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Favorite Go To Stamp: Marie’s View

Thinking of You

By: Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished Card  Size:  5.5" x 4.25 "

Everyone has a "go to" stamp that their hand goes to automatically when a special card is needed. My problem is that I have so many favorite stamps or digital images that I find it difficult to narrow it down! I selected this adorable image from Just Inklined.  I just love the little cocker spaniel.  I adopted a black rescue dog a couple of years ago from the Lab-Retriever Society.  Astro was a professional model until he suddenly lost his vision.  He was in a rescue home for two years. His picture can still be found on Pedigree (weight maintenance) dog food and Vita Bones.   He has been such a gift in my life.  He may be blind but he has never forgotten he is a professional STAR and he reminds me every day in case I forget!  I think this beautiful image reminds me of Astro - even if he is a different breed.

Cocker Spaniel Pup digital image (Just Inklined)
(Sentiment) Vogue Vases/ Theresa Momber  (GKD)
Pure Luxury White 120# (GKD)
Cryogen White (Curious Metallic Inc.)
Boysenberry Delight Smoothies (Bazzill)
Copic Alcohol Ink Markers (.too corp.)
Memento Sweet Plum ink pad  (Tsukineko)
Memento Grape Jelly ink pad (Tsukineko)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad (Tsukineko)
Copic grey mulitiliner pen (.too Corp.)
Computer, printer and software to edit digital stamp size
Paper trimmer
Scor-Buddy (Scor-Pal)
Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Kassie's Brocade Cuttlebug embossing folder (Provo Craft)
Jumbo Sponge Daubers (Tsukineko)
Crystal Ice Stickles (Ranger, Inc.)
Pearl Pen  - Cream (Viva-Decor GmbH)
Silver Atyou Spica pen (.too Corp)
Small brush with stiff bristles for stippling
Decorative corner punch (Fiskars)



  • Copic alcohol markers
  • Ink to paper inking
  • Fur
  • Background with clouds
  • Smooth coloring
  • Flicking
  • Stippling
  • Tip to tip transferring.
  1. Measurements:
    Card Base:  Cut the 120# 11" x 8.5" at 4.25" using the vertical landscape in order to allow the fold to be on the top and scored the card at 5.5". Cover the score line with paper and run a scoring tool across the fold.  Covering the fold with some paper prior  to creasing the fold with the scoring tool will prevent unwanted marks on the card stock.
    Base Layer: Cut the darkest color of Bazzill paper at 5.25" x 4".
    Top Base Layer: Cut the lighter Boysenberry colored paper at 5" x  3.75".
    Focal Base Layer : cut at 3.25" x 4". The focal image layer will be cut after printing the image on your Cryogen paper.  Focal Image Layer   Cut at 3 in X 3.75  in.
  2. Focal Image:  Size your digital image  to approximately 3" x 3. Print the image on Cryogen paper.  There are various paper products suitable or created for Copic Markers.  Cryogen works well for me, and I find that my pen nibs stay in good condition.
  3. Decide where you want your light source. In this particular image, our outdoor day light source will come from the sun.  I have the light source coming from the upper right side of the image as shown above.
  4. Coloring the background: Lightly  sketch a horizon with a grey Copic multiliner pen.  The Copic Markers for the sky will be: R20, Y11, YR000, B0000, B00, C2.  Make some  large "w" shaped lines to make  the fluffy clouds and blend the B markers below the "W" shaped clouds.  This creates the negative space around the clouds.  Add C2 to the bottom of the clouds and blend.  This gives the clouds  that silver lining that we always hear about! Add Y000 and  R20 as you move closer to the horizon.   You may want to practice on some scratch paper (Copic compatible) before you do this on your actual image.    Ground:  Use V00 and V01 in the distant background. Apply E01 as you move down and blend E11. Continue with G40 , G12 and YG63 in the foreground.
  5. Cocker Spaniel:  Start by using  C9 and C7 for the shadow areas. Use a flicking method on the fur.  You do not want to over blend fur.  Flick in the direction you want to fur to go.  Not all fur grows in the same direction. Blend out with C5 and C3 for your highlighted areas. Refer to your diagram with the light source for your inspiration.  Remember to leave some highlights on the little nose.    
  6. Leaves: Start with G28 for the darkest shadow areas and blend out in a flicking motion with YG63.  Blend G40 for the highlighted area. Shadows on the ground under the leaves: Apply W3 and a little YG93 to create shadows  on the ground under the leaves. 
  7. Flowers:  Lightly stipple Sweet Plum and Grape Jelly Memento ink to create the flowers.   Use  a tapping method with a small stiff bristled brush.  I did not use a stencil brush because I wanted space around the bristles. If you do not have a brush, you can use the very tip of your Copic marker.  
  8. Top Base layer:  Score a line 0.75 inches from the bottom and draw the line with the silver Spica pen.  Use a decorative corner punch on each corner. Place in the embossing folder. Insert the layer only to the line.  You do not want any embossing below the line - that is where you will stamp your sentiment.  You can choose to stamp your sentiment first if it works better for you visually.  With the Cuttlebug, you will emboss using an A plate, B plate, embossing folder and C plate.  The embossing sandwich will vary according to your particular die/embossing machine. Sponge Sweet Plum on the positive embossed areas to give it more of a dimensional appearance  and lightly sponge  across the corners.
  9. Assemble and adhere the layers of your card.  Place a drop of Cream colored Pearl Pen in each corner and allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.  Apply Crystal Stickles sparingly to the flowers.  

I hope you enjoyed this card.  I know that the recipient of your card will take a look at the cute little face and really know just how much you have been THINKING about them!  Thank you so much for taking the time to view my tutorial.














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2 Responses »

  1. That is a wonderful write up Marie! You have a heart of gold and your puppy sounds wonderful. When you look at the pup on this card, his face really does look like he's thinking of someone!
    Wonderful coloring and technique tutorial.
    Lisa xx

  2. This is beautiful! You did a wonderful job coloring the image. I love this stamp, too. What a sweet story about your Astro. Bless his heart!