Journey of a Thousand Steps

Welcome back to Rowhouse Greetings! On this crisp, autumn day, I have another project featuring one of the stamp sheets from Red Castle Stamps. I’m back today with another project using the Leaves No. 4 stamp sheet by Red Castle Stamps. This time, I colored the image with Copic markers and paired the image with a sentiment from Penny Black.

Since the image was larger in scale, I created this card in 5×7 format. As with my previous Red Castle Stamp project, I used the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp the image on X-Press It Blending Card with Memento ink. Since the stamps are unmounted, I set up the stamping plate as if I were using a clear stamp and adhered the stamp to the plate with a low-tack double-sided tape.

Don’t forget – these Red Castle stamp sheets are only available at The Queen’s Ink and when they’re gone, they’re gone! You don’t want to miss out on a quality stamping product.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics; Bountiful Seven (*) by Authentic; Bazzill Basics in Yam
Stamps: 42031 – Leaves Plate 4 (*) by Red Castle Stamps; Heartfelt by Penny Black
Dies: 5×7 Matting Basics A by Spellbinders; 5×7 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Copics: G20, G21, G24, G28

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

New Class! Fall Card Class – November 11th & 19th, 2017

Join me as I guide you through coloring four fall themed cards designed by Photo Scrap’s own Lisa Halstead! Techniques include basic blending with Copic markers.

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

COPIC MARKERS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification.

  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • R22: Light Prawn
  • R24: Prawn
  • YR65: Atoll
  • E97: Deep Orange
  • E99: Baked Clay
  • N3*: Neutral Gray No. 3
  • N6*: Neutral Gray No. 6
  • 0: Colorless Blender
* Students can substitute C3/C6 or T3/T6)

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape and scissors.

Leaves Plate No. 4 by Red Castle Stamps

I’m here today with a card featuring one of the red rubber stamp sheets from Red Castle Stamps. These stamp sheets, exclusively available at The Queen’s Ink, are deeply etched and create a clear, crisp impression. Subject matter ranging from antique images of cats, leaves, and vases to classic art, the Gibson Girls, canaries, alphabets, snowflakes, dominoes, textures, prayerful expressions, and more.

To inspire you, I’ve put together a simple, but elegant card featuring an image from Red Castle’s Leaves Plate 4. I used the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp the image on watercolor paper with Versamark ink. Since the stamps are unmounted, I set up the stamping plate as if I were using a clear stamp and adhered the stamp to the plate with a low-tack double-sided tape.

I recently acquired a set of the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens and decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to try them out. I dabbed a little color along the vein lines of the leaf and blended it out with a damp watercolor brush. Once the ink dried, I fussy cut the leaf and mounted it to the card with foam tape for added dimension.

The design papers are from the Bountiful Collection by Authentique. I selected a sentiment from Penny Black’s Heartfelt stamp set and used Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia to coordinate with the autumn tones of the card.

Hope my project has inspired you! And remember – these Red Castle Stamps are only available in limited quantities. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! So don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to stock up on a high quality stamp.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Watercolor Paper by Strathmore; Bountiful One (*) and Bountiful Six (*) by Authentique
Stamps: 42031 – Leaves Plate 4 (*) by Red Castle Stamps, available exclusively at The Queen’s Ink; Heartfelt by Penny Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A & B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder by Ranger
Inks: Versafine in Vintage Sepia by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens (*) by Tonic Studios in Red Apple, Fresh Green, Lemon Zest, Spiced Ginger

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

Autumn’s Opulence by Power Poppy

Welcome back to Rowhouse Greetings! I’m here with another new digital release from Power Poppy called Autumn’s Opulence. You can tell that Marcella had bouquets on the brain – she put this stamp together just before her wedding. Mum’s definitely the word when you color up this opulent fall bouquet — three mums, to be precise. Add in a mixture of fall favorites like Asters, Daisies, Oak Leaves, and Berries, and you have a large-scale image that’s ideal when used on big, bold cards! The set also includes two autumn sentiments.

Rowhouse Greetings | Autumn's Opulence by Power Poppy

When designing my card, I cropped the image, using just the lower portion of the stamp. The result is still as exuberant as the full image. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when coloring bold images like this. I break it down by coloring all of the same type – all the berries, all the asters, just the leaves, etc.  I also try to carry over colors from one element to the next to help tie them together. For example, the yellows and red in the mums and berries are repeated in the oak leaves and flower centers. In the end, it all comes together in one fabulous mix of colors for the fall season.

What challenges do you face when coloring? Where do you get stuck? What do you do to overcome the problem? Leave me a comment – I’d love to hear what you think. I read and appreciate every note!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Micro Basics Midnight Blue Dot by Authentique; Bazzill Basics in Yam
Stamp:Autumn’s Opulence (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: B60, B63, B66, B69, V01 (aster petals) V04, V09, YR16, Y02, Y19 (aster centers); B000, BG20, BV000, Y02 (daisy petals); E25, YR16, Y02, Y19 (daisy centers); R35, R46, R59 (berries); Y02, Y15, Y19, YR16, E07, E25, BV23 (oak leaves); YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (greenery); Y02, Y15, Y19, YR16, E07 (chrysanthemums)

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

Olive and Oak by Power Poppy

I first colored this image by Power Poppy when it was released as a digital stamp, but wanted to  give it another try with the extra sentiments and stamps in the expanded set. But frankly, I didn’t feel like coloring today, so I pulled out some embossing powders to see what I could do.

Some images just need the enhancement that coloring provides, but Marcella’s artwork has so much life and detail that it can take center stage all by itself. So a little heat embossing and a few layers of paper later, we’ve got a beautiful card to kick off the upcoming holiday season.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bountiful Seven from Bountiful Collection by Authentique; Bazzill cardstock in Yam
Stamp: Olive and Oak Expanded Stamp Set (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Inks: Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black; Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink
Embossing Powder: Ranger Liquid Platinum

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