Old Festive Friends by My Favorite Things

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with something really different for me. If you saw my recent post on the Power Poppy blog for Inspire Me Monday, you’ll know that I’ve been bore with Copic coloring lately and more than a little overwhelmed with all of the new card making products that come out every month. As a teacher, I have to keep up with new products and there are so many new releases every month that sometimes it feels like I’m accumulating more stuff than I’m actually using.

And having full set syndrome doesn’t help. In addition to having a full set of Copic markers, I also have three full sets of colored pencils – Prismacolor Premier, Farber Castel Polychromos, and Caran d’Ache Luminance.

So I’ve been experimenting with my Prismacolor pencils more lately. I recently purchased the Old Festive Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things, mainly because I wanted to make a card for my brother’s upcoming birthday. He’s seven years older than me so my birthday cards for him usually reflect one of three themes: how lucky he is to have me as his sister; the fact that he’s my OLDER brother; or just the fact that he’s old. Yeah – the latter may be a little harsh, but he’s come to expect it from me!

So today’s project features:

  • Old Festive Friends by My Favorite Things
  • Colored pencils featuring Prismacolor Premier (colors listed below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
  • Supplies linked with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

I kept the overall design simple so that I could just focus on the coloring. I’m relatively new to colored pencils so I’m still working out technique and color blends. It helps that I’m experienced with Copic markers though because I didn’t have to put as much thought into color selection or shading since I followed the same concepts as if I were using my markers.

Rowhouse Greetings | Old Festive Friends by My Favorite Things

I won’t say that it was quick to do because coloring with pencils takes longer than markers, but once I blocked out the shadows and the highlights, the rest fell into place.

That’s all for me today! Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you next time!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

PRISMACOLOR:
Skin: Cream (PC914), Light Peach (PC927), Beige (PC997), Lilac (PC956)
Blue: Powder Blue (PC1087), Non-Photo Blue (PC919), Electric Blue (PC1040), Indanthrone Blue (PC208)
Green: Deco Yellow (PC1011), Chartreuse (PC989); Spring Green (PC913), Apple Green (PC912), Olive Green (PC911), Crimson Lake (PC925)
Red: Permanent Red (PC122), Crimson Red (PC924)
Brown: Burnt Ochre (PC943), Chestnut (PC1081), Black Raspberry (PC1095)
Grey: 20% Warm Grey (PC1051), 50% Warm Grey (PC1054), 70% Warm Grey (PC1056)

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.

Birthday Wishing by Colorado Craft Company

WELCOME BACK! I’m back today with a new card and coloring video featuring the Birthday Wishing stamp set by Anita Jeram. This image was one of the first release by Colorado Craft Company so I’m a little slow in joining the parade of cards highlighting this image. But better late than never!

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Birthday Wishing by Colorado Craft Company

With no further ado – here’s my Copic coloring video! [If the video doesn’t appear below, click here to watch it].

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: W0, W1, W3, W5 (rabbit); R30, R32, R35, R37 (balloon); YG03, YG17, YG67 (grass); B0000, B000, BG10 (sky)

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.

Inspire Me Monday – Party Essentials by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today with a new card and video for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Party Essentials Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

Supply list for today’s project is shown below. See you back here soon!

SUPPLIES

COPICS: BV00, RV55, RV63, RV66, Y02, Y15, Y19, G20, G21, G24, B00, B02, B04

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.

You’re my Jam by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today I’m sharing a project that features the RAM You’re My Jam stamp set which was part of the new release by My Favorite Things. My friend Susan Itell over at Simple Stamping fell in love with this stamp set and asked if I would do a Zoom session with her to color it. Susan adored the card made by MFT design team member Angelica Conrad, who graciously shared the Copic colors she used on her card. So to prepare for our Zoom session, I went ahead and colored the images myself, using Angelica’s marker choices as the basis for my color scheme and adding in a few more of my own.

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | You're My Jam by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Making the Card

I find that the E markers are more difficult to blend. Lighter E colors tend to shatter the blending when used with darker colors so that I end up layering and re-layering to get a smooth blend. This time, I used tip to tip blending and had a much easier time with the blending.

For tip to tip blending, select two markers in your blend (dark/medium or medium/light) and hold the lighter marker in your dominant hand (i.e. the hand you write with). Using the light marker, pick up some of the ink from the tip of the darker marker. When you color, you will have a tone that is a blend of the two markers that will make it easier to transition from dark to light.

When finishing the card, I added a strip sentiment from the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set. It was a little wide for my layout so I trimmed off the top sentiment row from the stamped image. I backed it with a band of solid cardstock as well as a band of striped design paper to finish off the design.

That’s all for me today! Hope you enjoyed this fun project. See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies For You’re My Jam!

COPICS: E11, E21, E51 (hedgehog face); E70, E74, E79 (hedgehog fur); BG93, BG96 (turtle face, neck, feet); YG61, YG63, YG67 (turtle shell); E21, E23, E25, E51 (squirrel); E04, E11, E21, E50, E51 (rabbit); B40, E41, E42, E43, E44 (bear); B00, B23 (flag, bird); R32, R35, E37, Y21, Y35, Y38 (drum)

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.

Persian Motifs Stamp Set by Altenew

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just a quick post today. It’s Sunday morning and I’m trying to regain some order in my house. Next month we’re having built in cabinetry and closets installed in our second bedroom so this house will finally have some storage and THREE new closets. Woo-hoo!

But in the meantime, we need to pare down our belongings, paint the room, break down and move out the existing wardrobes and all the other stuff that you do to prepare for home renovations. Luckily, there will be a craft yard sale at Photo Scraps on Sunday, October 18 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM where yours truly will have a table. I’ll be selling gently loved stamps, dies, storage containers and my spare IKEA Raskog cart. The yard sale will be held out in the parking lot so bring your mask and hand sanitizer. And shop early for the best deals!

So back to the project at hand! When I was looking through my stamps, I came across the Altenew Persian Motif stamp set that has been languishing in my stash. So I pulled out a water brush and some distress inks and got to work. I’ve linked the supplies for today’s project with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

  • Persian Motifs by Altenew [SC | AN]
  • Good Wishes by Penny Black [SC]
  • Heat embossing and water coloring with Distress Inks
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below

Step by Step for Persian Motifs

  • Cut card base from heavy weight white cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and score at 5.5″ for a top fold card.
  • Cut dark gray card stock to 4.25″ x 5.5″
  • Trim watercolor paper to 4″ x 5.25″
  • Stamp image on watercolor paper using clear embossing ink.
  • Immediately cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Smoosh each color of Distress Ink — Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry — on craft mat.
  • For leaves, pick up a small amount of Twisted Citron on a water brush and base coat stems and leaves. Allow ink to dry.
  • Pick up a small amount of Peeled Paint on brush and apply to deepen base of leaves and stems.
  • Reapply both colors as necessary to achieve the desired shades.
  • For petals, pick up a small amount of Tattered Rose to base coat petals.
  • Pick up a small amount of Worn Lipstick on brush and apply to deepen base of petals and areas where petals overlap.
  • Pick up a small amount of Picked Raspberry on brush and apply to the deepest areas of petals.
  • Reapply colors as necessary to achieve desired shades.
  • Allow ink to dry.
  • Stamp sentiment with gray pigment ink and immediately cover with clear embossing powder. Heat set sentiment.
  • Apply craft foam to back of image with a strong craft glue.
  • Glue gray card stock to card base.
  • Glue image to center of card as show.
  • Add dewdrops, sequins or other embellishments as desired using a clear drying craft glue.
Rowhouse Greetings | Persian Motifs by Altenew

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

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!