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?

Polka Dot Pals Khadija

This is a new release at Whimsy Stamps for this month and she is named Polka Dot Pals Khadija. I added the face that was included and used the wings and fireflies together to create this little scene. In addition to using those elements from the set, I added pointy ears through creative color placement and made her more fairy like.

She was colored as a fairy ladybug with the bright red wings. From the top photo, you can see how much this Polka Dot Pal was transformed from the original uncolored state to the finished colored image. I love the Polka Dot Pals, even with those annoying beady eyes, because there are so many possibilities. And once colored (even without a face) they’re still adorable. So pick up your sets at Whimsy Stamps and let’s see what you can color!

Polka Dot Pals Imogen and Mason Jar

Here’s another version of Polka Dot Pals Imogen clear clear stamped inside the Mason Jar rubber stamp, both available at Whimsy Stamps. This time I went with pink fairy dust in the snow globe and also added some extra features. Can you spot them without me pointing them out?

This image was stamped in a very light beige color ink which allowed me to use something other than blue for the jar coloration. It worked well with the pink.
The Polka Dot Pals stamp line are so fun to color and so versatile as well – you can change the look of the whole image just by giving it different elements and or faces. Here are some of the ones I’ve already colored using the four release from last month and this month. I haven’t even begun to start with the elements yet.
Ok, times up! I added extra twine to create a bow under the bells and then, of course, added a face to this cutie pie and the fairy dust in the jar. Did you get those three? You could probably count the ladybugs as additions too or you can use the ones from the stamp set.
Mason Jar rubber stamp

Galaxy Galore Background

It’s a new release at Whimsy Stamps and I’ve created a card using the new Galaxy Galore Background along with the Bundled Up stamp in the foreground. There are loads of other inspiration from the Whimsy DT this week.

I started with embossing the background in white then used my sponge to ink on the blue and faded it towards the bottom. For the girl, I colored her with markers first and then used the pencils to create the knitting. I’ll be forever grateful to Annabel for enlightening my world with this texture. I love it!

These are the Copic Markers that I used:
W10, E49, 47, 33
E31, 33, 35, 23, 27
W5, 7, 9, C3, 5
E04, 02, R05, 12
BG49, 45, 53, 10
Here are Prismacolor Pencils used:
1027, 1015, 992, 938, 105
Distressed Ink: Tumbled Glass

This and other Whimsy Stamps are available at Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

Reindeer Kitty

I have a Christmas project this week using Reindeer Kitty from Whimsy Stamps. I wanted to work on fur texture so I pulled up some pictures of cats and settled on a common tabby. I started with the lightest color and worked towards the dark. Then without blending, I tried to pull in some of the lighter colors where it was needed.

Here are the Copic markers I used on Reindeer Kitty:
YG01, 23, 63
Y21, 26, 28, YR23
E04, 42, 43, 44, W5, 9
R12, 05, 46, 59
BV23, C3
This and other Whimsy Stamps are available at Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

Fantail Goldfish

For my project, I’ve used Fantail Goldfish a DoveArt for Whimsy Stamps rubber stamp. I wanted to try something different and stumbled across Nicoletta‘s amazing water project. She was following a tutorial on the Copic Italia blog and I knew that was something I should try. So this is my first attempt on the Faintail Goldfish. It was about step three that I decided I didn’t like it, however, I pushed through to finish so I could learn from my mistakes. I think the next time will be a little easier.

Here are the Copic markers I used on Fantail Goldfish:
Y11, 23, 26, YR02, 04, 21, E21
B00, 12, 23, 32, 95, 97
G00, V01, V12, BV00, R05
This and other Whimsy Stamps are available at Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

Merry Moose-mas

My project was inspired again by Annabel and her awesome knitting pattern which I colored again on this Moose. This is Merry Moose-mas from Whimsy Stamps. I colored the scarf and hat originally in Copic markers but wasn’t able to get the details I was looking for. So I then went over it with Prismascolor pencils and brought back in the details.

These are the Copic markers I used on Merry Moose-mas:
B21, 95, 39
BG11, 13, 23, 18
C1, 3
E42, 43, 44, 47
W1, 4, 6, 8, 9
E51, 53, 55, 31, 53
This and other Whimsy Stamps are available at Little Miss Muffet Stamps.
 

Flower Fairy

I thought this little fairy would be perfect as a little bee so I dug out my yellow and black papers from the back and colored her up.  This is Flower Fairy from Whimsy Stamps and I also used the Card Builders Window Die set from Whimsy Stamps too. I colored her outfit first and wasn’t sure where to go with the hair color but thought a little green with be refreshing.

These are the Copic markers I used on Flower Fiary:
YG21, 17, 23
W3, 4, 5, 6
YR30, 31, Y32, 35, 38, Y26
B0000, 000, 01, 02
E00, 30, 31, 29, 49, C3, R12
B97, 93, 05, 01
YG63, C1, 3, BV23

Emma and Aime

It’s release week at Whimsy Stamps and I have some new products to show off. For my project I’ve used Emma and Aime as well as the new Card Builder Windows die released this month too. I fussy cut around the image and used just one of the fairy girls.

These are the Copic markers I used on Emma and Aime:
E30, 31, 35, R12
C2, B97, 93, W8
R83, 85
RV23, 20
B91, 95, 97
YG17, 23
YR30, 31, 23