Sun and Surf – Inky Paws

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Hello and welcome back!

A brand new Inky Paws Challenge starts today and it is all about the beach! To join in the fun, create a beach-themed project using Newton’s Nook products and link up a photo to the Inky Paws Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store! 

For my card today, I knew I wanted to use the new Beach Bound Stamp Set. I was inspired by an old photo my dad used to have in his home of a vintage VW van driving along the California coast. The picture always made me think of beach vacations and summertime, so I thought it was the perfect inspiration for this challenge! 

To start my card, I stamped three of the cars from the Beach Bound Stamp Set onto a piece of Hammermill card stock using a Copic-safe ink. To color my cars, I used Copic markers in the following colors: 

Yellow Combo: Y38, Y35, Y13, Y11

Orange Combo: YR07, YR04, YR12, YR21

Pink Combo: RV25, RV13, RV11, RV01

Green Combo: YG45, YG23, YG11, YG00

Teal Combo: BG49, BG45, BG32, BG11

Tires: 100, W8, W5, W2

Next, I moved on to create the background of my scene. To start, I cut a piece of white card stock to 4.25in x 5.5in. Starting at the top of the panel, I ink blended Gina K Wild Dandelion Ink, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. 

While that was drying, I cut a strip of white card stock using the stitched wave die from the Sea Borders Die Set and inked it up using Salvaged Patina and Prize Ribbon Distress Ink. To give my waves a bit of shimmer, I splattered a mix of water and Confetti White Perfect Pearls across the panel. 

To create my sandy beach, I cut two pieces of kraft card stock using the Land Borders Die Set. To add more texture, I splattered watered down Distress Inks in the colors Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, and Ground Espresso. Then, I splattered a little bit of watered down white acrylic paint to finish off the sand. 

Before I put my landscape together, I took the inked sunset panel and stenciled the Palm Tree Line Stencil over the inked portion using the same ink colors. By using the same colors over the stencil, I made a subtle tone-on-tone look for the background. I wanted to add a tiny bit more shimmer, so I used the final section of the Palm Tree Line Stencil (the part that creates the lines on the trunk and leaves) and heat embossed it with a clear shimmer embossing powder. 

To finish my card, I adhered the sand panels onto the background using a liquid glue. Then, I stamped the sentiment “happy surf-day” onto the wave panel before popping the panel up on foam tape and adhering it to my card. To finish it off, I popped up the cars on foam and glued them to the sandy hills of the card front.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Beach Day Scene – IPC 177 Reminder

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Today, I am sharing my second card for the current Inky Paws Sketch challenge! You have until the end of the day Friday to link up a project using the sketch as inspiration for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

My card today is a little more interpretive, just to show that you don’t have to follow a sketch exactly.

To start my card, I stamped the image of the girl relaxing in a beach chair from the Summer Moments Stamp Set in the lower left corner of a 4.25in x 5.5in card front. Next, I used the Sunscape Stencil and Distress Oxides in Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade, and ink blended some rays around the stamped image to mimic the sketch.

After my stenciling, I colored my image using Copic markers in the following colors:

Beach Chair: R59, R29, R08, R05, YR09, YR07, YR04, YR12, Y38, Y35, Y13, Y11, YG45, YG23, YG11, YG01, BG49, BG45, BG32, BG11, V09, V06, V04, V01, C3, and C1

Sun Hat: E49, E44, E42, E41

Pants: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Skin tone: E15, E13, E11, E51

To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment “Girls just want to have sun!” from the Summer Moments Stamps Set in the upper right side of my card front.

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge!

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Party Our Tails Off – Inky Paws 177

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Today is the beginning of a new sketch challenge on the Inky Paws Blog! Link up a photo of your project by the end of the day July 15th for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

When I saw this sketch, I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. After looking through my stamp sets, I saw the Naughty Newton Stamp Set and got the idea to use the cat pulling at the folded corner of the sketch. 

Here are the products I used for my card:

Naughty Newton Stamps and Coordinating Dies

Confetti Stencil

Frames Squared Die Set

Zoo Party Stamp Set (for the sentiment)

Copic markers in 100, W8, W6, W5, and W3

Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade

Gina K Inks in Wild Dandelion, Key Lime, Turquoise Sea, and Wild Wisteria 

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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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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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!

Books and Cats – IPC 175 Reminder

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Have you joined the Inky Paws Challenge yet? There are still a few more days to create a one layer card for a chance to win $20 to the Newton’s Nook online store!

For my card today, I wanted to create a simple scene using the Newton’s Book Club Stamp Set and the All Booked Up Stamp Set. These are some of my favorite sets (I mean, what’s better than books and cats?) and they work perfectly together!

I started by stamping the reading cat from the Newton’s Book Club Stamp Set in the lower middle section of a 4.25 x 5.5in white card stock panel. Next, I masked that image and stamped the two cats sitting on books from the Book Club Set and the All Booked Up Stamp Set. I created additional masks for both of those images, masked them, and masked a half inch border around the outside of the panel. Then, I ink blending some Salvaged Patina Distress Ink over the open area. 

After the inking, I removed all the masks and colored my scene using Copic markers in the following colors:

White cat: W3, W1, W00, E04, E93

Black cat: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3, E04, E93

Brown cat: E29, E27, E25, E23, E21, E04, E93

Purples: V09, V06, V04, V01

Pinks: RV66, RV55, RV23, RV11

Greens: YG45, YG23, YG11, YG01

Teals: BG45, BG32, BG11, BG10

To finish off my card, I stamped the sentiment “Our story is my favorite” in black ink. 

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge! Don’t be intimidated by the one layer theme – there are so many ways to approach a one layer card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Floating By – Inky Paws 175

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Today is the beginning of a new Inky Paws Challenge, and I am SO excited about this one! This challenge is all about creating a one layer card. Don’t be intimidated! There are lot’s of ways to do a one layer card.

For my card, I wanted to create a scene with the Delightful Doxies Stamp Set. This is an older stamp set, but I absolutely love it! I started by cutting a piece of white card stock to 3.5in x 6.5in. On that panel, I stamped the doxie with the string on his tail towards the bottom of the panel. I wanted a bunch of balloons to be attached to his tail, so instead of using the balloon stamp in the set, I stamped the cluster of balloons from the Holding Happiness Stamp Set by masking off the girl and only stamping the balloons. I stamped the first cluster of balloons in the upper center of my card, masked those off, and stamped two more clusters to make a large arrangement of balloons. Leaving the masking on, I stenciled in some clouds using the Clouds Stencil.

To color my card, I used a rainbow of Copic markers in these colors:

Doxie: E18, E17, E15, E13, E11

Pink Balloons: RV29, RV25, RV13, RV21

Orange Balloons: YR07, YR04, YR12, YR21

Yellow Balloons: Y38, Y35, Y13, Y02

Green Balloons: YG17, YG45, YG23, YG11

Teal Balloons: BG49, BG45, BG32, BG11

Blue Balloons: B28, B26, B24, B21

Indigo Balloons: BV08, BV34, BV23, BV01

Purple Balloons: V17, V15, V12, V01

To finish my card, I stamped the sentiment “You Lift Me Up” from the Delightful Doxies Stamp Set in black ink by the doxie.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Playing with Patterned Paper – Inky Paws 174 Reminder

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There is still time to join the current Inky Paws Sketch Challenge! If you are inspired by the sketch, create a project and link up a picture of it to the Inky Paws Challenge Blog by the end of the day Friday, June 3rd.

For my projects today, I made some quick-and-easy cards using the adorable products from the recent mini release.

Here’s what I used:

Dog Silhouettes Die Set

Cat Silhouettes Die Set

A Dog’s Life Paper Pad

A Cat’s Life Paper Pad

Sky Borders Die Set

Frames Squared Die Set

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!

Sandy Paws and Salty Kisses – IPC 174

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Today starts a brand new Inky Paws Sketch Challenge! If you are inspired by the sketch, create a project using Newton’s Nook products and link your project up to the Inky Paws Challenge Blog for a chance to win $20 to the Newton’s Nook Online Store. Yep, it’s that easy! Here is the sketch for inspiration:

For my card today, I decided to create a fun beach scene using the sketch. To start, I stamped the image from the Beach Barks Stamp Set onto a piece of Copic-safe paper. Then, I colored the image with the following Copics:

Labrador: E44, E42, E41, E30

Puppy: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Hat: E17, E15, E13, E11, BG49, BG45, BG32

Lei: YR07, YR04, Y15, Y13

Floatie: R59, R29, R08, R05

Sunglasses: RV04, RV02, RV00

To create the beach scene, I cut two strips of white paper using the Sea Borders Die Set, as well as one strip of Kraft paper using the Land Borders Die Set. For the water, I ink blended using Salty Ocean and Prize Ribbon Distress Oxides, then, I splatted some water to create depth. For the land, I splattered some white acrylic paint to add some texture and give it the look of sand.

I wanted to create a beachy sunset for the background, so I used Gina K Wild Dandelion ink, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, Gina K Innocent Pink Ink, and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Then, I splattered some Brea Reese Glitter Ink in Orange across the background.

To finish it off, I glued my scene together, popped the dogs up using foam tape, and stamped the sentiment “Sandy Paws and Salty Kisses” from the Beach Barks Stamp Set.

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge by the end of the day on June 3rd for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Thank for stopping by!

Unwind and Color – IPC 173

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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!