Be Creative (Again) by Colorado Craft Company

WELCOME BACK FRIENDS! I’m loving these Anita Jeram images from Colorado Craft Company so I decided to color the stamp set Be Creative this time using Copic markers. I have a new Copic coloring video for you as well so pull out those markers and get coloring!

I also recently colored this image using Karin Brushmarkers and you can see that project here. Speaking of which, I’m going to be teaching a Karin Brushmarker class at The Queen’s Ink later in the month that will be featuring Anita Jeram images. I’ll have more information on that class shortly.

Today’s Project Features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini by Colorado Craft Company

Video Tutorial

I’m going to jump right to the coloring because I have a new video for you. The markers are listed in the video as well as in the supply list below.

[If the video doesn’t appear below, click HERE to watch it. Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.]

Be Creative How-Tos

  • For the card base, cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and score at 5.5″ for a top fold card.
  • Cut a piece of solid cardstock to 4″ x 5.25″ (I used Limelight Prestige Cardstock by MFT Stamps).
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75″ x 5″.
  • Cut a piece of pattern paper to 3.75″ x 2″ (I used a sheet from the Summertime Polka Dots 6×6 paper pad by MFT Stamps which has been retired).
  • Cut a piece of coordinating patter paper to 3.75″ x 1″ (I used a sheet from the Black & White Stripes 6×6 paper pad by MFT Stamps).
  • Stamp the image from Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini on a Copic friendly paper with a Copic compatible ink (here I used Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100# Cardstock with Hero Arts Intense Black).
  • Color image with Copic markers (see marker list below and video for additional instruction).
  • Trim top of image with the Notebook Border Die from Taylored Expressions. Trim remaining image to desired size (mine is approximately 2-5/8″ x 4.25″)
  • Arrange on card background elements on card front as shown. I applied craft foam to the back of the white cardstock layer and the image layer for added dimension.
Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini by Colorado Craft Company

Supplies for Be Creative (Again)

COPICS: W1, W3, W5 (mouse); B12, B24, B26, B37, Y23, Y26, C3, C5 (brush); YG11, YG13, YG17 (ground); BG0000, B0000, BG10 (sky); BV20 (shadows)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

High Flying Adventure by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another card featuring the High-Flying Adventure stamp set by My Favorite Things. This stamp sent reminded me of my husband. Every time we get in the car, my husband and I joke that we are off on another adventure. Usually those adventures are on the ground, but a couple of summers ago, we had the opportunity to fly to Tangier Island, a small island community in the Chesapeake Bay accessible only by air or by ferry boat. A friend of my husband is a pilot with a single-prop plane and he offered to take us along on one of his trips to the island.

Our high-flying adventure to Tangier Island, Summer 2018

I’m not a good flyer — in fact, I don’t like to fly at all — so I was hesitant to go along. I knew that I would regret not going, so after a lot of reassurances from the pilot, I decided to go.

Flying in a small plane is not the same as flying in a commercial airliner. We flew at a much lower altitude so we could see the details of the landscape below us. On the one hand, it was interesting, but if you are also afraid of heights like I am, you want to be either a lot closer to the ground or high enough that you don’t see it! But after awhile, I relaxed enough to enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective.

We walked around the island, had lunch with the locals, and thoroughly enjoyed our day. If I hadn’t gone, I would have missed out on a memorable high-flying adventure!

Our high-flying adventure to Tangier Island, Summer 2018

TODAY’S PROJECT

OK – so back to the topic at hand. Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | High Flying Adventure by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

DIRECTIONS

SUPPLY LIST for HIGH FLYING ADVENTURE

COPICS: E31, E33, E37 (bunnies); B12, B24, B26, B39, R24, R46, R89(plane); N8 (tires); Y15, Y19, YR04 (yellow flag); R24 (striped flag)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

BB You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! Just a quick post today – we’ll be off shortly so that my husband can get his second Covid-19 vaccination. My parents will also finish their vaccinations this month. I’m glad (and relieved) that a vaccine is available to protect them. So I’m leaving you with a project featuring one of my favorite stamps from My Favorite Things – BB You Gnome Me.

Today’s project features:

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a card using the Jingle All the Way stamp set by My Favorite Things. The face and beard are very similar between the Santa and the gnomes so if you can color one, you can color the other. If you need some help, I have a video on my YouTube channel for Jingle All the Way.

Rowhouse Greetings | You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I used the Friend and Friendship Die-namics for the main part of the sentiment, but found that I didnt have any coordinating blue cardstock. So I cut the sentiment out three times from white cardstock and glued the layers together. Then I colored the letters with the same blue Copic markers used on the image to create an ombre effect. Finally, I glued the letters in place and the result was a die cut that coordinated perfectly with my color scheme.

Rowhouse Greetings | You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

And now I’m off and running to start my week! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies for BB You Gnome Me

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 (skin); B02, B04, B05, B26 (hat, pants & suspenders); Y38 (buttons); N0, N1 (shirt); N6, N8 (boots); R14, R24, R46, R59 (flower pot); Y38, R81, R83 (flower); YG13, YG17 (leaves)

Supplies for today’s project are linked to multiple sources at the end of this post. Product links may also be displayed in the brackets following the product name. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Mary Englebreit’s Wishing Upon A Star by RubberMoon

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! Today’s project was actually inspired by my friend Jenn White who recently posted her rainbow colored tiles, tassels & tuffets using stamps from ArtFoamies. If you missed her blog post, take a look at it here

In a recent conversation, Jenn revealed that she often stamps out mass quantities of things and sends them out to friends. I was a happy recent recipient of some of her colorful Moonglo Bright Rainbow HeArtFoamies featured in her January post. What I love about Jenn’s artwork is that she just goes with the flow, enjoying the journey rather than worrying about the destination. She plunges right in and figures it out (or not) as she goes. Either way, she just plays and finds her inspiration along the way.

I’m the exact opposite. I can’t seem to start unless I can see it in my head from start to finish and visualize the end result. As a result, I spend a lot of time staring at my empty craft mat ….

So Jenn encouraged me to just play with my art, pretending that I’m once again in preschool, experimenting, discovering, and playing. So brings us to today’s project.

I pulled out my favorite Mary Englebreit stamps from RubberMoon — Wishing Upon A Star (Small). Did you click on that link to take a look? As some of you know, RubberMoon Stamps aren’t available just anywhere! You have a couple of options. The entire catalog is available to subscribers to Kae Pea’s Patron Group where for as little as $2.00 a month you can:

  • Access the RubberMoon Catalog for all of your RubberMoon purchases, including thousands of art stamps.
  • Access the Private Fb comMOONity
  • Access the morning heART daily mix media videos.

You can also purchase RubberMoon stamps through local craft stores such as The Queen’s Ink. If your store doesn’t carry them, be sure to ask them to contact Kae Pea for details.

Since I’m going to use my Copic markers, I stamp the image on Hammermill cardstock with a Copic friendly ink. Next, I pull out a range of Copic markers and laid them out on my desk in rainbow order. I knew that I wouldn’t use all of them, but had them handy so that I could easily jump between colors without a lot of thought. Then I started blocking in areas of the background with color. 

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

I kept working until I had the entire background filled. At this point, I wasn’t concerned about getting a smooth blend between colors. I just wanted to get the colors placed on the background.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

I added a second coat of each color improving the blending and color depth as I went along. I also used tip to tip blending to help with the transitions between colors.

If you are not familiar with this Copic technique, select two markers in your blend (dark/medium or medium/light) and hold the lighter marker in your dominant hand (i.e. the hand you write with). Using the light marker, pick up some of the ink from the tip of the darker marker. When you color, you will have a tone that is a blend of the two markers that will make it easier to transition from dark to light.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

At this point, the colors are beginning to meld together a little better. I allowed the inks to dry thoroughly since I knew that they would continue to blend on their own as they cured. 

I decided that I wanted to create some sort of galaxy in the background. To add texture, I dampened a small piece of terry cloth with Copic colorless blender and gentle dabbed the cloth over the background. The colorless blender lifts the Copic ink, leaving behind the imprint of the nap of the cloth.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

Here I should note a few things:

  • Your inked background needs to be complete dry before you start dabbing, else the dots will just blend together. 
  • This technique also causes some movement of the ink so it helps to further blend transitions from one color to the next.
  • Since the ink can move, you need to be careful that the ink doesn’t bleed into the uncolored parts of the stamp. If that happens, use your 0 blender marker to push the ink back where it belongs.

Once the ink was dry, I started coloring the stamped image.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon
Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

Once the coloring was complete, I added a starry galaxy with white and gold gel pens. And here’s the finished image! I haven’t decided what to do with it yet. I may mount it on a card or I might frame it.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

That’s it for me today! Hope you’ve enjoyed this today’s inspiration.

Until next time —

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Yep – it’s true! Today’s card is a holiday card. It was snowing when I created this so I thought – why not? I’ve been tempted to make holiday cards ever since I straightened up last week and came across all of the holiday stamps that I bought and never got around to coloring. Not to mention, all of the holiday favorites that I didn’t make this past year. So I put aside my spring flower stamps and pulled out an oldie but goodie – Jingle all the Way by My Favorite Things.

Today’s project features:

  • Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things [retired, but still available from a few online stores]
  • Merry Merry by Avery Elle [retired, but still available from a few online stores]
  • Copic coloring (marker list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
  • Supplies linked with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Coloring Video

This Santa is one of my favorite holiday images so I’ve put together a short video to show how I color it.

Step by Step Directions for Jingle All the Way

That’s all for me today! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 (skin); R14. R24, R46, R89 (jacket & pants); R14. R24, R46, R89, T0, T1 (hat); T0, T1 (beard); T4, T6, T8 (belt, gloves, boots); Y38 (belt buckle)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.