MFT Preview 2 – Give it a Whirl w/coloring tutorial

We’re moving on with Day 2 of previews of My Favorite Things June 5 release! Today we’re sharing samples using Inspired by Travel and Fred Bear and The Pinwheel.

Obviously, I went with the bear.  🙂  On the actual stamp, Fred is holding a pinwheel.  But I chose instead to make my own.  I used a small square from Square STAX, cut from each corner toward the center (but not all the way into the center), bent in every other piece and added a brad.

I used Square STAX for the focal square as well as the matting.  Having both sets (1 & 2) provides the perfect amount of layering!  Along the bottom of the dark teal panel, I placed a strip of our new Notched Border.  And I used layers of Flower Trio to create the flowers.

After stamping the sentiment onto a Fishtail Flag, I trimmed the left edge to a tag shape and inserted the string, tucking both ends through holes punched above and below Fred’s hand.

On the inside, I used a sentiment from Fred Bear in Flight.

Since I’ve had quite a few questions on how I color Fred, I thought I’d take this chance to show you.  You can click on the photos to see a larger pic.

When I color fur, I “dob” on the color using the side of my marker. Looking at the photos, you’ll see the rectangular “dots.”   I don’t use the tip of my marker nor do I color in a sweeping or circular motion (on any part of the image).  Using the side of the marker creates texture, and the color goes on fairly quickly.

Note:  In the fifth photo, when I say “Blend E35 edges with E33” I mean to add more dots of E33 along the edges of the E35 dots.

Left to right, next row, left to right… (in case it isn’t clear)  😉

I hope that helps.  🙂

Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on June 5th from 8-10 PM EST here in the MFT forum where you can enjoy fun, games and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, will take place June 5th at 10 p.m. EST. You’ll find all the newest products here at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • Teaser prizes continue so be sure to leave comments as you look! You can find direct links to all participating DT HERE.  Each day, two prize vouchers are held by two members of our design team.  You’ll have all week to comment on each of the posts and all winners will be posted on Kim’s blog on Tuesday, June 5th around 7:30pm.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 3 of previews!   Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  MFT “Fred Bear and the Pinwheel” and “Fred Bear in Flight”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Tangelo  Paper:  MFT Tangy Orange ReplenishmentsX Press It Blending Card, Bo Bunny “Hello Sunshine” (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E31, E33, E35, R20, YR31, C00, C1, BG10, YR09-string), MFT Square STAX, Fishtail Flags STAX, Flower Trio and Notched Border Die-namics,  string, brads, foam tape.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

44 responses to “MFT Preview 2 – Give it a Whirl w/coloring tutorial

  1. Have I told you lately, that I love you? have I told you there’s no one else above you? Thats right..Rod Stewart said it best. You rock my friend! and thanks for the fur-tips!;)

  2. This is adorable, love it.

  3. Thanks so much for showing how you do the fur! Fred Bear looks fabulous!! This is such a fun and adorable card!!

  4. Michele this is FANTABULOUS!!! I LOVE LOVE how you’ve colored him and thank you so much for showing us how!! The colors on this card are wonderfully summery and fun!!


    Crafty Hugs!

  5. Karen R (ON/CA)

    First thing I noticed was the great colouring on the bear! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Now my Mr. Fixit Bear will have a little texture. Love your layout and dp mix.

  6. Kristy Hansen

    I really like the colors of the paper you used. The tutorial on how to color Fred Bear is great-thank you for sharing that. I also like how you “tied” the tag on-that was genius. Love your card! ksh

  7. Oh wow! Your Fred is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial on how you colour him! Must try this soon! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing those coloring tips and tricks!

  9. Gorgeous card! Love your coloring and the addition of the string on the sentiment is so cute!

  10. Michele my Bell!!!! Wow this card rocks!!! I love the way you made the tag and threaded the floss through his hand so he’s holding it! And the coloring tips are incredible!!!!! Thanks so much as I am just learning about copics – the pictures really help!!!!

  11. Adorable!!! Very clever to have him holding that tag sign!!! Love it! Thanks for the coloring tute, too :). I will try that next time!

  12. love your card, those papers are delish and THANKS for the tips on coloring Fred!

  13. This is so adorable, love this super fun dp and your coloring is so great.

  14. SWEET! a great coloring tutorial by YOU….love it. your card is so fun.

  15. Yay! Love the step-by-step tutorial on coloring Fred Bear. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Thanks for the tutorial on coloring, great job. Cute card.

  17. such a BRIGHT card – sure to put a SMILE on anyone’s face!!! Love it! And your coloring pics were awesome! Pretty much how I do it when I decide to color him that way (spotted instead of more smooth, kwim?) Thanks!

  18. thanks for the step out directions on your coloring. this is so cute! love your added pinwheel, too! 🙂

  19. Fred Bear looks fabulous!! This is such a fun and adorable card!!cheap NFL Nike Elite Jersey

  20. YAY! LOVE your tutorial and I am SO trying that!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your layout and how he is holding the panel! GENIUS!!

  21. Thank you so much for the coloring tutorial on cute little Fred bear. I love the different ways that you used the square Mat Stax dies. A must have!

  22. Michele, ok here goes – LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CARD! Love the layers, the colours, the way you have the setiment threaded through his paw and of couse your awesome tutorial!


  23. Just too darn cute! Thanks for the fur tutorial. Looks fabulous!

  24. Lovely card – thanks for sharing directions.

  25. Hurrah! i’m so happy you shared your Fred coloring tutorial- LOVE it and i can’t wait to give it a try! super cute card- great colors!

  26. lovely card, i love the tutorial. it si great to see it visually and clearly. the pinwheel you created is pretty.

  27. Beautiful card all the way around! I love the way you colored Fred and thank you for sharing the coloring tutorial.


  28. Thank you so much for showing us how you coloured the bear…so nice to see how other people do that. Love the combo of colours on this card.

  29. Very bright and cheerful card! Thank you so very much for showing a tutorial on how to color a textured Fred Bear! That is much appreciated! 🙂



  30. Terrific tutorial! Your Fred is so hunky and sweet at the same time!

  31. Really fab card – thx for sharing that tute!

  32. Colleen Oxford

    fabulous textures on the bear and I love him pulling the banner along 🙂

  33. wow! your cards are so cute! thanks for the examples on how to color…i’m coloring impaired! lol

  34. Oh my! Gorgeous!!! TFS the photo coloring tutorial!

  35. Awesome bright colorful papers, great tutorial also!

  36. Great card with amazing summery colors. Thanks for the copic tutorial. I am a novice and need all the help I can get.

  37. awesome coloring! And I always love that bear!

  38. OMGosh, Fred looks absolutely incredible! Thanks for the colouring tutorial, Michele. I really struggle with colouring animals, hence have steered away from the cute animal stamps and tended to go more for people stamps instead! I’m just not sure how to colour our furry friends properly. This tutorial is SO, SO, helpful…I am a bit scared but going to give it a go next time! You are always so inspiring! Thanks for that!

  39. thanks for the coloring tutorial! will have to give that a whirl! 😉

  40. You always rock Fred, it is so cute!

  41. Great copic tutorial, thanks! Love the layers on this card!

  42. Beautiful work.Thanks for sharing.

  43. I used Square STAX for the focal square as well as the matting. Having both sets (1 & 2) provides the perfect amount of layering! Along the bottom of the dark teal panel, I placed a strip of our new Notched Border. And I used layers of Flower Trio to create the flowers.

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