Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bunny with Basket


Easter is still a few weeks away, but I'm trying to get a head start on cards this year.  This little bunny looks like he is on his way to visit someone special.

Copics used:
Blue: B000, B00
Orange: YR00, YR02
Yellow:Y00, Y11
Purple: BV00, BV01
Green: G0, G02
Basket: E31, E33, E35, E37
Red: R32, R35, R37, R39
Green: YG03, YG06, YG09-- flowers R20, R21, R24 and V12, V15, V17
Bunny: Y21, Y23, Y26, E50, E51, E53, E30, R11

Monday, March 27, 2017

Get Well- Chicken Soup


What do they say?  Laughter is the best medicine.   I love the look on this guy's face.  It truly is pathetic.

 On the inside:
 Copics used:

Blue: B32, B34, B37, B39
lt. Blue: B12, B14, B16
Red: R14, R17, R24, R29, R39
Yellow: Y21, Y23
Grey: C1, C3
Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Ground: W5, W3, W1

White: E50, E51, E53
Yellow: Y13, Y25
Orange: YR12, YR14, YR16

Friday, March 24, 2017

Otterly in Love

Hello again,

Today is the second installment of the Otter cards.  Today we used a mask and a sponge to get the look of water.

***Baby Pictures at the end***

Copics used:

otter: E47,E44, E43, E42, E41, E40, E30
Fish: YR12, YR16

Here are the photos from our St. Patrick's Day and 11 month photo shoot.

 Shhh...Don't Tell Anyone Where I hid the Gold

I hope you had a great Day!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Otterly Lost

Hello friends,

Otters are so cute!  I think it is their playful nature that captures our hearts.  The sister cards were so popular last month, I decided to do something similar this month.  I made two cards using the same materials.  Today I'm sharing the first card.  I hope you will come by Friday to see the second one. We use two different watercolor techniques to create the oceans.

It was really neat to see how everyone's card turned out in class.  Each ocean was a little different.

Otter: E40, E41, E43, E44, E47, E30
Fish: YR12, YR16
I used a black pen to darken his nose

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunshine Mermaid

Greetings stampers!

It is no secret that I love mermaids.  I not-so-secretly would love to be one.  I can't be sure, but I think this is a little boy mermaid.  It was so unique.  I couldn't resist.

Copics used:

Green: YG01, YG03, YG06,YG09, G28
Black: N4, N6, N8, N10, 100
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Yellow: Y11, Y15, T17
Orange: YR04, YR07,
Hair: E13, E15, E17, E29
I put a tiny bit of glitter on the mermaid tail. It is hard to see.
You could do the water with copics, but I sponged some light blue ink.

Friday, March 17, 2017

I Love Tulips


Mother Nature has reminded us that she is in charge this week.  We were getting spoiled with the Spring-like days.   Hopefully this will be the last of the snow and we will see some tulips soon.

This stamp set is ancient.  It was one of the first ones I purchased when I started stamping.  It was way ahead of its time with layering.

No copics today

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Programed to Party

Hello friends,

New York state (and much of the East Coast) has been slammed with snow.   I know many are upset about all the snow, but being snowed in has it upside.  I was able to clear some time in my schedule to get more coloring done!  Yeah!!!

Today's card was done by request.  Monochromatic cards are popular at the moment.  I had never done a "true" monochromatic card before.  I usually cheat by adding in one other color.  I love the way it pops against the grays or browns.    I like how this card turned out, but in truth... if I were to color it again. I would make the balloon red.  I guess I'm not cut out for single color thing.

I put this little guy on the inside of the card.

Copics used:
C1, C3, C5, C7, C9

Monday, March 13, 2017

Lucky Friend

Top O'the Morning to You,

Shamrocks are so happy.  I used a really bright green to color these in.  I love the energy it brings to the card.  It will certainly brighten someone's day.

Copics used:

Green: YG01, YG03, YG06, YG09
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15
I put glitter on the stars

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cupcake Fairy Video Tutorial Copic Class


I'm so excited to share with you the third installment in a series of Copic Tutorial classes.   If you want to see the House Mouse class click here.   I recently taught a Copic class on how to make something appear translucent.   My students asked me to make this video so they watch me color this image from start to finish.   This video does cover how to make an object look translucent, but we will spent a lot of time talking about contrast.  We will use grays/blacks to deepen shadows to create a more dramatic look.   Please send me a note if you have any questions.

Skills covered in Cupcake Fairy Copic Tutorial Class
Review of Skin
Using Grays and Black in your coloring
Translucent effect on Wings
Grounding of Images
Cast Shadows
Textured skirt
Learn to break down complicated images
Fixing mistakes

Explanation of my process

Skill level: You only basic blending skills.
Cost: $20 --(upon purchase a link to the video will be sent to you)

Copics used in this lesson:
You do not need to use these exact colors.

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21, R20
Hair: E13, E15, E17, E25, E27, E29
Blue: B000, B00, B01
Dress: R81, R83, R85, R89, W5
Green: YG67, YG63, G43, G40, W7, 100
Frosting: E50, E51, E53, W1, W3
Gold: Y17, Y26, Y28
Cherry: R32, R35, R37, R39
Ground: W7, W5, W3, W1, 0
White gel pen for details

Here is the poster for this class.  I'm sorry the print is a little small. I blew it up to the largest size permitted by the web page.  If you like email me and I can send you copy.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hey Gill Friend


I know it is only February, but I'm starting to dream about summer.   I started going through some of my summer images and this one caught my attention.  I love coloring mermaids because you can break all the rules.  When else can you color blue hair without raising some eyebrows?

This image turned out to be a little more challenging than I originally thought.  I had a hard time getting the shadows to look right on the skin. I'm also a little out of practice on hair.  I tried a couple different things and this is what looked the best.  I almost didn't post this... but then I thought that would be pretty hypocritical.  I always tell my students.. that each image we color teaches us something.   I love the shadows on the rock and her hairpiece.   I hope to revisit this again and keep improving.

copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E13, R20
Eyes: E13, E15,
Hair: B000, B00, B01, B02, B04, B06
Green: YG01, YG03, YG06, YG09, YG63, YG67
Water: B12, B14, B16
Rock: E70, E71, E74, E77
Gold: Y17, Y26, Y28
Sand:  E11, Y32, --lots of dots of browns and yellows. I didn't write them all down--Sorry.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sprinkled with Stardust

Hello again,

Today I'm sharing the second card in my translucent series for copic classes.  I love how you can see the cupcake wrapper through the fairy wings.  I hope you enjoy...

 Copics used:
Green: YG67, YG63, G43, G40, W7, 100
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E13, R20
Hair: E13, E15, E17, E25
Pink: R81, R83, R85, R89, W7
Wings: B000, B00, B01
Frosting: E50, E51, E53, W3, W1
Yellow: Y17, Y26, Y28
Red: R32, R35, R37, R39
Ground: W7, W5, W3, W1
white gel pen on cheeks

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Risk the Cooties


This past month I had the privilege of teaching an advanced copic class.  We we learning how make objects look translucent.   I wanted to hunt down some new practice images.  This one worked perfectly.   Be sure to check out Monday's post for another image from our Copic class.

 I couldn't resist making this a tent card.   I love that this will sit up on someone's desk for them to enjoy.   I stamped some lemons on the inside in a light yellow color.  This way you can still write a message on top of them.

Copics used:
Mouse: E000, E00, E30, E31, E33, E35, E93, BV20
Hummingbird: YG01, YG03, YG06, YG09, B00, B01, B02, B04, V12, V15, V17, W9, E13
Lemonade/Lemon: Y00, Y02, Y04, Y06, Y08, E11, E13
Glass: B000, B00
Straw, C3, C1
Ground: W3, W1, W0