Sanding you a Sunny Smile – IPC 178 Reminder


Hello and welcome back!

There is still time to join the current Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store! Enter your beach-themed projects by the end of the day Friday, July 29th for a chance to win or be picked as a favorite by one of the challenge team members!

For my second card for this challenge, I wanted to do something a little more whimsical, so I started by stamping and coloring a couple of the cats from the Kitten Beach Stamp Set. To color my images, I used Copic markers in the following colors:

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

Grey Cat: W4, W2, W1, W00

Sand Castle: E15, E13, E11, E51, E50

Beach Chair: RV29, RV25, RV13, RV21, C3, C1

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

To create my background, I cut a piece of white card stock to 3.5in x 8.5in to make a slimline card front. Next, I used the square masking stencil from the Slimline Masking Squares and Circles Stencil Set and the Waves and Splashes Stencil to create my scene. For the waves, I ink blended Distress Oxides in Prize Ribbon, Peacock Feathers, and Salvaged Patina. After that was dry, I inked over the waves in Versamark ink and heat embossed the waves using a clear glitter embossing powder. I felt like adding the embossing made the waves look so pretty!

When the embossing was dry, I used the masking square stencil to ink up the rest of the openings and create a sunset. For my sunset, I used Distress Oxides in the colors Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Kitsch Flamingo, and Picked Raspberry.

When all of my ink blending was dry, I stamped the sentiment “Sanding you a sunny smile” from the Kitten Beach Stamp Set onto the middle panel. To finish it off, I popped up my kittens on foam tape and adhered them to the two outer squares. 

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!

Unwind and Color – IPC 173


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!

Kitten Beach Day – Inky Paws 152 Reminder


Hello and welcome back!

If you haven’t joined yet, there is still time to join the current Inky Paws Challenge! You have until Friday night to create a project using the colors red, pink, yellow, and white. Then, link your project up to the Newton’s Nook Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

For my second challenge card, I used the absolutely adorable new set, Kitten Beach.  I love the cute kittens in this set, and they look like they are having so much fun playing in the sand!

To start my card, I stamped the sandcastle kitten image and the kitten with a bucket image onto a piece of Copic safe white card stock. To color these little kittens, I used Copics in the following colors:

 Black Cat: 100, W8, W5, W3, W2, W1

White Cat: W5, W3, W2, W1, W00

Sandcastle: E43, E42, E30, E50

Crab: R29, R08, R05, R14

Pail: Y17, Y15, Y13, Y00

Shells/Shovel: RV29, RV25, RV23, RV21

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

To create a beach scene for the kittens to play in, I cut a strip of white cardstock out with the Land Borders die set. On that piece, I ink blended Distress Inks in the colors Old Paper and Tea Dye. I then spattered more Tea Dye ink, as well as some Walnut Stain Distress Ink and some white acrylic paint onto the panel to give it the look of sand. 

For my background, I cut another piece of white paper out using the scalloped square from the Frames Squared die set. On the scalloped square, I ink blended using Distress Oxides in the colors Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Festive Berries. I thought those colors would match the challenge colors, but would also create a beautiful sunset. 

To finish my card, I adhered the sand piece to the sunset panel. Before adhering my cats, I heat embossed the sentiment “sanding you a sunny smile” in the upper middle of my card using black embossing powder.  I then popped up the kitten images by stacking multiple die cuts together, and gluing them to my beach scene. To finish my card, I cut a white square card base and glued the scene to the front panel. 

I hope you have fun joining us in the Inky Paws Color Challenge! I had such a fun time playing with these colors, and I think you will, too!

Thanks for stopping by!