Victoria Here’s The Dirt

We have a special collaboration post today and coloring challenge to share. Special thanks to Ann from Stamp Anniething for sponsoring this event and to Denise from Whimsy Stamp for supplying the other images to make it complete.

A few of us got together to challenge ourselves in coloring and we hope this inspires you to join along too. The rules were basic… (1) use a Stamp Anniething character, (2) the jar from Atlas Jar, and (3) to incorporate coloring water using Creative Color Placement techniques. Then (4), I added a personal objective onto myself to see how a Polka Dot Pals add-on face would work on these characters.

Following are details on my project but also make sure to visit everyone else and see their amazing projects. Everyone’s project is unique and totally fantastic!!


I started off by stamping the character and the elements on my card. I used a light no-lines color ink so I didn’t worry about masking anything except for the face area which is described further on. There were even a few things I stamped on there that I never colored too – but I don’t think you’ll spot them. Once everything was stamped, then the Creative Color Placement began.
I sketched out the hippo beanie hat on scratch paper to figure out how I wanted it to look. Some stamp companies don’t like it when stampers add pencil marks or black fine-line marker to their images. But I already knew that Ann, and Denise for that matter, was completely ok with this so I lightly sketched the hippo hat onto my project. Otherwise, I would have to start coloring in the hippo without any pencil guides to satisfy the other company’s criteria. Which is what I did for the water puddle, grumpy cloud’s mouth and the rainbow since they didn’t have a lot of detail. I also gave this character a new hair dew (patterned after another Stamp Anniething character) and did this so the hat would “fit” better.
My original concept to incorporate water was to have a giant storm contained in the jar with lightning, thunder and lots of rain. Then the sky outside the jar would have a somber look after a heavy rain storm but with tidbits of a rainbow poking through with sunshine. Yea, that didn’t happen. What resulted was something a lot less dramatic so I felt I had to add another water element and colored in the puddle of water. My overall idea is still there but you’ll have to imagine the stormy ambiance yourself.
The face is a stamp element from the Polka Dot Pals Syeda set. Before stamping the character, I used a cotton swab and wiped off the ink on the original face. This gave me a blank canvas and I chose to use this Polka Dot Pals add-on face stamp. It’s a nice fit so I think any of the add-on faces would look great. If you read this much, then thank you and I hope this project inspires you to color some today. Thank you to Ann, Jennifer, Mindy and Stephen for playing along. Cheers!

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Ink
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Ranger Stickles Glitter – Diamond
Post-It Cover Up Tape 1-Line

Victoria Here’s the Dirt (character, watering can, flower pot)
Polka Dot Pals Syeda (face, flowers, clouds)
Polka Dot Pals Atlas (rain, grumpy face, cloud)
Atlas Jar (jar)

Copic Colors:
N1, 3, 4, 5
R02, 05, E07, 08, 09
E00, 01, 21, 31, R02
E23, 25, 29
E70, 71, 74, 77
Y11, 15, 26, YR31
YG11, 13, 21, 23, 17, 67
B000, 01, 02
BV20, 23, W8
C1, 3, 5
R30, 21, 43
R02, YR21, Y11, G12, B12, V12
YG11, BG10, BG11, B000, B01, B02, V000

2 thoughts on “Victoria Here’s The Dirt

  1. Cute! Love the PD Face elements on a different character and the idea of capturing the dark clouds in the jar. Lovely x


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