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Warm Christmas Coloring: Lawn Fawn Christmas Dreams

Warm Christmas Coloring: Lawn Fawn Christmas Dreams

In today’s video I pulled out my new Christmas Dreams set – with a sleeping kitty and puppy, did you ever think I’d skip buying this set? Heck no! I used a lot of the images in the set (but not all) and in the video I show you some tips for figuring out where a fireplace casts light. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A sweet card…and perfectly flat!

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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New favorite pen for snow! ft Darcies

New favorite pen for snow!

Sometimes it’s an image that inspires a card – other times it’s a sentiment! And the “piled high” was what got me here…to make a stack of penguins! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

That Sharpie pen sure makes quick work of snow – it may not be as white or sharp as my Uniball, but it doesn’t take any work to get it moving!

You can stack up other things too – and you can also use the City Sidewalks backgrounds!

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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WCMD 4: Haunted Halloween Holiday Mansion

Are you just popping in for WCMD? I’m posting videos every three hours to celebrate “our” holiday…celebrate with me by posting your creation inspired by one of these videos, and tagging me on Instagram, Facebook, or link up your blog in a comment on one of today’s posts – I’ll be sending my halloween cards to participants!

 

WCMD Halloween mansion

The Holiday Mansion stamp set is paired with an accessories set for both Halloween and Christmas – they also come with dies. But for those who like to mask and create a one-layer scene card, like me, this house has endless possibilities to decorate! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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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Guest post: Witch way is the candy?

Hello colorists! It’s Sandy and I’m back as a guest on the MFT blog….with CANDY! If you knew me in real life you’d know what a sucker I am for it – I have to be careful not to keep it in the house, or I’ll be a snacking fool!

However….the Witch Way is the Candy set is back and it’s CALORIE FREE! It was a 2014 set, and was so beloved that it’s back – with all new sentiment fonts. I love the newer style, so I’m glad I hadn’t snagged this set back in the day even though I drooled at the idea of coloring this sweet little witch! Check out the video below.

The masking was pretty simple here; First I stamped the witch and kitty; masked those out, then the froggie (making sure his eyeballs peeked out past her hat), then after masking his feet, I added the pumpkin. Sometimes I like a good “tight” group of images, and if we try to put them all on the ground next to each other, the image gets kinda wide.

I’ve kept the coloring pretty straightforward – a good shadow from her big hat and another from her cape, a decent cast shadow behind her – and the rest can all be faked!

For finishing touches, I used the new dies to give a beautiful stitched edge to the panel, popped it on dimensional adhesive, then stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock. It’s also popped up, and the end is wound around behind the colored panel.

Supplies:

  • Witch Way is the Candy? stamps
  • Hybrid Licorice Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Dimensional adhesive
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Bear Ware 2: Two Ways!

 

Bear Ware 2: Two Ways!

If you hopped along on the Ellen Hutson Bloghop for this new release, you saw the Bare Ware stamp set in action…and I had to get in on the fun! It’s got Halloween and Christmas accessories for the All Inside stamp set with the cute bear….so I made a scene for each! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The finished halloween card took way too long – but oh what fun! I learned a ton about just how much color had to be added to make it work. Eeep!

The Christmas version is lighter and simpler – and you can see a comparison of several color combos to make “white” objects – tans, blues, warm greys, and a BV in that background.

And just for fun, since I overdid the coloring on the first Halloween one, I colored another with a background from the Autumn Scenes class

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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Embossing on Airbrush: Hop for Hope!

 

Today’s video is a bit special….it’s a SURPRISE bloghop! A group of us got together to share the Courage stamp set released earlier this year as a fundraiser for BCRF – and it’s a surprise to Ellen! The cause is near and dear to hear heart, and we all hope that if you haven’t purchased the stamp-and-die set, you’ll hop over and do that. Note: in this post I am ONLY linking to the stamp set, and without an affiliate link …. I want all the funds to go to breast cancer research!

Embossing on Airbrush: Hop for Hope

I got out my airbrush for my card today….if you want more info on airbrushing, check out this post. But even if you aren’t an airbrusher, you can possibly achieve something similar with Picked Raspberry distress inking and emboss over that – just be sure it’s good and dry before embossing (and use a de-static tool). Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This whole thing was a bit of a surprise even to me – I wasn’t at all sure what would happen. Or if I’d try re-airbrushing on top. But I’m super pleased with the result!

Hop Roster

Supplies

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. No compensated affiliate links used.

  • Essentials by Ellen, Courage stamp and die set, fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Airbrush gun
  • Copic Marker (RV19)
  • Neenah Cardstock, Solar White
  • Craft Assistant (the black metal panel)
  • Versamark ink
  • White and clear embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Tombow Xtreme Tabs
  • Sequins
  • Corner Chomper (rounder)

 

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Light Source Focal Points in Scenes – Sunny Studios Bloghop

 

Happy Birthday to Sunny Studio Stamps! Their official holiday release date is next week, on September 29th, but in honor of their birthday, the new products are available as a Pre-order the morning of the hop.  All the products are in their store HERE or individually at the links at the end of this post. 

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Light Source Focal Points in Scenes – Sunny Studios Bloghop

I’ve done a few of these design-related videos from time to time and you guys seem to like them….so today I’ll talk a little about focal points – but this time with *light*….yes your lighting can direct the eye to where you want it to! Light can make your scene more interesting, and doesn’t always require that the rest of the image be shaded “properly” – it can be just the way you set up the background. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Hope that was helpful – and especially my students in the Autumn Scenes, City Sidewalks, and Winter Wonderland classes will recognize some of the scenes and be able to use these ideas to expand on their own scenes on cards!

Retailers:

For 15% off on all retail orders use code “CELEBRATE” through October 1st.

Bloghop and giveaway

As always, there’s lots of fun to be had on bloghops – prizes and inspiration galore! I’m giving away $25 gift certificate to Sunny Studios (total of $300 in prizes throughout the hop!). The contest runs through Monday 11:59 pm PDT so get busy commenting! Winners will be announced on the Sunny Studio blog on Friday, the 29th.  

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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Backlighting: Halloween Costume Party

Backlighting: Halloween Costume Party

When I saw the Costume Party stamp set – I knew exactly what I was going to do. And it was that sentiment sign! ha. I know, I know, I’m weird! But in today’s video you get a lot more – mostly about coloring a backlit image. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Even if you just colored all the flat-color, single layer parts, including the sky – this would be amazing.  Hope you try it out!

This card, as many, brings me to constantly ask myself, HOW MANY MARKERS do I use on one piece!? 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.

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MFT Guest post + New Copic Class

I used the little Magical Day set with this sweet little bear all dressed up as a magician – and his little bunny friend! They could be putting on a magic show, or performing at a birthday party – or with these colors, even celebrating halloween! (Is it too early!?)

Check out the video below, then meet me back here for a couple more tips.

Wasn’t that just a heck of a lot of fun? I know, I know, it looks like a hot mess until it’s not. I get that a lot. But it’s fun to see it come to life! A few tips:

  • Let go of worries about bleeding through the back. Resolve that this will never be a one-layer card.
  • Cut the paper down and do a smaller scene – a full card front can be intimidating! This one is 3.5″ square.
  • Use colors you have reinkers for. You, uhm, might need them.
  • Choose analagous colors for the background – those are colors next to each other on the color wheel.
  • Spend your time on the important parts of the card – in this case, the background. Notice I didn’t do ANY shading on the bear’s outfit or the bunny’s hat. With all that pixie dust, who needs to? I had to call your attention to it, that’s how much you weren’t looking at that part.

Looking closely you can see I added Glossy Accents to some of the pixie dust bubbles and the eyes and nose. And for those who didn’t jot the colors down fast enough, here they are – I linked to them over on my blog if you just want to click and not go searching.Hope you enjoyed my little bear’s magical pixie dust….be sure to tag me over on instagram if you try this. I’d love to see your creation!

Sandy

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.

 

Colors used in the background:

NEW CLASS coming Saturday!

NOTE: there’ll be no blog post emailed on Saturday to remind you – I’m trying to be a good steward of your email inbox! So check in at Art Classes and check out the class when you get up Saturday morning. Or if you’re a YT subscriber, you’ll see a video preview of it on Saturday!


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Custom Patterned Paper + Plant Lady #thehumanrainbow

 

Custom Patterned Paper + Plant Lady

The Leading Ladies collection at Ellen Hutson is growing! This sweet plant lady has a green thumb…even though I don’t. (Hey at least I can on a card, right??) I’ll show you how I colored here in my #humanrainbow style, as well as creating my own patterned paper with some NEW papers from Ellen, too! (Colorable! woohoo!) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A few more color combos, courtesy of Crafty Lady stamp set!

And one more share…last night I was playing around coloring a garden for the plant lady. This is as good as my gardening gets – MARKERS! 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.