Monday, May 28, 2012

Sweet Thank You

 Hi there! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I'm back, after a little break, with a new Sweet Strawberries project. Most of the time, when I color with Copics, I take advantage of as many markers as possible to get the blending I want. But, I know that many of you, that are just starting your collection, may not have a lot of Copic markers within the same color family. So on today's card I decided to limit the number of markers I used to show you how you can get good shading with just two markers per family.

 I stamped the strawberry plant using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I used R27 to color in about half of each strawberry.

 Then I added R22, leaving a small area uncolored on each strawberry. After adding R22, I used a blender pen to soften the highlight area.

 Then I went back with the R27 to deepen the shading more in the shadows. By layering the R27 back on itself, it gets darker. If you wanted to deepen the shadows even more, and didn't have a darker red, you could always use a violet, or grey for even darker shading.

 For the foliage, I started with G05.

 Then I added YG03, again leaving small highlight areas uncolored. Next, I used my blender pen to soften the highlighted areas.

 Then I went back with the G05 to deepen the shading.

 I used Spellbinders™ Classic Circles LG Nestabilities® to cut out the image, then sponged one of the new Memento colors, Peanut Brittle, using a jumbo sponge dauber.

 Used W3 to add a shadow.

Then YR65 for a little more shadow.

I cut a piece of Pure Luxury Ivory to 4 by 5 ¼ inches and sponged around the edges with Memento Peanut Brittle. 

Using a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities™ folder, Enchanted side B, I embossed the card stock. Then I used the same jumbo sponge dauber, without re-inking, so it was pretty dry, to sponge over the raised areas.

I didnt get step by step photos of the single strawberry with flower. I used the same two reds and greens to color the strawberry and Y17 & YR000 to color the flower. I layered with Pure Luxury Pumpkin Spice, Tan Leather and Lipstick Red and used Sweet Corn for the card base. That gorgeous crepe ribbon is fro Creative Impressions. Finished size 4 ¼ by 5 ½ inches. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Friday, May 18, 2012

To Have and To Hold

Hello! Today I have a tag to share with you. I used it to adorn a small wedding gift.

Before I get started, Naneruth asked a question about what kind of tips I used on my Copic markers. All but one or two of my Copics are sketch markers, and I almost always use the brush tip. I really like the versatility of the brush tip because you can lay down a lot of color, yet still have a nice fine tip for smaller areas.

I also wanted to let you all know that I plan to take next week off from blogging projects. I have a lot of DT projects to work on and it became clear I need to set aside creating for the blog for a few days to be sure I get everything completed in time.

Here is a close up of the tag.

I used GKD Pure Luxury Pearl card stock, cut with the large tag die template from Spellbinders™ Tags and Flags Shapeabilities®. Then I sponged one of the new Memento colors, Love Letter. Since the pearl card stock is coated, it resists ink somewhat. I wanted a pink background, so the dark Love Letter ink came out a very nice pink on this card stock.

I cute another piece of Pearl card stock with a Lacy Circles die template and again sponged Memento Love Letter.

I cut some Pure Luxury Innocent Pink card stock with Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and sponged more Love Letter. This time, I just used the residual ink on my sponge dauber so the sponging wouldn't get too dark.

Starting with the outside of the spiral, I used a piercing tool to begin rolling the flower. You could use a narrow dowel or bamboo skewer to start the flower. After it was partially rolled, I slid it off the piercing tool and finished rolling.

After rolling, there is a small circle tab at the very end. I adhered a small self adhesive pearl to the center of the circle, then added some Zip Dry adhesive to secure the base to the rolled flower. I'd rolled my flower quite tight, so I let it loosen up a bit to let the center open up. The little pearl fit nicely into the center of the flower and I just pressed the circle tab onto the base of the flower and held it a few moments to secure.

After the glue was dry, I folded back some of the outer petals to open up the flowers bit.

Here are a number of flower I made for this project (there were a few extras), made using Pure Luxury White, Innocent Pink and some designer paper. I used the two largest die templates from the Bitty Blossoms set to make all these.

And here you can see how I layered my tag. I added a few shapes from Spellbinders Jewel Fantasies, cut using more Pearl card stock. The sentiment is stamped on white, using Memento Grey Flannel.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sandpiper Sunset

Hello! Hold onto your hats, I have another video tutorial. YouTube only allows 15 minute videos, unless you upgrade, so I had to do a bit of fast forwarding. I used a few of the new Memento Ink colors, from Tsukineko. Gina has these one order, so stayed tuned!

You can watch it here, or click here to see it on YouTube.  Sorry, I didn't get step by step photos, I was winging it.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful day!