This week our Design Team is playing with the beautiful butterfly stamps we released in April. These gorgeous images are already collaged for you. With enough area to be fun to color and enough background to save you heaps of time, they’re a super quick way to get a gloriously textured, layered card. You can cut out the butterfly from a second stamping to add depth, or simply stamp in black over your Creative Palette monoprints for a fast and easy card.
This week we’re looking at Santa images in the July 2013 Catalog from Stampendous. Our very own BlogStar Tobi Crawford is taking Santa To new heights with a super look of monochrome with a pop of color! After you check out her cool tutorial, be sure to take a gander at these terrific images from the rest of our Design Team:
It’s Tobi Crawford here with another quick look at how I choose my Copics for optimal shading. For today’s card I chose the gorgeous Cling Santa Air Drop stamp.
I was looking at this scene and wondered how I could really focus on Santa and his presents and considered the “Spotlight Technique” (that’s where you have a punched-out area of the stamp that’s coloured and everything else is not) but decided to go in a slightly different direction. I don’t know what I would call this technique, but having everything monochromatic except for the focal point of the image is another fun way to switch up your colouring.
Here’s how I coloured the grays:
As you can see, I went through the entire image and coloured all of the dark/shadows (C7), then into the mediums (C5/C3) then the lightest marker (C1).
Here’s the completed card! To enhance the grays and give other parts of the image a little pizzazz, I added some Crystal Micro Glitter by going over bits with a glue pen. It’s a quick and easy way to add glitter!!
It’s almost time to leave our celebration of Halloween images! This week we’re playing with our newest Kiddos. These cuties do all the things your kids do, you can see the whole collection on our website HERE.
For Halloween our little girl is dressed up as a Pumpkin, and our little boy as a Burglar. They’re just as sweet as can be. They’re both available in wood mounted or cling rubber styles on our website or in your favorite stamping/scrapbooking store. Find a store near you with our Dealer Locator
Today, BlogStar Rhea Weigand has a terrific project for you featuring our Pumpkin Kiddo along with another of her fabulous coloring guides! So Pinnable!! Enjoy!
Be sure to check at the bottom of the post for more Design Team inspiration!
To create the Haunting Background I air-brushed a little BV17, V08, YR16 and YG17 on GLOSSY PAPER. Then spritzed it with alcohol. The alcohol causes the ink to “run away screaming” Pretty fitting being that it is halloween 🙂 After the paper is dry stamp image with Archival Ink. Now you are done.
Next just color your little kiddo. Here are the colors I used.
Now go check out the terrific projects from these Stampendous Design Team Members:
We’re enjoying some cooler weather this week along with a look at designer Lisa Hindsley’s Fall Collection for Stampendous. Her fun and sweet scarecrows will charm anyone’s heart. These stamps are available in woodmounted or Cling Rubber™ designs.
Today BlogStar Rhea Weigand has a terrific tutorial on one of these fun designs! Then be sure to check at the bottom of the post and visit our other designers showcasing Lisa’s stamps this week.
This image called out for me to color with lots of texture. It’s a technique my friend, mentor and fellow Stampendous Design Star Jennifer Dove taught me as well as so many of her students.
The technique of texturing is fun and one our favorite’s to do. Once you’ve colored your area put a little blending solution or rubbing alcohol on a fabric swatch. Don’t soak the fabric. Lightly hold on the area for 3 seconds and remove. Do not hold for longer. You will see the pattern of the fabric piece appear before your eyes.
Here are 3 different types of fabric I used in Jack Sunflower to add all the texture.
Awesome isn’t it! It really adds so much to your coloring project. Just like everything else Copic Marker….practice 🙂
Now take the texture into the final card design with Fran-tage’ elements and texture ribbons. It will help tie it all together. I used:
You asked for it… here it is! The wonderful Rhea Weigand has taken time out from her insane schedule to color in our wonderful House-Mouse Designs® characters with her magic, Copic Markers so that you can easily copy her great coloring!
This week we’re focusing on two of our newest stamps from House-Mouse Designs®, Gifts Galore and Gifts to Tie. One thing that is so terrific about these two images is that while they work perfectly for Christmas, they really shine every day for any gift-giving occasion. Today BlogStar Rhea Weigand has a tutorial for you on the little Gifts to Tie stamp featuring Monica the Mouse.
Hello, Rhea here and today I would like you to meet Monica from the House-Mouse® Family. I have a tutorial on how to color Monica with Copic Markers. I am so happy Stampendous is producing the House-Mouse Designs® in cling as well as wood.
Everyone, meet Monica. She is gray with a teeny, tiny body and big feet! She tends to be sweet and innocent and charming. Maxwell doesn’t want his little sister to know just how precious he thinks she is. Here she is wrapping a birthday present for a special friend because she is so sweet and thoughtful.
With E50 color the face, hands, feet and inside ears
Make sure to go into the fur area. You don’t want a line. You will also bring the fur down into the skin tone to give a natural look.
With E51 add shading around eyes, inside ears, hands where fur meets and feet where fur meets.
With E04 use tip to tip with E50 to lightly add color to cheeks, nose and inside ears. you can also add a nice little shadow to hands and feet.
With BV20 use tip to tip with E50 and add shadows to feet and hands. Now lightly add shadow to each side of the nose.
With BV20 only go back and lightly add shadow in the darker areas of feet and inside ears.
Fur is important. With the mice the lines are drawn which will make it easier. You will color making a flicking motion. “light” flicking back and forth
The other thing that is important is to color everything around the mouse before you color the mouse itself. It is furry. If you color the mouse first you will loose the fur outside of the body when you color what is behind it. You will see when you color it.
With T1 “flick” lightly back and fourth and go outside the lines. Leave white paper showing
With T3 “Flick” lightly in your shadows to start bringing them to life
With T5 “Flick” lightly” more shadows in smaller areas then blend with T3 and T1. You should be “flicking” all the time. The darker areas now are becoming fully saturated with color and that is ok. You should still be seeing some of the white paper in the lighter areas.
With T7 “DOT” deeper shadows only in very small areas to add deep contrast. Then “DOT” T5 to blend into the rest of the body repeat with T3 if needed.
They really are quick and easy to color and so very, very sweet. I will be bringing the other members of Monica’s family to you over the next several weeks. I will be sharing their Copic Colors and a little about their personalities as well. Happy coloring!
We’ve got some beachy keen new Kiddos for Summer, and our Design Team have been playing with them this week. Meet Sandcastle Kiddo and Surfer Kiddo:
They’re both available either Wood Mounted as shown or on our famous Cling Rubber Mounts (Surfer, Sandcastle) for easy storage and use with your acrylic handles.
We know you’ll love these adorable new additions to our Kiddos collection of stamps, and our Design Team has created some wonderful projects using these Kiddos. BlogStar Tobi Crawford even created a “fast forward” video for you of coloring the little Sandcastle Kiddo with Copic Markers. I ADORE the way she puts the lid, number side up, right by her coloring. Take a look then check out the details on her blog below.
Plus, as part of our Digital Downloads we have two collections of digital phrases (Sandy Kiddos,Surfin Kiddos) and images to use with your new Kiddos. Surf’s Up! Cowabunga!! Check out the projects on these Designers’ blogs!
Yep…we mean it! Attending Jennifer Dove’s Copic Marker Retreat is sort of like going to a military boot camp where vast amounts of coloring knowledge are squeezed into your brain, but fun! You come home both exhausted and completely energized.
A member of the Stampendous Design Team since almost the beginning, Jennifer Dove has long wowed us with her amazing coloring skill and artistic style. Her projects are always favorites with the entire Design Team and all of us at Stampendous. She’s been published many times, and now her Copic coloring skills can be yours. Her famous class is now offered online, and it includes some fun Stampendous images for you to use when practicing!
You can read more about the class on Jennifer’s Blog Post. Here are some of the cards and techniques you’ll learn in her class!
And a couple of favorites she’s done for our projects:
If you sign up for Jennifer’s class, be sure to send us a photo of your work. You can always submit projects to our Flickr group or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Happy Coloring.
To make the focal image really stand out I pulled out my Copic airbrush system and a circle die cut and added a special touch..
First, die cut the image. Keep the die on the image and grab your airbrushing tool. (If you don’t have an airbrush, or don’t want to use it, use distress inks and a foam applicator. I do that all the time and it works just as well!) Use a light color and concentrate on the outer edge of the shape.
Remove the die cut and you have a beautiful rim around the edge. It’s kind of like matting your image, but easier!
One last tip. If you have a smaller area for your sentiment than you anticipated, why not snip (carefully) the stamp apart?
Initially I was going to stamp the sentiment as shown above, but it was just a bit too wide. So now I have all of these other options with this ONE sentiment stamp!
(Stampendous Note: Tobi’s stamp was one of our Cling Mounted stamps, so she didn’t have any trouble snipping it. Jo Ann Fabric and Crafts carries this stamp in the Wood Mounted version. If you’d like the Cling Version visit our website HERE
The detail in the little berries and leaves is amazing!
I colored the image with Copics, and cut it and the red frame out with “Spellbinders Labels Nine”,
popped it up on some fun patterned paper, and applied the whole mat to some glitter cardstock from AGES ago!
To tie it all together, I used a stripe from the same pattern collection, and extended it across the card, along with a sprinkling of the Red Tinsel Embossing Powder, Stardust Embossing Powder, and Silver Crushed Glass Glitter, and applied heat Fran•táge style!
The punched snowflakes were a last minute addition, one of which I dipped into the gorgeous silver crushed glass! You should see it sparkle and shimmer!
This is my new favorite simple-to-color, go-to, holiday card image!
Check out Jan’s blog for more great ideas from this versatile artist!