Monday, October 27, 2008

I {heart} new toys!

Stamps: Tilda, Oak Tree ,& bench: all by Magnolia.
Paper:
White; Always Artichoke; Chocolate Chip; Close to Cocoa

Ink: Memento Black; Copics; White Sharpie
Other:
Heather
Flower Soft
Card Measures 5x5



So what did I do all weekend that I only got 7 cards done? I practiced coloring with my new Copic markers!! With my current favorite stamps by Magnolia. Blending...shading...it will take way more time to get better with them...but I am enjoying them! I really had no intention to buy them. Remember this post? hahahaha...That post came after I took a Copic class at a LSS. I thought that taking that class would show me how to use them and I would like them or I would continue to feel that they were no big deal. However, I did feel that the class instructor was not that great. There were too many people and not enough markers, so we were rushing to use them. The images that the instructor had us use were small...there was hardly room for blending. They were those stick people by American Art Stamps. (Nothing against those stamps...but they weren't ideal for selling the wonders of Copics to me). So I happily continued on with my reinkers and aqua brush. Apparently I have been overworking my aqua brush and should have ordered a new set from SU! (they have the ones I like the best.) So lately it has been frustrating to color. nothing turning out the way I want. Then about 2 weeks ago my SBS24 sister, Wendy, started using Copics too...and she did such a nice job. She said it was her first itme using them...she made it look easy. So I emailed her and asked her a few questions. She easily started to swap me. After all, just a few days before I had gotten an email from a friend with a coupon code for 20% off an entire order at this store. I figured that between Wendy's inspiration and the coupon code I was being sent a message from the stamping gods to finally take the Copic plunge. LOL! I knew that when the time came, I couldn't just buy 5-6 or 11-12 to try out...because I wouldn't get the desired effects. So I started researching about what colors I should buy. I was not going to just start randomly picking out colors that I liked, but were useless together for blending and shading. That would only lead to me getting frustrated and wasting money. I did have a little bit of a clue about the idea of picking numbers that were about 2 shades different. (ie: YG93, YG95 and YG97)...but knew not much else about picking colors. I spent a lot of time looking at Debbie Olson's and Sharon Harnist's blogs. They are both fab with their Copics. When I ordered my Magnolia's I joined a Magnolia-licious Yahoo group...there are some seriously talented women on there. When it came to choosing a skin color I sent out a message to that group and got some great responses. But Suzanne Dean was so sweet and not only helped my with skin color choices...she gave me suggestions and lots of guidance in choosing good selection of Copics for my first order. She spent a good amount of time emailing back and forth with me. I really appreciate her help. She's like the Copic Angel sent to me by the stamping gods. LOL! You really should go check out her FABTASTICAL creations on her blog.

The card above is my first Copic Creation. It was love at first blend. So I spent much of my weekend taking my time and coloring images with my brand new toys. It was really nice to be able to waste away time just coloring and trying out new stuff. One thing I really need to work on is grass...I realized that I had no idea on how to make fool proof (aka: Kerry Friendly) grass. so forgive my polka dotted bar! ;)

Have a Gleeful Tuesday!

23 comments:

Sue said...

kerry, this card is fabulous! I don't suppose you would share with me what you learned about copics? I have gotten THREE of them and want to order some from Pink Hedgehog this week. She is having a wonderful pre-sale going on...goodness

inkyheart said...

You did a fabulous job! I'm glad you kept going even after the not so great class. Look at those results! You should check out Marianne Walker's blog too. She is my mentor and makes artistic technique with the Copic Markers that much more approachable. Her blog is http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com. And I am happy to answer your questions too.

Chrissy D said...

Hi Kerry! I love that blog inkyheart shared too! I also have a tutorial on my blog and I put it on www.sweetnsassystamps.blogspot.com too. It gives you a break down of the differences between markers and what cs/papers - blending tips etc. I gathered a bunch of information from different classes and resources. Your card is ADORABLE!!!! Great job using the COpics and your coloring! TFS!

Leona said...

Ths card is gorgeous kerry...

And the colouring is fabby aswell..i want some copics but i need to save the pennies as i will want to many of em lol

wendy G said...

Great job! Your first card turned out great!! So, aren't the copics awesome? Time consuming, but so much fun! :)

Danni said...

You did such a wonderful job!! I have a few copics, slowly building my collection and then hopefully I can do as nice of a job as you!

Lorie said...

This is gorgeous! Even though I don't color as well as you do I LOVE my Copics too!

Susan said...

She's just beautiful and well worth the extra effort! Great job! And Suzanne is fabulous!

mamichelle said...

You did a beautiful job. I can't seem to get the hang of it so I haven't spent much on them yet. I was thinking about putting a set on my Santa list though.

mamichelle said...

p.s. I took a class from the talented Sally Lynn at Inkyheart a couple of years ago (Ranger techniques).

Suzanne J Dean said...

Wonderful job--she's a beauty & love the flower soft you added!
I'm glad you're happy w/ your Copics!

hugz,
Suzanne Dean

Elena said...

Great coloring! Really, it is amazing! That is wonderful that you have so many blogging friends!

Kathy W said...

beautiful coloring. I have been holding out, but you are might enable me :}

Marcia L. said...

Kerry,
What a beautiful job. Colors are perfect, you've done a great job.

Heidi Kimmerly said...

Fabulous card - love your coloring!

Pia said...

great card Kerry!

Kristen said...

Now, I sat next to you while you colored that card and it is even more amazing now when I am reminded that you are so new to the markers. YOU ROCKED THIS CARD! It is just as good if not better than most people that have been coloring with copics for a year (seriously). You are a natural!!!!

Anonymous said...

You have done such a wonderful job coloring with your copics. I have got a few but have not taken the plunge with any of them. I am with you on which colors go with which ones and which ones to blend with.
Love your card.

Tori Wild said...

What a great job with your first card with copics and a scene!! Absolutely adorable!

Heather said...

Wow you did a wonderful job with your new Copics!!

Sally said...

Great card, those copic markers work a treat. I love those Magnolia stamps too. They are so scrummy!!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

this is awesome!

Shirley said...

She is too cute and I love how you painted her. I can't wait to get mine. I really like the BG scenery. I am going to have to find something like that, hopefully in what I already have.

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