Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sweet Sentiment December Coloring Class

I had the opportunity this month, to take the December coloring class for Sweet Sentiment.   Jammie colors beautiful images with Copic markers, and does a coloring class each month.  There are even previous months classes available, if you want to take several.  As part of the December class, you get a kit with a full size stamp set, some embellishments, a list of all the Copic markers used in the project - along with the Spectrum Noir conversions - and a step by step video tutorial on how she has colored the image.  The stamp set is exclusive to Sweet Sentiment - the first in a new line.    


I started coloring images for cards nearly a decade ago.  I quickly learned that it was a bit more difficult than I originally thought.  Trying to get the perfect color combo, and even just achieving a smooth blend takes practice. I'm still learning, and I find that I pick up new things to try, nearly every time I work along with a coloring tutorial, or just watch an artist work through a project.  New techniques, new color combos, there's always more to learn.  In this coloring tutorial, I found that Jammie explained things very well - including the whys of things, which always sucks me in - the class was thorough enough to be great for beginners, but not at all overly simplified.  I was hesitant at the darkest shading color she used for skin, but was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked.  I loved the technique she used to "blush" the image as well.

Get the December Class kit here
I will also tell you, that I didn't have all the marker colors Jammie used in her coloring (I'm not sharing the colors used, because they are part of the class).  In fact, I only had about half.  But, I was able to do some swatching and testing, and find similar blends in the colors I did have.  Not having the specific colors just meant getting creative, it didn't stop the finished image from being adorable, or from learning the techniques. 


I stamped the image onto Sweet Sentiment Coloring paper, in Barely There Amalgam ink.  Then I colored the image along with the video tutorial.  Once colored, I fussy cut the image and added her to a background created from Cozy Prints papers.  The sentiment came from the stamp set, and was stamped in Blue Lagoon ink onto Cool Pool card stock.  I added  the card front it to a white top fold card base.  I added a few rhinestones around the sentiment, and a little Sparkle Silk was water colored onto the gift.

Lately, I've been experimenting more with under painting (adding a layer of color for vibrancy) with Copics, and then finishing off the details with pencils.  I wanted to try this way of coloring with this image.  I found that I was incorporating a few of the techniques, and new uses for a color I would never have considered for that use, from the video into the pencil coloring.  Pencils do result in a "softer" image,   


For this card, I stamped and colored the image onto a card front sized piece of Sweet Sentiment coloring paper.  Again, this was under painted with Copics, using some of the colors from the same batch I used in the first piece, then the I added details and shading with my Prismacolor pencils,  I added a circle to the background, colored the same as the image  and the lots and lots of white dots were added with my gel pen.  The sentiment was stamped in Catalina Splash ink, and then the card front was matted with white card stock, and then attached to a top folding white card base.

I had a lot of fun with this December class.  Even if you have done Copic coloring for some time, I always encourage learning more.  (Plus you get that super cute stamp set with this class!)   You never know when you're going to find a technique that takes your coloring up a notch!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used**:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product. 

**If a particular item I used was out of stock when I was preparing my post, or the item I used was discontinued, I have provided a link to a similar item - that is available - when a substitution would not affect the card design.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Joyeux Noel | Black Friday Deals

Hello!

Did you have a great Thanksgiving holiday?  We ate WAY too much, and got our Christmas lights mostly finished yesterday - the Holiday season has officially begun!

It's Black Friday weekend and there are so many great sales out there today.  Here's just a few for reference (See the individual store sites for the full details):

Spellbinders has up to 50% off deals on select items. No code needed
(including FSJ items like the Color Burst Pencils used in today's card!)

Ellen Hutson has 20%-80% off on items, including 
an additional 20% off items in the Gratitude19 category. Use code GRATITUDE19

American Tombow has a 40% off discount this weekend.  Use code BLACKFRIDAY2019

Get 25% off all Honey Bee Stamps products.  No code needed.

My Favorite Things has 35% off site wide of in stock items (excludes new products).
Use code THANKS

Get 25% off on your order at Pretty Pink PoshUse code FRIDAY2019

Get 20% the entire site at Picket Fence Studios (today's card features stamps from Picket Fence Studios!).  Use code BLACK19

There are so many more sales today!  Be sure to keep your eyes open for some great crafty deals on a gift that's perfect for you.

Also, I wanted to let you know, how much I appreciate when you use my affiliate links while shopping.  Your support allows me to to keep creating and blogging.  

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Today's card was so super fun to color.  Ever since I saw this Christmas Poinsettia Star Stamp, I've been itching to color it. And it paired beautifully with a simple sentiment from the Season of Giving stamp set


I began by stamping the Christmas Poinsettia Star Stamp in Denim Days Ink, onto Denim Days card stock.  I colored that in with Color Burst Pencils, along with a couple Prismacolor pencils to supplement a few shading colors.  I color very lightly, adding multiple layers, before blending with Odorless Paint Thinner and a small brush.  Then I'm able to add more layers of color.   In the flower center, I added a few dots of white gel pen to brighten some highlights.

Color Burst pencils used:
016, 018, 019, 024, 025, 031, 033, 038, 048

Prismacolor pencils used:
PC, 1056, PC 947


Once the image was colored, I stamped (Versamark ink) my sentiment from the Season of Giving stamp set, and heat embossed (Silver) the sentiment.  I trimmed the card front to size, and added it to a white card base with White liner tape


This card was very simple in design, but I love the color combo with the blues and yellow-greens in the flower.

I'm working on getting Christmas cards sent out this weekend.  Have you sent yours yet?

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used**:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product. 

**If a particular item I used was out of stock when I was preparing my post, or the item I used was discontinued, I have provided a link to a similar item - that is available - when a substitution would not affect the card design.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

My Heart is Full | Crafty Friends Blog Hop ft The Stamp Market

Hi There! 

Welcome to another Crafty Friends Blog Hop. If you have not joined us for one of our hops before, the Crafty Friends Blog Hop is a group of friends who have all shared some common crafty beginnings, and we hop each month with a spotlight on a company we love. 
This month, we are spotlighting products from The Stamp Market 

The Stamp Market

As with previous months, we have a coupon code to offer you, that is good for today and tomorrow on the official The Stamp Market website.  
For my card today, I used the "Bouquet of Kindness" Stamp Set, as well as the "Criss Cross Background" Stamp.  I've used both of these sets in the past, but I just love them!

This pretty card was created with stamps from The Stamp Market, as part of the November Crafty Friends Blog Hop.  Coloring on the image was done with Copic Markers, and colored pencils.  A full list of the colors used, along with all of the supplies, can be found on the blog post.

I began by stamping the floral image from the "Bouquet of Kindness" Stamp Set onto Sweet Sentiment Coloring Paper with Gina K Designs "Barely There" Amalgam ink.  Then I used ALL the coloring things (Not really, but close!) to color in the image.  I began with the Copics to get a nice saturated base, then added colored pencil shading and details.  Because I go through certain shading colors so quickly, I've supplemented my ColorBurst pencil set with a few Prismacolor pencils.

Copic Colors Used: 
E0000, YR00, YR02, E08, Y00, Y08, E47, YG93, G21, YG99

ColorBurst Pencils Used:
09, 018, 019, 023, 037, 040, 048

Prismacolor Pencils Used:
PC947, PC1026, PC1065, PC1079

Once I was happy with my coloring, I added a few details with a white gel pen, and then die cut the image into a heart shape, using the second largest die in the Heart-Felt die set.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in Copper Embossing Powder.  

I stamped the "Criss Cross Background" Stamp in River Stone Ink onto a piece of Tin Pail card stock.  Once stamped, I die cut the same heart shape out of the background, then matted the stamped panel onto a piece of River Stone card stock.  I adhered the stamped heart piece to the card front with foam squares. This allows a "shadow" to show when the card is held at an angle.  

This pretty card was created with stamps from The Stamp Market, as part of the November Crafty Friends Blog Hop.  Coloring on the image was done with Copic Markers, and colored pencils.  A full list of the colors used, along with all of the supplies, can be found on the blog post.

I adhered the card front to a white card base, and added a few Nuvo drops to add a bit of subtle shine.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  The "Bouquet of Kindness" Stamp Set, and the "Criss Cross Background" Stamp are both such fun sets.  Be sure to get your hands on them!




The next stop, in today's hop, is Lydia!  

If you've somehow been turned around, or missed a stop, here's a handy list for reference.

Sara Sherlock (You are here!)



Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used**:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product. 


**If a particular item I used was out of stock when I was preparing my post, or the item I used was discontinued, I have provided a link to a similar item - that is available - when a substitution would not affect the card design.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Look for the Light | Essentials by Ellen Release

Hello!

I have something exciting to share today.  There is a new Essentials by Ellen release over on Ellen Hutson, and I had the opportunity to work with one of the new stamp and die sets to share with you today.   I used the new Be The Change by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps and the coordinating Designer Dies


There's a lot of ink blending on the card, so I created the background first.  I stamped one of the butterfly image, from the Clear Stamps, in the place I wanted it, and began by blending out the "glow" that I was creating.  I used Scattered Straw over the stamped image, and allowed the ink to come over the edges of the image slightly.  Then I went over that with Antique Linen, blending out the edges further from the image, and trailing down my card front to create the light trail.  I blended the Antique Linen along the bottom of the card front, then added some warmer tones with Tattered Rose and Abandoned Coral.  I started to add the blues, with Tumbled Glass blended in around the edges of the "glow" and moved on to Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and finally Black Soot at the top of the panel.  I worked the colors back and forth until I had a fairly smooth blend, and then finally blended all the edges into the glow with the Antique Linen.  I added a few water droplets (simply by wetting my hand and then shaking it over the card front), and also added a few droplets of Shimmer by shaking the Nuvo Shimmer Pen over the background.


On a scrap of white card stock, I stamped the butterfly image again, and then colored in the image with Copic markers.  Once colored, I die cut the image before I added a little detail, with a white gel pen, and a lot of shimmer with the Nuvo Shimmer pen.

Copic Colors Used:
0, C1. C5, C7, BG01, B05, B39
I also used the gel pen to add some dots, and the Shimmer pen to add a bit more sparkle to the light trail on the card front.  This does pick up a bit of color from the background, so I just wiped the brush tip on a baby wipe to remove the ink when I was finished.  
I used my heat tool to make sure the background was dry, before stamping and heat embossing my sentiment.  I curled the wings of the butterfly slightly with my bone folder, and attached the die cut image directly over the original stamped image on the background.  I used foam squares to give this wings some depth, while the body of the butterfly is directly attached to the background.  Then I atached the card front to a white card base. 


I hope this card inspired you.   The Be The Change by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps and the coordinating Designer Dies are brand new today!  Don't miss out on these and the other new goodies in the  Ellen Hutson release.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product.  If a particular item I used is out of stock or discontinued, I will provide an alternate link to a similar item, that is available, when possible.