Category: Digital Stamps

Hi Cyber Friends,  I’m pleased to share my latest card, which I created for a challenge on Susanne Dean’s website, which can be found here.  This challenge is open to everyone, and there’s plenty of time for you to get in on the fun! Link to thumbnails of all the entries is here   (Just scroll down the page til you see the tiny pictures, and when you click on one, it will take you to the artist’s blog post for that card.)

This is one of my favorite digital images to color with copics.  His name is Nathan, and I’ve colored him with almost every hair color you can think of.  This time I was sort of going for a natural “Lucille Ball” red, lol. The hardest part of this card for me was deciding how to display the main image on a card.  I finally settled on my version of Shabby Chic.

Finished Card Size: 5" x 7"

Here’s my recipe for the card.

Nathan Digital Image (Sugar Nellie)
Butterfly from Posy Patch Collection (Heartfelt Creations)
White 5″ x 7″ card blank
Cryogen White for printing of main image (Curious Irridescents)
Brown Cardstock for stamping butterfly
Black card stock
Designer papers from Tattered Time Collection (DCWV)
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Memento London Fog (Tsukineko)
Memento Rich Cocoa Brown (Tsukineko)
Copic Alcohol Markers (.too corp.)
Other Supplies:
Decorative Butterfly Border Die Cut (by Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations)
Cuttlebug die cut machine (Provo Craft)

Brown Opaque Glitter (Art Institute)
Scroll Bling (Want2scrap)
Pop Dot
Designer Dries Clear Glue (Art Institute)
Paint Brush and Water
Double-sided adhesive
Printer and computer to print digital image
Paper Cutter 


  1. Start by printing the image on Cryogen White card stock and trim piece to about 4″ x 6″.  Color image with copics.
  2.  The first thing I did was to determine the light source.  The shading on the original image indicates that the light source is in front of him, and slightly to the left, which would make the deepest shadows on the right side of the image. I usually start with the hair, since that will largely determine skin tones, and what color of clothing I want to use. On his hair, I used YR00, YR02, YR07, E07, and E09.  I usually color from dark to light, but on this one I put the highlights in the lightest color in the center first.  Then I added color from dark to light.
  3. For his skin I used E000, E02, E11, and E13, again adding color from dark to light.
  4. I colored his shirt with BG99, BG96, and BG93.
  5. The little bear is very lightly colored because I didn’t want to lose the shadows the artist had made, or her representation of fur.  I used C3, C1, C00, and colorless blender on the bear.
  6. When the image was complete, I added a “glow” of BG10 BG0000, and colorless blender around the entire image.  Next I took a damp paint brush and drew a wet line in sections around the image to make it easy to tear it where I wanted it.  Then I distressed all the edges with Memento London Fog.
  7. Here’s where things got dicey.  I must have previewed four or five papers before I hit on the “Shabby Chic” look.  I then cut one piece of designer paper to 5″ x 7″ to fit the front of the card blank, a black piece to 4.25″ x 6.25″ and a different designer paper to 4″ x 6″.  I didn’t think it had enough drama when I just centered those layers with the image centered on tip.  So I glued them off-center on the left side and added the bling.
  8. I thought it needed something else on the lower right corner, and tried a bunch of different flowers.  They just didn’t work with that little boy, and I hit on the idea of the butterfly.  I went right to my Heartfelt Collection and got my new butterfly stamp and stamped it on a scrap of golden brown, then die cut it with the butterfly die.  I distressed the butterfly with brown ink, glittered the body with brown glitter, bent the wings upward, and attached it with a pop dot to the lower right corner.  I added the whole thing to the card front and took the picture.

I’d love to hear what you think of Nathan.  I wish I had somebody to give him to, but there are no redheaded boys in my extended family, lol.

Until next time, Happy Stamping!


This is a card I made for a Stampers Quest blog article.  For complete instructions, and an opportunity to download the basket digital stamp, go here.  The stamps used are by Heartfelt Creations.  Hope you like my card and my little digital basket, the first one I ever did.

Happy Stamping!

I recently found out about a challenge and a contest with prizes, at  This is my first ever time to enter a contest.  There are three prizes, First Place is $40, Second Place is $30, and Viewer’s Choice is $25.  I sort of thought: “nothing ventured, nothing gained“.  So, here goes.  The ground rules are that you must use a shade of purple, a shade of turquoise, and a butterfly.  Here is my entry, and quick and dirty recipe follows:

I used two rubber stamps by; a digital butterfly stamp by just laury, a cuttlebug embossing folder, copic markers, several shades of ink, and turquoise and white card stock.  I also used two shades of glitter, and all the stamps were stamped on vellum with Versamark, embossed with White Opaque ink, cut out, and then sponged with colors of ink.  The butterfly was cut out and then colored with copic markers and glittered with two colors.  Sorry the details are so sketchy, but I was in a hurry because Sunday, March 18, is the deadline, and I did three cards before I found one I liked enough to enter!  Of course, the good news is that if you hurry, you still have time!

I don’t know if I’ll win anything or not, but I like my card.  I won’t publish one I don’t like, LOL!  I’d love to hear what you think of this entry.

Happy Stamping!



Sybil by Sugar Nellie

This cute little girl is a Sugar Nellie digital stamp called “Sybil” that  I found at the funky kits web site.  Isn’t she just adorable?  Sugar Nellie makes some of the most realistic digital stamps I have seen anywhere.

I printed her out  as an 8″ x 10″ on Neenah Classic Crest, and colored her with Copics, then put her in a frame.  I forgot to sign her, but will do that before I give her away.  The technique I used was to create a pastel look using the colorless blender for an  advanced  class I’m taking from Suzanne Dean at  Color Me Creative.  I used this technique on her dress, socks, and the bears.

The colors I used were:

Hair:  Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21
Skin:  E11, E01, E000
Dress and Stockings: B02, B0000, and colorless blender tip to tip with B0000
Bears: W5, W3, and colorless blender tip to tip with W3
Shoes: C7, C5, C3
Bench: E35, E31

The pale blue background is Adirondack Aqua Dye Ink, sponged on with a Colorbox stylus.

I would love to hear any comments you might have.  Until next time, Happy Coloring.

I know I’ve been absent for a while.  Without a lot of boring detail, life got hectic for a while, with three separate crises, two of them life-threatening.  Things are almost back to normal, so here I am.  While I was pretty much homebound, I bought a whole bunch of darling digital stamps, and could hardly wait until I could begin to color for fun again.  Here is one of the first ones I just completed.  His name is Bigsby, and he was drawn by Karen Johnson, of  Isn’t he just adorable?  Both Bigsby and the palm tree are from a digital set called “Tropical Party Set”, resized and printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock, and colored with Copic Markers.  Greeting is computer generated.   I’d love to see your comments. Happy stamping!

Hi Fellow Stampers!  I wanted to share this scene with you and tell you how I did it.  The figures at the bottom are a digital stamp by Elizabeth Bell, and it’s “mixed” with a landscape scene that is primarily Stampscapes.   The original is 8″ x 10″ and was really fun to do, but it took several hours. It is colored with a mixture of copic markers and dye inks using a colorbox stylus with a sponge on the end.   Here’s how I did it.

First, I stamped the major portions of the scene on a piece of plain copy paper to get placement and determine where to put the digital stamp.  Here is a reduced copy of that worksheet.  If you click on the image, you can view a larger version.

The bridge on the upper left of the scene is by A Stamp In the Hand, the bushes in the upper left is a small foliage stamp by Art Impressions, and all the rest of the stamps can be found at

Starting with a clean sheet of Neenah Classic Crest, I then printed the digital image at the bottom, roughly in the spot where the hand drawn rectangle is.  Then using the worksheet as a guide, I built the scene around the figures.  The “blanket” is handrawn with a pencil.  I colored the blanket with B21, and made the plaid by using a newly filled colorless blender, and drawing vertical and horizontal stripes with the larger tip of the blender pen.  I didn’t outline the edges with a black sharpie extra fine pen until I had completed the scene, because I was afraid it might bleed with my copic markers.

The sky and clouds were sponged  in shades of blue and pink dye ink using a torn paper towel to create cloud shapes.  I also sponged in some very pale green in part of the grassy areas.  Then I got out my copics and colored everything else.  I decided that I needed a bush in the middle ground in the approximate center, and created it with the small foliage stamp done repeatedly.  Here is where I almost ruined my whole scene.  I stamped it too many times, and it looked like a big blob of black.  Oh No!  By this time I had put hours into it.  So I stamped the bush again on a separate piece of card stock, colored it, cut it out and tried pasting it on top of the scene.  Here’s what that looked like:

Well, the color’s better, but it still sticks out like a sore thumb.  I was devastated.   All that happened yesterday, so I put it away, determined to figure out how to salvage my scene.  This morning when I got up I had the fix!  I removed the pasted on bush, used household bleach and a paint brush and bleached out the over-colored image .  Then I re-stamped and colored it as it appears in the final scene.  I was pretty happy with the result.  The last thing I did was color the digital image and add the birds in the sky.    I used many colors of copics on the scene, so won’t try to list them all; but the yellows on the focal image are Y13, Y15, & Y17.  The browns in the pants and hair are E29, E25, and E53.  I used mainly G40, G24, G82, YG23 and YG03 on the foliage, B21 for the water, and E11 and E00 on the skin.    I hope you like it, and I’d love to hear your comments.  Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Hi Fellow Stampers!  I’ve been missing in action a few days because my computer died.  Literally just up and died.  Fortunately, it turns out it was only the power source that went out and I got it replaced for $100.  Seems my machine was so full of cat and dog hair, it killed it.  Now I know how to take off the back of the computer and clean the inside.  It’s also running a whole lot quieter now, who knew?  Anyway, while I didn’t have my computer I had lots of time to color, so here are two more cards I made with my copics.  I was practicing on “yellows”, “flowers” and “fuzzy little dogs”.  I’d love to hear what you think of them.  Until next time, happy stamping.

Stamp Credit: Peddler's Pack

Stamp (Butterfly Puppy)

Sending You a Big Hug

Stamp Credit: Digital by Elisabeth Bell "I Love You This Much"

There is a story behind this little digital cutie by Elisabeth Bell.  When I wa coloring the image with copic alcohol markers, I went outside the lines pretty significantly on the upper part of her right arm…. in RED!  Ugh!  I tried and tried to push the red back into her jacket with the blender pen, but I ended up with a horrible mess.  And of course, I did that at the very ending of the coloring.  Not one to give up, or waste all that time I was coloring her, I cut her out.  But you see all those little strands of hair?  I cut off one of them by mistake.  Not daunted, I then copied another image the same size, and colored only her hands, her legs and feet, and the  hair strands that stick out from her body.  Then I sponged the background in green and grounded that image with two shades of brown.  Next I finished cutting out the original image, cutting off all but one of the strands of hair, and her legs and feet.  I popped her up with dimensional tape, and voila, image saved.

That’s not the end of the story, though.  While I was trimming the background image I didn’t notice that I had cut it crooked, and it was so close to the top of her head I couldn’t straighten it up without cutting off part of hair.  By now I had invested a lot of time and it looked like I was going to have to toss her.  I remembered seeing some gorgeous cards where the focal image was added asymmetrically, so I figured, what the heck.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  This is what I ended up with, and I bet if I didn’t tell you it was cut crooked, you wouldn’t see it.    How’s that for a save?

Hi, fellow stamping brothers and sisters.

Well, I guess I’m finally ready to go public with my new blog.  I’ve been working on this for a while, and I have a lot to learn, so be gentle with me.  I’ll be learning as I go along, and I will figure out about blinkies, and widgets, and all the other things that are like a foreign language to me.  Today, I’d like to introduce a card I just completed using a gorgeous Elisabeth Bell digital stamp.  The stamp is called “A tasty read”.  I used a very simple presentation in order to focus on the image.  I used background papers, ribbon, and a flower from my stash.  The sentiment is handwritten with a glue pen and then glittered.  The image is entirely colored with copic markers.  I hope you like it  Please leave a comment and  let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by.

Elisabeth Bell's "A Tasty Read"


Coloring with Copics

Stamp Credit: (Apple Harvest)

This is my second post, and I’m still learning how to format; if anybody stumbles on this site.  The card above was made using a beautiful digital image called Apple Harvest.   I found it at  Isn’t she adorable?  I wish I had written down all the colors I used; but there were a bunch, and I was experimenting.  I will try to get better about that.  All the background leaves are rub-ons.  I used a Martha Stewart punch, and some nestabilities.  Let me know what you think.