The final instruction on our Copic class was to practice a lot! So I have been a good pupil and have been busy playing practising.
This first card is one that I started at our last open days, before I took the class. It’s using the Seashell Collage themeplate and I’ve since tweaked it a little, added some splodges of green seaweed around the base of the posts and a touch of Angelwings Shimmerz paint to the seagull.
It is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto glossy card. Now glossy isn’t always the best card to use with Copic markers as it is not very absorbent and doesn’t take long for the colour to build up on the surface and stop blending. However, as I was going for a steaky look deliberately to get the effect of waves, that was fine for this card.
The background paper is from the Damask Delights CD and the coloured image has been layered onto white card embossed with the bird swirl Cuttlebug folder. The deep turquoise card has one edge punched with a gorgeous new EK success punch I found in America (coming soon to the Graphicus shop/website).
Here’s a close up of the colouring:
Here’s another style of bird altogether – it’s Oliver Twitter and friends!
This is stamped onto a matt white card and puts into practice a couple of blending techniques that we learned on the class. The sky is done with the clear blender pen and a couple of shades of blue. (I’m sorry I can’t tell you what colours I used on any of these projects, they were done without tutorials in mind, so I didn’t make any notes of colours as I was working. I will do some tutorials in future posts with notes of what colours I use.) The blue has been faded into the white with the blender pen – it definitely takes practice to get this one right. The shadow at the base of the tree also uses the blender pen – I saturated the area with the blender pen before using the warm greys to create the shadow, then used the green and the blender pen again to ‘bleed’ the colour and give it a soft edge.
The brown patterned paper in the background is Basic Grey Phoebe (or Pheobe as they’ve spelled it on the packaging?!). It seemed to have the right quirkiness for the stamp.
Finally, here is the beautiful hyacinth and it was a real challenge to do the glass of water.
I need to practice this one a bit more, the glass needs a little more shading to make it look curved. I’m pleased with the hyacinth itself though. This was stamped onto the pearlescent card that we put in our Essential card pack. It’s a beautiful card that I use a lot, but not ideal for Copics as the absorbency is a little patchy because of the tiny flakes of mica that are mixed into the card itself. The stamped piece has been edged with one of the same Copic pens that I used to colour with. The chisel end of the Ciao markers are great for running around the edge of a piece of card. I liked it so much I layered it onto white and edged that too to give the double frame. The background card is one I’ve had for ages from Craftwork Cards and is embossed with twinkly flowers all over.
I have two magazine deadlines this week and as usual, I can’t put those on the blog until after they have been published which is a long time in the future. So I may go a bit quiet, but at some point, I will share a very colourful pair of photographs of Adrian and I in Florida. I’m just waiting to see how big the bribe gets from Adrian to NOT publish the one of him …
PS – for those asking, I have now lost 10lb since changing my eating habits. We did allow ourselves a naughty weekend though as we were working at a food festival, so we saved up some spare calories and I enjoyed a beautiful strawberry cupcake on Saturday and the most divine raspberry pavlova ice cream today. Mmmmm…..