Eek! It’s Time for a New Inky Paws Challenge! – IPC 179

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Hello and welcome back!

Today is the start of a brand new Inky Paws Challenge! Upload a photo of a project using the challenge colors for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store! You have until the end of the day Friday, August 12th to enter for a chance to win or be picked as a favorite by one of the challenge team members!

I was super inspired by the inspiration image – that cupcake looks so delicious! – so I decided to use the cupcake image from the new Birthday Mice Stamp set. I started by stamping my image and coloring it using Copic markers in the following colors:

Mice: C6, C5, C3. C1, C00

Frosting: RV29, RV25, RV13, RV21

Wrapper: YG45, YG23, YG11, YG00

Candle: 100, W8, W5, W2, W1, YR07, YR04, Y21

After coloring, I cut my images using the coordinating die set. 

I wanted to create a mini party scene for my mice, so I cut a white card stock panel down to 4.25×5.5in and ink blended using Saltwater Taffy Distress Ink. I used a very light hand and only went about a third of the way down my panel, starting from the top. Next, I used the A Stencil from the new Bokeh Balloon Stencil set and inked the balloons using the same Saltwater Taffy Ink, but using a heavier hand to create a tone-on-tone design. For the B layer of the stencil, I inked through the stencil using Versamark Ink and heat embossed the balloons using a clear glitter embossing powder. This helped keep the tone-on-tone look, but added a little more interest with the fine glitter inside the powder. 

For my sentiment, I heat embossed “I missed your birthday” using a white embossing powder onto a piece of black card stock. Then, I cut the sentiment out using a stitched banner from the Banner Trio Die Set.  To tie in the sentiment to the mouse theme, I stamped “eek!” from the Birthday Mice Stamp Set in black ink onto the balloon background. 

To finish my card, I popped up the banner and the image on foam tape and adhered it to my panel.

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas in (almost) July – IPC 176 Reminder

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Hello and welcome back!

You only have a few more days to join the Inky Paws Color Challenge! Use the colors Crimson Red, Cobalt Blue, Sky Blue, and White on a project and link it up to the Inky Paws Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Instead of using the traditionally Americana color palette for a 4th of July card, I decided to move to a different holiday. Non-traditional Christmas cards are some of my favorite cards to make, and I thought this color palette was the perfect inspiration for a fun winter scene!

I started by stamping and coloring the blue jay and berry clusters from the Winter Birds Stamp Set. I used my Copic markers in the colors: B28, B26, B24, B21, B00, W4, W2, W1, R29, R08, R05, and R14.

After coloring, I cut out my image using the coordinating dies. Next, I ink blended a few pieces of white scrap paper with Distress Oxides in the colors Prize Ribbon, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, and Salvaged Patina. When the ink was dry, I cut the paper with a few different leaf die cuts from the Winter Birds Coordinating Dies, Fall Friends Die Set, and Flower Trio Die Set.

Using all of the leaf die cuts, I created two curved arrangements to mimic the look of a wreath. I added in a few of the stamped berries to bring in more color. For my background, I cut a piece of white card stock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Then, I inked a larger circle in the center of the panel using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. To add a little more interest, I splattered some Prize Ribbon Distress Ink across the panel. I wanted a little shimmer, so I used the Petite Snow Stencil and some white stencil butter on the corners as well.

To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment “Warm Winter Wishes” popped up my leaves and blue jay with foam tape and adhered them to my card.

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Thanks for stopping by!

4th of July Card – IPC 176

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Hello and welcome back!

We have a brand new Inky Paws Challenge for you starting today! This time, we have a color challenge that is perfect for all of your summertime card making! Use the colors Crimson Red, Cobalt Blue, Turquoise, and White on a project and link a photo up to the Inky Paws Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook online store

For my project today, I wanted to make a 4th of July card – I mean, look at the colors for this challenge! I started by stamping the three images from the Newton’s 4th of July stamp set onto a piece of Hammermill card stock. I colored my images with my Copic markers in the following colors:

Black Cats: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Siamese Cat: E18, E17, E15, E13, E11, E51, E50

Dog: E18, E17, E15, E13

Dark Blues: B28, B26, B24, B21

Light Blues: B18, B16, B12, B01

Reds: R59, R29, R08, R05, R04

After I finished coloring, I cut out my images using the coordinating dies. 

I wanted to create a firework-filled sky for my background, but I also wanted to fit all three of my images on one card, so I decided to use the A7 Frames and Flags Die Set. I cut the rectangle panel of the A7 Die Set out of a piece of Bristol paper (I have found that Bristol works best for doing a lot of ink blending.) I started by randomly adding some circles of ink to the panels of Bristol using Gina K inks in the colors Cherry Red, Lipstick, Turquoise Sea, and Blue Denim. After the ink was dry, I stamped the firework and star stamps from the 4th of July Stamp Set with Versamark Ink over the circles so each circle of color had a firework or star over it. Then, I heat embossed the fireworks with clear embossing powder. This is where the magic happens – after the embossing is cooled, I ink blended Black Soot Distress Oxide over all of the firework panels. Since the fireworks are embossed, the black ink will resist those areas, and you will be left with a black sky and brightly colored fireworks. I wanted to add a little bit of shimmer, so I splattered some silver ink over the panels as well. 

For my sentiments, I die cut two of the straight panels from the A7 set and die cut them out of white card stock. Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiments “celebrate” and “4th of July” onto my banners in black ink. Then, I die cut the scalloped panel and the rectangle panel from the A7 set out of black card stock as well as a 5in x 7in panel out of dark blue card stock. I adhered the black panels to the dark blue piece and inlaid the firework panels in the black frame. To finish everything off. I popped up my sentiments and images on foam and attached them to the card. 

I hope you are inspired to join us in the Inky Paws Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

Unwind and Color – IPC 173

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Hello and welcome back!

There is still time to join the Inky Paws Color Challenge! You have until the end of the day Friday, May 13, to link up your project for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

For today’s card, I decided to play around a little bit with Copic blending – specifically, blending colors in different color families. With the challenge colors being bubblegum pink, lemon yellow, lime green, and orange, I thought it would be perfect for this technique. 

When it comes to blending colors from different families, there are a few things to remember:

1. The color wheel is your friend – Rainbow order is the easiest way to blend colors, because the colors naturally work together. So for this blend, I went from pink to orange to yellow to green. However, when it was time for the pattern to start again, I did not blend pink and green. Why? Pink and green (really, red and green) are complimentary colors, meaning they look good together because they are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Though they look good with each other, when two complementary colors blend, they create brown, so I avoided laying those colors on top of each other.

2. No matter what colors you are blending together, if you are using Copics, there is one easy trick that will make your colors blend seamlessly. Every Copic marker has a name and a letter and number on the cap. The first number listed on the cap refers to the saturation of the color. Generally when mixing colors, you aren’t going to want to use a marker with a high first number and one with a low first number (i.e. don’t use a Y9_ and a YR2_). Though that number is important, you really want to focus more on the second number, as it tells you how light or dark the color is. To help your colors blend, it is easiest if your markers all have the same second number. Let’s say you wanted to go from a dark blue to a dark green – you could use B39 and G29.

Taking these into consideration, let’s look at the colors I used:

RV02, RV04, YR04, YR07, Y17, Y13, YG23, YG17

As you can see, the first numbers range from 0 to 2 and the second numbers, when transitioning to a new color, are the same.

For the rest of my card, I used the following products:

Newton’s Nook Newton Unwinds Stamps and Coordinating Dies

Newton’s Nook Kitten Beach Stamp Set

Newton’s Nook Frames and Flags Die Set

Gina K Key Lime Ink Pad

Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink

I hope you learned a little something about Copics today, and I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Taco Tuesday – Inky Paws 173

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Hello and welcome back!

We have a new color challenge for you on the Inky Paws blog! I just love this color palette – I feel like it is perfect for spring!

For my card today, I used the following products:

Newton’s Nook Newtons Loves Tacos Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies

Newton’s Nook Frames Squared Die Set

Distress Inks in the colors Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry

Distress Embossing Powder in Picked Raspberry

Copic Markers in 100, W8, W6, W5, W4, YR09, YR07, YR04, Y39, Y35, YG45, YG23, YG01

I had so much fun creating this card using some of the newest product from Newton’s Nook! Stay tuned – I will be giving a more in-depth demo of how I color my cats soon!

Join in the fun by linking up a project using the challenge colors by next Friday for a chance to win a $20 vouch to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Thanks for stopping by!

You’re the Zest – IPC 170 Reminder

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Today I am sharing my second card for the current Inky Paws Challenge

For my card, I started by stamping the images from the Lemon Twist Stamp set on to a piece of Hammermill white card stock. To color my images, I used Copic markers in the following colors:

Lemons: Y00, Y13, Y15, Y19, Y38

Leaves: YG01, YG23, YG09, YG17, G19

Lemon Slices: Y00, Y02, Y06, Y08

Flowers: B32, B34, B37

After I finished coloring, I cut my images out using the coordinating die set

Next, I cut a 4.25 x 5.5 inch panel out of white card stock to use as my background. Using a piece of purple tape, I masked off the bottom portion of my card (about an inch). To create my background, I ink blended using Broken China, Prize Ribbon, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. I wanted to add a little more depth to my ink blending, so I watered down a little bit of Confetti White Perfect Pearls and splattered that in the inked portion of the panel. 

For my sentiment, I stamped “you’re the best” from the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set in black ink. To finish it off, I popped all of my images up with some foam tape and adhered them to my inked panel. 

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store. The challenge ends Friday night, so go get your paws inky!

Thanks for stopping by!

Floral Shaker Card – IPC 170

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Today, I am sharing a cheery spring card for the new Inky Paws Challenge! This time, we have a color challenge with the colors: blue, yellow, green, and white. Link a photo of your project up to the Newton’s Nook Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook online store!

Here are the products I used for my card:

Newton’s Nook Best Mom Oval Stamp Set

Newton’s Nook Oval Frames Die Set

Newton’s Nook Springtime Paper Pad

Copic markers in B21, B24, B26, B28, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y19, YG24, G07, G29

White sequins 

Clear acetate sheet

I hope you join us in the current Inky Paws Challenge

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Floral Frenzy – Inky Paws Reminder

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Hello and welcome back! 

Have you joined the Inky Paws Challenge yet? This time, we have spring-themed color challenge! Link a photo of your project using the colors to the Newton’s Nook blog for a chance to win a $20 gift card!

To start my card, I cut down a few pieces of watercolor paper to 4×4 (really any size will do!) and smooshed a few colors of ink onto each. For the pinks, I used Gina K Innocent Pink, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, and Festive Berries Distress Oxide. For the greens, I used Gina K Jelly Bean Green, Gina K Grass Green, and Twisted Citron Distress Oxides. After the watercolor pieces were dry, I cut out some flowers and leaves with the Flower Trio Die Set

Next, I cut a panel of white card stock to 5in x 5in. Starting in the center, I ink blended with Gina K Wild Dandelion, Scattered Straw Distress Ink, and Dried Marigold Distress Ink. To add some depth to the background, I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint, as well as some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, onto the panel. 

To create my arrangement, I cut a piece of kraft card stock using two large nesting circle dies as well as a slightly smaller white circle. I heat embossed the sentiment “You can never have too much happy” from the Walking Woofs Stamp Set in gold embossing powder. I felt like the white against the yellow and kraft was a little stark, so I ink blended a little bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edges. Next, I glued my flowers and leaves onto one side of the circle, then glued the circle to my yellow panel.

To finish it off, and to add a little more white, I put some white sequins in the center of each of the flowers. 

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift card! And be sure to check out the retiring sets from Newton’s Nook and grab them before they are gone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Springtime Blooms – Inky Paws 167

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Hello and welcome back!

There is a brand new Inky Paws Challenge starting today! This time, it is a spring-y color challenge that is sure to get you ready for warmer weather!

For my card, I kept it pretty simple, focusing on some Copic coloring. Here are the products I used:

Peony Blooms Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies from Newton’s Nook

Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set from Newton’s Nook

Argyle Stencil from Newton’s Nook

Copics in RV55, RV04, RV02, YR12, Y02, G24, G12, G00

Clear and Black Embossing Powder

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win $20 to spend at the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Also, if you love the Peony Blooms Set like I do, be sure to grab one soon! That set, along with many other cute sets, are retiring, so they are on sale and once they are gone, they will not be coming back! Check out the retiring products here!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Quick Thank You Card – Inky Paws 164

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Hello and welcome back!
There’s still time to join the Inky Paws Color Challenge! Create a project using the colors Candy Red, Cream, Cocoa Brown, and Pewter Gray. Then, link a photo of your project to the Inky Paws Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher or be picked as a favorite by one of the wonderful challenge team members!


For my card today, I created a clean and simple thank you card. To start my card, I stamped the dogs from the Puppy Pals stamp set and colored them using my Copic markers in the following colors:


Red: R59, R29, R08, R05, R14

Gray: C6, C4, C2, C1, C00

Dark Brown: E18, E17, E15, E13

Light Brown: E11, E30, E50, E00


After coloring my image, I cut it out using the coordinating die set. To create my background, I cut a piece of white card stock to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. Then, I masked an inch on each side of the card stock using some masking paper. On the unmasked area, I ink blended using Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, and Crackling Campfire Distress Oxides. To add a little more texture to the card, I splatted some watered down Perfect Pearls on the inked area. 


After letting the background dry, I stamped the sentiment “Thankful for you” from the Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. To finish it off, I popped the dog image up using some foam tape and adhered it to the center of my card.


I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge! This is such a fun color challenge – I hope you find it as inspiring as I did! 


Thanks for stopping by!