Monday, August 28, 2017

Rain, Rain Go Away

Ok Texas hang in there!!!  With everything going on I guess I need to be grateful that I am currently in Arizona...not a drop of rain for many months at a time.  Hang in there you guys!!!!  Tons of prayers heading your way.
If you are not currently rolling up your pant legs and wading through deep waters, grab your coloring tools and this large stamp and have some fun.  I call large stamps like this, coloring therapy.  Not hard to color but just a bit more time consuming.  Look at those adorable faces.  

E50 E51 E93
E43 E44
C1 C3 C5
BV20 BV23
YG03 YG17 YG67

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Flower Blower

Have you ever tried blowing through the end of a flower trying to make noise?  No, I mean for reals,  I won't tell.  Anyways as you know (Ha ha), it doesn't work.  But kudos for trying.  Another sweet House-mouse® stamp  called Floral Trumpet.
I hope you can join September's card class at The Paper Collage.  If not, then grab yourself this adorable stamp and copy away.  If you are looking for the Banner Die it is discontinued BUT I found it on Amazon and it is another one of my very-used dies that I love.

E50 E51 E93
YG03 YG17 YG67
YR04 YR07
E43 E44


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Flowers For You

Stampendous! has this gorgeous Pretty Poppies cling stamp set.  If you don't like to "fussy cut" you can also get a die set for easy clean cutting.  I enjoyed every moment of coloring them and can think of so many other card layouts to create.  Just by rearranging and changing up the colors, it will look like a new set was used every time.  

After I colored this up I thought, hmmmmm...I have glass I added it to the center of the flowers to glitter it up a bit.  Both ways are perfectly pretty.  If you are coming to the September card class here in Arizona, you will get to play with this set too.  If not, just ask your local craft store to get you Pretty Poppies from Stampendous!...dont forget the glass glitter too!
YG03 YG17
BV20 BV23
YR04 YR07 R25
C1 C3 C5

Friday, August 25, 2017

Enjoy Your Day

I hope you are taking time to relax amongst all the rushing around with life.  This little mouse from Stampendous sure knows how to do it right don't you think?
This is one of the 4 cards for September card class at The Paper Collage.  This was a super fun image to color and I have to say I am so in love with the Stitched Hillside Border Die from Lawn Fawn!!  I use this die so many different ways.  I think its a must have!!

E50 E51 E93 skin
C1 C3 C5 fur
BV20 BV23 shadows
YR04 YR07 R24 petals
YG03 YG17 YG67 foliage


Entered into the House-Mouse Challenge #248 Lace and Pearls and Anything Goes here

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

With a Cherry On Top

In my coloring craze I printed out this wonderful Cherries and Berries digital stamp by Power Poppy.  This was a fun relaxing image to color and kept me smiling all the way to the last flick.  Marcella (who is as sweet as cherry pie), has some amazing new images and stamps out and if you haven't taken a look at Power Poppy lately it should be your next stop!  

Sometimes with reds I find that I use a bit more ink then normal so I will use Copic X-Press it Blending Card.  It give me more room for layers of ink.

If you ever find yourself struggling to get a perfect blend on the card stock you are using, have you tried Copic X-Press It Blending Card?  For most people it is really easy to find a place that sells it locally.  If you find that your colors tend to bleed outside the lines then you should make a switch.  Some great features about this card stock is it is ultra smooth and has a very silky finish.  This is important when coloring with Copic Markers.  It can handle many layers of ink before it becomes oversaturated.  If you tend to color from dark to light you will have a much easier time getting smooth blends using this paper.  Some people have a hard time getting the right paper to feed through their printer when doing digital stamps but this paper is the perfect thickness for running through a printer too.  If you haven't been using quality paper you will be totally amazed by the difference this paper brings to your coloring skills!  

YG03 YG17 YG67
R02 R14 E29
E42 E44
BV20 BV23 BV29

Monday, August 14, 2017

Let's Get Inky!

Do I Have Your Attention?!?!?
Well good then the picture worked!

I wanted to talk a little about something I find quite enjoyable to do.  Getting messing with Alcohol Ink (AI).  There is a huge trend in AI artwork lately and recently was pointed to a Facebook group that is all about AI.  Very addicting!  Most of the artwork is created on Yupo paper or glossy tiles but I find I like to work on glossy card stock.  You can also use the back of glossy photo paper.

For this project I wanted to create a deep sea background.  Here are the supplies I used:

Glossy Cardstock
Various Refills (YG25, B26, BV20, BV29)
Ranger Mini Mister filled with 91% alcohol 
Various Blender Solution with the Refill Booster
Copic Airbrush System
Curad Alcohol Pads
My imagination

Step 1 - drop random drops of different colors of the various refill onto glossy cardstock and watch them overlap and mix.  The alcohol will evaporate out on its own.

Step 2 - Once the drops have settled down I assist in color merging by adding blending solution randomly with the Copic Booster needle.

Step 3 - after giving it a moment to do its magic I will use the Copic Airbrush system to push some of the thicker and wet areas around.  This will quickly evaporate the alcohol in the ink.   Notice I am just using the air from the machine and not using any markers. 

Step 4 - To give it a more marbled look I mist it lightly with alcohol in a mini mister.

Here is the spritz results as it starts to marbleize.

Cool info - If you have some thicker areas or wish to have a bit more of a controlled blend you can use these handy alcohol wipes with a blotting motion.

Step 5 - Next I repeat the 2 - 4 until i get the look I like.  You can also add more colors or more blending solution depending on if you want it richer or more translucent.  

If you let the ink slightly dry prior to "blowing" with the Copic airbrush system you will get very cool "fingers" that come off the ink puddles.

Here is the finale of this fun project.  How gorgeous is this?  You can also add some texture using a "water" brush filled with alcohol.  How about adding accents with a white gel pen accenting certain areas.  I love this technique when i want paper to compliment a image I am coloring.

Here is a fun card I created using one of Lisa's seriously quirky images.  This is Bloobel Stamps image "Angry Shark" is scary funny.  I thought this Alcohol Ink airbrushed background was perfect for a deep dark underwater scene.  By the way....I prefer dark chocolate.

Do you own an airbrush system?  So many of my student tell me they have one but have never taken it out of the box.  Just plain silly I say!!   Now is your chance!

If you are looking into getting one I would recommend this system.   I leave my air compressor  ready to go at all time and because its out and available I am more likely to use it for everything from background to coloring ribbon and buttons, making fluffy paper towel clouds for my cards, dusting a bit of color in an art journal and more.  

So you don't get left with nightmares from a shark attack I thought I would leave you with some cute fairies I did using the same concept.  
 See how versatile this technique is?  I hope you get to find time to pull out the air compressor and create! 

- Jenn Dove

Hang in There!

If you need a chuckle in your life go check out the digital images from Bloobel.  She has something for all occasions.  This little crustacean looked like it would be super fun to color it I did!  And fun it was!!  I used a new Tonic Studios die called Classic Quatrefoil.  It reminded me of a crab pot net.  I love the simplicity of the card.

This die from Tonic Studios has 2 pieces, an outer die and inside.  You can use them together or separate.  I just used the inside for this card.  I will put this die in my favorites pile.

C0 C1 C5 C7
BV20 BV23 BV25
R02 R14 R29

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Coloring IS Therapy

I have recently been a bit down, withdrawn, angry, depressed...yes, all of that rolled up into a big ball of...DON'T MESS WITH ME!  I have been evaluating what in my life has changed...well we all know my precious gift of a little girl is one huge change of which is top priority in my life.  I have also been trying to eliminate clutter and move our important items into an RV that we will live in full time.   These are huge life changes.  In the process I have been unable to color from either lack of time or lack of supplies because most is packed.  It seams when I got a moment to color it was because of a commitment and in the time alotted had to be done so quickly the enjoyment was dwindling.   I felt so overwhelmed with life.   I found myself sitting around, playing with my baby girl and flipping through social media to pass the day (you can only hit refresh so many times before there is no more to refresh).  What long days they are.  I felt that if I didn't have enough time to be creative from start to finish (find my mojo, color and create) that I would spend time doing "nothing" instead.  So for months I have done little to nothing.  I felt myself slipping into a depression, being angry at the world and jealous of all those people making things on the groups I follow.

I usually am the sounding board for my friends but this time it was me doing most of the talking.  My  friends listened to my angry ranting and raving, pissed off at the world, with an overload of self pity, Talking really helped pull me out of my wasn't because they said to go color (although that was said too), it was because they made me laugh, I forgot about all my whoas for a moment.  They encouraged me to try a little coloring...nothing I had to do, but rather to color something just because.  WHOA!  Now mind you my days are the same routine as before but over the last few days I have colored about 10 images...somehow juggling the little one and life.  Yes, my house is a disaster, but I feel a weight lifted and feel so inspired that I will just allow the house to wait.  Coloring IS therapy!  

For those of you who are feeling the same way.  Feeling that life is just to much and doesn't allow you to be creative...take a moment for you.  You might be a little artistically rusty but that will go away once you oil your mojo.  Don't wait until you have it now.

Ok, this therapy session was free....go find you!!

PS.  I am one worry...this too will pass....I can feel the Copics running through my veins again   COPICS FOREVER...HOUSEWORK WHENEVER!

Be Unique, Be Colorful

I thought I would be extra colorful with this new stamp Unicorn Lucy from CCDesigns.  I actually was surprised on how difficult it is to do the rainbow blend.  I think I pulled it off good enough but next time will add a few more colors to the blend.  Super fun just the same!!
As I do not have my huge supply of paper and dies at my location I got creative and colored the hills to match and then added the black lines with a Copic Gasenfude.  I love how you can easily do a thick to thin line.   I textured the hills with blender solution and a terry cloth.   I did bring a favorite Lawn Fawn die, Little Picket Fence Border , with me so I topped it off with this amazing fence.  I used my Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops to add a sunshine and Make it Crafty chipboard words for the sentiment.
Of course I couldn't leave the face as it comes on the rubber stamp, but instead added a little creative color placement by adding eyes and a nose.  I think she would look sweet either way but its always a challenge to myself to get better at those little faces.  

You can find the supplies I used below with some links to my Amazon Affiliate account.

Skin - E50 E51 E21
Eyes - C00 C1 C3 C5 pencil B91 B97
Rainbow Blend - R11 Y04 YG25 BG45 B24
Shading - C1 C3 C5
Hair - C10 C7 C4
Shadows - BV20 BV23

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dreamy Wishes

I love unicorns as they are so mystical (but this one is just plain adorable).  I got to color up this new image Unicorn Dreams by krista and sold through Make It Crafty.  I added her on top of the Trees Silhouette by DoveArt Studios and it is stamped in gray.  I used a black multiliner to add depth to some of the trees on the left.  This is the first image I have colored in a while (Thanks to the encouragement of Zoe with MIC) as I have been in a coloring funk with limited time to devote to being creative, plus half my supplies are at home and the other half are in the RV which makes being crafty a bit more difficult.  I have just discovered that if I can get past the fact I have nothing to play with I can be even more creative.  THUNK!  Who would have thought?!
I recently started playing with glossy paper and the Various Refills.  So the bottom edge is drops of the 100 (Black) and BG34, then a spritz of 91% rubbing alcohol and a little canned air to blow the ink where I wanted the ink to go (more or less).  It was a fun way to "ground" the image and give it a more earthy look.  Super simple and a nice look don't you think?
Make it Crafty has the BEST Chipboard words in the world!  Yes they will ship from Australia, but the shipping is extremely reasonable and you can pack a whole bunch in an envelope.  They are a must!!  

B91 B95 B97
R14 R27 R29
E50 E51 E21 R11
BV20 BV23 BV25 BV29
 E43 E44 E50 YR31
C1 C3 C5
BG10 BG11

Background on Glossy
100 and BG34

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Addict Here!

Ummmm, I do not need an intervention!  I need more Nuvo Crystal drops!  These Nuvos are the perfect finale, or feature to any project.  I love how you can control the size.  They come in all sorts of color options and they dry quickly. I had this idea in my head and finally got a moment to color up this new stamp from CCDesigns "Super Girl".   After the Nuvo dried I added black lines in between to make them pop.  I am super happy with how it turned out.  Of course using my Copics I had to add a little face to the sweet stamped image. 

Just noticed I forgot to finish the pink shading on her boots....ooops...dont judge me :)

Gold - E23 YR24 Y15 Y06
Dress - R81 R83 R85
Hair - C10 C7 C4
Skin - E50 E51 E21 E11
Eyes - B91 B97 C1 C3 C5

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Huge Copy Cat Inspiration

I rarely do this but I just HAD to copy my dear friend on her creation with this DoveArt Studios stamp.  Barbara totally nailed the perfect color combo!  I think it will be a big hit in class  You can see her card HERE.
This will be the bonus card in my upcoming class at The Paper Collage.  It takes a bit more time to color but its not hard at all  Its like an adult coloring book page.  I can almost smell the cookies in the oven!  You can find the stamp HERE.

E43 E44
E50 E51
blender marker

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Christmas in July

We will be creating these cards in the August class at The Paper Collage here in Arizona.  These are new release stamps from Stampendous! and are such sweet Christmas cards don't you think? 

E50 E51 skin
E43 E44 Fur
BV20 shadows
YG03 YG17 Greenery
RV34 RV19 cup

Nuvo Crystal drops - White, Red Berry

Oh, Christmas Tree

This month I am teaching a Copic class using both DoveArt Studios stamps and some Stampendous House Mouse.  Yes, there is a Christmas theme as well using the bright holiday color combo.  How fun is that?  It is that time to start whipping those holiday cards up (I know, I said that...don't shoot the messenger).  I think there might be a spot or two left in one of the two classes being held at The Paper Collage in Arizona.

If you are not local you can always grab the stamp at C.C.Designs HERE or LMMS HERE.  Did you know CCDesigns is a manufacturer of the DoveArts Studio line and your local store can get these stamps in for you?

Here is the tutorial on how I made the gold buttons for this card if you missed it in the last post.  INSTRUCTIONS

BG34 BV20 B04 RV19 RV34 YG03 YG17

Tonic Studios:
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Pink Carnation
Nuvo Crustal Drops - Bright Gold 
Gold Guilding Flakes