Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle by Stampendous

I’ve amassed a rather large collection of Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous so I’ve been slowly working my way through them, either coloring them on my own or using them in classes with my students. The image featured here – Leopard Jungle – was one that I used yesterday in my Copic class at The Queen’s Ink.

I decided that I didn’t want to always teach a traditional coloring class – one where the majority of the card was either colored with Copic markers or technique driven (how to color wood, how to color water, how to add texture, etc.). Since I’ve been exploring mixed media, I decided to include my students on my journey. Luckily, they’ve been enthusiastic about joining me on this path.

I’ve also amassed a stockpile of stencils, Distress Inks pads, and jars of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and managed to use a little of each in this card! I used Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock as the base and blended Distress Oxides from bottom to top using Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple. For blending, one of my students recommended the Nuvo Blending Sponges, which I find much easier to use than the round Ranger Mini Blending Tool. After the inks were dry, I used a palette knife to apply Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the stencil. This added a smooth, shimmery background with just a hint of color.

The image was stamped on Copic X-Press It paper and colored using the markers listed below. I kept the coloring fairly simple since there was already a lot going on visually between the image itself and the stenciled background. Once the coloring was completed, I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the stenciled base using Thin 3-D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives.

Stay tuned – the Laurel Burch Mermaid is coming up next!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle by Stampendous
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Tribal Shapes by Hero Arts
Embellishments: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl
Copics:  Y32, Y35, Y38, E07, E21, E23, YG06, B02 (leopard); BG14, YG06 (fronds); E07, Y38 (tree trunks); B01, B02, B04, B66 (flower); V01, V04 (flower)

New Class! Mythical Horses Featuring Laurel Burch, July 31, 2018 at The Queen’s Ink

I am returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, July 31st to teach a new Copic marker class featuring the Laurel Burch Wild Horses and Aquatic Horses stamps from Stampendous. In this class, the emphasis will be on adding heat embossing to compliment your Copic coloring. 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, July 31, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch WIld Horses by Stampendous 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
  • RV52: Cotton Candy
  • RV55: Holly Hock
  • RV63: Begonia
  • R32: Peach
  • R35: Coral
  • R37: Carmine
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • B00: Frost Blue
  • B01: Mint Blue
  • B02: Robin’s Egg Blue
  • B63: Light Hydrangea
  • B66: Clematis
  • B79: Iris
  • E30: Bisque
  • 0: Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring 2 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills), liquid glue that dries clear (such as Ranger Multi Medium Matte), scissors suitable for fussy cutting, foam adhesive squares, and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

New Class! Colorful Tropics Featuring Laurel Burch, June 26, 2018 at The Queen’s Ink

I am returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, June 26th to teach a Copic marker class featuring Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous!. I will lead the class through the creation of two cards, highlighting the use of other media such as stencils, embellishment mousse, and embossing powders to create backgrounds to compliment your Copic coloring. 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 26, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Mermaid by Stampendous!

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle by Stampendous!

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.

  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • YR04: Chrome Orange
  • YG06: Yellowish Green
  • BG13: Mint Green
  • B01: Mint Blue
  • B02: Robin’s Egg Blue
  • B04: Tahitian Blue
  • B66: Clematis
  • V01: Heath
  • V04: Lilac
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Skin White
  • E07:  Light Mahogany
  • E21: Soft Sun
  • E23: Hazelnut
  • 0: Colorless blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring 2-3 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills), liquid glue that dries clear (such as Ranger Multi Medium Matte), scissors suitable for fussy cutting, foam adhesive squares, and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

Copics and Stencils and Stamping! Oh my!

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny BlackI’ve been doing a lot of coloring lately in preparation for upcoming classes, but a few days ago, I took time today to step back and focus on expanding my own range and skills. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with creating backgrounds using stencils, embossing powders, distress inks, and various other media. This is a big step for me – my card designs have always been so pared down that adding sequins was as close as I ever came to mixed media. But I’m intrigued by all the new embellishing, embossing, and texturing products coming on the market and decided it was time to start incorporating them into my projects.

So I pulled out a new stamp in my stash – Happy Together by Penny Black – and decided to color the image of the potted cacti. I wish I had taken photos while I was coloring, but frankly I wasn’t really sure where I was going with this and the coloring just evolved along the way. After stamping the images with Memento Ink, I drew a cast shadow along each of the cacti and pots in BV20 and BV23, but changed my mind and decided to add stippling in W1, W3, W5, and E30. However, I looked at that big expanse of white above the stamped image and decided that I had to turn this image into some sort of scene.

My new love affair with texture pastes has resulted in the purchase of several new stencils. It happened that one of my recent purchases included the Bricked stencil by Tim Holtz. I taped the stencil in place and used Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Pumice Stone to create the pattern. I got as close as I could to the plants without overlapping them with the stencil pattern. After I removed the stencil, I used my blending tool to lightly sweep a little Weathered Wood to soften the remaining white background of the card stock. I blended out the earlier stipling with W1, W3, and E30 to merge into the bricks, combining the earlier background attempt and the new stenciling into one coherent scene. At this point, I was pretty pleased with myself and actually did take an interim photograph shown below.

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny Black

I debated adding a little texture paste to the stencil, but I wasn’t sure how it would react with the X-Press It Blending Card that I had used when I stamped the image. While I’m the first to say “it’s just paper,” I felt that I was too far along at this point for that level of experimentation. So I’m saving the texture paste for another project.

Next, I had to decide on the color scheme for the plants. I debated using bright colors, but decided to stick to a softer, more subtle color scheme. I first colored the two terracotta pots in E30, E31, E33, E35, and E57. I decided that I’d use G40, G43, and G46 for the first cactus, repeating the combination on the other similar cacti. I decided that I wanted to go a little darker for more contrast so I added G85 to the blend. I left a white line around the inside edge of the image as a highlight that I later colored with G20, R00, and Y02 to add highlights. A little R32 and R35 on the flowers provided a pop of color.

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny Black

For the second plant, I base coated the leaves with YG11, gradually working darker with G00, G02, and adding highlights with Y02 and V000.

I decided that I wanted another pop of color so I used R000, R00, R01, and R02 to color the center pot. I later added R05 to deepen the color and a little Y02 to brighten the highlight. For the plant I used YG11 and BG72, a combination that I probably wouldn’t use over a large area, but worked here to depict a highlight and a contrasting low light. I randomly added Y02 to brighten the colors.

The fourth pot reminded me of one that I’ve seen in my local gardening center which for some reason is only ever available in aqua so I used BG000, B000, BG01, and BG02. I used BV01 and BV02 to add depth and to emphasize the pattern on the pot.

I decided that I wanted the fifth pot to be a burnished gold color so I used Y21, Y23, Y26, and Y28 to achieve the golden color. It’s hard to achieve depth when coloring with yellow, so I overpainted the yellow with BV01 and BV02 to add some depth, accentuating the curve of the pot. The final plant was colored using G40, G43, and G46, adding Y02 and R01 to the highlights.

I tried to repeat colors across the entire image to provide some continuity. With that in mind, I swept a little E20, Y02, and R00 randomly on the stenciled bricks to tie the Distress Ink shades into the Copic colors.

After the main coloring was complete, I used BV20 and BV23 to add cast shadows and to deepen areas that needed to recede into the background. A little BV00 on the terracotta pots added a bit of a weathered look to the surface.

It took me several hours (and a lot of markers!) to complete this card, but I think the time and effort was worth it in the end. Hope my project inspires you to try something new!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Happy Together (*) by Penny Black; Grateful Heart (*) by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Weathered Wood, Tea Dye, and Pumice Stone.
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Layering Stencil – Bricked by Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz
Copics: BV01, BV02, BV20, BV23, V000, R000, R00, R01, R02, R05, R32, R35, Y02, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, YG11, G00, G02, G20, G40, G43, G46, G85, BG000, BG01, BG02, BG72, B000, E30, E31, E33, E35, E57, W1, W3, W5

 

New Class! Hello Spring – May 1st, 2018 at the Queen’s Ink

I’m returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, May 1st to teach a Copic marker class featuring stamps from Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz. In this class, the emphasis will be on creating simple backgrounds to compliment your Copic coloring. 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 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flower Garden Rowhouse Greetings | Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flower Garden Rowhouse Greetings | Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flower Garden

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.

  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • R32: Peach
  • R35: Coral
  • B32: Pale Blue
  • B34: Manganese Blue
  • BG000: Pale Aqua
  • E21: Soft Sun
  • E25: Caribe Cocoa
  • 0: Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring 2-3 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills), liquid glue that dries clear (such as Ranger Multi Medium Matte), scissors suitable for fussy cutting, foam adhesive squares, and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

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