Be Creative (Again) by Colorado Craft Company

WELCOME BACK FRIENDS! I’m loving these Anita Jeram images from Colorado Craft Company so I decided to color the stamp set Be Creative this time using Copic markers. I have a new Copic coloring video for you as well so pull out those markers and get coloring!

I also recently colored this image using Karin Brushmarkers and you can see that project here. Speaking of which, I’m going to be teaching a Karin Brushmarker class at The Queen’s Ink later in the month that will be featuring Anita Jeram images. I’ll have more information on that class shortly.

Today’s Project Features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini by Colorado Craft Company

Video Tutorial

I’m going to jump right to the coloring because I have a new video for you. The markers are listed in the video as well as in the supply list below.

[If the video doesn’t appear below, click HERE to watch it. 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.]

Be Creative How-Tos

  • For the card base, cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and score at 5.5″ for a top fold card.
  • Cut a piece of solid cardstock to 4″ x 5.25″ (I used Limelight Prestige Cardstock by MFT Stamps).
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75″ x 5″.
  • Cut a piece of pattern paper to 3.75″ x 2″ (I used a sheet from the Summertime Polka Dots 6×6 paper pad by MFT Stamps which has been retired).
  • Cut a piece of coordinating patter paper to 3.75″ x 1″ (I used a sheet from the Black & White Stripes 6×6 paper pad by MFT Stamps).
  • Stamp the image from Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini on a Copic friendly paper with a Copic compatible ink (here I used Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100# Cardstock with Hero Arts Intense Black).
  • Color image with Copic markers (see marker list below and video for additional instruction).
  • Trim top of image with the Notebook Border Die from Taylored Expressions. Trim remaining image to desired size (mine is approximately 2-5/8″ x 4.25″)
  • Arrange on card background elements on card front as shown. I applied craft foam to the back of the white cardstock layer and the image layer for added dimension.
Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini by Colorado Craft Company

Supplies for Be Creative (Again)

COPICS: W1, W3, W5 (mouse); B12, B24, B26, B37, Y23, Y26, C3, C5 (brush); YG11, YG13, YG17 (ground); BG0000, B0000, BG10 (sky); BV20 (shadows)

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High Flying Adventure by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another card featuring the High-Flying Adventure stamp set by My Favorite Things. This stamp sent reminded me of my husband. Every time we get in the car, my husband and I joke that we are off on another adventure. Usually those adventures are on the ground, but a couple of summers ago, we had the opportunity to fly to Tangier Island, a small island community in the Chesapeake Bay accessible only by air or by ferry boat. A friend of my husband is a pilot with a single-prop plane and he offered to take us along on one of his trips to the island.

Our high-flying adventure to Tangier Island, Summer 2018

I’m not a good flyer — in fact, I don’t like to fly at all — so I was hesitant to go along. I knew that I would regret not going, so after a lot of reassurances from the pilot, I decided to go.

Flying in a small plane is not the same as flying in a commercial airliner. We flew at a much lower altitude so we could see the details of the landscape below us. On the one hand, it was interesting, but if you are also afraid of heights like I am, you want to be either a lot closer to the ground or high enough that you don’t see it! But after awhile, I relaxed enough to enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective.

We walked around the island, had lunch with the locals, and thoroughly enjoyed our day. If I hadn’t gone, I would have missed out on a memorable high-flying adventure!

Our high-flying adventure to Tangier Island, Summer 2018

TODAY’S PROJECT

OK – so back to the topic at hand. Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | High Flying Adventure by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

DIRECTIONS

SUPPLY LIST for HIGH FLYING ADVENTURE

COPICS: E31, E33, E37 (bunnies); B12, B24, B26, B39, R24, R46, R89(plane); N8 (tires); Y15, Y19, YR04 (yellow flag); R24 (striped flag)

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Anita Jeram Be Creative – Colorado Craft Company

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with something a little different. First of all, no Copics! Second, it’s me, watercoloring! How did that happen? Like many of you, I adore the new Anita Jeram stamps from Colorado Craft Company. Although they would look just fine colored with Copic markers, they really need the flowy softness of watercolors. I recently took at class at The Queen’s Ink using Karin Brushmarker Pro brush pens and decide they would be perfect for this image.

Today’s project features:

ANITA JERAM BE CREATIVE

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini by Colorado Craft Company

I stamped the image and sentiments on a piece of on Canson Aquarelle Watercolor paper using Versafine Clare Ink. Since watercolor paper has a texture, it’s really best to use a stamping tool such as a Misti because you will probably need to stamp the image multiple times to get a crisp image.

I used the wet-on-wet method for watercoloring, applying clean water to the area to be colored with a No. 4 round Silver Black Velvet Brush. Then I lightly touched the tip of the Brushmarker Pro marker to the damp paper to apply color, allowing the ink to wick outward. I used my brush to move the ink where I wanted the color to be.

You could use a waterbrush, but I really like my Silver Black Velvet Brushes (I have various sizes of their round brushes) and wanted to try them out here.

I applied the color in layers. For the first layer, I simply blocked out where the various colors would go. Then I applied additional layers of ink to deepen colors or add depth and shadows. I allowed the ink to dry thoroughly before applying the next layer.

FINISHING THE CARD

After the layers were complete and thoroughly dry, I trimmed the watercolor paper with one of the dies in the Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set by My Favorite Things. I thought it added a nice detail to the edges.

For the background, I cut another piece of watercolor paper to A2 size. Then I picked a couple of the markers used in the image, scribbled the ink on a piece of acetate, and spritzed it with clean water. Next, I dabbed the acetate on the watercolor paper, creating ink blotches as shown. I prefer this method rather than smooching the paper into the ink. I think that you get more texture and variety in the ink blot pattern and it’s easier to control the end result. You can add multiple layers but be sure you dry the layer carefully with a heat gun before moving onto the next.

To finish, I glued a piece of craft foam to the back of the image to pop it up from the background. I adhered the card front to a card base and that finished off the card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Be Creative Mini by Colorado Craft Company

SO WHAT’S NEXT?

Well, I’m popping this card in the mail to my friend Wendy Taylor-Aspinall. A few weeks ago, she was a guest artist on Kae Pea’s Creative comMOONity blog and created beautiful Love Art Dolls using ArtFoamies stamps. Afterwards, she graciously sent the doll on the far left to me so I thought this card would be the perfect thank you note. Be sure you pop over to her blog post where she posted a video showing how she made these dolls.

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

BRUSHMARKERS: Henna, Almond #216, Soft Peach #200 (mouse); Royal Blue #045, Rosewood #272, Almond #216, Black #030 (paint brush); Artic Blue #264 (sky); Apple #210 (grass); Apple #210, Royal Blue #045, Black #030 (splattered background)
NOTE: I believe that Soft Peach #200 has been renamed to Skin 1 #200 so I linked it below.

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BB You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! Just a quick post today – we’ll be off shortly so that my husband can get his second Covid-19 vaccination. My parents will also finish their vaccinations this month. I’m glad (and relieved) that a vaccine is available to protect them. So I’m leaving you with a project featuring one of my favorite stamps from My Favorite Things – BB You Gnome Me.

Today’s project features:

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a card using the Jingle All the Way stamp set by My Favorite Things. The face and beard are very similar between the Santa and the gnomes so if you can color one, you can color the other. If you need some help, I have a video on my YouTube channel for Jingle All the Way.

Rowhouse Greetings | You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I used the Friend and Friendship Die-namics for the main part of the sentiment, but found that I didnt have any coordinating blue cardstock. So I cut the sentiment out three times from white cardstock and glued the layers together. Then I colored the letters with the same blue Copic markers used on the image to create an ombre effect. Finally, I glued the letters in place and the result was a die cut that coordinated perfectly with my color scheme.

Rowhouse Greetings | You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

And now I’m off and running to start my week! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies for BB You Gnome Me

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 (skin); B02, B04, B05, B26 (hat, pants & suspenders); Y38 (buttons); N0, N1 (shirt); N6, N8 (boots); R14, R24, R46, R59 (flower pot); Y38, R81, R83 (flower); YG13, YG17 (leaves)

Supplies for today’s project are linked to multiple sources at the end of this post. Product links may also be displayed in the brackets following the product name. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Yep – it’s true! Today’s card is a holiday card. It was snowing when I created this so I thought – why not? I’ve been tempted to make holiday cards ever since I straightened up last week and came across all of the holiday stamps that I bought and never got around to coloring. Not to mention, all of the holiday favorites that I didn’t make this past year. So I put aside my spring flower stamps and pulled out an oldie but goodie – Jingle all the Way by My Favorite Things.

Today’s project features:

  • Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things [retired, but still available from a few online stores]
  • Merry Merry by Avery Elle [retired, but still available from a few online stores]
  • Copic coloring (marker list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
  • Supplies linked with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Coloring Video

This Santa is one of my favorite holiday images so I’ve put together a short video to show how I color it.

Step by Step Directions for Jingle All the Way

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 (skin); R14. R24, R46, R89 (jacket & pants); R14. R24, R46, R89, T0, T1 (hat); T0, T1 (beard); T4, T6, T8 (belt, gloves, boots); Y38 (belt buckle)

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.