Fun with Colouring : Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop

Today is my first time joining the creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop crew. I’m super excited to be hopping with these talented crafters and sharing my colouring project.

My colouring project starts with the You’re Inspiring stamp set which is new to the Occasions 2018 catalog, with availability through May.

The daffodils in this set remind me that the Western Pennsylvania, USA winter weather of snow and freezing temperatures will soon be replaced with Spring flowers; the first of which is often the sunshine yellow daffodils. I can’t wait to see the daffodils each year to mark the beginning of warmer weather and the celebration of Easter and arrival of Spring just on the horizon.

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Since Winter typically doesn’t care if the daffodils have broken ground here  in Pennsylvania, my card includes a splatter of watered down Whisper White Craft Ink to mimic snow. This splatter was added after the image was stamped and colored with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor  pencils.

Layering colors of these pencils can allow you to achieve color variations. The stems and leaves used almost every color in the box to gain the shading seen here. Old Olive alone would have left the colouring flat or more subdued, as you will see below. In addition, the White pencil provides highlights & tonal changes- it is probably the most important pencil in the set!

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The burlap ribbon was cut lengthwise to decrease the width; the smaller width then used as a simply tied knot or faux-bow.

This same rustic ribbon, snowy garden florals, and color palette was used in the spotlight card below.

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Other than the Early Espresso die cut “Friend” from the Lovely Words dies, the images all came from this same You’re Inspiring stamp set.

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Here you can see how creating a focal point with more watercolor pencil work can offset the background florals which are colored with less vibrancy. Having just one small area to which layers of color is added speeds the process of making the card as well, since less time is spent blending and shading colors.

While watercolor pencils can be used with water, do not forget that they work well as a dry medium as seen above. Another tip to remember is that all images need not start on a Whisper White or Very Vanilla base if you are colouring.  Try a Crumb Cake base for a rustic look or do the Black Magic Technique discussed here last Thursday to color on darker cardstock. Experiment & enjoy those Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils!

Thank you for stopping by to visit me, Joanne Hodge, on the Hop today. Now it is time to head to the next blog and see what colouring project Angie McKenzie has to share.


You don’t want to miss any of the creative ideas these demonstrators from around the world have for you today. Make sure you see them all.

 

Participant Blog Hop List

1. Lea Denton – UK
2. Jessie Holton – Australia
3. Debbie Henderson-USA
4. Sue Vine – Australia
5. Denita Wright-Smee – Australia
6. Joanne Hodge -USA
7. Angie McKenzie – USA
8. Kirsten Aitchison – Australia
9. Stephanie Fischer – Australia
10. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
11. Ellen Woodbridge – Australia
12. Cheryll Miller – Australia
13. Anna Krol – UK
14. Imogen Tutty – New Zealand
15. Juana Ambida – Australia
16. Kim Oliver – KOCreations Cards
17. Angela Meiritz-Reid – New Zealand
18. Jo Anne Hewins – USA
19. Jenny Hall – USA
20. Sandra Mastello – Australia

And in case any global visitors are wondering what this week in Pennsylvania weather looks like, here’s a photo of a typical morning weather event with just a light dusting of snow:

Yes, I’m ready for warmer temperatures and flowers!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Time To Think About Easter: Just 40 Days Away

Did you know that today is a special Tuesday known in different parts by different names (Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, and even Fasnacht Day) which marks just 40 Days to Easter?

Well, with only 40 Days before Easter, that means I need to get started on Spring and Easter cards.  I already had the cute We Must Celebrate Stamp set out to create the card for this weekend’s Stamp ‘N Hop post, so I decided to continue playing with that set and make my first Easter card of the year.

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate Bunny

My card started with this adorable bunny colored with Blends. I’m a sucker for cute or realistic critter stamps and this We Must Celebrate set delivers cuteness overload!

Stampin’ Up! You’re Inspiring

I turned to the You’re Inspiring set for the Easter sentiment which fit nicely in the small oval Stitched framelits die cut.

If you look through the catalogs you won’t see Pool Party 1/8” sheer ribbon. I used the Pool Party Light Blend to color the White Sheer ribbon so that it would match my card base. Coloring ribbon is one fantastic benefit to owning the Blends alcohol markers.

Stampin’ Up! Easter card

I used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder to add texture to my Daffodil Delight Card front and strip of the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to evoke the flowers of Spring which begin to appear from the ground just around Easter in my part of the world (Pennsylvania, USA).

If you are celebrating this Tuesday by gorging on pancakes, donuts or fasnachts, fatty foods, or king cakes, I wish you a great day.  I believe I too might have a donut with my coffee and wistfully think about that warmer weather which should arrive around Easter, because for now I’m about done seeing the white fluffy stuff, cold weather, and ice. So bring on Spring!

Until next time…

– Joanne

Love and Hugs cards made with Petal Passion DSP

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, thoughts of romance swirl in the air for many. But for others it may be a day of longing for love lost, love not yet found, or unrequited love. The latter need cards with big hugs and messages of support and caring.

Today’s cards could be used to support someone who finds this occasion difficult or to share & express your love and caring for someone you adore.

Petal Passion love and hugs cards

I have always really loved the combination of black, white, and red. The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a fabulous pack of black and white patterned paper just waiting for your coloring or just as beautiful left as is. I combined two sheets of this paper today. One used Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends to create beautifully colored designs. The other used both sides of this lovely black and white paper.

Petal Passion dsp hugs card

Both the card above and below have the same basic design. The ingredients are as follows:

  • The heart dies are found in the Support Ribbon framelits dies -item#143749
  • Love is found in the Sunshine Wishes dies -item#141489
  • Hugs is found in the Lovely Words Thinlits dies -item#143733; I trimmed the die cut piece with my Snips to remove the outer shape, leaving just the word.
  • The Basic Black mats are 4”x5.25”, 3”x3”, 3.5”x1”
  • The Petal Passion DSP  pieces are 3.75”x5” for the colored floral, 2.75”x2.75” for the striped piece, which is the reverse design on the small floral page. The small floral is 3.25”x.75”
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock is used for the card base (5.5”x 8.5”,scored @ 4.25”) as well as all die cuts
  • Basic Rhinestones scattered throughout (odd number is best for design)

Petal Passion dsp love card

As I cut the above two cards from my full 12”x12” sheet of hand colored dsp, I had a few smaller pieces remaining which I turned into 1 7/8”squares.  By using mats in smaller increments than the above cards, I was able to maximize my dsp use and create this cute card below.

Petal Passion dsp love squares card

The black mats are 2”x2”(4 of these squares) and 4”x 1.25”. The Cherry Cobbler mat  is 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”. The card base for this card is Basic Black.

Using just two 12”x12” sheets of this Petal Passion DSP you could make 3 each of the cards above and have some small strips left over which would be perfect cut into 1/2”x 4” strips to put on Whisper White inserts (4”x5.25”) for these cards. With the addition of approximately 6 each color 8.5”x 11” cardstock sheets in Cherry Cobbler & Basic Black and 2 1/4 sheets of Whisper White for card inserts, that is all the paper you need to create nine cards to send and share hugs & love!

Handwrite your entire insert or choose a stamp (my preference) that expresses your thoughts and add additional handwritten notes to your intended recipient(s). The insert , before I add my message, looks like this:

Card insert using strip of dsp

Remember you aren’t limited to Cherry Cobbler. Black and white paper is neutral and these basic card designs could be recreated with your favorite colors. You could also replace the hearts with other dies or stamped images. Do your favorite combinations and share with me!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Sale-a-bration: post holiday excitement

Does the passing of the holiday seem like an excitement let down? I hope everyone enjoyed their celebration(s).  January is often a hard time of year for many, especially if you live in a cold climate, experience less daylight, and generally don’t like snow (shoveling or driving in it especially). Well, I’m here to tell you Stampin’ Up! thinks of the crafter with post holiday blues to provide excitement for those days in the form of Sale-a-bration. It is the best time of the year to buy, because you’ll get to select FREE with purchase exclusive stamps, paper, ribbons, and this year even dies!

Check out this beautiful Stamp set which can be yours with purchase of $50.00 USD or more between January 3, 2018-March 31, 2018.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

The sentiments are so beautiful in this set.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to try super simple or a stepped up card. So, today I provide both.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

This first card couldn’t be simpler. The image and sentiment are stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto a Whisper White card stock mat attached to a Thick Whisper White card base. Easy, yet elegant enough for the simple heartfelt message it would convey.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

The second card I present today starts with the same Smoky Slate on Whisper White mat image, but I have colored the image with the watercolor pencils and blended the coloring with the Wink of Stella clear. Doing so gives it a glittered appearance, which my lighting for the photograph really seemed to over highlight in some areas. It is a subtle, but beautiful glimmer effect in person, covering the whole image which I colored. It is still a simple card to recreate, it just takes a bit more time.

Speaking of coloring, that Smoky Slate ribbon is created with the new Blends. Now you can permanently color any ribbon to any of the colors of the Stampin’ Blends. How’s that for excitement?!

Coloring ribbon with Stampin ‘ Blends

So, now that you’ve seen them both, which do you prefer: Simple or Colored?

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

Let me know in the comments which one of these cards you would make with the Sale-a-bration set Heartfelt Blooms.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Coming November 1, 2017: BLENDS Alcohol Markers by Stampin’ Up!

I’m excited to announce BLENDS Alcohol Markers will be available from Stampin’ Up! In just a few days. As a demonstrator, I was able to order and play with them early and have been extremely happy with the results I’ve been getting as I learn to color with them.

I’ve always been a huge fan  of coloring stamped images, but never jumped into the use of alcohol markers. My first images colored with the Blends were these roses from the Graceful Garden Stamp set :

You can see a few of the alcohol markers that I used in the photo. I learned a lot about blending as I continued to play with the Blends. Playing with them is really the best way to get used to them.

I really enjoyed coloring these girls in the Christmas in the Making set.

You can tell that my coloring and highlights improved over time. From the first (lower left) to last (top left), I really started to learn a few basic tricks to create depth and variations in color. As I learn, I’ll try to share a few tips along the way. The biggest tip I can impart to anyone is to give them a try. Coloring with alcohol markers goes so much faster than other coloring methods I’ve used. I was reluctant to try them, but so glad I did!

Since they came loose, I had to get creative with storage. The entire set, plus a few Wink of Stella pens for that glittery touch, fit nicely in an empty Paper Pumpkin box.

Just a few things to keep in mind when using the new Blends:

  • Always have scratch paper under the images you are coloring. These markers have bleed, which promotes the blend ability of alcohol markers. You can ruin a table surface if you don’t protect it. I personally use scratch paper AND a magazine. Better safe with more buffer than sorry.
  • Larger areas are easier for practice than small and always remember bleed. Do not go up to the black line, stay slightly inside it. There will be bleed over the lines if you get too close. This is a learning curve. Thank goodness for the color lifter!
  • Most of the time it is easier to start with the darker shade and then blend into it with the light. The light colors actually have the ability to lift out a bit of the dark color helping it blend. Overlap of colors helps the blend.
  • Don’t feel your entire image has to have color. Leaving white spots adds highlights too.
  • Layering colors can create a new color. Try Old Olive & Bermuda Bay to create something very close to Emerald Envy. I’ll have to create a whole post for some of my other favorites, or we’ll be here all day!
  • Use Momento Ink as your stamped image ink. It won’t run.
  • practice, practice, practice 😀

I’ll stop there for now. I could really go on for some time about these Blends alcohol markers. Stampin’ Up! did their research and thoroughly tested them and they really knocked this release out of the park!

I can’t wait for customers to try them November 1.

Until next time…

-Joanne

You’ve Got Style Mrs. Claus

I wonder how much Santa & the elves would be accomplishing at this time of year without the gentle nudge (big push!) from Mrs. Claus.

In today’s post we learn how to celebrate Christmas Mrs. Claus style!  How to create her from the You’ve Got Style stamp set ( see below) by Stampin’ UP! Plus, how to use that embossing paste to create dimensional fur on the stylish coat Mrs. Claus is sporting.

I always like to stretch the use of sets beyond the original and immediate planned use. This set didn’t speak to me at first, but later I realized the multiple uses for the elements in the set. Sometimes with a few simple alterations, a stamp can become something entirely different.

Turn the fur coat woman into Mrs. Claus:

After you stamp this woman from the You’ve Got Style stamp set, you will need to draw a few lines to create the pom-pom part of the Christmas hat. It’s very easy, as you see in the diagram below.

You can also draw in lines to widen her legs, then color in the entire “x” area with black marker.

After you Color her in, why not add texture paste to mimic fur? What worked well for me was using a q-tip dipped in the container and patting into the areas of the stamp where I wanted the fur effect.

I think the real Mrs. Claus celebrates with her husband (Santa) and a glass of her favorite beverage. She’s got to be a sweet but sassy woman to deal with all those elves AND her husband leaving her every year for a trip around the world, dropping down chimneys and eating all those goodies while she sits at home waiting for his return. I’m certain she celebrates. Don’t you agree?

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

A Sparkling technique with the stamp set Helping Me Grow

The two cards today are both made from the Helping me Grow stamp set. They are very simple cards to stamp and make and yet provide a big punch because they are colored with the Clear Wink of Stella used as a brush with  various inks.  In person it gives a dazzling effect and I continue to make these and others like them because every recipient comments on the sparkling effect.

It is hard to capture the sparkle, but here you can get just a bit of an idea of how fantastic it is:

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When using the Clear Wink of Stella as a coloring medium, you must remember it deposits glitter wherever the pen/brush is used.  So, do not color straight from your ink pad. You don’t want it all glittery! Instead, tap your ink pad to your acrylic stamp block to create a painters palette.  In addition to keeping your ink pads free of glitter, you can combine inks to form variations in colors for your flowers as I did in the second (flirty flamingo) card below. Plus, when you are finished you just rinse & dry and the block is clean.

The ‘coloring’ itself is just like using a paintbrush.  Simply add the color by touching the Wink of Stella to the ink and add to the area you wish to color.  You can even add layers of color.  This medium dries quickly, so you do not need to set it aside and wait.  Plus the color stays where you put it.

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  • Card stock: Peekaboo Peach & Smoky Slate
  • Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Basic Grey Archival
  • Other: Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Block F, Snail adhesive

 

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  • Card stock: Flirty Flamingo & Smoky Slate
  • Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Basic Grey Archival
  • Other: Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Block F, Snail adhesive

Imagine the possibilities of ‘painting’ or ‘coloring’ with the Clear Wink of Stella and any Stampin’ Up! Inks.

In case you are still wondering, just a couple swipes on a scrap paper removes the color so you can easily change color or return to the regular clear version.  All the Stampin’ Up! regular collection (water based) inks work this way.

You may wish to refrain from using pigment, alcohol based, & archival inks for this technique.  This includes: Stampin’ Up! White, Blacks (all versions), and basic grey. They may leave your bristles discolored or not spread ink well.   But, I can’t say I didn’t try 🙂

Do you have ideas how you are going to use this technique?

Have fun & experiment.  If you like sparkle, I think you’ll really like the results.

Until next time…

-Joanne