Copic Coloring, Blossom Loves Balloons

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Hello, and welcome. Today I did Copic coloring using this adorable stamp by Stampingbella called Tiny Townie Blossom Loves Balloons. Getting transparency with a bunch of balloons can be a bit tricky. The order of coloring balloons is important, but more about that a little later on. So let’s get started with todays card!

I used my mini Misti by Sweet Petunia to stamp my image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This is the Copic friendly ink I use most for my Copic coloring. Also, using a mini Misti is such a helpful tool. If part on the image doesn’t ink properly you can just stamp overtop again to get a clearer image.

Copic recipe:

I had fun coloring Blossom in light pastel greens, and yellows. I am naturally drawn to pastels, and love using them whenever I get a chance! Don’t you just love the dots on her tights! For her hair I decided on a medium brown. This helped bring out that cute little face. I also decided to give her a little nose. Nothing fancy,  just a small dot with my Copic black multi-liner. I fussy cut Blossom, and the balloons out. I edged the balloons with my Memento Tuxedo Black marker to give a defined edge.

For the background I used Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. In keeping with the lighter shades I used Clarity Stencil Brushes to lightly add color from the ink pads. I was going to add a hill which is what the white strip was going to be used for. I scrapped that idea as I thought Blossom wouldn’t stand out enough. After all she IS supposed to be the star of the card 🙂

I thought I would talk a bit about the balloons. To get the transparency effect the idea is to lay down the darkest colors first. Then layer the lighter colors overtop. You will be able to see through to the bottom darker color. So, for example, this bunch of balloons I did the green then blue next came pink, and finally yellows on top. I made an imaginary line of the balloon I was coloring, and filled it in as a whole balloon as I layered the colors. To finish off the balloons, and give them sparkle I used Wink Of Stella clear. I also used the sparkle on the ruffle of her dress, and her shoes.

In assembling this card I decided to keep it one layer except Blossom, and the balloons which I used small pop dots to give some dimension. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh called Easter Sequins Mix, and are a fabulous mixture of colors! They matched perfectly with the Copic pastel colors. I stamped out my sentiments with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then used clear embossing powder, and heat set that. Next I pre-cut my cardstock, and assembled my card using my Tombow Stamp Runner. To glue the sequins I using Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, and tweezers for placement.

This is a closeup of Blossom with some seagulls soaring past her as the balloons carry her away 🙂

This is the completed Blossom Loves Balloons card. She was so much fun to create using pastel Copics, and Distress Inks! You can drop a comment below telling me if you like pastels as much as I do! Or maybe you like brights instead 🙂

Until next time, I wish you days filled with sunshine!

 

 

Below you will find a list of supplies I used to make this card. If you would like to know more, or purchase an item just click on the image to be taken to the Simon Says Stamp.com website. I do not use affiliated links. I use Simon Says Stamp which is why I recommend them.

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Copic Coloring, Fay Loves Fall

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Hello everyone! I am Jessie, and welcome to Sunshine In Your Day. Today I thought that I do a little Copic coloring using this cute autumn themed stamp set. This set is from Stamping bella, and is called Fay Loves Fall. Since I am trying to work on my Copic skills I thought that I would try to use as close to the original as I could. I figure this is a good way to work on my shading. If you would like to see the original image it can be found here.

This is my completed card, and other than a few small details I am happy with the overall look of my shading.

I first stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink as this type of ink works well with Copic. I then heat embossing using Clear Ranger Super Fine embossing powder. For my Green coat, and hat I used YG21, YG 23, YG17. For the brown leaves I used E57, and the green I used YG23. The snail was done with E53, and YG23.

I used YR02, YR04, YR07 for the pumpkin, hat flower, pockets, and buttons. I tried to do a fair bit of shading on the coat where I thought the light might cast shadows. I also did shading on her boats, and for this I used E53, E55, and E57. For Fay’s dress I used Y02, Y18, and Y19. I love green, and yellow together! Her tights are done using T1, and T3. For the basket I used the same E’s as her boots. I used R27, R29 for the red apples, and YG17, YG23 combo for the green. For skin tones I opted for E000, E00, and R20. And for her hair I picked E50, E31, and E25.

Then I ran into the grass. I had never done this much grass before so had to plan it out first. I finally decided on laying down a lighter Copic first then layering the darker overtop. Finishing with the shadows on top. I also decided I wanted the sky to be completed with a hint of grey to look like cloud cover. To do this I used C00.

To complete this card I adhered the image to a layer of white craft foam to give a little dimension. Then finishing of by adhering the craft foam to a black card base.

I hope that you are having a fantastic weekend, and managed to get a bit of craftiness squeezed in!

Until next time,



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A girl, and her pup!

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Hello everybody! I have been working on a card for my co-worker who recently got a Golden Retriever puppy. Her name is Kenzie, and she is soooo cute! There is nothing cuter than babies! Furry, or not…simply adorable!

So here is my card completed. I have captioned it A girl, and her pup. I started with my Stamp set called You Have My Heart by MFT. I love the girl, and pup in this set! I tried to match the colour of hair/fur to the (human) mom, and the pup by paying close attention when I saw them together.

As you can see by my desk I have a few projects on the go, but I made room for just one more 🙂 First I stamped out my image using Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White 80 lb stock. Then I picked my Copic colours for the girl’s hair (E57,E47,E79), and the pup (E31,E33, nose E57,E47). My technique for blending Copic markers is from darkest to lightest. You could also go from lightest to darkest if that works better for you. Gosh, I really love using my Copic Markers! They are one of the best investments I have made in my crafty supplies! I have never regretted getting Copics. They are expensive, yes, but fabulous to use!

Above is the progression of my girl, and her pup. For the grass I played with a few combinations. Finally settling with YG63, YG17, and YG67. This combination matched well with the cardstock I had in mind to ground the image later on.

So next I dug out my Big Shot to die cut the girl, and her pup. I think it would have been easier to die cut first, then colour, as it was a bit finicky to get her lined up. I managed, but it was kinda tricky. Oh well, there is always next time 🙂

So then came the layout stage of my card. I got the cardstock laid down to make sure that I liked the colours, and that they worked well together. Then I started to die cut the grass, fence, hills, and sun. I decided that the tree that you see here in these pictures just needed too much space. So I gave that up, and moved on!

The next stage is to piece my elements together. For my cards I use Georgia Pacific cut 4 1/4″ x 11″, and score it 5 1/2″. Of course this gives a finished card of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, which I think is a perfect size for mailing. I decided to fussy cut the girl, and pup image as I didn’t want the white edge to show. I stamped my congratulations sentiment using ColorBox Frost White ink.

I used B0000 for the sky then glued the fence to the hills. Next I glued my background hill to the card using Ranger Multi Medium Matte, with a Precision Tip applicator to get into the small fence posts. For the larger area I used my Scotch tape runner. The next hill I used 1/4″ Scor-Tape to give some lift. Then I layered on the hill the first grass mound with my Tombow Stamp Runner. I love this small, easy to use stamp runner. It has a strong adhesive that places dots as well as being a runner… bonus! Finally, I glued the top grass to the image, and then used All Night Media mini pop dots to adhere to my card.

I decided a while ago to purchase an old vintage typewriter. I thought it might come in handy to do the inside verse in some of my cards. I loved how the typed font isn’t perfect! It is lighter in spots, and that is okay in my books! I added a pup, hanging bone, and of course a tiny paw print to finish off the inside. Then glued it in place. Looking at my card I decided it needed a little something. So I added a few seagulls from MFT By The Seashore stamp set to the front to just give a bit more interest. Happy with the outcome I decided to call this card done 🙂

So here again is my completed card. I hope my co-worker, and his family have many happy years with Kenzie. She is one sweet pup!

So until next time I hope you have a fun week of crafting ahead!

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What’s On Your Workdesk? Winter Sparrows Christmas

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Hello, welcome to ‘What’s On Your Workdesk?’. This Christmas I have decided to take the crafty plunge, and hand make Christmas cards for family! Armed with few ideas in my head I decided to challenge myself with 3 main components to this card.

1. My cards needed to be clean, and simple

2. Use only product I have on hand, including my paper stock.

3. and… I must use my Copic Markers somewhere on the card.

So with this self-challenge I got out my handy-dandy inventory binder, and with just a hint 🙂 of inspiration from Pinterest I got busy!

A Winter Sparrows Christmas

This is my finished card. I just love this Winter Sparrows stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn! I had never worked with a stamp and die set before this card, it was easier to do than I first thought. And I have to say I love anything that it eliminates the need for fussy cutting!

As always I am in a time-crunch with my Christmas to-do’s. I decided this year I would only make enough cards for a few family members, 6 to be exact. Even so, I still found this proved challenging to complete with all the other projects I have on the go at the moment! That said I did manage to get this task checked off my list! Yayyy me 🙂 Okay, so here is the low-down on my card from start to finish.

I dug out my Fiskars trimmer (a gift from my hubby last Christmas) and cut my card base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (sidefold) from my Neenah Solar White cardstock. Next I gathered up my supplies like stamps, die, and inks. All the things I would need for this project.

score buddy CHRISTMAS 2014

Next thing I did was score all of my card base with my little Score Buddy. I have 3 different types, but this one I find by far the easiest to use.

I stamped out my cute little birds, enough for 7 cards (to have a spare just encase). I use Memento Ink as I find it works best when I use Copic Markers. For my birds I used E31, E34, E57, and Y00 for the beak. For the Hat I used G00, and G02. Then for the scarf I used R21, and R24. Finally for the ear muffs I used R11, and R00.

I tried 2 different ways of doing my Sparrows. First I tried coloring before I die cut them, and I also tried die cut first then color. For me I found cutting them out first the better option. Although holding such a little piece of paper, and coloring it was a bit of a challenge I did have a few spares so it all worked out fine!

birds with sparkle CHRISTMAS 2014

This is how the little Sparrows turned out. I decided to add just a hint of Stickles glitter to the accessories on the birds, and on the branch. Then I decided to add a small dab of glitter to the embossed dots on the background… not a lot… as the saying goes less is better.

For the inside sentiment I wanted to try out a set that my sister and I both purchased. This stamp and die are not from the same set, but they work really well together. I can see so many uses for this combination … another happy purchase!


I wanted to add a personal touch to the back of my cards so I picked this stamp. Each and every card was made with love so this was the perfect choice!

So here are my finished cards just waiting to go to my family! Next to-do… get my Christmas stamps! However, for the moment I think I’ll have a nice warm hot chocolate, and listen to the rain hitting the window outside. I love this time of year here on the West Coast!

I hope you have a wonderful pre-Christmas weekend.

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What’s On Your Workdesk? Happy Birthday Mom!

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Hello, and thank you for stopping by to check out ‘What’s On Your Workdesk?’! September is such a great month not just because early fall is in the air, but also a few family members have birthdays this month! So for this week my What’s On Your Workdesk? project is for my Mom’s birthday. A few weeks ago I asked my Mom what her favourite colour is, she answered “orange”. We all know Mom loves white, and she was just being a smarty-pants. However, I decided to capture her “new” fav colour in her birthday card this year just as a fun element! Okay, so lets get down to deconstructing this card!

Above is my finished card for Mom using her favorite colours, white and orange 🙂 ! First I pulled out my Copic Colour Chart to see what I had in the way of orange, and was happy with my available choices. I am working on my Copic skills, trying to become better at blending. Practice, practice, and more practice! Overall though I am happy with this card, and how it turned out!

Basic Layout

I stamped out the little girl from the MFT’s stamp set called Love Is In The Air. Really… how cute is she?! She is my first attempt at hair colouring with Copics. So here is a lowdown of my Copic color choices. Shoes & Dress: YR04 YR15 & Y21. Hair: E50 E31 & E25. Socks: Y21 & Y23. Skin: E000 E00 & R20 plus 0 colorless blender for touchups.

I cut the flags from a patterned 12×12 card stock made by Pebbles called Sunny Side. Then I added the Happy Birthday using my Copic black Multiliner 0.7.

Layering

Next, I always check my layout for sizing. At this point I also check to see if my original conception is as good on paper as I had visualized. Of course, now would be the time to change it if it doesn’t look right 🙂

Copic closeup of girl

I added a Cake from the  MFT You Take The Cake stamp set, and used Copic markers Y21 & YR15 in keeping with the orange theme. The presents are from the same set, and I used  Y17 E37 YR23 & YR27 to color them. For the table, again the same set, I used E37.

Here is my patient lil’ helper. Cayman would be way more thrilled if this cake were only real! Regardless, he is so adorable sitting here in my craft room I had to share!

Demensional angle

I used Pop Dots to raise my three main elements to be the focal point of my card. I also added enamel dots from Recollections as a fun, colorful element. Yep, I still love using enamel dots! The small pearls on the cake are also from my Recollections stash. To finish off the embellishments I used Baker’s Twine to “hang” my banner.

Card and envelope

So here is my completed card, and envelope. I made the matching envelope using my Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory. It was so much fun making this card for my mom, I can’t wait for next year! Love, and kisses Mom! Happy Birthday!

Until next time I’m wishing you early fall days filled with blue skies, and sunshine!

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