Stepping It Up With Colored Pencils

Hey crafty friends, it's Amanda from Pear Blossom Press again. Have you played with the new Put a Bow on It stamp set from The Rabbit Hole Designs yet? It is so pretty and offers a ton of coloring possibilities. After seeing Kathy Racoosin's take on it, I almost didn't want to post my first card with it.

This time around, I had an ace up my sleeve though. I stamped, embossed, and Copic colored my image. I fussy cut it with my ScanNCut and popped it up on a square kraft card base with foam tape (a coordinating die is available). A few scattered gems dressed the card up and it was basically finished. Then, I got on a plane to Florida and took it to Kathy's Coloring Challenge Road Trip class for some advice on how to step it up!

This first picture shows my image before I went to class...

I showed it to Kathy and she used a dark blue colored pencil to deepen the shadows on the blue bow in the center. She used more pressure near the black outlines and then soft squiggles and circles to blend the color out. You can see how much more dimension it has than the others.

Then it was my turn. I got to work on the other bows, adding some shading to the outside edges of the loops, as well as the centers and overlapping areas. I seem to have a heavier hand when it comes to blending so I lost some of the lightest highlight areas, or sweet spots, as Kathy calls them. I will continue to practice, but the additional shading makes a huge difference!

Kathy shares some fantastic tips and techniques in her classes. I took my first one with her in September. I still have lots of practice to do, but the second class was a great refresher and reminded me of tips I forgot about after the first one. Luckily, she will be sharing her coloring classes online soon! Keep an eye out for Kathy's Coloring Challenge Road Trip on Online Card Classes!

Overall, I'm much happier with the updated card. Now I will tell you, she recommends not embossing images because the raised edges keep you from getting your pencil tip all the way to the lines. The more I practiced on this image, the more I understood what she meant. So I'll be forgoing the embossing for a while to compare. Let me know what you think. Can you see the difference between the before and after?

Thanks for stopping by today; I'll be back soon with another fun card. You can find more inspiration and ideas and links to the specific products I used on my blog.

Love by Niccole

Hello everyone!

It's Niccole from Nic & Viv Designs back again to share another card I made using one of The Rabbit Hole Designs new stamp sets. 

For today's card I used the Put A Bow On It stamp set. I love how versatile this stamp set is.

I have a lot of pictures today for you. This way I can show you each card and a close up of the foil on each card.


How to create this card:
  • Square card base that is 4.25"x4.25".
  • Stamp the bows stamp from the Put A Bow On It  stamp set with Versamark Ink on a 3.75"x3.75" square.
  • Add clear embossing powder and heat emboss bow image.
  • Cut a piece of foil to cover embossed image.
  • Run bow image with foil through laminator.
  • Remove foil to reveal foiled image.
  • Frame out square stamped image with coordinating color to frame it.
  • Add image to square card base.
  • Stamp the word LOVE from the Put A Bow On It stamp set in the bottom right corner at an angle coinciding with the heart shape.
  • Add a few black Nuvo Crystal Drops randomly to finish the card.
Here is one more picture of the full cards ...

What do you think of the three foiled Put A Bow On It cards? Which is your favorite I really love how they turned out.

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I have had so much fun playing with the Put A Bow On It stamp set today.

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me.

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!   -Nic-

Happy Single's Awareness Day

Hello Rabbit Hole Designs Fans!! DTM Shanna here today with a quick not-a-valentine card! This card features the new sassy and snarky Anti-Valentine's Day stamp set paired with the new Circle Illusion Stencil.  

I started by stenciling the Circle Illusions stencil onto a A2 size card panel.  I used Distress Oxide ink in Barn Door and a blender brush to create a fadeout/ombre effect leaving the bottom of the panel still white.  Next, I stamped the Cupid silhouette in the same red ink using my stamping platform so I could stamp the image multiple times, layering the ink to intensify the color. I centered my cupids within the circle patterns on the stenciled background, allowing them to frame the cupids!  My final Cupid was stamped and then the circle with the line through it (what in the world is that thing called??) was stamped directly over it in black ink. My sentiments were stamped directly onto the card base with black ink.
I could have been done there, but I chose to die cut the focal cupid circle out and pop if up with a layer of fun foam for a bit more dimension!
All in all I love how quickly this card came together, and the design is easily replicated for any theme and stencil!!

That wraps up my post for today, I will be back next week for another trip down The Rabbit Hole!  Until then you can find me over on my blog, Caffeinated Craftiness or over on Instagram-Shanna

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