Thursday, November 8, 2018

My Sweet Petunia and Unity Stamp Company Collaborative Blog Hop

Hello everyone!    

Welcome to the Unity Stamps and My Sweet Petunia Collaborative Blog Hop! 


I'm pleased to be part of a special hop with the My Sweet Petunia and Unity Stamp Company teams, in which we are sharing fun new images from today's Unity Stamp Company new release.  There is lots of inspiration to be gleaned from all the stops on today's hop posts, as well as the opportunity to be entered to win one of two fabulous prizes.  Comment on today's blog posts to be entered to win one of two fabulous blog hop prizes, each with a $60 shopping spree from My Sweet Petunia and a Unity Stamp Company prize package filled with amazing high quality red rubber stamps!  Comments must be left by Monday, November 12th.  Winners will be announced on the Unity and My Sweet Petunia Blogs on Tuesday, November 13th.  

There are many amazingly talented people joining in on today's hop.  The complete list of hop participants can be found on the Unity Blog HERE, or on the My Sweet Petunia Blog HERE.

Now, let's get on to the projects I have to share with you today!



This Special Delivery uses the stamp set by the same name, Special Delivery, and it is the sweetest little mouse image designed by Lisa Glanz.

I have used my Original MISTI to stamp this little mouse onto Artist's Choice cardstock using  Black Amalgam ink.  




I began coloring with metal pail using Copic Markers C0, C4, and C6.


I colored the mouse with E70, E71 and E74, and added E000 to the inside of the ear and to the tail and feet and hands.

 Oops!!  Good lesson!!  I guess before you set your marker caps on your project you should probably check to see if your the marker caps are clean first.  LOL

Oh well.  It's a new design opportunity, right?  My card design has just changed from a one layer card to one with a matted focal image. 


I added BG000 to the flag and E81 to the label on the pail.


I added a bit of color to a few of the flowers with RV11 an Y32.  I will add the smaller details with Prismacolor pencils.


 I added a little deeper color to the flowers, a few different greens to the leaves, and a bit of texture to the mouse's fur with pencils.




I've used an oval die to cut out my mouse image, (and thereby cutting away my ink spots that were left by my marker caps).  I also cut a coordinating yellow scalloped oval mat.  I've lined up the two pieces, and used a ruler to draw a faint level horizon line with a pale warm gray pencil.  I want to create a light "ground" to anchor my mouse image.  I didn't want him floating in space!

I've very lightly colored the ground with french grays.  
Then I assembled my card using a blue gingham patterned paper, cut at on the diagonal, and adhered the pieces with liquid adhesive.




This simple Christmas card was created with the kit,  A Time for Peace.  This stamp kit, designed by  Tierra Jackson, is a simple one to paint and would be a fun one to easily mass produce for  Christmas cards.
To create my watercolored panel, I stamped the image and the sentiment simultaneously using my with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Canson Montval watercolor paper, and used Distress inks to watercolor the image.  I just smooshed a little ink directly from my ink cubes onto my craft mat, then used a wet paint brush to pick up the ink and transfer it to my image.  Once dry, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut my panel down to size, cut a coordinating lilac mat, and mounted the matted panel to an A2 top folding white card base using 3M foam tape.

My final card today uses the new kit, Warm & Cozy Season.  This winter themed kit contains a warmly dressed Angie Girl, designed by Angie Blom.  Angie Blom has many, many faceless girl images that I love to color and this one is no exception.  

I love these images and enjoy coloring the beautifully rendered hair,and clothing; but I especially love the blank canvas that allows me the challenge of designing and adding a face to these girls.



Faces can be quite difficult to render to a line image stamp.  The shape and dimension of realistic faces are not created with sharp lines, but instead are created with color and shadows.  In the video below, I share and explain my process for adding a face to this image and how I created the easy fur textured collar of her jacket. 




I hope you enjoyed the video and today's hop!  

To find the next hop participant and continue on your way, please click HERE to be taken back to the Unity Blog, or HERE to return to the My Sweet Petunia blog.  The full list of participants is found on each of these blogs. Don't forget to leave comments along the hop stops to be entered in the blog hop giveaways!

Have a fabulous day and happy hopping!
Chris


35 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards with me. I love your coloring.

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  2. Lovely collection of cards - thanks for sharing how you made them!!

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  3. I love your layering and coloring! That Angie's girl face is stunning. lovely cards - thank you for sharing!!

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  4. Beautiful cards. Love the mouse card especially

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  5. WOW! I love the new release. I love your coloring, tips, video, and designs. I LOVE that Angiegirl and you are just amazing to add a face. Just wonderful projects. Happy Holidays!

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  6. Chris, you have mad coloring skills! I love the face! You’ve inspired me to give it a try - nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? The Warm & Cozy Season is possibly my favorite of the new release Unity Stamps and is going on my wish list!. I’m a novice stamper and would probably never have any card be presentable without my Misti - it’s an invaluable tool! Thanks for all the tips and for sharing your talents with us all!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing your creation, they are so lovely!

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  8. Your colouring is superb...and really like the choice of gingham background

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  9. Wonderful work! I have to say I am not usually a fan of anyone putting faces on Angie girls but you are the first person that I have come across to actually put a beautiful proportioned face on one of these for girls. I was very pleasantly surprised by your video. Bravo!!!

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  10. I like your recovery from the copic tops!! I am constantly having to do that with my work!!

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  11. CAROL PARKER
    All of your cards are amazing! The coloring is beautiful. And thank you for the video on how to add a face. You are truly an artist. I am going to have to practice that technique for years before I would use it on a finished card!!

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    1. It shows me, Carol Parker, as Unknown. I am not unknown and don't know why my name won't show up!

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  12. Such wonderful cards. Love how you created a face on the girl.
    Thanks so much for sharing..

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  13. First, your coloring! Wow! Love the backwash of the Mary card, too! and THANK YOU for the simple, yet new to me idea of CUTTING THE GINGHAM DIAGONALLY. No really. LOVE the inspiration! :)

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  14. Beautiful cards! thank you for the inspiration!

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  15. Great cards!! You did fantastic on her face!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. Lovely coloring and layering on your cards. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with these fun products and for the technique video.

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  17. Love your beautiful cards ---- especially the mouse one! So cute!

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  18. Fantastic cards! I really love the softness of colors for each one of them!

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  19. Love your coloring and paper selection!

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  20. Love the coloring and always need a coloring tutorial! Thanks for sharing...

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  21. Thanks for the videos. Lively cards

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  22. WOW! Beautiful cards. Great choice of colors and great coloring. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I like how you created the light gray ground to anchor your mouse image. It really completes the picture.

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  24. Adorable set of cards!!! Love them!!!

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  25. I never thought about using pencils on top of my markers, but love the effect it makes with your mouse. Good job on the face of the Angie Girl, I am too intimidated to try my own.

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  26. Love the cards. Thanks for sharing your coloring tips and showing the Copic numbers you used.

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  27. wonderful cards. Love the gingham background on the first one.

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  28. Blue gingham background - love that! And no one will ever know what is behind there :) Love your colors for the background on the A Time For Peace card. Thanks for the inspiration Chris!

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  29. luv the mouse image the way you did it with just a hint of color

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  30. Wow, amazing cards! Gorgeous coloring and I love your clean layered designs.

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