Thursday, August 9, 2012

CMC: Fun With Creating Your Own Background

Hello!   Happy Thursday to all of you!    I am a little late getting this post up!  CMC - that is Color Me Creative is having a fun challenge for you.  This one is right up my line -

Create Your Own Background! 
color ANY image ANY way you like---but it
You must create some kind of background for your main colored image!  Sponging, Airbrushing, Drawing, Stamping etc!

We want to see you use YOUR COPICS, ProMarkers, other alcohol markers or Colored Pencils!!



-Use any image you want BUT MAKE SURE YOU LINK BACK TO THE CMC CHALLENGE in your blog post!!

-Image MUST be colored with Copics, ProMarkers, other alcohol markers or Colored Pencils!

-NO more than 3 projects may be entered

**IF you post your project in your blog MAKE SURE TO LINK BACK TO THE CMC CHALLENGE **
Entries MUST be tagged and uploaded to the photo gallery by Aug 17that 8:00 pm EST!

Squigglefly is a digital stamp store with over 2000 images from several different artists so there is sure to be something for everyone and every occasion! We have funny images for those humorous cards, beautiful floral images, realistic scenery, animals, people, and sentiments! There are a lot of tutorials on the store’s site to help you get the most out of your digis, and be sure to check out the idea gallery – it’s packed with tons of inspiration to get you going! Squigglefly offers a reward program where you can earn free images, so don’t forget to sign up while you’re there!

One Lucky Winner will win 3 Digis from the Squigglefly Store!

Now that is my kinda card!   I absolutely love creating backgrounds!   In this card, I used my usual faux watercolor Copic background and I also added  balloons for fun!

For my DT card, I used this cute little image called Baby Elephant from Squigglefly.  Isn't the little elephant just adorable.  Using the masking technique, the balloons were applied.  I found the balloon stamp at Michaels.  It is versatile and can be used with so many different images or all by itself!

Copic on paper blending
Copic Tip to Tip blending
Faux watercolor background using Copics
Coloring transparent images with Copics
Creating backgrounds by masking
These techniques are taught in Suzanne Dean't CMC Classes!  

Copics used
V0000, V20, V25
Y000, Y02
RV000, RV11
BG000, BG10, BG15
Copic Opaque white ink

This card is linked in the following challenges:
Color Me Creative:  Make your own background
Make it Monday - Anything
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything goes

Aww Moment for the Day

More exciting news! 

Suzanne Dean is also starting a new "All About Hair" Class soon!  
-Her newest online coloring class “All About Hair” is up for pre-registration now HERE at the CMC Classroom !  It will go live August 31st and we focus 100% on hair styles and colors!  Suzanne is also teaching this class  class  in-person in Canada and in Connecticut…see for more details on that.

Now, it's your turn!   Let's see what fun backgrounds you come up with
I hope to see you at Color Me Creative!


  1. What a sweet card! the image is just so adorable.

  2. Great cards Marie!!
    Following you now (Outlaws)

  3. Love all the techniques you used to create this darling card, Marie! The elephant is absolutely adorable, and the balloons are perfect with him! :^)

  4. Such a very sweet card and I do like that background, very impressive :)

  5. This is an awesome card Marie with some great techniques.


  6. I'm excited!!! So much great inspiration on this post...all those fantabulous techniques you used to make this outstanding card and hair techniques coming up too??? WOW!!!
    Marie, I loooooove your background and I'm always in awe when you color layering like you did on your balloons! Absolutely WONDERFUL card! :)

  7. What an awesome card Marie, I love how you did the background and how you colored the balloons. Just awesome.


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