Going Catty – Scaredy Cat

I’ve been studying Annabel Haines‘ style on fur because she does an incredible job. In fact, she does amazing on all her projects with added textures and details. So over the years, I’ve been working up the courage to give it a try. I practice here and there but this was the first time I’ve gone full furry on an image. It was good first attempt but I still have more to learn. The image I used was a retired Scaredy Cat rubber stamp which is now available in the Going Catty clear set by Whimsy Stamps.

Annabel has a fur coloring tutorial which shows step by step on how she colors the fur. It’s a great tutorial and is a lot easier than how I did mine. Plus hers turns out better so take your tips from her. 😀
For those who were looking for an eye tutorial on the dragon… well, here it is. Even though this is with colored pencils and not markers, the idea is the same. (1) First, the image’s eyes are usually white (if stamping on white paper) or you should color them white. (2) Then, since eye are not actually pure white, I add shading around the edges to make them look found. On a person, I add shading going from top down. But on this image, and the dragon image, I really wanted the eyes to bulge so I went with a round shape for shading. (3) Next is to color the irides. I like to have some dark at the top and light nearer the bottom. For this image and the dragon, I chose to have one large and one small. (4) The final step is to add black for the pupils and white for the highlight.
My coloring plan was to lay down a base of color for the cat, which you can see on the left side, then add all the fur texture, which you can see on the right. It worked ok but after having so much color down with the pencils, it was very difficult to get a sharp noticeable line for the fur. In some areas, especially the lightest and white areas, it didn’t look like I was adding any coloring at all. For the white, I decided to add more details with the white gel pen. Did it work? Eh, I’m not sure.

Supplies Used:
Balsa Wood
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Ink
Prismacolor Pencils
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Sharpie Black Pen Fine
Echo Park Jack & Jill 6×6 Paper

Scaredy Cat (retired) but now available in Going Catty at Whimsy Stamps

Dudley not with Toilet Paper

Surprise – you may think this is TP Dudley (the freebie from Whimsy Stamps) but that Dudley is all tied up with toilet paper. No, this is Mrs. Dudley! She’s all tied up in her latest quilting project. And with all the time she has on her hands, she’s not complaining.

I altered this image with creative color placement and colored the toilet paper first to make them look like rolls of pieced fabrics. Then I added strands of threads, pins, rolls of thread and a pair of scissors to help “sell” the theme. I think she turned out cute.
Many of you had a sneak peak when it was at this stage and thank you for the suggestions on colors. I wasn’t sure what to do and I agree with most that a gray-scale dragon would have made the colors pop. However, I wasn’t in a gray-scale mood so I went with teal which seems to be a second best choice.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Chipboard Embellishments

Whimsy Stamp:
TP Dudley Freebie

Copic Markers:
R37, 05, YR09, 15, Y17, 13, G14, 46, B02, 16, V09, 15
E21, 23, 25
C1, 3, 5, W1, 4, 8
BG10, 11, 23, 72, 75
YG21, 13
B91, 95
BV20, 23

Dudley with Toilet Paper

This is Toilet Paper Dudley by Dustin Pike which is a freebie at Whimsy Stamps and was one that I had to join in coloring him. I think the hardest part was to decide what color scheme. I’ve been inspired to use yellow so that seemed to be the natural choice.

I used an Action Wobble on the head to make this an action card. It’s fun to make his head wobble with the toilet paper on his head too. In addition to that, I used three images to make this a multi-dimensional image – all the toilet paper areas are popped up on foam dots as well as his head and feet. This turned out to be a really fun card.

These are supplies I used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Pebbles 6×6 Paper – Garden Party
Hampton Art Action Wobble
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Whimsy Stamps:
Dudley Freebie
Polka Dot Pals Khadija (sentiment)

Copic Markers used:
C1, 2, 6
YR30, 31, 21, 23, 24
BG11, 34, 49
G21, 43, 05
110 and BV23

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:

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)

Polka Dot Pals Raden

March is an awesome month but it’s also awesome because there is a new release at Whimsy Stamps featuring two new Polka Dot Pal boy characters! For my sample today, I used Polka Dot Pals Raden, with a few elements from Polka Dot Pals Imogen, and Path in The Woods for the background.

I first colored the Path in the Woods so I could see how much green I could use on the rest of the image and not be too washed out. I settled for adding just a little green on the shirt to help harmonize the two images together.
The Path in the Woods by Dustin Pike is going to be an awesome stamp to use for many themes. Even though it took a while to color it with the dots method, I can’t wait to use it again.
I had tried to add Nivo Crystal Drops to the glasses but was a bit shy about how much I added so it didn’t go on as smooth as I had liked. Then I tried to speed up the drying time with the heat gun – and well, let’s say you don’t want to do that either unless you want a bubbled look. I smoothed it out as much as possible and that was that. Lesson learned.
Here you can see a side by side of the coloring on Polka Dot Pals Raden before and after. I added the glasses from the Polka Dot Pals Fern stamp. Then I colored in my own face without using an Add-on Face from another set.
The fallen tree log in this set has four different options for how you want the end of the stump to look like. I chose to go with the eyes and make the log hollowed out – who know what critters are lurking in there but I think Polka Dot Pals Raden is about to find out.

Copic Markers (character, mushrooms, log):
E41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 49, W7, 9
YR31, BV23, C1, 3
YG61, 63, 67
E30, 31, 35, 37
YR24, E53, 55, 57, 59
Y21, 26, YR30, 31
B91, 95, 97
YR15, 16, 18

Copic Markers (background):
YG01, 21, 23, 25, 67
YG61, 63, 67
G03, 5, 7
B12, T1, 2, 4
E41, 42, 44, 47

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Raden
Polka Dot Pals Fern (glasses)
Polka Dot Pals Imogen (mushrooms)
Path in the Woods

Dragon Pull My Finger

I wanted to show some of my past watercolor attempts which were from a few weeks ago. This one features Dragon Pull My Finger rubber stamp from Whimsy Stamps. I love the images by Dustin Pike and his dragons are so easy to color…even if it is with watercolors.

Colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolors on Craft Perfect cold press 300gsm paper.

I would say I had some difficulty with the watercolors, paper, brush or something. As you can see on the hand and the lamp, I tried to blend too much on the paper and scrubbed the paper away. Overall, it was somewhat frustrating and I wanted it to be more defined. So I pulled out the colored pencils and did some touch up work.

Touch up with Polychromos colored pencils and a white gel pen.

I like this result much better and felt that I salvaged the image. I can still see where the blue brush marker was used to color the sky in the background so I’ve been watching out for that to avoid. In the before and after, I can definitely see a difference on the eyes, tummy and lamp.


I made this card using Beware by Dustin Pike. The center image projects out from the card front about an inch on an accordion strip and bobbles.

Main Stamp: Beware (DPD)
Patterned Paper: Witches Brew Luster Eye See You (Cloud9Design)
Copic Colors:
-words: YG00, YG01, YG03, YG05
-other: B12, B14, B16, 0, W1, W3, YR000, YR01, YR12, YR16, R22, R24, R29, E51, E53

Did you know? The Ostrich is a large flightless bird native to Africa and is the only living species of its family or its genus. The Ostrich is farmed around the world, particularly for its feathers, which are decorative and are also used as feather dusters.
[Ostrich, Wikipedia.org]

Goth Dragon

Here’s another Dustin Pike dragon – with his teddy in hand, he looks ready for the first day of school. Must be Preschool. The challenge was to create a card or project based on the sketch provided and an anything goes challenge.

Challenge: Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch – Challenge #85
Challenge: Stampin’ for the Weekend – Challenge #45
Main Stamp: Goth Dragon (DPD)
Patterned Paper: Grade School (DCWV)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Large & Small Octagons
Copic Colors:
-dragon: R22, R24, R27, R29, YR21, YR12, YR14
-bear: G20, G21, G24, Y32, Y35
-clothes: W02, W04, W06, W08, BV01, BV02, BV04
-other: E50, E51, BV01, BV02, BV04, Y32, Y35

Did you know? “Invictus” is a 2009 biographical drama film based on events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted in that country following the dismantling of apartheid and directed by Clint Eastwood.
[Invictus, Wikipedia.org]

Fly A Kite

This digital stamp is actually a freebie created by Dustin Pike. Just passing along a great find – he has loads of fun images at Doodle Dragon Studios – and at a great price too! (Especially the “left over” 2009 images which are $30 for 233 images!) The challenge entered is to use a favorite stamp and summer theme.

Challenge: Sweet Stampin – Challenge #39
Challenge: Paper Pretties Wednesday – Challenge #18
Main Stamp: Fly A Kite (DPD)
Patterned Paper: Animal Crackers (DCWV)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Copic Colors:
-dragon: YR20, YR21, YR12, YR14, 0
-kite: B93, B95, B97, G20, G21, G24
-sky: B0000, B000

Did you know? The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built from 1788 to 1791. Shortly after the Thirty Years’ war and a century before the gate was constructed, Berlin was a small walled city within a star fort. Relative peace, a policy of religious tolerance, and status as capital of the Kingdom of Prussia facilitated the growth of the city. Today, the Brandenburge Gate is considered one of Europe’s most famous landmarks.
[Brandenburg Gate, Wikipedia.org]