Duck Stackers

I really enjoy the stackers from Art Impressions and was happy to be able to get this Duck Stackers or ordered from Amazon last week. So I set off to use it right away and paired it with the fence from Polka Dot Pals Fern in the background. I originally was going to do a rainbow scheme but then decided I would do a rainbow of actual duck colors. After some Google research, this is what I ended up with.

The fence from Polka Dot Pals Fern made it easy to add a scene and I finished it up with a few hills in the background and some trees. I thought about adding clouds but decided I like the look of a solid sky which made me think the ducks were reaching for the sky. I think these ducks could easily be colored up as birds so that would look cool. If you try it, I’d love to see it.
I like how this turned out. I’d make a few adjustments next time such as ensuring the color placement of each duck – in this example, the brown duckling kinda gets lost with the fence. Swapping the white duck above with the brown duck would have been a better choice. Oh well, just forget what I said and you’ll never notice.

These are the supplies used on this card:
Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Whisper

Stamps:
Duck Stackers by Art Impressions
Polka Dot Pals Fern (fence) by Whimsy Stamps

Copic Markers:
C1, 2 3, 5
T1, 2, 4, 6, 8
E40, 42, 43, 44
E31, Y00, 21, 32, YR30, 31, 12, 15, 19, 24, 27
R02, 24, 27
0, BV23
E21, 23, 25, 27, 29
YG21, 23, 25, 67

Three Stars Matchboxes

I’ve been collecting a match boxes and specifically like to look for vintage or unique ones at antique stores or flea markets. There are not very many but occasionally I’ll spot one for a good price. I even found a small vintage pill box that I’m excited to use one day. I would like to create small scenes in them like a world of their own but I’m afraid I’d ruin them in the process. So I decided to buy some to practice with and spotted this interesting brand on Amazon: Swedish Three Stars Safety Matches.

In these boxes are just paper scenes but that’s a good place to start. My first one was the snail with mushrooms. I used die cuts from Whimsy Stamps and the snail is from Polka Dot Pals Imogen set. The other two use stamps from Mama Elephant called Bookworm. My daughter gave me a box of colored pencils so we sat down and colored together – she did the cat one and I did the dog. Other supplies were used as well and are all listed below.

Here are the supplies used:

(top: dog and worm)
Swedish Three Stars Safety Matches
Paper Mill Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock
Mama Elephant Bookworm clear set
Cra-Z-art Colored Pencils, 72 Count

(middle: cat)
Swedish Three Stars Safety Matches
Paper Mill Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock
Mama Elephant Bookworm clear set
Cra-Z-art Colored Pencils, 72 Count
MT Washi Masking Tape – Books

(bottom: snail)
Swedish Three Stars Safety Matches
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Polka Dot Pals Imogen clear set (snail)
No-See All Season Tree die set (mushrooms and grass)
Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue – Diamond

Wyanet (Beautiful)

I’ve had my eye on this cutie for a while and was thrilled to be able to color her up. This is Wyanet (Beautiful) from Whimsy Stamps and in the background is Path in the Woods, also by Whimsy Stamps. I thought with her sitting on the cliff ledge she would be perfect to look over all of the forest.

One of my favorite things was coloring the Path in the Woods with a river instead of a path. This was an idea I saw from Megan who was the guest designer at Whimsy. It was a brilliant idea and added some versatility to the background stamp. When coloring the background, I tried it differently from my last one but not quite as happy with the foliage as I wanted to be so I think that’s a challenge to try it again… and find another way. Any suggestions?

Here are the supplies I used:

Miscellaneous:
Paper Mill Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock
Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Whisper
Make it Crafty Chipboard Embellishments

Whimsy Stamps:
Wyanet (Beautiful)
Path in the Woods

Copic Markers:
B00, 91, 45, 97 (river)
W3, 4, 5, 7 (rocks)
G24, YG13, 63, G17, 14, 29, YG21 (forest)
BG15, E30 35, 57 (sky and signs)
Y18, YR16, R05, 29 (fish on signs)
E000, 30, 31, 33, R12 (skin)
E21, 25, 27, 49, C0, 3 (eyes)
E50, 51, 53, 42, 43, 44, 47 (clothes)
BG11, 23, 07 (jewelry)
YR21, 16, 18 (clothes accents)
T8, 7, 5, 4 (hair)
BV23 (shadow)

Strawberry Panda

I’ve been poking around this weekend and felted this Strawberry Panda. It was a kit I ordered from Amazon over a year ago so it was about time I got to it.

I started with the head and when I realized it wasn’t going to look exactly like the picture, then I allowed myself a few more alterations – the main one being that this panda sits and has a mushroom hat instead of a strawberry hat. I couldn’t understand why the strawberry had white seeds so I made the white spots larger and now it’s a mushroom. I also made the white seeds black on the strawberry bag. It was a fun little project.
Zoinks – I see some stray strands. I’ll probably poke on ’em a tad bit more or look for my scissors.

Polka Dot Pals Imogen

Ready for another Polka Dot Pals scene? This one is using Polka Dot Pals Imogen as the center piece and colored on Neenah Desert Storm paper with Copic markers. I’m really enjoying this look so I’ll be doing a lot more. Plus I might look into other colors – do you know of any to recommend?

Most of the elements on this card are from the Polka Dot Pals Imogen set, including the sentiment. The wings were added from the Polka Dot Pals Kadija set. The sentiment was stamped in green so I could create a ground for her to sit on – I wanted it to be there but not to stand out more than the character. Bonhomie, by the way, means a cheerful friendliness. (Pronounced like bon-a-me.)
On the finished card, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops, Morning Dew, to give the idea of fireflies or fairy dust in the air – you know, all that sparkling magic that happens around fairies – yea, I wanted that to happen here too.
I stamped the wings in blue ink then colored them lightly with Copic Markers. To get the final result, I outlined them with a white gel pen. This shows the scene being created and below you can see the how the image started out – especially on the face where so much details was added.

Here are the supplies I used on this card:

Papers:
Neenah Desert Sand Cardstock
Park Lane Paperie Woodland

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Imogen
Polka Dot Pals Kadja

Copic Markers:
E30, 31, 35
E70, 71, 74, 77
R02, 05, YR09
YG95, 93, 61
BG11, 72, 75, 34
N1, 3, 4, 5, 8

Extras:
Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew

Dare to Dream

For this project, my daughter rolled the dice and selected a stamp an older stamp from the shelves. Literally, we have two dice that help us pick from my stash and use some of my old favorites. This one is Dare to Dream by Whiff of Joy.

This was daughter #1. We colored side by side and she chose the papers then colors. It was fun and she is learning a lot with the Copic markers. I suppose this means I have to share them more often.
She chose to keep to just the coloring but I proceeded to make a quick card out of mine using the paper she chose and a few embellishments to round it out.

Here are the supplies used on my card:

Papers:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
WeR Memory Keepers North Pole

Stamp:
Dare to Dream by Whiff of Joy

Copic Colors:
BG10, 11, B12, BG72
C1, 3, BV23
E71, 74, 77, 79
E31, 30, 000, RV95, RV12
R22, 46
YG21, 23, 67

Polka Dot Pals Harley

Move over Chef, there’s a new Count in town! Here’s another example of Extreme Creative Color Placement on Polka Dot Pals Harley and this time he’s come out as Count von Count. “I am the Count. They call me the Count because I love to count things”

This was a challenge to color a Polka Dot Pals character as a Muppet – HERE is the Swedish Chef and Jennifer colored Animal HERE. We used Polka Dot Pals Harley on all these modifications.

Someone had asked if I could do a tutorial on faces and this one is as good as any. So scroll down and follow along as I color Count von Count.
I start with one of the lighter colors and map out the shadows. This allows me to see what it would look like without investing in the placement. The lighter color can be blended out.
I think jump into the darkest color and start laying down the shadows. IN this example, I realized I didn’t want as much dark as I had originally colored with the lightest color so you can still see a lot of that showing through.
Here I moved to a medium tone and started blending between the darkest color and this medium color. For this example, I’m only using three colors so I’ll be going back and forth between the lightest, medium and darkest colors.
I felt I had blended too much of the darkest color out so I went back in and added some on the areas I really wanted dark. I went back and forth between the darkest and medium colors until I was happy with the depth and blending. Then I started adding the lightest color and blending out the hard line between the two colors.
Here shows what it looks like when I’m finished with the lightest color. As you notice there are some areas that are not colored at all. By leaving some white, this will give me an extra tone and a better highlight on the image. I leave this for the last and then color the area ONCE with the lightest color. Then very lightly blend in any harsh lines.
Lately I’ve been saving the nose for the last and this simple shape made it easy to do so. I colored it quickly and now I can move on to the eyes, monocle and hair. At the moment, this is the same technique I use for all the faces that I color. Hope it’s something that has helped you out.

Here are the supplies I used on my card.

Papers:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Echo Park Jack & Jill

Whimsy Stamp:
Polka Dot Pals Harley

Copic Markers:
BG72, 75, 78 (cape)
R02, 24, YR16, Y35, YG09, B16, W7, 5 (inside cape)
R24, 27, 59 (shirt details)
W3, 5, 7, 8, BV23, T7
E31, 35, 37, 39 (mushrooms)
E42, 43, 44 (stump)
YG21, 23, 25, 67, G17 (grass)
V12, 15, 17 (skin)
B00, 12, 91, T1 (background)

Embellishments:
Liquid Pearls

Polka Dot Pals Harley

Polka Dot Pals Harley is a hardcore character and also one that has many faces, literally! This is a challenge I did with Jennifer Dove to color a Muppets character using Polka Dot Pals Harley clear stamp. She went with Animal and I chose the Swedish Chef. This is considered extreme creative color placement.

Visit Jennifer’s Animal post HERE.
(and a hug thank you to her for the inspiration, wood grain paper, and much more!)

First of all, let’s start with what Polka Dot Pals Harley look like:

This is always a fun thing to see – the original image layered over the colored image. You can see how much was changed from his head to his toes. Below is what the actual clear stamp looks like:
Polka Dot Pals Harley from Whimsy Stamps
I first started with a lightly stamped image and sketched in my details. The face would be the important part and the eye placement worked well for my character. The hat, however, was a challenge to think through. I decided to taper the head and have the hair be hidden within the hat. You’ll notice the shadow I have is actually the top of the hair outline. I also pulled down the chin so there wasn’t a neck anymore.
Next was all about the coloring. I tried to get some texture in the face to match the Muppet but half way through my markers got all gummy so I had to stop. I would fix that later with colored pencils but for now, the face and hair will have to stand out badly.
After the image was colored (you’ll see the finished one below), I came back in to fix the face and hair with the colored pencils. As you can see, on the right is Copic only and you can see how gummy it got. The right side is smoothed out with the colored pencils on top.
Here’s the finished one – “Börk börk börk.” When I colored the stump, I decided to ignore the mushroom details since I already had plenty of details in the image itself.
Finally a challenge wouldn’t be as fun if there wasn’t an accomplice! Pop on over to Jennifer‘s site to see details on Animal. “I want to eat drums!”

Here the list of Copic Markers I used:

BG000, 11, 10
N0, 2, 4, 6
B000, 91, 95, 97
E000, 51, 53, 35, 02, 41, 42 (skin)
E21, 23, 25, 27, 29 (hair)
R11, 12, 93, 95, E04 (nose)
R35, 37, 32, 20
E41, 42, 43, 44
R12, 05, 14, 27, 89
YR02, 04, 09
E70, 71, 74, 77 (trunk)
YG21, 23, 25, 45, G24, 28 (grass)
BV23, 21
Plus some Polychromos colored pencils on the face

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Harley

Paper:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Park Lane Paperie Woodland

Don’t forget to visit Jennifer’s Animal post HERE
…and we challenge you to join us! What can you create?

Beary Big Hugs

This was another coloring session with my 2nd daughter and she decided to make a bookmark with this Elisabeth Bell stamp, Beary Big Hugs. Mine is on the left and hers is on the right. She was working on blending with the Copic markers and I think she did an awesome job!

These are the Copic colors I used:
BV23, N0, 2, 3, 5
E30, 31, 35, 37
BG11, 72, C5
E40, 41
E000, 30, 31, R12
YR30, 31, 23, 24, Y21
RV11, R32, 43

Stamp:
Belles ‘n Whistles E. Bell Beary Big Hugs

Papers:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
WeR Memory Keepers Harvest

Polka Dot Pals Harley

New releases are at Whimsy Stamps for the month of March and this is one of them – Polka Dot Pals Harley. I created this scene using a few of the other Polka Dot Pals sets as well: Polka Dot Pals Fern, Polka Dot Pals Imogen and Polka Dot Pals Syeda. It’s just so fun to mix and match these sets and I often have them all out on the coloring desk for me to use.

So which sets did all the elements come from? Polka Dot Pals Harley and the frog are the main characters. Then I used the fence from Polka Dot Pals Fern and nestled Harley in-between the two fence posts. From Polka Dot Pals Imogen, I used the mushroom stamp. Then the clouds and hay straw are from Polka Dot Pals Syeda. For this scene, I colored my own face and then added the freckles from Polka Dot Pals Fern.
This scene was actually created by my youngest daughter who wanted to color along with me. This is her coloring and I think she did a great job. But most importantly, we had fun together.
I like to show the before and after coloring, especially of the faces, to show how much character can be added. Harley started out with two dots for eyes and a strand of straw.
Here’s a close up of his face. I wanted to go for a crooked smirk so it looked like he was smiling but also chomping down on that strand of straw so it wouldn’t slip out of his mouth.

These are the supplies that I used on my project:

Paper:
Make it Crafty Blending Cardstock
Park Lane Paperie Woodland

Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Harley (character and frog)
Polka Dot Pals Fern (freckles and fence)
Polka Dot Pals Imogen (mushrooms)
Polka Dot Pals Syeda (clouds and straw)

Copics:
E70, 71, 74, 77 (fence)
C1, 3, 5 (eyes, teeth and nails on fence)
YR09, 12, 30, 31, Y21, 24 (mushroom)
W1, 3, 4, 8 (mushroom and clouds)
B91, 93, 95 (pants)
B01, 00, 0000, 41 (shirt)
G05, 03, 82, 12, 20, Y21 (frog)
G14, 17, 28 (grass)
YR24, 16, E08, 57 (hair)
E000, 00, 30, 31, R12 (skin)
BG0000, 11, 10 (sky)
BV23 (drop shadows)