Sunday, December 15, 2013

So very loved.

This month's Fan Club Gallery over at Splitcoaststampers is a beautiful tribute to a very sweet lady. Ten years ago, long before papercrafting tutorials were commonplace, Beate Johns started creating them for Splitcoaststampers. In February of 2004, these tutorials became the beginning of Splitcoast's free tutorial and resource section. Now, ten years, more than 500 tutorials and nearly 400 Weekly Inkling newsletters later, Beate is retiring from her job here at Splitcoast. It's been a huge honor to work with such an incredibly talented artist and friend, and we will miss her very, very much.

If you read the news article on the Splitcoast home page, you might have caught another announcement... did you see? Beginning on January 1st, I will be officially joining the Splitcoast team as Artist in Residence. I've been training with Beate for a few weeks already and I'm very excited to get started!

This card reminds me of Beate in so many ways! The layout was inspired by one of her sketches... she used the same Whiff of Joy stamp in THIS blog post... she shared a tutorial HERE on the coloring technique I used (pencil shading on an alcohol marker base)... and she showed me how to input new tutorials at Splitcoast using MY tutorial for the background technique on the rose panel - that's coming  January 1st!

Henry Mouse is colored with Polychromos Pencils and Touch Twin Markers - I love that technique and use it quite often... the markers are great for an even base of color, and I love the texture and gradient of pencil coloring.  Here's a close-up of the background - can't wait to share that technique with you! Easy and so much fun. That stamp and the sentiment are from Impression Obsession.

Beate - you are so very loved! Thank you for inspiring so many. xo
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Beate is a treasure and will be missed.

    So exciting and fitting that you have been chosen to fill "artist in residence"!!! I can't wait to learn more from you!!!!

    Your card is beautiful!!!!

  2. I don't think there is anyone out there who could fill the artist in residence position any better than you. I come to your blog daily & can't believe the things you create! You have such immense talent I'm glad to see it recognized. And this card is the perfect tribute to Beate.

  3. I visit your blog almost daily to see what gorgeous things you have to share & am never disappointed. And always amazed at the scope of your talent! They could not have chosen anyone better to fill this post. And your card is the perfect tribute to Beate! Congratulations!!