Thursday, January 11, 2018

Inspiration Week: Introducing Tiny Dancers & Born To Sparkle

Hello!  Welcome to day 4 of our sneak peeks!  Only one more day until the big release... Today I'm sharing ideas using our new Tiny Dancers Stamps & Dies and a 3x4 sentiment stamp set called Born To Sparkle and the coordinating Sparkle Word Die.

Card No. 1: For my first card today I created a girly ballerina card that was inspired by this darling card HERE. I used our Fancy Frames circles to ground each of the dancers which I colored in sweet pastel tones using my Copic Markers.  These girls are so much fun to personalize with different skin tones and hair colors and the card uses one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn quotes.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Tiny Dancers Ballerina Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


Card No. 2: Up next is another soft and sweet card repeating a rosebud motif from a couple of the smaller companion images from the set. For my background I layered a PTI cover plate die cut from white and layered on a white card base.  I then used the diamond corners to lay my rosette pattern.  I colored the other rose from the set and placed it in my ballerina's hands (she can also hold the star wand).  I finished by framing her with the Circle Fancy Frames and stamped my sentiment from the set on a banner from the Sunny Borders set.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Tiny Dancers Rosette Girl's Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 3: Next is a card using a fun teal and lavendar color scheme.  I wanted to create the look that the little bow from the set is creating the tucks in the scallop using our Stitched Scallop dies.  To stamp my sentiment to match the curve of my fancy frame die-cut, I place a clear block down over the top of my girl and circle die-cut and then curved the sentiment onto my block to visually match.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Tiny Dancers Proud of You Princess Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 4: For this card I started by applying water in a loose rectangle on a piece of watercolor paper cut down to 5.5" x 4.25" which I temporarily taped on all four sides to a board.  I then dropped in color using Daniel Smith Watercolors in the colors Wisteria & Opera Pink and allowed it to dry before adding a second layer to give it more of the watercolor look.  I wanted it to frame a row of my little dancers without being too busy so I tried to apply less color as it fades towards the center.  After that, I simple adhered my images in a row, stamped my sentiment using my Mini MISTI (which is really helpful with the texture of watercolor paper) and added a sprinkling of clear iridescent sequins with some liquid adhesive.Sunny Studio Stamps: Tiny Dancers Ballerina Dance Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 5: For this card I thought I would focus on all the companion images from the set.  It reminds me of my two girls when they were young.  There was a period of about two years for each of them when they lived in their princess "dress-up" clothes. For my card background I inked up some white cardstock with Spun Sugar distress ink and then repeatedly stamped the rosebud and then filled in with the tiny stars in a random pattern using the same ink.

After I had my focal point images laid out, it felt a little stark and bare so I used my ink dauber to apply some tumbled glass distress ink behind each image and then used a BG000 Copic Marker to fill in the spaces on my images to match. To tie in the blue, I decided to ink up some spare cardstock with that same tumbled glass distress ink and then heat embossed the banner shape using our Little Angels stamps.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Tiny Dancers Ballet Slippers Ballerina Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 6:  Up next is a card mixing both the Tiny Dancer set with a new 3x4 sentiment set called Born To Sparkle.  This set is all about words that mix in match with the word sparkle.  The set comes with the word sparkle, but there is also a Sparkle Word Die in a different font that can also coordinate for additional design possibilities.

To create my background, I inked up a piece of white cardstock using my jumbo dauber with Colorbox Pixie Dye Ink and then cut masks using our Sun Ray Dies that I laid out on the background, before inking it up again with Colorbox Lilac Dye Ink.  I then covered the entire surface with VersaMark Ink by pressing the pad directly to the card panel and covered it with a clear iridescent sparkle embossing powder before heating it with my heat gun.  I am in love with the results!  As a final finishing touch I cut the ends of my sentiment strip using our Fishtail Banner dies.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Born To Sparkle & Tiny Dancers Sunburst Glitter Ballerina Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 7: For my last card of the day I used some of the companion images from our Born To Sparkle stamps to create a sparkly bokeh inspired background.  I was trying to channel my inner barbie girl for this one.  I heat embossed some of the circles, while stamping some of the others in white pigment ink only--I think this creates the illusion of depth.  When they were nearly dry, I inked on spun sugar distress ink which was applied heavier around the edges.  I followed up by stamping some of the diamond shapes in different sizes in a random pattern using different shades of pink ink.  

I finished my card by coloring some silver glitter cardstock I had on hand with a hot pink Copic Marker which I then die-cut my "sparkle" word from (and stacked with layers of standard white cardstock behind it for extra dimension).  For the second part of my sentiment, I stamped it onto vellum with dye ink and heat embossed it with clear powder to set it and keep it from smearing.  It resulted in a really cool, sheer look.  As a final touch I again cut the ends of my vellum strip using our Fishtail Banner dies and added a few simple clear sequins.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Born To Sparkle Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle Pink Glitter Card

I'm so excited you've joined me for today's sneak peek and I'd love to give a $25 gift code to one lucky winner.  Make sure to check back tomorrow for the last of the sneak peeks and for one last chance to win.  The contests run through Saturday at Midnight PST with winners announced here on Sunday, January 14th. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway Here's a full look at the new 4x6 Tiny Dancers Stamps & Dies, the 3x4 Born To Sparkle Stamps & Sparkle Word Die featured today.  New sets will all be available in our store early tomorrow morning!!! 


Sunny Studio Stamps: Tiny Dancers Ballet Ballerina Clear Photopolmer 4x6 Stamp set    Sunny Studio Stamps: Tiny Dancers Ballerina Ballet Steel Rule Dies

Sunny Studio Stamps: Born To Sparkle Sentiment 3x4 Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set    Sunny Studio Stamps: Sparkle Word Steel Rule Die

Other Sunny Studio Supplies Used:
Stitched Scallop Dies
Stitched Scallop Dies
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Sunny Borders Dies
Sunny Borders Dies
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Sunny Borders Stamps
Sunny Borders Stamps
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Ric Rac Border Dies
Ric Rac Border Dies
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Fancy Frames-Circle Dies
Fancy Frames-Circle Dies
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Fishtail Banner Dies
Fishtail Banner Dies
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Little Angels Dies
Little Angels Dies
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Little Angels Stamps
Little Angels Stamps
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Sun Ray Dies
Sun Ray Dies
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Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
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Colorbox Archival Dye Ink- Lilac
Colorbox Archival Dye Ink- Lilac
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Colorbox Premium Dye Ink- Pixie
Colorbox Premium Dye Ink- Pixie
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Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
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Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
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VersaMark Watermark Ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink
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73 comments:

  1. Soooo cute, perfect for little girls! :-) My favourite medium for colouring stamped images are Copic Markers and Zig Markers, I also enjoy watercolouring with Distress Inks every now and again :-)

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  2. These are just adorable - makes me wish I knew a little princess who dances! My favorite medium for coloring images is Copics, hands down. As much as I wish I could create beautiful works with colored pencils or watercolors, it just doesn't seem to be my "thing"!

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  3. I love these tiny dancers! Copics are my go-to coloring, and I think I am best at them. But I want to improve on my colored pencil coloring and my Zig Clean Color markers

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  4. I am not a confident colorer with any medium. I gotta practice more.

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  5. Such pretty girly colours you've used on these cards. Any little princess will be delighted to receive these. I'm very new to card making and I've only experimented with watercolour paints/pencils and Distress Oxides.

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  6. Those ballerinas are so cute and remind me of when my own daughter was a dancer! Love your sweet cards!

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  7. Such great samples. Love the Tiny Dancers stamp set. How I wish I have a daughter to play with these stamps. I do experiment with different mediums. No real favorite but I can tell you my least favorite which are color pencils.-Maria Giselle B.

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  8. OMG.... everything is soooooo cute and sweet!

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  9. Oh so pretty!!! I love the sparkle!!!

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  10. These cards are too adorable.
    I must have all these new goodies - cant wait for the relaese

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  11. These cards are so sweet and I love all the fun sentiments in the Born to Sparkle set! My favorite ways to color stamped images are with Prismacolor pencils and Zig markers. I don't have any Copics...yet.

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  12. Darling cards - perfect for the little dancing princess - I love to color in copics

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  13. What sweet cards with those adorable little dancers! Love the Sparkle set and die. Cheers.

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  14. My granddaughter is really into ballerinas right now. I like to color with Copic markers.

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  15. Beautiful cards!! Love the new release!! My favorite way to color is using my distress ink to water color with 😀

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  16. I like to color my stamped images with alcohol markers.

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  17. Super sweet cards. Currently I am coloring with my alcohol inks

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  18. Awesome cards!! I like using alcohol markers!

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  19. How sweet all these
    cards are and love
    card #6! I like using
    Gelatos to color with.
    Carla from Utah

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  20. I am blown away by the creativity of the designers. I like the Koretake markers.

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  21. Darling cards! I love using my Zig markers!

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  22. cute! I used colored pencils mostly and it's what I'm used to. I started off with koh-i-noor woodless then got prismacolor.

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  23. My favorite medium for coloring is my copics--although I am learning to use my colored pencils and zig markers more!

    This set is adorable--I wish it had been around when my girls were younger!

    Chris L.

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  24. I enjoy using copics, watercolour (when I have the patience) and coloured pencils (when I'm out of my craft room and on the go).
    I adore the colour combination of Card #3!

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  25. These are the sweetest tiny girls. Love all of the cards. Nicely done.

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  26. Such adorable cards! I love this stamp set! I love my Copic markers and turn to them the most, although I do some water colouring with my distress inks sometimes too.

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  27. Those are awesome cards!
    I like colored pencils:-)

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  28. I tend to use colored pencils with Gamsol since I don't shade well. I'd love to do copics but they are too expensive (plus you still need some blending skills). I love the last "Sparkle" card!

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  29. I'm just starting to use copic markers. I watercolor the most.

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  30. Loving this adorable dance and sparkle set! Love my copics and zigs!

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  31. spectrum noir markers, prisma pencils, or my spectrum noir sparkle pens

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  32. These tiny dancers are adorable. I love using Zigs.

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  33. These dainty dancing delights are SO CUTE!
    I reach for my Copics more often than other mediums.

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  34. I adore these cute dancers!!! I reach for my Copic markers!!!

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  35. Oh my ! All these little adorable dancers are just irresistibly lovely ! And my favorite medium is watercolor.
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  36. Card #6 is my absolute favorite! It just grabs my eyes <3

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  37. Cute dancers, and I love the sparkle sentiments! I usually use colored pencils for coloring stamped images. I love the vibrant look of markers, but frankly, I feel like I have more control using the pencils. :)

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  38. Your cards are just beautiful (as always!). I really
    love looking at them all. I don't color very much, but
    when I do, it's usually with watercolor. If only I knew
    what I was doing! lol

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  39. These are darling new stamp sets!! I don't have any Copics or markers to use, so I usually use coloring pencils for stamped images that need to be colored.
    Mendi, your personality certainly "sparkles" in this new release!! Congratulations on another great collection of awesome products!

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  40. I usually use Spectrum Noir markers for coloring. I can't wait to get the Sparkle stamps & die! Love these!

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  41. I love using Copics! I need the dance stamps - I have five nieces that dance and I love making them cards for their dance recitals!!

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  42. These little ballerinas are just darling! I love using my Copic Markers, need a little more practice though.

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  43. Your ballerinas are adorable! And I really like the Sparkle set too!

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  44. My favourite medium is Copic marker pens. The ballerinas are just toooo cute! You've surpassed yourself with your card samples, so many design ideas :). Debra x

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  45. So cute!!! I love coloring with my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I find I get the best results with those. :)

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  46. Really cute! I love coloring and blending with my Spectrum Noir markers.

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  47. Fav colouring medium is Copics.
    Adorable cards... love the sparkle!

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  48. I love copics,but I'd also like to increase my skills with colored pencils and water colors!

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  49. These tiny dancers are just too cute! I love the one with the glitter and it says SPARKLE.

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  50. My favorite coloring medium is Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

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  51. My favorite medium is Copics or watercolors! Love your tiny dancer cards!

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  52. I love Copics and Spectrum Noir alcohol markets to color with!

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  53. I don’t know which card I like the most!! They’re all darling!! LOVE LOVE LOVE those little ballerinas!!!

    I like Copics and watercoloring with Zigs the best!!

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  54. Lately I am really enjoying my Zig watercolor markers. I especially like the sparkle sets you created! Fun and sweet cards today :)

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  55. Love my Copics and watercolouring with my Zigs. Love the Sparkle stamp set and die.

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  56. Copics is my favourite followed by pencil crayons and watercolouring

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  57. Your cards are so cute! I like coloring with Copics. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. I Love my copics for coloring my stamped cards.

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  59. These images are super cute and I would copic color them for sure!

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  60. I like to use just regular colored pencils and also my Zig Water Color Markers!

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  61. These are so cute! I use both Copic markers and Zig Clean Color Real Brushes markers.

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  62. Wow.. amazing cards and awesome products.. love them all..

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  63. Cute cute cute! Love the Tiny Dancer set and the Born to sparkle set! Adorable cards!

    Sammibug aka Samanatha Houp aka Sammi

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  64. How adorable! My best friend's daughter is a ballerina. I've been wanting to make her birthday card, with the theme. This stamp set would be perfect! My fav. coloring used to be using water color pencils but a year ago, I got a big pack of Zig clean brush marker, and I've been enjoying coloring with them :)

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  65. Gorgeous, my favourite medium at the moment is Copics :)

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  66. What a darling set! I don't have a lot of coloring supplies so it's a choice of either colored pencils or watercolor with Distress inks. I like them both:)

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  67. So pretty. I love your coloring, patterns, and designs. And those tiny dancers are adorable. Just lovely projects.

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  68. SQUEAL!! LOVE these SWEET Ballerinas!! Such BEAUTIFUL Creations for today too!! My FAVORITE ways to color are Copics and Watercoloing!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to Win!! Have a FABULOUS Release Weekend!!

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  69. I love this set. My little great niece loves to dance so I see cards like these in her future!

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