Welcome to the Metallic Inspirations Hop - brought to you by the talented CardMaker Blog team!
This month, we were challenged to create a card that sparkled, shone and shimmered! My first thought was glitter (uugh) and then it moved to metallic cardstock (I think I have some in my stash somewhere...) and then I decided to REALLY take this challenge to a different level.
I wanted something "non-traditional" for my card, something not typically found in my studio... so I ran into the tool room and started looking around. I knew I hit the jackpot when I found a roll of metal screen mesh!
I colored up this adorable Polished to Perfection image from My Favorite Things and gave her a bit of bling with green Stickles as the polish. Then, I decided to use the screen as a full layer on my card...and turned in two corners to help "hold" the image in place.
I'm not sure the card is "polished to perfection", but I did enjoy trying something new!
I know the other gals have some AMAZING metallic inspiration for you today... so head on over to their blogs and leave them some lovin'!
I LOVE summer... the sun, the heat (yes, I actually enjoy the fry an egg on the sidewalk kind of heat), the ice cream!
Let's face it, summer just isn't summer without the tinkling sound of the ice cream truck!
Today the CardMaker blog team is sharing HOT Summer projects that I know you will find sweet.
This adorable Sweet Treat for Wryn image from Tiddly Inks fit the theme perfectly and I quickly colored her up. Paired with some patterned paper from the Bazzill Basics Avalon collection and she screams Summertime Treat!
For more sizzling summer sweetness, hop on over to the other designer's blogs.
Welcome to the "He's All That" blog hop for the CardMaker Blog group!
Today I'm excited to be bringing you inspiration to help celebrate the GUYS in your life! Whether it's a father, son, husband or grandfather, get BIG smiles with this simple card...
This card features a BIG image from Whipper Snapper that is colored up with Copic markers. I paired it with an extra-large sentiment from MFT and left the layout super simple. (No buttons, bows or frillies for the guys in MY life! LOL)
Are you ready to celebrate the man in your life? Head on over to the other designers hopping along today to see more masculine inspiration!
It's HOT down here in Florida as I start my "Hot Spots" tour! Last night I KICKED it off in Ocala, FL at Priceless Scrapbooks and had such a great time with the gals there! We giggled, laughed, chuckled, snickered and even guffawed a few times.
And today I was lucky enough to spend the day with my friend Kim who owns My Favorite Things (MFT) and her family as we helped her KICK off her new GRAND OPENING of her store.
It's a sweet space all decked out in pink and it was so fun to see all of her stamps and the beautiful samples made by her team... simply lovely. I taught two classes there today and I had such an amazing time. The gals were SO willing to "try new things" and "not be afraid of the dark" in coloring. I enjoyed their positive attitudes and willingness to play and have fun.
One of the cards we did was this adorable little guy... Karate Boy. I taught skin tones and how to color white... and everyone really kicked up their coloring a notch! LOL
Okay.. I've KICKED around the whole "kickin" thing enough... nothing like KICKING a dead horse right? Oh, wait... that's beating a dead horse... errrrrr, welll....... (grimace).
Well I'm off to bed now... I'm going to KICK off my morning pretty early and head south... (sorry, I just couldn't resist!)
I decided to take some time off of "work" today and color. Yes... I color for work...but today I didn't color for any specific project or deadline.. I colored just for fun...so I guess I had the day off! LOL
I recently joined the Make It Crafty group on Facebook and I'm so impressed (and somewhat intimidated) by the talent over there! Zoe (artist and group administrator) colors like an angel... and I want to soak up everything I can from her.
The group posts challenges and tips for people to try... and I tried two today! (I'll show you one today and another in a few days...)
Here's the first new thing I tried... coloring PLEATS! Now, I've colored pleats on images that already have pleats on them... but I've never done it on "flat" images.
Here's an adorable image from My Favorite Things called Cute Is What I Do. This is the way I would normally color her... (yup... and like normal, I changed the light source half way through the process! LOL)
And here she is with PLEATS! Isn't that awesome? Now, it was my first attempt at pleats and I got a little pleat crazy... and they do look a bit zig-zaggy... but overall, I'm pretty happy and I can't wait to practice this technique and really perfect it.
Here are the Copic markers used:
What fun... I love that I can now take a fairly simple image and really bump up the difficulty level.
What are you waiting for? Go out and get your pleat on!
Join me this August for my Florida Hot Spot Tour! I'll be visiting some amazing stores where I will be teaching classes, chatting during Q/A sessions, and signing copies of The Copic Coloring Guide. Come take a class or just stop in and chat... I'll be at the following locations:
This week I colored up two of the cutest images in the Pure Innocence line...
The first sample uses the image Love You With All My Heart. This little gal has a HUGE heart and she's perfect for sending loving messages to anyone in your life.
I paired her up with a saying from the Clearly Sentimental About You set. (LOVE THESE!) And I've got three more videos this week showing the steps for coloring her. You can see them by clicking on the links below.
I did add some things to the image once the videos were done... like some textured detail on her dress that I created with a sky blue multiliner and some dots of Opaque White. I then paired the colored image with dark blue card stock and created a scallop border with the Die-namics open scallop die and added a layer of patterned paper from Basic Grey.
My second sample uses Ladybug... probably my all time favorite MFT image.
This little lady is just adorable! I don't have separate videos for coloring her up, but I do have a video link where I colored her as part of a live-web show interview that I did back in February. You can view that at the link below.
For this card, I colored her up and paired her with red, black, and gray card stock. I love the way the polka-dots on the card stock mimic the dots on the body! I used three of the dies in the Layered Labels Die-namics set along with the sweet sentiment. I wanted to keep the whole thing fairly simple, but I wanted something fun, so I added her antenna with curls of wire so they would pop off the page.
I want to thank Kim and the crew over at My Favorite Things for letting me join them this month as a Fab Friend. I have had so much fun coloring and making videos with these amazing images. If you'd like to learn a bit more about me, you can head on over to the MFT Blog for a final posting and my answer to yet another interview question.
Thanks for stopping by... and have a colorful day!
This week I want to share some cards that I made with some of my very favorite images. I am in LOVE with My Favorite Thing's Pure Innocence line of stamps. They are just sooooo sweet and a joy to color (which as you know is sort of my thing! LOL).
This first card is made with the little girl from the My Balloon set. I actually cut the balloon out and then squiggled a wire between her hand and the balloon so it had a 3D quality. The balloon is popped up on foam tape. The bright colors and the sweet little girl just made me happy... so that's what I put as the sentiment. (I used the Layered Labels Die-namics for this.. uber easy!)
And for a little treat for you... I decided to create a video for this next image. I am always asked about my coloring, so I thought I'd tape myself while coloring the image and share with you. Of course, I didn't do a lot of editing, so I ramble a bit and it ended up being sort of long. I split it into 4 videos... each about 4 or 5 minutes long... so you could see what I do. Nothing elaborate... just something simple to get you started.
You can see the videos on my Youtube channel - just started one... will be adding lots of videos in the months to come... or just click on the links below.
I used the adorable little youngster from the Make Mine a Double set for this card along with the Die-namics Open Scallop Border. Ice cream always reminds me of summer... and the 4th of July... so I went with a red/white/blue color scheme for this one. Isn't it sweet?
This month though... there's no question...as I've been asked to be the April Fab Friend for My Favorite Things!
My first project uses images from The Sheltering Tree set. Talk about adorable... these two little owls are just the cutest! I stamped the tree with Memento and colored with Copics. I then added the leaves with Bamboo Memento ink, stamped and colored the owls and then cut them out to pop them up on the branch. I just love the way the larger one is looking at the smaller one and spreading his wings... like he is saying, "You can do it.. just take the leap and fly." I've got an amazing friend who pretty much told me the same thing this weekend..so this card is winging it's way to her!
My next card was SO much fun to create! As you know, I like cute and whimsical... and pink isn't my favorite crayon in the box. LOL But I honestly LOVE this card!
I used the Inspired By - Love set and ohhh, it's full of gorgeous images and text! I stamped the heart and wing images in Memento black and then colored them with Copics in the R80 family. I went over the bold black lines in the heart with my Spica pure black glitter pen to really set off the pinks. I cut out a tag and airbrushed it with R83 and W3 and then stamped "LOVE" on it. There is a subtle image of the music staffs on the patterned paper at the top of the card and the sentiment is stamped on the bottom. I wrapped some variegated red/pink fibers around a gray strip and attached the die cut. I popped the heart on and glued the wings to the back. A few pearls were the perfect simple embellishment for this project.
And of course... I couldn't leave without giving you Cute and Whimsical...so here's "World's Best Doctor"
If he looks familiar, it's because I gave a sneak of him as an example of coloring tips on this post. I thought he was so cute I had to use him on a card. I love the simple layout... that way the focus is on the image and the coloring. It's the perfect way to express gratitude for someones friendship...
...which of course, is the theme of the day!
Please head over to the MFT BLOG today to get up close and personal with me as I answer a question or two for inquiring minds.
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Today the Copic Regional Instructors in the US and Australia are doing a Blog Hop and offering up a GREAT prize!!!
We are excited to announce that Marianne Walker's new book called Shadows and Shading is now available for purchase.
This book is designed for beginner artists or paper crafters who want to make their coloring look more realistic, taking it up to the next level by adding shading and shadows. The book does not teach how to draw, rather it teaches how add shadows and shading.
This wire-bound book comes with 4 clear printed guides to help you add shadows properly on your own work.
Here the linear light guide placed over an image to be colored.
I was so excited to get a copy of the book and read it! I love that it discusses the differences between shading and shadows and gives detailed information on how to add both to your work. While I've got shading down pat, I have a tendency to struggle a bit with shadows. In the past few months, I've stepped up my coloring game by adding harder shadows (no more land of diffused light for me)... and even adding some simple cast shadows.
My light source is coming from the upper left... just in front of his shoulder. Check out that shadow cast by the clipboard!!! (Ignore the actual shadow above his head... I cut him out and he curled up just a bit.)
I've still got a ways to go on the cast shadows thing, but with this book, I know I've got the resources to maser them! In this sample... I wanted my doctor standing in a hallway with the light casting a shadow of him on the wall.
While I've got the general shape right (I even followed it from the floor to the wall!) I wasn't quite able to get the whole color/look right. I probably shouldn't have used dots. (If you squint, it doesn't look so bad LOL.)
You see... it's all about practicing new skills, trying new things and not being afraid to make mistakes. Give me a few months... I'll have shadows everywhere!
If you'd like to learn along with me, leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of Marianne's new book. And then go visit the other instructor's blogs for even more chances. You have until Sunday night at midnight (EST) to comment on my blog. I will be picking a winner on Monday!
Here's the list of blogs you can comment on for your chance to win.....
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am currently working as a freelance designer and/or educator for Copic, Splitcoaststampers, Whimsy Stamps and DRG Publishers. While I am compensated by these companies, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don't personally use and enjoy.