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!

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  • Lins

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    Waaaw this is so gorgeous. Thanks for all the tips and inspiration!

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  • Marjorie DUMONTIER

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    Thanks for sharing this great card !! I love the result so much !!

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  • Paulyne VanderSloot

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    Love the little Puppy on black card stock. Sometimes I think we forget we can color on something other than white.

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  • Mina

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    Love this technique! Can you tell what colored pencils you used? Thank you for sharing.

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  • Carol

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    You do such a great job. This one is simple gorgeous.

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  • NOra

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    Oh this is so CUTE!! I love the black card stock!!

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  • Rosa M. Vasquez

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    Cool technique! I will give it a try. Like the snow globe card, too.

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  • Terrie

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    This is such a cute card! The dog is so adorable with his Christmas lights and Prill Spills Prills 🙂 Also, thank you so much for the Voucher to the MFT boutique!

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  • Tracey Magner

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    SO ADORABLE, I love the Black background, thanks for showing us how we can do that and make the image pop, so amazing. Got to try it.

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  • Donna Whitten

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    How adorable! Love your coloring! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Joanne MacKenzie

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    He’s adorable! Love the black background. Thanks for the tips.

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  • creatingincolors

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    That is so cute, Jane! For me, it’s also a reminder to get out my pencils and give them some attention!

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  • Bev Page

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    Hello Jane. LOVE LOVE LOVE this gorgeous card and love how you’ve coloured onto black. It looks just fantastic. I’m not a good colourist, but will definitely have to have a try at this one. So cute, and you’re so clever. Thanks for the inspiration. Bev from Sydney Australia.

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  • Mandie Berry

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    Jane your colouring is amazing as always. I like how the coloured lights pop on the black. I have just received my prill spills prills, i will definitely be giving them a try. Mandie

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  • Cynthia Johnson

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    This is such a cute card! I love that you used Prills instead of sequins or beads. Also, the colored pencil gives a sweet look to your card.

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  • PeaceAngel

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    Oh this is so cute and adorable. Love how you used black cardstock with color pencils. I have done this with Derwent Inktense pencils. I stamped image with white ink, heat set, colored over with Inktense pencils. I have also used white pencil over colored image to “soften” the colored image. Great card! Well done!

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