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)

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Inspire Me Monday at Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Va-Va-Valentines by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Va-Va-Valentines 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!

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with a new card featuring the Hyacinth Bulb in Glass Digital Stamp by Power Poppy. As you can see, I’m finally moving away from holiday cards and starting to color spring flowers again.

Today’s project features:

  • Hyacinth Bulb in Glass Digital Stamp by Power Poppy
  • Azaleas Clear Stamp Set [sentiment – stamp set now RETIRED] by Power Poppy
  • Copic coloring (marker list shown below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Hyacinth Bulb in Glass by Power Poppy

My style tends to be clean and simple although lately I’ve been experimenting with more complex designs. However, I wanted this image to be front and center without distraction so I stuck to a relatively simple layout.

Rowhouse Greetings | Hyacinth Bulb in Glass by Power Poppy

And be sure you take a look at the Power Poppy projects from my teammates in the Bloom Brigade!

Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

That’s all for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: BV00, BV13, B69 (flower combo 1); B60, B63, B66 (flower combo 2); V12, V15, V17 (flower combo 3); V20, V22, V28 (flower combo 4); G20, G24, G28 (leaves); BV23, E21, E23, E27 (bulb); BG0000, BG10, B000 (glass); BV20, BV23 (shadow)

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.