Happy Looks Good on You

I just finished teaching a class at The Queen’s Ink and wanted to show off the cards made for the class. They all feature the quirky and fun images from Paper Artsy paired with a more traditional Penny Black sentiment stamp. This is the first of the three, featuring a smiling, happy monster ready to hug you and probably willing to go home with you!

The background was first colored with a variety of Copic markers in shades of blue and blue green (see below for exact colors). I then dampened a scrap of terry cloth with colorless blender and dabbed the shaded area with the fabric, adding some texture to the background. This is one of my favorite ways to add a background to an image colored with Copics. Students like the technique as well because the colors do not need to be perfectly blended – an added plus when you’re just starting out using Copics.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Borders from the Simply Spring Collection by Bella Blvd; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: ZA02 (*) by elenazinki Art from Paper Artsy; Happy Thoughts by Penny Black
Copics: BG0000, B000, B01, BG10, colorless blender with terry cloth for texture (background); Y02, Y15, Y19, R22, B02, B06 (head); Y15 (hands); R20, R22, B06 (pants); YG09, R22 (sleeves); YG05, YG09, B01, B02, B06 (shoes)

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.

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Alwina the Good Witch

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

I was recently challenged by Rhea Weigand to color this image from Make It Crafty. It’s no secret that I struggle with coloring faces and hair so Rhea purposely picked an image that was far outside the bounds of what I usually color. After several false starts across many days, I finally told myself to just keep going no matter.

Once I got over the initial hurdle, the rest just flowed – selecting colors for the hair, coloring the dress, adding sparkle and shine with Atyou Spica pens. Sometimes you just have to stop overthinking it and just color.

Supplies

Paper: X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamp: Alwina the Good Witch by Make It Crafty
Copics: E50, E00, R01, R02 (skin); BV0000, BV000, BV01, BV04, Atyou Spica pens in Pitch Black & Silver (hair); R81, R83, RE85, RV000, RV10, Atyou Spica pens in Garnet, Lipstick, Clear & Gold, Sakura Gel Pen in White (dress); Y11, Y15, Y26, E27, B0000, B000, B00, B01, B02, BG10, Atyou Spica pen in Silver (crown & sceptre)

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

Headless Horseman

Coloring skin and hair is not my forte and frankly I clench every time I have to color an image of a person because I know that it’s going to take several tries before I get results that are at best passable. But the only way to learn how to do it is simply to do it! Rhea Weigand – our fearless leader over at Passionate Paper Creations & Friends – challenged me to color one of the Make it Crafty Halloween witches – specifically Alwina The Good Witch. So I thought – why not? I can color some great folds in that dress when I’m not agonizing over skin and hair.

But then I came across this Halloween image by Make it Crafty and decided that it was the perfect cheeky response to Rhea’s challenge. And as for Alwina, she’ll have to wait her turn and make an appearance in a future post.

Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Mini Headless Horseman by Make it Crafty Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Core’dinations card stock in Midnight; Bazzil cardstock in Quicksand; Mysterious Two by Authentique
Stamp: Mini Headless Horseman by Make it Crafty
Dies: Basic Stitched Flags (*) by Creative Basics; Tricky Trios by Papertrey Ink
Embossing Folder: Picnic Quilt Embossing Folders (*) by Creative Basics
Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y38, R02, R05, C1, C3, C5 (pumpkin); B91, B93, B95, B97, B99 (cape); YR23, YR24, YR27 (jacket); YR20, YR21 (shirt); N1, N3, N5, N7 (pants); E42, E44 (boots)

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

Feeling Fall

PhebeAs a member of the Instant Gardener team for Power Poppy, I get to color all the new digital stamps that are released each month. But when I saw the new Feeling Fall clear stamp set, I knew that I had to have it. After all, why should the Bloom Brigade get all the fun!

To be honest, I loved it for the spooky black cat (here colored as a slightly menacing tudexo cat) because she reminded me of the grumpy face (shown here) of our own cat Phebe. While Phebe is normally a pretty sweet cat, she does have a way of communicating her displeasure when we run out of her favorite treats.

The background paper is from the Vintage Halloween 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole that I found at A.C. Moore. I don’t usually add a lot of embellishments to my cards (although I recently admitted my addiction to enamel dots), but loved this spooky spider die from Memory Box and thought that it was the perfect enhancement to the paper. I cut him from Bazzill cardstock in black and added a little Glossy Accents to make his body shine.

Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts
Rowhouse Greetings | Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts

That’s all for now — thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Black and Yam; Vintage Halloween 12×12 pad by Love Nicole
Stamps: Feeling Fall by Power Poppy; Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!; Big and Small Spider Dies by Memory Box
Copics: W1, W3, W5, RV10 (cat); Y32, Y35, Y38, R05, C01, C03, C05 (pumpkins); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, W7 (ribbon); BG70, BG72, 0 (background)

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

Maple Sketch

Rowhouse Greetings | Autumn | Tim Holtz Maple Sketch by Stampers AnonymousMy introduction to Tim Holtz products was through the Distress Inks product line — who can resist all those beautiful colors (not to mention those really cute little ink pads) — but I shied away from the various Tim Holtz stamps. While I love vintage images and intrigued by steampunk style, the overall effect is sometimes too fussy for me personally. However, when I started seeing the various the sketch/mini blueprint stamps, I had to give them a try. This maple leaf blueprint is my first, but I have plans for several of the Halloween, Autumn, Christmas blueprint sketches so you’ll see my take on them in the coming weeks.

Supplies

Cardstock: Recollection Cardstock in Brown; Scattered Leaves from the Harvest Collection by Peebles; Strathmore Mixed Media paper
Stamp: Tim Holtz Maple Sketch by Stampers Anonymous
Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko®; Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed by Ranger
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A, A2 Matting Basics B, 6×6 Matting Basics A, 6×6 Matting Basics B all by Spellbinders
Embellishments: 3/8″ brown sheer ribbon by Celebrate It; Jack and Jill Enamel Dots by Echo Park Paper