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)

Believe in the Magic of the Season

It’s September already and I’m way behind in getting Christmas cards ready for the coming season. I swore that I’d create a new Christmas card each week so that by the time the holidays arrived, I’ve have a sizable inventory already in hand. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

So it’s time to get moving and I started by looking through my current inventory of holiday images and sentiments and supplemented it with a few that I’ve been wanting to color such as Boughs for the Wreath by Mo’s Digital Pencil. Although I used a lot of Copic markers, this image was fairly simple to color. I wanted to keep the style fairly relaxed so I didn’t do much shading with the folds of the clothing. Instead, I relied on the cool grays to add some shadowing to give the fabric some life.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Boughs for the Wreath by Mo's Digital Pencil
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Boughs for the Wreath by Mo’s Digital Pencil

The insides of my cards tend to be pretty simple, especially since I use 110# card stock for the base — multiple layers can make the card too bulky. But I decided to go ahead and repeat my design paper on the inside and eliminated the red border to reduce the bulk. I love this particular sentiment by Power Poppy from the Cozy Cupfuls stamp set.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to get started on those holiday cards!

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Bazzill Basics in Devil Red; Mistletoe & Holly 12×112 paper pad by Love Nicole; X-Press Blending Card by Copic
Stamps
: Boughs for the Wreath by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Believe by Penny Black; Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy (inside sentiment)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: E000, E00, E11 (skin); E42, E43, E44, C1, C3, C5 (pants); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, C1. C3, C5 (adult’s jacket); B91, B93, B95, B97, C1, C3, C5 (child’s jacket); C3, C5, C7 (boots); R17, F27, F46, R59, C1, C3, C5 (scarves) YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (boughs)

Sending Hugs

Avery Elle - Sending YouI’m always on the lookout for fun sentiment stamps that can be used for multiple occasions. So when I saw this Sending You stamp set from Avery Elle, I knew I had to add it to my collection. Paired it with one of the adorable Penny Black hedgehog images and you have a quick, easy card to brighten someone’s day!

Check it out on Etsy!

Supplies

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#; Doodlebug Kraft In Color – Color 6×6 paper pad; Copic Blending Card X-Press It
Stamps: Loads of Love by Penny Black; Sending You by Avery Elle
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black and Rosebud by Tsukineko; Versamark in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Fishtail Banner ; Simon Says Stamp! Stitched Rectangles
Embellishments: Jack and Jill Girl Enamel Dots by Echo Park Paper Co.
Copics: RV14, RV17, RV19, RV69 (heart); E17, E19, E25, E31, E50, RV10 (hedgehog)

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