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

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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!

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Comments (24)

  • Frances Sheegog

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    I love your coloring, Jane! And thank you for the terrific idea of using the Precious Polaroids Die-namics to shrink the coloring area. Perfect for someone like me who appreciates any techniques that help me finish a card a little faster. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  • SarahC

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    Lovely card. I like them all separately but together it is fantastic.

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  • CampbellNJ

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    Your coloring always leaves me in awe. You have so much talent and your cards are laid out perfectly. Absolutely adorable card.

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  • Genevieve

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    WoW! you are very good! I can’t get enough of your art! Great job!

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  • Jenny Martin

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    I’m blown away by Jane’s amazing talent! She definitely brings the stamps to life with a 3d effect!

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  • Lanette

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    I absolutely LOVE your tutorials, and coloring technique!

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  • Deborah Kaye

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    Your card is amazing!

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  • Erica

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    Ok, I wasn’t going to do it, I’ve been able to resist, but now I NEED the polaroid die….Great card!

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  • ANNETTE ALLEN

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    A TRUE ARTIST.. LOVE HOW SHE BRINGS THE IMAGES TO LIFE.
    FABULOUS DESIGNER

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  • Daria Zender

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    This is absolutely ah-mazing!!! What a fabulous card.

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  • Donna Gibson

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    So cute! I really must try the no-line coloring on my own before I attend your second class at MFT next month!

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  • Charyl Hodges

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    I love the card. The card puts a smile on my face it’s so cute.

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  • Diane Stricker

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    Your card is fantastic

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  • Kara Lynne

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    So adorable! I love this idea for highlighting smaller images in the frames! Gorgeous coloring as always – so inspiring!

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  • Marjorie Dumontier

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    Thanks for this great post ! These Snapshots are awesome and adorable and so well executed !! I’m definitely scared to do such big areas with alcohol markers…

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  • Scrappika

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    Your card is wonderful!!

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  • Arianna Barbara

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    Awww!!! Super super cute!!!
    Congrats to the winner!!!

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  • Marilyn Falcone

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    Too cute! I love the frog! ( actually I love them all) great card design.

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  • Jackie Price

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    What a great card. It’s beautifully coloured with a wonderful distress ink background. And the sentiment is just perfect!

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  • Rosy Newlun

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    I just signed up to get notifications to your blog. I love the soft furry look of your coloring. And the frog bwahahahahaa!

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  • Kathy Harrison

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    These are wonderful Jane! The frog and bat crack me up but the kitty is my favorite!

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  • Teresa Osburn

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    Love the card!

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