Category Archives: Stamping Bella

Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella! This week I’ve used Piñata Squidgy with one of my favorite sentiments from new Summer Sentiment Set.

Fiesta-500

Here’s the sketch we were to use as inspiration. I turned it on its side and subbed the piñata for the one rectangle.

Aug 11

So I “mostly” followed the layout. :)

Stamping Bella, Piñata Squidgy

Copic markers – B04, B06, B28, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E47, G14, G28, R00, R01, R24, R59, RV19, RV66, Y08, Y17, Y21, YR16, YR27

I stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card, colored with markers, then very carefully cut out each image as I don’t have the corresponding dies. I added a couple of super sparkly Petite Posies from Queen & Company and along the bottom, two strips of die-cut fringe.

Next week’s challenge is to create a thank you or thinking of you card. Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Piñata Squidgy  Dies: Taylored Expressions Fringe, MFT Circle STAX 2  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, MFT Lush Lagoon, Queen & Company Dots Other: Copic markers. Queen & Company Purple Petite Posies, silver cord

Awww, you shouldn’t have (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s another wonderful Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! This week the team is featuring the August Stamp of the Month, Bedelia the Bunny, 20% off through August 31st.

Stamping Bella - Bedelia the Bunny

I stamped the image onto my favorite Copic compatible paper, X-Press It Blending Card, then colored with markers.

X-Press It Blending Card

One hundred percent of my Copic coloring is done on Blending Card. I’ve tried a few others but (in my opinion) none match the quality. I love that Blending Card is bright white, ultra smooth and allows for super smooth blending. Some other brands I’ve tried absorb a lot of ink and I feel the colors lose vibrancy. Not so with Blending Card. Also laser and ink jet compatible (great for digital images), acid free and archival, Blending Card is perfect for papercrafting and stamping. I keep a healthy stash of Blending Card on hand as I can’t imagine being without it. (Ever.)

Stamping Bella - Bedelia the Bunny (close-up)

Copic markers – BG70, custom BG72, C00, C1, E53, G40, R0000, R000, Y11, Y13, YG03, YG11

In coloring Bedelia, I used the lightest of red markers, leaving the inside of the ears, tail and feet white with just a touch of very light gray for a bit of shadow. Around the bunny, I used BG70 with my custom BG72.

Next week’s challenge includes this {Mojo}Bella sketch:

Aug 11

Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Bedelia the Bunny  Dies: Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, MFT Insulation Pink Other: Copic markers.

Life’s a Beach (stamping bella)

Hi everyone. It’s another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella

My card today features three new sets from Stamping Bella’s latest release – Summer Sentiments and two from the new Littles line. Oh how cute they are! I love piecing together scenes.  :)

Stamping Bella Little Ice Cream & Lemonade/Palm Tree

I used elements from Littles Ice Cream & Lemonade (with coordinating dies) and Littles Palm Tree (also with coordinating dies).

July 28

Above is the inspiration photo we were to use. I went (mostly) with the color scheme as well as the beach theme.

Stamping Bella Little Ice Cream & Lemonade/Palm Tree (close-up)

Copic markers – B02, B04, B05, B06, BG11, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, E53, R01, R02, Y21, YG03, YG06, YG17

All pieces were stamped onto white card stock and colored with markers. I die-cut the water and sand hill using a Paper Smooches’ Borders 1 die.

Next week’s challenge is to create anything you’d like. Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Littles Ice Cream & Lemonade (and dies), Littles Palm Tree (and dies), Summer Sentiment Set   Dies: Paper Smooches Borders 1  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper: Taylored Expressions Salt Water TaffyX-Press It Blending Card, MFT In the Buff and Lush Lagoon Other: Copic markers, foam tape.

Your Life is a Canvas (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! Today I did a bit of playing around with Copic’s Various Ink and Colorless Blender.

Watercolor background using Copic Various Ink

Last week I watercolored with Various Ink. Today I created a simple, very colorful rainbow background for Stamping Bella‘s Uptown Girl Abigail the Artist.

Your-Life-is-a-Canvas-CU

Copic Various Ink – R29, Y17, Y13,B05; Copic markers – B05, B24, C1, C2, C3, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E35, E37, E40, E42, E50, E51, E53, G07, R00, R01, R24, R29, R59, RV19, RV32, RV66, Y17, Y21, YG03, YG17

It was so easy. Here’s what I did:

Watercolor background using Copic Various Ink - Step 1 Saturate card stock with Colorless Blending Solution

First I saturated a block of watercolor paper with Colorless Blender.

Watercolor background using Copic Various Ink - Step 2 Apply drops of ink to top edge of card stock

Across the top I added two or three drops each of R29, Y17, Y13 and B05 Various Ink, overlapping the drop edges just a bit with each additional color.

Watercolor background using Copic Various Ink - Step 3 Stand cardstock in box to allow ink to run down card stock panel

I stood the paper inside an old shoe box, allowing the inks to run down the paper. Where needed, I applied additional drops of ink to cover to the bottom.

Watercolor background using Copic Various Ink - Step 4 Drop additional ink if needed to cover card stock panel

Once dried, I die-cut the panel and assembled my card.

Finished card

I used my MISTI to easily stamp the bottom line of the sentiment in a rainbow of colors.  :)

Close-up of sentiment

Comment below to let me know what Various Ink techniques you’ve tried. Thanks for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Abigail the Artist  Dies: Taylored Expressions Stitched Square Stacklets  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo; My Favorite Things Wild Cherry, Orange Zest, Lemon Drop, Green Room, Lush Lagoon  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube and watercolor card stock, X-Press It Blending Card  Other: Copic Various Ink (R29, Y13, Y17, B05) and Colorless Blender, Copic markers (noted below close-up photo).

Christmas in July (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! This week with Stamping Bella, it’s Christmas in July. One Christmas card done, about 49 to go! (I will *not* be making 49 of these. That would be a LOT of coloring.)

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Savannah has a Star

Uptown Girl Savannah Has a Star is one of my all-time favorite Christmas images. I love coloring the skirt. :)

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Savannah has a Star

Copic markers – BG70, custom BG72, C1, C2, C4, C5, E00, E01, E09, E11, E53, E59, E79, G05, G12, G14, G28, R00, R01, G27, G29, G59, Y0000, Y000, Y11, Y21, YG17, YR14, YR18, YR23

After coloring with markers, I adhered several Queen & Company star sequins then stitched lines so the stars look as if they are hanging.

Next week’s challenge includes this inspiration photo:

July 28

Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Savannah Has a Star  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, X-Press It Blending Card, Recollections Gold Shimmer Other: Copic markers, Queen & Company Sequins

Life is Unfair (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! This week I’ve used Grumpy Squidgy. (I love that face! Haha.) You can find more Squidgies HERE, some grumpy, some not.

Stamping Bella - Grumpy Squidgy

For last week’s challenge, we were to use this sketch:

July 14

I love sketch challenges. Having the layout ahead of time takes away half (if not more) of my work.  :)

Stamping Bella - Grumpy Squidgy (close-up)

Copic markers – BG70, custom BG72, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E37, E51, E53, E59, R01, R02, R85, RV32, Y21

After coloring with markers, I paper-pieced the dress then added bits of shading to the patterned paper.

Next week’s challenge is to create something for Christmas in July. Fun! Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Creating Custom Copic Color for Petunia (stamping bella)

Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! This week the team is featuring July’s Stamp of the Month, Petunia has a Party which is 20% off through July 31.  I’m also sharing how to create your own custom color Copic marker using Various Ink and Colorless Blender.

Stamping Bella "Petunia Has a Party"

Sometimes I like to add a bit of blue or blue-gray around my images. BG70 is a very light blue-gray (or technically “blue-green“). It’s very nice for adding soft shading or bits of sky.

Stamping Bella "Petunia Has a Party"

Copic markers – BG70, custom BG72, E31, E50, E51, E53, G28, R00, R01, R02, V12, V15, V17, Y23, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR18, YR21, YR23

I wanted a slightly darker blue-gray for the areas right up against my image. BG72 is far too dark so I created my own custom blend of a lighter BG72, perfect for blending with BG70.

Comparison of BG70 to BG72

You can see on the swatch above just how much darker BG72 is than BG70. To create a nice “in between” color, I used Colorless Blender, an empty Colorless Blender Various Ink container and an empty Copic Sketch marker. Note that there is no number on the cap. (Empty Various Ink bottles are also available if an empty Colorless Blender refill bottle is not available.)

Close-up of measurements on empty Various Ink bottle

After removing the dropper from the refill bottle, I used the numbered measurements on the side of the container to add a ratio of 3:1 with three parts Colorless Blender, one part BG72.  Once mixed, I used a cotton swab to test my blend on paper. When experimenting on your own, the ratio may change depending on how light or dark you want your custom color to be. By filling only a portion of the bottle, room remains for any adjustments. Once you know the exact ratio needed to create your custom color, the whole bottle can be filled.

Custom color using Colorless Blender and BG72 to create lighter shade of BG72 to blend with BG70

Once I was happy with my custom color (indicated above as BG72L, L is for “light”), I replaced the dropper in the refill bottle then filled my empty marker and labelled it appropriately on the barrel as well as the cap. I also labelled the refill with the color as well as the formula so I can easily recreate it later.

Stamping Bella "Petunia Has a Party"

Once my card was assembled, I added a purple Lollies and sequins from Queen & Company. (Patterned papers are also from Queen & Company – Delightful Dots and Flirty Florals.)

Next week’s challenge includes this sketch:

July 14

Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

1amichele siggy

Sending You Lots of Love (stamping bella)

Hello crafty friends! TGIF, which means it’s also time for another challenge with Stamping Bella.  :)

Last week’s challenge was to create a shaker or spinner card. Since I have lots of Queen & Company goodies, I created a shaker.

Sending-You-Lots-of-Love-500

After stamping Petunia’s in Love onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with markers then carefully cut around the image. (There is a coordinating die but I couldn’t find it at the moment.) The sentiment, stamped in white then white embossed, is from Mail Chick.

Sending-You-Lots-of-Love-CU

Inside the heart shape, I placed Queen & Company sequins in red, pink, yellow and green.

Next week’s challenge is to create anything at all. Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella Summer Previews – Mermaids, Mushrooms and Maps

Hi everyone! I’m back today to share three more samples from Stamping Bella‘s upcoming Friday, June 30, release!  :)

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

First I used new Tiny Townie Mermaid. The set includes the mermaid, treasure chest, bubbles and plant. The sentiment (my favorite) is from new Under the Sea Sentiments.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG70, C00, C1, C2, C5, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E43, R00, R01, Y00,Y02, Y17, Y32, YG03, YG17, YR15, YR24, YR27; atyou Spica Buttermilk and Clear glitter pens

I colored with Copic markers then added subtle sparkle to the mermaid’s tail with Buttermilk and Clear atyou Spica glitter pens. For a bit more sparkle, I adhered a few white Petite Posies. They very well could have fallen from the treasure chest. :)

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Next is Uptown Girl Melinda has a Map.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, R00, R01, Y21, YR12, YR14, YR15, YR18, W00, W1, W2, W4, W7, Colorless Blender

After coloring with markers, I stamped the sentiment with the lower three lines shifted a bit to the left to accommodate the image.

Dreams-Come-True-500

And lastly,  I used new Fairy Garden Fairy, this time with her mushrooms and the included sentiment.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG000, BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E09, E11, E31, E40, E42, E43, G20, G21, W00, W1, W2, W3, Y11, Y21, YR14; Copic Opaque White

She’s so sweet. :)

Stop by the Stamping Bella blog to see today’s preview sets, and be sure to leave a comment on each preview day for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop. Good luck!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella Summer Previews – Fairies, Floaties and BFFs

Where to begin?  Stamping Bella‘s summer release is AMAZING and so very much fun to color! So much fun, in fact, that I have four samples today (and three more tomorrow). I couldn’t stop. :) New stamps and dies will be available for purchase on Friday, June 30.

On my first card I used new Fairy Garden Sign with Fairy Garden Fairy. *sigh* ♥♥♥

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Isn’t she adorable? And the sign? Love, love, love. (Don’t take the Troll Bridge!) 😉

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG70, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, E40, R12, R20, R21, R22, Y32, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR21; Copic Opaque White

Embrace the Journey is one of two sentiments that comes along with the sign. I broke the phrase apart, stamping onto two flags. Coloring was done with markers and dots were added using Copic Opaque White.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Next, I colored sweet Fairy House Garden.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG70, E000, E40, E42, E43, V01, V12, V15, W00, W1, Y32, YG01, YG03, YG06, YR21

After coloring, I added some super sparkly Queen & Company white Petite Posies.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Next up are Uptown Girls Thelma & Louise. So cute! :)

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG70, E000, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, N5, N9, 110, R22, R24, R32, RV11, RV42, W00, W1, W2, Y21, Y38, YR15, YR18, YR21, YR68

Once the image was colored and layered over patterned paper, I added decorative borders (Taylored Expressions’ Skinny Mini Borders 2) along with a few enamel shapes (also from Taylored Expressions).

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

And lastly (for today), I used new Tiny Townie Frances Loves to Float along with a new Summer Sentiment.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG40, BG70, C00, C1, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R21, R27, R29, R89, Y19, Y0000, Y21, YG07, YG17

The set comes with the main image, the sun, waves, sunglasses, flip flops, a mound of sand and a beach umbrella. The clouds are from previously released Edna Blows a Kiss.

Be sure to head over to the Stamping Bella blog to see even more previews. While you’re there, leave a comment on each preview post for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the SB shop!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy