MFT Superstar Challenge – Clean & Simple Genius

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with a card that I created for entry into the My Favorite Things 2019 Card Design Superstar in the Clean & Simple Genius category. I decided to use the Recipe for Happiness stamp set by My Favorite Things. I love the chef in this stamp set and decided that it was time to feature him on a card!

I started by selecting one of the multi-colored striped papers from the Party Patterns 6×6 Paper Pack from My Favorite Things so that I would have a working color scheme. I added a two toned patterned paper from the Sweet Celebrations 6×6 Paper Pack by My Favorite Things and a solid card stock from Bazzill. I trimmed the paper into blocks to form an simple mosaic measuring roughly 4 in. x 3.5 in. After laying out the background patterned, I decided that it needed one more element, so I cut a small polka dot banner flag from a sheet in the Party Patterns pack.

I colored the image using Copic markers (listed below). I used warm grays for the chef’s coat and hat, but added E30 to brighten the color and adjust it to coordinate with the skin tones. I pulled other colors from the patterned card stock for the pants, scarf and bowl to tie all the colors together. I added a sentiment from the same stamp set on the bottom of the card using Versafine ink.

Hope you got some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . 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.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110; Hammermill Color Copy 100#; Party Patterns 6×6 Paper Pack by My Favorite Things; Sweet Celebrations 6×6 Paper Pack by My Favorite Things; Bazzill Cardstock in Vibrant Blue
Stamp: Recipe for Happiness by My Favorite Things
Ink: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs
Copics: E50, E51, E11, E04 (skin); W1, W3, W5, E30 (hat and coat); B91, B93, B95 (pants); RV55, RV63, RV66 (scarf)

New Class! Hello & Hugs – Photo Scraps

Join me for a new workshop where we will be playing with embossing powder and ink blending to create quick and easy cards. In this class, you will create five backgrounds using various techniques that you can transform into lovely greeting cards with the addition of sentiments and die cuts from Poppy Stamps. Seats are limited – sign up today! CLASS FEE $29

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Sunday, September 15, 2019 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Thursday, September 19, 2019 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

Bring to Class

  • Waterbrush (filled with water)
  • One disposable ink blender (such as Ranger Ink Blending Tools). Do not use a blending brush.
  • Distress Oxides in Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes  
  • Scissors
  • Foam Squares (such as Gina K. Designs Foam Squares or Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Squares)
  • Tape runner
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Connect Glue by Gina K. Designs or Ranger Multi Medium Matte)

New Class! Coloring With Copics – Techniques for Clothing – Queen’s Ink

Join me for a new Copic markers class focusing on techniques for coloring drop folds in clothing. In this class, you will make two cards featuring stamps from Stamping Bella with emphasis on basic Copic techniques. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!   CLASS FEE $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Copic Markers to Bring to Class

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • BV00: Mauve Shadow
  • V12: Pale Lilac
  • V15: Mallow
  • V17: Amethyst
  • Y18: Lightning Yellow
  • YR15: Pumpkin Yellow
  • YR18: Sanguine
  • BG10: Cool Shadow
  • BG11: Moon White
  • BG53: Ice Mint
  • BG57: Jasper
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E01: Pink Flamingo
  • E11: Barley Beige
  • E19: Redwood
  • E49: Dark Bark
  • E50: Egg Shell
  • E53: Raw Silk
  • E57: Light Walnut
  • C3: Cool Gray No. 3
  • C5: Cool Gray No. 5
  • C7: Cool Gray No. 7

NOTES

  • You can substitute BG23 and BG15 in place of BG53 and BG57
  • If you have a favorite hair color combination, you can substitute it in place of E49, E50, E53, and E57.

OTHER SUPPLIES

Please bring:

  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape

Class Cards

Rowhouse Greetings | Tiny Townie Hayley the Super Hero by Stamping Bella
Rowhouse Greetings | Tiny Townie Garden Girl Violet by Stamping Bella

More Playing With Stencils

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another card that is the result of some late night experimentation. As you’ve probably noticed, I love incorporating stencils into my cards and I’ve amassed quite a collection. I’m always looking for new and different ways to use them. Like many crafters, I’ve also accumulated a variety of different mediums that I often play around with (also with varying results!).

When I decide to try expanding my coloring beyond Copics, I purchased a set of Prismacolor pencils, but found that I didn’t really enjoy using them. But recently I decided to give it one more try – not with Prismas – but with Farber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. Although I do suffer from full set syndrome, I did manage to control myself and purchased a set of 36 pencils, which I thought would have enough variety to in color to experiment.

I selected the Peacock Mandala stencil from Picket Fence Studios and taped it in place with iCraft Purple tape to a piece of Stonehenge White paper. I wanted the mandala to be bright and colorful, so I selected a several pencils in blues, greens and yellows. Then I just colored the open areas of the stencil. Polychromos pencils are oil based and seem to soak into the paper. I found them much easier to use than Prismas and did not need to use Gamasol to blend.

Rowhouse Greetings | Peacock Mandala Stencil by Picket Fence Studios

Once the coloring was complete, I removed the stencil and applied the dot pattern with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. I really have to thank Wendy Vecchi for showing me in a recent class how to apply enamel drop products with a stylus for a quick, easy, and consistent application.

To finish, I added a die cut from Honey Bee Stamps that I popped up with foam squares. I really love how this card turned out and I’m sure I’ll keep this technique in mind when I’m using my stencils.

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . 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.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); Stonehenge White by Legion (coloring layer)
Stencil: Peacock Mandala by Picket Fence Studios
Dies: Bloom by Honey Bee Stamps
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black by Tonic Studios
Polychromos: (order from center to edge) Hellioblue-Redish #151; Ultramarine #120; Light Ultramarine #120; Colbalt Turquoise #153; Colbalt Green #156; Emerald Green #163; Leaf Green #122, Light Green #171; Dark Naples Ochre #184; Cadmium Yellow #107; Cadmium Orange #111

Back by Popular Demand!

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just a quick note to let you know that I will be offering my stencil techniques class one more time at Photo Scraps on Wednesday, August 21st from 1:00 PM to 3:00PM. If you missed this class earlier in the month, now is your last chance to get in on the fun! In this class, you will create seven stenciled backgrounds using various techniques and gel mediums that you can transform into lovely greeting cards with the addition of sentiments and die cuts from Honey Bee Stamps.

CLASS FEE $35 (includes stencil from Echo Park Paper Co. to add to your personal stash).

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Wednesday, August 21st from 1:00 PM to 3:00PM
Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

NOTE: You will be able to assemble at least two cards in class. However, since gel mediums have varying dry times, you may need to complete the assembly of some of your cards at home.

BRING TO CLASS

You will need the following supplies for class. Please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class if you need any of the craft supplies on the list. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the supplies you’ll need to participate in class.

  • Distress Oxide ink pads in Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw (you can substitute Squeezed Lemonade for Scattered Straw if necessary)
  • Versamark Ink Pad (either a regular sized pad or mini)
  • Three ink blenders (such as Ranger Ink Blending Tools, Nuvo Blending Sponges, Picket Fence Blending Brushes, etc.)
  • Paper trimmer
  • iCraft Purple Tape 
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes  
  • Scissors
  • Foam Squares (such as Gina K. Designs Foam Squares or Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Squares)
  • Tape runner
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Connect Glue by Gina K. Designs or Ranger Multi Medium Matte)