Sunday, February 22, 2015

More Copic coloring fun!

Hi everyone!

Yes, I'm still on my Copic coloring kick...Ever since taking the class, I try to find time to color and have been enjoying it more and more every time. I wanted to share a card I made for some friends. They're going through a hard time and, sometimes, all we can do is pray. So, I'm sending this card to reassure them that we're praying with them through this difficult time. Here's my card:

I love this little bird from Hero Arts! He's so much fun to color! I used BG 10 and 15 for his body with some yellow and touches of orange, too. I also added some Wink of Stella on his chest and on his wing so there's this subtle shimmer on him in real life. I knew I wanted to use a kraft cardstock but I wanted some pop of color on it so I added some polka dots. I found some cardstock that matched the bird quite well so I added some embossing to the cardstock (Swiss Dots from Cuttlebug) and that added some interest to the card, too. Super simple card (sentiment is also from Hero Arts and heat embossed) but I wanted the focus to be on the bird.

I'll be entering the card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday Challenge--Add a Little Texture
Word Art Wednesday--Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Pat

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Foxy Card

Hi all!

I hope everyone is having a good week. I got to have some fun today and work on a quick card. As I've mentioned before, I've been taking the Online Card Classes Copic class and I'm now having a lot of fun cutting out and using the images I've been coloring. This image, from Lawn Fawn, was provided to the class so we could practice coloring "critters". And even though I had to fussy cut it out, it was pretty easy to do so I'm thinking you may be seeing more foxes soon. :)

Here's my card:
I decided to keep the card VERY simple so that the coloring would take center stage. The fox was colored in using Copics (YR 04, YR07, R17) and I LOVE how it turned out! The coloring wasn't perfect and there was some bleeding but thanks to my trusty white gel pen, those mistakes were covered up. :) For the fox's tail, I was tempted to just it just a really stark white but, in the end, I went with adding some shine to it with Wink of Stella. I also wanted to ground the image so I added some flecks of grass with Copics, too. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp! (You) and I love how the fox really does look like she's thinking of her fellow fox. So cute! The panel is a die cut frame from Lawn Fawn with stitched lines...LOVE it! Such an elegant look. For the card base, I just inked a small dots background stamp from Impression Obsession and stamped the dots with Versamark ink. Again, keeping it simple so that the coloring is the main focus.

I'll be entering the card in two different challenges: Word Art Wednesday--Anything Goes challenge.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge--All Creatures Great and Small

Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!
Pat

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A special birthday card

Hi friends!

I'm popping in quickly to share a card I made for my son. My oldest turned 13 yesterday (I'm still in shock!) and I wanted to celebrate the transformation he's gone thru this past year. Here's my card:

I knew he wouldn't "like" the butterfly but I also knew he'd understand why I used the butterfly. He's gone thru quite the metamorphosis this year--growing taller, voice changing--that the butterfly was perfect.

I kept it pretty simple. I'm still practicing my Copic coloring so I used one of the images provided by the Online Card Class and colored it in. It was so much fun to color in this image! Next time I use the butterfly, I'll add shine and glossy accents, too, but since this was for a boy, I knew that should be kept to a minimum. I tried to add some added interest to the butterfly by using a sharpie to accent some of the veins on the wings--not sure I like it....May try darkening the outer veins next time...but still, you have to try to figure out what works and what doesn't. I cut out strips of white cardstock and colored them in using the same Copic markers I used on the butterfly and then did a polka-dot strip, too. Stamped and embossed the sentiment and the card was done.

I'll be entering this card here:
Simon Says Anything Goes Wed. challenge.
Word Art Wednesday "anything goes" challenge.

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by.
Pat

Monday, January 26, 2015

Best and Warmest of Wishes

Hi friends!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. For those of us on the West Coast, we're enjoying much warmer than normal temperatures. But I know most of the East Coast is gearing up for quite the snow storm. Stay warm and safe!

I'm sharing a card today that I'm quite excited about! I asked my husband to buy me the Copic Online Card Class for Christmas. I've been watching videos ever since. My Copic collection isn't large and I've been so frustrated trying to learn the techniques. But the classes are really very helpful. As is true for everything else in life, the more you practice, the easier it will become. And I'm enjoying coloring more and more. So, although I'm no expert, I'm thrilled to share a card using my Copics!

Here's my card:
I stamped the image using Memento Black ink and the stamp is from Penny Black. I colored in the image using Copic markers. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp! (Apothecary Labels). I trimmed down the image panel and added some black strips just to add some interest to the card. The card was then adhered to red cardstock (Hero Arts) and the card was done. I contemplated adding gems and Wink of Stella...but I decided to just leave it alone and let the coloring take center stage. Sometimes, less is more.

If you want to learn how to use your Copics, I highly recommend taking the Online Card Class offered. I've watched the videos many times now and even my 10 year old son is learning how to blend and shade because of the videos.

Here are the websites I'll be entering the card in:
Word Art Wednesday--"Anything Goes" challenge
Cute Card Thursday--"Colourful" challenge
Runway Inspired Challenge--Carven (see image below for the inspiration. I used the bright colors with black as the inspiration.)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Pat




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Celebrate...a baby!

Hi friends!

I'm not sure if you all heard me squeal when I realized I could slip away for an hour and work on a card in the middle of the week! :) Today, I'm sharing a special card for a special baby. One of the moments I love most in life is when you realize someone has sneaked into your heart and you didn't even realize it. The little baby boy that this card is going to is just a little over 2 weeks old. He's a preemie and he's been working hard to gain weight and come home to his loving parents. He's named just like my oldest. Although I don't know him--or even his parents--he's become special to me. And he's perfectly cute, too! You are all welcome to join me in praying for baby Sammy, too.
Here's my card:

The design of the card is based on a sketch (see below) from Freshly Made Sketches. I changed the design just a bit and added the twine to mimic the space between the papers. I knew that I wanted to use hearts and I remembered a small stamp set that I got for $1 at a local craft store. Those three hearts come as a little border and it was perfect for the card! I chose blue and red and just stamped the border over and over. I then stamped the sentiment (Hampton Arts) and wrapped the baker's twine. The onesie die cut, although hard to see in the picture, is from WPlus9 and I stamped the large heart from that same $1 set. Because every baby should be celebrated, I did add some shine to the inside of the hearts with some Wink of Stella. Super easy card...but I really like how it turned out!

Here are the sites where I'll be entering the card:
Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday challenge--use hearts
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes!
Freshly Made Sketches--see picture below for the sketch.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!
Pat

Monday, January 19, 2015

You're an 11!

Hi all!

After quite the break from crafting, I'm here to finally share a card. Although I haven't been making many cards, I have been taking the Copic marker class from Online Card Classes and having tons of fun coloring. Here's my card:

Today's card has tons of color and a couple techniques, too. First off, the background. I used several different distress inks to make the background. I used the ink pads to smear some color on my nonstick mat and then sprayed the ink so that I could use the colors as a watercolor wash. The colors, though, weren't as deep as I wanted them to be. I'd pounce the paper back into the color but I wasn't getting the deep blue I had hoped for. So, once I did several watercolor layers, I added some dark blue distress ink with the blending tool on the corners. I also wanted to tie in some red since the bird has some red so that was done with the blending tool, too. I then cut out a circle using a die cut and positioned the sentiment where I wanted it. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp!'s Apothecary Labels.

The bird was colored in using Copic markers. Like I mentioned, I have been taking the online class and I've loved it. There were some images provided so I fussy cut the bird and used the image. I used dimensional tape to adhere him and added some navy blue strips along the background paper, too.

Such a fun, inky, colorful card to make!

Here's the sites I'll be entering the card in:
Word Art Wednesday--"anything goes"
Send A Smile 4 Kids--a great site that provides handmade cards to kids--"anything goes" challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Pat

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Season's Tweetings! :)

Hello!

With Christmas quickly approaching, I'm popping in to share a card that was quite fun to make. It's a different style for me but that was part of the fun. Here's my card:

Where to begin? The background panel was made with a faux letterpress technique. I had tried this technique years ago and the idea popped into my head to try it again. So, I used my Sizzix folder and inked up one side of the embossing folder with Salty Ocean distress ink. I then squeezed the cardstock into the embossing folder and ran it thru the embossing machine. This is the look you get! It's not a perfect letterpress--which is what kind of annoys me--but it works on cutesy, artsy type cards. The center panel has the dies and stamps from Lawn Fawn's Winter Sparrows set. I've been using my inktense watercolor pencils a lot lately and that's what I used to color in their accessories. I added some stickles to the branches for the "snow" and also some Wink of Stella to the top of the yellow hat. Super easy card to make and these birds are just so cute! :)

Here's where I'm entering the card, too.
1. Simon Says Monday Challenge--an "anything goes" week.
2. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Winter
3. Cute Card Thursday--Sparkle
4. Word Art Wednesday--always "anything goes".

May you all have a wonderful Christmas and a new year filled with many, many blessings from Above.
Pat