Oddball Queen of Hearts by Stamping Bella

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’ve got quite a long blog post for you today so you better pull up a chair and grab a cup of your beverage of choice. I don’t often write tutorials, but today’s project was worth the extra effort.

Saturday was the first day in quite awhile that I didn’t have anything planned, so I spent the day on a project that I’ve been mulling about over the past few days. I’ve been inspired lately by the work of my student Jill Killeen who has been creating fun shadow boxes with Stamping Bella stamps.

As you know, I’ll be teaching a class at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, June 25th featuring the Oddball Queens from Stamping Bella. After I prepared the class samples, I realized that The Queen’s Ink now has its own exclusive line of washi tape which would have been perfect for the class cards. So I wanted to put together another project featuring the Oddball Queen of Hearts by Stamping Bella and the new washi tapes from The Queen’s Ink. I happened to have a RIBBA 9×9 frame from IKEA which is perfect for shadow boxes so my idea for this project started coming together. It was also the perfect opportunity try out some new crafting tools and products that I had recently purchased.

So here it is! I was going to apologize for the shadows, but after all, it IS a shadow box!

Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Queen of Hearts by Stamping Bella
Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Queen of Hearts by Stamping Bella

The full supply is shown below. I’ll tell you up front that the design evolved along the way with a lot of experimentation. As a result, I threw a lot of different products at it. But don’t let the extensive supply list scare you. We all know that the ancillary hobby to papercrafting is collecting papercraft supplies. So you probably already have a lot of the supplies in your stash or have products that you could easily substitute.

Before Starting….

Before I started, I cut my card stock and foam sheets (see supply list) as follows:

  • One 9 x 9 inch square from a 12 x 12 sheet of Graphic 45 Loveliest of Them All
  • One 6 x 6 inch square from a sheet of Bazzill Black Licorice card stock
  • One 5.75 x 5.75 inch square from a sheet of Neenah 80# card stock
  • One 5.75 x 5.75 inch square from a sheet of Darice White Foam Sheet
  • One 5.5 x 5.5 inch square from a sheet of Darice White Foam Sheet

The Background

I wanted to create the background by building up layers of colors and textures. I recently purchased some of the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes so this seemed like a great opportunity to try them out. On a 5.75 x 5.75 inch sheet of white card stock, I started blending Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Tattered Rose, and Antique Linen. After the ink dried, I splattered the background with Nuvo Mica Mist in Nebula Blue, Fresh Pear, Antique Gold and Violet Lustra.

One of the new crafting tools in my stash is the Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion. I thought this would be perfect for stenciling since the magnets would hold the stencil in place without tape. I spread a thin layer of Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium from The Crafters Workshop on portions the Tim Holtz Gradient Square Layering Stencil with a palette knife. Afterwards, I immediately cleaned the stencil and palette knife with water and set the background aside to dry.

In the meantime, I covered a couple of scraps of white card stock with the new washi tapes exclusive to the Queen’s Ink — Crowns, Let Them Eat Cake, Lavender Baroque, Queen of Hearts, and Harlequin. I used the Hearts die and the Small Stitched Circle Stackable die from Lawn Fawn to cut the cardstock into shapes. Later on, I only used the die cut circles so I’ll save the hearts for another project.

And now – the fun part! True to it’s name, the gel medium is tacky when dry so I started to lay down gold, silver, and copper gilding flakes on the stenciled area. Once the stenciled area was covered, I rubbed lightly to adhere the flakes to the gel medium and remove any excess. I was going to take a photo midway, but to be honest I was up to my elbows in gilding flakes so I can only show the end result. Difficult to photograph, but lots of texture and shine.

Putting It Together

I was running out of room in my work space so I started arranging and adhering all of the layers for the full background. I decided that the lower right corner of the background needed something extra so I stamped an image from Carabelle Studios’ Stains & Seams stamp set with Archival Ink in Jet Black.

Next:

  • I glued the pre-cut 5.5 inch square foam sheets to the back of the white cardstock (top layer).
  • I glued the pre-cut 5.75 inch square foam sheet to the back of the black cardstock (middle layer).
  • I stamped the sentiment in Versafine along the bottom of the 9 x 9 design paper square. I covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the image (bottom layer).
  • I lined up the bottom layer on my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion and held the paper in place with the magnets.
  • Using the magnetic ruler, I lined up and centered the three layers. Once they were in place, I glued the layers together.
  • I placed foam adhesive squares on the back of the die cut washi tape circles and arranged them on the top layer.

At this point, the background is complete as shown below. Time to start the Copic coloring!

Copic Coloring

To start, stamp the image on Hammermill Digital Color Copy (or any Copic compatible paper) with Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs. I’m providing only basic instructions here for coloring, but if you need additional help, take a look at the video by Elaine Hughes (AKA Marker Geek) for coloring this stamp. I was guided in part by her color selection so you will see many of the same markers.

Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Queen of Hearts by Stamping Bella

Skin

  • Working from dark to light, add depth and shading to the face (E04, E11, E01, E000)
  • Base coat the eye lids with BV31. Deepen the corners with BV34.
  • With BV31, draw a line under the lid to create a shadow across the eye.
  • Use BV31 to deepen the shadows around the eyes and the hairline.

Hair & Crown

  • For the hair, start with C7 to color the shadows at the base of the curls.
  • Work from dark to light (C5, C3, C1) to blend out each section of hair. Be sure that you do not lose the highlights.
  • For the crown, work from dark to light (Y19, Y15, Y02)
  • Base coat the heart with R24. Add R46 if you want to deepen the color.

Clothing

  • Starting with the folds in the dress, work from dark to light (R59, R46, R24) concentrating the R59 in the shadows and folds in the dress. Blend out with R46 and R24.
  • If you want additional depth, add C5 to the deepest areas and blend out from dark to light as necessary with the R markers.
  • For the center of the dress, work dark to light (Y19, Y15, Y02). Do the same with the binding (C7, C5, C3).
  • Base coat the hearts with R24. Add R46 if you want to deepend the color.

Bringing It On Home!

Once the coloring was complete, I used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut out the image. If you prefer, you could fussy cut the image. As an alternative, coordinating dies are available from Stamping Bella (see links below). Once the image was cut, I added foam adhesive squares to the back and adhered it to the background. After adding some sequins and jewels for extra bling, I framed the finished piece.

Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Queen of Hearts by Stamping Bella

That’s it for today – hope you found a some inspiration. And be sure you check out Jill’s blog and send her a little love!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . 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. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Hammermill Digital Color Copy 100#; Bazzill Cardstock in Licorice Twist; Princess Collection Loveliest of All by Graphic 45
Stamp: Oddball Queen of Hearts by Stamping Bella; Stains & Seams by Carabelle Studios
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Archival Ink in Jet Black by Ranger; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Antique Linen, and Tattered Rose
Stencil: Gradient Square Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz
Washi Tapes: Washi tape in Crowns, Let Them Eat Cake, Lavender Baroque, Queen of Hearts, and Harlequin by The Queen’s Ink
Dies: Small Stitched Circle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Nuvo Mica Mist by Tonic Studios in Fresh Pear, Nebula Blue, Violet Lustra, and Antique Gold; Nuvo Gilding Flakes by Tonic Studios in Radiant Gold, Silver Bullion, and Sunkissed Copper; Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear by Tonic Studios; Sequins in Not So Heavy Metal by 28 Lilac Lane; Wink of Stella in Clear by Zig; miscellaneous enamel dots.
Adhesives: Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Therm O Web White Adhesive Foam Squares by Gina K. Designs; 3-in-1 Craft Glue by Beacon
Frame: RIBBA 9 x 9 frame available from IKEA
Tools: Life Changing Blending Brushes by Picket Fence Studios; Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion by Ranger; Misti Stamping Tool by My Sweet Petunia; Brother Scan N Cut
Copics: E000, E01, E04, BV31, BV34 (skin); C1, C3, C5, C7 (hair); Y02, Y15, Y19, R24, R46 (crown); R24, R46, R59 C5, Y02, Y15, Y19 (dress)

New Class! Coloring with Copics – Royal Oddballs

Join me for a new Copic markers class featuring the Oddball Queens from Stamping Bella. In this class, you will make two cards with emphasis on Copic techniques for coloring skin. hair, and clothing. We will also spend some time creating mixed media backgrounds for the cards so be prepared to get your hands inky! 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 | website: https://queensink.com
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Copic Markers to Bring to Class

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.

  • BV02: Prune
  • BV13: Hydrangea Blue
  • BV17: Deep Reddish Blue
  • BV31:  Pale Lavender
  • BV34: Bluebell
  • RV55: Holly Hock
  • RV63: Begonia
  • RV66: Raspberry
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E01: Pink Flamingo
  • E04: Barley Beige
  • E11: Lipstick Natural
  • W0: Warm Gray No. 0
  • W3: Warm Gray No. 3
  • W5: Warm Gray No. 5
  • 0: Colorless blender

Other Supplies

Please bring:

  • Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, and Blueprint Sketch
  • Three ink blenders for use with Distress Oxides
  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape

Class Cards

Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Birthday Queen by Stamping Bella

Ultimate Poppy by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! This morning we’re off on a day trip to Harper’s Ferry, a picturesque town located at confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. This quaint town is packed with history and offers lots of opportunities to enjoy the area’s natural beauty. My husband will be participating in some of the living history events for Memorial Day weekend. I plan on roaming around and getting in a little hiking. We just bought a new Mini Cooper Countryman (yes – we traded in our beloved Cooper Coupe) so this will be the first of many road trips with the new car.

Today’s Card Project

Before I run off to the wilds of West Virginia, I want to leave you with a project featuring Ultimate Poppy, one of the new digital sets in Power Poppy’s May Digital Blitz. This knockout image makes a real statement when it’s front and center on your card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Ultimate Poppy by Po

I printed the image on Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover and colored it with Copic markers (colors listed below). Afterwards, I cut the image with my Brother ScanNCut and set it to the side. Although I have a ScanNCut, I still own (and buy) a lot of background dies. Recently, I was at the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania and stopped by the booth for Elizabeth Craft Designs. While there, I spotted this Postage Stamp Die set and just knew I had to have it! I printed the sentiment on white card stock and trimmed it with the die. Then I applied foam adhesive squares to the back of the image to adhere the poppy to the sentiment layer. You can see that the die beautifully shows off the poppy.

For the background, I selected three colors of Distress Ink (see below) and blended the ink along the edges of the front of the card base. Obviously, it wasn’t necessary to do the entire front because most of it would be covered. I glued a piece of foam sheeting to the back of the white cardstock and adhered the sentiment layer to the card base. Popping up both the sentiment layer and the image itself added a lot of dimension to the end result.

Rowhouse Greetings | Ultimate Poppy by Po

Hope you got 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 (*) . 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. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 100#
Stamp: Ultimate Poppy (*) by Power Poppy
Inks: Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn
Dies: Postage Stamp Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Copics: R11, R12, R22, R35, R37, R39 (flower); BV02, N4 (flower center); YG11, YG41, YG45

New Class! Spring Peonies (Honey Bee Stamps)

Join me for an new Copic class at Photo Scraps! In this workshop, you’ll complete three cards featuring stamps from Honey Bee Stamps. I’ve kept the card designs clean and simple so that we can focus on Copic coloring and blending. Details are below. Class size is limited so sign up today! CLASS FEE $28

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, OR
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, OR
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

Copic Markers

PLEASE NOTE: 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 will NOT be supplied either by me or Photo Scraps. You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers or other supplies you’ll need to participate in class.

  • RV000: Pale Purple
  • RV00: Water Lily
  • RV02: Sugared Almond Pink
  • RV04: Shock Pink
  • G40: Dim Green
  • G43: Pistachio
  • G46: Mistletoe
  • Y11: Pale Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • B0000: Pale Celestine
  • B000: Pale Porcelain Blue
  • 0: Colorless Blender

Notes

  • Markers RV10, RV11, RV14 (used in previous classes) could be substituted for the four RV markers listed above, but your flowers may be darker.
  • Markers YG01, YG05, YG07 (used in previous classes) could be substituted for the three G markers above, but your leaves may be yellower.

Other Supplies

Please bring:

  • Scissors
  • Foam tape (such as Gina K. Designs Foam Tape)
  • Foam Squares (such as Gina K. Designs Foam Squares or Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Squares)
  • Tape runner
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Connect Glue by Gina K. Designs or Ranger Multi Medium Matte)

Class Cards

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Peonies by Honey Bee Stamps
Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Peonies by Honey Bee Stamps
Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Peonies by Honey Bee Stamps

Bees and more bees from Honey Bee Stamps

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today is check on the parents day so I’ll be out of here shortly to pick up their groceries and take them out to lunch. So I carved out some time this morning to put together a quick and easy card. And when it comes to quick and easy, I turn to Honey Bee Stamps!

I start by die cutting a piece of cardstock for my background layer with the Zig Zag Rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. I stamped the sentiment from the Small Gang stamp with Versafine ink and heat set it with clear embossing powder.The background was stenciled with Distress Inks and set aside to dry. I had a few bees left from Saturday’s card so I supplement them with some of the smaller bees from the Bee Hive stamp set. The bees color up quickly so I just adhered them with foam squares and added a few embellishments. Well, more than a few. Might have overdone the sequins, but I loved the combination.

Rowhouse Greetings | Busy Bees and Bee Hive by Honey Bee Stamps

OK – I’m outta here! It’s pizza day, so I can’t keep my parents waiting!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . 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. Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#; Ultra Smooth Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamps: Busy Bees by Honey Bee Stamps; Bee Hive by Honey Bee Stamps; Small Gang by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Stencil: Honeycomb Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Honey Bee Sequin Mix (retired) by Honey Bee Stamps; Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder by Tonic Studios; Wink of Stella in Clear by Zig
Copics: Y02, Y15, Y19, C3, C5, C7, B0000, BG10