Friday, April 18, 2014

Buds and Vases

Hello everyone!   Today I am sharing my DT card for The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday.
Our challenge is always " Annything Goes".   If you want to participate in the optional twist for an extra chance to win -  add your take on "Happy Birthday" to the theme.
Our wonderful sponsor this month is 

Stamp: Buds and Vases (GKD)
Focal Image:  Heavenly White 80# (Paper Temptress)
Layer Cardstock: Razzelberry 100# (Paper Temptress)
Card Base: Heavenly White 120# (Paper Temptress)
Tim Coffey Designer Paper f (K & Co)

Don't you just love the paper?   It is my new supply I just got in the mail from
I think I am in LOVE!  

I am linking this card with the following fabulous challenges: 
The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday - Anything Goes (option Twist: Birthday)
4 Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - For That special woman

Thank you for stopping by.   I hope your have a wonderful weekend! :D   
See you soon!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Light Skin Tones and Light Source Guides

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Hello everyone! Marie here with another mini video and step tutorial for you!
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I shared a basic color combo for light skin tones on the tutorial, Angels Among Us.    Today, I am adding one more color to the combo to provide a darker cast shadow and darker skin combo.   It is amazing how different the combo will look by adding just one more marker!
CombosE11E00E000E11, E00, E000
This is the combo we used in Angels Among Us.
Light Skin Tone High ContrastE21, E11, E00, E000
I will add a "sandwich" of E11, E21 and E11 for high intensity
And now look what a difference is is when we add just one more color in a "sandwich" technique! The contrast has really increased!    It is a way to add contrast and really expand your Copic Combos in an economical way.
I  also want to introduce you to a wonderful book that is helpful for understanding "Light Source and Shadows". Consistent light source and accurate shadows are very important when coloring and image. It's fun and easy with a few tools.   This wonderful book comes with acetate guides that can be used over and over.
Copic Markers Used:  Skin tones: E21,  E11, E00, E000 Hair:  C3, C5, C7, C9 Clothing: BV000, BV00, BV2, G11, G20, G24 Shoes: C3, C5, C7 Luggage: C0, C1, C3 and black multiliner accented with G20 and G24
Background: Watercolor Wash
This is an example of using the radial light source guide. The sun is shining from your upper left hand side. The area where the line first touches the image will be the highlight. Area where the line leaves the image will be the shadow side. This can be stamped on scratch paper and the light guide can be placed next to your work for reference.
E000 is my base coat. It is the lightest of my color combo. A smooth light application will allow the other colors to blend  easily.
The mid-tone, E00 was applied from the outer edge of the shadow and gently flicked inward towards  the highlight. E000 was appled in the same manner.  Flicking lightly from the outer edge of the E00 towards the lightest part of the face.
mp041614ffSuzanne Dean, Color Me Creative Classroom, often talked about a "sandwich". A sandwich is when you place a darker color in the middle of your shadow colors. For high contrast, I used a sandwich for my areas that had cast shadows or areas that were blocked from the light source. I applied E11 to the area. I colored over the same area with the E21. I then applied E11 on top. The E11, E21 and E11 became a sandwich for my cast shadows. The higher the first number  on a Copic Marker, the more gray will be in the color. For example,  E11 is brighter.  E21 ahas more gray.   Grayer tones make great contrast colors or cast shadows. The color really increases contrast in a dramatic way so I used it very sparingly for cast shadows.
The areas were blended with E00 and E000.
A touch of E91 was added to the cheeks. This little World Traveler has been spending a lot of time in the sun! If I did this again I would use R20 for my blush to the cheeks. In my opinion, the E91 is too light for the darker skin  tone.
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This is my finished card!
I hope you will come back soon! :D    Check out my DT card for The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday tomorrow!  I hope your day is wonderful and filled with special time just for you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ballet Star Dancer

This is a card I created for Color Me Creations Challenge.   
Our challenge is "sAnything Goes"
It is definitely my favorite kind of challenge ! LOL 

Our Fabulous Sponsor is 

I used this adorable image  from Aurora Wings called

Skin:  E000, E00, E11 and (E13 for high intensity)
Hair: C3, C5, C7, C9
Swing:  E30, E33, E18 and E28
Dress/Shoes:  C0, C1, C3
Background: BV000 BV00,  C1,  B21, CB and opaque white. 

Marbleized and Smash

I am linking my card with the following wonderful challenges: 
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes or Corrugated paper 

Thank you for taking time to stop by and say hi. 

I hope you are having a fantastic weekend! :D 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Teddy Cooking: Creating Light Fur

Hello everyone!
Marie here with another coloring step tutorial and mini video for you!
I will be coloring fur today using a light brown Copic color combo.
I will also demonstrate  fun texturizing techniques
with stippling and Copic Colorless Blender.
CopicComboE37,35,33,31,30 E35, E33, E31, E30
Optional high intensity E37
Optional texturizing: Colorless Blender


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Copic Markers Used: 
Fur:   E35, E33, E31, E31 and E37 for high intensity, Colorless bender for texture
Apron: B000, B00, B00
Table:  Yoo, Y23
Flour: E50, W51
Eggs:  W4, W2, Colorless Blender
Cookbook:  R00, R20, R22
Bowls:  G40 YG63, Sandwich (YG63, E35, YG63)
Measuring Glass:  C1 and B000
Marbleized Copic Markers and Smash Technique

The image was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
A thin base coat of E30 was applied to allow the white to be covered.
This step does not need to be smooth.
There are different methods of creating fur.   For this tutorial, I will use a "stipple" method.
My shadow color E35 was applied in a dotting or stipple method.  Just apply dots by lightly touching the tip
of the brush or nib to the paper.
The shadow area wis applied to areas that do to get a lot of light source and around the edges of the head to
allow the head to look rounded and to provide dimension.
Apply some shadow around the bears' mussel.  This will allow the nose or muzzel to pop out away from the face.
The mid-tone, E33 was applied with the same dotted technique from the shadow area toward the center.
You can slightly overlap the two colors for blending.
Do you notice that we  are not flicking with the stipple technique?
 The lightest mid tone , E31 was applied in the same manner.
Slightly overlap from the E33 and stipple in a crescent manner toward the light source.
The crescent share will give "roundness" to the face.
Lightly stipple the highlight, E30.
Avoid making this too dark because we will be coloring over it again later.
Remember that every time a color in applied, the intensity will increase and you will lose some of the highlight.
I now like to repeat the process in order to allow my colors to blend better and improve the contrast
between the highlights and shadows.
E35 was applied.  This was followed by E33, E31 and E30.
By this time, the image should be having a dimensional look.
The stippling should look furry :D
I added E37 very sparingly to areas few areas that have the greatest amount of shadow.
This is totally optional.   I just really like contrast.
The goal is to have the viewer look at the image just a little longer than they would naturally look.
Graphic designers state that high contrast will grab the viewers eye and their product would stand out! :D
An extra second or so is all that is needed in the world of sales :D
The muzzel was finished with a little E31 and E30.
Think of a ball and apply the darker on the outer side blending toward the center.
The blush of R20 was applied to the cheeks and inner ear.
I used a Copic Black Multiliner to darken the eyes.
One cannot have a little bear without dark little button eyes!
IMG_5201 This is a sample of different fun things one can do with a Colorless Blender.
When an area is colored and the ink is dry, a colorless blender can be dotted or pushed in a line fashion to add texture.
Dots can be sporadic or lined up like bricks.  The lines can be in one direction of in a plaid formation.
The important thing to remember about a colorless blender is that it is NOT a BLENDER.
Colorless blender is actually a MOVER of color.  It will just move it into the surrounding area.
The brush or chisel can be used.
The method you choose depends on what you are trying to texturize and what  effect you are going for.
I will create a video on texturizing  next week!  It's a lot of fun! 

I used the stipple method for my fur and so I did a stipple method for texturizing the fur with my Colorless Blender.
The ink was dotted over the image in an up and down manner.
I avoided the perimeter of the face or areas I wanted to have the darkest shadows.
Texturizing with the colorless blender moves the ink away from the nib. Avoid moving the ink away from your dark shadows.
The highlights are not bright like they would be if you were coloring  human hair.
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I hand qilled a little scruffy bear to coordinate with my image.
I used a crimper on my paper strips to make the texture match the furry texture of my image.

 This is the completed card.
I am linking this card with the following challenges:
Love to Create:  Anything for Kids
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes or Corrugated paper

I hope you liked this tutorial.   I will have another step tutorial and mini video for you on April 16th so stay   tuned :D

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

You Stole My Heart!

Hello everyone!  
I want to share my Design team card I created for The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday. 
Our challenge is Anything Goes 
and the Optional Twist is "a Gate Fold". 
These are always fun challenges!  

Our super fabulous sponsors for this are: 

I chose this super adorable image by Sherri Baldy for my challenge card today.    
I love her beautiful face and wanted to make my tie look like lethe to coordinate with her Native American attire.     

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you stay tune for a mini video tomorrow! :D 


Monday, April 7, 2014

You Bring Sunshine to My Day

News!   I have just been selected to be a design team member for  Paper Temptress!  
 I can’t tell you how excited I am  to be a part of this fabulous team! How fun to be invited to play with all the wonderful card stock,  papers and crafting embellishments from Paper Temptress.   Now that is truly a TEMPTATION!
I have been really enjoying the sun as it peeps out from behind the clouds for the past couple of days.   I think that is what inspired me to pull out one of my stamps with a BIG sunflower!  They always remind me of warm and sunny days.
Supplies:Memento Black Tuxedo (Tsukeniko)
Stamp:  Stately Flowers 5 (GKD)
Paper:Cryogen White for my focal image
 JellyBean Green card stock (layering)Designer Paper from my stash.
Ink:Copic Alcohol Ink markers,
Copic Opaque Ink andWatercolors (Ultramarine and Sap Green)
Butterfly punch and
Flower Soft

Copic Alcohol Ink  Used:
Flower:  Y11, Y15, Y18, YR23, YR24, YR28
Leaves  G40, G85, G94, G99 and YR23
The image was stamped on Cryogen White paper.
This works really well with all types of alcohol in markers.
It is a perfect blend of smooth and yet has a little tooth to grab the color.
The ink I used to stamp the image was Memento Tuxedo Black.
This is a dye ink that is super comparable with your markers and will not run or smear
with your alcohol ink and will not damage or discolor the marker nibs.
A light wash of watercolor was applied to the background. and
a few areas highlighted 
with Copic Opaque White ink.
I hope you enjoyed my card I created and that you are having a fantastic week!  

Hugs, Marie