Geometric Mandala by The Hedgehog Hollow

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with my second project as a guest designer today over at The Hedgehog Hollow.  My project features the Geometric Mandala stamp from the June 2020 subscription box. When I first saw it, I immediately thought of a color wheel so I pulled out my Copic markers and got to work.


I selected one of the 6×6 design papers included in the subscription box and stamped the image with Copic friendly ink using my MISTI stamping tool. I’m going to be stamping this image twice — once before coloring and a second time after — so a stamping tool is really a necessity here. 

Now I’ll admit up front that I used a lot of markers – after all, there are 13 circles to color. But this is also a great image to practice your Copic blending so just pick marker combinations from your collection and have some fun. New to Copic blending? Never fear! I’ll show you in the video below.

When you finish coloring the image, you could just select a sentiment and assemble the card, but I wanted my stamped lines to be bolder. So I placed the image back in my MISTI, stamped the image with Versafine Ink (Nocturne) and immediately covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder. Once I heat set the image, the lines were more prominent and I was happier with the results. 

I was in need of a birthday card so I selected one of the sentiments in the Simple Strips – Birthday stamp from Taylored Expressions. I stamped the image with Versafine ink. Once again, I covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the sentiment. I used the coordinating Simple Strips Die to create the banner. I adhered the image to the card base and used the Foam Sticky Strips from Taylored Expressions to add to the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Bad Influence by Honey Bee Stamps

HAPPY MONDAY FRIENDS! Hope your week is getting off to a good start. Just a quick post today showing a project featuring the stamp set Bad Influence by Honey Bee Stamps. I loved the quirky pig and all the fun sentiments. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s Project

Rowhouse Greetings | Bad Influence by Honey Bee Stamps

Selecting the Markers

To color the image, I started with BV31, adding an undertone to the areas that were either going to be shadowed or needed some contouring (ears, cheeks, area above the nose, etc.). From there I worked dark to light, starting with E21 to cover the BV31 and extending a little beyond. Next I added E00 and E000, each time extending out the previous color. Once I had a base of color, I adjusted the areas of dark and light as necessary to increase the contrast. Then I selectively added E93 to brighten areas on the face and body. Once the coloring was complete, the used the coordinating Bad Influence Honey Cuts to die cut the image.

I struggled initially to come up with a color combination to use for the pig. Initially, I tried various combinations of pale pink and pale red. Then it dawned on me that I was actually coloring skin — you know, pig skin (duh!) — so I experimented with skin tone colors until I found a combination that I liked.

To color the image, I started with BV31, adding an undertone to the areas that were either going to be shadowed or needed some contouring (ears, cheeks, area above the nose, etc.). From there I worked dark to light, starting with E21 to cover the BV31 and extending a little beyond. Next I added E00 and E000, each time extending out the previous color. Once I had a base of color, I adjusted the areas of dark and light as necessary to increase the contrast. Then I selectively added E93 to brighten areas on the face and body. Once the coloring was complete, the used the coordinating Bad Influence Honey Cuts to die cut the image.

Background

For the background, I used the Crimped Frame Die from The Greetery to die cut a piece of white cardstock. I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp sentiments in the Bad Influence stamp set in Versafine Clare ink. I probably could have used the Hero Art’s Intense Black, but grabbing Versafine to stamp sentiments is just a habit. To break up the white background, I ink blended Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass to create a little grass and sky. The image die cut was mounted with foam adhesive squares to add dimension.

Rowhouse Greetings | Bad Influence by Honey Bee Stamps

Just A Note

For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with other hybrid inks to find additional Copic compatible inks for stamping. Today I’m using Hero Art’s Intense Black which designed for use with alcohol markers. So far, I’m loving it – the image is dark, crisp and more importantly, the ink didn’t smear or transfer to my marker nib.

That’s it for today! See you back here soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#
Stamps: Bad Influence by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Intense Black by Hero Arts; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Dies: Bad Influence Honey Cuts by Honey Bee Stamps; Crimped Frame Die by The Greetery
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E93, BV31

Dreams of Love by Penny Black

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today I’ve got another card using the same technique to stamp an image with Copic markers. This time I’m featuring the cling stamp Dreams of Love by Penny Black which features a beautiful old fashioned rose. Since I explained the how-tos of this technique in a previous post, I’m going to link to it to save time.

Rowhouse Greetings | Dreams of Love by Penny Black

Once the main image was complete, I inked the Vintage Postcard stamp from Penny Black with Versafine Clare ink in Fallen Leaves and stamped the image. The sentiment is from the Million Thanks stamp set also by Penny Black and it was stamped with Versafine Clare ink in Nocturne.

Rowhouse Greetings | Dreams of Love by Penny Black

Hope you found some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock by Crafter’s Companion; Bazzill Basics in Date Swirl
Stamps: Dreams of Love by Penny Black; Vintage Postcard by Penny Black; Million Thanks by Penny Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne and Fallen Leaves by Tsukineko
Copics: RV63, RV66, R24 (flowers); BG72, BG75 (leaves); Colorless Blender Refill

Copic Stamping – Together by Penny Black

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just a short post — lots of things on my to do list today. But I wanted to share a card I made recently featuring the cling stamp Together by Penny Black. Usually these stamps are colored using dye inks, watercolors or water based markers. But I like to color and stamp them using my Copic markers.

The short explanation of the technique is that I place the stamp in my Misti and color directly on the stamp with my Copic markers. I lightly misted the cardstock with Colorless Blender and then stamp the image. The Colorless Blender reactivates the ink on the stamp and leaves and impression on the paper. I explained the how-tos of this technique in a previous post so I’m going to link to it to save time.

Rowhouse Greetings | Together by Penny Black

I’ve found that the key to getting a clear image is using Spectrum Noir cardstock instead of X-Press It for the paper. Other paper may work, but I had Spectrum Noir in my stash. And while I used Colorless Blender to reactivate the ink, isopropyl alcohol may work as well, but I didn’t test it. All Copic refills, including Colorless Blender, are hard to find right now so you may need to try isopropyl. Spritz the blender lightly on the paper – I found that the small Ranger Mini Misters were perfect for this technique. Just be sure that you are working in an area with good ventilation.

The design of the card was influenced by a card made for Penny Black by designer Jill Foster. Of course, I can’t find the card now to link to it, but the idea of the blue inked background and the creating the frame from the Simple Stackers die came from her. For my background, I lightly blended from corner to corner using Distress Ink in Salty Ocean.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Clare and heat set with clear embossing powder.

Rowhouse Greetings | Together by Penny Black

Hope you found some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock by Crafter’s Companion
Stamps: Together by Penny Black; Magical Friendship by Penny Black
Dies: Simple Stackers by Penny Black; Classic Stackers by Penny Black
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios
Copics: B12, B24, B26 (flowers); YG03, YG17 (leaves); Colorless Blender Refill

June Subscription Box from The Hedgehog Hollow

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m guest designing this month for The Hedgehog Hollow so today’s project is drawn from the June 2020 Subscription Box. Since so many of my projects begin with coloring an image, I decided to put down my Copics and create a simple monochromatic card.  

To begin, trim a piece of the Kind Geo Patterns paper to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and adhere it to your card base. Next, trim a piece of white card stock using one of the dies from the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables set. Stamp the sentiments from the Kind Geo Patterns stamp set and the Kind Add-On stamp sets in Versafine Clare and heat set with Nuvo clear embossing powder. On a scrap piece of white card stock, stamp and heat emboss the leaf image from the Geo Animals stamp set. Fussy cut the leaf image and adhere it to the sentiment panel. Use foam adhesive squares or craft foam to adhere the sentiment panel to the card base.

Hope you were inspired! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.