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Happy 3rd birthday Vienna! (Watercolor Dog Card)

Happy third birthday to my sweet Vienna! We’ll hopefully be spending a couple hours at the park – her favorite place to go run run run!

I don’t know if it’s her actual birthday today, of course; she arrived at my house in September and we could only guess at her age. Which would put her birthday around this time of year. I picked valentines day because, well, I’m single and need something else to celebrate today, ya know? So we celebrate my girl each year!

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Impression Obsession came out with a couple cute stamps – My Best Friend, and Love Language –I wasn’t sure what size they were when I ordered them, but Love Language is a little bigger than My Best Friend – so I ended up making a card with a foreground stamp and background stamp by stamping “off” the first pass of ink on the background image. That way it only stamped a little of the ink, and made it lighter in the background.

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

If you need to see the colors from my palette, check out this post.

This is probably us today….. mud and smiles!

Watercolor palette:

  • Nickel Azo (EH DB)
  • New Gamboge (EH DB)
  • Aussie Red Gold  (EH DB)
  • Yellow Ochre (EH DB)
  • Burnt Sienna  (EH DB)
  • Burnt Umber (EH DB)
  • Perylene Maroon (EH DB)
  • Anthraquinoid Scarlet (EH DB)
  • Pyrrol Scarlet  (EH DB)
  • Quinacridone Rose (EH DB)
  • Imperial Purple (EH DB)
  • Moonglow (EH DB)
  • Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB)
  • Iridescent Electric Blue (EH DB)
  • Cobalt Blue (EH DB)
  • French Ultramarine Blue (EH DB)
  • Phthalo Blue GS (EH DB)
  • Indanthrone Blue (EH DB)
  • Serpentine Genuine (EH DB)
  • Sap Green (EH DB)
  • Green Apatite Genuine (EH DB)
  • Perylene Green (EH DB)
  • Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB
  • Neutral Tint (EH DB)

Customize Bird Stamps

Customize Bird Stamps

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I often customize stamps to be what I’d like to see – and this Songbird stamp set has been on my desk for quite a while, knowing I’d make a bunch of birds out of the one stamp!

For those familiar with Copics, figuring out colors shouldn’t be all that hard….especially if you’ve taken Copic Jumpstart and learned about Glazing! You can turn any of your markers into the right colors for any type of bird. The tough part is the markings.

Google the bird you want to draw, and you’ll get tons of images – then start scrolling to find a bird in an approximately correct position so you can see all the markings clearly.

Some birds will have a longer tail, different shaped beak, etc – you can mask off those portions when stamping, or do as I did and just draw right over those parts!

Coloring with a  limited color palette

Coloring with a limited color palette

I wanted to make a clean and simple colored card – with a limited palette. Not limited markers, but the number of visible colors being really streamlined. I think I accomplished the goal, whatcha think?

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

Colors used – with an overall effect being a clean and simple palette.

Masking only involved masking the big bear’s arm, and masking away the dog leash entirely and drawing it back in so it led to the little bear’s paw.

ICYMI

ICYMI

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)…..my guest post at MFT on Friday is a watercolor video featuring Mice Time to Celebrate; blog post is HERE. Video:

Sketch Series

Each day of Black History Month, I’ve been posting sketches – and learning a ton myself along the way! Follow along on Facebook, or visit the whole collection HERE.

Bible Journaling

For new followers on my blog….I have a few things that Bible Journalers may not know about:

  • A blog of inspirational posts – mostly about my mental process when journaling, but sometimes including other tips too!
  • A weekly tutorial video every Sunday morning.
  • Galleries of finished pages, sketches, and videos.
  • This morning’s video uses acrylic paint, not a common medium for me:

Snowmageddon has struck!

Mother Nature is tossing snowballs at us! Fortunately I have videos in the queue and blog posts scheduled, so even if I lose power during our snowstorms all week, you should still get content. Hopefully one loss of power (yesterday) was enough! But we have so many trees in WA that they take out power lines in storms like this when they happen. The weather forecast shows days of snow ahead!

I talked my friend into walking to church with me — we tried for a selfie with the empty parking lot behind us…..

Pups are LOVING the snow!

That’s about it for today….see you with a video tomorrow!

Mondo Gerbera Daisy in Copic

Mondo Gerbera Daisy in Copic

It’s time for another new release from Ellen Hutson – more Mondo flowers by Julie! So excited, I just love her giant flowers – they’re so easy to get into the coloring! Links to all the coffee-themed and Bearware stamps and dies are in the list at the end of this post!

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

The ink pad used in this project is an old tan dye ink pad by a company that no longer exists – it takes about 8 stampings to get it to show up, but I can’t seem to pitch it yet!

I kept the design simple – just popped up with a little dimensional adhesive onto a white card base!

The prizes were mailed out yesterday to the winners…congratulations!
  • Bear Ware 3 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps
  • A Breve Note by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies
  • Bear Ware 3 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies
  • Latte Love by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Valentine Critters (with flash giveaway)

Valentine Critters (with flash giveaway)

I bought one of them….Art Impressions kindly sends me a box of goodies after shows but – I wanted to get this one colored because I love me some funny critters, and wanted to let you know about it asap!

Note that these can be used all year round, so I love that about stamp sets that aren’t *for sure* for a holiday – but these cards are most of my valentines to send out this year.

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First the little otter in a sweater. Oh so cute! I made him a river rather than ocean otter….and gave him a scene with rocks, trees, and water.

The little squeak-heart mouse – GAH! I wanted him to fly REALLY high so looked up some cloud pics…I saw one of a heart and thought that’d be cute for a card!

The beaver is maybe using his valentine as wings? Not really sure. But he’s headed into his little beaver den with a sign over it!

When I looked up porcupine habitats, I laughed seeing them up in trees – wouldn’t that hurt if they fall down!?!?!? But…this little guy is sitting high up in the tree hugging a heart anyway. Let’s hope he stays put!

A commenter left a link to a sweet porcupine video you might like:

FLASH GIVEAWAY! I have 2 of these Valentine Critter stamp sets (one lightly used now!) to send out tomorrow – so tonight I’ll pick 2 winners from comments!

Hoping to get them to the winners in time to use for vday!

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