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)

[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.]

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.  

[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.]

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. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Valerie in Autumn by Mo’s Digital Pencil (VIDEO)

MORNING EVERYONE! I’m back today with another card and a new Copic coloring video. I decided to take a break from holiday cards to color up a fall image from my stash – Valerie in Autumn by Mo’s Digital Pencil. I’m a guest designer this month over on the Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge blog and decided to feature this card for my design team project. 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:

  • Valerie in Autumn Digital Stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil
  • Copic coloring (see marker list and video below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below
Rowhouse Greetings | Valerie in Autumn by Mo's Digital Pencil

VIDEO – VALERIE IN AUTUMN

Watch below or in HD on YouTube.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

That’s it for me today! I hope you enjoyed today’s project and video. Leave me a note in the comments below if you have any ideas for future videos. If you liked today’s video, I’d be delighted if you’d give it a thumbs up and subscribe. If you would like to be notified when the next video is available, don’t forget to hit the bell next to the subscribe button.

See you next time!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); B34, C1, C3, C5 (hair); B91, B93, B95, B97 (jacket); BG11, BG15, BG32, R24 (dress); C1, C3, C5, BG32 (tights); C1, C3, C5, B91 (boots); R24, YR04, Y35 (leaves); BG0000, BG10, B0000, 0 Various Ink (background); 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!

100 Moons Creative – Fun with ArtFoamies

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another project for 100 Moons Creative. For today’s project, I wanted to create a simple card that was quick and easy to make but had a WOW factor. My project features stamps from RubberMoon and ArtFoamies and uses Distress Oxides for stamping. [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.]

Now I have to admit that before joining the 100 Moons Creative team, I hadn’t tried any of the ArtFoamies stamps, but now that I have, can I just say how much I love using them?!? I’m a cardmaker and I love making my own backgrounds. I have a LOT of design paper in my stash, but I hardly ever use it anymore, opting instead for stenciled or ink blended backgrounds. So these ArtFoamies stamps really spark my creativity. 

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings and Balzer Designs - Inner Struggle by Art Foamies

To be honest, I started this project in a completely different direction, using a different image for the focal point. But then I created the background and the two didn’t go together. I loved the background more than what I did with the original image so I ended up in a completely different direction. Funny how that happens!

CREATING THE BACKGROUND

I started with a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock cut to 4.25 inches x 5.5 inches. I flipped the cardstock so that the textured side was face down. For the background, I used the Inner Struggle foam stamp. I randomly applied two colors of Distress Oxide Ink to the stamp – Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn – so that the stamped image would have a variegated appearance. Since size of the Inner Struggle stamp was less than 5.5 inches, I turned the stamp so that it was perpendicular to the cardstock. I stamped the image in the middle and then worked each side to the edge.

STAMPING SUN IMAGE

Using the largest die in the Spellbinders Standard Circles Large set, I cut a circle from a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  For the sun image, I used the Celestial Rings stamp. Since this stamp is in three parts, I applied a couple of pieces of low tack tape on the back to hold them together while I stamp. Starting from the center, I applied three colors of Distress Oxide Ink – Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, and Candied Apple. I stamped the image on the smooth side of the circle die cut. Afterwards, I used a water brush to lightly blend the colors where necessary. 

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings by Art Foamies

Once the ink was dry, I used a black Copic multiliner to add details to the face. I used Copic markers (R20, R22) to further enhance the facial features. I normally would not use Copic markers on top of Oxide ink, but to be honest, I forgot that I hadn’t used regular Distress Ink. It didn’t seem to damage the marker nibs, but you might want to use a water-based marker instead. I used my Copic multiliner and a blue gel pen to add more details to the sun rays. I’m not much of a doodler, so I kept the pattern simple.

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings by Art Foamies

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

All that’s left is assembling the card. I stamped the sentiment on the background using Versafine Clare ink and then adhered it to my cardbase (I use Neenah Solar White 110#). To add dimension, I cut a piece of craft foam slightly smaller than the sun image and glued it to the back using Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive. You could use foam tape instead, but I prefer craft foam because it supports the entire layer. I applied glue to the other side of the craft foam and positioned the sun image on the card.

That’s it for today! Hope you found some inspiration and will give these fun foam stamps a try. See you soon!

SUPPLIES

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!