Mass Production for the easily bored

Mass Production for the easily bored

Mass Production for the easily bored

Maybe it’s just me. But once I do something one time, it’s really hard to make another identical one! I’m ready to move on, so mass production is especially hard for me. But I need a LOT of Christmas cards – I send out about 200 each year, 50 or so to family, and the rest to Patrons, random subscribers here on the blog, and students. So I need to learn how to make a bunh, and found a way that at least won’t bore me to tears! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Kinda fun eh? Mix up the papers and mediums and stamps and at least there’s some difference for you to enjoy, too!

One day flash sale!

If you need any goodies to keep from being bored…..there’s a sale for ya HERE! The little grid below shows some of the stamps coming up if you need ideas, in addition to the actual supplies for this card below that!

 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Coloring Tree Farms (New Purple Onion release!)

Coloring Tree Farms (New Purple Onion release!)

Before I get started – today is the last day of the sale on classes AND to enter the giveaway- more info HERE!

A visit to the tree farm

I’ve always bought my tree at the local boy’s club lot…mostly because, well, those trees have already been killed, and going to a farm seems like maybe I’d be picking a tree that might still be breathing come next Christmas. But….the idea of going to cut down my own tree is a romantic dream nonetheless! I thought it might be fun to show you how to draw a freshly cut Christmas tree using these little stamps from Purple Onion in the new release. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

POLYCHROMOS PENCIL COLORS: 283, 223, 174, 180, 275, 146

The sentiment is inside because this is so sweet I wanted to leave it as is!

Note that bunny had to lean down to drive the tractor – and his butt hangs off the back of the seat. LOL.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Penguin Week #5: Purple Penguin Pair in Pencil

Penguin Week #5: Purple Penguin Pair in Pencil

 

Wheee! I’ve apparently fallen in love with penguins…because I discovered I’ve picked up a ton of penguin stamps this year! I decided to combine them in one big ol’ week full of penguin cards – I hope my penguin-loving friends will enjoy the stamps, and my technique-loving friends will enjoy learning too!

Penguin Week #5: Purple Penguin Pair in Pencil

This little pair of penguins are good for SO many seasons of cards. Of course for Christmas. But how about a loveydovey card for Valentine’s Day too? Put a balloon in a flipper and it’s a birthday card! Especially if you color with crazy fun colors like I did here! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The colors used…..though I encourage you to play with all sorts of fun colors! Students in Colored Pencil Jumpstart should pull out a testing chart and see what might work!

Don’t forget that putting down pencil THEN erasing can have some interesting effects!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Penguin Week #2: Color a Penguin Choir by an Ice Cave

Penguin Week #2: Color a Penguin Choir by an Ice Cave

 

Color a Penguin Choir by an Ice Cave

When you’re stumped to find a background to add to a penguin card – it’s Google to the rescue! I did a search for penguin habitats, and one picture had a cool archway with icicles hanging down. I just had to try it! It reminded me of the Underwater Scenes class caves underwater….and then the little birdies from the recently-released Tweet Holidays set, with their birdie-feet and birdie-tails masked off, looked like penguins in the snow! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I colored these with Luminance pencils – and a word about all of the Hex Charts: if you bought them here on my blog, then your downloads are available here. But if you buy it over at art-classes (which you can now do while buying a class, all in one purchase), then it’ll be over there.

And if you’re a watercolor fan – check out my video over on the MFT blog today: I used my mini palette for it with some more unique colors! The Daniel Smith hues in the Woodward and Father Big Brush Tin Palette are: Neutral TintIndigo , Cobalt Blue Cobalt Teal Blue , Burnt Sienna , Permanent Alizarin Crimson , Lavender , Ultramarine Turquoise , Sap Green , Aussie Red Gold , Yellow Ochre , Nickel Azo Yellow , (not DS: Jaune Brilliant 1 , Jaune Brilliant 2 ) Titanium White

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Alpaca Pile-On card! (Sunny Studios BlogHop)

Alpaca Pile-On card! (Sunny Studios BlogHop)

 

Alpaca Pile-On card!

Happy birthday to Sunny Studio Stamps! Wheeee! These little alpacas were so excited they decided to pile-on and get the whole gang together – ha! And as I look at it now – this could be a birthday OR a Christmas card, eh? Double duty! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Prismacolor pencils used:

Finishing the card meant adding strips of black behind the left and right sides, popping that whole panel on dimensional adhesive, then stamping “wishes” on the white, and “warm and cozy” on black with Versarmark then adding white embossing powder.

Just for fun, a more traditional Christmas colorway….but same design! Once you stamp something like this, you may want to scan it and save it to print again. (Use this only for yourself, you can’t share something like that without violating copyright.)

Sunny Studios is offering 15% off on all retail orders using the code “CELEBRATE” through October 1st! And – Mendi has given each blog a $25 gift certificate to give away — for a total of $350 in prizes. Comment by Monday 11:59 pm PDT and they will announce all winners on the Sunny Studio blog on Friday, October 5. Hop on!

See all the new release stamps, paper, and dies HERE !

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Connecting stamps for scenes

Connecting stamps for scenes

Connecting stamps for scenes

Lots of folks email to ask how I think through stamping a scene – so I thought I might start a little series over time to chat about design a bit. This cute set of gnomes from Sunny Studio were so cute – they took a long time to color which would make a crazy-long video, but they’re perfect for talking about setting up stamps for little vignette scenes! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This little seated gnome has a bird friend who has just alighted on the ground next to him; the bird’s presence only half on the card indicates the scene continues off to the left. The band of color on the right is on the card base, created with a technique from the Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class

This little nut-bearing gnome walks forward from his pumpkin house and mushroom ‘trees.’

A horizon line can connect disconnected stamps – the only masking here was a post it note covering the base of the mushroom.

And of course the little girl gnome’s scene was entirely transformed in the before and after!

And PS if you’re just looking at this in your email…check out my revamp of my website! (Click here.)

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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