Hey friends, welcome to another Tuesday Tutorial. Today, I've got something that everyone needs to have on hand and yet still have fun making. For me, notecards are soemthing that I consider to be a must havce for sending notes to school, but if you don't have little ones in school, these are still so conventient to have made up for all sorts of reasons.
Because these notecards are essentially a "throw away", I don't want to expend tons of energy, but I do want them to look nice and to enjoy myself while I'm creating. So, I kept things very simple but still got some fun techniques in there too... some embossing and coloring to boot!
I started with with 4x4 base notecards in Cottonball White. I find that these are the best size to actually "write" notes in... not too much space and not too little space, but just right.
Because it is fall, I decided to go with the set called Autumn Blessings. The pumkin is a great image to color, but I didn't want to spend the time coloring it the way I would "normally" do so. Here is what I did instead.
I used Versamark ink and stamped the pumpkin image onto the Wild Ginger Cardstock.
Then I covered it with gold embossing powder.
Tap excess and get that heat gun out. Apply the heat directly on one area until you see the powder melt. Then move on to the next area. You can burn your embossing powder and the result will look like very flat and dull.
This might surprise you, but I really enjoyed using my Copics to color directly on the colored cardstock. This allowed me to be imprecise and easy.
I grabbed my Fresh Papaya(YR31), Ripe Olive(YG95), and Hot Cocoa (E29) Copic Markers. I started with the Fresh Papaya and followed the pumpkin lines. I only outlined and didn't color it in. The marker will fade slightly as it seeps into the cardstock.
You can see where it has faded on the left side of the image.
Today I am doing a tutorial with one of Clear Dollar Stamps new April releases. It is "Butterfly Bunny" and it is illustrated by.....ME!!!! Wooo hooo!
I will just start out by giving basic instructions and then you can follow along on the pictures that show what colors to use and what areas to use them in.
You want to make sure that you stamp your image with a brand that works well with alcohol inks. I use Memento's Tuxedo Black and then set it with my heat gun for good measure. I personally always use the pointed (brush) end of my Copic Markers for more control in smaller areas. I always start with the darkest shade first. This is the shadowed area. My imaginary light source is in the upper left hand corner this time so the darker shading will be on the right side and under overlapping body parts. The lights and darks in the shading give the image a more dimensional look.
The rest of the colors will be used in decreasing color value also. For instance I used 5 colors on the brown part of the bunny's fur,darkest to lightest. You will also want to overlap the previous color so that the lines are blended out. I sometimes use straight lines when blending but usually do tiny circles. It really depends on the size of the area and how much color I want to "pull " out.
OK..enough of the boring stuff. Let's get to coloring!
Remember, you can always click on the picture to enlarge for better detail.
Let's start with the grass. Colors used: G99, G21, Y11.
Tip: I didn't quite have the shades of greens I was looking for so I went over all of the grass with Y11 yellow.If you need to blend in the edges, use your colorless blender.
On to the brown fur. Colors used: E47, E35, E33, E51, and colorless blender.
I left a little white in the center of the bunny's hip and around his eye then used the colorless blender to smooth it all out as shown in the next photo.
Next is the bunny's white fur. Colors used: C5 and colorless blender.
Next is the nose, ears, cheek and flowers. Colors used: E04 and E93.
For the flower centers and parts of the butterfly I used Y08.
The other parts of the wings are done with YG41 and B32.
Tip: Don't worry about shading the tiny little parts.
I absolutly love useing B0000 to go around the edges of my images. It adds just a touch of blue so it looks like the sky and any stray marks get erased. Go back and look closely at the previous pictures...I don't always stay in the lines! LOL!
I always seem to add extras on top of my coloring. I just can't help myself! I added a tiny dot of white acrylic paint to give the nose and eye highlights. I then went over them with Crystal Laquer to make them shine. I also added some Stickles to the grass, flowers and butterfly. A girl's gotta get her sparkle on! ;)
I decided to do a CAS (Clean And Simple) card for this tutorial so the image coloring would be the focal point.
If you have enjoyed this tutorial, and I so hope you did, please leave a comment below.
Then you can hop on over to my blog and see the other samples I have done with this stamp. While you are there, don't forget to mention that you saw my tutorial on Lori's blog!.
Thanks so much for taking the time to follow along.
Hi friends, its Katie here to welcome you to another Tuesday. I hope you are having a wonderful day. If you recall, last week I showed you a great way to add texture and a different look by paper piecing. This week, I thought I would continue last week's theme but show a continued version of paper piecing which adds even more dimension and indeed has a name. This technique is called Paper Tole and it is simply adding dimension to an image by cutting and using dimensionals aka pop dots to create this look.
I also ended up showing you how I colored my image today. I use Copics a lot and I did take the certification class a while back, but I feel like I am no expert. I don't always use the same technique or method every time. For me, it really depends on the image and the colors I'm using that sometimes affects how I color. So, that's just my way of saying that I hope you learn something... good or bad...
So, lets get going. Like I said, paper tole is just a method of cutting and separating bits of your image to create depth by layering.
I start by stamping a layer piece and then several more images. If you need to stamp even more later, no biggy.
I can find the ink that I use HERE... the cardstock HERE... and the stamp HERE.
I color in my base image and this is a great place to kind of experiment a bit with your colors since most of it will be covered up. BUT... I do test my colors on a scrap piece of cardstock before I get started.
I started with the center and used my darkest Copic to color it. Simple... just color.
Then on the ruffly center part I used that same marker to color the inner most section.
Then I used the medium pink to color in what would be the centerish part of this section. I color in a circular motion and essentially end up coloring over the darker pink. Don't go all the way to the edge though.
Then use the lightest pink to finish coloring in this section. Just keep coloring until you are satisfied with the look.
Continue the same way for the center sections of the pansy.
For the larger section I grabbed the darker pink marker and did the same thing as the smaller sections.
Then I took a new lighter pink marker and colored in the rest of the section. I only used 2 markers for this part of the petal.
For the leaves and stem, I followed the markings provided by the stamp and used the darkest marker and followed the lines.
Then I took the medium green and just accented along the sections of the darker marker. No rhyme or reason... no light source, just going with it.
Then take your lightest green marker and color over the entire stem and leaf section.
And finally, I took the darkest pink marker and colored in the smallest sections left on the pansy petals.
So, I did all this one more time and then cut out most of my image except for the leaf up towards the petal.
Then I used some pop dots and attached them to the back of my cut out pansy. These pop dots are 1/16" thick.
Then place on top of the 1st stamped and colored image.
Next layer... at this point it is up to you how you want to start layering and how much. I chose to cut out the circled section. Remember at this point, you don't have to stay within the lines - yay!
For my next layer I decided to focus on the bottom petal and the fuzzy edge sections.
And my last layer was the very center and the center and bottom fuzzy section.
Ooops... I did use the Nestabilities Labels 8 to cut out my original stamped and colored image before building.
Then I decided that I would keep this very simple and use the contrast between the colored pansy and the clean white of the card, but I did want to add some dimension by creating a frame.
I used the same size label 8 nestability to cut out the front of my card. I always use a piece of tape to hold my die down, but remember to "de-stick" a bit by putting it on your pant let or just sticking it to a piece of scrap paper first.
I lined up the piece that was stamped and paper toled and added some dimensionals and then placed it on the inside of my card, but used the cut on the front as my guide.
I then decided that I wanted a frame for the front of my card so I took the same die that I had previously used and the next size up... taped them together and onto the cardstock and ran it through my cuttlebug.
The final step was to add more dimensionals to the inside of the frame and then place that on the card front.
Thank you all for coming to visit Clearly iStamp and I wish you a very happy Tuesday.
Today's tutorial is on coloring with Copic markers. I will be using the new cupcake that I illustrated for "Clear Dollar Stamps". Of course you can use whatever colors you choose but I picked these because of the pretty cupcake paper that I want to coordinate with. I used YR04, RV29, B23, E04, Y08, V17, E33, E51, E47, Y02, G99.
Other supplies I used are:
Memento Tuxedo ink for stamping the images
Stickles glitter glues in yellow, orange peel, and straw
Versa mark refill and clear embossing powder and heat gun
Double sided foam tape to pop the image.
I stamped the image 3 times because I want to do a 3D cupcake but if you prefer, you can do it all on one cupcake for a single layer. Notice that I just color the very edges of the parts of the images that will be popped and detail only the parts that show. This saves time and ink! I used the brush end on all of the Copics.
First I used YR04, RV29, B23, E04, Y08, and V17 to color the sprinkles. I then brushed on a small amount of Versa-Mark refill on each. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, shake off excess, and heat with an embossing gun to set. This keeps your icing color from bleeding into your sprinkles.
Use E33 on the shadowed part of the icing.
E51 is then added to the icing, blending in the darker color as you go.
Y08 and Y04 are used on the flame.
Y02 is used on the lighter parts of the cupcake cup.
G99 is then used in the shadows of the cupcake cup.
To soften the lines, go over the green lines with an 0 colorless blender.
This is a close up of what the lines look like before blending.
I started on the right side in this picture. As you can see, as you pull the color down with the blender, the edges are softened.
The little peek of chocolate cake is colored with E47.
The candle is done in B23 and Y02.
Cut out the pieces that will be popped with small detail scissors.
You need to cut out your main image however you chose before adding the popped pieces. If you look at the image below, you will see I used a "Spellbinders Nestability" to cut mine out. A little trick I used on the icing is to run a strip of foam tape along the bottom only then add glue at the top area that was cutout around the candle. This gives the icing a little more depth and pulls it into the same layer of the candle at the top.
I added Stickles orange peel and yellow to the flame, and straw to the icing. I also heat embossed the candle in clear to give it some shine.
Here is a picture of the card I made with the image. If you would like details on the papers used or to see more pictures, you can visit my blog by clicking HERE.
We would like to hear any comments you have about this tutorial.