Linking Train from Whimsy Stamps

Here’s one last Christmas card that I made this year using Linking Train and it has quite a story to go with it. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but just like life, it’s surprising. Read below for more details on how this card came about using these key products:

Linking Train
Polka Dot Pals Brianna
Polka Dot Pals Uzuri

The Linking Train set is one of my favorites because it can be used all year around and the empty train cars give it “loads” of possibilities. For this project, I started with the train engine and three empty cars. Then I grabbed the accessory stamps from Polka Dot Pals Brianna and Polka Dot Pals Uzuri for two of the cars. The middle one was a Whimsy Stamp’s retreat freebie this year and worked great to complete the theme. I then added the train tracks on the bottom.
Coloring the train went quickly and I stuck with a simple color theme – red and green, gold for accents, and browns and grays for the rest. After it was colored, I added some details with the white gel pen by giving patterns to the presents, ribbon and pie dish; and adding accents to the baubles, candy, berries and scarf.
Next was to tackle the background and I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that… so I posted the unfinished picture on Facebook and asked for suggestions. Most of the suggestions were to keep it simple – maybe some hills or trees and a light sky. But one suggestion cracked me up and I had to go with it…
Annabel suggested: “Station, bedecked with fairy lights. Pop a reindeer/Santa in the cab, have it floating thru the night sky? Delivering gifts? Long line of fir trees covered in snow, occasionally one dressed like a Christmas tree with baubles. Inside of the tunnel it is going thru, with icicles hanging down… Field behind filled with festive sheep and bemused sheep dog?”
I wasn’t sure how I was going to get that ALL in there but I added as many details as I could. The bemused sheep dog is currently behind the pie laughing his ears off at the festive sheep. This was one fun card and the background was just as much fun as the Linking Train. Thanks Annabel for the inspiration. 😉

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Linking Train
Polka Dot Pals Brianna
Polka Dot Pals Uzuri
Slimline Card Builder Die
Slimline Scallop Peekaboo 1 Die

Copic Markers (train):
B60, C2
R37, 29, 14
YR18, 16, Y17
Y26, 13, 15
E43, 42, 41, 40
E57, 55, 34, 31
E39, 37, 35
N9, 6, 4, 3, 1
E79, 77, 74
G28, 07, 03
BV23

(background):
E50, 51, N0
N1, 2, 3, C2, BV20, B0000, 60, 41, 91, BG10
E70, 71, 74, 77, 79
R14, 37, YG00, 23, Y11, 15

Polka Dot Pals Raden from Whimsy Stamps

The DigiMojo Winter Wonderland 12 Days Event has been in motion and I’m thrilled to take part to bring you a fun challenge, inspiration and prizes too. It’s DAY 6 and Whimsy Stamps is graciously donating our featured digital stamp to three lucky participants by commenting in the DigiMojo Facebook group on each of our projects – Annabel, Jennifer and myself have selected three different Polka Dot Pals digital coloring scenes for our projects. We’re giving away our cards too – leave a comment on each of our blogs for a chance to win those happy mail parcels!

The challenge? Use any Whimsy Stamps’ non-winter image and convert it into winter! Extra kudos for using a Polka Dot Pals digital coloring scene. 😀 (Don’t have any Whimsy Stamps yet? Check out the freebies section.) Whimsy Stamps is also giving away a $15.00 gift certificate to the random winner of the challenge. The challenge closes on December 13 and cards must be posted in the DigiMojo facebook group.

Read below for some details on how I colored Polka Dot Pals Raden River Exploring.

Can you take a summer scene and convert it into winter? Challenge accepted! For this challenge I used the digital Polka Dot Pals Raden River Exploring scene. The first thing I need to consider is the color pallet – using cool colors represents a winter climate so I chose blue, teal and purple as the main colors. Secondly, I printed the color in a light gray so I could color over the line, such as the grass tufts, and not worry about about keeping that exact shape and converting it to clumps of snow instead. After the image was colored, the last thing I added was snowflakes…. lots of snow. I think these three tips will help convert any non-winter themed image into a winter one. Good luck!

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Raden River Exploring

Copic Markers:
E31, 35, 23, 25
E71, 74, 77, 79
E41, 42, 43, 49
C1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8
BV23, 29
B32, 34, 95, 97
V20, 22, B12, 45
V06, 09, 17
W10
R32, 35, 37
BG10, 11, 13, 18, 23

Polka Dot Pals Tobias from Whimsy Stamps

Sensational, magnificent, spectacular, stupendous and exceptional – this card using Polka Dot Pals Tobias is all of that and more! I had a lot of fun creating this card and using a warm color pallet to create this celebratory card. I really like that it can be used for any occasion especially since I occasionally need a congratulatory card. Read below for more details on how I created this card using these featured products:

Polka Dot Pals Tobias
Sentiments from other Polka Dot Pals
Sun Rays Stencil

The character is Polka Dot Pals Tobias and the background is made up of several sentiments from other Polka Dot Pals sets. I wanted the bottom to be blank but it looks like I can fit two more words on there with this type of layout… but that’s for another card. I picked the words with celebration and excitement. Then I used the Sun Rays Stencil to bring it all together and help make this one-layer card more interesting. One-layer cards are sometimes difficult for me but I’m happy how this turned out.

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Tobias
Sentiments from other Polka Dot Pals
Sun Rays Stencil

Copic Colors:
E29, 27, 25
E30, 31, 35, E04
YR21, 16, 18
R14, 27, 37, 59
B93, 95, 97
N3, BV25

Polka Dot Pals Tobias from Whimsy Stamps

Today is sensational! It’s also a new release day at Whimsy Stamps and today I’m showcasing the accessory stamps in Polka Dot Pals Tobias. This fun set is all about celebrations and surprises. Keep reading for more details on how I created this card using these featured products:

Polka Dot Pals Tobias
Rainbow Paper Pack

I decided I wanted to create a bright celebration card for a birthday which meant I needed to use a rainbow of colors. So I started coloring at the top of the image with the red star and worked down the rainbow to the purple. I then kept the box simple and colored that in black and white. The way I colored Polka Dot Pals Tobias worked well with the Rainbow Paper Pack.
When creating the card, I used an action wobble behind the stars. I thought having movement would simulate the stars jumping out of the box and add an extra element. The last accessory stamp was the tag and I thought it would be whimsical to attach that to the sentiment.

List of Common Supplies
Action Wobble

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Tobias
Rainbow Paper Pack

Copic Colors:
RV13, 55, 09
V05, 17, 15, 09
B12, 16, 18, 37
BG57, 23, 13
YR21, 23, 25
Y13, 15, 26, 28
YR12, 16, 18
R05, 14, 27, 37
T0, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9

Polka Dot Pals Uzuri from Whimsy Stamps

I have a second card that I’ve create for new release using Polka Dot Pals Uzuri. This one uses the snowman and bird accessory stamps to be the main focus. Continue reading for more details on how I used these key products:

Polka Dot Pals Uzuri
Bold ABC Die
Quilted Rainbow Inlaid Die

I drew the snowman in this set thinking that Polka Dot Pals Uzuri had made a bunch of snow balls and was pulling them accross the park to build it in the corner. Of course, there was some jossling along the way but it looks like she knows what she is doing, right?
I colored the bird red to bring in some bright contrasting color and then decided to carry on that theme with the letters and dots. For a sentiment, I used the stamps’ sentiment as inspiration and created the CHEER from Bold ABC Die and stamping them with the AlFaDoodles. I thought the styles worked well together.

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps
Polka Dot Pals Uzuri
AlFaDoodles
Bold ABC Die
Quilted Rainbow Inlaid Die

Copic Colors:
Y15, YR15, 18
E30, 31, 35, E04
E21, 25, 27
N3, 5, 7, 9
E71, 74, 77, 79
B91, 93, 97, 99
E47, 43, 42
R14, 27, 29, 59
C1, 3, 5
BG13, 32, 49

Polka Dot Pals Uzuri from Whimsy Stamps

It’s a new release at Whimsy Stamps and today I have two sets featured – Polka Dot Pals Uzuri and Linking Train. Both are going to be awesome for the holidays and the Linking Train is also perfect for everyday and celebrations cards. I’m excited to show off Polka Dot Pals Uzuri so keep reading for more details on how I used these key products:

Polka Dot Pals Uzuri
Comic Speech Bubbles
Wonky Stitched Rectangles

This was such a fun card to create and it was also one of the more difficult ones. It’s out of my norm to use a title die like this, with the Comic Speech Bubbles, and laying it on top of a colored scene for Polka Dot Pals Uzuri. I was worried it wouldn’t look complete but it turned out so much better than I thought.
I had colored the images first and had planned to color Polka Dot Pals Uzuri in cool colors but honestly, I don’t know how I ended up with reds but I’m glad I did. I liked the result of the bright character against the soft cool background. I’ll mark that as a happy accident.

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps
Polka Dot Pals Uzuri
Comic Speech Bubbles
Wonky Stitched Rectangles

Copic Colors:
BV20, 23, B000, 41, C1, C3 (background)
Y15, YR15, 18
E30, 31, 35, E04
E21, 25, 27
N3, 5, 7, 9
E71, 74, 77, 79
B91, 93, 97, 99
E47, 43, 42
R14, 27, 29, 59
C1, 3, 5
BG13, 32, 49