Penguin Week #4: Woodland Critter Huggers Garland (stop-motion animation)

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!

Woodland Critter Huggers Garland (stop-motion animation)

I spent an entire exhausting but FUN day making a lot of these critters – there are a few “standard” ones pictured on the packaging of the Lawn Fawn Woodland Critter Hugger dies –  but there are SO many possibilities! In Penguin Week, I just had to create a little “penny” (as a little friend of mine calls them!) See some tips below for a few things to think about! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Look at all these little cutieeeeeees!!!!

I started by diecutting both sets of dies from all the different colors I used – black, white, grey, tan, yellow, red….some I ended up cutting extra pieces of, but just having them all cut out let me start putting different combinations together.

Don’t forget you can cut pieces off…just losing the ears opened up a ton of options, especially for the penguin! There’s a triangle piece for the raccoon’s tail (sorry, it’s cut off in this pic below) and that works great for a bird beak.

I forgot to give the deer feet, dangit! Then there’s my two dogs – Giallo’s ears are made from the piece that makes the white facial section for the deer. Vienna’s eye spots are made from the deer’s tail.

I’m not sure the koala is a koala, but…his nose seemed to be koala-shaped enough to try! The bears were fun – the white one could be a polar bear or a yeti! Just cut off the pointy ears and give them the roundie shapes.

And one of my favorites – the walrus! His snout is the eye patch turned upside down, with white pen whiskers!

Which is your favorite?! These are so cute as a garland that they’re staying up in my studio – even if it’s not close enough to Christmastime to decorate yet. They make me smile! I adhered them to ribbon by gluing a rectangular panel to the back of each one with the ribbon sandwiched in between.

Supplies

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Penguin Week #3: Four types of shaker snow

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 #2: Four types of shaker snow

Every year I seem to need to “try again” – because I can’t remember which of my snow has how much static in it! The static causes it to stick – sometimes for better or worse – to the front of a shaker card. But the new Scenearama one made me think of those old iron shaving drawing games from my childhood…anyone remember Wooly Willy? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

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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

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Penguin Week #1: Watercolor an Arctic Scene

Penguin Week #1: Watercolor an Arctic Scene

 

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 #1: Watercolor an Arctic Scene

These little peeking critters had to be in penguin week! The little penguin is coming up from a swim to say hello to you – and to peek at the arctic aurora borealis while he’s up for air! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

What a little cutie patootie penguin….he’s ready for a warm hug!

Here’s that pearlescent shimmer paint – it looks fantastic in person! All colors used are listed in the supplies.

Supplies

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Grand Re-Opening of Art-Classes.com!

Grand Re-Opening of Art-Classes.com!

 

Those who subscribe to this blog probably already know about this…but if you don’t – this is THE time to check it out if you’ve always thought about taking a class but never got around to it. There are discounts and giveaways – one grand prize winner will get access to ALL CURRENT CLASSES! Read more HERE!

Loosely Painted Buttercups: Easy watercolor!

Hey Buttercup – Chin up! Easy floral watercolor

A while back I shared how to loosely paint poppies HERE – today it’s buttercups! You knew I had to have this stamp set with yellow flowers, right!?? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

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Front and Back Stamping (Winter Window + Book Lady)

Front and Back Stamping (Winter Window + Book Lady)

 

Front and Back Stamping (Winter Window + Book Lady)

I’ve wanted to try this idea for a while…and with the simplicity of the Book Lady stamp, I decided it was time to try. Glad I tried on camera and glad it worked – so I could show you how! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This is a more “normal” use of the stamp – okay it’s the way it was intended, eh? I added the stone background to the outside of the house, and a few shapes on the inside for a little setting for her.

But this one I stamped only the outside edges of the image – and drew her in myself! Don’t worry, you CAN do this – it’s simpler shapes, there aren’t any facial features. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

The window is perfect for ANY scene from any of my classes….I hope to see some of you guys using the die this way, even if you don’t flip a character back and forth like I did!

Supplies

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Speed Coloring – and an apology (price increases)

Speed Coloring – and an apology (price increases)

 

Copic price increase update

Edited to add: after this was done, actual correction finally arrived from the company: 12%.

This still isn’t news FROM Copic, but…after the video on Saturday , I’ve heard from lots of folks about what they’ve also heard. So all of this is, I guess, third hand – and you can take it with a grain of your favorite salt! The common denominator: I don’t hear anyone saying there is NO increase. Some say a $1 increase per marker, some up to $3 – HOWEVER regardless, an increase is an increase, and if you’re planning on asking Santa for markers or refills, email him your list of markers now rather than waiting. Everyone has Copics on their list, and you want the best selection – or the ability to get on a wait list. (And find out where they’ll be hiding your gift so you can sneak them into your craft room for a little dry run! ha!

Ok now for the card!

Harvest Party Card

I’m pretty sure no one will ever be searching for how to make a card for a Harvest Party or Harvest Festival. But since when has doing something unnecessary every bothered a crafter, eh? My friend Sheila had the idea to do this since we both collect a lot of MFT Birdie Brown designs….so I had to play along! And I wanted a card to send a friend who is working on her church’s Harvest Party. So there ya go. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Art Tips

Since there’s no voiceover or colors, I wrote out some of what I was doing:

  • Why no colors? Because honestly, nobody is going to have all these stamps and do this coloring. My speed coloring videos are just demonstrations. Most of the time I don’t provide art tips like this either, so this is a bonus. 🙂
  • Masking:Stamp the front image first – ie the little space dude. Mask him out with Masking Paper (stamp on it and cut him out), then stamp the pumpkins, mask those, stamp the superhero…etc. Front to back.
  • Note that the pumpkins are from Witch Way is the Candy; I didn’t want to use that since the kids don’t dress like scary characters for the party at church!
  • I started with the space boy’s face – then realized I wanted to “set” the lighting. I used purple to shade the faces, grey for everything else, thinking about a strong light cast from the church door onto the kids, leaving the highlight spots open.
  • Coloring the background first, I set the darkest colors so I’d know how dark the rest needed to be. Couple layers.
  • The clothing required little shading, since it’s all about this crazy lighting instead of detailing their outfits. Look at a group of kids in the dark sometime, you won’t see tons of detail.
  • At the end I tossed a quick glaze of yellow on top of everything in the highlights so the yellow light from the church door would cast onto the kids!

Supplies

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Winter Window: 2 ways! (with holiday shopper lady)

Winter Window: 2 ways! (with holiday shopper lady)

Before I get started – if you’re itchin’ to see the new release right away – click HERE!

Okay…are you feeling calmer now that you’ve seen it all? *grin* Yes, I know you. Alrighty, let’s get on with my cards!

Winter Window: 2 ways! (with holiday shopper lady)

It’s new release day for Ellen Hutson – and I am stoked about this winter window die! I’m pairing it with the Holiday Shopper Lady – but this window has SO many uses. Just see the plain white one and imagine it with spring colors or fall colors. (RIGHT?!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Even if all you make is a pretty white on white card – this die is soooooo pretty!

Here’s a closeup – I used Liquid Pearls to make the snow. A little piece of acetate would add some shine to this too!

And my crazy coloring version. Because….well because I’m me, right? Did you expect less?

This video wasn’t about the coloring, so I hope there’s grace for not including all the marker numbers!

Supplies

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Good news, bad news, and realtime snow! (Bloghop + more!)

Good news, bad news, and realtime snow! (Bloghop + more!)

 

Lots and lots and lots for you today….in the video plus scroll down for details! I’m hopping with Technique Tuesday today so be sure to get to that section and go see what everyone’s making!

Great news: World Cardmaking Day Bloghop

Just to prove that not everything has to be shaded to the “Nth” degree – there’s this card. 🙂 Plus some good news and bad news along the way. One additional piece of bad news is below that I ran out of time for in the video. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Good news for charities: Auctions!

Puerto Rico auction raised $3603.57! I’m adding extra to make it an even $4,000 that will be sent to Puerto Rico for 1) installing solar panels in inaccessible areas and 2) roofing and training local roofers. THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

Hurricane Florence auction of 55 Copic-colored cards is on NOW! Ends Sunday night Oct 7, 11:59pm Pacific. Bid high!

BID NOW

Good news for artists!

The Art-Classes site has now relaunched! Wheeee! It’s been a long time coming with more resources thrown at it than I thought possible….today is the “soft” launch. If you’re reading this, you’re in on that first wave! (I’ll be emailing the universe later next week once I see how things are going!)

A few things to know:

  1. The site is the same but different. Basic graphics will feel familiar. A few things have moved to different places on the new site. Coolest part? See the MY COURSES link in the menu bar – it’s so easy to find!
  2. Log in, pw changing, and other account things should be working so much better now!
  3. Classes you bought before SHOULD be in your “My Courses” link. If they are not, please email using the “support” link at the top of the page so I’ll know it’s on fire and I’ll take care of you asap. We spent tons of time on data transfers, but as you know, stuff happens on the interwebs!
  4. To celebrate the “soft” reopening….a GIVEAWAYdetails are HERE!
  5. Coupon code for this weekend: wcmw2018 for 15% OFF!

Bad news 🙁

***EDITED TO ADD: This is news I’ve heard from a couple sources, but increases are usually not confirmed by companies this far out. I could be wrong. But better safe than sorry!***

Copic prices are going up in January….bummer! But – we know now, so get your family to shop for Christmas gifts NOW! Markers will be out of stock as word gets out, so get your list together to share with Santa.

More bad news 🙁

The Puerto Rico art trip for next year is cancelled. There was extremely little interest, even if all the “maybes” were yes, it would still only be 4 or 5 people in January or 4 or 5 people in April. I’ll be making a trip there myself, just not with a group.

Back to good news: Promotions & Giveaways!

PROMOTION: All weekend though Oct. 7th, you can get the You’re Owlsome stamp set for FREE through the Technique Tuesday website! Just buy $30 in products on the Technique Tuesday website and add the Owlsome stamp set to your cart. Enter coupon code WCMD18 at check-out and you’ll get the stamp set for free!

TECHNIQUE TUESDAY PRIZE: Leave a comment on all the blogs as you hop to qualify for a Technique Tuesday gift certificate away to a commenter during the hop before Oct. 13th, 2018. The winner will be announced on the Technique Tuesday blog on Oct. 15, 2018! Good luck!

ART-CLASSES PRIZE: Don’t forget to enter to win!

FYI a little birdie told me some good news…

(Click on the pic to go shop!)

More excellent news: A Bloghop!

World Cardmaking weekend is the perfect opportunity to hop around the web and see what’s shaking on other blogs…go give these amazing folks a follow while you’re there

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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