Best Dog Mom Card + contest!

Best Dog Mom Card + contest!

I made some cute Comic Strip cards – with a much easier technique than the one I did HERE a few years back. And this time – it’s with the cute Puppy Parents stamps I bought by Sunny Studio!

A little treat for you today: a giveaway contest for dog mamas!

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There are six breeds on the stamp set with mamas or papas and puppies – so I made two cards with the same idea. See below the pinnable graphic for a few extra tips!

The little scene bits I used in these cards are taught in the Hex Art class – do my students recognize any of them?

The pups in the stamp set can be colored to match your own dogs:

I changed the fluffy white pup into a Bernese!!

Best dog mom contest

I want to give these two cards to two lucky winners. How do you win? Post a pic of you showing some love to your pup! That can be cookies, hugs and kisses, their favorite park…..but new pics, please! The most creative shots will win a card and some doggie goodies – I’ll be “hiring” some judges to pick so it won’t be up to just me. Where to post them, you ask? A few options:

  • Preferred: on my Facebook page, post it underneath the image of my two cards in comments there. (That way they all stay together).
  • If you don’t have Facebook, then post on your blog, instagram, flickr, wherever, and put a link in the comments on this post.

If you have no dog: go get someone you DO know with a dog to pose for you! You can keep the card yourself or give it to them.

PS I’m not anti-cat.…but this stamp set has pups in it! If they ever make a kitty parents stamp set, we’ll do this again, ok?

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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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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!

Happy 3rd birthday Vienna! (Watercolor Dog Card)

Happy 3rd birthday Vienna! (Watercolor Dog Card)

Happy third birthday to my sweet Vienna! We’ll hopefully be spending a couple hours at the park – her favorite place to go run run run!

I don’t know if it’s her actual birthday today, of course; she arrived at my house in September and we could only guess at her age. Which would put her birthday around this time of year. I picked valentines day because, well, I’m single and need something else to celebrate today, ya know? So we celebrate my girl each year!

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Impression Obsession came out with a couple cute stamps – My Best Friend, and Love Language –I wasn’t sure what size they were when I ordered them, but Love Language is a little bigger than My Best Friend – so I ended up making a card with a foreground stamp and background stamp by stamping “off” the first pass of ink on the background image. That way it only stamped a little of the ink, and made it lighter in the background.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you need to see the colors from my palette, check out this post.

This is probably us today….. mud and smiles!

Watercolor palette:

  • Nickel Azo (EH DB)
  • New Gamboge (EH DB)
  • Aussie Red Gold  (EH DB)
  • Yellow Ochre (EH DB)
  • Burnt Sienna  (EH DB)
  • Burnt Umber (EH DB)
  • Perylene Maroon (EH DB)
  • Anthraquinoid Scarlet (EH DB)
  • Pyrrol Scarlet  (EH DB)
  • Quinacridone Rose (EH DB)
  • Imperial Purple (EH DB)
  • Moonglow (EH DB)
  • Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB)
  • Iridescent Electric Blue (EH DB)
  • Cobalt Blue (EH DB)
  • French Ultramarine Blue (EH DB)
  • Phthalo Blue GS (EH DB)
  • Indanthrone Blue (EH DB)
  • Serpentine Genuine (EH DB)
  • Sap Green (EH DB)
  • Green Apatite Genuine (EH DB)
  • Perylene Green (EH DB)
  • Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB
  • Neutral Tint (EH DB)

Customize Bird Stamps

Customize Bird Stamps

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I often customize stamps to be what I’d like to see – and this Songbird stamp set has been on my desk for quite a while, knowing I’d make a bunch of birds out of the one stamp!

For those familiar with Copics, figuring out colors shouldn’t be all that hard….especially if you’ve taken Copic Jumpstart and learned about Glazing! You can turn any of your markers into the right colors for any type of bird. The tough part is the markings.

Google the bird you want to draw, and you’ll get tons of images – then start scrolling to find a bird in an approximately correct position so you can see all the markings clearly.

Some birds will have a longer tail, different shaped beak, etc – you can mask off those portions when stamping, or do as I did and just draw right over those parts!

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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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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.

ICYMI

ICYMI

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)…..my guest post at MFT on Friday is a watercolor video featuring Mice Time to Celebrate; blog post is HERE. Video:

Sketch Series

Each day of Black History Month, I’ve been posting sketches – and learning a ton myself along the way! Follow along on Facebook, or visit the whole collection HERE.

Bible Journaling

For new followers on my blog….I have a few things that Bible Journalers may not know about:

  • A blog of inspirational posts – mostly about my mental process when journaling, but sometimes including other tips too!
  • A weekly tutorial video every Sunday morning.
  • Galleries of finished pages, sketches, and videos.
  • This morning’s video uses acrylic paint, not a common medium for me:

Snowmageddon has struck!

Mother Nature is tossing snowballs at us! Fortunately I have videos in the queue and blog posts scheduled, so even if I lose power during our snowstorms all week, you should still get content. Hopefully one loss of power (yesterday) was enough! But we have so many trees in WA that they take out power lines in storms like this when they happen. The weather forecast shows days of snow ahead!

I talked my friend into walking to church with me — we tried for a selfie with the empty parking lot behind us…..

Pups are LOVING the snow!

That’s about it for today….see you with a video tomorrow!

Mondo Gerbera Daisy in Copic

Mondo Gerbera Daisy in Copic

It’s time for another new release from Ellen Hutson – more Mondo flowers by Julie! So excited, I just love her giant flowers – they’re so easy to get into the coloring! Links to all the coffee-themed and Bearware stamps and dies are in the list at the end of this post!

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The ink pad used in this project is an old tan dye ink pad by a company that no longer exists – it takes about 8 stampings to get it to show up, but I can’t seem to pitch it yet!

I kept the design simple – just popped up with a little dimensional adhesive onto a white card base!

The prizes were mailed out yesterday to the winners…congratulations!
  • Bear Ware 3 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps
  • A Breve Note by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies
  • Bear Ware 3 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies
  • Latte Love by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Valentine Critters (with flash giveaway)

Valentine Critters (with flash giveaway)

I bought one of them….Art Impressions kindly sends me a box of goodies after shows but – I wanted to get this one colored because I love me some funny critters, and wanted to let you know about it asap!

Note that these can be used all year round, so I love that about stamp sets that aren’t *for sure* for a holiday – but these cards are most of my valentines to send out this year.

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First the little otter in a sweater. Oh so cute! I made him a river rather than ocean otter….and gave him a scene with rocks, trees, and water.

The little squeak-heart mouse – GAH! I wanted him to fly REALLY high so looked up some cloud pics…I saw one of a heart and thought that’d be cute for a card!

The beaver is maybe using his valentine as wings? Not really sure. But he’s headed into his little beaver den with a sign over it!

When I looked up porcupine habitats, I laughed seeing them up in trees – wouldn’t that hurt if they fall down!?!?!? But…this little guy is sitting high up in the tree hugging a heart anyway. Let’s hope he stays put!

A commenter left a link to a sweet porcupine video you might like:

FLASH GIVEAWAY! I have 2 of these Valentine Critter stamp sets (one lightly used now!) to send out tomorrow – so tonight I’ll pick 2 winners from comments!

Hoping to get them to the winners in time to use for vday!

Whimsical Panda Mail

Whimsical Panda Mail

Is it already February? I don’t have my valentines made, EEEP! But these lil panda bears are TOTALLY helping me out in getting rolling.

The Lovely Pandas from Gerda Steiner were so adorable, I just had to buy them….I painted them as black and white pandas…but wouldn’t they be cute as rainbow pandas too?

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

When doing a masked scene like this, start from the bottom and work your way upward so everything looks like it’s “behind” everything else. The little panda that only has a head and paws – you’ll need to ‘hide’ the straight lines to make them look like they’re really full bodies.

Blog note for Wednesday: a ‘flash’ giveaway of some valentines stamps! Be sure to set an alarm on your phone and pop back over to qualify to win!

-ONLY FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS FREE STAMPS

New Class: Casting Shadows

New Class: Casting Shadows

I’m excited to finally have a labor of love ready to roll over at Art-Classes….an intermediate drawing class all about casting shadows! Note: it’s on sale for the first week. #justsaying

Let me tell you a little more about it…lots of my subscribers are cardmakers, and some have discovered their own previously-undiscovered talents at drawing. This class is for both, but in different ways, so let me tell you a little bit for each.

Notes for Cardmakers

The class is intermediate, AND listed with a prerequisite of Drawing 101. That means you’ll get the most out of the course if you’ve taken Drawing 101 already. However – some folks might never care to learn to draw at all, but want to learn to shade. (I’ll refrain from the argument that shading IS drawing, so if you’re trying to avoid it, any kind of scene-making on cards IS drawing.)

You CAN take the class, watch the videos and see how the various types of light are applied and get much out of it. Just seeing a picture come alive and being able to understand the light in it has great value.

But in this course, I’ve included a very short video in each lesson applying that type of lighting concept on a stamped card scene. These are NOT coloring technique videos – but they’ll show a little how you can use that kind of lighting in your cardmaking scenes. You don’t need to have the stamps for class (they’re not listed in preclass lesson–they’re within each lesson itself), but you can see a peek at them in the video below.) –you can look for stamps YOU own and find a scene with that type of lighting – ie a sunset with long tree shadows, or a stamp with any kind of open bowl or cup shape to create interior shading.

The stamped examples in class have ONLY the shadow portion in the video, for most of them – so please don’t take this course expecting to get lots of crafty videos. But you will likely get a decent amount of education out of the course anyway, if you apply the learning. Once some other folks take the course, they can also post reviews telling you if they think it’s worth the cost if ONLY a cardmaker.

Painters – Sketchers – Artists

This class is going to help those who create their own art to use shading in new ways! Early in the class, we’ll go through the “math”ish portion of the lessons, learning the technical way to triangulate the light. But I’m an artist, and encourage learning simply how to make shadows believeable!

The course can be taken in any medium; making sketches in a sketchbook is highly recommended to internalize the lessons. You can create more finished art pieces too – all in whatever media you wish. Demos are done in graphite pencil, Conte pencil (with white pastel pencil on toned paper too), watercolor pencil (black), and black pen. You can watercolor your sketches, or do them in Copics – anything at all will be great!

If you have taken the Drawing 101 prerequisite, you may well have all the supplies needed!

Video preview

Here’s a peek at what you’ll be creating in class:

Ready to sign up?

The course is discounted until February 10th, 2019, just sayin’! 🙂 Click on the photo below or right HERE to sign up!

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