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.

Chubby Bunny Easter Party

Chubby Bunny Easter Party

Chubby bunny! Chubby bunny! Chubby bunny! Did any of you play that game when you were kids? We’d keep putting more marshmallows in our mouths and see how long we could keep sounding coherent. Miles of silly sugar-powered laughs!

Well this card isn’t that level of silly, but it’s pretty fun anyway. I stamped almost all the bunnies (one ended up on the envelope), and gave them a little garden to enjoy, too.

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When stamping and masking, have a black pen on hand that works with the medium you’re coloring with…then the masks needn’t be perfect, you can just draw in little bits that didn’t get connected.

And don’t forget the envelope! That’ll definitely tell your recipient this is HAPPY mail. No bills!

Coloring with a  limited color palette

Coloring with a limited color palette

I wanted to make a clean and simple colored card – with a limited palette. Not limited markers, but the number of visible colors being really streamlined. I think I accomplished the goal, whatcha think?

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Colors used – with an overall effect being a clean and simple palette.

Masking only involved masking the big bear’s arm, and masking away the dog leash entirely and drawing it back in so it led to the little bear’s paw.

Awesome Owl Card: shading map

Awesome Owl Card: shading map

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any shading maps! These are quick step-by-step sketches to map out the shading…dark, mid tone, light.

The little scripty background in this one was fun – to fade out the “you you you” in the background, I just lightly erased after getting all the pencil in place!

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Since we’re experimenting with Wednesdays I thought it could be a good time to try them out again and see what feedback is. Remember, I’m watching comments/shares/pins on Wednesday posts this year, so as you see helpful things, you’ll be helping me decide what to do more of by sharing it!

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