Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Penguin Campfire

Hi! I am still not into the swing of life-as-usual (yet!).  My pups are now seven months old, but still a handful, so my card making time is still taking a beating! But it won't be beat entirely, thanks to some early mornings (before the Cracken get released!) and some old fashioned grit and determination.  So here I am with another penguin card (oh, surprise, surprise ;-P) and this one is called Penguin Campfire.  I coloured it with Copics but I decided to blend out the sky colours with some coloured pencil atop the Copic layer (on the sky only).  White gel pen for the stars after everything was coloured. I love doing "glowing" scenes.  It really is not as hard as it looks.  You just have to add your yellow on first, where ever you want the image to glow, and then colour as per usual, but making your shadows a tad darker than you normally would.  It also helps a lot to have a really dark background. That is all you gotta do! This one was helped along by Copic because they have some flourescent shades that really already kind of glow.  And just an aside: when you want to colour fire, flames, for the most part, the whitest yellow should be coloured at the base of the flame, where it contacts the fuel (log, or whatever is on fire).  Then as the flame gets further and further from the source of the fuel, the flame darkens through orange to red. Most people colour fire the opposite way, with the whitish yellow at the top and work down to red at the bottom, but that's just not what a flame looks like IRL. So, ....   here's the Copic list: 
Glow on front of penguin, his clothes, the log he sits on, top of the rocks around the fire: FY1
Fire: YR07, R05, R27, FY1
Penguin White: E40, YR30, E41, E71
Penguin Black: W1,2,3,5,7,8,10
Penguin Beak and feet: YR12, 14, 16, 27, BV20, E71
Hoodie: R20, 21, 22, BG90, 93, C2
Rocks: T1,3,5,7
Logs in fire: E43,44,W9
Log seat: E43,44,79, W5,7
Atmosphere above fire: Y00, 11, YR30, C00
Sky: B0000, BG0000, C00, B32, 45, 97 and then blended to the yellow above the fire using coloured pencils
Ground: E40, 41, 42, 43, 53, BG96, G21
Twigs, tree and grass in background: E87, 89, E40, BG90
Smoke: C1,2,3 plus some grey coloured pencils
Stars: white gel pen
This is a new digital image at Whimsy Stamps and can be found HERE
Also used on this card are a sheet from the digital pack "Old Glory" and a sheet from a pack called "Ahoy There". 
Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! I hope to be back ... soon!! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Online Thievery

Putting this out there to educate you... a Whimsy stamp set design along with some dies were recently stolen and are for sale online.  If you find your favourite stamp or die selling for a lot less than at the company where they originated, they are most likely low quality knock-offs of illegally acquired designs. Please do not purchase them! You might have to pay a little more for designs that were made with integrity, but by buying from legitimate sites, you’re keeping your favourite companies and artists in business and receiving a higher quality product. Please do not support this thievery because that makes you a party to it.

If you can imagine thieves ambushing a truck full of baked goods (which they didn’t make and they didn’t buy the ingredients for and they didn’t pay staff to make) and then turning around and selling the stolen goods in their own store, at cheaper prices (making it appear more enticing)while claiming it was theirs, would you buy your bread from them? if you knew it was stolen from the honest, family-run bakery? just so you could save some money? Please be aware of this practice and help keep honest family-run businesses in business. We all loose when we support thieves; conversely, we all benefit from supporting honesty and integrity.

We wish to keep bringing you original high quality designs, but we can only do this with your support. You can help by educating yourself and your fellow crafting buddies. Please spread the word. Thank you.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Penguin Magic

There's a brand new release at Whimsy! This is Penguin Magic, one of my red rubber images for this June release.  I had a blast using my Leaf Foliage Die Set 1 and Leaf Foliage Die Set 2
for this card! I also loved using the gorgeous papers from the Starry Night Set - they are just so beautiful! Also used a sentiment from a previous set called Fairy and Unicorn Greetings.  I just love this beautiful sentiment, and there are more in the set, check it out!  I coloured Penguin Magic with the following Copics: 

Coat inner lining - R46, 39, 89
Coat and hat: W1, 2, 4. 6, 7, 8, 9, Blender 0, 110 special black
White of penguin - YR30, E40, 41, 70
Pink bunny ear: R30, 43, E04
Bunny fur: W0, 1, 2, 3
Beak and feet: YR30, 12, 24, E37
Penguin Black: C1, 2, 5, 7, 100
Top hat: N2, 3, 5, 100
Blush: zero blender plus R30
Ground: YG61, G94

There's lots of other yummy new stuff at Whimsy these days, I hope you go check it out!
Enjoy this blissful weather we're having!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fairy and Unicorn Greetings

This is my new rubber image set for Whimsy Stamps called "Fairy and Unicorn Greetings".  I recorded myself colouring the body of the unicorn and you can view that video HERE.  I have two versions - that one is under five minutes, and I added a longer one HERE at just over 12 minutes for the die-hards LOL! 
Also used on this card: 
Paper: Starry Night
Copics for the unicorn body listed in the video. 
Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Penguin's Bunch of Bunnies (and new Puppies~!~)

Hi Peeps! Can't chat long... I am typing as the puppies are asleep, but they won't be for long, lol! Yes, we have a couple of new pups, American Cocker Spaniels, Freckles and Dot! I will show you a photo of them too!
On my card I used Penguin's Bunch of Bunnies, a new rubber image I did for Whimsy! Also on the card are papers from my set of digital papers that I created! I think they are pretty, even if I do say so myself... also used are words from a chipboard set by MIC, and sold through Whimsy Stamps too.  I also stamped some party hats from a couple other Whimsy sets ...
Wish I could hang around, but puppies are calling!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Gift Horse

Hi People! Here is a card I made using "Gift Horse", my rubber image at Whimsy Stamps! Instead of using the party hat, I made a Santa hat and turned it into a Christmas Card for my niece.  She loved it! 
I coloured the image with a combination of Copics followed by coloured pencils. The snowy background was drawn on with a white gel pen. The beautiful neutral background paper is by Tracy Wray at Whimsy stamps, from the pre-printed pack, "Christmas Cheer". 

I have entered a couple of challenges with this card.  Firstly, the Whimsy Inspires Challenge, which is a monthly challenge.  It is always Anything Goes, as long as you have a Whimsy image, or, Whimsy Paper, or Whimsy Die on your card, you are free to enter! And, there's always a 15$ Gift Voucher for the store to one randomly chosen winner at the end of the month long challenge.  So, don't hesitate to join! The best part is, you don't have to spend a cent! You can get a free Whimsy image or paper download to print off and use at home, by visiting HERE! and so you are all set to join in! No excuses! lol

The second challenge is from SCS, the Ways To Use It challenge, and this week it is "Let's Circle Around" (to use circles on your card). 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Penguin and Snowman birthday card

Happy 2018 Precious People!
Believe it or not, this is not a Christmas card, but a birthday card for my son-in-law, whose birthday is on Boxing Day.  He is very appreciative of my art, and is an artist himself, so, I decided to do a card for him that he could actually frame if he wanted to; thus, it is a one layer card with no add-ons; it's just images and colour!
I used my Winter Scene in combination with an image that was available for one of Kit And Clowder's colouring classes (a website dedicated to teaching colouring of digital images!)  It is a redux of an older digital image from a few years ago, Snowman and Penguins. 
I coloured the image with mixed media - Copics, Coloured Pencil and a white gel pen for the snowflakes on Snowman's hat.  After laying down a layer of Copics, I went over parts of it with Prismacolour Pencils.  The parts I put a pencil layer on were the snow in the foreground, the snow on the tree on the right, the penguin whites parts, the snowman white parts, the snowman's hat and scarf, and the two blue/green hats and scarf, and the ear muffs.  Other than those parts, the sky, the distant hills and the snow on the trees on the left, as well as the striped scarf, are just Copics.  The reason for adding the coloured pencils are several: I feel I have a slight advantage with coloured pencils in that I can control where the colour goes, and control the blend a lot easier.  Also, if you use some of the medium or dark shades of Copics, like I had, the paper tends to get saturated quickly, and so it becomes impossible to deepen some of the shadows without getting ink pooling on the surface.  Switching to coloured pencil at that point gives me the option of deepening shadows successfully.  I was happy with the sky and the distant hills and the mid ground trees, and that is why they didn't get any added coloured pencils on top. 
This type of colouring is very time consuming, and so it is not a type of project that one can do for every card, if you tend to want to make a lot of cards.  But it is very rewarding to see the end results!
Here is a list of the colours used: 
Sky: Y0000, BG90, B14, 91, W0, C1, 0 Blender
Ground and Snowman: Y0000, BG70, B60, BG000, B32, 41, BV23
Snowman's scarf and hat: E21, 23, 25, 29, 49, R56, RV17, 14, and the white gel pen for the snowflake design
Blue/green hat, scarf and mitt on L penguin: BG11, 23, 72, 75, B14
Green hat top R penguin: G40, 43, 46, B14
Hood on penguin: E53, 55, 57, RV17
Fur Trim: W1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Green Mitt: YG25, G40, 43, 46
Feet and beaks: YR61, E95, 97, 99
Penguin White: YR30, BV20, 0000, 000, 23
Penguin Black: N0, 1, 5, 10, Y0000
Branch arms: E21, 08, 19
Prismacolour pencils used to enhance the underlay of Copics: 
929, 928, 994, 1078, 914, 927, 938, 1006, 105, 1027, 943, 1079, 912, 992, 920, 907, 103, 1024, 1103, 1086, 1087

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Penguin Candy Cane

I really had fun with this one.  I used my rubber image, Penguin Candy Cane. I love how I didn't have to do much for the papers because the gorgeous digi papers Tracy made really make a card come together quickly. I used papers from A Wintery Glow and Christmas Tidings
I coloured the image with mixed media! I used Copics first, and then in some places I went over with coloured pencils and also gel pens (for the sparkle on the candy cane). Zoe of Make It Crafty got me onto that idea, and she has some videos to show you how to do it. 
The sentiment is also a digi from Christmas Mix 2
Also used from Whimsy: Snowflakes and Poinsettia Dies, and put Snow Tex snow and glitter on them for a nice effect. 
Here'a a list of Copics I used: 
Whites of Penguin: W00, YR30, E70, BG0000, BV20, E40, 41, R30 and blender 0 on the cheeks
Beak and feet: YR30, 12, 14, 16, 27, Y28
Blacks: C00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 5 7, 9
Hood: W00, 1, 2, 4 and fur trim: N0, 1, 2, 3
Candy cane white: YR30, BV20, BG0000
Reds: R30, 32, 35, 14, 27, 39, RV69, 99
Ground: C00, N0, 1, 2, 3, 4
Thank you so much for visiting today!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Penguin Christmas Tree

Hi Peeps! I had to do a purple Christmas card - it's a tradition in our house, because we have one daughter who LOVES purple, and I mean LOVES.  I had so much fun making the lights on this image glow! I coloured Penguin Christmas Tree (rubber image with Whimsy) with the following Copic markers: 
Beak and feet: YR30, YR12, 21, 28, E04  (I usually make them more bright orange, but for this card I wanted it to be a bit more neutral looking because of the strong purple and blue - otherwise they would have been too distracting in bright orange!)
Whites of penguin: YR30, E40, E71, BV20, B0000
Purples: Bv0000, 000, 00, 02, 03, 13, V25
Ground: BG90, 93, 0 blender
Blacks: C0, 1, 2, 3, 5 7, 9
Also used a digital sentiment from Whimsy, from the set Christmas Long And Lean
I used the lightest colours around each of the lights to create the effect of the glow. It helped a whole lot to leave the areas around the lights as light as possible - so, that's where I used the C0 and C1, so that the colour of the glow would show up. I also used a bit of coloured pencil overtop the whole thing, and especially to smooth out some of my black areas, because my C's need cleaning, and they were leaving some messy areas with the pigment coming out unevenly.  It's a pain to clean each marker tip and so I usually put it off... about ten minutes per marker - a lot of time, but it is worth it because then the marker acts like it did when it was new. 
When daughter got the card, she said, "oh wow, I don't even care what it says inside, I just want to see the front!"  Made me feel really good (although I did write a sweet sentiment too, on the inside!). 
I joined in the Splitcoaststamper challenge , "Colour Me Christmas"today, to use two different colouring mediums on a card.  I actually used three, because besides the Copic markers and coloured pencils, I also used some Distress Oxide inks on the designer paper, the largest layer, to make it more purple, as well as on the sentiment panel. Thank you for looking!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Penguin Warm Winter Wishes

Hello precious people! As I said, I just cannot stop making Christmas cards, it is such a wonderfully joyful creative thing for me to do! 
On today's make, I used "Penguin Warm Winter Wishes", which is my re-imagined take of an older image I used to have in the digital section of Whimsy's catalogue.  It is now a rubber image (with the tweaks I gave it). 
I coloured the image with two mediums - first, Copic markers, and then overtop of that I used coloured pencils.  The snow on the ground and the background is just Copics, so I can tell you the ones I used for that: BG70, 72, 10, 11, 0000 and 90!
I'm really happy to say that I used my own design for the background paper, I even created the snowflakes! And you can purchase it in the complete digital pack at Whimsy; I called it, "I Dream In Christmas!
I punched holes for the twine and threaded it through to add another design element. 
The sentiment is from Whimsy as well, in the digital catalogue from a set Tracy designed, called Christmas Mix 2 (a very versatile and gorgeous set!) 
Merry Christmas (again!) 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Snowman String of Hearts

Hi Peeps! It's getting close to that special day! And I cannot stop making Christmas cards! I just love everything Christmas - it is such a heart warming theme to think on, that God came to us disguised as a little human baby that was born in a - a barn, and I shudder as a mother, thinking of what Mary went through giving birth in a dirty, smelly barn! But anyway, I digress... I just love how the Christmas celebration has such a variety of colour and images that get us thinking about the joys of life!  Here is another Christmas card showing my "Snowman String of Hearts", a rubber image at Whimsy Stamps. 
I coloured the image with Copics, and used a gel pen for the white snowflakes  and swirls on the blue sky. The blue background paper is my own creation, and the red and white striped is from Christmas Essentials digital paper at Whimsy Stamps. 
Sending another cheerful Merry Christmas your way!