One of my Favorite Stamps

Hi friends! I was going through some of my stamp binders the other day and I was feeling a longing to stamp some of my old favorites. I really enjoy having my stamp collection however I’d been feeling a bit guilty not using these lovely stamps but then when I think about using them I feel bad because they are older and if you guys want them they are long gone from all stores.

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But then I had an idea! I searched flower fairy coloring pages and I found this sweet pea flower fairy image that is like the stamp I used. You can find free coloring sheets online for all of the lovely vintage illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker just by doing a quick google search. I have to confess, when these stamps came out back in 2009 I bought every set (and I got a steal too paying $4-$6 a set for them!) and I have enjoyed them so much over the years. I am glad that there are free coloring sheets for anyone who missed out on the stamps. As a plus you can print them out any size you like for your cards and your alcohol markers won’t smear the ink jet printer ink either! Just as I was thinking “they should make a coloring book of these” I googled it and sure enough there are several, this one is only $3.44 and has the alphabet of flower fairies and there is another hardcover coloring book available of other designs and both books feature the artwork of Cicely Mary Barker. Since there are options for folks wanting these images I won’t feel bad using my stamps and sharing the projects I guess:)

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I decided I would try coloring this image using the set of Studio 71 alcohol ink dual brush markers I got last year. They happen to be on sale this week on Consumer Crafts and this pack of 48 is $39.97 which is a steal for brush tip alcohol markers. All of the markers I use today came from the 48 set with the addition of a clear blender but you can use any alcohol clear blending marker.

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Here are the recipes I used for this project and how I applied the markers. I figured that this would be clearer than a video as I always find my own marker tutorials a bit painful to watch LOL!

For the pink (wings, skirt, bonnett) I used R4, R2 and N1 (clear)

  • Prime the area with N1 (clear), apply R4 to the shadows then apply R2 over the R4 and pull the color out to blend. Overlap the edges of R2 with the clear to soften and blend it out to white.

For the green leaves and top I used BG3 and BG13

  • Apply BG3 to the shadow areas and then color over the entire area with BG13 to unify and blend.

For the purple flower and baby romper I used V5, V14 and the clear N1 blender

  • Prime the area with clear. Scribble the darker V14 on a tile and pick it up with the brush tip of the V5 maker and apply to shadow areas and then continue to blend out with the V5. You will naturally have darker color where you start and it will get lighter as you use up the darker ink you picked up. Use the clear marker to brighten the highlights if desired.

For the hair I used E6 and YR3

  • Color all of the hair with YR3 then add shadows with E6 while the ink is still wet. It should blend naturally but if not you can go back in with the lighter color (YR3) to soften.

For the skin I used Y3, E15, YR3 and R2 (for the blush)

  • Color all the skin with E15, add shadows with YR3 then color over all the sin with Y3 to blend and reduce the pinkness. Dab R2 on the cheeks while the ink is still wet for the blush.

This whole painting was done with 11 markers. Even though some of the colors I chose were not that close the fact that we layered them made them unified. I think the fact that these markers have brush tips helps them blend too although I use the chisel end of the clear marker when I am priming and lightning. I also like that you can replace any of the single markers if they go dry for $1.97 each…none of mine have dried out yet tho. I like to mention whenever the Studio 71 marker packs go on sale because I have never seen a better value on brush tip markers. The brush nibs are not quite as good as Copic but they are 1/4 of the price and the chisel nibs are the same quality. You just can’t beat it. Oh, I also wanted to mention that there are some duplicate colors between packs so my recommendation is to get the 48 set if you can swing it and fill in with singles as needed so you don’t accidentally end up with doubles, or start with a smaller set and add to it a marker at a time as you see what your needs are. The cheapest per marker price is in the 48 pack though.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you already have markers you can try the blends with the pens you already have, look at the caps in the photo above to match up your colors as close as you can but if you need markers the Studio 71 ones are a great buy. The link to the markers are affiliate links so if you do purchase though my links I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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More Mom’s Day and 25% off!

Happy Saturday! If you are still looking for the perfect card for your mother you still have time to make it yourself! How about making a pretty gift box to fill with goodies too? Your procrastination paid off because everything in the Lindsay’s Stamp Shop at MyGrafico is 25% off this weekend! Here I use the Fancy flowers digital stamp set and the Box Bonanza, Envelope Bonanza and 3-D posies templates to make this set for my Mother in Law:

Digital Stamps & Templates: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Cardstock: Bazzil, GP, PP: K&co, DCWV, Rubber stamp sentiment: About Art Accents

This was quite easy to make, I printed the poppy image on white cardstock and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils and blended it with goo-gone. It is quicker that coloring with copics for me and I love the results! The boxes, envelope and flower cut in seconds, truly a last minute gift!

I used a border punch to edge my card and mat, a nice detail that doesn't cont a cent!

I really wanted  a ribbon rose on my card but did not have the right colors so I took a piece of 1/4″ satin ribbon and made my own. Since I was in a hurry I secured it with hot glue but stitching is probably a better option if making a batch ahead of time:) The rubber stamped sentiment is from About Art Accents.

Challenges this card Qualifies for: Gingersnap Creations (Botanical), By the Cute and Girly (celebrations), Cute Daisy May, Double Dutch (mother’s day card and gift), Everybody Art Challenge (pastel colors),  Fab ‘n Funky (fancy Edge), Little Red Wagon (pink and green) and Stamptacular Sunday Challenge (mom).

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to grab some bargains at the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop during the 25% off mother’s day weekend sale and til next time happy crafting!

3-D Flowers and a Freebie!

Happy Thursday folks! This is a fun week here at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff, we have all of our designers in one big group posting together, what fun! We’ll take a look at their work in a bit but first here is a couple of boxes I made with my Box Bonanza templates and decorated with my new 3-D posies set:

I think I will fill these boxes with tulip bulbs for my mom and sister for mother's day {don't worry, they don't read my blog!}

The set comes with full instruction on making these flowers. These were fun to figure out and design:) I use my Cricut machine and SCAL software to cut out all of the elements here (so quick!) but I also include printable patterns in the kits as well. here are some close up looks:

The purple and pink rosebuds and fringed flowers only use one die cut a peice, so quick and easy. The yellow flower is several die cuts glued together.

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Chrismacardz (they have a wedding challenge and I think these would make lovely wedding favors), Creative Craft challenges (flowers) and also the botanical challenge (GC51) at Gingersnap Creations.

Here is a look at the 3-D Posies and Plant Pics template set:

Now here is your freebie: It is a flat 5 petal slightly funky flower you can use as is or do a little snippin’ and gluin’ and make this:

Here is a SVG and Printable template you can use to make a flat or 3-D flower, click the pic to download:)

Here is a SVG and Printable JPG template you can use to make a flat or 3-D flower, click the pic to download:)

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT has been up to this week:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Rebekah Doak

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there and til next time happy crafting!

Free Printable Spring Bingo Cards!

Heidi-ho frugal fans have I got something cool for you today. Well, I think it’s cool anyway. I am totally in the spring frame of mind (even though it is only 19 degrees out right now) and I thought I would share a card I made with some lovey spring stamps from About Art Accents:

Paper: Basic Grey, Stamps: About Art Accents

Paper: Basic Grey, Stamps: About Art Accents

As soon as I saw the image of the little girl with the bouquet I had to have this set and make a mothers day card. I took a cheap small plastic frame stencil and dry embossed a scrap of white cardstock, then I placed the stencil over the embossed design and used a stipple brush to add color to the lace design and around the oval. Finally I took a needle and pierced around the frame.  I used the rock and roll technique to stamp this. Here is how to do it. Ink your stamp up with a light color then rock the edges of the stamp in a darker shade of the same color and stamp! Try to use a clear block close to the same size as the stamp so you don’t get the block covered in ink. Check out the other stamps in the set:

And this collection is on sale for $12! that’s half price, I don’t know how long it will last (notice I made sure to get a set before I told anyone about it LOL!) It is a rubber plate and when you get it you will need to trim the stamps apart with sharp scissors (very easy) then you can put them on ez mount cling foam or just brush the back with a little Aleens Tack it Over and Over or Re-Position it, let dry and you are ready to stamp!

Did you like the bingo cards? Well, enjoy because you can download them for free!

A Freebie for you, see download links below!

A Freebie for you, see download links below!

Click to download the Spring bingo cards in Black, Pink, Lavender and green. Then just print and trim, easy peasy. To use these in digiscrappping simply open the file and crop the card you want and copy and paste it into your layout, also easy!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

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