Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Mermaid Moments

This is for my purple loving daughter! I hope she likes it!  I used some of the characters from Mermaid Moments clear stamp set from Whimsy Stamps.  I coloured them with Copics first, then went over them with Prismacolour pencils.  The scales were done by using the clear ink blending Copic marker by just holding it down on the paper until the colour was pushed deep into the paper fibres.  It leaves behind a small area of lighter colour, which can show the effect of scales.  It's only about a second or two of holding it down on the page, and that's all it takes.  With the Prismacolour pencil, I intensified the contrast by colouring in a darker purple around each "scale". 
The images were fussy cut on the black illustration lines. To me, that is probably the hardest part of this whole process! I also like to go over any white spaces left behind with either a marker or with a Prismacolor pencil. You can see how I did that on the seahorse - I wasn't about to get bogged down with fussy cutting on those little dips of his fins, no way no how!  So I just matched the white space to the colour of the paper they were on, which, by the way, is a sheet from the Under The Sea Slimline Paper Pack at Whimsy Stamps.  Please use links below if you are interested in purchasing any of these stamps, dies, or the paper.  I do get compensated if you do, so thank you in advance!  It helps to keep me drawing more images for you! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Cat Me-Wow

We all know a naughty cat like this guy, am I right? lol ;-) Images from my Cat Me-Wow set, which in my opinion, captures the "cat" personality (so fun to create!)!  I coloured up the image with Copics.  The light brownish gold paper is a page that I printed from my digital paper pack, Christmas Red, Gold and Green, but you would never know it's from a Christmas pack!  
Thanks for looking, here are your links:


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Mermaid Moments

Hi there! This is one of three mermaids from my Mermaid Moments clear set released this summer.  I made the ocean background using Distress Oxide inks - if you've never tried them, wow, they blend beautifully.  It's also easy to create a watery looking scene if you sprinkle water on it, and dab it with a tissue, or even just leave it to dry, it looks like you see here, with the added texture.  I love my oxide inks!  I thought that the background paper from the 6x6 Mermaid paper pack went perfectly too!  Just to frame it up nicely, I used the Wonky Window Die.  I coloured the images with Copics and then fussy cut them out, but you don't have to, you could get the dies that match the mermaids because those are available too! Just in case you are interested, I linked the dies below, but remember that the dies leave a tiny border around the images.  You can use your coloured medium of choice (coloured pencil, marker, paint, what ever you use) to colour that white space around the image that is left by the die if you want it to blend into your background (been there, done that, lol!).  But the images on this card were fussy cut - aka, cut out by hand, right on the black outline. The sentiment is from the Mermaid Moments Sentiments clear set.  Links are below.  Thanks for looking!
Mermaid Moments Clear Stamps:


Friday, July 29, 2022

Doggie Fun Times

I made this months ago for a guy with a winter birthday!  This doggie reminds me of him and how full of life he is.  It's from the set I created, "Doggie Fun Times". The paper is from the gorgeous Blurry Flurries 6x6 paper pack at Whimsy Stamps.  I enjoyed using the film strip die on an angle like this - I think it adds a lot of interest to the card.  The sentiments from the set went easily into these clouds (of course I stamped the sentiment first, then placed the cloud die over it and put it through my machine for the perfect placement). They're popped up on dimensional tape.  Here's a closeup of the image which I coloured with a combination of Copic markers (first layer) and then coloured pencil, which made adding highlights on the metal rather simple to do.  Links are below.  Thanks for looking!


Gnome One Else

This was the Father's Day card I made for hubby! He loved it!  I used a gnome couple from my Gnome One Else clear stamp set.  It was fun to make a forest background freehand with my Copics - challenging, but fun! I do like how it turned out, though I would like to break out of my tendency to do realistic trees and make them more whimsical to match my characters! One day, I will learn! And see?! You can make a card with red and green and not have it look like Christmas! ;-) :-D Thanks for looking! Links are all below:

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Doggie Birthday Party!

Hi everyone!  I have had a blast making this card for a special someone, and it's a good thing we both love dogs, ha! I combined images from two sets - Doggie Birthday Party and Doggie Birthday Party 2.  Each dog was coloured with Copics and then fussy cut - yup, I did that, lol! It would have been easier to stamp and mask them all in, so, well, next time, :-) ! I also used a couple of word dies which made finishing the card off really easy to do (after all that fussy cutting ha ha!). 
I do love the Oxide Distress Inks, and that is what I used to create the green to turquoise backdrop.  I thought that colour would really contrast nicely with the browns of their fur.  :-) Thanks for looking! Links below:

Doggie Birthday Party Clear Stamps:

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Otter Variety

I had such fun making this card for my son's B-day, and he loves it!  I used my brand new otter set, Otter Variety. By using the Film Strip Die with this set, it meant that the background scene was really easy to fill in because it reduced the space around the image. So if backgrounds are intimidating, or you're in a hurry, the limited space  that the die creates for it really helps!  I coloured the images and backgrounds using Copic markers.  I like to add variety when I have a bunch of (usually brown) animals, to choose different shades of brown, so I took advantage of Copic's wide selection of differing browns to colour them up.  Also used Birthday Word and Shadow Die.  Links below:

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Mermaid Moments

Hi all! 
Here's one of the mermaids from the new "Mermaid Moments" set I created for Whimsy Stamps!  I also created a matching sentiment set of the same name, "Mermaid Moments Sentiments".  This set went perfectly with a sheet from the Mermaid Paper Pack which helped make up a fairly quick and easy card! Cheesecloth for some added texture gave it the finishing touch.  Mermaid was coloured with Copics.  Thanks for looking! Links are below:


Monday, May 30, 2022

Doggie Birthday Party 2

Made this one for someone who has a little white dog.  She loved it!  It's one of the dogs from the Doggie Birthday Party 2 set, new at Whimsy Stamps! I love the "steak" as "cake", as I think most dogs would prefer it, don't you?  I coloured the images using Copic markers, and framed it using their Notched Squares die set, which adds some lovely details. The background turquoise paper I am proud to say I made myself using Oxide inks.  Man, I love blending those! And the extra marks on it are from water drips, then the white dots were made using a white gel pen. Links are all below:
Doggie Birthday Party 2:

Notched Squares Die Set:

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Babies From Above

Hi! Here's a card made for my grand-daughter who turned one!  I used the Babies From Above set - doesn't have to be just for newborns, as this little one is demonstrating. ;-) I coloured her with Copics and fussy cut the image out.  The pink paper is a sheet from Blurry Flurries (there's a few sheets in there that I have been using outside of the winter season because they work so well for anytime!). I used the Peekaboo Window 4 die, which makes a card come together super quickly (love that!) and Birthday Word and Shadow die (as well as an older numbers die set that has been discontinued, boo!). Links to products below.  Thanks for looking! Links below: