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!

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!

Copic Meerkat

Copic Meerkat

A little bit of art today with meerkats! I’ve had a Meerkat stamp set (by Art Impressions) for months now, sitting on my desk…and it’s finally its day to shine!

As I was looking at the coloring of their faces, I decided to try a sketch of one, up close, so I could study the eyes and know what to do with the card. The stamp set is drawn with whites in their eyes, which they don’t have – so this was valuable info when I colored the card.

My sketch is made in a Copic sketchbook I bought before they discontinued them. It’s slicker paper than my usual Neenah.

I had to look up meerkats not only to get their coloring, but even a little about what kind of scene to put them with. I found this pic on Wikipedia that I started with:

I really liked the light hitting just the top of them, and that nice reddish soil with a streak of light hitting it. With the Casting Shadows class ready to launch on Friday, I’ve been doing tons of striking shadows of late! I adjusted mine a bit from the photo…

I’ll add a birthday sentiment if I use this for a birthday card, or just a happy thinking of you or thanks sentiment – or maybe nothing, because giving someone a balloon “just because” is the best reason, right? Lots of mine are thanks or hello type cards, as I send out tons to my patrons. 🙂

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Joyful Heart Bears: Shading Maps

Joyful Heart Bears: Shading Maps

My Wednesday post arrived early….because MFT is releasing this sweet little Stacey Yacula stamp set and I couldn’t resist joining the party!

I’ve created shading maps for the three Joyful Heart Bears – with the light different for each of them. Soon there’ll be a new Casting Shadows class ready – and I’m hoping that class will explain shading in enough depth that people will start to internalize it! But….shading maps can help in the meantime….pin away! You can click on the image to enlarge it, but be sure to pin it from the smaller image so people on Pinterest can make their way here to see it.

I added backgrounds to each of my little colored stamps….this little guy is in his garden hugging and squeezing and loving! The sentiment is split – I stamped the left half, stamped the bear, then moved the card so I could add “with joy” at the end. I hope it reads “Everything about you reads my HEART with joy…?

This little bear was carrying a bucket full of hearts, so I put her in a heart orchard for picking them! I considered perhaps a strawberry-bed, which would also work with this stamp.

The little bear flying a balloon like a kite needed a big wide field to run in!

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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!

Poinsettia Speed Sketches

Poinsettia Speed Sketches

Before we get to the sketches: I’ll be on TV in a few hours! WBPI is airing a Skype taping of an interview with me today, Dec 20th, at 10:00AM EST. I know, not much warning! It’s super short, and I don’t know where in the hour it will broadcast; I’m hoping to get a recording of it to post on my Bible Journaling channel soon. If you’re free this morning you may watch via: Facebook Live – WBPI TV49 | Internet: wbpi.org, click on “watch live” | Antenna: 49.1 | | Comcast:  12 | WOW: 168 & 122 | ATT Uverse: 1049

Speed Sketching in Watercolor

I was playing around with a photo that I thought was challenging but beautifully seasonal…I’m not positive what I think of either of these but thought you might like to see them. I tried this painting several times, and this is closer than the first – but I may still need to paint it a few more times. Can’t let a flower kick my behind, know what I mean?

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

Some of the paint got well away from me but….yeah. lol.

Speed Sketching in Copic Marker

Just because the watercolor fought me, I also sketched the flowers in Copics– I’m far more comfortable with the medium, though it’s not challenging to me so I love the watercolor process much more.

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

That white poinsettia was harder than I thought!

I’m still goofing around with the new lights – but I seriously need to get back to work today or I won’t have anything ready to post in January, eeep!! Note to self: Next year take the *second* half of December for sleeping in, not the first half!

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