Friday, June 7, 2019

Even Bad Days! Blending, Stamps, and Stencils

Hi, Crafty Card Peeps!
The insomnia bug hit me pretty hard last night!  Cleaning my studio didn't tire me out so I decided to do some crafting.  Two of my DT projects this week required the use of stencils and I still had a bunch of stencils on my side table.  As I looked at all the disparate elements, that age-old crafting mantra came to mind, "Why not?"
"Even Bad Days"
I do not color well.  That has not, however, stopped me from purchasing stamps based on how beautifully they were colored by other crafters.  I have shied away from using this stamp but I guess a lack of sleep and a need to create overshadowed my fear of Copics and I just dove in.  A combination of Stamps, stencils, and Distress Oxide blending finally got me to a comfortable place with this project.
The image is stamped and colored with Copic markers.  I created a mask and then used my mermaid makeup brush to blend my background.   I removed the mask and used various size brushes to fill white spaces in the image.  Next, I stenciled in the umbrella.  The umbrella color is a combination of Faded Jeans and Squeezed Lemonade.  The photo does not do it justice.  IRL it is a fabulously delicious color that looks like denim fabric.
The puppy was on the same stencil sheet with the umbrella.  To stencil him I used Vintage Photo ink.  I added Mowed Lawn and Cracked Pistachio to ground the images.

I used my circle and tornado stencils to add a little interest to the umbrella and the top of the card.  I added Stickles to the umbrella and a few sequins to complete the face of the card. 

In my stash, I found a pretty, soft brown and beige small gingham paper.  I mounted this onto a piece of olive green cardstock.

In the end, I was pleased with my work.  I know that far more talented people have colored this image to a level of perfection I will never know.  But for this card, which I plan to give to a friend who is in a bad place right now, I think I captured the mood.

Thanks for Stopping By!

Challenges Entered
Stamping Sensations - Show Your True Colors


  1. Beautiful colouring Chana xx

  2. Beautiful card, Chana, Jo x

  3. Very cute card and perfect sentiment thanks for sharing!!!

  4. the sentiment..perfect for my area, hugs, Lori m

  5. Lovely card Chana and a fab sentiment. Thanks for sharing it with us at Colour Crazy Challenge this time. Good luck.
    Dawn xx

  6. You have created a lovely scene with that sweet stamp, many thanks for sharing with us and joining in our June theme at Penny Black and More challenge. I smiled at your comment about colouring and buying stamps, I am exactly the same!

    B x

  7. Such a beautifull card.I love the colours. Thanks for joining the challenge. Greetings Helma DT Member Creative Moments.

  8. Beautiful card Chana..lovely and so sweet.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT

  9. Loving that touch of stenciling on the corner with such a sweet image! Love the addition of the little chihuahua image too :)

  10. Another very pretty card that can be shared with us at Double Trouble and 2 Crafting Critter Crazies with stenciling and critters. Great way of bringing in your stenciling with your colorful background. Would love you to share with us.

  11. This is such an adorable image, and you've coloured it beautifully! Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Stamping Sensations.


  12. Chana, you have created such a beautiful card here. You should never shy away from your coloring medium, they are your best friend and I can see how they have flourished in your hand here on this gorgeous image. Like with any relationship, the more time one spends together that more one gets to know each other.
    Hugs Monica

  13. Beautiful - love the scene you've created.

    Thanks for joining us at the Colour Crazy Crafty Challenge.

    Helen x

  14. I have to disagree with your opinion on your own colouring as I think this card is coloured beautifully! It's such a lovely stamp that you've used and the colours all compliment each other perfectly. I love the ink blending in the background and the subtle use of stencils too. Thank you for joining us in our 'Show Your True Colours' challenge at Stamping Sensations and good luck. Sandra x PS. I've just become your newest follower x

  15. What a gorgeous scene that you have created. The colouring is beautiful. Thank you for joining in the Path Of Positivity challenge with optional theme of Encouragement.


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