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!

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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.

Watercolor a harvest moon (aka handling your hot mess moments)

Watercolor a harvest moon (aka handling your hot mess moments)

 

Watercolor a harvest moon (aka handling your hot mess moments)

When shooting this video a few weeks back, we were in the midst of really strange skies – orangey yellow, with a blood red sun, all from local fires happening. That got me thinking – harvest moon would be great for a halloween card! I had this Witching You the Cutest set from Darcies in my stash, and decided to use it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Handling your hot mess moments

From responses to other “oopses” in my videos, I know many of you appreciate seeing the messes as they happen…and fixes. I don’t know how much I can teach you about those moments, since your oopses are different than mine. (And frankly, I don’t make the same oops multiple times, I keep compounding them instead! ha!) But the one commonality: KEEP GOING. The paper is already used, it’s already got no value to you – and sometimes those are the “freedom” moments as an artist. You lose the sense of panic over a ruined piece, since you don’t expect it to come out. So you can try things. Try a brush stroke. Try a new color. Try something you have never tried before. Squeeze every bit of learning out of that piece of paper that you can – make it count!

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.

Copic Coloring Window Light – Buddies

Copic Coloring Window Light – Buddies

 

Copic Coloring Window Light – Buddies

Lots of folks see me crating nutty lighting situations, and I thought two sleeping furbabies would be a good simple exercise in creating sunlight coming in a window. What a perfect place to sleep, right!?? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I finally remembered to nab the colors I used for a photo before tucking them all away…

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.

Impression Obsession Cling Stamps, Buddies
Copic Markers
Neenah Cardstock

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #7: Vintage Blooms

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #7: Vintage Blooms

Fall Flowers Series 2018 – last one!

I love creating a little series of videos for you sometimes….kind of like a mini public “class”! I had a bunch of flower stamps in my growing stash that I haven’t shown yet, so they’ve been collected together this week into a series. Scroll down for the recap!

Vintage Blooms

For this card, I ended up filming playtime….messing around with colors to see what I liked for the big yellow flower. Trying colors I hadn’t normally, and even extra colors! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

It’s been a fun week for me – hope you’ve enjoyed it too! Here’s all the posts in case you missed any!

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.

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #6: Masculine Floral Card

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #6: Masculine Floral Card

 

Fall Flowers Series 2018

I love creating a little series of videos for you sometimes….kind of like a mini public “class”! I had a bunch of flower stamps in my growing stash that I haven’t shown yet, so they’ll be collected together this week into a series. Enjoy!

Masculine Floral Card

I threw myself a challenge – make a fall floral that could be sent to a GUY!? You’ll have to decide if I achieved it or not…… Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Colors used…I misspoke, weathered wood is walnut stain. W’s ya know?

So tell me…is it masculine?? lol! My dad used to always say “Take it easy” instead of “Bye!”….so I used this sentiment from this sloth set.

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.

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #5: Copic Coloring on Colored Cardstock

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #5: Copic Coloring on Colored Cardstock

 

Fall Flowers Series 2018

I love creating a little series of videos for you sometimes….kind of like a mini public “class”! I had a bunch of flower stamps in my growing stash that I haven’t shown yet, so they’ll be collected together this week into a series. Enjoy!

Copic Coloring on Colored Cardstock

I’ve colored on some other cardstocks with things like pencil….most of my Copic I’ve reserved for Neenah. I happened to have *surprise* a pack of Lawn Fawn paper in the studio, so I decided to try it out! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

So simple but so pretty…and now I have a card ready for the next occasion for which I don’t really “feel” like making a card due to the emotion. It’s always good to have one in the card basket!

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.

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #4: Vintage Hydrangea

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #4: Vintage Hydrangea

 

Fall Flowers Series 2018

I love creating a little series of videos for you sometimes….kind of like a mini public “class”! I had a bunch of flower stamps in my growing stash that I haven’t shown yet, so they’ll be collected together this week into a series. Enjoy!

#3: Vintage Hydrangea

It’s been so much fun to feel like I can dive into more colored pencil pieces here on the blog; they require me to speed things up since pencil takes longer, but now that I know you can get lots of education in the Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class, I don’t feel guilty for all the speed!

These hydrangeas are fall/post-season color. Different ones turn different colors but I love the ones that get golden and purple and look so vintage! 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.

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #3: Painted Poppies

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #3: Painted Poppies

 

Fall Flowers Series 2018

I love creating a little series of videos for you sometimes….kind of like a mini public “class”! I had a bunch of flower stamps in my growing stash that I haven’t shown yet, so they’ll be collected together this week into a series. Enjoy!

#2: Painted Poppies

These elegant poppies just cried OUT for watercolor! And in this video I’ll show you how to do kind of a cheater “loose” style….it’s fun and isn’t as out of control as you’d worry it might be! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card front is layered onto black, then the pink card base, setting it off nicely. One flower was masked for the stamping of the sentiment “HAPPY”….I didn’t have the right color pink ink, so used some red with some Picked Raspberry on top of it to get close to it!

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.

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #2: No-Line Copic Fall Flowers

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #2: No-Line Copic Fall Flowers

 

Fall Flowers Series 2018

I love creating a little series of videos for you sometimes….kind of like a mini public “class”! I had a bunch of flower stamps in my growing stash that I haven’t shown yet, so they’ll be collected together this week into a series. Enjoy!

#1: No-Line Copic Fall Flowers

This set is called “Friendly Bunch” – I think it’s actually cherry blossoms! But as artists we can color things any way we want, right? I turned these into a pretty little bunch of orange flowers, and made it a no-line piece as well – meaning I stamped the image with a superlight ink (it’s a near-dead tan pad that I keep around just for this purpose!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The colors for this card…

Since I had stamped my secondary sentiment off-center, and was too lazy to restamp it, I just added a little twine feature to one side so it looked like it was on purpose. Shhhh don’t tell on me!

I really loved how this one came out….so fresh and pretty! The card front is trimmed down to allow 3 sides to have a white border, and it’s popped up on dimensional adhesive.

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.

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #1: Embracing Imperfections

Fall Flowers Series 2018 #1: Embracing Imperfections

 

Fall Flowers Series 2018

I love creating a little series of videos for you sometimes….kind of like a mini public “class”! I had a bunch of flower stamps in my growing stash that I haven’t shown yet, so they’ll be collected together this week into a series. Enjoy!

Embracing Imperfections

While I do some fun and simple coloring….enjoy a little pep talk. Art is fun – let’s not get distracted with our oopses – or those of others! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

7 Cards this week: Poppy Fields, Friendly BunchHappy HydrangeaCherished Memories, Watercolor Truck Mini Set, Bloom :

SALE this week on all remaining United We Flourish sets!

My previous videos with some of them:

  1. Poppy Fields
  2. Better Together (birds)
  3. Love Ya Bunches (monkeys)
  4. Sending Sunshine
  5. Good Friends (dogs)
  6. Sweet Sprinkles (cupcakes)

 

Support The Dreaming Zebra Foundation

For each of the Poppy Fields stamp and die sets purchased with my affiliate link, I’ll be donating to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation – and I recommend making a donation of your own too!

The Dreaming Zebra® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit encouraging children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams. Your gifts help us provide art & music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world!

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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