Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CAS Candy Canes

A post for Serendipity Stamps! 
Right now you can find all the Thanksgiving Stamps on sale at 20% off. The sale will be on going until November 28th.

So our challenge today for the Serendipity DT was to make a FLAT card, minimal in design but to keep it flat.... Ink and Paper only! Check out what the team came up with today:
Amy -  Miriam - Jeanne - Sue - Helen - Cathy - Pauline

 So here's my ink and paper only card. Love this simple Candy Cane stamp paired up with the candy cane DP (from G45's Nutcracker Suite Collection)! I really hated not to add ribbon, pearls all the extra embellishments that we all love. But there are definite advantages when it comes to mailing out cards and keeping things simple if you are mass producing. I stepped out the coloring process for you below. 

I stamped the Candy Canes in Memento Tuxedo Black. I used B0000 to add a soft background. I gently used the blender to soften the edge of the blue. Another reason to add that soft blue background is to help the WHITE areas of the candy cane stand out. 

 I added G07 to the leaves as shown above.

 I crossed color families and used YG11 to finish the leaves. The reason for the switch in color families - I was trying to match the tone of the green in the background paper. 

 Next came the candy canes.. I left I white streak in the center of each red area and then gently dabbed a little R43 next to the white area.... note the white center highlight follows the bend around the top. I mimicked the coloring of the candy canes in the background paper. 

 I needed to have a significant difference in the green bow to help distinguish the bow from the green leaves. So I started with G99 to add some depth.

 Crossing color families again... I filled in the remaining areas on the bow with YG63. Again I was trying to closely match the colors of the bows in the background paper. The bow got a little to dull and dark after the YG63.

 So I brightened up the bow by adding the YG17 over the entire bow and then added some highlights by lifting some color using the YG11. This is the beauty of Copics... you can always change it up pretty easily!

Next, I colored the little berries with R27 and then gently dabbed with the very tip of the 0 Blender to add a little highlight. You have to have a very light touch with the blender in a small area with reds. It does not take much to make it bleed outside the lines in such a tiny area.

 I taped my image back in the Nestie I used to cut it out... I used the inside edge to keep me straight as I added some piercing. 

 A simple sentiment that always works on the inside... Stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. 

 I added a little Viva Clear Gloss Pen over the small berries. The advantage of the Viva Pen versus Glossy Accents. The Viva Pen will keep the pearl like dimension. Glossy Accents will settle and dry flatter. 

Finishing touch... a little of Rangers Crackle Accents over the Green bow to help it stand out a little bit. It was so hard to resist the foam tape on this!!! Finished card is 4 1/4' x 5". 

  • Stamps by Serendipity Stamps: Candy Canes with Holly #399E, Wishing You #286E
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Dies: Spellbinder's Oval Nesties, MFT's Crochet Border
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #110, Red, Candy Cane paper is from G45's Nutcracker Suite Collection 12"
  • Other: Viva Clear Gloss Gel Pen, Ranger's Crackle Accents, Copics, Piercing Tool


  1. Absolutley beautiful! The coloring is super as always!

  2. So cheery! I love the image and your wonderful coloring!

  3. I know I say this every time, but you sure do know how to color! Those candy canes look 3 dimensional! Love those cute little glossy berries too. Very pretty card Jenny.

  4. Thanks for the coloring tips and photos. Your card is adorable and perfect without ribbon and pearls!

  5. Stunning! Thanks for the coloring tutorial too! So helpful for me!

  6. Love the coloring!! Thanks for sharing😊