Favorite Punch Challenge

By | 12/01/2018

Stamp Ink Paper is having a Favorite Punch challenge this week and luckily it is acceptable to use dies also.

I did a podcast several years ago about how I prefer punches over dies.  I just found them so convenient because I had them in a storage unit right on my desk and they were within reach and I was always grabbing them for my projects.

Times have changed!  I’ve moved the punches off my desk and rarely use them any more.

I love my dies.  My favorite dies include layered word dies and stitched shape dies.  That’s what I used for this card today!

Stamping Imperfection Gerda Steiner Long Time No See

I’ve ventured into the world of Digi Stamps and I’m enjoying it.  I had a CyberMonday coupon code for Gerda Steiner stamps and I was there looking at digi stamps to use for copic coloring practice.

While I was there I found this super cute stamp set called Long Time No See.  I also found a cute little bear called Warm Fuzzies that I ordered as well.  I purchased a few digi stamps which of course you get to download and start playing with those immediately.  The two small stamp sets that I purchased arrived yesterday in a wonderfully decorated envelope.  They include a personal note from someone at the shop and 3 very adorable stickers that will be amazing in my Canvo Journal for this week.

I stamped this little guy out and made an attempt at coloring him in with my limited selection of Copic markers.  I tried to use the things that I’ve been learning from my MyCreativeScoop classes and from the Kit & Clowder classes.

I am definitely improving and that is actually fun to see.  When I compare where I was a year ago with alcohol maker coloring and where I am now, it is rewarding to see the difference.

I think the next step is to actually buy some card stock meant for Copic markers.  I understand that the color sits on top and blends better with this specialty paper.

I used my warm grays for the body, snow and top of the hat.  I used some reds and yellows for the hat, feet and beak.  My reds and yellows are very limited so I don’t have a lot of options.

I decided to use my Distress Oxides to create the sky.  I feel guilty using the Copics to create backgrounds because they are expensive and I have not yet ventured into purchasing refills for them.SIP-Challenge-178-Pretty-Punches-NEW-800-768x994

Since I am participating in the Stamp, Ink and Paper Challenge for the week, I decided to cut him out with a set of stitched oval dies and the stitched flag dies from MFT stamps.  I LOVE the stitched details around the shaped dies.  It just adds a nice subtle border to your project.  I added some white sparkle washi tape and some apple red cardstock to the edge.  I used my favorite new sentiment from my MFT stamps Sweet Holiday Penguins.  (I know that I’ve been using a lot of penguins in my projects this week!  They are super fun to color and they are adorable!)

I also added some NUVO aqua shimmer to the snow under the penguin.  That fabulous background paper is from Catherine Pooler Designs and it is her Love, Doves & Poinsettias 6 x 6″ 80 lb cardstock patterned paper stack.  I love this paper.  You can see that it has a shine to it and this black and white script pattern is especially fun with the penguin.  I love the pops of red and the sparkle with this paper!Stamping Imperfection Gerda Steiner Long Time No See

You may notice the drop shadow that I used on the left and bottom of the penguin image.  This is a great detail that gives the little guy a bit of dimension.

I do have to say that one instructor focuses on flicking and the other on blending.  I have to figure out which style works best for me and what circumstances each applies to.  Learning a new skill is definitely about finding your style.

I’m still searching!

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a fantastic day!

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