Mermaids by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Mermaids by Penny BlackI’ve been on a mermaid kick lately. I’m teaching a class next month at The Queen’s Ink that features the Laurel Burch Mermaid stamp set by Stampendous. But I’ve had my eye on this set of mermaids by Penny Black for awhile now and decided that it was time to pull them out and start coloring.

If you’ve been following my posts lately, you know that I’ve started mixing other media into my cards along with Copic coloring. I stamped the image on Spectrum Noir’s Ultra Smooth Cardstock and colored the image with the Copic markers noted below. I pulled out some gel pens and (patiently) embellished the mermaid and fish with layers of dots in white, gold, and silver to add texture and hints of glimmer and shine. After the gel ink dried, I taped down my card and the Burlap Layering Stencil to my work surface and applied layers of Distress Ink in Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw to create the background.

In retrospect, shades of aqua and blue might have been more appropriate, but I wanted the stenciled background to complement the gold tones that I had added with the gel pen and stand out from the aqua design paper background. When I was finished stenciling, I scattered a few Dew Drops from Honey Bee Stamps across the card and called it a day!

Rowhouse Greetings | Mermaids by Penny Black

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#; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir; Sea-Maiden Two (*) by Authentique
Stamps: Mermaids by Penny Black
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw
Dies: Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Burlap Layering Stencil by Stamper’s Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Uniball Gell Pens in White and Gold; Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in Silver; Dew Drops in Oceanside by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E93, V20, Y21 (skin); E50, E42, E43, E44, Y21, V20 (hair); Y02, Y15, Y19, YR04, V20 (starfish); B21, B23, B18, V20, Y02, Y15, Y19, YR04 (tail & fin)

Happy Together by Penny Black

I woke up this morning with all sorts of good intentions of the things that I was going to get done today. I got up early, got a load of laundry in the washer, and settled in at my desk to organized all of my recent craft purchases (new stamps and dies!). Then it happened – my laptop crashed. To be honest, my laptop was at least 6 years old and had been showing signs of failure for several weeks, but I’d been putting off the expense of a new one. My computer backup is continuous and automatic — at worse, I’d lose a few minutes of work — so I danced pretty close to the edge with this laptop knowing that my files were safe.

However, I forgot how long it takes to reinstate the backup and get all of my software reinstalled.  So it’s now 5PM and while my files are slowly reloading from the backup — 17 hours to go — I’m just now getting back to where I was at 8AM when the day was young and I was giddy with good intentions.

Today, I’m featuring a simple, but serene card featuring one of the images from the Happy Together stamp set by Penny Black. You might remember that a few weeks ago, I posted a card featuring the cacti image included in this set. I kept this card super simple – I didn’t want the background to overwhelm the image – but I couldn’t help but add a touch of whimsy with some polka dot design paper leftover from a previous project.

Hope your day has been more productive than mine!

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#; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir; Deluxe (*) from Infused Collection by Authentique
Stamps: Happy Together (*) by Penny Black
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: RV00, RV02, RV29, V20 (flowers); YG01, YG06, YG09 (leaves); Y32, Y35, Y38 (butterfly); W2, W4 (shadow)

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

 

See What You Missed! Cool, Calm and Colorful at The Queen’s Ink

We had another great Copic class last Tuesday at The Queen’s Ink. As usual, everyone packed their good cheer and enthusiasm along with their markers so a good time was had by all. It was also Ramsey’s birthday (happy birthday Ramsey!) so we started the afternoon class with a rousing rendition of happy birthday to get the class rolling.

My next class at The Queen’s Ink will be on Tuesday, May 1st. I haven’t yet decided on the images, but will do so in the next few days so keep an eye here for the next class announcement. If you subscribe to my blog, you will automatically get an email every time I add a new post, so you can stay in the know about new classes, new stamp releases, special events, and other projects as they happen.

Don’t forget – Tuesday is Art du Jour at The Queen’s Ink. I’ll have two simple, but cute (if I may say so myself!) cards featuring images from Dylusions. Kate and Kim will each have two new projects as well so stop by any time between 10:30 and 4:30.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for Tuesday’s class projects. 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

Rowhouse Greetings | Va-Voom by Penny Black Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Red Devil
Stamps: Va-Voom by Penny Black; Letter It Clear Stamp – Celebration by Ranger
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E11 (skin); Y32, Y35, Y38 (dress); B32, B34, B37 (bow); Y32, Y35, Y38, R35, R37, B32, B34, B37 (hat); W1, W3, W4 (dog); B32, B34, B37 (dog’s sweater); B34, R35, R37 (scooter); W2, W4, W6 (tires)
Rowhouse Greetings | Breathe by Penny Black Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Full Bloom from the Little Women Collection by Graphic45
Stamps: Breath by Penny Black; Grateful Heart by Penny Black
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: E000, E00, E21, V20, RV10 (skin); E51, E53, E57, V20 (hair); B32, B34, B37 (pants); Y32, Y35, Y38, V20 (shirt); Y35 (shoes, flower); BG0000, B0000, 0 (background)
Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday Ballons by Penny Black Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Off to the Races from the Kentucky Derby Collection by Graphic45
Stamps: Birthday Balloons by Penny Black
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: E000, E00, E21, V20 (skin); E51, E53, E55 (hair); V20 (blouse); B32, B34, B3 (pants); (R35, R37, R59, B32, B34, B37, Y32, Y35, Y38 (ballons)

New Class! Calm, Carefree and Colorful – April 3rd, 2018 at the Queen’s Ink

I’m returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, April 3rd to teach a new Copic marker class. In this workshop, we’ll create three cards featuring the fun and exuberant images from Penny Black and sentiments from Ranger. The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. 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
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 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. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • V20: Wisteria
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • R35: Coral
  • R37: Carmine
  • R59: Cardinal
  • BG0000: Snow Green
  • B0000: Pale Celestine
  • B32: Pale Blue
  • B34: Manganese Blue
  • B37: Antwerp Blue
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl (formerly Skin White)
  • E21: Soft Sun (formerly Baby Skin Pink)
  • E51: Milky White
  • E53: Raw Silk
  • E55: Light Camel
  • 0: Colorless Blender

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday Ballons by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Breathe by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Va-Voom by Penny Black