Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps October/November Blog Challenge - Cemeteries

Welcome to the Oddball Art Stamps October/November Challenge! This was actually my FIRST card, and it went live on the Oddball Art blog on October 15th as it was supposed to! Unfortunately we had a sudden and tragic death in our extended family that had me very stressed and not thinking straight...so I forgot to post it here on my personal blog. My apologies.

At Oddball Art Stamps, we have revamped how we do challenges, please stop over and read all about it HERE. There are still plenty of prizes up for grabs!! Check out my zombie girl and spell book composite image. This is my FIRST EVER time doing zombie skin. How'd I do? I was VERY nervous, I'm not ashamed to admit...


This is Wendy Walker Image No. 29 and Spooky Book Stack Image No. 199. Colored with Copics OF COURSE. The sentiment panel is from a package of Halloween tags and bits I got awhile back from Pink Paislee (I think?).

Thanks for stopping by today. You have lots of time to enter this month's challenge, so get creative!! 


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Imagine That! - October Challenge: Anything Goes!

Good morning my dear stamping friends! I'm so sorry - I'm a day late with this post!!

Today I have a new Design Team project to share with you from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. Yes! I was a guest designer over the summer, but I have now accepted a permanent spot on the DT. This is my first "official" post - I'm so excited!! 

ITDBK has a monthly challenge that begins the first Saturday of every month. If you create a new project for our challenge using ITDBK images, you will receive the Featured Set of the Month FREE, just for playing along! The challenge "theme" is Anything Goes (my favorite, you know). Check out all the details at the Creative Playground HERE. This month's FS is the sweet new "Thanks a Bunch":



We are about halfway through the challenge, so you have a few weeks left to play along!

For some ITDBK inspiration this morning, I have created this cute birthday card using a set I've had my eye on for awhile - Birthday Raccoon.



Isn't he adorable?? Perfect for kid cards, and I am always in need of those around here! I went with boy colors today. Both of my sons have birthdays coming up this fall, so I had lots of inspiration! Colored with Copics, die from My Favorite Things, papers from my stash, Kaisercraft pearls, ribbon is from RABOM. Here's a view of the full set, available HERE in the ITDBK shop.



That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITDBK inspiration, and get your crafty on for your chance to receive our October FS for free!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - October/November Challenge and Coloring Tutorial!

Welcome to the Oddball Art Stamps October/November Challenge! We have revamped how we do challenges, please stop over and read all about it HERE. There are still plenty of prizes up for grabs!! One project I have made to showcase this challenge (it follows this month's theme of "Cemeteries of London" - so fun!) also comes with a coloring tutorial! This is my first step-by-step coloring photo tutorial, so I hope it's easy to follow and that it can be helpful to some of you lovely stampers out there. We are going to do a step-by-step breakdown of creating and coloring this project:



Sounds fun? Let's get started!! 



I forgot to take a photo of this merged image before I started coloring. Whoops! So just imagine this first image with ZERO color on it, and that's where we started. ;)

I started out by laying down a base coloring for the grass. My plan is to make it still greenish, but dried out and crunchy...."fall" and "spooky" looking. This is Boneyard Image No. 349. (BTW - You can click on any of these photos to see an enlarged version).


 
We don't want the grass too pretty. Let's dirty it up with random specks.
 
Keep going. I'm using several shades and layering colors to give a mottled/trampled dry grass look.
 
A lighter color to blend...
 
Gotta have some dead spots!
And some dehydrated stalks...
 Blend it together to flatten the look.
 Let's shade the bones a bit to start out.
 More shading. They are laying here in the grass and dirt. I imagine they are a little bit mossy and damp. Then use the lighter T0 to blend what you have so far.
 Laying down a base color on the fence pieces.
 Shading...
 More shading.
 Base color on the tombstone.
 Add shading and highlights.
 More dark spots.
Dark and creepy fun!
 Eeek!
 Blend.
 Orange accents.
 Shading for the orange.
 Darker.
 Blend.
 Fence nails and dark spot accents.
Mr. Ghostly Bat, Image No. 84 is flying above our graveyard. Let's make him unique...we had a lot of grey with the tombstone, and he's got some highlights from the moon, let's say. I'm thinking a purpley-grey.
 I'm thinking we will be able to see gradients in his wings as he is flying by. We'll make the inside skin the thinnest and lightest. Add dark around the edge of your base.
 Darker.
 Darker bits.
 Blending into a dark grey here but just a bit, don't over do it.
 Blend.
 Let's add veins!
 And clean up our shading a bit.
 More clean up. Start blending.
 Blend more.
 Use Copic Multiliner to fix parts of the wings. Because the lines are delicate and a few of my marker tips need to be changed, I wasn't able to get all the way perfectly to the edges of each line. So since I had these wings getting darker and darker as they got closer to the outside, after I had the color laid down as well as I dared, I filled in any white spots with black fine point multiliner.
 Add a little pink to the eyes to make him spooky!
 Viola!
Put it all together on a creepy cute and FUN Halloween masterpiece! I added sequins, enamel matte dots, Tonic Nuvo drops, and I did some Amethyst clouds VERY LIGHTLY  in the background sky area of the scene.

That's it for me! This is my first coloring tutorial, so be gentle. I hope you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to enter your gorgeous creations into our challenge, you have until the end of November this time around as we transition with our challenge changes, so get creative!

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Kitty Bee Designs - October Spotlight!

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a great weekhave a super special BONUS Kitty Bee spotlight card for you today from the FANTASTIC Kitty Bee Designs. I am SO in love with all of these little sweeties. If you are new to Kitty Bee, you HAVE to check them out. Seriously. They are adorable and awesome to color; the shapes and designs lend themselves to all kinds of color and sketch combos!

Check out Mr. Bitty's HalloweenI LOVE this bat! I have made other cards with images from his line, and they always turn out so fun! Colored with Copics. The background panel is a coaster that I sprayed with water and made a mess of using Brushos pigment powders. The grey background/main panel was created using a gold spray and white Speedball ink that I flicked from a paintbrush at my paper panel.


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day and stamp happy!