Just Because by PinkFresh Studio

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE! Just a quick post today. This morning I took my husband to get a pedicure and took several incriminating photos to show his pals! He enjoyed it, but is too cool to admit it! 🙂 At any rate, I’m getting a late start posting to the blog today. However, I did some late night coloring and wanted to show you my latest card featuring the stamp set Just Because by PinkFresh Studio. I’m a big fan of PinkFresh Studio and I’ve been buying up a lot of their stamps and stencil sets. This particular stamp set was one that I picked up at The Ink Pad during our trip to New York City several weeks ago. As always, I’ve linked most of the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you. 

Today’s project features:

  • Just Because by PinkFresh Studio
  • Copic coloring (see marker list below)
  • Additional supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Just Because by Pinkfresh Studio

I used a few different marker combinations for the flowers. The colors are close, but I didn’t want them to all look alike so I varied the markers to add more interest. I did the same with the leaves, creating two different combinations, but I think they were too close, so you can’t see as much variation. Live and learn!

Recently, I purged most of the patterned cardstock in my stash. I had so much of it and it just wasn’t getting used. I have a hard time mixing and matching patterns – it’s just not my forte. So I eliminated almost all of the single patterned sheets from my stash and kept my paper pads. Less confusing and easier to store. The Sizzix paper pad that I used here is a particular favorite. It has lots of elegant and subtle patterns in coordinating colors, making paper selection much easier.

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: R30, R32 (flower combo 1); R30, R32, R35 (flower combo 2); R00, R21 (flower combo 3); G20, G24, G28 (leaf combo 1); G40, G43, G46 (leaf combo 2); Y000 (highlights)

Rowhouse Greetings | Color map for Just Because by Pinkfresh Studio

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Folk Garden by Pinkfresh Studio (and a road trip!)

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today, I have a new project featuring the Folk Garden stamp set by Pinkfresh Studio, but this card comes with a back story. A couple of weekends ago, we woke up early and decided that a road trip would be the perfect way to spend the day since things are starting to open up again. Last year, I was in contact with Anna, the owner of The Ink Pad located in the Chelsea section of New York City. She loved the Mary Engelbreit box that I had created and asked about using the photos to promote the stamps in her store. Of course, I said yes! I looked up the store and thought it would be a fun trip, but we were in the midst of the pandemic so traveling to New York was out of the question.

Scott remembered that we had discussed visiting a stamp store in New York. After consulting Google, we realized that the trip was roughly the same distance as going to the beach so we knew we were within day trip parameters. So we jumped into the car, stopped at Starbucks for fortification, and off we went!

They must have wondered what blew in the door! My husband started taking pictures immediately and I just wandered around in awe. The store is small, but it’s a crafter’s paradise. Anna is my new BFF and the rest of her staff are a delight! She was surprised, but happy that some random couple jumped into the car and drove three hours just to see (and shop!) at her store.

The walls are packed with a wide variety of wood mounted rubber stamps. Now, I love wood mounted stamps, but as you all know, I live in a shoebox with limited storage so I shifted my attention to their inventory of clear stamps. I’m seriously crushing on Pinkfresh Studio right now and Anna had several of the stamps I’ve been looking for. So you know those stamps were immediately snatched up!

Our trip was impulsive, but well worth the time. We’ll definitely be back to visit Anna and her crew!

So today’ project features some of the goodies that I bought at The Ink Pad:

  • Folk Garden by Pinkfresh Studio
  • Just Because by Pinkfresh Studio (sentiment)
  • Copic coloring (see 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 | Folk Garden by Pinkfresh Studio

I’m back to playing with my Copics. Actually, I was afraid that if I waited too long, I’d fall out of practice. I’ll admit that it took a few tries to get back in the groove with my markers. That green is a new to me combination (YG01, YG05, YG09) and I love the freshness of the combination. I think that one will stay in my marker combination rotation.

That’s all for me today! I’m off to lunch with my parents! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: B12, B24, B26 (flowers); YG01, YG05, YG09 (leaves)


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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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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 Picture Perfect by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just a quick post today. I’ve not been doing much Copic coloring lately and I’m getting a little rusty. When I was working, I colored every evening, but now that I’m retired, there are so many other things capture my time and attention. So I decided that I needed to dedicate some time again for coloring so that my hand would keep it’s muscle memory!

So today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Picture Perfect by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Our household includes three tuxedo cats so I’m always on the lookout for fun feline images. And this image captures the personalities of our cats. Poppy in particular would love to be able to take selfies!

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Picture Perfect by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I’m about to brave the cold (a blustery 28 degrees!) and go visit my parents so that’s all for me today. See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

COPICS: Wo, W2, W4, W6, R20 (left cat); C0, C4, C6, C8, R20 (right cat); R14, R24, R46 (collars); Y32, Y38, YR04 (bell); YG11, YG13, YG17 (grass); B0000, B000, BG0000, 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.