The 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 4 – Poppy

I started this colouring a few years ago as little project while I was reorganizing the tiny craft room.
And… I lost it, couldn’t find it anywhere and thought I must have thrown it away by accident.
The first day of the  30 Day Coloring Challenge I pulled a 4 drawer organizer aside and there it was……my little half finished image.
So I finished it today for the 4th day of the Challenge.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Papicolor Black Cardstock
Mary Rahder Stamp set Poppy
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils.

Happy 18e Birthday

Once again my health has prevented me from posting my card a week ago, as planned, sorry for that.

Open binnenkant
I stamped my Strawberry Swirl cupcake on to some copy paper because I wanted three cupcakes in two sizes and I only had one size. I scanned my stamped cup cake and in my drawing program I resized it and printed all three (the big one and two smaller ones).

I started this card with the idea to put the Giraffe I made earlier (see this post) on the front of the card. The inside I wanted to be a pop up card with cup cakes.
I had already started to colour the stamped cupcakes with my Polychromos pencils in different shades of pinkish reds and ochre. During the colouring I decided to make another panel for the front of the card because I didn’t know how to match the giraffe on the outside with the cup cakes on the inside.
Therefore I went through my stash of patterned papers and found two pieces of paper in pinkish red/yellow blending, what matched perfect to the cup cakes.
The stamps came out in a series and the Cupcake Pile Up stamp from the series was a great one to use on the patterned paper. I stamped and white heat embossed it double for a bolder look.

After I finished colouring the cupcakes I fussy cut them.
I stamped inside my top folded card 18 candles from the third stamp set in this series.
I coloured the candles with the same colours as I used for my cup cakes.

The second piece of the patterned paper I glued to white cardstock and die cut letters for my sentiment.
I glued the word Gefeliciteerd (Congratulations in Dutch) in a half circle in the card.
I didn’t have a die cut that was large enough for my numbers so I printed them and cut them out of brown cardstock. I made two small slits in the biggest cupcake, put some glue just above the slits and put the numbers a little bit in to the slits and adhered them at the same time. Now it looks like they are in the topping.

I cut, folded and glued my pop-up elements on to the inside of the card and glued my cupcakes to them.
The pop-up elements are simple rectangles that you glue slightly before the fold line of the card with the smallest side and the larger side you glue on to the side of the card that opens up.

Cupcake klaar
I made my sentiment Tijd voor taart! in Dutch which translates into Time for cake!  on my computer because the stamp I had wasn’t the right size and I wanted to have white letters on a black background.
And by adhering my sentiment with foam tape to front of my card I finished the card and I love how it all came out.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

White cardstock
Do Crafts Stamp sets PMA907203 Strawberry Swirl, PMA907202 Cup Cake Pile Up
and PMA909200 Mix and Match
Pattern Paper
Versafine Ink Onix Black
VersaMark Ink for embossing
Ranger Embossing Powder Superfine detail White
Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
Marianne Design Die sets CR1281 Mini Alphabet

Day 22 – Power Poppy

When I saw this awesome image by Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker I Immediately fell in love with it. I’m talking about the awesome Dahlia XL stamp set from Power Poppy this stamp set can be bought in clear as well as digital.
And if you hurry you can get these and other stamps (clear and digital) on a massive sale right now!!

I start stamping the clear stamp with Distress Spun Sugar because I wanted a no line colouring look, also I wanted a light under layer with the same ink. Therefore I first stamped the Dahlia on masking paper and carefully cut it out.
I placed my panel in to my stamping tool and I used the flower mask as a guide of where to place my stamp, closed my stamping tool and picked up the stamp with my door for later.
After that I placed the outline mask on top of my panel and with a blending brush I lightly gave the flower some pink colour, it’s hard to see in the picture right below. I placed the picture again on it’s own, so you can see it a little better. After that was dry, which was almost immediately, I stamped the flower.

Distress inkt aangebracht
I started colouring with my Polychromos pencils.
I had found an amazing picture of a pink with purple Dahlia on Internet and although it was a different Dahlia I used the same colour scheme.
I never had coloured a no line image before and the light in my craft room is not that good, so I decided that I only would colour this image by daylight and that amounted to one or two leaves a day.

After one and a half week I got an inflammation in my thumb joint. The inflammation wasn’t from the colouring but prevented me from colouring and it took a few weeks before I could colour again.
Although I had a deadline because I wanted to make this flower into a card for my sister’s birthday, I kept colouring slow but steady.
I loved colouring this beautiful image and saw it come to life under my hands, colouring petal by petal.

wip klaar

When the flower was coloured I wanted to make a very simple background and thought of stamping wooden planks behind the flower in a blue colour. Fortunately I tried it first on a scrap piece of paper, neither the stamp, nor the colour I had in mind suited the flower.
After trying out several things on scrap I decided to just make some simple stripes with Distress ink on the background. Therefore I needed my Dahlia mask again.
Although I was scared that I would ruin my image I used painters tape, Blueprint Sketch ink and a blending tool to make the broad stripes.

Of course it’s always better to make your background before colouring. I think I would have gone mad if something went wrong with my coloured flower, it took me so much time and effort to colour it.
But in this case I didn’t know exactly what kind of colour I wanted for my background, that’s the reason I did it after colouring.

And then I had to decide what to do with my sentiment. Nothing I tried was great, luckily on the same time I got a post from the Power Poppy website with their weekly challenge, this time they had two sketches and on one of them I found the solution. I made two strips with a fishtail for the top of the card with
stickers in Dutch which translates into Happy Birthday.

I adhered my panel to a slightly bigger card base from dark blue cardstock with 1 mm. foam tape and with 0.5 mm. foam tape I adhered the two sentiment strips on to the panel.
And that finished this card and I totally love how this card turned out.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.


Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Power Poppy Clear Stamp Dahlia XL (also available as digital stamp set)
Masking paper
Distress Ink Spun Sugar
Distress Blending Brushes
Polychromos Pencils 101 White – 119 Light Magenta – 125 Middle Purple Pink – 133 Magenta – 194 Red Violet – 129 Pink Madder Lake – 123 Fuchsia – 127 Pink Carmine – 225 Dark Red– 263 Caput Mortuum Violet – 109 Dark Chrome Yellow
Caran D’ache Luminance 001 White
Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
Kum Automatic Long Point pencil sharpener
Ranger Craft Sheet
TH Stamping tool
Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch
Distress Ink Blending Tool
Painters tape
Dark blue cardstock base card
Doodey Text Sticker DD1422 (Dutch)

Day 8 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge – Lovely Moments

The technique I used today is one that’s based on a technique Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker uses al lot. (She is also the one who organises The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.)
You use a base layer of alcohol markers (or water colouring) and on top of that you use coloured pencils.
I used only one layer of pencil, enough to make shadows and give depth to the flowers..
In her post today ( March 8, 2020) she calls it underpinning and you can see that she used more than one layer of coloured pencil.
I used it to quickly and easily colour small flowers.
I have some unbranded cheap alcohol markers and used a pink and a green one for the base layer on the petals and leaves. I hardly use alcohol markers that’s why I don’t have the more expensive ones.
I also decided to give the background of the flowers a very light colour; this was done with a lavender coloured marker. You almost can’t see it on the photos but it made the flowers just pop up more from the white card.
I had stamped my image twice and on the second one I only coloured the flowers, first with the pink marker and then I added some shadow with a pink and blue coloured pencil. I used a blending stump to blend out any hard lines.
I wanted to give the heart of the flower a different colour and made them a more purple hue; I tried this first on one of the flowers on the first panel to see if I liked that. I picked the correct colour and made all the hearts and stamen of the second flowers purple with a marker.
On my first stamped panel I coloured the flowers and leaves only with the markers and used on the leaves also a bit of green pencil for my shadows. I fussy cut the image with a border and from the second stamped image I only fussy cut the flowers, without any border.

I die cut the background with a die by Cheery Lynn from the same cardstock as my card base.
Then I adhered it to my slightly larger card base with some liquid glue.

I shaped the cut out flowers a little with a stylus with a big ball and a shaping mat.
After that I adhered them with 3D glue on to the first layer, put some Glossy Accents in the flower hearts and let it dry overnight. I used the 3D glue for dimension and to hold the slight shapes I made.
The next morning I adhered them to my card with 0.5 mm. foam tape.

I stamped my sentiment in Dutch which translates into “not a Year but a Day older than yesterday”, with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with purple embossing powder.
I cut it on to the right size and punched the corners with a corner punch. I also adhered this with 0.5 mm. foam tape to my card.
I finished my card by adding some light purple gems from a little bag of shaker collection by Lucy’s Cards.

The used materials are under the photo and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Neenah Classic Crest white cardstock
Spectrum Noir Finesse ink pad Noir Black
Studio Light Clear Stamp set 387 Lovely Moments
Unbranded Twin Markers
Polychromos Pencil Middle Purple Pink 125 – Chrome Oxide Green 278 – Delft Blue 141
Joy Crafts Flower Shaping Tool Kit and Mat
Olba kit 3D glue
Ranger Glossy Accent
White cardstock for die cut and base card  ( unbranded thinner version than the Neenah)
Cheery Lynn Designs  Die FRM132 French Lattice
VersaMark ink
Mboss Embossing powder Purple
Marianne Design Stamp set CS0987 Felicitaties
EK Mini Corner punch Concave
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards – Frozen shaker selection