Fairy and Her Bunny

This is Fairy and Her Bunny from Whimsy Stamps and I have a picture tutorial on how I colored her face. This fairy has been colored wonderfully in so many ways that I had a little trepidation starting. But I thought some pink hair would help me out and decided to get started nonetheless. The tutorial shows how I colored this fairy and I use the same techniques on all the faces that I color in this way. Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for those asking for a tutorial. It’s nice to know what is helpful to show and what isn’t. ūüėÄ So this is how I color a face when I give it larger eyes. I first define the features with the skin tones, then add the pupil, shading and finish up with a white gel pen. The face doesn’t really sparkle until the white is added so keep pressing forward to the end.
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These are the Copic markers I used on Fairy and Her Bunny:
E30, 31, 35, 0000, R12, B01, 69, 05, C3, C1, E49, W8, BV23
E04, RV14, R21
BG93, YG11, G21
YR30, 23, Y35
B52, 01, 00, 000
YG63, 17, 99

For the wings, I didn’t color them and made sure to color the clothes and hair under them. Then I used a glitter pen to color the wings and the white gel pen to make some highlights. I also used the glitter pen on the “Hello” sentiment, which is a Make it Crafty chipboard embellishment.

Little Houses

Welcome to Day 7 of my Advent calendar!¬† Today I’m joining with Ute at Bastel-Traum on their Advent calendar.¬† I’m sharing a tutorial on how to add snow to an every-day image.¬† For this project, I’ve used Little Houses clear stamp by Little Miss Muffet Stamps.¬†

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For each of the images below, you can click on them to make them larger.
First, I stamped the image in gray. It makes it dark enough that I can see the lines really well but also light enough that I get a good no-line coloring effect.  I used Memento London Fog ink.
 
I then colored the houses as I normally would except I didn’t color the green grass. That part will be colored later as snow by adding a little grays.

Here’s where I start on the sky. I put down a solid layer of B0000 to get the paper wet.
 

Then I used B000, B91 and B93 to gradually make it darker. I swiped the brush tip from the top down, making sure I didn’t go all the way down. For each color the strokes got smaller. I had planned to go as dark as B99 but the paper had some oils on it which I could see as I was using B91.¬† I then decided to stop at B93 and go for a light colored sky.
 

After all the colors were down, then I used the lightest color, B0000 to swipe up from the bottom to help blend in some more.
 

My next strategy is to work on the snow instead of the grass. I used C2, C3, C1 and 0 to create some depth and shadows.
 

This is where the fun part starts with the White Gel pen. I first added snow to the red house, then the blue house. Then I added icicles on the roof and finally snow flakes across the entire image. Remember to add snow flakes in front of the image too. This is a good way to hide some blunders.  LOL 

My last step is to add drop shadows or cast shadows.  I do this with BV23. Be careful not to color the white snow or the snowflakes. I added shadows under the snow on the bushes and tree, under the roof line and a little on the ground under the bushes. I also added some for the icicles. If you really want them to stand out, you can use BV25; or a mixture of both.

For the final product, I cut out the paper with some dies and layered the card. I added snowflake chipboard from Make it Crafty and some white gems for a sparkle.  
Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on adding snows and thanks for stopping by.
Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

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.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)

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!

Polka Dot Pals Quoba

It’s day three of the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces!
Being Day 3, I’m sure you’re up on all the information.
However, today you’ll find tips on how to combine the digital Polka Dot Pals with the clear rubber Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces. So be sure to visit the LMMS Facebook group for more tips!
Also check out what the Honored Guests and fabulous Little Misses have created:
Emma Louise (Honored Guest)
Katya Bess
Marika Gewalli (Honored Guest)
Lisa Johansen

For my project, I’ve used Polka Dot Pals Quoba.

I added one of the Add-on Faces and colored her in light colors.¬† The markers weren’t working well on this paper as you can see on the face and right arm. It has started to get gunky so I did the best I could to cover it up and then moved on.

These are the Copic colors that I used:

E0000, 00, 30, 31, 34, R11
YR24, 31, E30, 51, 53
R02, 14, 29
YG21, 17, 23
BG02, 10, 11
B31, 23, 39
T1, 3, 9, BV23
YG17, 21, 23, 67, 99

I kept the card simple. I found some green gingham paper which worked well with the watermelon theme.¬† Why is that? I don’t know but they seemed to fit. Then added a little red and black for the base of the card. I sewed the edges and added a couple gems.¬† Done!

The Polka Dot Pals Add-On Faces clear stamps can also be used with the digital Polka Dot Pals. Digital and rubber – how’s that possible?¬† No, that doesn’t mean you stamp your monitor. LOL

This is for those who know how to resize and manipulate your digital stamp. The process is simple – you’ll resize your digital stamp, print it, then stamp it with the clear stamp.¬† The measurements you’ll need to resize are listed below. Remember there are two different sizes of Add-on Faces so you can choose which one fits your project the best.

(Both images can be clicked on to make them larger.)

As you can see, the figures given are for the Polka Dot Pals pupils and measure from outside edge to outside edge. I like to rotate my digital Pal (if needed) so the pupils are level with each other. Then I’ll use the ruler bar and place guidelines where needed. For the large size, the dimensions of 0.79 worked out to be just over 20.1 millimeters. So I’ve set my guidelines just larger at 40 and 60 millimeters.¬† These guidelines make it super easy to size the pupils within the box.

As a tip, keep your project opened or saved so you can make minor adjustments if needed. After printing, the clear Add-on Faces are then easy to stamp on like normal.  Done!

Stay tuned for one more day of festivities – and tomorrow you’ll see how versatile these Add-on Faces are with other stamps – it’s just the beginning of possibilities!

I’d like to share this project in the following challenges:

AAA Cards Challenge #102
Stamped Blessings heARTful Challenge
Archi-scraps November Challenge
Card Mania Challenge #98
Classic Design Team Challenge #19
Copic Spain November Challenge
Crafty Girls Challenge #41
Cute as a Button Challenge #38

Polka Dot Pals Lirienne

It’s day two of the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces!
Be sure to the LMMS Facebook group each day for more and our honored guests below!
Jennifer Dove (Honored Guest)
Marion Lones
Tina Pavlovic (Honored Guest)
Janice Wilson

If you’re just tuning in, check out the previous post on all the release details and then pop into the LMMS Facebook group to catch up on everything. Today you’ll find tips on a second way to use the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces in case alignment is a bit jittery.

For my project, I used Polka Dot Pals Lirienne and stamped her on Balsa Wood.  However, before I did that, I wiped the ink away from the pupil of her eyes.  This truly gave her a blank face!  LOL I wanted to do that so when I used the vampire face, the eyes would have an eerie glow to them. 

This is also a technique you could use if you had trouble aligning the eyes or if you wanted to use them on another type of image.  The easiest way to do this is to use a cotton swap.

I then colored my image using Prismacolor Pencils.  The skin tones were more grayish and white colors for a nice vampire glow.  The eyes and lips I did in red because I really wanted it to stand out and the white highlights help give it a finished look.  Coloring on Balsa Wood is my favorite way to use my pencils as the texture is very soft.

The rest of the card was put together with a bunch of odds and ends. Gesso was used on the back decorative paper and Make it Crafty Chipboard are some of the embellishments. I also used the metal dies Just Saying and Mini Alpha & Numbers Cutters from CC Designs.  Lastly for a bit of a fun element, I suspended the sentiment with an Action Wobbles Spring.

I’d like to share this into the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenge #30
Artistic Inspiration Challenge #189
Aurora Wings Challenge #59
My Creative Scoop Color Inspiration Link Up #27
Crafting from the Heart #181
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenge 1744
Use Your Stuff Challenge #286

Swings ‘n Slides Fairy

Here’s Swings ‘n Slides Fairy from Little Miss Muffet Stamps that I used on this project. I also used this one for a step-by-step tutorial, which I added below so you can pin or bookmark it if you’d like.¬†

The Snowflakes Chipboard are from Make it Crafty and are always fun to add to a project.¬† I tried to color these white with the Faber-Castell Gelatos Double Scoop stick but that stuff smeared and got all over.¬† I don’t know what that is actually used for but not what I was expecting.

Here’s the side-by-side that you can see the colored version and non-colored version. I stamped it in gray and then I was able to change the eye a little so I could add more color.¬† This also shows the fur vest and shoes, which has a how-to down below.¬†

Polka Dot Pals Chrissie

This is Polka Dot Pals Chrissie from Little Miss Muffet Stamps which is the one that I used for the face tutorial.¬† I included that at the bottom so you can pin or bookmark it if you’d like.

For this image I tried to change the light source to come from the lantern.¬† The clothing was essay to manage but the face was the most difficult.¬† I pulled up a few images in Google and then tried my best to go against habit and change the way I colored the nose. It isn’t perfect but I like how it turned out.¬†

Come enter in one of your projects into the Anything Goes challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  Any stamp, any theme, any project!

Coloring the faces is the best part about these Polka Dot Pals for me and it give me an opportunity to experiment.  Here you can see the side-by-side of the before and after.  The Polka Dot Pals also have ready-made faces that you can add if coloring the whole face is a bit scary.  (the Add-On Faces come in both rubber and digital too!)

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2847567