Batty for You – Inky Paws 157 Reminder!


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If you have not joined yet, there are still a few more days to take part in the Inky Paws Halloween Challenge! Link up your project by the end of Friday for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Ever since the Batty Newton Stamp Set came out last year, I have loved it! As a child, I always flip-flopped on being either a bat or a cat for Halloween, and this set is a perfect combination of both!

To start my card, I stamped and colored the Batty Newton image using my Copic markers. For the wings, I used: V17, V15, V04, V01, and V00. To color the cat, I used: 100, W8, W6, W5, and W3.

After coloring, I die cut the image using the coordinating die.

I decided to try something a little different (for me!) to create my background. I started by cutting a piece of white card stock down to 4×4 inches. I ink blended over the card stock using the Distress Oxide colors Antique Linen, Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord.

I wanted it to look like my batty cat was flying in the sky with a bunch of his bat friends circling around him. To create this effect, I used the Gina K wreath builder and a few different bats from the Batty Newton and Newton’s Boo-tiful Night stamp sets. Since I used oxides on the background, I stamped the bats in Black Soot Oxide to make sure it showed up against my background. After doing a few layers of bats, I decided it needed a little sparkle, so I used the wreath builder to add some stars with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed the stars with Gina K Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

To finish my card, I heat embossed the sentiment “feline batty” in the lower right corner of the panel. I popped Newton up using some foam tape and put him the center of all the bats. Lastly, I adhered my panel to a black glitter card base.

I hope you join us in the last days of the Newton’s Nook Halloween challenge!

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Today marks the start of a brand new Inky Paws Challenge! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for fall, and this challenge made me even more excited for fall to begin!

I started my card by stamping a few of the images from the new Count Newton Stamp Set onto a piece of Hammermill 110# paper. Then, I colored my images using my Copics in these colors:

Newton: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Gravestones: C6, C4, BV34, BV23, BV11

Cape: V09, V17, V15, V01

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

To build my spooky graveyard scene, I made a purple night sky by blending Distress Oxides in the colors Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord onto a piece of white card stock cut to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. Next, I cut two hills using the Land Borders Die Set and ink blended those with Rustic Wilderness and Black Soot Distress Oxides. 

I wanted to add a little more to my scene, both to fill the space and to add a little more spook, so I cut a few birch trees from the Forest Scene Builder Die Set out of white card stock. Instead of inking the trees up in a “traditional” manner, I splattered some watered down Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, as well as some silver glitter ink. 

To put my card together, I glued the trees, the hill farther back in the scene, and the gravestones on that hill directly onto the background. The front hill, Count Newton, and gravestones were all popped up with foam tape to create a little more depth. To finish it off, I heat embossed the sentiment “You can count on me!” right next to the vampire kitty.

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Halloween Challenge! Create a project and link it to the Inky Paws Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store

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Howdy! There’s a new wild sketch challenge! – Inky Paws 150


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We have an awesome new sketch for the Inky Paws Challenge to share with you today! To join in on the fun, create a project using this sketch as your inspiration, then upload a picture to the Inky Paws Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Newton’s Nook currently has a huge retirement sale happening right now, and there are so many cute stamps and stencils that are going away for good. If you haven’t looked yet, check out the retiring products and grab them before they are gone! 
On my first card for the challenge, I am featuring one of the retiring stamp sets, Newton Rides West. It is such an adorable set, I highly recommend snatching one for yourself! 

To start my card, I stamped the image of Newton on a play horse and a few cacti, and colored them with my Copic markers. The colors I used for the cat were E18, E17, E15, E13, E11, E30, and E50. For the horse, I used E18, E17, E15, and E13. For the bandana I used R29, R08, and R05, as well as 100, W8, and W6. Lastly, for the cacti, I used G07, YG45, YG23, and YG01. 
I cut my colored images out with the coordinating dies and moved on to my background. 

For my background, I cut two panels out of Hammermill 110# white cardstock. The first panel measured 2.5in x 4in, and the second was 1.75in x 3.5in. On the panels, I created a desert sunset using Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide. After blending, I spritzed a little bit of clean water on to the panels to add a little bit of texture. 

Next, I cut another piece of white cardstock down to 4in x 1.5in. I then used the Land Borders die set to create a stitched hill on the top of the panel. After that, I used Old Paper, Tea Dye, and Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the panel. To make the panel look more like sand, I flicked more Walnut Stain Ink and white acrylic paint on to the panel using a stiff paintbrush. 
I cut the sand panel in to two pieces, one 2.5in long, and the other 1.75in long. Then, I adhered each to the respective sunset panels. Following the sketch, I glued the smaller panel slightly overlapping the larger. Then I glued my colored images on to my scene, to complete the sketch. 

To finish my card, I cut a speech bubble out of white cardstock using the Speech Bubbles die set. In the bubble, I stamped the sentiments “Yee-Haw” and “Saddle Up and Celebrate!” in black ink. I glued the speech bubble above the cat to finish everything off. 

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge! And be sure to check out the retiring products from Newton’s Nook! They are going fast, so get your favorites before they are gone! 

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Oh Sheep! Only a Few More Days to Join the Inky Paws Challenge!


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Today I am sharing my second card for the current Inky Paws Color Challenge! In case you missed it, the current challenge goes until Friday (April 23rd) and all you have to do is create a project featuring Newton’s Nook products and using the colors orange, yellow, green, and white!

To start my card I stamped quite a few images from the Baa Stamp Set and the Holding Happiness Stamp Set. On a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the waving sheep, the sitting sheep, and the balloons and present, as well as the cupcake and party hats from the Bleat Stamp Set, using a Copic safe black ink. For my coloring, I used the following markers:

Sheep: C8, C5, C3, C2, and C1

Yellow: Y35, Y18, Y15, Y08, and Y11

Green: G07, YG45, YG23, and YG01

Orange: YR07, YR04, YR12, and YR21

After I finished coloring, I cut my images out with their coordinating dies. I glued the balloons behind my waving sheep, and the present under my sitting sheep to start to figure out my scene. I decided to create a slimline card and make a playful background using the Slimline Masking Squares Stencil and the Sunscape Stencil. With my squares stencil, I inked all three squares with Squeeze Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Oxides, staring with Mustard Seed at the bottom of each square fading into Squeezed Lemonade at the top. Keeping my slimline stencil on my paper, I layer the sun ray portion of the Sunscape Stencil on top of the bottom square. Over the open rays, I blended Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade Oxides, starting the Spiced Marmalade at the top of the square fading into Dried Marigold at the bottom. I moved the stencil to the top square and did the same.

To assemble my card, I stamped the sentiments “Oh, Sheep!” and “I just herd it’s your baa-thday!” on the middle square in black ink. Using foam tape, I popped up my sheep sitting on the present and the sheep being lifted by balloons onto the top and bottom squares. I also added the little party hats to my floating sheep as well as a hat and a cupcake leaning against my giant birthday gift!

I think this is such a fun birthday card that would be perfect to give to someone – even if you are a day or two late!

I hope you join us in the last few days of the Inky Paws Color Challenge! Remember to link up your projects for a chance to win $20 to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

(P.S. You will DEFINITELY want that $20 to spend on the new release happening this week!)

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