It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.
Hello again, it’s time for another Artistic Expression and this month, I will be sharing a simple technique that anyone can accomplish, regardless of their skill level.
So let’s get started…who loves books? I know I do and I’m sure most of us know a little bookworm or two for whom this card would be appropriate.
I started with a top-folding A2 card created with Primitive Cream Card Stock. I die cut my card base with the largest Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle STAX die and with careful placement, I was able to keep the stitch pattern along the top edge. I used the same Die-namics to cut a smaller piece of Copic suitable card stock.
With the aid of a MISTI, I stamped the little boy from Birdie Brown’s Our Story with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. I re-stamped it on a piece of post-it tape, which I fussy cut and placed over the stamped image. This allowed me to stamp one set of books so that they appear to be lying behind the boy. I reduced the size of the second stack of books by masking part of the stamp whilst inking so that only the bottom three books were stamped. I then hand drew a plate upon which I stamped the mug.
The entire piece was coloured using Copic Markers.
At this point I’d like to give you a piece of advice: although it may be tempting to use as many Copic colours in your collection as possible, sometimes a limited palette is the better option. As I intended to use the boy’s sweater for today’s tutorial, had I used a myriad of colours for all the books, they would have overpowered the composition and taken the focus away from our little bookworm!
Background: YR30, E40, E41, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4
Skin: E30, E41, E42, E43, R20, BV20
Eyes: YG61, YG63, YG67, W8
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E17, E27, W6
Mug: R22, R24, R27, R39
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97, N2, N6
Shoes: E11, E13, E15, E27, W4, W6
Books: B91, B93, B95, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR23, YR27, E11, E13, E40, E42, R24, R29, R39, W1, W2, W4, W5
Sweater: C00, C0, C1, C2
Now for today’s tutorial: How to colour a knitted sweater
I started by mapping out the shadow areas, initially with C00, then adding additional C0 in areas where the shadows would be darkest. If you have distinct lines between the two colours, don’t panic, just gently go over it with C00 to soften them.
In this image, I have added C1 in areas where I needed to deepen the shadows and over the stamped lines on the neck, sleeve, and waistband. As before, if you need to soften the edges use a little C00 sparingly, however, if you are careful and gently apply the C1 you may not need to do this.
This is where the fun starts and you begin to see that with a simple dotting method, (yes, it’s just dots!) you begin to notice your colouring start to resemble a woolen sweater or a woolly jumper as us Brits say!
To achieve this texture, I carefully added dots of C0 over the entire area. When you have a go yourself, remember not to get carried away with your dots — you still want to be able see some of the card stock visible in the lightest areas. Your first layer of colour has already created enough shading to give your sweater shape and the dots are providing the texture.
Having added your first layer of dots with C0, you’ll need to add extra depth with C1, but again be careful not to overdo it. When I felt I had enough dots to give the impression of knitted material, I added a smidge of C2 in areas where the shadows would be darkest — under the book, under his arm, and at the left-hand side of his neck/chest area. If you need to you can soften this carefully with C1 or C0.
This particular colouring technique comes in very handy when you want to add texture to small stamped images and it’s suitable for all skill levels. I hope to see lots of examples of this method from you on social media…just remember to tag it with #mftstamps!
Hi everyone! I’m back for one final day guesting here on the My Favorite Things blog. Before I get to my cards I want to say a big thank you to My Favorite Things for having me as a guest designer!
My first card uses only one MFT product: the new Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics. When I saw this die, I was so excited to use it and wasted no time in downloading the free cross-stitch patterns that MFT has made available. Before I got into paper crafting I did a lot of cross stitching — I only gave it up because of the amount of time it took to finish a project and a shoulder injury. This new cross-stitch die allows me the opportunity to revisit my first crafting love and create beautiful projects it a short amount of time. For this card, I used the tulip pattern and went with the colors that are found in the pattern. Given I have tons of embroidery floss it was easy to find colors to match. I die cut my card stock and got to work. After I finished up the flowers and stems I decided to do something a little crazy and fill in the background with white stitching. While it took a little bit longer I really like how it looks. I decided to not add a sentiment at this time, but just let the stitching shine.
My second card is a reflection of how the weather has been here in the Pacific Northwest…cloudy, rainy, and gray! I die cut some light gray card stock with the Cloud Shaker Die-namics. I wanted a cloud to look like it was behind the shaker element so I die cut a cloud from white cardstock and then positioned it on the panel shifting it until fit the way I wanted, taped the die in the right spot, and die cut the cloud window. I then die cut the frame from white card stock. Once I had all the pieces cut I used the Mini Raindrops Stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste in Transparent Gloss to create my raindrops. Once that was dry I assembled everything. I filled the shaker element with some sparkly sequins and a mix of glitter glass and glass beads. I adhered a piece of white card stock on the back and then attached my panel to a light gray card stock base. The sentiment was stamped on black card stock with watermark ink, embossed in white, die cut with the Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics, and then adhered to the card.
My final card uses the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up Die-namics and the Star Graduate and Tassel Time stamp sets. I also used the Free with $60 Congrats Die-namics. I have a nephew who is graduating in June and so I looked up his school’s colors and made a graduation card for him. I die cut the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up from white and dark blue card stock. I made a card stock base from MFT Smooth White Card Stock and then adhered the blue frame to the card base. The eight white squares were stamped with two of the stars from the Star Graduate set in red and blue inks. Those squares were inset into the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up — I adhered some with pop dots and some flush to the card base. I die cut the Congrats from red card stock three times and adhered them together and then adhered them using glue in two spots and pop dots behind the main portion of the word. I finished by stamping the little graduation cap from Tassel Time in dark blue ink, trimming it out and adhering it to the Congrats.
Again, I hope you enjoyed my projects…I certainly enjoyed making them using MFT’s fabulous stamps and dies!