Wintery Day by Stampendous

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! This post will be short and sweet. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I still have much to do to get ready. I’ve done very little so far to get ready so today will be a scramble to get everything in order. And what have I been doing instead? Well, I decided that I wanted some time to myself to color. So that’s what I did!

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Wintery Day by Stampendous

I have a soft spot for cute stamps and frankly I bought this stamp because I couldn’t resist this snowman. Coloring white objects is a bit tricky because as you’ve probably noticed – there’s no white Copic marker. So we color the shadows, contours and reflections. I tend to color snowmen in shades of blue and blue/green and I throw in a bit of blue violet in the darkest shadows to create a bit of depth. It takes a bit of restraint though because you don’t end up with a blue snowman!

Rowhouse Greetings | Wintery Day by Stampendous

That’s all for me today. It’s time to tackle my to do list. But let me take a moment to say how grateful I am to each and every one of you for joining me and supporting me through this artistic journey. I am beyond thankful to have you all in my life. Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time ….

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

[Supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.]

COPICS: BV000, BV20, BG0000, BG10, B000, 0 (snowman & surrounding snow); Y35, YR68 (carrot); BV23, BV25, BV29 (buttons); RV55, RV63, RV66, BG11, BG15, BG32 (hat & mittens); E40, E50 (fur); BV23, R14, R24, R46, YR68 (cardinal); YG01, YG03, YG67 (sprigs); YG03, YG17, YG67, R24 (holly); B00, B02 R46 (blue bird & hat)

Season’s Greenings by Power Poppy for Inspire Me Monday

Rowhouse Greetings | Season's Greenings by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card and video featuring the Season’s Greenings clear stamp set by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! I’m back today with something a little different. I’m featuring a beautiful stamp by Taylored Expressions called Seasonal Sprig colored with Karin Brushmarkers Pro.

As many of you know, I’m a frustrated watercolorist. I love the look of watercolor – and sometimes even mimic it with my Copics – but beyond that I’m hopeless. I’ve got all the brushes, the best paper, lovely paints, and watched ALL the videos, but somehow it just doesn’t come together for me. Ever hopeful, I decided to give the new Karin Brushmarkers Pro a try. My friend Jill Killeen – who shares my watercolor frustration – had already invested in a full set and sent them to me to try. So after a bit of playing around, I finally got the hang of blending out the ink and controlling the amount of water used.  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:

  • Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions
  • Karin Brushmarkers Pro (see list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below
Rowhouse Greetings | Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

Coloring the Image Seasonal Sprig

I stamped the image on Canson XL watercolor paper using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. For the leaves, I applied a small amount of Lime Green at the base of the leaves with the marker, blending it out with a waterbrush. Once the first layer was dry, I applied a second layer of the same color with the marker, once again blending it out with a waterbrush. When the second layer was dry, I used the Olive Green marker to apply a small amount of color to the base of the leaves, carefully blending it with my waterbrush to keep the contrast between the two colors. I did the same thing for the berries, using the markers to randomly apply either Magenta Red or Pale Violet which I blended with a waterbrush. After the first layer was dry, I used the markers to apply a small amount of color along the darker edge of the berries and softened the light with my water brush.

OK – that probably sounded confusing, but once you get into the rhythm of doing it, the coloring moves along smoothly.

Rowhouse Greetings | Seasonal Sprig by Taylored Expressions

In any case, the results satisfied my desire to watercolor so I’ll probably continue using these markers. They’re available in sets and as single markers so give them a try.

That’s it for me! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

KARIN BRUSHMARKER PRO: Magenta Red 170, Pale Violet 247, Lime Green 071, Olive Green 281

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!

Heavenly Peace Dove

EVENING EVERYONE! Here we are at Day 5 of the release of Collection One in the Quiet Christmas release by Power Poppy. Tonight we have Heavenly Peaceful Dove. It features a beautiful peace dove nestled amongst an olive branch. A simple hand-drawn banner may be trimmed out and placed over the dove, and then stamped with your choice of sentiments that fit inside. The image is available for pre-order in clear polymer format. Digital version is coming soon.

Today’s release:

Rowhouse Greetings | Heavenly Peace Dove by Power Poppy

I chose to keep my card simple although I realize what the impact that the die cut border would have until I put the card together. It really added a WOW factor to what started off as a relatively simple card.


Allison
Christine
Gloria
Broni
Barbara C
Lisa
Leslie

Supplies

COPICS: T0, T1, T3, T5 (dove body); V93, V95 (beak); YG91, BG93, BG96 (olive leaves); V95, V99, YG95 (olives); YG91, YG95, V95 (branch)

Garden of Gratitude by Power Poppy

EVENING EVERYONE! HAPPY DAY 3! And I’m back again with another project from the Quiet Christmas Collection by Power Poppy. Today’s card features an image from the Garden of Gratitude: Trellis Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy.

I love this set and it’s one of my favorites in the entire release. We spent a lot of time this summer improving our backyard and garden. I wanted to add an espalier to the backyard but it just didn’t work out in the plans. So I was thrilled to see a sweet trellis come to life in this card.

Today’s release includes:

Rowhouse Greetings | Garden of Gratitude by Power Poppy

I used the digital version of the set for my card, lining up the orange branch along the side to create the border. The background of the main image a little hard to see in the photo. I created it by inking in the color and then randomly pressing a piece of terry cloth dampened with colorless blender. This creates a background with a little texture and interest. Just remember to do it FIRST and make sure that the background is completely dry before coloring the rest of the card. I’m notorious for coloring the background after the fact, so this technique requires a little advance planning!

Allison
Leslie
Gloria
Broni
Barbara W
Stacy
Christine
Barbara C
Lisa

Supplies for Garden of Gratitude

COPICS: BV20, Y35, Y38, YR68 (oranges); YG11, G21, G46 (leaves); R37 (berries); YG11, G21, G46, R35, R37, R89 (ribbons); E13, E15, E19 (pot); BV23, E21, E23, E27 (trellis); W00, W0, W1, BG10 (background); BV20, BV23 (shadows)

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!