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 ...

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"Glitter in my Hair" - 5 new articles

  1. Oddball Art Stamps - October/November Challenge and Coloring Tutorial!
  2. Kitty Bee Designs - October Spotlight!
  3. Aloha Friday #106 - Halloween!
  4. Aud Sentiments #191: Halloween!
  5. Creative Knockouts #216: Fall!
  6. More Recent Articles

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.
 More shading.
 Base color on the tombstone.
 Add shading and highlights.
 More dark spots.
Dark and creepy fun!
 Orange accents.
 Shading for the orange.
 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 bits.
 Blending into a dark grey here but just a bit, don't over do it.
 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!
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!


Aloha Friday #106 - Halloween!

Good morning! Aloha Friday is in full swing over at Kitty Bee Designs! Our current challenge is #106: Halloween, and this is week #1. Our challenge this week is sponsored by both The East Wind, and Star Stampz! Double your pleasure...and prizes!

My first card features this sweet Pumpkin Witch from Star Stampz. She's adorable and perfect for Halloween...or just a nice Fall-themed card!

Colored with Copics. Papers from American Crafts, ribbon and felt bat from my stash, dies from Gina Marie Designs.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to link up your school creations over at Aloha Friday, and I hope you have an AWESOME day!


Aud Sentiments #191: Halloween!

Happy Thursday! We have a new challenge for you at Aud Sentiments this morning!

The current challenge is sponsored by Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! More details on the prize can be found on the challenge blog post for this challenge. As always, fantastic and generous loots are up for grabs! The challenge theme for the next 2 weeks is "Halloween". That's an easy one! Can't wait to see your creations! 

Here is my project, featuring Wizard Owen from The Paper Nest Dolls. I have two little wizards, so of course I needed to showcase this awesome image!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies over at Aud Sentiments for your chance to win! Remember, you MUST include a sentiment to enter our challenge! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)


Creative Knockouts #216: Fall!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Fall

This week's sponsor is Sweet N Sassy Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!

Here is my project, featuring Cocoa Loves Football. What a great image! Of course my team had a big loss on Sunday, both in the numbers and in the loss of the best player in football (due to injury). So it's a little bittersweet to post this card. He's adorable though!!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


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