Jingle All The Way by My Favorite Things

HELLO FRIENDS! It’s a rainy Memorial Day weekend here so outside activities will be limited. I celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago and my parents and husband bought me a new bike as my gift. It’s a foldable bike so it’s perfect for my limited storage and fits easily in the back of my Mini Cooper. I’ve been riding around the neighborhood and thought that I’d get in some extra mileage this weekend, but the weather is putting a damper on those plans.

My studio is a cluttered mess so I need to spend some time this weekend organizing my space. I own at least two or three of everything so it’s time to go through my craft supplies and decide what stuff I’ll really use. I had embossing powders spanning the entire rainbow that I never use because I prefer pairing a pigment ink with clear embossing powder. I pared my stash down to the essentials – clear, white, and metallics. So giving up all of the colorful powders was an easy decision and they are now living happily with my friend Gretchen.

I’ve mentioned recently that I have three full sets of colored pencils – Prismacolor Premier, Faber-Castell Polychromos, and Caran d’Ache Luminance. I’ve been playing with the Prismacolors lately, but decided to pull out my Polychromos and give them a try. I’m still using Stonehenge Drawing Paper and I think that’s going to be my go-to paper for colored pencils.

I’ve been on a roll coloring images from My Favorite Things, so I pulled out my favorite Santa Claus image from the Jingle All the Way stamp set. This set is currently retired, but MFT regularly pulls sets back out of the vault so keep an eye out if you don’t already have this set.

Enough gabbing! Here’s today’s project!

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I’ve noticed that I tend to simplify my card design when I use colored pencils. Just the image and a sentiment. Stonehenge Drawing Paper has a beautiful, subtle texture that enhances the image so my inclination is to let the paper, image, and pencilwork shine on its own.

That’s all for me today!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

Faber-Castell Polychromos

Reds: Orange Glaze #113, Dark Cadmium Orange #115, Scarlet Red #116, Deep Red #223, Dark Red #225, Permanent Green Olive #167
Greys: White #101, Warm Grey I #270, Warm Grey II #271, Warm Grey III #272, Warm Grey IV #273, Warm Grey VI #275
Skin: Beige red #132, Coral #131, Cinnamon #189


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Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Yep – it’s true! Today’s card is a holiday card. It was snowing when I created this so I thought – why not? I’ve been tempted to make holiday cards ever since I straightened up last week and came across all of the holiday stamps that I bought and never got around to coloring. Not to mention, all of the holiday favorites that I didn’t make this past year. So I put aside my spring flower stamps and pulled out an oldie but goodie – Jingle all the Way by My Favorite Things.

Today’s project features:

  • Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things [retired, but still available from a few online stores]
  • Merry Merry by Avery Elle [retired, but still available from a few online stores]
  • Copic coloring (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 | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

Coloring Video

This Santa is one of my favorite holiday images so I’ve put together a short video to show how I color it.

Step by Step Directions for Jingle All the Way

That’s all for me today! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 (skin); R14. R24, R46, R89 (jacket & pants); R14. R24, R46, R89, T0, T1 (hat); T0, T1 (beard); T4, T6, T8 (belt, gloves, boots); Y38 (belt buckle)

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Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! I’ve got a fun card today featuring the Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella. I love the Oddball series and I’ve colored several of them in the past, but the Nutcracker is a particular favorite. Best of all, he’s relatively quick to color!

Today’s project features:

  • Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella
  • Copic coloring (see marker list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella

Coloring Notes for Oddball Nutcracker

I colored the stamp a few days ago, but I decided after the fact to create this video. Since I can’t seem to color anything the same way twice, you may see some differences here as I color the image a second time. The marker colors are shown in the video and below so you can follow along or substitute with markers in your stash.

The card design is pretty straightforward so I’m going to focus on the Copic coloring – specifically the red combination. If you look at the marker list for the jacket and hat – R24, E07, E09, E19 – you’ll notice that there is only one red marker in the combination. I used the three E markers to underpaint the darker “red” areas of the uniform. I started with E19 using a little in the very deepest areas, blending out with E09 and E07 respectively leaving some areas of white for the final blend. You’ll see that the colors moved from brown to a bright rusty red tone. Afterwards I applied a coat of R24 over all of the E colors plus the remaining white, creating areas with some depth as well as highlights that were true red. Techniques like this are particularly useful if you have a limited number of markers, showing how you can use underpainting to create a variety of tones.

Rowhouse Greetings | Oddball Nutcracker by Stamping Bella

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E02, E04 (skin); BV31 (eyes); BV31, C1, C3 (hair & beard); R24, E07, E09, E19 (jacket & hat); BV31, C1, C3 (shirt); Y35, Y38, YR02 (hat & jacket); YG03, YG17, YG67 (pants); BV23, BV25, BV29 (boots)’ BV23, BV25, BV29, Y38 (belt)

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Let It Snow by Taylored Expressions

MORNING FRIENDS! Like many of you, I’m ramping up my production of holiday cards. I don’t have time to individually hand color every card with Copics so I’ve been thinking of ways to easily mass produce cards. So I rummaged through my collection of stencils and pulled out the Let it Snow Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions. I’ve linked the supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

  • Let it Snow Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions
  • Ink blending, heat embossing and die cuts
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Let it Snow Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions

For something different, I decided to use kraft paper — in this case, Neenah Desert Storm 100# paper. The Let it Snow Layering stencil comes in three parts so that you can stencil each layer in a different color. The first two layers consist of the large snowflakes. I used Distress Ink in Rustic Wilderness for layer one and Festive Berries for layer two. However, I actually inked the third layer first using Hero Arts pigment ink in Unicorn followed by Brutus Monroe embossing powder in Alabaster. As a result, I could complete all the heat embossing without waiting for the ink blended snowflakes to dry.

For the sentiment, I used the Mirthful die from Penny Black. I wanted to stack layers of the die cuts for dimension so I cut two layers from the Desert Storm cardstock and the top layer from the Slick Glitter Paper that I found at Michaels. This cardstock has the appearance of fine glitter but the surface is smooth. I adhered the layers together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then glued the letters to the front of the card. I glued the card front to a card base cut from Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock and called it done!

Rowhouse Greetings | Let it Snow Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions

That’s all for today! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

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.

Joyous Holidays by My Favorite Things

GOOD EVENING FRIENDS! I’m back with a new card featuring the Joyous Holidays stamp set by My Favorite Things. I know it’s unusual for me to post in the evening, but I spent the day making this card and pulling together a Copic coloring video so I decided to go ahead and post.  

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Today’s project features:

  • Joyous Holidays by My Favorite Things
  • Copic coloring (see marker list below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.

Coloring Video

Step By Step Directions for Joyous Holidays

  • Cut card base from Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and score at 5.5″ for a top fold card.
  • Cut a sheet of pattern paper from the Christmas Cheer Paper Pad using the largest die from the Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die-namics Adhere to center of card base with a strong craft glue (I use Beacon’s 3 in 1 Adhesive).
  • Cut the tag from a scrap piece of white cardstock using the largest die from the Tag Stacklets 2 set.
  • Cut a piece of white craft foam to fit back of tag. Adhere to back of tag with a strong craft glue.
  • Using the Merry & Bright die, cut the sentiment from black cardstock (I used Black Licorice Prestige Card Stock from MFT).
  • Stamp sentiment from Merry & Bright stamp set with Versamark on a scrap of black card stock. Cover with white embossing powder (I used Ranger Embossing Powder in White), heat set and set aside.
  • Stamp images on a Copic friendly paper with a Copic compatible ink (here I used  Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100# Cardstock with a Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Shadow Black).
  • Color image with Copic markers as shown in video. I forgot to add the bird image to the video, but the colors are listed below.
  • Either fussy cut or die cut the images. I used my Brother Scan ‘n’ Cut.
  • Adhere “MERRY” die cut to front of tag.
  • Apply foam squares to back of colored images and embossed sentiment.
  • Arrange on card elements on card front as shown.
Rowhouse Greetings | Joyous Holiday by My Favorite Things
Rowhouse Greetings | Joyous Holiday by My Favorite Things

That’s it for me this evening! Hope you enjoy the video. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the like button on the video so YouTube knows that this is content worth watching.

See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, V20 (skin); BV31, C1, C3 (beard); R24, E07, E09, E18 (jacket); BV31, C1 (fur trim); YG03 (buttons); BV23, BV25 (boots); YG17 (ladder); Y35, Y38, V20 (star); BG10 (glass lens); B12, B24, B26 (bird); R24 (bird hat)

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.