Monday Mash Up – Fifty Shades Of Blue And A Rabbit

July 7, 2014 — 36 Comments

First of all, let me just explain the title – it has nothing to do with THOSE books or THAT THING, but now that I have your attention, you might like to read about some rubber stamping that I have been doing this week?

After you’ve cooled down.

This post begins some time ago when I availed myself of the Woodlands Scenes clear stamp set from Hobby Art stamps however since then they have been on the “come on, have a go with me, you know you want to” pile ever since.

I wish that I had listened to them earlier.

On my first play with these stamps and I tried out several colouring experiments and I really enjoyed what I did.

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Having a series of ideas already going through my head I also started to make the masks that would help me build up some scenes later on.

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I then tried out a scene by stamping the mouse, then masking him off, and then adding more of the scene.

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I then used Lyra pencils to colour this in.

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I wasn’t 100% happy with this one so I started again, this time working directly onto a tag.

Having repeated the masking and stamping, this is where I got to.

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Yup, happy with the layout. Now to add colour.

I used Spectrum Noir pens to add some shading to the lower grass area and the bushy area to the left.

The colours that I used were IG1, IG2, IG3 & IG4.

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It’s subtle but you can just about make it out.

I then set about using the spectrum noir pencils to add more highlights and lowlights – and ended up with this.

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He’s kinda cute isn’t he?

That’s where I left that project for now as I had another idea that I wanted to try.

This one started a little larger and used Stonewashed and Denim Adirondack inkpads to stamp out the design.

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I think that I used most of the stamps from the sheet for this one! Lol.

I then used the IB1 spectrum noir pen to add some shade to the sky, leaving a white semi circle to indicate a sun, and then created the shaded colours you see in the next image with Spectrum Noir pencils.

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With the image coloured I had a rummage through my card stash and found some blue coloured and patterned cardstocks to work with.

Cardstock collated and I commenced construction. Ooo, illiteration in action, almost.

Anyway, I cut a mat from black and then added a layer of a fancily patterned cardstock.

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I then went on the hunt for a cutting file with which to create a frame or mat for the stamped image.

I eventually found this set from




I particularly like the doily design that you can see top right.

After converting the downloaded SVGs I cut a mat of the shape (created in Brother Scan N Cut canvas as one was not included) and stuck that to the blue patterened cardstock.

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Then I cut the doily design from a smokey blue American Crafts cardstock and stuck that onto the mat.

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I then cut a circle of black cardstock to fit the centre of the design and stuck that down.

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Finally I used the Brother Scan N Cut’s preview feature to help me cut a circle from the stamped design that would fit inside the mat of black cardstock.

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As a final touch I added a few (billion) blue coloured gems to the doily design.

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And that, my dear friends, was about it!

Here are a few more images of the finished design.

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So, what do you think? Good eh?

Well, I’ve not much more to add to this post apart from to say thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you again next week.

If you have any questions or comments about this post, please feel free to use the comments section below.

See you next time!

J :)

36 responses to Monday Mash Up – Fifty Shades Of Blue And A Rabbit


    Wow! What a gorgeous card & tag – that stamp set is just adorable!!!



    Have tried downloading svg files from this site, but when trying to open them, I am asked for a password, did you have this problem?



    Love the card John!
    I have a brother machine and I have used several files of there’s to create SnC files. I would like to know how you got canvas to make the mat from the file, if you are willing to share the information. Thanks x



      Just use the offset tool. It’s a button on the toolbar that looks like two circles sitting in top of each other.
      The canvas help PDF will explain more if you need it.



    Great card John. I love your colouring. I have yet to use my pens and pencils and my snc. I gotit last week but its a bit of a learning curve. I really enjoy your page as its really informative. than you. kate



    Lovely card John, i do enjoy seeing someone else use their electronic die cutting machines and files to accentuate their stamped designs :-)




    This is just such a nice image and your doily is fantastic. Such a nice combination. Lovely as always!

    All the best.



    Wow, the creations you have made are really lovely, very Peter Rabbit. Love the colouring too
    Love and Light
    Sioux x



    Enjoyed seeing your blog today and reading all the comments, you are truly a star!!! love the cutie’s and the colour, thank you for posting. I would like your bag making book when possible please, but I haven’t used Ebay so may not be able to get it. xx



    I LOVE IT !!!! Wish I was as creative as you!!!!!



    Hi John

    What a lovely card, I like monochromatic colouring techniques a lot and those stamps look very good.

    I don’t have a cutting machine so I use Serif Craft Artist to make fancy mats and layers I can’t make on an A5 cutting machine, it’s not the same but it’s a good compromise.

    Crafty hugs,

    T x



    That’s a lovely card John. I really like that cutting file. I presume you used your ScanNcut to cut the doily as well as the mat? Have you tried cutting the other designs in the set yet?. I’m considering buying it but would like to make sure that it will work ok with the sNc first.


    wonderfulworldofscraps July 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    lovely post just had to go buy the stamps



    Thanks for sharing John you have a wonderful eye for colour, and the cutting files look good, I’ve not downloaded any yet as not too good with PC but have found some USB;s so will try.again thanks for inspiration, sheenaq x



    Hi John – as usual wonderful ideas. Blue is my favourite colour. The little mouse and rabbit are so cute – will have to check to see if I can order some, if they’ve not all sold out after your message this morning. lol


    Christine Shaw July 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Love the images and the svg cutting file frames. Having problems with svg files – where I take from a cd rom such as picknix then I have no problem but when I try to download from say birdscards then I get ‘this file type cannot be used’ – am I missing something?



      Some of birds files cannot be converted as they exceed the maximum file restrictions in the canvas software. It’s only a small amount of those files. You should be fine with most.


    catwithoneear July 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Lovely John. The blue is perfect.



    Love the colours of your rabbit card.. Think blue and white must be my fav. Colours.



    Really lovely work. Thank you for sharing I’m now going to have a look at those stamps.


    Marcia Larkin July 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Love the blue



    Stunning!! well done you :-) x



    Nothing wrong with a lot of shades of blue John, and yes, I’ve read the book. Love the stamps, I’ll have to go see if I can find them.



    Fantastic pictures and colouring.



    HI John,

    What a lovely idea – love the cutting file! Have just recently purchased a Brother scan and cut, its amazing!! Could you explain how to get SVG files onto my machine?


    Jackie Reynolds July 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Great work as always. What a sweet little character. I love both designs. Not very good at colouring YET must keep trying. Have a great week.


    Janet Steventon July 7, 2014 at 7:54 am

    You are very talented john. You give me so much inspiration. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to share jan x



    Hi John. How lovely. This was a stamp set I REALLY needed a couple of years ago, never used and confined to the “one day” drawer but after seeing what you’ve done with it I’ve got to route it out and have a play.
    Thank you
    Love Val in Spain x



    Lovely John are clever …..



    Hi John

    Could you please tell me if you have a spare copy of your bag making book. I missed out when you had them on ebay. kind regards janet



    Two fabulous projects John especially love the scene you’ve created in the second one – and all those gems!!! lol



    Wow! That’s fantastic. Glad to see that you didn’t use 50 shades of grey….


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