Mermaid & Penguins | 3C

HEY FRIENDS! I’ve got a little coloring nook in my bedroom right now with my markers, gel pens, stamps (including the 3C new release!), and other supplies so that I can color when I want. It’s conveniently positioned near the bed and I can alternate between coloring and resting as needed. Now I can keep myself busy coloring images ready to turn into cards once I’m able to spend more time in the studio. So for today, I have the new Mermaid & Penguins stamp set from the Colorado Craft Company release. I don’t usually color mermaids, but I’ve enjoyed this one. As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mermaid & Penguins by Colorado Craft Company

The Mermaid & Penguins stamp set is a 6×6 inch image, but I only wanted to use a portion of it. as shown here. I stamped the image on a piece of Hammermill cardstock cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″ using Hero Arts Intense Black Ink. I decided in advance that I wanted a lot of texture in the background to represent bubbles. I colored a base layer starting from the bottom using B12, B00, and Y00, allowing the two colors to overlap slightly to create a shade of green. Then I went back and added a second layer working from the top down, using Y00, YG01, B00, B12 and B14 to smooth out the transitions between the colors. After the ink dried, I dampened a piece of terry cloth with colorless blender and lightly dabbed the background, lifting the ink and creating a spotted pattern. Once again, I allowed the ink to dry thoroughly and then colored the rest of the image. I used a white gel pen to enhance the splash effect, but it didn’t show up very well on the yellow background, so I added some gold gel pen for additional texture.

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93 (skin); Y35, YR23, YR24, YR27 (hair); V04, BG10, B000, B02, B05 (mermaid’s body); Y35, T1, T3, T5 (penguins); BG13 (seaweed); Y00, YG01, B000, B12, B14 (background)

Rowhouse Greetings | Mermaid & Penguins by Colorado Craft Company | Color Map

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The Way of Water Release (3C) and an Update!

HEY FRIENDS! First of all, thank you for all of the well wishes. I’m still not fully mobile, but getting a little better each day. Ten more weeks of non-weight bearing activity – sigh! But this week marked a couple of milestones — my first post-surgery manicure, my first post-surgery haircut, and the first day of school for a class that I co-teach at Johns Hopkins University which I attended via Zoom.

I’ve also started coloring a little each day. I still tire easily, but coloring is my therapy and I can only hang out in bed for so long before it gets both monotonous and depressing. So when Amy Kennedy asked if I wanted to participate in the new Anita Jeram release, I jumped at the opportunity to get in a little color therapy. Be sure you read to the end – we’ve got a blog hop and giveaways that you’ll want to get in on!

As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s Project

Anita Jeram Seas the Day | Colorado Craft Company

This release is a little different. We all know Anita Jeram for her adorable bunnies, mice and other critters, but this time she is taking us to new depths with mermaids and friends.

I selected the Seas the Day stamp set to create a little beach scene. I wish that I had been able to film the coloring because this was really outside of the box for me.

Landscapes are challenging, especially water and skies and this one features both. It took me a few tries just to get the beach the way I wanted it. But I just had to push through any trepedation for what might happen. Sometimes Copic coloring is just a hot mess until suddenly it all comes together and that’s what happened here.

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Seas the Day | Colorado Craft Company

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Once the coloring was finished, I kept the rest of it simple, using the Stitches of Love die to create a decorative edge and stamping the sentiment with Versafine ink. I also used a white gel pen to add a little more splash to my waves!

Giveaways

  • Giveaway 1: The designers will be giving away a stamp set from this release (your choice) to a lucky winner that drawn from all the comments left on each designer’s social media hangouts.
  • Giveaway 2: Colorado Craft Company will be giving away a complete bundle of this release to one chosen winner that has placed an order using affiliate links (HERE’S MINE!). Winner randomly chosen by 3C on February 2nd.
  • Giveaway 3: Colorado Craft Company will be giving away 3 sets to 3 randomly chosen winners on Instagram. To enter, go to: https://www.instagram.com/coloradocraftcompany/ for details.

See the Colorado Craft Company blog for full details on all giveaways.

Blog Hop

Instagram Inspiration:

That’s it for me today! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: C1 (seagull); Y38, YR04 (starfish); E53, E55, E59 (post); BV20, E30, E31, E55 (beach); YG03, YG17, YG67, YG97 (grass); B000, B00, B12, B14, B16 (ocean); Y000, Y00, B00, B12, B14 (sky)

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Seas the Day by Colorado Craft Company | Color Map

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Candle Light by Whimsy Stamps

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back with another edition of Nancy and Jill Color Together! If you saw last month’s post, you know that Jill Killeen of Killeen House Studio asked me to participate in a monthly challenge with her where we would color the same image and see how we each interpreted it. This month we are featuring the Candle Light Digital Stamp by Whimsy Stamps. As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Here’s my interpretation of this month’s image!

Rowhouse Greetings | Candle Light Digital Stamp by Whimsey Stamps

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I wanted soft colors and a simple card design and that’s what you see here. I printed the image on Hammermill cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. After coloring the image, I trimmed the panel with the Diagonal Stitched Rectangles die set. I stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Merry Christmas Messages stamp set using Versafine ink. The stamp set appears to be retired, but is available on Etsy and Ebay. I cut a A2 cardbase from Neenah Classic Crest, adhered a piece of Princess Pink cardstock cut to size, and assembled the layers as shown.

The coloring was a little tricky because I wanted the colors to be soft yet have some dimension. I underpainted the darker areas of the hat and scarf with V20, V22, V91, and V95 to provide some shape and then glazed with R81, R83 and R85 to get the final color. Since I had so many shades of pink, I used V0000, V20, and V91 to add contour to the snowman rather than my usual cool blue tones. This way, the snow has some shape while reflecting the tones of the hat and scarf. I just kept blending them until I got the softness I wanted.

We use digital stamps in our challenge and I know that some of you find that in and of itself to be a challenge. So I’ve got a video over on my YouTube channel showing how I print digital stamps for Power Poppy. Check it out!

So with no further ado – here is Jill’s interpretation!

Similar colors but she went darker, selecting her color palette from the design paper. I love how we can work with the same image, but come out with two different interpretations. Be sure you check out her blog post describing her card and give her post some love!

That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: V20, V22, V91, RV95, R81, R83, R85 (hat & scarf); V0000, V20, V91 (snowman); Y35, YR04 (carrot); YG01, YG07, YG09 (leaves, mittens & candle); Y32 (candle glow); E70, E71, E74 (vest & branch); B41, B45, B63 (birds); W00, W0, W1, W2 (background)

Rowhouse Greetings | Candle Light Digital Stamp by Whimsey Stamps | Color Map

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Gnome by Simon Says Stamp

HEY GNOMIES! Have you mailed your holiday cards yet? No? Well, neither have I. That’s this week’s task. I probably have enough cards in my stash, but it’s hard to say. Every year I ask my husband how many cards he wants to send out to his friends and family and he always tells me “five, maybe six.” And then when it’s time, he suddenly needs 20 cards. So needless to say, I’m still making cards just in case.

Today I have another card where I used a die as the main focus. Here, I used the Gnome wafer die by Simon Says Stamp. As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Gnome by Simon Says Stamp

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I used the Gnome die to cut the pieces and the solid background from Hammermill smooth cardstock and colored the pieces using Copic markers (see list below). Once the pieces were colored, I assembled them by gluing each piece in place on the solid background using Multi Medium Matte glue.

I cut a piece of Hammermill cardstock to 2-1/8 x 5-3/8 inches and stamped one of the sentiments from the Joy to You and Yours stamp set using Versafine ink. I covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it. Next I cut a piece of gold Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Paper to 2-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches and glued it to the back of the sentiment layer.

I cut an A2 cardbase from Neenah Classic Crest, topped it with a piece of design paper, and assembled the layers as shown.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: R29, R39, R46 (hat); E000, E00 (nose); YG03, YG17, YG67 (shirt)

Rowhouse Greetings | Gnome Wafer Die by Simon Says Stamp | Color Map

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Santa Claus by Simon Says Stamp

HEY FRIENDS! Got something a little different today. Although I love coloring images, it can be time consuming, especially if you need to make a bunch of cards. And let’s face it, Copic coloring can feel intimidating when you first start out. So I looked through my stash and pulled out a couple of die sets where I could use my Copics as accents rather than the central focus. Today’s card features the Santa Claus wafer die set from Simon Says Stamp. As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Santa Claus Wafer Die by Simon Says Stamp


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Santa Claus is the main feature on this card so I’ll start with him! I used the Santa Claus Wafer Die to cut the pieces and the solid background from Hammermill cardstock. I used my Copic markers to color the hat, face, eyes, and nose. Once the pieces were colored, I assembled them by gluing each piece in place on the solid background using Multi Medium Matte Glue. After a few false starts, I found that the pieces went together best if I started with the beard and worked my way up to the pom-pom.

To add some dimension, I cut the pom-pom, trim and mustache a second time from scrap white cardstock and glued them into place. I decided that I wanted the stars to be gold, so I initially tried coloring them with a gold gel pen, but in the end, I cut them out again from a scrap piece of gold metallic cardstock from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Kraft 8×8 Paper Pad. I added foam adhesive squares to the back and set it aside to work on the background.

For the background, I used one of the Blanket Stitch Rectangle Dies to trim a piece of Hammermill cardstock. I selected a sentiment from the Joy to You and Yours stamp set and stamped it along the bottom using Versafine ink. I applied foam tape to the back for dimension.

Next I used Red Spellbinders Glimmer Foil and the Plaid Tidings Glimmer Foil Plate to foil a piece of black cardstock trimmed to 4 x 5.25 inches. I cut a piece of red cardstock and adhered it to an A2 cardbase cut from Neenah cardstock. I assembled the layers as shown.

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: R20, E000, E00 (skin); R20 (nose); R29, R46, R39 (hat); 100 (eyes)

Rowhouse Greetings | Santa Claus Wafer Die by Simon Says Stamp | Color Map

[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.]