Hare Bear Friends

Part of the new digital stamps release this month are these cute friends – Hare and Bear Friends. I drew these friends for Valentines but then as I was coloring the card, I thought it would be a great “hello spring” card too. Continue reading for more details on how it was created using these key products:

Hare Bear Friends

With the original artwork, I didn’t want to toss it out and my pile of drawn images is getting high – so I thought I would color it up and use it on a card. It’s on sketch paper so I had to make sure to take care coloring it with my Copic markers. For the longest time, I colored all my digi stamps on type paper because my printer doesn’t handle card stock very well. Lately, I’ve been taking it to FedEx to print but sometimes it’s easier to revert back to those skills and color on whatever kind of paper I have.
With Hare Bear Friends colored, I wanted to create a fun yet simple scene. I decided a little cave would be fun and then I added some tall whimsical trees on top. To help the cave look like a cave, I added tree roots. The sky I decided I would keep it simple and have a split warm (the lower half) and cool (top half) card with the color choices. Lastly I stamped Hello using the AlFaDoodles and some sequins.

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Hare Bear Friends

Copic Markers:
(sorry, none recorded)

Linking Train from Whimsy Stamps

Here’s one last Christmas card that I made this year using Linking Train and it has quite a story to go with it. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but just like life, it’s surprising. Read below for more details on how this card came about using these key products:

Linking Train
Polka Dot Pals Brianna
Polka Dot Pals Uzuri

The Linking Train set is one of my favorites because it can be used all year around and the empty train cars give it “loads” of possibilities. For this project, I started with the train engine and three empty cars. Then I grabbed the accessory stamps from Polka Dot Pals Brianna and Polka Dot Pals Uzuri for two of the cars. The middle one was a Whimsy Stamp’s retreat freebie this year and worked great to complete the theme. I then added the train tracks on the bottom.
Coloring the train went quickly and I stuck with a simple color theme – red and green, gold for accents, and browns and grays for the rest. After it was colored, I added some details with the white gel pen by giving patterns to the presents, ribbon and pie dish; and adding accents to the baubles, candy, berries and scarf.
Next was to tackle the background and I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that… so I posted the unfinished picture on Facebook and asked for suggestions. Most of the suggestions were to keep it simple – maybe some hills or trees and a light sky. But one suggestion cracked me up and I had to go with it…
Annabel suggested: “Station, bedecked with fairy lights. Pop a reindeer/Santa in the cab, have it floating thru the night sky? Delivering gifts? Long line of fir trees covered in snow, occasionally one dressed like a Christmas tree with baubles. Inside of the tunnel it is going thru, with icicles hanging down… Field behind filled with festive sheep and bemused sheep dog?”
I wasn’t sure how I was going to get that ALL in there but I added as many details as I could. The bemused sheep dog is currently behind the pie laughing his ears off at the festive sheep. This was one fun card and the background was just as much fun as the Linking Train. Thanks Annabel for the inspiration. 😉

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Linking Train
Polka Dot Pals Brianna
Polka Dot Pals Uzuri
Slimline Card Builder Die
Slimline Scallop Peekaboo 1 Die

Copic Markers (train):
B60, C2
R37, 29, 14
YR18, 16, Y17
Y26, 13, 15
E43, 42, 41, 40
E57, 55, 34, 31
E39, 37, 35
N9, 6, 4, 3, 1
E79, 77, 74
G28, 07, 03

E50, 51, N0
N1, 2, 3, C2, BV20, B0000, 60, 41, 91, BG10
E70, 71, 74, 77, 79
R14, 37, YG00, 23, Y11, 15

Using the OOAK Stamp

The last post featured details on how I carved and created this one of a kind stamp using a Rubber Block and Carving Tools kit I bought on Amazon. Today I’m showing how I used it to create a card. I had to give it a good “test” before sending it off, right? Continue reading for more details on how I created this carding using these key products:

Rubber Block and Carving Tools

With this time of year, it might be easy to assume I carved Santa – but nope! He’s not the only one with a long beard so I was eager to stamp something up and debunk that misconception. This stamp was commissioned by a teacher who wanted to personalize the paper he graded. As a gift to him, I created this card and colored it to his likeness.
I wanted to create a dark background and then have the face colored and stand out in the corner. To do the background, I stamped the heads all around and then colored the background with gray using markers, stencils, alcohol, distressed inks and brushes to get the grunge look. Then I stamped and colored the head on a separate paper and added it to the card front with foam tape. It turned out perfectly if I can say so myself.

List of Common Supplies

Copic Markers:
E13, 18, 29, 49, BV29 (beard)
C2, 4, 6, T5 (headphones)
T3, 5, 7, W8 (cap)
100 (glasses)
E000, 30, 31, 34, E04, BV20, 23 (skin)

Carving a OOAK Stamp

I thought I would try something different and carve a one of a kind stamp. This was commissioned by a teacher who wanted to personalize the assignments he was grading so it’s the size is 1.75″ tall and 1″ wide. It’s small. However, it was a lot of fun and easier than I thought it would be. Continue reading for more details on how it was created using these tools:

Rubber Block and Carving Tools

The concept started with a picture that the teacher wanted me to create into a stamp. Since I’ve manufactured stamps and have a stamp pressing machine in the garage, it was natural to be asked. However, that process is expensive for individual stamps and reserved for mass production. Because this was going to be a one-off, it seemed like a better idea to carve one. I’ve never done that before so why not?!
I purchased a basic carving tool set and rubber block from Amazon. After I drew the image, got it approved and then transferred it to the rubber (reversed image, by the way so don’t forget to do that if you carve something), then I began the process of carving.
Out of all the tools in the rubber carving set, I ended up only using the one tool that had a deep V-shape. I’m not sure how to use the others but perhaps on a larger image they would come in handy. I was surprised how easy it way to carve out the blank areas and I didn’t have to dig as deep as I thought. My initial plan was to just remove what I could then deepen it later but that really wasn’t necessary.
I avoided stamping and testing it out until I thought I was finished. I didn’t want to risk covering up my lines with the ink and then losing the image that still needed to be carved. So when I got to the end, I was finally able to test it out and see how it worked. Wow, it turned out a lot better than I thought – even the mistakes look good and I’m happy with how it turned out. I think I’ll be trying this again!

Country Bike Ride

Winners are announced below. For this project, I pulled out the Slimline Card Builder Die and created a scene with my markers. No stamps used on this one. Continue reading below on how this card was created using they featured products:

List of Common Supplies
Slimline Card Builder Die

Winner of the Polka Dot Pals Raden winter-fication card previously posted is … earthtofaye! Congratulations Faye! Email me your mailing address and I’ll get it in the mail. 😉

All other winners from the DigiMojo event are posted on Facebook.
I created this scene by first sketching it out lightly with a pencil. I started coloring the sky and most of the background elements then worked my way forward. The trees in the foreground, I knew was going to be darker so I didn’t mind coloring the whole background before they were added. The bike was small so I used a marker then added some highlights with a white marker. Lastly the image was cut down to size using the Slimline Card Builder Die and placed on a card front.

Polka Dot Pals Raden from Whimsy Stamps

The DigiMojo Winter Wonderland 12 Days Event has been in motion and I’m thrilled to take part to bring you a fun challenge, inspiration and prizes too. It’s DAY 6 and Whimsy Stamps is graciously donating our featured digital stamp to three lucky participants by commenting in the DigiMojo Facebook group on each of our projects – Annabel, Jennifer and myself have selected three different Polka Dot Pals digital coloring scenes for our projects. We’re giving away our cards too – leave a comment on each of our blogs for a chance to win those happy mail parcels!

The challenge? Use any Whimsy Stamps’ non-winter image and convert it into winter! Extra kudos for using a Polka Dot Pals digital coloring scene. 😀 (Don’t have any Whimsy Stamps yet? Check out the freebies section.) Whimsy Stamps is also giving away a $15.00 gift certificate to the random winner of the challenge. The challenge closes on December 13 and cards must be posted in the DigiMojo facebook group.

Read below for some details on how I colored Polka Dot Pals Raden River Exploring.

Can you take a summer scene and convert it into winter? Challenge accepted! For this challenge I used the digital Polka Dot Pals Raden River Exploring scene. The first thing I need to consider is the color pallet – using cool colors represents a winter climate so I chose blue, teal and purple as the main colors. Secondly, I printed the color in a light gray so I could color over the line, such as the grass tufts, and not worry about about keeping that exact shape and converting it to clumps of snow instead. After the image was colored, the last thing I added was snowflakes…. lots of snow. I think these three tips will help convert any non-winter themed image into a winter one. Good luck!

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Raden River Exploring

Copic Markers:
E31, 35, 23, 25
E71, 74, 77, 79
E41, 42, 43, 49
C1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8
BV23, 29
B32, 34, 95, 97
V20, 22, B12, 45
V06, 09, 17
R32, 35, 37
BG10, 11, 13, 18, 23