BB Christmas Selfies by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! As you can see, I’m still in holiday card mode. I recently placed an order with My Favorite Things and decided to put some of those goodies to use.

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Christmas sELFies by My Favorite Things

Supplies for today’s project are linked to multiple sources at the end of this post. Product links may also be displayed in the parentheses following the product name. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Today’s project features:

Coloring the Image

To start, I stamped the image on X-Press It Blending Card using Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Shadow Black [AZ]. I’ve been experimenting with different black inks that are Copic compatible and I like this hybrid ink (I also like Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and Hero Arts Intense Black). All three are much crisper than Memento Ink (the old standby). I still prefer Versafine for stamping sentiments, but I find these inks to be perfectly acceptable for that purpose as well.

I’ve got a coloring video for you today. So sit back with your favorite beverage and take a look!

To be honest, I may have made the coloring look a little harder than it really is. I got hung up on blending the scarf, but I left it all in the video because I think it’s important to show that even Copic instructors don’t always get it right on the first try. But with a little patience, it came out right in the end.

After coloring the image, I trimmed the paper down to the black border around the image. I used the Polaroid Shaker Frame Die-namics [MFT] to cut out the photo frame from white cardstock and adhered it to the image. Afterwards, I backed the combined image and frame with a piece of craft foam [AZ] for dimension and set it aside.

Creating the Background

For the background, I cut a sheet of Grout Gray Card Stock [MFT] from My Favorite Things to 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches. The solid background looked too plain so I decided to create a subtle pattern using the Brush Splatter Background [MFT] by My Favorite Things. I couldn’t decide whether to use white or silver embossing powder so I ended up using both. I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed the image using Nuvo Embossing Powder in Glazier White [AZ]. The background was still too plain so I turned the cardstock upside down and heat embossed it a second time using Brutus Monroe’s Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Sterling [BM]. This not only added interest to the background, but some shine as well.

I selected various prints from the Sweet Celebration 6×6 Paper Pack [MFT] by My Favorite Things to arrange behind the focal image. As you can probably tell, I based my marker selection on the color scheme of this paper pack. It’s one of the few times that I actually had the forethought to pick out my design papers first so that I wasn’t scrambling to find something to match after I had already coloring the image!

That’s it for today – hope you found some inspiration! See you soon.

SUPPLIES

Copics: W0, W1, W3, W8, E30, RV11 (bear); RV04, RV09, RV59 (hat); RV04, RV09, RV59, BG09, BG32, BG15 (scarf); Y15, Y19, YR04 (ribbon); BG09, BG78 (background)

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!

Winter Present by Mo’s Digital Pencil

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another holiday card featuring a digital stamp from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I’ve long been a fan of Maurie Manning and I have many of her (still to be colored) images in my stash. She’s an award winning children’s book author and illustrator and I’m thrilled that she shares her art as digital stamps on her site – Mo’s Digital Pencil – and as cling stamps by Penny Black.

Today’s project features:

Supplies for today’s project are linked to multiple sources at the end of this post. Product links may also be displayed in the parentheses following the product name. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Rowhouse Greetings | Winter Presents Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil

The image was printed on X-Press It Blending Card [AZ] and colored with Copic markers (see list below). Afterwards, I used the medium die in the Nordic Frames die set [GR] from The Greetery to trim the image layer. I backed it with a piece of craft foam [AZ] for dimension and set it aside.

Rowhouse Greetings | Winter Presents Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil

For the background, I cut a piece of Blue Yonder Prestige Cardstock (MFT) to A2 size. I stenciled the background using the Petite Snow Stencil [NN] from Newton’s Nook and Glitz Glitter Gel in White [GKD] from Gina K. Design. It added interest and texture to the background without distracting from the central image.

Rowhouse Greetings | Winter Presents Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil

That’s it for me today! See you soon!

SUPPLIES

Copics: E000, E00, E02, E04, E97 (skin); B12, N3, N5, N8 (hair); R24, R29, R32, R59 (hat, scarf & mittens); YG03, YG17, YG67, Y38 (jacket); B12, N3, N5, N8 (boots); B12, B24, B26, B39 (bow); N0, N3, Y38 (present); B0000, BG10, BV000, 0 (background); BV000 (ground/shadow)

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!

Let’s Chill by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Let's Chill by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m still frantically getting ready for the family Christmas Eve dinner. The tree is finally decorated. On Saturday, I had the brilliant idea to order my groceries online so I just have to pick them up this morning instead of braving the grocery store check out. One more thing off the list!

I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new video featuring the Let’s Chill Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy.

So run, don’t walk over to Power Poppy and take a look! See you back here soon! Happy holidays!

Holly Golightly by Power Poppy

Holly Golightly by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! How are you coming along with your holiday cards? Holiday shopping? Decorating? Or shouldn’t I ask? As for myself – no comment.

Yes, I’m still making holiday cards so I’m back today with another featuring the Holly GoLightly clear stamp set by Power Poppy.

I stamped the image with Amalgam Ink and colored it with Copic markers. I actually colored this image several weeks ago and just go around to making it into a card. Apparently, either I didn’t keep track of the colors or have since lost my notes (either is certainly possible).

Rowhouse Greetings | Holly Golightly by Power Poppy

For the lacy border, I cut a 1.75″ x 4.25″ strip of white cardstock and used one of the dies in the Lacey Edger 1 set by Pinkfresh Studio to cut the long edges. I recently purchased a Xyron Sticker Maker which I used here to adhere the lacy border die cut. I have a variety of adhesive sheets which I use to adhere intricate die cut, but some of my dies don’t cut cleanly through the layers. So the Xyron really made it easy to adhere the die cut instead of using a liquid glue. Since I’m short on storage space, I really hesitated to buy yet another craft gadget, but I’ve already put this one to use several times so I think it was a worthwhile purchase.

Power Poppy Bloom Brigade

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Power Poppy Blog

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. 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 100#; Doodles – Margarita Lime by Dare 2B Artzy; Playful Patterns – Bold 6×6 paper pad by Taylored Expressions
Stamp: Holly Golightly clear stamp set by Power Poppy
Ink: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Lacey Edgers 1 by Pinkfresh Studio
Embellishments: Sequins in Heavy Metal by 28 Lilac Lane

Spiced Orange Pomander by Power Poppy

Spiced Orange Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m still working on holiday cards so I’m back today with another project featuring one of the new digital stamps by Power Poppy. This time I’m featuring the new Spiced Orange Pomander digital stamp set. The image is also available in the Spice It up clear stamp set.

I noticed that this season I seem to be gravitating towards non-traditional holiday colors so this image provided an opportunity to explore other combinations. My husband (who is not a fan of purple) questioned my color choice, but I think that the violet ribbon provides a beautiful contrast to the orange. I added a sentiment from the Holly GoLightly clear stamp set by Power Poppy.

Rowhouse Greetings | Spiced Orange Pomander Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy

And speaking of that ribbon – I still have trouble recognizing folds when I’m coloring, but Marcella gives lots of hints in her images. In this case, I just worked section by section instead of trying to plot out the darkest areas across the entire ribbon first. Also, when coloring folds, you can’t be afraid of dark colors because you need the contrast between the deepest valleys of the folds and the highlights.

The same goes for the orange. When we buy our markers, everyone loves to buy the pretty markers, but the reality is that you have to have some of the muddier colors in your arsenal to add realism to your coloring. You’ll see below that in addition to some pretty yellows and oranges, I also used a couple blue violet markers, specifically along the bottom of the orange (to help give the illusion of a curve) and along the cloves (to help raise them visually from the surface of the peel). Those BV markers are not the prettiest colors, but your coloring is always going to be flat unless you start layering them in your blend along with your pretty markers.

Power Poppy Bloom Brigade

Allison Cope
Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Power Poppy Blog

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. 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 100#; Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock in Gummy Bear; Doodles – Margarita Lime by Dare 2B Artzy
Stamps: Spiced Orange Pomander digital stamp set (*) by Power Poppy; Holly Golightly clear stamp set by Power Poppy
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Die: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackable by Lawn Fawn
Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, YR04, BV00, BV01 (orange); E21, E23, E25, BV23 (cloves); V01, V04, V05, V06, V09 (ribbon); BG93, BG96, BG99, G29 (leaves); BV01, E00 (berries); B60 (shadow)

Sponsored by: Power Poppy