Whimsical Doodling – Picket Fence, Animals of the Wild

This little stamp just LEPT into my cart a few weeks ago. OMG Squeeeee! Look at all those tiny faces!! The challenge comes in figuring out how to put a square of heads onto a card – and I got out a pen to doodle my way to a design!

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A fun and SUPER simple idea for a card like this: send it to someone along with a little pack of colored pencils. Or stamp it on watercolor paper, and pick up a brush and a dot card to send along. You can inspire someone else to color their own card!

While they’re not actually ALL wild animals – there are some puppies – it’s awesome to see them all playing so nicely in the stamp right? It reminds me of the dogs I did a while back – all the pup heads – that turned into the Whimsical Sketching class. If you like this kind of thing, that’s a fun class to get your doodling on!

I chose some warm colors for this card – with a pop of that bright green for the lil froggies.

Coloring for Vellum Envelopes

Coloring for Vellum Envelopes

Vellum envelopes can be for elegant invitations or fancy cards – or just for something FUN! The postal carrier deserves a little smile, too, right? And your recipient will love seeing bright happy color in their mailbox too! I’ve got a few tips to keep in mind when creating a card like this to get some big bang for your efforts!

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Be aware of the size of your handwriting; I didn’t leave myself quite enough here for the size of my Mom’s new address so it was a little squishy! The snail would still be adorable sneaking in from the left side, and the mailbox can peek from the right, to create more room if you need it.

I picked strong, bright colors to make sure the colors really popped. There’s an E87 marker in there that I think snuck in somehow. LOL!

I had a special return-address stamp made for myself a few years ago, a self-inking one.

Rainbow Pandas

Rainbow Pandas

Pandas don’t always need to be black and white…and I have to say sometimes a set of rainbow-colored pandas would cheer up a mailbox even more than realistic ones!

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Markers used – sometimes you can keep it simple…

WHEEE! Aren’t those party pandas happy?


Loving the simplicity of a card like this – perfect for tons of occasions…

Color an Elephant Swing on colored cardstock

Color an Elephant Swing on colored cardstock

It’s been a long time since I’ve colored on Desert Storm….is it just me, or when we “remember” a technique, it feels all shiny and new again?

PS Is anyone SQUEEEEEEE-level excited about the release of Dumbo this month?

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Very limited color palette on this one…..

Adding a little dimension and diecut border is more than enough for a clean and simple little card like this one.

Half-a-stamp Stamping

Half-a-stamp Stamping

Sometimes less is more….and sometimes half a stamp is all you need!

The cool part about stamping only part of an image – or only including half an object on a canvas, for that matter – is that it gets the viewer engaged. They imagine what else is there. They’re intrigued by just what is going on there. In each of the examples in this post, I went through my stamp collection to find sentiments that would start the idea of a story going – scroll down to see a little more on each one.

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At first I only had the Balloon Bear peeking in from the bottom, and as I looked for a sentiment to go with him, I saw “Let it go….” and immediately had to stamp one more balloon up in the air as if he’d let it go!

In this version of Balloon Bear, he’s just peeking in from outside with a balloon gift….it makes you wonder if he’s standing on something, is he peeking into a door or from behind a tree? Lots for the imagination to ponder…

Fancy Hat Bear, when peeking in from the side, is a little shy. So telling her to go be fabulous in a sentiment seemed good to encourage her to step out boldly!

In another version of Fancy Hat Bear, I wanted her to look like she was throwing a kiss, so when stamping her I wiped off the eyes – and added lines instead so she could look dreamy!

Can you think of stamp sets you’d use to try some half-lea

One Wreath Three Ways

One Wreath Three Ways

It’s always fun to get mileage out of our stamps – so why not try an atypical stamp set in a couple mediums, just to see what happens? I created these pretty wreaths in Distress Inks, Copics, and Pencil! The PinkFresh Oval Foliage stamp has so many possibilities!

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Distress Oxide Ink/Watercolor is one of the ways most people may consider using a set like this – applying the peeled paint distress oxide ink then painting into it with a wet brush.

I added some berries to mine with a brush, as well as tiny details in the chipped sapphire to add some depth.

Next up: Copic! I stamped some “messy” partial leaves first, then laid down a couple colors (YG03 YG00) and restamped again in an uneven fashion to add some realism. I filled in some detail in G28 and added RV14 berries.

Finishing off each card meant layering the panels with green cardstock, popping it up on dimensional adhesive on the same color cardstock to keep the color to a minimum and let the wreath sing. Sentiments were stamped on matching paper and popped, cutting the banner on one side and tying a little twine for good measure.

The pencil version may surprise those who haven’t taken Colored Pencil Jumpstart – powdered pencil!

The tea strainer is the magic that makes it happen…scribbling the pencil into it to create powder, and lightly moving it around with a cotton ball.

The sentiments were placed in the lower 1/3 of the card – designwise it keeps the important parts out of dead-center so the eye moves around the wreath and not just stopping in the middle.

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