June 20, 2021

Lookin Shark Challenge & Whimsy Release

It's challenge time again. My friends Alanna and Faye are challenging each other again. We each use  different coloring mediums but the same stamp sets. Make sure to visit their blogs to see their fabulous creations! 
So this time we decided on the super cute Lookin' Sharp clear stamp set from Whimsy's newest release designed by Dustin Pike. I am using pencils today with a little twist to it. 

I colored this fella with Caran D'ache Pablo pencils. This time I added a little twist to my pencil coloring by laying down the lightest color with alcohol markers. Just one color flat, no shading, nothing. Then I colored the image as I normally would with pencils. I used mixed media paper and a hybrid ink. I love this method working on a layer of base color. It also speeds up the coloring process a bit too and that is a nice advantage as pencil coloring can really be time consuming.

Yep, it's another shaker card 😂. Looks like I can't get enough of these lately. It's just such a nice effect to add a shaker element to a card. These shark stamps have matching outline dies as well (see all product links below). To create the background I used the new Slimline Taffy papers. These are slimline sized but are versatile and can be used on any card style. I created the word Jawsome out of the Awesome word die and the letter J from the cutie ABC set. I die cut all the word elements from pink glitter paper that matches the background paper. Then I removed the letter e from the word awesome and added the letter J and there you go: Jawsome 👍

Whimsy products used on my card

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June 10, 2021

Whimsy Mid Month Mini Release - #Fun

What a fun release this is - Whimsy Stamps mid month mini release! Do you like gnomes? Then this one definitely is for you! Check it out here in the Whimsy store. All Whimsy products I used are listed below with links!

I stamped the cute little gnome with the kite onto Strathmore mixed media paper using a black hybrid ink. I knew I want to use several different coloring mediums and this gave me options. I ended up coloring this cutie with alcohol markers, pencils and watercolors. 

I have some alcohol markers which I do not like to use as much as others. So I had to think of a different way to use them and I tried combining them with other mediums. On my card today I used them together with pencils. 
Oh and I will not mention any names of markers I don't like because I feel it is a personal preference if you like a marker brand or not. So for someone else they might be the perfect marker. 

What I do is I lay down the lightest color (sometimes light and medium but mostly just the lightest color) with the alcohol marker as kind of a base color. Then I do the rest of the coloring and shading with my pencils. I combined pencils and markers before but then I colored like I normally would with markers and just used the pencils to add some more shading. In this case I used 3-4 different shades of each color with pencils. Also a very light shade that matches the shade of the alcohol marker. This makes blending much easier. I like this method and it is a fun way to color and faster than just using pencils on its own. If I use the markers this way I can get at least something out of them instead of having them just sitting on my shelves and drying out because i don't like this particular brand.

The outline and base was done with waterbased brush markers and instead of a waterbrush or brush and water I used a waterbased clear shimmer brushmarker to blend it out. This added a fantastic soft shimmer to my background as you can see in the photo above.

The background was stamped with the NEW Slimline Scribbles BG stamp and Oxide inks (kitsch flamingo, salvaged patina and mustard seed). All the card layers including the slimline cardbase were die cut using the NEW Slimline Cornered Rectangles Die Set. 

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June 1, 2021

Don't Let Anyone Ruffle Your Feathers - Whimsy Stamps June 1st Release

Hey Whimsy Fans! Again it's release time here at Whimsy and below you'll find my first creation for this release.

I used several of the new products (which you'll find in a link list below) and opted for a slimline card (3.5" x 8.5") again. The background is just a simple soft blue inked background. Then I used parts of the Chicken Coop die set and images of the Butt Nugget stamp set to create my scene. I cut out the images using the coordinating Butt Nugget Outline die set.

For the hens nests I used the also new Bandana 6x6 papers. To color my images I used Karin markers and the images were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black onto Grumbacker 140lb watercolor paper (smooth side).

Link list of Whimsy products used:



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