Batty for You – Inky Paws 157 Reminder!


Hello and welcome back!

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!

Thanks for stopping by!


Hello and welcome back!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Black Cats and Pumpkins: Copic Coloring Tutorial



As Halloween approaches and the leaves begin to fall, I get more excited to go to the pumpkin patch! Fall has always been my favorite season – between trick-or-treating, cool weather, and lots of black cat decor.

I grew up with a dog – a brown toy poodle – and his presence made me firmly believe I would never be a ‘cat person.’ After my mom got remarried, we welcomed three cats into our home. Though I have always been an animal lover, my love for the cats were different than for my dog. I think it was because my dog felt less like a pet, and more like a brother. I don’t remember a time before my dog, but the cats came into my life later, making their presence different. Now, that’s not to say I didn’t love them. My love for them was just different.

As any pet owner knows, the worst part about having a pet is losing them. I lost my childhood best friend and first pet about seven years ago. Even though I knew it was his time, it took me a long time to open my heart to another animal.

As you can guess, it didn’t take long before I found a new pet to love.

Almost five years ago, the secretary from my high school told me her daughter found a pregnant cat at the golf course where she worked. They brought the cat home and a few days later, she had three adorable kittens. Long story short, a few months later, our house grew by one tiny black cat.

Now my little black cat has grown quite a bit bigger, and has taken up a huge piece of my heart.

What I didn’t know when I got a black cat is the lifestyle that comes with. You know how Jeep owners say “It’s a Jeep thing,” and until you own a Jeep, you have no idea what they are talking about? That’s what it’s like owning a black cat. It’s almost like there is a secret society for black cat people, and the entry fee is buying every black cat themed item that you see during the months of fall.

As a stamper, I also have to make black cat cards every Halloween. And nothing goes better with black cats then pumpkins, right?

To color my pumpkins, I used Copic markers in the colors YR14, YR07, YR09, and E37.

To start, I used YR14 and began shading from the top and bottom of the pumpkin.

Then, I did the same with YR07, but not shading as high up as YR14.

I continued that process with YR09 and E37, doing shorter shading the darker I went.

After I did the first round of shading, I went back to YR09 and shaded over the E37. When going back over the second time, I tried to bring the YR09 up to about the same part of the pumpkin it was in the first round.

I did the same with the YR07.

To finish the pumpkin, I used the YR14 to fill in the rest. Remember when coloring to flick to help the colors blend together better.

After I was happy with my coloring, I cut my pumpkins out with the coordinating dies and prepared the rest of my card. Here is the card I ended up making!

I hope this short tutorial was helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

Why Choose When You Can Be Both?


The hardest decision most children have to make every year is what they will be for Halloween. Luckily for me, and my mom, I spent the early years of my childhood flipping between dressing up as a bat or a black cat. I say it was lucky for my mom as she was the costume maker and though I had trouble deciding which creature I would dress-up as, the main elements remained the same – black clothes, black shoes, with bat wings strapped to my back, or with a cat ear headband and a black sock for a tail.

My love for all things fall and Halloween has continued into adulthood. I even have my own black cat, now!

As you can imagine, when I saw this Newton’s Nook stamp, I knew I had to have it. Not only is it freaking adorable, but it incorporates both of my childhood costumes!

To start my card, I stamped and colored my batty cat image with Copic sketch markers and cut it out with the coordinating die.

Next, I cut out a circle to create a mask for my background. I temporarily taped the circle to the center of a A2-sized piece of Bristol paper. Starting directly around the circle, I blended Distress Oxides in the colors Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, and Dusty Concord. After I was happy with my blend, I took a little bit of white acrylic paint, mixed it with some water, and splattered it onto the sky using a cheap paint brush.

After that, I used the piece of paper that I cut the circle mask out of and masked the sky part of the background. I then ink blended with Oxides again, this time using Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Squeezed Lemonade. To make my moon look a little more textured, I used the Bubbly Stencil from Newton’s Nook and Spiced Marmalade Oxide to create some interest.

The final background

For the final element of my card, I wanted to add more bats. I had a small piece of Bristol paper that I had cut off of my background panel, and using Black Soot Oxide, I ink blended over the entire piece. (I could have used a regular piece of black paper, but I had the Bristol scrap handy, so I decided to use it.) I decided I wanted to add some shine to my bats, so I put my paper directly on the surface of my embossing ink pad to coat it in ink. Then, I covered the wet ink with Clear Sparkle embossing powder from Wow. After my embossing was heated and set, I used the coordinating dies from the Newton set to cut out a few bats.

To assemble my card, I decided where I wanted my cat to be, and then I colored the white die cut border with yellow makers, just to make the cat blend better with the background. Before I put my card together, I decided what sentiment I wanted to use, and stamped and embossed it at the bottom of my card.

To attach all of my pieces, I used a strong liquid glue, and then popped up my cat with some foam tape. After I put it all together, I decided I wanted a little more sparkle, so I used a Nuvo Glitter Pen to add a little shine to my kitty’s wings.

I hope you enjoyed my card! Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy fall!