Tag Archive: Copic Markers


Hi Cyber Friends,  I’m pleased to share my latest card, which I created for a challenge on Susanne Dean’s website, which can be found here.  This challenge is open to everyone, and there’s plenty of time for you to get in on the fun! Link to thumbnails of all the entries is here   (Just scroll down the page til you see the tiny pictures, and when you click on one, it will take you to the artist’s blog post for that card.)

This is one of my favorite digital images to color with copics.  His name is Nathan, and I’ve colored him with almost every hair color you can think of.  This time I was sort of going for a natural “Lucille Ball” red, lol. The hardest part of this card for me was deciding how to display the main image on a card.  I finally settled on my version of Shabby Chic.

Finished Card Size: 5" x 7"

Here’s my recipe for the card.

Supplies:
Stamps:
Nathan Digital Image (Sugar Nellie)
Butterfly from Posy Patch Collection (Heartfelt Creations)
Paper:
White 5″ x 7″ card blank
Cryogen White for printing of main image (Curious Irridescents)
Brown Cardstock for stamping butterfly
Black card stock
Designer papers from Tattered Time Collection (DCWV)
Inks:
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Memento London Fog (Tsukineko)
Memento Rich Cocoa Brown (Tsukineko)
Copic Alcohol Markers (.too corp.)
Other Supplies:
Decorative Butterfly Border Die Cut (by Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations)
Cuttlebug die cut machine (Provo Craft)

Brown Opaque Glitter (Art Institute)
Scroll Bling (Want2scrap)
Pop Dot
Designer Dries Clear Glue (Art Institute)
Paint Brush and Water
Double-sided adhesive
Printer and computer to print digital image
Paper Cutter 

Directions:

  1. Start by printing the image on Cryogen White card stock and trim piece to about 4″ x 6″.  Color image with copics.
  2.  The first thing I did was to determine the light source.  The shading on the original image indicates that the light source is in front of him, and slightly to the left, which would make the deepest shadows on the right side of the image. I usually start with the hair, since that will largely determine skin tones, and what color of clothing I want to use. On his hair, I used YR00, YR02, YR07, E07, and E09.  I usually color from dark to light, but on this one I put the highlights in the lightest color in the center first.  Then I added color from dark to light.
  3. For his skin I used E000, E02, E11, and E13, again adding color from dark to light.
  4. I colored his shirt with BG99, BG96, and BG93.
  5. The little bear is very lightly colored because I didn’t want to lose the shadows the artist had made, or her representation of fur.  I used C3, C1, C00, and colorless blender on the bear.
  6. When the image was complete, I added a “glow” of BG10 BG0000, and colorless blender around the entire image.  Next I took a damp paint brush and drew a wet line in sections around the image to make it easy to tear it where I wanted it.  Then I distressed all the edges with Memento London Fog.
  7. Here’s where things got dicey.  I must have previewed four or five papers before I hit on the “Shabby Chic” look.  I then cut one piece of designer paper to 5″ x 7″ to fit the front of the card blank, a black piece to 4.25″ x 6.25″ and a different designer paper to 4″ x 6″.  I didn’t think it had enough drama when I just centered those layers with the image centered on tip.  So I glued them off-center on the left side and added the bling.
  8. I thought it needed something else on the lower right corner, and tried a bunch of different flowers.  They just didn’t work with that little boy, and I hit on the idea of the butterfly.  I went right to my Heartfelt Collection and got my new butterfly stamp and stamped it on a scrap of golden brown, then die cut it with the butterfly die.  I distressed the butterfly with brown ink, glittered the body with brown glitter, bent the wings upward, and attached it with a pop dot to the lower right corner.  I added the whole thing to the card front and took the picture.

I’d love to hear what you think of Nathan.  I wish I had somebody to give him to, but there are no redheaded boys in my extended family, lol.

Until next time, Happy Stamping!

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I recently found out about a challenge and a contest with prizes, at http://www.cutcardstock.com.  This is my first ever time to enter a contest.  There are three prizes, First Place is $40, Second Place is $30, and Viewer’s Choice is $25.  I sort of thought: “nothing ventured, nothing gained“.  So, here goes.  The ground rules are that you must use a shade of purple, a shade of turquoise, and a butterfly.  Here is my entry, and quick and dirty recipe follows:

I used two rubber stamps by Heartfeltcreations.com; a digital butterfly stamp by just laury, a cuttlebug embossing folder, copic markers, several shades of ink, and turquoise and white card stock.  I also used two shades of glitter, and all the stamps were stamped on vellum with Versamark, embossed with White Opaque ink, cut out, and then sponged with colors of ink.  The butterfly was cut out and then colored with copic markers and glittered with two colors.  Sorry the details are so sketchy, but I was in a hurry because Sunday, March 18, is the deadline, and I did three cards before I found one I liked enough to enter!  Of course, the good news is that if you hurry, you still have time!

I don’t know if I’ll win anything or not, but I like my card.  I won’t publish one I don’t like, LOL!  I’d love to hear what you think of this entry.

Happy Stamping!

Lindamarie

Sybil

Sybil by Sugar Nellie

This cute little girl is a Sugar Nellie digital stamp called “Sybil” that  I found at the funky kits web site.  Isn’t she just adorable?  Sugar Nellie makes some of the most realistic digital stamps I have seen anywhere.

I printed her out  as an 8″ x 10″ on Neenah Classic Crest, and colored her with Copics, then put her in a frame.  I forgot to sign her, but will do that before I give her away.  The technique I used was to create a pastel look using the colorless blender for an  advanced  class I’m taking from Suzanne Dean at  Color Me Creative.  I used this technique on her dress, socks, and the bears.

The colors I used were:

Hair:  Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21
Skin:  E11, E01, E000
Dress and Stockings: B02, B0000, and colorless blender tip to tip with B0000
Bears: W5, W3, and colorless blender tip to tip with W3
Shoes: C7, C5, C3
Bench: E35, E31

The pale blue background is Adirondack Aqua Dye Ink, sponged on with a Colorbox stylus.

I would love to hear any comments you might have.  Until next time, Happy Coloring.

I know I’ve been absent for a while.  Without a lot of boring detail, life got hectic for a while, with three separate crises, two of them life-threatening.  Things are almost back to normal, so here I am.  While I was pretty much homebound, I bought a whole bunch of darling digital stamps, and could hardly wait until I could begin to color for fun again.  Here is one of the first ones I just completed.  His name is Bigsby, and he was drawn by Karen Johnson, of http://www.karensdoodles.com.  Isn’t he just adorable?  Both Bigsby and the palm tree are from a digital set called “Tropical Party Set”, resized and printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock, and colored with Copic Markers.  Greeting is computer generated.   I’d love to see your comments. Happy stamping!

Stamp Credits: House Mouse and Friends, Stampscapes, Sign Unknown

This is a scene I did for a swap at the StampscapesII yahoo group.  My swap partner, who lives in The Netherlands,  has received the original so now I can post it.  The scene had to have a church somewhere in it, and use stampscapes.com stamps, but they could be mixed with other stamps.  I got the idea for this from a friend named Pat Moore, who did a scene where this cute little mouse was painting a barn red.  I still have to CASE that one, it was sooooo cute.  This original scene is 5″ x 7″, but I reduced it to save loading time here.  I used a mixture of Copic markers and adirondack dye inks to color the scene, and it is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink on Cryogen paper.  I’d love to hear what you think of it.  Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Hi Fellow Stampers!  I’ve been missing in action a few days because my computer died.  Literally just up and died.  Fortunately, it turns out it was only the power source that went out and I got it replaced for $100.  Seems my machine was so full of cat and dog hair, it killed it.  Now I know how to take off the back of the computer and clean the inside.  It’s also running a whole lot quieter now, who knew?  Anyway, while I didn’t have my computer I had lots of time to color, so here are two more cards I made with my copics.  I was practicing on “yellows”, “flowers” and “fuzzy little dogs”.  I’d love to hear what you think of them.  Until next time, happy stamping.

Stamp Credit: Peddler's Pack

Stamp Credit:www.karensdoodles.com (Butterfly Puppy)

Stamp Credit: Peddler's Pack

 

Stamp Credit: Peddler's Pack

Both of the cards above were made for a flower challenge on Suzanne Dean’s Color Me Creative Website.  They are both from Peddler’s Pack, my favorite maker of background stamps, and both are colored with copic markers.  The first one uses only six colors, R29, R24, R22, R20, G28 and G40.  The second one uses more colors, and unfortunately I didn’t write them all down.  What is different about the second card is that after it was colored, I added two coats of clear embossing ink and powder to make it really glossy.  I The Peddler’s Pack gallery had a sample of this technique done on a different stamp with a different coloring medium, so I thought I would try it.  I really like the look IRL.  Thanks for stopping by, and as always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Sending You a Big Hug

Stamp Credit: Digital by Elisabeth Bell "I Love You This Much"

There is a story behind this little digital cutie by Elisabeth Bell.  When I wa coloring the image with copic alcohol markers, I went outside the lines pretty significantly on the upper part of her right arm…. in RED!  Ugh!  I tried and tried to push the red back into her jacket with the blender pen, but I ended up with a horrible mess.  And of course, I did that at the very ending of the coloring.  Not one to give up, or waste all that time I was coloring her, I cut her out.  But you see all those little strands of hair?  I cut off one of them by mistake.  Not daunted, I then copied another image the same size, and colored only her hands, her legs and feet, and the  hair strands that stick out from her body.  Then I sponged the background in green and grounded that image with two shades of brown.  Next I finished cutting out the original image, cutting off all but one of the strands of hair, and her legs and feet.  I popped her up with dimensional tape, and voila, image saved.

That’s not the end of the story, though.  While I was trimming the background image I didn’t notice that I had cut it crooked, and it was so close to the top of her head I couldn’t straighten it up without cutting off part of hair.  By now I had invested a lot of time and it looked like I was going to have to toss her.  I remembered seeing some gorgeous cards where the focal image was added asymmetrically, so I figured, what the heck.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  This is what I ended up with, and I bet if I didn’t tell you it was cut crooked, you wouldn’t see it.    How’s that for a save?