Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Enhancing your Copic colouring

Hello everyone! It's Delphine here today to share a Copic make. I thought I would make a CAS card coloured in Copics and show how to enhance your Copic colouring by adding details to it using other media. 

The image I'm using is called Grooving Jasmine by Make it Crafty.

I first cropped my image in MS Word and instead of using my regular Copic paper, printed it on Canson Montval to be able to watercolour too and use other media. Please note, the watercolour paper will not react the same way Copic paper does, the ink may bleed more, the blending be less efficient, the colours may be darker too - it will all depend on the watercolour paper you choose to use. 
I coloured Grooving Jasmine completely, using the following Copics:

Skin: E000, 00, 11, 13, RV02
Hair: 100, BV04, C7, 9
Purple: V09, 15, 17
Pink: RV02, 04, T3
Blue: B95, 97, 99
Gold: Y11, 26

I then thought I would make a simple watercolour background matching my Copic colours, so I used pink and purple Zig watercolour pens. 

I then went back to work on my image using a bit of Polychromo pencils to add a bit of depth, so I mostly added black to the purple clothes and hair, and purple to her skin. I also added some white highlights with the very thin brush of my Copic Opaque White paint. I doodled a few notes in white gel pen too. 

Image in Copics

Image with added details

And lastly, to really make my image pop, I used a Make it Crafty Chipboard frame. I coloured it using Posca pens and covered the black and pink parts in stickles. I aslo added white dots to my background using a Molotow Paint Marker and changed the colour of my notes too.

That's all from me today! Thank you very much for your visit, have a great day! Hugs,
Delphine xx

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Recycling, Copic markers and Activator...

Hello Copic friends,

Today I will show you how you can make fun cards 
with your rubber stamp left overs,
your Copic Activator and some Copic Markers.

I use a lot of rubber stamps for my cards
 and when you trim those rubber stamps
rubber stamp leftovers will remain.

As probably everyone in the world of scrap and cardmaking,
I do not like to throw things away. Ha, ha.

So this is my solution...use your rubber stamp leftovers too.
And make original creations.

You will need :

Copic Activator
Some Copic Markers (I have chosen three markers : RV04, RV14 and R59)
Chromolux paper or other heavy glossy paper
an acrylic block or stamping tool
and last but not least some rubber stamps leftovers.

 I have cut up the pieces, into shapes I like.

I have created a design 
and attached the rubber stamp leftovers onto my stamping tool
(you can also use an acrylic block if you do not have a stamping tool)

 If your stamps are not mounted on foam you can use tack 'n' peel 
to attach the rubber onto the acrylic block or stamping tool. 

I have cut a piece of Chromolux paper 
and have attached it on my stamping tool with the magnets,
before I have coloured the rubber
 I have checked if the "design" fits onto the paper.

After I have started to colour the rubber with my two RV markers.

I have also added some R59.

I have sprayed some Activator onto the rubber stamp leftovers,
quickly turned the stamping tool 
and have pressed firmly to the glossy side of the Chromolux paper.

This was the result. 

The second time I have cut another piece of Chromolux paper,
and this time after having sprayed the Activator 
onto the coloured rubber stamp leftovers
I have pressed the glossy side of the paper 
onto the rubber stamp leftovers with a roller.

You can clean the leftovers with a some activator straight after stamping.

This was the result of the second piece.

I have cut several flowers with a MFT die out of the first piece of paper,
the second piece of paper was cutted with a square die,
 with some Staz-on ink I have added
the sentiment to the background paper.

To give the card a fun effect
 I have fixed the flowers with eyelets onto the background
 using a crop-a-dile big bite tool.

This is my fresh pink floral card!

Thank you for visiting and hope you have enjoyed my post.
Why don't you give it a try yourself ? 

Hugs Blankina

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Monotone Colouring

Hi Everyone, it's Faye here today :)

This month, I thought I would talk to you about colouring in monotone.

Monotone colouring can feel a little daunting if you have not done it before. Normally we have a whole range of colours available to us. Colouring in monotone not only restricts us to one colour group, but by default, it then limits the amount of colours we can use on top of that. Eeek, right?

Wrong. It can actually simplify things. Think about where you are going to lay your shading and cast shadows and you can colour an entire image with just four colours. But today we will take it easy!

I'm taking monotone in a literal sense and will colour the image to look black and white. But don't be afraid to try different things. Try the Es for a sepia look. Someone is feeling ill? Give them an image that uses only greens! Play around...

If it's your first time, stick with it. When you start colouring the skin in 'unusual' colours, it looks really odd. But once other areas start filling with the same colour, your eye will soon get used to it.

I have used a fairy from Whimsy Stamps, she's called Fairy Gifts For You. I will colour the skin first, and I'm going dark to light.  Ok, let's go...




Wings next, dark to light...




Now I will move on to the stripes on her top, her tights and her skirt. Again, dark to light...


Because the stripes on the tights are so small, I am going to skip the next colour on those and just colour the top and skirt...


I've also added some cheeky grounding here, using C0, C1 and C3 and I coloured the star in her hair too. Ssssh, don't tell anyone, it will be our secret ;)

Ok, let's add some contrast. I am going to work on the remaining stripes on her top, her tights and her shoes...
As before, because the stripes on the tights are so small, I am going to skip the next colour on those and only add colour to the stripes on her top...



Now I will start on her hair, but this time I am going light to dark. I don't want to lay dark colour then lose the texture I have added by bleaching it out with lighter colours...




That leaves the gifts. I'm reverting to my lighter colour trio and going dark to light again...




Now for some contrasting gifts...




Nearly done! Let's add some cast shadows...

I've also used some White Gel Pen to add a few details to the gifts and stars.

All finished!

Copics Used...
C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9

Thanks for stopping by... Have a great day.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

More Honey Bunnies

Hello everyone

It's Sue here today.

I have a tutorial for you, to show you how to create a masked Copic airbrush background and also how to colour some rather cute bunnies to go with them.

Here are the craft items I used -
a Copic Air System,
Copic Markers FBG2, BV04, V04,
Make It Colour Blending Card 
Three masks created with die cut shapes from heavy weight card,
a selection of Mama Elephants gorgeous Honey Bunny stamped images.
It is also really important to cover your desk otherwise everything will be airbrushed! 
I have discovered I can use my MISTI as a base for securing images for airbrushing!
I cover the MISTI magnetic base with paper and place the card and the mask (or stencil) on the paper and fix it down with the MISTI Magnets!  The MISTI stays clean because it is covered in paper and I have a spare set of magnets I only use for airbrushing!

I covered the white card with the square mask and fixed it down.  Then I then started airbrushing in FBG2, slowly and steadily to cover the card.
I repeated this until I had a depth of colour I was happy with.
I repeated this again with the heart and circular shaped masks.  (I then die cut them to use as card backgrounds later).
I decided it would be nice to create a pattern on one of the airbrushed backgrounds with a stamp

When creating a background stamped with Colourless Blender It is important to work quickly as the Colourless Blender will evaporate quite rapidly.
It's a good idea to get everything ready before you put the blender in the pot!
I used a super size dauber by Tsuksienko  to apply the blender to the stamp, it holds quite a lot of blender and I was able to cover the stamp quickly.
Then I stamped the background onto my airbrushed design.  The secret here is to make sure you haven't used too much blender and you don't press down too hard.  A light touch will be all you need to apply the blender to the design.
Your design will now look something like this - I absolutely love it when I see the design the Colourless Blender has created - Colourless Blender really is one of my favourite Copic products!
I love this background stamp so much I think I might use it on everything! (:

Next, I assembled the colours I needed to colour the bunnies.
W00, W1, W2, W4, W6 & C00, C1, C3, C5 
I started to colour the areas where I want the darkest part of my image to be with a W2.  This primes the card and makes it easier to blend the darker colours; it basically creates a base for the pigments in the alcohol solution to move about on.  
I then colour with W6 where I want the darkest part of my image to be.
Then I used W4 to blend out the W6 
...and then W2 to blend out the W4 towards the light.
...and the same with W1

(I then repeat all these steps to create a good definition between the darkest and lightest parts of my image)

Finally I colour with my lightest marker W00 where I want the lightest part of my image to be.
Finally I added a cast shadow under the bunny's chin with W8
Here are the cards I created with the Copic backgrounds and bunnies!
I had such fun doing this!  It would be great if you could try this too and show us your cards at
Copic Marker Europe on Facebook.
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Thank you for popping by.
Happy Copic colouring