Mason Jar Snow Globe

Many of you have seen this already but now here’s all the details plus a ton of pictures. This image was inspired by the coloring challenge with Zoe and Jennifer to color a snow globe. Other than using markers, pencils and white, the challenge was open but the idea was to study the way items reflect in the globe. I decided to go with a mason jar instead of a traditional globe but the challenge was still there.  Here’s the end result…

For this project, I used the following rubber stamps – and how I used them you’ll find below:
Art Impressions Stackers Penguins
And newly created direct from this challenge, and special request by a fan, you’ll find the Mason Jar Snow Globe digital from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

The coloring medium was Prismacolor Pencils on Balsa Wood. The Balsa wood is soft and has a lot of texture which makes it smooth to color on. When you start coloring the first couple of layers, make sure they are light and don’t press hard.  Because the wood is soft, it’s easy to make a valley which will be difficult color around. With each layer of color, you can press a little harder – by time you’re to the end, you can easily press and create smooth blending.

STEP 1: My first step was to stamp the Mason Jar twice so that I could create it upside down. The original jar’s lid has the perspective of being on top so I couldn’t just flip the jar around. I first stamped the bottom then inked part of the top and stamped it under the jar.
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STEP 2: Next, I inked part of the Stackers Penguins to include just the top four penguins. Then I used the Spring Fence and stamped a portion of it on either side. I didn’t bother with masking and about how messy it was going to look because I knew the pencils would cover any lines I didn’t want.
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STEP 3: If just the jar wasn’t enough, I sketched in some elements too!  The words Ball Mason on the partially on the jar and the twine and jingle bells around the lid. This will help me bring in some color from outside of the snow globe.  This will be the challenging part to figure out how those colors will reflect in the jar.
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STEP 4: I started with the bells because they were calling to me and often red it one of the colors that can be daunting. And it helped me set the tone for the rest of the image.  I then used white to help fill in where I wanted the highlighted ares to be on the surface of the jar.
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STEP 5: And then… crazy enough, if the challenge wasn’t hard enough, I threw in a background. These are suppose to be pine needles like a wreath or something back in the distance and sort of blurry.
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STEP 6: I then brought in some of the green to reflect on the jar and around the edges. Plus in the background I added light green. I didn’t add any details showing through the jar because it would be distorted from the liquid.
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STEP 7: Sorry about jumping on this step – sometimes I get carried away and forget to take a photo! Here I added yellow to the star plus the highlights on the penguin. I colored the fence and added snow around the base and tops of the fence. I then colored the penguins’ feet and noses.  Lastly I started on the scarves and hats.  Each color, I added a little of it to the jar edges and to the jar’s lettering.  I know I really jumped – because I did the blue background portion as well.
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STEP 8: Below I finished the hats with white trim and then the penguins in black and white. I thought I had too much color in the jar’s wording so I tried to add some more white back in.
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STEP 9: On this step, I colored the twine and the jar’s lid. At this point, I feel it starting to come together but I’m still struggling with the jar’s reflections. I’m not sure how all these colors are going to reflect but I kept going.
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STEP 10: I added ground and shadows to the ground. Then I started to blend the white in the jar. I also blended around the edges of the jar and add some more white and color in areas. I also added more gray shadows around the base.  This is the last of the pencils.
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STEP 11: For the snow I used, Liquitex Gesso paint. This was to create the snow flakes and also give my white areas the extra highlights.  The Gesso white was much brighter than the pencils so it helped. I added it to the jar’s wording plus the streaks of white reflecting on the jar.
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STEP 12:  After the Gesso dried, I used the Copic T4 and T2 to add some shadows. It’s a bit risky to get the markers dirty but it was just what I needed. This is where shaded some of the snow flakes around the bottom, just on the outer sides. I also added a little shadow behind the bells, twine and lid.
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The last step is to make a card, of course. I kept it simple since the Balsa wood canvas was already very large and I didn’t want the card to be gigantic. Hope you like it and feel free to ask me any questions. 

You can also color this Mason Jar Snow Globe and join the challenge!

Sugar ‘n Spice Dolls Chili Pepper as Frankenstein

This is my Frankenstein creation – complete and alive on a card.  I thought it would be fun to use the Lawn Fawn Polaroid stamp.  Frankenstein was created from Sugar ‘n Spice Dolls Chili Pepper from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  For a limited time, you can get that stamp for free and give it a try yourself.  Muah ha ha ha

There were a lot of conversions on this stamp . . . first the arm was amputated and the shirt decal was removed before I printed it out.  (P.S. Check the TOU before you do this to your digital stamp as some companies don’t allow this.  You are free to do this with a LMMS stamp just as long as you still give credit to LMMS.)

For coloring, I converted the eyeglasses to thick eye brows then added large stitching and neck bolts fitting for a Frankenstein.  Lastly, I added the tears in the shirt and colored a striking background.  (Oh yes, pun intended.  LOL).  This are all fun to do and hope you can give it a try too.  Have some fun! 

Grandpa Fishing

I think this is going to be a project that you’re going to love… at least I know I do! The image is a new release at Little Miss Muffet Stamps, Grandpa Fishing, and a fun one to color too.  But the best part about the card is the background.  My daughter was using her new watercolor paints and colored this picture for me.  I then brought out the black pen and defined the image, colored Grandpa Fishing, and then placed him on this card.

I also used a the Say What? die and Mini Alphabet & Numbers die for the sentiment.  Then I used some Make it Crafty dragonflies and there it all is.

Thanks for coming by today and now I’ll send you over to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps store to check out the New Releases.  Enjoy some shopping!

Skelekinz Haunted House

I had some fun experimenting tonight and was actually able to color AND make a card!  I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through it but it all comes back when ya need it.  🙂  The image I used was Skelekinz Haunted House rubber stamp from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

I started with the tree stencil in the background and really wanted to do something with that.  I used a sponge ink pad to apply the gray, heavily at the top then fading to nothing at the bottom.  I then stamped the Haunted House (which might have been easier to stamp first and mask it.  LOL)  Luckily the colors and position of the house worked out.  Then I applied some doodles around the edge which I’m picking up from Faye at the moment.  🙂  After that, everything else was hit and miss embellishments.

Behind the layered cardstock is cheesecloth with some spiders that I punched out of black paper.  I used puff paint to give them orange eyes.  The stars are brads that I stuck randomly around the top and then I added Baker’s twine at the bottom to ground it all.  Finally the pumpkin charm that has been waiting around for the year was finally selected and I added orange micro-beads in the holes for some color.  Tadah!

Boot House

I’d like to think that maybe, just maybe, I might have inspired Zoe a tiny-wincy to create the impromptu Boot House challenge in the Facebook group; but I doubt that was the case.  In any regards, this is one of the images I colored when Zoe was here visiting.  Coloring the Boot House wasn’t enough so she also challenged me to color a marble sky.  This was done with Prismacolor Pencils on white paper.

I think it worked for the first try but I certainly have some ideas on how to improve it for the next try.  Marble was a tough one and even though I think the effect I got is cool, I’m not sure if it looks like real marble. It was a fun challenge… and now I have a challenge for you too…  you need to get Zoe to post her marble image too!  He he he

Make it Crafty Images:
(plus chipboard corners)
To see the post on the Make it Crafty page, click HERE to view post.

Sugarplums Cherry Emma

Remember the tutorial I did with the waterfall background?  I have finished coloring the character and placed this image on a card.  😀  To finished this project, I went with some Extreme Color Placement and went with another Avatar image.  This project uses the Ivy Swing rubber stamp from Make it Crafty plus a Sugarplums Cherry Emma from CC Designs.

At first I wasn’t sure how I would like the background and was biting my nails through half of it.  But after cropping the image and finishing the card, it actually looks better than I thought!  Ya, that was a bonus!  LOL  I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by today.  😀

Waterfall Tutorial with Ivy Swing

I have a background tutorial that I wanted to share on coloring a distant waterfall on a tropical world, far, far away!  The planet of Avatar to be exact, however, you can use this same technique for a waterfall on any of your projects.  First of all, my project uses the Ivy Swing rubber stamp from Make it Crafty plus a Sugarplums Cherry Emma from CC Designs.  The character was stamped first and masked with a sticky-note then the Ivy Swing was stamped on top of that.  The positioning was tricky but I was lucky this time.

I started with the Ivy Swing and colored the leaves, flowers and birds.  The colors are actually listed down on my paper if you’re able to see them but you’re going to need better eye sight than me at the moment.  LOL  Unfortunately, I don’t have the originals either.   But the tutorial is more about the technique than the colors so you can substitute for the colors that you like.

The next plan of action was to sketch in where the water would be falling.  I looked at waterfall pictures and thought it would be something like this.  Next time I would watch the direction of the splashed a little more but this works for now.  I used a lighter color for this step and will bring in the darker colors later.

Here’s the darker colors I was talking about!  I went all the way to the darkest color in the spectrum and then I’m going to work back to the lightest color.  I wasn’t sure what I was doing at this point and was starting to get second guesses – I thought for sure I messed it up.

For the next couple of steps, the basic idea is to work from the darker colors into the lighter colors.  I’m not going to worry about blending at this point and I just want to layer in the colors.  I used colors from dark blue, gray to light blue and light turquoise.


The final step was to use the blender pen and the lightest colors to blend in all the layers.  The lower part fades off but when I get that cut off it actually looks better.  That’s the end of the tutorial – the next steps are the finish coloring the character and make a card… to be continued!  But you can find the end of that story on another day!  😀