Bundled Up by Penny Black

GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! I’m back today with another holiday card featuring Bundled Up by Penny Black, one of the brush stroke images which was perfect to try out some no line coloring.

For no line coloring, the image is stamped with a light colored ink instead of the traditional black ink. In this case, I decided to try out Fadeout No Line Coloring Detail Ink by Inkon3, a hybrid ink suitable for alcohol markers, watercolors, and colored pencils. The ink appears as a light tan color when stamped, but takes on the color you lay on top. As a result, Copic blends stay true and are not changed by the underlying ink.

I stamped the image and planned out my coloring. With no line coloring, you need to put more thought into depth and layering since you don’t have black lines to help the eye see the various shapes and folds. I started with the folds in the scarf and worked my way from there. At first, my coloring looked a little strange without the guidance of the black lines, but the more I colored, the more it came together. So it was just a matter of having faith that it would all work out in the end.

After I finished the Copic coloring, I cleaned up my lines a little with a Prismacolor pencil in Indigo blue, adding lines where necessary or adding a little more color as needed to push some areas back and pull others forward. I filled in the eyes with a black Copic multi-liner (0.05 tip) and added a few highlights on the berries with a white gel pen.

Rowhouse Greetings | Bundled Up by Penny Black

Once complete, I added a simple sentiment to let the image stand on its own. I love how it turned out in the end, particularly the movement and billowing of the scarf.

Have you started your holiday cards yet? Hey – it’s August already! What are you waiting for?

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.

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Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 100#
Stamps: Bundled Up by Penny Black; Christmas Sentiments by Penny Black
Inks: Fadeout No Line Coloring Detail Ink by Inkon3; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Copics: BV20, BG11, BG53, BG57 (scarf & hat band); C5, C7, C9 (hat); R27, C5 (berries); C5, YG03, YG17 (leaves); C5, R14, R22, R27 (nose); BG0000, BG10, B0000, BV000 (snow)

Maggie with a Penguin by Mos Digital Pencil

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’ve done a lot of craft shopping lately and my house is a wreck with piles of new stamps, stencils and other products waiting to be organized and put away. I’ve also been putting some thought into future classes so I have stuff piled up all over the dining room table. But yesterday, I pushed all that stuff to the side to make a just for fun card to start the inevitable stash of holiday cards.

Today’s card features a digital image from Mo’s Digital Pencil called Maggie with a Penguin. This image was at one time also available in rubber from Stamping Bella, but I think it has since been retired. You can still find the rubber stamp in a few online craft stores as well as Amazon.

Rowhouse Greetings | Maggie With A Penguin by Mo's DIgital Pencil

For the background, I used the Holiday Knit Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz with Dreamweaver Embossing Paste. The image was printed onto Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover and colored with Copic markers (see list below). I added a sentiment from Christmas Sentiments by Penny Black stamped in Versafine ink.

One holiday card down. Don’t want to think about how many to go!

In the meantime, I’m entering this card in Challenge #282 – Pets/Animals with a Mo Manning image.

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 Digital Cover 100#; Bazzill Cardstock in Date Swirl
Stamps: Maggie with Penguin by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Christmas Sentiments by Penny Black
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Stencil: Holiday Knit Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Dreamweaver Embossing Paste by Stampendous; Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear by Ranger
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); BG70, BG72, BG75, BV25 (sweater); R22, R24, R35, R46, BV25 (hat, mittens & boots); BV25, C3, C5, V20 (penguin)

Woodland Spring by Newton’s Nook Designs

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GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! I’m still procrastinating when it comes designing cards for my April classes. Instead, we took a day trip yesterday to the Gettysburg National Military Park, visiting the museum and diorama. Afterwards, we had a fabulous candlelight lunch at the Dobbins House Tavern and visited family in town. Although the weather was cool, the day was bright and sunny and it felt good to take time to blow away all the mental cobwebs.

After we got home, I played with my stash of new stamps, which includes a few of the new releases from Newton’s Nook Designs. For this card, I used one of the images from the Woodland Spring stamp set. I was inspired by a card created by Tatiana Trafimovich, but pared the design down even more. I recently colored the lamb in the Spring Pile Up stamp set so I decided to use the same pointillism technique here, but switched to shades of gray instead of browns. I added a few crystal jewels from Pretty Pink Posh for a little bling.

Rowhouse Greetings | Woodland Spring by Newton's Nook Designs
Rowhouse Greetings | Woodland Spring by Newton's Nook Designs

I’m playing along with the Inky Paws Challenge #93 – Think Spring. Take a look at the challenge blog for information and to see the other entries.

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# & 80#; Bazzill Basics in Date Swirl; Ultra Smooth Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: Woodland Spring by Newton’s Nook Designs
Ink: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs
Embellishments: Sparkling Clear Jewels by Pretty Pink Posh
Copics: T0, T1, T3, T5, RV10, RV11 (lamb); YG03 (leaves); RV10, RV11, B000, B00, Y15 (flowers)

Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook

Just finished another wild, crazy and slightly chaotic class at Photo Scraps. Did we go into overtime? Well of course we did! But as one of my students noted, at least I finished before the store closed!

We covered a lot of techniques and hopefully I gave you a lot to think about. I want to pause for a moment here to talk about marker selection. When you are just starting out, the array of Copic colors is overwhelming. Before you go shopping, take a moment to get a basic understanding of the Copic color system. Then think about what you want to color. If you’re going to be coloring flowers, you’ll need at least one green or yellow/green combination for leaves and foliage as well as yellow, pink and/or red combinations for the flowers. If you going to color people, you’ll need markers for skin tones, hair color, and clothing. I started off with the intent of making Christmas cards, so my initial collection included lots of reds, greens, and yellows.

When you first start out, everyone buys all the pretty colors and if you look at your markers, I bet you have a lot of pretty pinks, blues, and greens. But if you want to have some depth in your coloring, you need to buy the muddy colors, the colors that you think that you might never use.

To get you started, I’m going to make it easy for you by telling you flat out that if you don’t own Copic markers BV20 and BV23, you need to drop everything right now and go out and buy them. These markers magically add depth and dimension to your coloring and you need to have them in your collection. If you don’t believe me, take another look at those snowman in the first card. They’re not all standing shoulder to shoulder. Some are stepped a little forward and some are stepped slightly back. To be honest, I used BV20, but I could have added BV23 for a more dramatic effect.

(P.S.: I don’t work for Copic – I just love these markers!).

Just a note: The supplies listed below reflect those used for the original class models. In class, we substituted Nuvo Glimmer paste in Moonstone in place Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium and Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Clear Rock Candy.

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.

Supplies

Frozen Fellowship by Newtons Nook Design

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Snow Flurry by Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Clear Rock Candy; Tacky When Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BV000, BV20, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YR09, R59, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG15, BG32, C1 C3, C5, C7

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Snow Flurry by Taylored Expressions
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Clear Rock Candy; Tacky When Dry Gel Medium by The Crafters Workshop; Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BV000, BV20, RV14, RV17, RV19, Y38, YR09, R59, BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG15, BG32, C1 C3, C5, C7

Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird; POW Glitter Paper in Silver by American Crafts
Stamp: Frozen Fellowship by Newton’s Nook; Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio
Dies: Triple Tear Die by Spellbinders; Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in White by Lawn Fawn; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: BG0000, BG000, BV000 (snow); BG11, BG32, BG15 (vest); C1, C3, C5, C7, RV14, RV17, RV19, R59 (hat); Y38, YR09 (carrot); BV20 (shadows)

It’s Demo Day at Photo Scraps!

I’ll be at Photo Scraps today for Demo Day! I’ll have the two cards shown below and there will also be a variety of other cards and layouts to choose. And just to mix things up, my second card is Copic free!

Just drop in anytime between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM and create as many projects you want. Please remember to bring your own tape runner or other adhesive of choice to Demo Day.

Rowhouse Greetings | Cutting Edge - Trees by Taylored Expressions

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# & 80#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamps: Cutting Edge – Trees by Taylored Expressions; Scandinavian Christmas by Taylored Expression
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Versamark
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Rose Gold by Lawn Fawn; Metallic Embossing Powder – Gilded by Brutus Monroe
Copics: G20, G21, G24, G28, G46, R46

Rowhouse Greetings | Cutting Edge - Trees by Taylored Expressions

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# & 80#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamps: Cutting Edge – Trees by Taylored Expressions
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Versamark
Embellishments: Metallic Embossing Powder – Gilded by Brutus Monroe
Coloring: Color using the Distress Ink marker of your choice