Sunrise Warrior

This is the second in a series of cards featuring Little Blue Button digital stamps. I’m not going to lie, I love inking up a stamp and coloring it in but there is real convenience in being able to resize images, crop them, and even change them. This is one of two cards using the same digital stamp, this one is in the original form, but for the edited image, click here.

To make this card I printed the digital image on 80lb card stock and again on masking paper, which I used to cover the image prior to ink blending the background. I wanted a dawn sky – all those beautiful pinks and purples. I tested my sky color transition on a scrap piece of card stock, which I ended up using to die cut hearts and stars to add to the background. To add ‘rays of light’ to the background I used a white pigment ink and masked off strips of sky to create the shape.

Once the background was complete I colored in the little girl with copic markers and added a sentiment strip using Mama Elephant stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!

You Are Wonderful

Hi! I guest designed for a stamp company called Little Blue Button this month. They specialize in a wide variety of cute digital stamps. I like to use a free software package called FireAlpalca when I manipulate (resize, flip, etc.) digital stamps and that is exactly what I did with these images. I also, printed the images twice – once on 80lb yardstick and again on sticky paper to create a mask.

I like one layer cards and often resort to masking my images like I did here and using ink to create a background. This background is made using distress oxide ink, which I must say, I am a huge fan. To keep my card from being fussy I did not color the blue bells, instead focusing attention to the little fairy. The sentiment was added using a stamp set from Mama Elephant – I find these ‘type’ written sentiments super-versatile.

That finishes my card – thank you for stopping by!

Bella Parodi – tag

Hi!  This is my final project for Bella Parodi and I wanted to leave you with a cute tag using Denise Rabbit digital stamp!  For more sweet digi stamps check out Bella’s shop here!

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To make this tag I printed the Denise rabbit on Neenah card stock and colored her in with copic markers.  After fussy cutting her out, I “painted” the edges with a black marker.  Using patterned paper I die cut a polaroid frame, grass and clouds out.  I attached them to a tag made from craft card stock.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for other projects using Bella Parodi digital stamps click here or here!

Bella Parodi – Bunny in Pencil

Hello again! This is my third post as the April Bella Parodi guest designer.   As soon as I saw this digital stamp I was immediately inspired with several ways to use it.   I just love the results you can get using colored pencils on kraft card stock – it takes this card in a completely different direction!

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I’m using the same digital stamp I used for my first guest post, which I’m showing below so you can see what a difference using a new medium can make! To find out more on how I created the first card, click here.

To make this card I printed out the digital stamp on Neenah card stock in ‘desert storm’. I changed the print color settings so that I’d get a light gray rendering of the digi stamp instead of black, allowing me to do ‘no line’ coloring. Then the fun began! Using my prismacolor colored pencils I started with my darkest pencil color for each object I IMG_1743colored in and laid down color in the shadows using light pressure. Next, I’d take my mid-tone(s) and build up the color over the shadow and moving towards the center of each object to create ‘roundness’ for each shape. Finally, using my lightest color, with that same light pressure, I’d color in the highlight of each object. I repeated this process several times for each object, increasing the pressure of my pencil each time until I filled in the ‘tooth’ of the page.

If you’re interested in re-creating this look here are the colors I used:

  • Bunny: dark umber, light umber, beige sienna, white; eyes: sepia
  • Flower 1: white, lavender, mulberry, black raspberry; leaves: lime peel, artichoke, moss green
  • Flower 2: deco peach, deco, pink, process red, white; leaves: pale sage, Kelly green, peacock green
  • Pot: Tuscan red, terracotta, clay rose, peach beige
  • Pot flower: petals: rosy beige, clay rose, chestnut; center: jasmine, beige; leaves: pale sage, sap green light, jade green
  • Ground: sandbar, sienna
  • Sky: powder blue, blue slate
  • Grass: grass green, dark green, light green

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To find this and other great digital stamps, check out Bella Parodi’s store. Click here for a direct link! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jennifer

Bella Parodi – Easter

Hi!  This is my second blog post for Bella Parodi digital stamps!  You can visit her digital stamp store by clicking here!  One of the nice things about digital stamps is how easy they are to manipulate, making them super versatile.  🙂

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Using a program called SketchBook, I took these cute chicks and removed their background scene.  I added in the ‘happy EASTER’ and have the chicks representing the ‘a’ in both words.  Next, I changed the large letters in ‘easter’ into a lighter hue so that they acted as a guide while coloring them.

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To color the letters and images I used my Prismacolor colored pencils.  I recommend when using colored pencils to color in layers, using a light pressure and then increasing in pressure for each layer.  The colors I used are as follows:

  • Letters: light green, deco pink, lilac, sunburst yellow, blue slate
  • Chick: cream, sand, yellow ochre, deco pink, pink, sunburst yellow, yellow orange, mineral orange
  • Chick’s bow: white, powder blue, non-photo blue, cerulean blue

I cut down my card and then adhered it to a panel of Neenah Desert Storm card stock leaving a 1/8″ border.  Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out Bella Parodi’s store, more images have recently been added!

 

Bella Parodi Bunny in a Pot

Hi!  I’m super excited to announce that I get to guest design for Bella Parodi Digital Stamps all April!  This is the first of several projects that I will be posting – so stay tuned!  Now for the card:)

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One of the nice things about digital stamps is that you can manipulate them.  Depending on what I’m trying to accomplish, I use either Microsoft Word or a free software called SketchBook.  I adjusted the size of this stamp and then printed it out on Neenah 80lb card stock using an Epson XP-430.  The reason I mention the printer is because it has a top load feed that allows you to easily print on heavier weight card stock – not true of every printer!

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I colored in the image with my copic markers (see below) and then fussy cut it.  I have to admit, I’m not the best at fussy cutting – my trick to making all my hand cut images look good is to “color” around the edges of the image with a black Memento marker.

  • Bunny: W0, W1, W3, R00, R11
  • Flowers: Y11, Y15, Y35; RV21, R32, R22; Y17, YR14, YR24; G07, G28; YG03, YG17
  • Pot: E13, E15, E19

I used Microsoft Word to create a ‘happy easter’ text background and printed it out on Neenah card stock.  I tied some twine towards the bottom of the card before popping up my potted bunny with some foam tape.  I added a stamped sentiment and butterfly to finish the card!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Please check out the Bella Parodi shop to see this and more awesome digital stamps here!

Bonjour in color

Hello!  I’m participating in Neat and Tangled’s ‘little tangles’ challenge, which you can find here.   The challenge asks you to incorporate rainbow colors into your card which I did by creating my own background!

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Using the stamp set ‘Paris’, I stamped the little girl and the greeting in Memento tuxedo black ink on Neenah card stock.  I stamped the girl again on some masking paper and then adhered the mask over the original image.  Using post-it tape, I taped off a border along the front of my A2 panel.  Taking some of the smaller images from the set I stamped them using a rainbow of color inks being sure to overlap the post-it tape border.  To fill in some of the gaps between the flowers and leaves I took a small heart image and stamped it using a light gray ink.

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Once I was finished with the background I lifted off my mask and proceeded to color the little girl with copic markers.  To make her stand out from the background I was sure to use colors that were both bolder and complimentary to colors in the background.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Merci Beaucoup

I believe in ‘thank you’ cards.  And apparently, that rubbed off on my husband.  Someone did something nice for him and that translated into me making a ‘thank you’ card…lucky for him, I don’t mind. 🙂


Fresh Floral Wrap-Ups from Papertrey Ink has all the components to make a one-layer card using a variety of inks.  In this case, I used Simon Says Stamp dye inks in the following colors: Pale Blush Pink, Catkin, and Khaki.  


To add some depth to the scene I used Prismacolor colored pencils to add depth to the flowers, greenery, and wrap using the following colors: Process Red, Hot Pink, Pink Rose, Lime Peel, Moss Green, Bronze, and Ginger Root.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sending Valentine’s Day Hugs!

Every time I think of Valentine’s day I think of those cute little notes that used to get handed out to all your classmates.  That probably still happens…it has just been a really long time since I’ve participated in it!  I don’t have  Valentine’s day specific stamps, so I was pretty excited to find that I had at least one set with an appropriate phrase!


The stamp set ‘Dollie with a Bow’ from The Greeting Farm has this cute girl and her pup.  I stamped the pup first and masked the image before stamping Dollie.  I colored the Dollie in with copic markers using the following colors – hair: E31, E33, E35, E37 skin: E000, E00, E21, E11 dress: BV01, BV13, BV17.  To ground her and the pup I used some ‘W’ series grey markers.  My greeting, from Simon Says Stamp, was stamped in black ink using my MISTI tool.  


That’s it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!  ~Jennifer

Valentine Penguin

Hello!  Today I’m sharing a masculine valentine using ‘S’more Love’ by Reverse Confetti.  I was inspired by Reverse Confetti’s monthly sketch challenge for this layout.  I knew I wanted this penguin to be the focal point, so I stamped him on Neenah card stock and colored him in with Prismacolor colored pencils.

For the background I used a mix of papers from Avery Elle, Amy Tangerine and Jen Hadfield and die cuts from Reverse Confetti: ‘Stamped Note’ and ‘Leafy’.  To finish off the card I applied Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Morning Dew’.  That’s it!  Thank you for reading!

Cheers! ~Jennifer