Friday, December 5, 2014

Miss You Lots

Happy Friday! I'm back as promised with more inspiration featuring our newest products. If you haven't yet, you can check out all of our new arrivals here.

Today I have two cards featuring the Miss You Lots stamp set. This set is one of those that is a little more "dear" to me. Generally I illustrate all of my stamps digitally. This is one that I sketched first and is based on my little sister when she was a little girl. Let's meet Nicole.

I am a huge fan of vintage artwork and illustration. I've tried to capture that essence in this image. The line weight is lighter and uneven to give it that softer feel. So naturally, I was dying to try it out stamped in Sepia ink and I really love the effect.

For the background, I sketched in a few rough outlines of a scene and then went to town. The leaves and flowers on the tree were actually an after thought and added in very last. I used a paint brush and Copic Opaque White Pigment to "block out" some flowers and then, once dry come in and add details with Copic markers. I couldn't believe it worked. Since the colors in the background were pretty light and already green, the leaves weren't any problem at all to add in.

For the rocky ground, I use a little trick that THE AMAZING Sandy Allnock featured in one of her videos. I just laid down my base color and then created pebbles by pushing the tip of my Copic marker onto the paper slightly laying it on it's side and varying the size and color.

Since the front of this card was already pretty full, I decided to simply stamp the "i really miss your hugs!" sentiment on the inside of the card.

This next card actually more closely resembles my sister with her dark hair, fair skin and blue eyes. No, I'm not envious...I have lovely dish water dirty dark blonde hair.

This image is generously sized at 4 inches tall, so there is plenty of room to fit in some detail if you'd like. I didn't want to take the focus away from the girl in this one, so I kept it pretty basic with a simple background. I made sure to leave room for my sentiment, also from this set.

I decided to go a little abstract with the background on this one, just adding the suggestion, and fading it out around the edges. I would say this was intentionally from the start...but truth is, I was kind of exhausted after the background in the first one. LOL I added some hand doodling with a White Gel Pen and a Black Copic Multi-liner.

So what do you think? I hope you love this little image as much as I do...she sure is fun to color!

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Thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments and support you all have shown this week. You all are so kind and leave the most encouraging words. I can't express how grateful I am to be able to do what I love and to see what you all create! Thank you!

See you soon. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

44 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning cards! I am so happy you designed this image!

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  2. Absolutely just breathtaking!!!!!

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  3. all of your cards are so amazing- I just love everything you've shared over the last week!! and gorgeous stamp designs! all on my want list!

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  4. Totally fabulous colouring! I wish I can colour 1/10 like yours! :)

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  5. Adorable cards and love this stamp and die set, a must have. It is on my wish list.

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  6. Both cards are absolutely STUNNING! Your coloring is amazing! They deserve to be framed! ♥

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  7. Both of your cards are amazing! You make a stamp into a work of art.

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  8. She is such a pretty little girl, Dawn! I love her slightly curly hair - I may have to get this because it reminds me of my little granddaughter right now! Love both versions here!

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  9. WOW!! Such a lovely image. You colored both in so beautifully!!

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  10. So beautiful! I love the vintage look. I love your art, Dawn.

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  11. Ah!! you are such an artist. Love every millimeter of these cards, the way u did the shadow of the little girl... brilliant !

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  12. What beautiful cards! They do look vintage and I guess that's why I am drawn to them. Awesome job!

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  13. Hi Dawn,

    WOW! You blew me away with your talent! I am in awe of your talent and bowing to the master, or shall I say mistress? Could you indulge me and do a video of the process?
    I would appreciate it very much!

    Cariños,
    María Alba

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  14. Dawn, this is so gorgeous! Girl, you have so much talent! This image speaks to me - my sister had beautiful blond Shirley Temple curls at that age. With her big blue eyes, she looked like an angel. Not so - looks can be deceiving! LOL! My brother was 12 and I was 8 when she arrived so she was definitely the baby of the family. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity. BTW: LOVE your products, Wplus9 is one of my most favorite stamp companies. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

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  15. Adorable cards and a great stamp.

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  16. I love both cards, Dawn! I hope you know how talented you are! Your coloring and those backgrounds you created are fantastic! Always in awe of you! ♥

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  17. Wow, you are so talented! I am just in awe of these cards!

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  18. Your talent is astounding! I am so in awe!

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  19. This is such a super sweet image. I love the backgrounds you have created too. Loved Sandy's video too.

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  20. Beautiful cards & gorgeous backgrounds :)

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  21. Oh my what a lovely stamp and the cards you created are just stunning! I just love your beautiful art work and stamps! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!!

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  22. Love your stamp and your coloring!!! Stunning!!

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  23. Love the colors you used to color the images with also. Sure would appreciate it if you would do a video on this image. Toooo beautiful!!

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  24. Beautiful!!! Looking at them makes me want to cry... Very touching..
    xo Nana

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  25. Good God in Heaven you are amazing! Seriously, this little girl is such a show stealer. Beautifully done!!

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  26. I so much enjoy watching watercolor! I discovered your company this year and bought the entire Fresh Cut series and really love the versatility of your stamps. Lovely work today! And so much fun.

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  27. Absolutely love the feel of this stamp....a whole collection of these would be fantastic..hint, hint....

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  28. Thank you for sharing your designs. I haven't been with you for very long (Introduced by Jennifer McGuire) but I am liking everything that you and your team produces. Thank you - Julie

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  29. WOW! these are magnificent. thank you so much for sharing an looking forward to more of your creations. they are fabulous. in detail and coloring. Love them.

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  30. Wow, these cads are just stunning! Love this new stamp.

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  31. These cards are so beautiful! You have inspired me to try different background drawings with my stamps. Please do a tutorial someday on drawing these backgrounds as well as coloring this beautiful stamp set.

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  32. Absolutely gorgeous; your artistry is so inspiring!
    ~c

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  33. The image is so beautiful, as is the one from the new release. Vintage is as good a word as any. These are the images I remember from when I was little. I'm in awe of your talent, ma'am.

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