15 November 2016

Teddy bears, balloons & presents

Guess that means someone must be having a birthday!! I have a dear friend who always hand draws big bunches of balloons on her cards, so I knew what stamp I wanted to use for her birthday card this year plus I wanted to do some more colouring for the 30 day coloring challenge.

My first challenge was how do you actually colour a teddy bear with Copics, lots of people post really cute cards but they don't say what colours they used. So I looked at the E markers I had & worked out 3 brown combos I could do, then coloured up the wee teddy.

I thought the red-brown combo (E11, E13, E17) would probably work best on reindeer, the other 2 combos I liked & I thought the yellow brown was the most teddy bear-like. FYI in case you can't read my scribbles yellow-brown combo was E31, E55, E57 and gray-brown combos was E41, E42, E43 & E44.

I made my background by white embossing a wee star stamp. Then blended 2 distress inks  to make the stars pop. I then spritzed with water, then sprayed with shimmer spray.

I stamped my Happy Birthday saying then die cut out the circle using the 2nd biggest stitched circle die.

I think the rest of the card is self-explanatory but leave me a comment if it isn't.

Stamp sets: Beary Special Birthday (MFT), Circle Sayings (SSS), Starring You (SU!)
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Intense Black (SSS), Worn Lipstick distress ink, Squeezed Lemonade distress ink
Paper: X-press It blending card stock, Whisper White (SU!), Cotton Candy (SSS)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Stitched Circles (SSS), co-ordinating Beary Special die (MFT)
Other: white embossing powder, Ranger mini ink blending tool, sheer Shimmer spritz (Imagine Crafts), clear Wink of Stella pen, dimensionals

Copics used:
Bear: E31, E55, E57
Muzzle & inside ears: E30
Nose: E59
Balloon: Y11, Y15, Y19
Present: R32, R35, YG13, YG17

Does anyone have any fav colour combos they would like to share for teddy bears for Copics, please comment below if you do!!

Well the 30 day coloring challenge is ongoing for the whole of November & Mindy Baxter AKA My Creative Scoop has also started a Monday challenge to post any hand coloured images for a chance to win a free class from her.

✿ Karen ✿

10 November 2016

Watercoloured Mondo Peony

Just a quick update to share what I created with my messy watercoloured Mondo Peony. This links to the stamping & inking of the image on my last blog post.

I will make this card again as I love the vibrancy & brightness of the colours but I'm not happy with the bleeding around the flowers or on the edge.

Stamp set: Mondo Peony (Ellen Hudson)
Paper: Watercolour (Ranger), Raspberry ripple (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Black
Colour Crush Powders: Pineapple, Pomengranate, Wheat Grass, Blue Heaven (all Tinby Designs)
ZIG Real Colour Markers: Violet, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Carmine Red, May Green
Other: Sending Hugs die (MFT - free last month with a $60 order), clear embossing powder, Fall Festival sequins (SSS), glossy accents, Daffodil liquid pearls, foam (to mount the die cut word).

I'm about to start my shift at the hospital  in about an hour (I work midnight-8am) so am taking a break from the 30 day colour challenge. I've actually slept really badly on my days off which is also why I've stopped blogging. Be back next week with some more colouring I hope. I've packed my pencil case with a few Copics & a couple of stamped images for my break time :)

Thanks for popping by.

✿ Karen ✿

8 November 2016

Day 7: The Daily Marker 30 day Colouring Challenge

Today is a WIP (work in progress) as my piece of watercolour paper is drying now. I have a feeling day 8 will be repeating day 7 & not overworking it!

I loved Ellen Hudson's Mondo Hydrangea stamp and out of all my stamps it's probably the stamp I have used the most so I was really excited when I saw the latest release had a Mondo Peony but when it arrived I went OMG that is so huge & put it away.

I thought when I bought it,  it would also be great for watercolouring so decided the colour challenge was a great time to break some ink on it. I even used a discarded scrap of watercolour card stock that I hadn't liked what I had tried to do on the other side that was how much I disliked the stamp in real life.

HOW WRONG WAS I! I actually think it's actually a really nice size now & perfect for watercolouring if one doesn't overwork it!!!!!!!

Another purchase that was sitting in my drawer were some Color Crush powders I had bought at SENZ in July which make some nice washes when you mix a few granules with water.

I inked up the image with Versafine black ink  & then stamped it 2-3x with my large MIST (stamping on watercolour paper you really need a MISTI as the roughness of the paper seems to repel ink in my mind). Then clear embossed it.

I made some washes with Pomegranate, Pineapple and Wheat Grass Color Crush powders (tinby designs). I always do a very light wash of water first on my stamped image using a no. 1 flat brush. Then I use my no. 2 round brush to colour up. I like no. 2 the best, as being a finer tip it gives me better control, so even though it's a small tip watercolouring is quick & easy.

So far so good, & was thinking I was wrong I actually really like this stamp. I then thought lets do some splatters with left over wash which didn't go well & silly me hadn't done a light colour wash.

At this stage decided to go visit a friend whilst it all dried. Came home & grabbed my Blue Heaven Color Crush powder for a wash & to hide ugly splatters.

So feeling really happy with how it was coming together - this is where I should have stopped by the way, but as I only had a limited number of Color Crush powders; think I bought one of each shade, I thought I would add some depth with my Zig Real Color brushes.

The Violet Zig was much too dark & trying to lift some of the colour off with water & a paper towel it's all got a bit messy (sob).

Check back tomorrow to see whether I had to restart or whether I saved it "from me".

✿ Karen ✿

7 November 2016

Day 6: The Daily Marker 30 day Colouring Challenge

Running late today (it might be day 7 in Kathy's land already), just as well I had most of the elements die cut for this card. I thought I'd try the no-line colouring using Desert Sand Memento Ink but I don't think I'm good enough at my colouring, as it was really hard to see where to colour & also to cut out but I do still love the card even though my cat blends in with the trees (accidentally).

I've coloured the image with Copics, then cut it out by hand. The saying is embossed & I've done the look there's no unwanted black specks cheat embossing using Versafine black to ink up the image  & then clear embossing it.

Stamp sets: Mini Gorguss gal No. 10 Purrrrrfect Love (Santoro), Hand-Lettered Christmas (MFT)
Ink: Desert Sand (Memento),  Versafine Black
Card: X-press It Blending, Whisper White (SU!), Soft Sky (SU!), Fog (SSS), Powder Glitter (American Crafts)
Other: Snowfall - Vertical die (MFT), Birch Trees die (MFT), star punch (SU!), dimensionals, clear EP, clear Wink of Stella.
Face: R30, E00, E11
Hair: N7, N9, 100, BV04
Cat: W00, W1, W3, W5, W6
Hat: B00, B02, B05, C3, C8
Skivvy, stockings: E01, E93
Boots:YR23, YR27, E99

Well that's the 6th day of the 30 day colouring challenge, I may take the 7th day off as a rest day ;)

See you soon with some more colouring efforts from me.

✿ Karen ✿

6 November 2016

Day 5: The Daily Marker 30 day Colouring Challenge

I thought it would be really appropriate to finish off one of my lessons from Online Card Classes that Kathy Racoosin was the actual teacher for my day 5 effort. Kathy did a damn fine job of teaching us how to colour her up as I think she looks pretty, apart from the hair. To me I blend I can't seem to show hair strands. Oh well practice may make perfect for me, or not. Either way I am really happy with the end result. I blinged her up by colouring some pearls with my V17 marker and I made her dress all sparkly with my clear Wink of Stella.

This was my practice sheet from class, with the recipe underneath of Copic markers used.

And the final card once I cut her out.

Well I must admit this 30 day challenge is very good for making me finish off cards with all my coloured images.

✿ Karen ✿