Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Happy Bear-thday

It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Well hello there — it’s time for another Artistic Expression feature and this month I thought I would share with you all how I coloured the balloon on this card.

So, before I start with the balloon tutorial, allow me to quickly give you all the details regarding the overall card just in case you’d like to try this layout for yourself.

Firstly, I trimmed a 10cm x 20cm card base from Smooth White Card Stock, scoring it at 10cm and folding it in half with the aid of a Teflon bone folder. I then cut out a frame, again from Smooth White Card Stock, using a Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frame.

Having inked up a piece of card stock with Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Candied Apple, and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks, I had a little fun with some white paint and a splatter brush to create a speckled background. Once dry, I used a die from Circle Stax Set 2, slightly larger than the inside of the frame, and adhered both pieces together with Multi Medium Matte Glue before mounting them to the card base.

The sentiment, from Beary Special Birthday, was stamped with Cranberry Cocktail Hybrid Ink on Smooth White Card Stock. Then with the aid of a MISTI, I re-stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it with Clear Detail Embossing Powder. When fully dry, I die cut it using a Stitched Sentiment Strip and adhered it to the card base just below the frame.

As for the little bear from the Beary Special Birthday Set, I stamped him using Cement Gray Hybrid Ink on Copic-suitable card and coloured him with Copic markers. I then cut him out carefully with detail scissors and adhered him to the card with foam pads, creating some added dimension on my card.

Now, let’s look at a particular element of this card in more detail:

HOW TO COLOUR A BALLOON

Firstly, if you’ve ever been to one of my Copic classes you will undoubtedly have heard me say “Google, Don’t Guess!

What do I mean by this? Well, in this instance,  I recommend you search online for images of balloons. That way you will have a realistic picture to refer to when you start colouring.

As you can see, a real balloon has more than one point of shine and dark areas that we may well have missed had we simply guessed.  This image is for reference only, you will not be replicating it exactly — merely using it as a guide to enhance the realism of the object in your project.

I started by mapping out the shine areas…ultimately these will be the lightest parts of the completed balloon. I coloured the remaining area with my palest Copic colour — in this instance, R22.

Then I built up the colour by adding some R24, carefully leaving areas that I wanted to stay lighter.

As you can see, I then layered the darker R29, marking out the areas that would be shadows on the finished balloon.

Before I started to blend the whole piece, I added touches of R39 and R37 to the top and bottom of the balloon, constantly referring to the Googled image to ensure that I was adding the darker shades to the correct areas. It was only after I added all the shading that I went back with R22 and started blending the colours together.

Being quite pale, R22 can act like colourless blender taking away colour as you blend. That is exactly what happened whilst colouring this piece so I just added additional R24 and R29 to maintain the depth of colour. As the card stock was quite wet at this stage the colours blended readily, so adding extra colour was not an issue.

Should you find that you’ve been a little heavy handed with the blending and the top shine is not as light as you would have liked, merely use your Colourless Blender pen to take away some of the colour. I would recommend a dotting action as this allows you to gently take away colour with more control than the usual circular motion.

Copic coloring a balloon image from Jane Allen — featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

So finally, here is the process in stages from the initial colour mapping, all the way through to the finished balloon.

Learning to observe and researching unfamiliar elements in my projects has really helped improve the standard of my Copic colouring and I hope that it helps you too!

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Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Happy Pawlidays

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Snowflake Splendor Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Stephanie’s blog: StarSpry


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

I’m doing an awful lot of Copic colouring right now so I decided to use coloured pencils for this month’s feature.

I also decided to try something that I’ve been itching to do for a while…colour on black card stock! I’ve often coloured on Kraft and love the way that it makes the colours pop.

The first issue was how to stamp on black card stock — it’s not like you can use black ink — so I pulled out my Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. I’m aware how juicy pigment inks are and wanted to avoid an excess of ink on my project. Panic not, there is a solution — double stamping! Ink up the stamp as normal, stamp your image on some scrap paper, and then stamp a second time onto your black card stock…there is still plenty of ink remaining to give you a nice clean print!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Another tip when attempting to colour on very dark card stock — I recommend having the image on the packaging close at hand so if you colour over some of the lines,  you don’t get lost. Trust me, it’s very easy to do and having a clear image to follow as a guide really saves your sanity.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As you can see, the colours do stand out from the background but the dark colour does mute them a little more than when you colour on Kraft. I am pretty pleased with the results!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

You can see I opted for creams, browns, and gave him a darker patch over his right eye.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This little guy is adorable when wrapped up in Christmas lights, even though they should be on the tree instead of him.

What do you think of the finished pooch?

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Having coloured the dog, I turned my attention to the background, opting to create my own with Distress inks…no water splats this time, just plain and simple blending in muted shades of green and beige. I used Post-it tape to mask off the lower portion whilst I inked the top, then repeated the process for the bottom.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I trimmed the mount with the Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX and then cut out the centre of the card stock with the new Snow Globe Die-namics, finishing it off by adding the die-cut snow globe base. I initially cut that out of Olive Card Stock, adding a little shading with coloured pencils to give it a bit of dimension.

I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Pawlidays stamp set with VersaMark and embossed it with Super Fine Black Embossing Powder. Here’s a tip: you can probably see that I’ve got little bits of embossing powder where I don’t want it. Don’t panic if this happens to you too. I simply used a Mono Sand Eraser to remove the worst of it. Like my inking, embossing is something I need to practice!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Here is the final card, with the little dog safely inside his snow globe with lots of bright Prill Spills Prills to play with — no wonder he has a smile on his face!

A Very Crafty Holiday Bonus! – Crafting with Kids

What a fun week it’s been getting you prepared for A Very Crafty Holiday! Before you go, we have a bonus craft today. Let’s take some time to do some holiday crafting with kids!

Shaker cards bring out the kid in all of us so it’s a natural progression to craft a shaker with the kids in your life! Creating card kits allows them to do all the fun stuff card making entails without the work and mess that preparing for assembly sometimes creates.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Crafting with Kids

Join Stephanie today to as she shares fun ways to get kids involved in holiday crafts using a fun array of Christmas-themed stamp sets from My Favorite Things! Mass produce a number of shaker card kits so that you have enough to share throughout the season.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Crafting with Kids on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is tonight, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags

Wrapping beautiful gifts is one of the joys of the season. Put your creative touch on your packages with personalized and handmade gift tags. We’ve got your holiday inspiration right here!

One way to personalize gifts is to create handmade and festive tags to pretty up your packages. With products from My Favorite Things, you’ll have the coolest looking gifts under the tree! Let’s see what wonderful and creative ideas we have in store for today:

Handmade tags from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade tags from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Gift Tags

Handiwork and the holidays go hand-in-hand and Karolyn’s take on Christmas tags is beyond inspiring. Watch today’s video and then download the templates Karolyn used to create her cross-stitched designs! You can also find blank templates to create your own designs HERE and a printable PDF of other designs HERE. Happy stitching.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Tags on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Tag Stocking Stuffers

You never know what you’ll find tucked into your stocking! Surprise a friend with some handmade tags filled with fun little goodies or a marker for a favorite book. Today, we’ll show you how.

Giving little gifts at Christmas is a fun way to brighten the most wonderful time of the year! And handmade packaging makes all the difference when it comes to making those gifts special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade bookmark and gift tag from Barbara Anders featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Stocking Stuffers

For many of us, collecting and prepping stocking stuffers is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season! Stockings are the perfect opportunity to flexing your creative muscles to come up with inexpensive gifts your recipient will treasure.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Stocking Stuffers on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Chances are you’ll be going to, or hosting, at least one holiday party this year. Today we’ve got ideas for party favors and hostess gifts. Welcome to another fun day of A Very Crafty Holiday!

Creating for friends and family is a treat, and pampering them with little gifts is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you’re hosting a party or not, you’ll love these fun ideas for making gifts extra special. Let’s take a look at what’s in store today:

Hostess gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Hostess gift from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors

Holiday season = party season and what better time than NOW to prepare for those festive occasions.Arriving at a party with a bottle of wine and heartfelt greeting will never go out of style. Watch today as Stephanie shares a beautiful hostess gift idea.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Hostess Gifts & Party Favors on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Holiday Card Set

We’re back with more inspiring holiday paper crafts to get your Christmas crafting season on the right foot! It’s the most wonderful time of the (paper crafting) year!

Christmas cards are probably the first project that comes to mind when it comes to holiday crafting. Wherever you fall on the spectrum — from custom cards for each recipient to a mass-produced look appropriate for anyone on your card list — having the ability to create a card set in quick fashion is a handy skill to possess.

Handmade holiday card set from Laurie Willison featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Holiday Card Set

Even if mailing cards isn’t on the agenda, card sets make fantastic gifts. Watch along today as Laurie shares her process for creating this beautiful peace & joy set.

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Holiday Card Set on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!

A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Card Packaging

We’re well into October now and with Christmas just eleven weeks away (!!) it’s a good time to start planning ahead for the impending holiday season. We have an inspiring week of posts planned for you to address a plethora of needs — there’s no time like the present to knock out some holiday crafting!

Chances are some of the people on your holiday gift list want a gift card. But you’re a paper crafter, and you want to make it extra special, right? We’ve got you covered with some fun ideas to make those gift card holders super fun and clever! Let’s take a look at what’s in store for today:

Handmade cards from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s Craft – Gift Card Packaging

Join Stephanie today to see how she created these cards perfect for housing gift cards — especially perfect if your recipient is a fan of dogs (or just a fan of cute!)

Watch A Very Crafty Holiday – Gift Card Packaging on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

Each day this week during our A Very Crafty Holiday event, we will be giving one lucky person a $50 gift voucher to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on your holiday paper crafts!

Here’s how to win:

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Leave a comment on each day’s A Very Crafty Holiday video.

Deadline to comment is Saturday, October 14th at 10 PM EDT.

All winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

We’re wishing you A Very Crafty Holiday!


We have one last bit of business before you dig out your holiday goodies and get to work on your Christmas projects. We’re stunned in the best possible way by the number of people who joined us for our World Card Making Day activities — close to 400 entries in all! Below you’ll find all of our randomly selected challenge winners. Congratulations to you all. Prize vouchers will be sent later today so watch your inboxes closely, winners. Thanks to everyone that participated in WCMD with MFT ❤️

Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Witch Way Is the Candy?

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected Snow Globe Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Keisha’s blog: Lisascreativeniche


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.

Hello there! Well it’s that time of the month when I wrack my brains to come up with something to inspire you to get crafty with MFT products!

As it’s close to Halloween and like so many of you out there I was thrilled to see Witch Way Is the Candy? brought back, I thought I’d make the most of it and use her companions for this months feature:

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

I started by stamping all three creatures on Copic suitable card with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. As you can see I have used partial images — they are going to end up as polaroid pictures and if your photography is anything like mine, erm, well let’s just say there’s room for improvement!

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

The little froggy is intent on getting his tongue on that fly that’s buzzing around. I drew in his extra-long tongue and the fly — why not give it a try next time…add a little comedy to your colouring!

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

I added the background afterwards as it is considerably darker than the image…the rule is, colour the lightest areas first — especially important if you are dealing with very pale colours — so had the background been pale I would have coloured that prior to the frog.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

Here it is as the completed polaroid.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

With the puddy tat, I opted to use greys and purples instead of the usual black which can be a little too strong and you often lose some of the finer details. I also changed the shape of the eyes — on the stamp they are round dots but I gave this little guy more realistic, elongated pupils.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

After colouring in the background, I thought the plain blue was a tad boring so I used my white gel pen to add a few dots. If you squint they sort of look like stars way off in the distance.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

Oh before I forget, the whiskers and fine details were created using a fine Copic Multiliner. He looks a mighty smart chap in his bow tie, don’t you think?

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

By contrast to the cat and as an experiment I coloured the bat with just warm greys and I am pretty pleased with the result. Those eyes of his make me giggle and I decided to add a little batty friend from Fab-BOO-lous Friends to keep him company.  The moon is simply a partial circle, coloured with YR30 and splotches of C0 — a really easy technique and it filled in what would have been a big empty expanse of blue ink!

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

Upon adding the sky and stars, as per the cat image, I decided that the moonlight would be making the little guy glow.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

And here he is in his final polaroid — handsome little lad isn’t he!

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

The final, teeny weeny photograph was created by colouring the background Copic card with blue inks and then stamping the spiders web on top with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink. Now a word of caution, pigment ink can be juicy and as I wanted a delicate spiders web I double stamped it, once on scrap paper and then on the coloured card. It worked a treat — I got a delicate, translucent web instead of a splodgy one. The additional lines were created with a white gel pen, but a white coloured pencil would work too.

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

Now, some of you know I have been playing around with Distress inks lately and decided that they would make a perfect background for my Spooky Snapshots – so I got inky, splashed around a bit of water and blasted the whole thing with my heat gun. I stamped an appropriate sentiment in the corner using After Midnight Premium Dye Ink — no need to worry about using Hybrid Ink as I wasn’t going to be adding any Copic colouring to this part of the card.

Want to see it all together?

Handmade project from Jane Allen featuring Birdie Brown Witch Way Is the Candy? #mftstamps

To add a little interest to the card, which, let’s face it, is a quite plain and simple design, I mounted the cat on thin foam squares and used thicker ones for the frog as he was in the front.

Hopefully, this card demonstrates that you don’t have to head straight for those purples, oranges and lime greens for your Halloween projects! And I adore the Precious Polaroid Die-namics…oldies, I know but when you only have time for a small amount of colouring they are perfect!

Now over to you…I’d love to see your Halloween snapshots. Get your imagination flowing, try adding a bit of comedy to your card, or just get inky — whatever inspires you to get creative. And remember, above all – have fun!

Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – More Monsters

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected X’s and O’s Card Kit Launch winner. Our lucky winner has won a $50 Voucher to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Debbie’s blog: Jeanie


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects! And if you’ll be in the Eustis FL area, or can make plans to be, don’t forget about the no-line coloring class she’ll be teaching in October! Learn more HERE.

Hello there, it’s Jane with another Artistic Expression and this month I am going to show you a different technique you can use with our solid stamps.

Not sure what I mean? Well, I am going to use the new More Monsters stamp set and explain what I did to create two very different looks. Here are the adorable little devils as most would stamp them:

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

But as you know I love colouring, so I wanted to see if I could do something a little different and came up with the three funny monsters below.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Now that you have seen what I did, it’s time for me to explain how I went about it so that you can have a go yourselves.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by stamping two of the monsters on Copic suitable card with MFT Hybrid Ink in hues similar to those I intended to use to colour them. Yes, I know the stamping is not great — no worries, you are going to be colouring over the top!

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next I masked off the two monsters and stamped the third pink one, giving the impression of it standing behind the original ones.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The middle monster was coloured with pink Copic markers. The vertical stripes were created using the Colourless Blender pen after I had coloured her – in all honesty, I was just playing around and by accident it sort of looks like a pleated dress!

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The second monster was coloured with Copics in various shades of green. This time I was trying to create a large pudgy ball…I will go into more detail on how I coloured this little guy later in this post.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I had the most fun colouring the third one, mainly because I decided to make this little guy furry. I simply used lots of little dashes.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

 I continued layering colours, adding purples as well as browns, building up texture and depth.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When you add the eyes the little characters really start to come alive. Now you can see that I used the mouth stamps on a couple of the monsters, but I opted to hand draw the eyes, adding a touch of white gel pen to finish. I also enhanced all three with coloured pencils, enabling me to add some extra fine details to each monster.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

It is always important to ground your images and adding the shadows finishes them off.

Now, as I mentioned earlier, I would like to show you in more detail how I went about colouring the rotund little green chap.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started by stamping him in Spearmint Hybrid Ink on Copic suitable card. At this point, I would like to share a little tip. Having played around with this technique I found that the Copic markers had a habit of bleeding if I started colouring too quickly. Using a heat gun ensured the ink was dry and hey, presto, it solved the bleeding issues! Secondly, remember to use Copic friendly inks, preferably in shades similar the ones you wish to use when colouring your stamped image.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Working in small areas, I coloured his outer eyes and arm with Copics, layering the colour on top of the stamped image.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This image shows how I have moved on to the main body, laying down the palest shade of green first, this is how I approach all of my Copic colouring.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Next came the mid tone, looks a bit of a mess I know but you have to have faith, the image below shows what happens when you finish blending.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

All the blending of the main body is now done and hopefully, you can see that with a little simple shading you can give a flat image more dimension.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I stamped the mouth and coloured the eyes…he’s starting to have a little more character.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I applied the same colouring technique for his yellow spots.

Handmade card fro Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

To finish off the image I enhanced my Copic colouring with some coloured pencils and added highlights to his eyes and teeth with white gel pen. Ta da — one chubby, green monster.

For those who’d like to play along with me here is the Copic list. For the pencil enhancement, I personally use Caran D’Ache Pablo’s and Luminance, but whichever brand you opt for, be mindful to choose colours that are as close as possible to your Copic colours.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And here are the three monsters on the finished card:

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you enjoyed today’s feature and that it gives you another option when using these cute little guys – why not try out the technique for yourselves!