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

Aviator by Katzelkraft

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Hope everyone is holding steady during these crazy, unsettling times. We’ve been working on the backyard, occasionally wandering out with our masks to local nurseries to pick up flowers. Our backyard is really coming along. A few days ago the weather was fabulous so I grabbed my ink pads and stencils to move my crafting outside.

I’ve been looking for new to me stamp companies to change things up a bit. I recently came across Kazelkraft Stamps and love the quirky images. I also stocked up on sentiment stamps from Impression Obsession to add a few tongue in cheek stamps to my stash.

Rowhouse Greetings | Aviator by Katzelkraft

For today’s project, I started by using the largest die in Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangle die set to cut the cardstock. I stamped the sentiment along the bottom in Versafine Clare ink, added Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, and heat set the image. I stamped the Aviator image in Gina K.’s Amagam Ink and colored it with Copic markers (see list below). Using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, I stenciled the cloud background using the Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things. Originally, I planned on using gold star shaped sequins but they stood out too much. So I used the Falling Stars Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz and Delicata Golden Glitz Ink to add the stars. After stenciling the stars, I added clear embossing powder and heat set the images. For an added touch, I applied Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the glass on the aviator googles to make them shine.

That’s it for today! 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#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#
Stamps: Aviator by Katzelkraft; Possible by Impression Obsession
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass; Delicata in Golden Glitz by Tsukineko
Die: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things; Falling Stars Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder by Tonic Studios
Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin); BV0000, BV000, B0000 (eyes); E53, E55, E57 (collar strap); YG91, YG95, YG97 (jumpsuit, hat); N0, N1, N3 (goggles); YR27, E35 (buckle, controls)

Watercoloring with Distress Inks: Robots1 by Katzelkraft

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! In these long days of sheltering in place, I’ve been looking for something different to do craftwise. Not so different that I’d have to invest in a bunch of new supplies, but something different from my usual Copic coloring and the usual stamp companies. In a world where one day looks pretty much like the next, I needed something different.

I’ve been inspired by my friend Lisa Hetrick of IndigoJadeArt who shares her mad watercoloring skills on YouTube and in her weekly Facebook live videos. As I’ve said many times, I’m a frustrated watercolorist, but she has shared many tips and has inspired me to pick up my brush and give it another try.

Rowhouse Greetings | Robots 1 by Katzelkraft

So in my quest for something different, I came across some really fun and different stamps from Katzenkraft. This guy is from the Robots1 set which is available as an unmounted full plate rubber stamp set. There are four images in this set which I cut apart to make it easier to stamp the individual images.

Normally, you would use something like EZ Mount to create the foam cushion to mount the stamp to an acrylic block or to use in a stamping platform. I didn’t have any on hand so I used my Coccoina Glue Stick to apply a small amount of glue to the back of the stamp and adhere it to the door of my Misti. This glue is water soluble so when I was done stamping, I removed the stamp and wash it and the door of my Misti with a damp paper towel to remove the adhesive.

I stamped the image on Canson XL watercolor paper using Versafine Clare to get a crisp image. Although I have watercolor paints, I find that I get my best results using Distress Ink. I already know the colors and how they interact with water so some of the guess work is eliminated. I have the mini pads for all of my Distress Inks so I smooshed some ink onto a Caran d’Ache Palette. You could smoosh the ink onto a craft sheet or glass mat but I liked using the separate palette so that I could move the ink out of the way as necessary while I painted. I picked up the ink with a ZIG medium point waterbrush and I applied the color in layers, working light to dark. I made sure that each layer was dry, often using my heat gun, before moving onto the next color.

Rowhouse Greetings | Robots 1 by Katzelkraft

When I finished the coloring, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Clare and embossed it with clear embossing powder. In the sentiment, the Os in the word food were actually images of donuts so I added a couple of gear embellishments to play on the mechanical theme. I cut the watercolor paper with the largest die in the Penny Black Simple Stackers set and adheres craft foam to the back. I backed it with a piece of navy cardstock. Then I adhered everything to a card base. Once the card itself was assembled, I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to all the glass parts (clock face, goggles, etc.).

So there you have it! Something fun and different. I have a long ways to go with my technique, but it’s been fun to try something different and go outside of my Copic comfort zone.

That’s all for today! Take care and stay safe!

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#; Canson XL Watercolor Paper; Soft Navy card stock by Simon Says Stamp
STAMPS: Robots 1 by Katelkraft; Download Food by Crafter’s Companion
INKS: Versafine Clare in Nocturn; Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
DIES: Simple Stackers by Penny Black
EMBELLISHMENTS: Nuvo Crystal Glaze by Tonic Studios; Steam Punk Gear Mix (available from Amazon – see below); Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios

More Sunflower Power!

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Hope you are doing well in whatever level of quarantine you find yourself in today. It’s a rainy week here so tomorrow’s roof repair has been postponed to next week. We’ve been keeping ourselves busy otherwise with projects around the house and garden. We sent rugs out to be cleaned, installed shelving in the basement, and redesigned the raised flower beds in the back yard. I’ve been cooking more, although I really miss the social aspect of eating out. Some days are busy and focused and other days nothing gets done. I supposed that’s just the rhythm of the days in these crazy times.

In the meantime, I’m looking for things that spark joy and keep me going through our new normal. For some reason right now, that seems to be sunflowers so I once again pulled out my trusty In Praise of Sunflowers stamp set by Power Poppy and got to work.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

To start, I stamped the sunflower and sentiment on white card stock using Versafine Clare in Nocturne, covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set the image. For the background, I blended Distress Ink in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, and Scattered Straw, working from left to right and letting it fade to white. That alone was a pretty background but I felt like it needed something more. So I overlaid the image with the Flourish stencil and blended Barn Door over Spiced Marmalade, Spiced Marmalade over the Fossilized Amber, and Fossilized Amber over the remaining white. I trimmed the panel down to 3.75 in. x 5.5 in. and added a piece of craft foam to the back to provide dimension when I put the card together.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

For the card edges, I used the Square Weave Pattern Stencil and ink blended the pattern along the top and bottom edge using Versafine Clare. I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

Rowhouse Greetings | Square Weave Pattern Stencil by Altenew

After putting the card together, I added a few sequins to add some sparkle.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

Well that’s it for today. Oh – did it mention that it’s Fun Friday over at Power Poppy? So take a look at the beautiful cards from the design team.

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Lisa Johansen
Stacy Morgan
Power Poppy Blog

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 80# & 110#
Stamps: In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy; M-Powering Words by Power Poppy
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Ink in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, and Scattered Straw by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Stencils: Flourish by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz; Square Weave Pattern Stencil by Altenew
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in Glacier White and Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios; Honey Bee Sequin Mix by Honey Bee Stamps
Adhesives: Beacons 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue; Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic Studios

You Can & You Will!

Rowhouse Greetings | Big Sexy Blooms by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Big Sexy Blooms and the M-Powering clear stamp sets by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

Full supply list for today’s project is shown below. 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 80# & 100#
Stamps: Big Sexy Blooms by Power Poppy; M-Powering Words by Power Poppy
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Oxide Inks in Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in White and Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios; Distress Micro Glaze by Ranger – Tim Holtz; Honey Dew Drops [RETIRED] by Honey Bee Stamps
Adhesives: Beacon 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue; Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic Studios
Miscellaneous: Craft Foam by Darice; Powder Tool by We R Memory Keepers