foodie doodles by market street stamps

It’s an honor to be the feature blogger on today’s post of Market Street Stampsblog.  I love the quirky designs that they offer and the super crisp-clean image that you get when using their stamps.

When I received the Foodie Doodles set, I knew right away that I wanted to create something non-card like for a change (oh, I did a card too of course!).  It’s a super cute set of nine animated food items created by Kim Geiser of Persimmons Studio.  I decided to stamp the images onto an old dishtowel that I cut into 4″x4″ squares, and then hand embroider them to use as wall hangings.

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The hardest part was choosing which colors of floss to use!  Here are some photos of the steps to create your own cute little wall hanging using these (or anything from your current stash really) adorable stamps:

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First, cut the dishtowel into a 4″x4″ square or to whatever size embroidery hoop you are using – just be sure to leave ample space on all sides so that you have fabric to pull the fabric back as you tighten the hoop.  I found these at a craft store for about 50 cents a piece.

Stamp the images onto the center of the fabric.  I decided to use a black permanent ink but if you’re worried about not covering all of the lines with thread, you can use a lighter colored ink closer to the color of your fabric.  I used 3 strands of embroidery floss for everything except for the cream on the bacon strip (2 strands) and the red hearts (all 6 strands).  For the hands, I used a French knot.

You can decide how precise you want to be with your stitches.  I used “x” stitches for the most part, but it got a little tricky in some of the curved areas so just go with the flow.  If you use a lot of small stitches it’s easier to cover up things as you go along.  After filling in the colors of the images, I went around them with black floss to accentuate the details.  This was a nice quiet project I could work on during our daughter’s naps and into the night as she slept.

After completing these, I decided that my favorite pairing are the egg and bacon so I made this card using them as my focal point:

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Aren’t they just the cutest pair?!  I cut the graph paper into a 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle and matted it with a piece of blue cardstock cut into a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ rectangle.  Then adhered that to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card base.  I stamped the “love” image from the set along the right side of the card in a column.  I stamped the egg, bacon and hearts image onto white cardstock and used a die-cutter to cut out the scalloped circle shape.  The images were colored in with colored pencils.  I stamped the sentiment “we belong together” on a piece of white paper, matted it with a strip of blue paper and then adhered it to the back of the scalloped paper.  Then I attached the scalloped circle and sentiment piece to the top of the card using foam adhesive so that it pops up a little bit.

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I typically turn to my Copic markers when it comes to stamping and coloring in images when designing cards.  For this project, I wanted more control over the colors I could use and overall outcome so I brought out my box of Prismacolor pencils.  I used a 50% off coupon a couple of years ago at a local craft store and bought myself the set of 48 pencils.  Next time?  I’ll spend a few extra dollars and get the set of 60 pencils because I realized that I don’t have a single gray pencil in this set!    Crazy.

Anyway, I digress.  I took a class taught by Dave Brethauer specifically about using colored pencils and learned so many useful little tips, and I want to pass along a couple of them here.  The key to creating smooth colored in images is to use small, concise circular motions when you color something in rather than big lines across a large surface area.  I found that helpful with coloring in the places where the eyes and mouths are.  Also, it’s a good idea to use a smooth surface area to color on and you should always have something (even just one extra sheet of paper) underneath whatever you’re coloring in.  I like to use a magazine because it’s cushy and smooth.

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As mentioned earlier, one of the hardest parts of creating is choosing the colors to use.  I find stamping on scrap paper or in a small notebook, and then coloring in with different hues to be helpful.  That way I can try colors and combos of colors together before applying them to the final product.  I like using a notebook because then I can go back to it later if I want to recreate a project and get the same effect.

Lastly, my biggest tip when it comes to using colored pencils on paper: don’t use anything to brush off the bits of dust that might form on your paper.  Guess what – it *will* smear and leave a trace of color!  The best tool?  Your mouth!  Just give it a quick little blow and that should do the trick.  Believe me – I’ve had a few too many projects get ruined because I brushed my hand across it to get that one little fleck of pencil off.

I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I enjoyed creating them using this versatile and cute stamp set.  Thank you again to Angelica and her crew over at Market Street Stamps for allowing me to be today’s guest blogger.  Happy crafting!

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Colors used
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DMC embroidery floss:

Bacon + egg (#310 black; #B5200 white; #743 yellow; #355 reddish brown; #n/a light tan; #822 cream; #498 red)

Cupcake + coffee (#310 black; #n/a khaki tan; #498 red; #n/a purple; #746 cream)

Carrot + pea (#310 black; #922 carrot main color; #n/a carrot darker edge color; #988 pea main color; #n/a pea darker edge color; #498 red)

Coffee + donut (#310 black; #961 pink; #n/a khaki tan; #498 red; #602 dark pink; #801 brown; #3870 blue)

Colored pencils:

Egg (PC1003 Spanish orange for the yolk; PC914 cream as an outline; PC935 black for hands and feet)

Bacon (PC945 sienna brown for the main part; PC914 cream for the side strip; PC935 black for hands and feet)

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