Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Everybody Art Challenge No. 79

Its Tuesday again and time for a new challenge over at Everybody Art Challenge and a new sponsor. For a chance of winning a prize kindly donated by Lauretta of Lauretta's Digital Stamps you will need to make an easel card and upload your image using Mr Linky. For my card I have used Lauretta's "French Lady". As soon as I saw it I thought Art Deco and a stylish lady of the time known as a Flapper.

I have used papers from the La Creme Stack by DCWV and green and silver mirri card for the bling. I have used black ribbon and edged it with stickle glue along with a few flowers. I have kept it simple so as the image is the main focus but couldn't resist the feather and green gems!

As always I have coloured the image with copics, G99, YG06, E50 & E51 for the dress and C1, C3 & C5 for the shawl and hat.

I have added stickle glue to the dress and hat pin but the photo hasn't picked it up.

Thanks for looking and happy crafting.


Saturday, 20 February 2010

Copic Tutorial - Sexy Lady - Big Heart

I have been asked to do a copic tutorial showing how I coloured the sexy image by Sassy Design Studio, on my valentine card and achieved the see-through negligee. Amanda this is for you!

The image on the valentine card was printed quite large at 8cm x 12cm, this made it easier to colour and get better results with the blending. For the purposes of this tutorial I have printed my image very small at 4.5cm x 7.5cm. It's not impossible to work with just more care is needed to stay inside the lines!

All the colours used are from the copic ciao range except one which is E000. This colour is only available in the sketch range. If you don't have this colour it doesn't matter you can use E00 as your lightest skin colour.
I always start with flesh tones when colouring. This is just my choice as I like to see the image come to life quickly.
There are a lot of pictures to this tutorial in the hope it will be easier to follow the steps.
Picture 1 - 1st skin colour - E000
1. Using the lightest skin colour first, colour your image leaving it white where the light will hit. Include the stomach area and legs.
Picture 2 - 2nd skin colour - E00
2. Next add a darker shade to cover a smaller area of skin than before. Do not colour the parts covered by the negligee. I have used E00.
Picture 3 - Lips & Cheeks - E02 & R20

3. I have used E02 for the lips. Colour from each edge to the middle of the lip leaving a very small white spot.

3a. Add a few spots of R20 to form the cheeks. If you don't have this colour try R11 or E02. I have used E02.

Picture 4 - E000 - Blending the skin

4. It's usually at this point I think what a mess so I blend everything together by going back over the face, arms and legs with the lightest colour (E000).

Picture 5 - Adding shadows - E21

5. Start to add shadows. I have used E21 but E11 works just as well.
Picture 6 - Blending the shadows & adding eyeshadow
6. Once again using your lightest colour (E000) blend in the darker colour so no lines can be seen. I lightly sweep the tip of the nib over the darker area only because I do not want to darken the rest of the skin.
6a. At this stage I add the eyeshadow. I've used C1 making it darker on the outside of the eye getting lighter moving in in the shape of a triangle (much like you do to your own eyes if you wear eyeshadow).
6b. Colour the eyebrows. I have used E47 but that is because I will be colouring the hair brown!
Picture 7 - Colouring the negligee - C1

This is when everything starts to look different.

7. Using C1 (cool grey) I use very light strokes to cover the stomach and the tops of the leg. I do the same for the knickers. Don't worry if there doesn't seem to be enough colour at this stage. Its easier to add than take away.
Looking at the image at this stage I think she would look really good with silvery/white hair or black hair, but I better stay with my planned colour scheme!
Picture 8 - Adding shadow - C3
8. Using C3 (cool grey No3) I add shadows to the top of the negligee, sleeve, stocking tops and I colour the suspender belt.
Picture 9 - Blending C1 & C3
9. Blend in the shadows using C1 using lighter strokes where you want the light to catch.
Picture 10 - Removing colour - Colorless Blender
At this stage the grey on the top of the negligee seems a little dark and flat. To correct this I have used the colorless blender (0). I have also used it on the knickers, stocking tops and a small patch behind the knickers.
If you need to do the same, be warned, use this pen sparingly and with a very light touch. If you let it saturate your paper too much you will get a splodge and find it difficult to blend.

Picture 11 - Colouring the hair - lightest colour

The pens I am using to colour the hair are E31, E35, E29 and E57. 11. Starting with the lightest colour (E31) I colour the entire area.
Picture 12 - Hair colouring - 2nd lightest colour - E35
12. Using E35, roughly colour the area leaving small amounts of the first colour to show through.

Picture - 13 - Hair colouring - darkest colour - E29

13. I now add my darkest colour (E29) because I want to be able to blend it in well but without going over the other areas too much.
Picture 14 - Hair colour - E57
14. I now want to blend my darkest colour and add a few darker highlights? Not sure if that's the correct way to say it but you get the idea from the picture!
Picture 15 - Hair colour - blending - E35
Normally I would now say use the lightest colour to blend everything together. STOP. If you do it on the hair it will take too much of the colour away and you will loose the different tones you are trying to create. 15. Using E35 colour over the area. Try to keep it light over the very lightest colour so as it looks like the hair is shiny.
Picture 16 - Heart, Shoes and Suspender belt
16. Colour the shoes. I have used C7 with a thought of adding black stickle glue to make then shiny.

16a. The suspender belt looks a little boring so I have made it darker by using C5.

Red bleeds like you wouldn't believe and this is where things could go wrong if you are not careful.

Tips: Use the very tip of the nib, with light pressure and do not colour right to the edge initially. Give the colour a few seconds to sink into the paper and spread. The colours I am using for the heart are, R17, R27, R37 & R59 16b. Starting with the 2nd from last darkest colour (R37) colour the area that will be in shadow.
Picture 17 - Heart shadow - R59
17. Using R59 add the darkest shadow. Again not going right to the edge initially.
Picture 18 - Heart - blending the shadow
18. I now want to blend my colours together and colour the biggest part of the heart. To do this I use R27. Remember to leave a white area. (This is slightly too big) When blending the edge of the dark red you may need to use small circular motions and go over the area a couple of times to get it to blend well.
Picture 19 - Heart - adding the highlight R17
19. Colour the rest of the heart with R17, blending it with the other red.

Picture 20 - Heart

20. I left my white patch too big and don't like the finished effect. To rectify this I have used R27 to make the area darker and then blended it in with R17.

Picture 21 - Negligee on heart

21. Using small circular motions lightly colour the negligee with R17.

Picture 22 - Removing the colour

22. Colour C1 over the top. You may need to do it a couple of times to get the desired effect.
Be warned this can bleed so be careful.
Picture 23 - Finishing touches
23. Colour the hearts going down the side.

24. If you want the negligee to appear more see-through you can add another light stroke of E000. I have left this until the end to see if it was needed once everything was coloured.

My original image on the card was finished off by colouring the edge with Antique Linen Distress Ink.


Finished at last I hear you shout! As you can see I spend a long time colouring my images. I don't know if there is a better way of doing this but this is how it works for me.

I hope this helps you in some way and I will love to see what you create yourself, so drop me a line so I can visit your blog.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the week.


Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A New Bundle of Joy - Everybody Art Challenge No. 78

This week over at Everybody Art Challenge we have a great sketch for you to follow. A work colleague became a Grandmother for the first time recently and so I made her a card to celebrate. As usual I have used a digital stamp from Digital Pencil Too. I have used pale green bazzill card together with Nana's Nursery Baby Boy paper and a small piece of Crafty Individuals Springtime paper. I finished the card with lace, organza ribbon, two buttons and a cute teddy bear charm. The congratulations tag pulls out to reveal a personal message. As always the image is coloured with copics. I hope you have time to join in this week and I will enjoy looking at all your designs. Thanks to the people who take the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it as I know how much time is taken doing so instead of crafting! Have a good week. Jenny

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

What Every Man Wants!

This weeks theme over at Everybody Art Challenge is Valentine. I haven't used the word Valentine on my design because I thought it could also be used for an Anniversary card. If my other half forgets I can hold on to it until later in the year! I know some people do not like digital stamps but I love them. I think it gives artists a way of sharing their amazing talent without the expense of trying to get rubber stamps created. It also saves me space and gives me the diversity of printing the image in any size I choose. The little beauty on my card is called "Sexy Lady - Big Heart" and can be found at Sassy Studio Designs (Click Here). Please check out their designs as they have a wide range of images that will suit many occasions. Their latest creations are based on the characters of Alice in Wonderland in time for the new 3d film that will hit the UK in the very near future (no I'm not on commission I just like the designs!). So without further delay here is my card. I have been holding onto a gorgeous pad of flocked paper for many weeks now knowing I would use it for this card. It's called La Creme stack by DCWV and retails for around £14.99 for 48 pages 8"x 8". Pricey but well worth it. The bow was made using the material that a pack of onions come in when purchased at the supermarket. I come across it a few weeks ago and just knew I could put it to good use! The heart buttons are from my local craft store but made by Trimits paper crafts. The flowers are various sizes of roses and coloured with ink and cosmic shimmer. The sentiments I printed off the computer and edged with antique linen distress inks. The larger hearts were created using a spellbinders die and a rubber stamp that looks like a patchwork heart (sorry, no name on the stamp). I have used platinum stickles on the dotty backing paper although not easy to see and black stickles glue on the shoes. As always the image has been coloured with copics and edged with antique linen distress inks. There are so many great challenges this week with the Valentine/Hearts theme I am going to enter this card and hope I'm lucky. Charisma Cardz Challenges - I Love You Paperplay Challenges - Love Notes Fussy & Fancy - Hearts Stampin for the Weekend - Love is in the air Stamp Something - Love Somethings Thanks for looking and have a great week. Jenny

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Magnolia Hearts & Flowers

Today's card is very sweet and girly. I made it to enter into the Just Magnolia challenge this week which is hearts and flowers. To make the card I have used K&Company Brenda Walton's Chelsea pad together with cream bazzill card and a small strip of green from the Basic Grey, Wisteria pad. I have used a Martha Stewart punch and a sewing machine to bring more detail to the card. The image started out as Tilda with a broom but I cut around her to remove this. I added some stamped flowers to make it look as though Tilda was hiding a bunch of flowers behind her back. I coloured with copics RV10, RV13, B00, B02, C1, C3, C5 and the usual skin colours. I have embellished the card with midnight blue roses covered in stickles glue and a couple of hearts. Thanks for looking and happy crafting. Jenny

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Everybody Art Challenge No. 76 - Thankyou

Todays card was supposed to be a quick one but it turned into a disaster all because of the backing paper (Anna Griffiths). I love this paper but I find it very difficult to get anything else to go with it. I stamped the flowers and butterflies onto a piece of card that I covered with distress inks (peeled paint and mustard yellow) and spritzed with water to get the water marks. The rust/orange paper although not a perfect match was the best of a bad job. It was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and sanded a little. To finish off I used satin ribbon and gold peel offs for the border. Check out the beautiful work created by the DT over at Everybody Art Challenge. Thanks for looking. Jenny