Water Mill and Polka Dot Pals Raden from Whimsy Stamps

I have an epic project to share today and the main event is on YouTube as we’re having a Whimsy Stamps’ Slimline Dies Video Hop and your first stop on the hop is HERE. I’m on that hop and this is the project I created. You can watch me speed color these images on my YouTube channel and then below I’ve provided the details. Read below for more details on how this card was created using these featured products:

Neenah Desert Storm 80#
Slimline Card Builder Die
Water Mill
Tree Swing
Stone Path
Polka Dot Pals Raden

The first thing I decided in making this card was the size and orientation – Slimline is the theme of the hop so I really only had to figure out portrait or landscape. I knew I wanted to mix DoveArt stamps with the Polka Dot Pals to create a scene so that’s where I started by selecting the background stamps. I could have picked a number of stamps to set up the background so I kept in mind of which character I was going to use and how they would all coordinate together.
Coloring on this started at the top and I worked my way down. I stamped and colored the background on Neenah Desert Storm 80# which adds a nice earthly feel to the project. It changes the colors a bit on how they look when compared to coloring on white so the background is less bright and more muted. That’s what I was going for.
The character, Polka Dot Pals Raden, was stamped and colored on Hammermill Premium Color 100# white paper. As you can see here how much brighter he looks. It’s a great way to add focus to the character while having a busy background scene. Coloring Polka Dot Pals Raden was really quick too because I kept the color blending simple and also used black ink to stamp with. I think he was colored in 12 minutes from start to finish.
Here’s the background that uses Water Mill, Tree Swing and Stone Path before I used the Slimline Card Builder Die on it. I had colored it on a larger size so I knew the whole area would be covered, but once it was finished, it was very hard to cut down.
One of the final touches was to add a scratch & sniff sticker that smelled like pine trees. I’ve had these for a while but didn’t have an opportunity to use them until now and the theme fit perfectly. So I wrote the words “scratch & sniff” on the card and placed the sticker. I bought some new smells too so I’m excited to use them more often.

List of Common Supplies
Neenah Desert Storm 80#
Hammermill Premium Color 100#
Tsukineko Memento Various Colors
Inky Antics Pine Tree Scratch & Sniff Stickers

Whimsy Stamps:
Slimline Card Builder Die
Water Mill
Tree Swing
Stone Path
Polka Dot Pals Raden

Copic Markers on Water Mill:
R05, 37 (red flowers)
BG34, B41, 95, 97 (water, blue flowers)
T4, 5, 7 (roof)
C2, 4, 6 (stones)
E71, 74, 77 (water mill)
YG63, 93, 95, 99 (greenery)
YG67, G43, 46 (greenery)
YG01, 23, 17 (grass)
BV25 (shadows)
Stabilo All Watercolour Effect Pencil White

Copic Markers on Polka Dot Pals Raden:
E71, 74, 77, 79, T8, Y32, 26 (tree log)
BV25 (shadows)
Y11, 15, 26 (yellow shirt)
YR21, 16, 18, 27 (orange shirt)
E31, 23, 25 (skin)
B41, 95 (jeans)
T5, 7, 8 (shoes, hair)


Polka Dot Pals Imogen from Whimsy Stamps

Here’s a familiar scene but now it’s been filled with curiosity and good friends. This was my original aspiration for the Garden Door stamps but the background turned out so well that I had to show it off individually before continuing. Now Polka Dot Pals Imogen has arrived. Read below for more details on how this card was created using these featured products:

Polka Dot Pals Imogen
Garden Door

The background is the Garden Door stamp and you can see what it looked like before our friends arrive. Click on this link HERE to see that. I then proceeded to color the character stamps, Polka Dot Pals Imogen, and all her insect friends to fill out the scene.
I colored Polka Dot Pals Imogen in purple and blues because I wanted to pull the colors from the wisteria flowers and the sky beyond to help round out the focal point. Plus it helps to make her stand out more among all the other colors.
The extra stamps were cut out and instead of leaving a white border around the edges, I used the lighter colors from the background and colored that part. Before the white stood out too much and was distracting. Now it looks more like she is part of the scene and that they were meant to be together. Polka Dot Pals Imogen comes with the sentiment “BONHOMIE” which means “cheerful friendliness; geniality” and would be a great sentiment to add to the inside.

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Imogen
Garden Door

See this post HERE for Copic Markers on the Garden Door.
Copic Markers (for Polka Dot Pals Imogen and friends):
BG93, 96, 99
YG12, 23, 91, 93, 95, 99
R32, 35, 39
B41, 93, 95, 97, BG32
Y26, 15, YR16
E71, 77, 74, 15
C1, 2, 3, 5
YG91, BV23, 25
V12, 06, 09, 28, BV08, 17

Garden Door from Whimsy Stamps

Winners announce plus step through this enchanting Garden Door into paradise! With lots of flowers and an inviting terrace, this garden door can meet a variety of needs. I chose to go for a sympathy card and I added wisteria and double stamped a few sections to create this scene. Read below for more details using these key products:

Garden Door
Card Builder Windows

The Garden Door is an awesome stamp and with the little bit of foliage hanging down the arch, I knew right away that I wanted to add purple wisteria along the top. Wisteria has actually been on my to-do list of coloring so I’m glad I was able to fit it in.
This stamp’s dimensions are squarish but I knew I could extend the image and create a full size image for the card. I knew the wisteria on the top would fill in that section so I stamped the door on the top but positioned down 1/3 the card. I then inked up the lower two corners, separately, and stamped just those parts again lower down. You can see what that looks like in the image below.
Next was to extend the cobble stone path. This took a couple tries to make it look right because I had trouble deciding which way the path should lead. In the end, the direct path (pun intended) seems to be the best. After sketching it in with pencil, then I used C1 and C3 to draw in the lines. Later I added more color and depth with C5, YG91, BG23, E71 and E72. It’s an odd combination but worked. Lastly after the whole image was colored, I used my Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen to bring in some highlights and darkened the outside edge with Black Soot Ranger Distressed Inks (which was applied with the Crafting Ink Blending Brushes).

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Garden Door
Card Builder Windows

Copic Markers:
BG93, 96, 99
YG12, 23, 91, 93, 95, 99
R32, 35, 39
B41, 93, 95, 97, BG32
Y26, 15, YR16
E71, 77, 74, 15
C1, 2, 3, 5
YG91, BV23, 25
V12, 06, 09, 28, BV08, 17

Announcing Winners!!

Thank you everyone for participating in the Facebook Tagging Party and for following this blog. I’m super excited it was shared with so many friends too! Random.org was used for the winners.

The winner of this giveaway (the stamp and card) is … Katya Bess

Plus these tagged friends of hers win a secret card …
Amy Young, Marcia Caradinta, and Sue Hastead

Congratulations ladies!! Please Contact Me with your mailing address and I’ll get these happy mail items out to you shortly.

The stamp is the character from the Polka Dot Pals Syeda clear stamp set and the card features Polka Dot Pals Jayden Farm Break digital coloring scene, both from Whimsy Stamps.

The Mailbox

I liked the full size background of this stamp so much that I needed to make a second card. This is The Mailbox rubber stamp by DoveArt Studios and available at Whimsy Stamps. The color scheme on this one was so that the flowers, Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea), would stand out the most.

I colored the bird as Northern Parulas which matched well with the letter in the mailbox and the house. Another thing I did was to extend the stamp size in height and width. So the extra set of windows on the house and the top part of the trees were added through creative color placement. It might have been easier to add to the other side but I wanted more of the house so I took the time on that side.
The sentiment is a chipboard embellishment from Make it Crafty and I happily have a stash that I can pull from. However, there are some chipboard embellishments available at Whimsy Stamps. This one comes in two layers which Make it Crafty was the trend setter of this style. I colored the top layer with my Copic markers in the same color as the flowers.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Tsukineko Memento Ink Rich Cocoa
Tsukineko Memento Ink Bamboo Leaves

Whimsy Stamps:
The Mailbox
chipboard embellishments

Copic Markers:
Y11, 21, YR24, R05
B00, 12, 23, 06, 95
BG10, 11
E42, 43, 44
T2, 4, 6
YG21, 23, 67, 99
Y21, R05, 29

Polka Dot Pals Mason and The Mailbox

For this project, I’ve mashed up a Polka Dot Pal with a DoveArt stamp and created this scene. These combination is always fun to work on and they make great scenes. This one features The Mailbox in the background and Polka Dot Pals Mason as the character. I’d swoon too if someone put a friendly note in my mailbox with flowers. Sigh

The red and yellow flowers are colored like Indian Blankets which are pentifiul this season around Texas. I think the yellow tips are stunning and pulls this flower over from the weed category into the desirable category. I’m so glad there are fields and fields of these to enjoy.
The character is Polka Dot Pals Mason and I’ve added elements from the Polka Dot Pals Fern set – her glasses and the sentiment. On the glasses, and the center of the flowers, I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to give it a little more texture and shine. It’s a subtle effect but looks great when see in real life.
The background was stamped in green and brown ink. To do this, I inked up the entire stamp in green then dabbed the brown in sections such as the mailbox and the house. I didn’t worry about getting some on the green trees/grassy area and thought that would add extra dimension when I colored it. The character was stamped in black.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Tsukineko Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
Tsukineko Memento Ink Rich Cocoa
Tsukineko Memento Ink Bamboo Leaves

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Mason (character)
Polka Dot Pals Fern (face and sentiment)
The Mailbox

Copic Markers:
E30, 31, 35, 79, T1, 3, 8
YG21, 23, 67
Y11, 21, YR24, R05
BG11, 13, 49
B00, 12, 23, 06, 95
BG10, 11
E42, 43, 44
T2, 4, 6
YG21, 23, 67, 99
Y21, R05, 29

Polka Dot Pals Raden

This was a fun project for me that I’ve been working on this week which uses electronics. The scene was created using Polka Dot Pals Raden and Tree Swings from Whimsy Stamps. I then used an EZ Light kit to make this an interactive card.

The character in this scene is Polka Dot Pals Raden and instead of using the elements in the same set, I decided to pair it with a DoveArt stamp, Tree Swing. I used creative color placement technique and colored in the face of Polka Dot Pals Raden myself. The faces I color in are always different as I get inspiration from my fellow colorists. On this one the nose and mouth was inspired by Faye and her awesome coloring of Polka Dot Pals Atlas and Polka Dot Pals Syeda.
I usually color the face and character first before the background but I was so excited about the idea of light up fireflies that I reversed my process and started with the background first. Once it was complete then I used my small hole punch for the lights to poke through and taped the light kit on the back. After testing it, I realized those little LEDs are b-r-i-g-h-t! Too bright! So I had to get a larger punch tool out to create yellow dots to cover the lights. Next time, I’ll need to test out the lights before punching holes to see the effect. Lesson learned.
The PUSH HERE button is a small set from Lawn Fawn set and I colored it with Copic markers then attached it to the card with foam dots. Between the two layers of cardstock there are also two layers of foam tape to give space between the layers for the light kit. With all those layers this is a sturdy card to hold.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Ink
EZ Lights by Pear Blossom
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Raden
Tree Swing
Push Me

Copic Markers:
YG21, 23, 13, 17, 67
C1, 3, 5
E43, 44, 47, 49
E70, 71, 74, 77, 79
BG10, B000, B12, 45, 34, 91, 93, 95, 97
E000, 30, 31, 34
YR30, 31, 15, 18