In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! It seems like forever since I’ve seen those of you who are local. Like many of you, we are sheltering in place and hoping that better (and sunnier) days will be here soon. Especially since our kitchen roof sprung a leak this morning in the midst of all this rain.

Sheltering in place is a lot like retirement, except that I have more toilet paper. And like retirement, I thought my house would be a lot cleaner now that I don’t get diverted by running errands or visiting friends. And I have even more time to craft….

However, the past few days it seems like nothing I’ve colored has turned out the way I wanted. I’ve torn up a lot of failed colored images. Some days are like that although I’ll admit that I’ve had several in a row now. So I decided to ditch my Copics for a few days (GASP!) and play with some other mediums.

As some of you know, I’m a frustrated watercolorist, but this seems like the wrong time to give that another shot. But I do understand Distress Inks — how they react with water and how the colors blend. So I pulled out a Power Poppy stamp set that I recently purchased and decided to see what happens.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

I stamped the image on Distress Ink Watercolor Paper using Versafine Clare ink. I immediately covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the image. From there, I pulled out a water brush and a variety of Distress Inks and got to work. Since the image was embossed, I had little trouble staying within the lines so I could apply the color rather loosely. I smushed some ink onto my glass mat (a silicone mat works just as well) and picked up the color with the water brush. I had to play with the colors a bit because using the water brush diluted the ink. By using a combination of layers of color and varying the ratio of ink to water, I was able to get a variety of shades.

I also tried not to overthink the coloring. This was just meant to be a no pressure, easy going, and fun craft project.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

It’s a rainy, gloomy day here so hopefully this project brought some sunshine your way! 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.

PAPER: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger; Eat Cake from the
Party Animal Collection by PhotoPlay; Heavyweight Cardstock in Natural by My Favorite Things
STAMP: In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy
INK: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, Stormy Sky, and Brushed Corduroy
DIE: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
EMBELLISHMENTS: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear by Tonic Studios

Coloring with Copics: Powerful Queen – Queen’s Ink

Join me for a Copic marker workshop featuring the new Mary Englebreit images from RubberMoon Stamps. In this class, you will make two whimsical cards featuring Copic blending techniques as well as heat embossing and ink blending. All necessary techniques are taught in class, but experience with basic Copic blending is helpful. 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, March 24, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:30 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 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
  • R14: Light Rouge
  • R27: Cadmium Red
  • R46: Strong Red
  • YR23: Yellow Ochre
  • YR27: Tuscan Orange
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • BG10: Cool Shadow
  • B000: Pale Porcelain Blue
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl
  • E09: Burnt Sienna
  • E11: Barley Beige
  • C6: Cool Gray No. 6 (or any dark gray marker)
  • 0: Colorless blender

Other Supplies

Please bring:

  • Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, and Barn Door
  • 3 ink blenders
  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape

Class Cards

Rowhouse Greetings | Complete Sentence by RubberMoon Stamps for Mary Englebreit
Rowhouse Greetings | Powerful Queen by RubberMoon Stamps for Mary Englebreit

Vital Rose by Power Poppy

Vital Rose by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another card featuring the Vital Rose digital stamp by Power Poppy. I’ve been playing with no-line coloring and thought that this would be a great image to use.

The Vital Rose image comes with a no line version where the usual black lines are considerably lighter. I lightened them further (because apparently I like a good challenge). I kept a reference copy of the image nearby to help.

There is a fabulous video by Cindy Lawrence in which she colors this same image in shades of blue. She started by determining the darkest areas of each petal across the entire rose. I couldn’t visualize that, so I started from the center of the rose and worked petal by petal. It took awhile to complete and was pretty painstaking, but the end result was worthwhile.

Rowhouse Greetings | Vital Rose (Color Map) by Power Poppy

Once I was finished coloring the image, I stamped a sentiment from the Floribunda stamp set by Power Poppy in Versafine ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I trimmed the image using the Nordic Frame die set by The Greetery. I layered the image with a gingham paper from the Tiny Check 6×6 paper pack by My Favorite Things.

Rowhouse Greetings | Vital Rose by Power Poppy

It’s important to remember that sometimes Copic coloring has an ugly stage. I’ve learned that I just have to keep going and work past it. After all, it’s only ink and paper. If it’s still ugly in the end, then I can just throw it away.

I won’t say that it was quick and easy, but I am pleased with the results.

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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.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Digital 100#; Tiny Check 6×6 Paper Pack by My Favorite Things
Stamp: Vital Rose (*) by Power Poppy; Floribunda (*) by Power Poppy
Ink: Versafine in Onyz Black by Tsukineko
Die: Nordic Frame by The Greetery
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Clear by Ranger
Copics: R24, R35, R37, R59 (rose); YG03, G24, G46 (leaves & stem)

New Class – Winter Tidings – Photo Scraps

Join me for a new workshop where we will be playing with embossing powder and ink blending to create quick and easy seasonal cards featuring stamps and dies from Memory Box. In this class, you will create four cards to add to your stash of holiday cards. Seats are limited – sign up today! CLASS FEE $28

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

Bring to Class

  • Waterbrush (filled with water)
  • Three ink blenders (such as Ranger Ink Blending Tools or Picket Fence Blending Brushes)
  • Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Blueprint Sketch (or you can substitute your favorite blending combination)
  • If you already have the following Distress Inks (regular, not oxide), please bring: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers
  • Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard
  • Wink of Stella in Clear
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes  
  • Scissors
  • 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)

New Class! Hello & Hugs – Photo Scraps

Join me for a new workshop where we will be playing with embossing powder and ink blending to create quick and easy cards. In this class, you will create five backgrounds using various techniques that you can transform into lovely greeting cards with the addition of sentiments and die cuts from Poppy Stamps. Seats are limited – sign up today! CLASS FEE $29

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Sunday, September 15, 2019 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Thursday, September 19, 2019 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

Bring to Class

  • Waterbrush (filled with water)
  • One disposable ink blender (such as Ranger Ink Blending Tools). Do not use a blending brush.
  • Distress Oxides in Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes  
  • Scissors
  • 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)