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Awesome Owl Card: shading map

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any shading maps! These are quick step-by-step sketches to map out the shading…dark, mid tone, light.

The little scripty background in this one was fun – to fade out the “you you you” in the background, I just lightly erased after getting all the pencil in place!

Click on the image to make it larger—but pin it from here to keep it Clickable to this post. 👍🏻

Since we’re experimenting with Wednesdays I thought it could be a good time to try them out again and see what feedback is. Remember, I’m watching comments/shares/pins on Wednesday posts this year, so as you see helpful things, you’ll be helping me decide what to do more of by sharing it!

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Interactive Poptart Toaster Card

Interactive Poptart Toaster Card

POPTARTS!

The kid in me gets so excited by poptarts! I always loved the ones with the frosting – strawberry was the BESTEST flavor! And the sprinkles!? Gah! They know how to sell a kid on loving a product!

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Of course that meant I had to make a card with Lawn Fawn’s new Let’s Toast set – with the poptarts! And I made one of my crazy backgrounds to go with it, but it’s super easy.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Marker colors were centered around reds and blacks/greys, but you could pick your own favorite color scheme for your kitchen scene.

The action wobbler action makes the additional poptart jiggle with fun – it’s always a great way to get a card to be a toy instead of just a card.

Puns?? YES PLEASE.

And another video? Yep!

For those worried that I’m cutting back too much by reducing one YT video, here’s proof I’m still doing all the extras, too: my guest video will be up at Ellen Hutson’s blog in a few hours – check in later today! (Her blog makes posts live later than mine.)

Reach for the Stars (Ellen Hutson New Release)

Reach for the Stars (Ellen Hutson New Release)

Happy release day, everyone! I wanted to pop in and share a card I made with the Ellen Hutson release that just launched! If you’re a fan of the Leading Ladies – this month the family is growing – with a Leading Gentleman and a Little Lady!

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I paired these two with the new little spray of stars – there are a couple of star dies in this release, and I created them as a spray of stars overhead on a summer’s night. Well I know there’s a summer coming – even though we’re mid-winter! Here’s the full release…items I used have an *:

Step by step

I diecut the stars from Neenah first, then added Dad at the bottom….

….and Little Lady is stamped behind her Dad. She has one arm up in the air, but with her behind him that’s hidden.

With masks in place, I airbrushed the background…

…with different blues and purples.

The big reveal…

I decided to color them as an African American family…

…and drew a forest behind them for the stars to fly above!

The finished card is popped up with dimensional adhesive, a white layer beneath the colored panel, and a kraft card base. A sentiment from Little Lady tops off the card, complete with white heat embossing.

Monday I’ll have a video on Ellen’s blog showing another way to color a leading family—in pencil! Stay tuned!

Painted Crocus Garden (Pretty Pink Posh hop)

Welcome to my stop on the Pretty Pink Posh hop! Paulina is celebrating 5 years – she’s just 6 months behind me, I just realized we started our businesses half a year apart!

My project uses the Crocus Flowers and Courage sentiment – in loose loose watercolor! If you’ve struggled with loose painting, I’ve got some encouragement in the video that might shake you from being so tight!

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/8ge6-pSJjXM

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Paint a loose background – then if you paint out of the lines it really won’t matter at all. It’ll just be some extra pretty splatter!

If you need something different to shake you up creatively, try a different format for a card – long skinny, 5×7, something other than your usual!

Be careful using gouache-tupe pigments that are opaque or semi-opaque; if they cover the black stamped lines, use the paint in a thinner fashion. “Tea” as we’d say in Watercolor Jumpstart Class!

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Public Service Announcement: A follower recently mentioned something odd going on with purchasing Daniel Smith paints at some Michael’s stores – forcing customers to buy multiple tubes of a color in order to get a particular price, saying the manufacturer requires it. That sounded too weird, so. I checked in with my friends at DS; they hadn’t heard of this, but are tracking down the source to be sure that stops. If you’ve had this experience at a store, can you email and let me know?

(thank you!)

Bloghop

Of course you’ll want to leave comments on the blogs for prizes right? Paulina is giving away $25 gift certificates to NINE people who comment during the blog hop.

NOTE: another post (no video) will be live at 9…be sure to pop back in!

Entwined Masking

Entwined Masking

Entwined Masking: Step by Step

Sometimes an image wants to peek through another image – especially when there’s an “O” involved! The two stamp sets shown here, All My Love, and Lovable (both by Penny Black) cried out to be used together! The bear is already part of the word “LOVE” but the other creatures were to be added – I started by making masks of each to line up in my MISTI. I made my masks with Eclipse Tape.

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I stamped the Hedgie first since he’s in front and I can just get that part out of the way.

I sliced the O so I could tuck the bunny inside. I wanted his head to be in FRONT of the O, so I cut away the parts of the “O” mask that the bunny should cover. Including cutting the open hole of the O, leaving the bear’s arm in the mask.

I stamped the bunny on top, and checked that his head and flower peeked out correctly.

I placed the bunny and hedgie masks in place before stamping “LOVE” – because I didn’t know where to trim off the bunny quite yet.

Now that “LOVE” is stamped on top, I can cut right around the bear’s arm – since it’s in the MISTI I’ll be able to stamp it in place in a minute.

See how that mask left a gap? I just need to restamp the “LOVE” to fill in the bear parts.

And there we go! All done and together. I colored the image with my Polychromos pencils.

Winter Anemone – Colored pencil on black

Winter Anemone – Colored pencil on black

I didn’t know what a winter anemone was – but I’m so glad I googled it! White with delicious blue centers…..so very pretty. So I decided to get out black paper – yep, I’m strange that way!

Due to an editing error, I’ve reposted the video with no sound.

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In the Colored Pencil Jumpstart class, there’s a lesson with more detail – but basically use the white pencil to color the highlights first, then color over it with the other colors. If you test out your colors on black you can figure out which colors are too opaque to use for this or not.

Popping the panel with dimensional adhesive gives the card a little more oomph…I let just a 1/4″ of the card base to show, coordinating the colors with the flowers.

I also love that Julie’s Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 have such fun sentiments in them. Lots of fun for cards!

I used the same sentiment on the Copic version – background is airbrushed:

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