Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Black and white with a splash of color

Today I am sharing a couple of Clean and Simple cards with you, I am using black and white with a splash of color.

I stamped the cute little bird 3 times and then colored them with Copics to get some bold color on my card. I used the Large Scallop die from Taylored Expressions on this one, and added a small sentiment from PTI.
 I have mentioned before that I like to go ahead and make 2 cards while I am at it. Because I tend to make A2 size cards (which use one half of a 8.5"x11" piece of cardstock) it really is just as easy to make 2 cards as it is to make one. :-) AND I do not always make the 2 cards identical. I will change them up a bit some times.

You can see how much different this card looks just by changing one little thing- I changed the size of the scallop.  I used the Taylored Expressions Small Scallop die, I really love those dies!!
 So next time you are making cards, go ahead and make 2. LOL
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Until later~

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Coloring with Copics

Today I thought I would show you the process I use to color images with Copics. (I am not certified, this is just what works for me.)

First up- the "ingredients" Memento ink, an Inkadinkado cling stamp, a white gel pen, white cardstock and Copic markers.
Getting started-I used my mid-tone yellow first, leaving the tips of petals uncolored.

Using a lighter shade on the tips of the petals. (I also used the Y17 to build a second layer of color over what I had already colored with that marker.)

I used a flicking motion with my marker in what would be the "crease" in the petal. (When flicking, I always flick away from me and keep turning my paper. This helps me keep a light touch at the end of the flick.)

I moved on the the centers of the flowers.

If you look closely, you can see I added tiny dots to the flower centers with a darker color. (This helps to add dimension.)
On to the leaves. (Oops, I missed a leaf beside the second picket on the fence. LOL)

Adding the "vein" to the leaves.
I wanted a white picket fence. When coloring "white" you will still have shadows.

This photo shows how the "light source" is used. It is always good to decide from which direction you want the light source to hit your image. (This helps to keep your shadows consistent. This stamp also helped with deciding which direction the light would be coming from. See the little shadows on the fence to the left of each picket?)

A little darker shade to help with shadows and for the weathered look. (I added a little shadow beside each picket to add some depth.)

I went back and added a "V" on each flower petal with a white gel pen to add some Highlights.
I finished the image by going around the details with a light blue marker. (this helps with the illusion of depth and keeps your image from looking one dimensional. You could use gray {for a "shadow"}, blue {sky}, purple {night sky}, green {grass} or yellow {sun/light.})
Oh, and it is hard to see, but the marker is B000. :-)
This is a good time to go back and add more layers of your colors if you desire. 

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Until later~

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Embossed flowers

I CASed this card for an old, old magazine. (I really need to start taking note of where I see things so I can give credit. Sorry.) It is a super easy card and very versatile.  The flowers are embossed with clear embossing powder, I need to pick up some white- I think it would look even better with the white ep. :-)
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Until later~

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Flower Vase

This is the new Inkadinkado Cling stamp. There are a couple of small flowers in this set, but I think this image steals the show!! LOL Look how big it is, it is huge. I was just playing around with my Copics  and added a little Sakura Gel Pen too.
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Until later~

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Framed Flower

I really like the hand-drawn frame on this card. I stamped the image and sentiment first so I could get a "custom fit" for my frame. I love how some of the stamping is outside the box.
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Until later~

Monday, May 9, 2011

Out of this world…..


rocket bday (1030 x 802)

For this card I paired up Fancy Pants Out of This World paper with a stamp set by Bo Bunny called Blast Off. I am tickled to finally find some cute boy supplies, heaven knows I have been looking for 7 years. LOL

I was able to coordinate my Copic markers and the designer paper, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this designer paper was a perfect match for Paper Trey Ink’s cardstock. (I love when it all comes together like that. LOL)

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Until later~