More than a missing sock

There’s always something about Colorado Craft Company’s Anita Jeram releases that tugs at my heart, but this time that one sentiment in the Laundry Day stamp set had me bawling.

The pandemic just turned all of our lives upside down and I know many of you, like me, haven’t seen their best friend or their extended family for a long time. There is a sense of loneliness, like something is amiss…missing that sense of belonging. It hits me most when I am doing mundane things, like laundry — which is why this stamp set, in particular, resonated with me the most.

I chose to stamp the image with Walnut Stain distress ink on Arches cold press watercolor paper and once I had the base of the image watercolored in (by just lightly washing the ink inside the stamp outline with a size 2 brush), I used my colored pencils to introduce the shading. It took a little over an hour to get all the colors just right before I added some glittery enhancements with my gel pens.

As I colored the image, I thought of all the lost lunches, walks and coffee chats…all the impromptu outings and social get-togethers…all the sharing, the hugs, the laughter. My heart weighed heavy but the colors cheered me up.

I had originally thought of adding some fabric elements to the backdrop but the more I fussed around with it, the more I realized that keeping it simple would really highlight the tone of the sentiment and the image. So, I embossed a background, framed the card in neutrals and die cut the sentiment.

It’s a simple card with strong emotions — and I know it will resonate with many of you.

I hope you enjoy seeing the creations of all the other artists in this blog hop:

Adrienne Kennedy (3C) 

Amy Tsuruta 

Amy Young

Daniel Diaz

Donna Hitz

Daniel West

Emily Midgett

Erin Thompson

Jennifer Kotas

Kassi Hulet 

Kelly Griglione 

Mansi Bhatia — you are here!


Traci Jenkins 

Remember when you comment on our blog posts, you get entered into a drawing for a random 4×6″ set from this release generously hosted by Colorado Craft Company! There is one winner per designer. Deadline to enter: March 31 midnight, Mountain Time.

Good luck!

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

52 thoughts on “More than a missing sock

  1. What a clever design and statements. Missing socks…still can’t find some.
    Love how this was colored. Thanks for the details.
    Tish Rowe

  2. What a great card! Beautiful coloring and love the background! A fun release❤️ Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love the laundry theme. I feel we can all relate to those sentiments in the set as well. Love the colored pencil.

  4. Such a pretty card! This set is calling to me, too!! I think you got to the core of why! In and of itself, laundry day isn’t something near and dear to my heart!!

  5. This is a beautiful card Mansi. Your colored pencil work is fabulous, and your attention to detail and shading is really wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Really enjoyed your take on this. Nice to see the beautiful colored pencil work and I wouldn’t have thought about doing it on watercolor paper and softening the outline. I always like learning new things as well as devouring all the eye candy!

  7. Absolutely delightful card, Mansi! I love your use of coloured pencils and sparkly details.

  8. I’m thinking the next time I do laundry this beautiful card is going to pop into my mind. And I’ll dream about me and my granddaughter going out into the world shopping, eating, etc. when it’s safe for her to do so. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Lovely card and great coloring! Love the new release even if I don’t know what to pick first. Laundry is at the top of the list. (Funny as I have that to do now here at home)

  10. Love the effect that you got with the watercolour paper and pencil crayons – very unique.

  11. Mansi, I really like your colored pencil art on this lost sock stamp set. I ordered this set…..and maybe a few others!!

  12. More than a missing sock indeed… you did an outstanding coloring job with an image so sweet as it is I didn’t think could be improved upon; yet you did! NICELY DONE!

  13. The colored Pencil technique is beautiful. I love this Laundry dog stamp set! -so cute We all lose socks in this house at least once a week.

  14. Love the coloring 💕 I do love the simplicity – and the gorgeous background – it’s perfect! Thanks for sharing your design!!

  15. What a great card. I adore the coloring job you did. Nice, bright, cheery colors & the embellishing with your gel pens gives it a nice textured look. Love the embossing folder you chose, as well. Very nice card…one of my fav new release AJ stamp sets.

  16. Adorable card! I love the way you colored the image and the pretty embossed background!

  17. Love the embossed background. So adorable, Mansi. I love the way you’ve used these cute sets. Thanks for the great inspiration. Have a happy day. Lori xx

  18. I am so impressed by you colored pencil coloring. The colors are not only fantastic, but bright and cheerful. Thank you for brightening my day.

  19. Great coloring. Fun idea.
    Wish I’d taught Bear how to do
    that. thanks for sharing

  20. I just love the use of both watercolors and colored pencils. I keep wanting to try this technique and now I remember why! The details that the pencils add is just stunning. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  21. Your coloring seemed special to me…made me really take notice…the Anita Jeram images are in a league of their own and thanks to CCC for bringing them to us..

  22. Your coloring is just amazing. The colors!! Hey, the COMMENT button is showing up when I hover now. YAY.

  23. Hi Mansi, I am glad I did this Blog hop. I know you from your work with Maker Forte’.
    I am so happy to see this CCC Laundry Day card in in colored pencils. That is what I use most of the time. Your texture on this card is beautiful. I love the diamond dot background. It really grounds this card. I would love to know what die made the background if you would like to e-mail me. Thanks. I can’t wait for your next card.

  24. Beautiful card, Mansi ! Love your stunning colouring of this sweet scene and what a darling idea to put a dress to this little dog. Thanks so much for the fabulous inspiration and for the chance to win.

  25. Mansi, another lovely card. I especially like the “house dress” added on your dog and dotted embossing. Thank you for your comments about the tears, we have all felt that way these past months.

  26. I just found you on Instagram. Your work is so lovely I adore the stamp. Love the way you colored it. Thank you so much for sharing

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