil paper and a bit of ribbon and you have a quick, colorful, and fun card that goes together quickly.

Here’s a look at the inside.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Cheer by Penny Black
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Cheer by Penny Black

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Happy Holly Days by Doodlebug*; Bazzill Basics in Red Foil*
Stamps: A Thorny Affair by Penny Black: Christmas Cheer by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black (image) and Versafine in Onyx Black (sentiments) by Tsukineko
Dies: Scripty Joy by Lawn Fawn; Tagged by Penny Black
Copics: YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); R17, R29, R46, R59 (berries); E34, E37 (stem); E50, E31, E17, E25, RV10 (hedgehog); BV20 (shadow)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Jolly XMas Kitty

With a household of tuxedo cats, I knew that I just HAD to color this image. The hat is a bit of a challenge blending those reds (and keeping them from bleeding outside the lines) but a little care and patience does the trick. I put down a base coat of R17 to saturate the paper and then added R59 for shading. I extended the shading with R46 followed by R29 and then finished the gradient with R17. Red can be tricky to work. Since my blending still looked a little rough, I added a second layer of ink repeating each color. That really brought everything together and gave me the richness that I was trying to achieve.

Here’s a look at the inside, featuring a sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for another holiday card featuring the Penny Black hedgehog!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Neenah Index in White; Bazzill Basics in Admiral; Snow Day by Echo Park Paper Co.
Stamps: Jolly Xmas Kitty by Penny Black; Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red and Midnight Blue
Copics:  E02, C00, C0C1, C2, C6, R20 (cat); R17, R27, R46, R59, E02, B0000, B000, B00, BG10 (hat); YG03, YG17, YG67, R17, R46 (holly)

Frost!

Another holiday card using one of the newer seasonal images from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I nearly scrapped this one while I was coloring it. I started coloring the clothing with BG10, BG11, and BG13, but couldn’t get it to blend well. I was getting discouraged and it was getting late, so I left it on my desk and went to bed, figuring I’d start over in the morning.

In the morning, it still looked as bad as I remembered it. I loved how the face and hair turned out (which is saying a lot because that’s usually my downfall) so I really didn’t want to scrap the effort. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I started reworking the clothing with B02 and suddenly the colors blended like magic! So I added BV20 and BV23 to get some depth in the folds and voila! We have Frost!

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Frost by Mo's Digital Pencil
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Frost by Mo’s Digital Pencil

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Let it Snow 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole; Bazzill Basics in Purple Palisades and Avalanche
Stamps: Frost by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Believe by Penny Black
Dies: Stitched Borders I by Pretty Pink Posh; Snowflake by Paper Smooches
Copics: E000, E11, E21, E93, BV20 (skin); C1, C3, C5, B41, B45 (hair); BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, B02, BV20, BV23, C0, C1 (gloves, shoes, jumpsuit); C0, C1, C2, BV20 (shirt); B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV00, RV00 C0, 0, Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white, Atyou Spica pens in Clear and Silver (background)