BB Christmas Selfies by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! As you can see, I’m still in holiday card mode. I recently placed an order with My Favorite Things and decided to put some of those goodies to use.

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Christmas sELFies by My Favorite Things

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

Today’s project features:

Coloring the Image

To start, I stamped the image on X-Press It Blending Card using Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Shadow Black [AZ]. I’ve been experimenting with different black inks that are Copic compatible and I like this hybrid ink (I also like Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and Hero Arts Intense Black). All three are much crisper than Memento Ink (the old standby). I still prefer Versafine for stamping sentiments, but I find these inks to be perfectly acceptable for that purpose as well.

I’ve got a coloring video for you today. So sit back with your favorite beverage and take a look!

To be honest, I may have made the coloring look a little harder than it really is. I got hung up on blending the scarf, but I left it all in the video because I think it’s important to show that even Copic instructors don’t always get it right on the first try. But with a little patience, it came out right in the end.

After coloring the image, I trimmed the paper down to the black border around the image. I used the Polaroid Shaker Frame Die-namics [MFT] to cut out the photo frame from white cardstock and adhered it to the image. Afterwards, I backed the combined image and frame with a piece of craft foam [AZ] for dimension and set it aside.

Creating the Background

For the background, I cut a sheet of Grout Gray Card Stock [MFT] from My Favorite Things to 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches. The solid background looked too plain so I decided to create a subtle pattern using the Brush Splatter Background [MFT] by My Favorite Things. I couldn’t decide whether to use white or silver embossing powder so I ended up using both. I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed the image using Nuvo Embossing Powder in Glazier White [AZ]. The background was still too plain so I turned the cardstock upside down and heat embossed it a second time using Brutus Monroe’s Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Sterling [BM]. This not only added interest to the background, but some shine as well.

I selected various prints from the Sweet Celebration 6×6 Paper Pack [MFT] by My Favorite Things to arrange behind the focal image. As you can probably tell, I based my marker selection on the color scheme of this paper pack. It’s one of the few times that I actually had the forethought to pick out my design papers first so that I wasn’t scrambling to find something to match after I had already coloring the image!

That’s it for today – hope you found some inspiration! See you soon.

SUPPLIES

Copics: W0, W1, W3, W8, E30, RV11 (bear); RV04, RV09, RV59 (hat); RV04, RV09, RV59, BG09, BG32, BG15 (scarf); Y15, Y19, YR04 (ribbon); BG09, BG78 (background)

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!

Winter Present by Mo’s Digital Pencil

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another holiday card featuring a digital stamp from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I’ve long been a fan of Maurie Manning and I have many of her (still to be colored) images in my stash. She’s an award winning children’s book author and illustrator and I’m thrilled that she shares her art as digital stamps on her site – Mo’s Digital Pencil – and as cling stamps by Penny Black.

Today’s project features:

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Winter Presents Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil

The image was printed on X-Press It Blending Card [AZ] and colored with Copic markers (see list below). Afterwards, I used the medium die in the Nordic Frames die set [GR] from The Greetery to trim the image layer. I backed it with a piece of craft foam [AZ] for dimension and set it aside.

Rowhouse Greetings | Winter Presents Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil

For the background, I cut a piece of Blue Yonder Prestige Cardstock (MFT) to A2 size. I stenciled the background using the Petite Snow Stencil [NN] from Newton’s Nook and Glitz Glitter Gel in White [GKD] from Gina K. Design. It added interest and texture to the background without distracting from the central image.

Rowhouse Greetings | Winter Presents Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil

That’s it for me today! See you soon!

SUPPLIES

Copics: E000, E00, E02, E04, E97 (skin); B12, N3, N5, N8 (hair); R24, R29, R32, R59 (hat, scarf & mittens); YG03, YG17, YG67, Y38 (jacket); B12, N3, N5, N8 (boots); B12, B24, B26, B39 (bow); N0, N3, Y38 (present); B0000, BG10, BV000, 0 (background); BV000 (ground/shadow)

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!

Star Powered by RubberMoon Stamps

100 Moons Creative Collab

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! This is my first post as a member of the 100 Moons Creative Collaborative! I’m here today with a project featuring a variety of stamps from RubbermoonArtFoamies, and 100 Proof Press.

I’ve been making a lot of cards lately. In these days of social distancing, sending happy mail can really brighten someone’s day.

This card has a little bit of everything going on – stamping, heat embossing, die cutting, and Copic coloring. The featured image is Jone Hallmark Star-Powered by RubberMoon. I used A LOT of products and supplies (so don’t faint when you see the supply list) but I bet that most of it is stuff readily available in your craft room. So if you don’t have the exact product that I used, I suspect you already have a great substitute.

Rowhouse Greetings | Jone Hallmark Star Powered by RubberMoon Stamps

FEATURING

I never remember to take process photos of my projects, so I often rely on videos to show you what I’ve done. I broke up the project into three parts, giving you plenty of time for breaks and to grab your beverage of choice. The videos are in real time so you can simply watch or check out the supply list below and craft along with me. So pull up a comfy chair and let’s roll the video!

Whew! That was a lot! But aren’t you glad you stuck it out to the end?!?

That’s it for me today. Hope you found some crafty inspiration! See you next time!

Please feel free to share your creations using #rubbermoon #100proofpress #artfoamies #100moonscollab on your social media. We will be so happy to see what you make with Rubbermoon,  100 Proof Press, and  Artfoamies products.

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. Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock by Ranger
Stamps: Jone Hallmark Star-Powered by RubberMoon Stamps (*) by RubberMoon Stamps; Kae Pea – Microcosms by ArtFoamies; Flutterby Designs – Patterns by ArtFoamies; Honeycomb Texture Background (*) by 100 Proof Press; Magic Stars (*) by 100 Proof Press; Scatter Art (*) by 100 Proof Press; Saturn Rubber Stamp (*) by ShockShack
Inks: Intense Black by Hero Arts; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Delicata in Rose Gold and Golden Glitz by Tsukineko; Distress Oxides in Speckled Egg, Peacock Feathers, and Chipped Sapphire by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Detail Gold by Stampendous; Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Sterling by Brutus Monroe; Nuvo Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios; Uni Posca Paint Pen in White
Adhesives: My Stik Repositionable Tape by Scrapbook Adhesives; Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic Studios
Tools: MISTI by My Sweet Petunia; EK Success Powder Tool; Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes
Miscellaneous: Craft Foam by Darice
Copics: E21 (skin); YG03, YG17, YG63 (jacket); C4, C6 (hat); R24, R29, R59, B12, B24, B26, Y35, Y38 (plane); B12, B24, B26 (flag)

Geometric Mandala by The Hedgehog Hollow

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with my second project as a guest designer today over at The Hedgehog Hollow.  My project features the Geometric Mandala stamp from the June 2020 subscription box. When I first saw it, I immediately thought of a color wheel so I pulled out my Copic markers and got to work.


I selected one of the 6×6 design papers included in the subscription box and stamped the image with Copic friendly ink using my MISTI stamping tool. I’m going to be stamping this image twice — once before coloring and a second time after — so a stamping tool is really a necessity here. 

Now I’ll admit up front that I used a lot of markers – after all, there are 13 circles to color. But this is also a great image to practice your Copic blending so just pick marker combinations from your collection and have some fun. New to Copic blending? Never fear! I’ll show you in the video below.

When you finish coloring the image, you could just select a sentiment and assemble the card, but I wanted my stamped lines to be bolder. So I placed the image back in my MISTI, stamped the image with Versafine Ink (Nocturne) and immediately covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder. Once I heat set the image, the lines were more prominent and I was happier with the results. 

I was in need of a birthday card so I selected one of the sentiments in the Simple Strips – Birthday stamp from Taylored Expressions. I stamped the image with Versafine ink. Once again, I covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the sentiment. I used the coordinating Simple Strips Die to create the banner. I adhered the image to the card base and used the Foam Sticky Strips from Taylored Expressions to add to the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! 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. Thanks so much! Read more.

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. 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