Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wish Upon A Star

Hello everyone!     I want to share a card I made with the wonderful stamp from  Stampavie - Tina Wenke's "Bird on Dogwood Branch".   I just adore this image.   Some of you may know that I have three wonderful feather babies and this image really spoke to me.     The happy little expression on this bird's face  just makes me smile

Today I would like to share how I colored the adorable image.
Copic RV23 was applied using a flicking motion (wrist action like a check mark:)
I find the sketch markers have wonderful brush tips for this technique but it is a matter of personal preference.
Copic R21 was applied in the same method from the inner edge of the shadow area inward.
Leave the very center (highlight area) white.
For more contrast, I added RV32 sparingly to the shadow areas of the petals and tips.
Color can always be added but it is very difficult to lighten the image if  it becomes to dark.
I prefer to keep my ink wet for ease in blending.  Working in small areas will allow your ink to remain wet and the blend will be smoother.
Avoid trying to color the entire image with the shadow, then the mid-tone and then the highlights.   Work with a petal at a time.
For the highlighted area, touch the tip of your Copic colorless blender to the RV21 and flick color from the inner edge of the RV21 working   with a light touch.
Remember - a colorless blender does not erase color, it just moves it.  The more times  the brush goes over the highlighted area, the darker it becomes.
Keeping tthe motion light will apply color and yet maintain the wonderful highlights you want for your image in order to make it "pop"!
I believe that flowers are not all uniform.  That's what adds interest!
Flowers in the distance have more grey-tone to them and are a little
lighter in color.
I used a touch of  RV42 for my darkest shadow area and blended out with RV32,
The grey-tone increases on Copics when you use higher numbers
I blended toward my center with RV23 , RV 21 and my tip to tip with RV21 and colorless blender.
I believe the flower in the distance is slightly lighter and it has a little more grey-tone than those in the fore-front.
In order to give a little more variation in my flowers so they look a little more realistic, I wanted to create a color change to the one on the right by making it appear slightly farther than the ones in front.    I  used the RV42 and RV32 .   I then touched the colorless blender to the RV32 and bended lightly over the highlights.
Variations are nice!
The leaves and stems were colored with Copic G28, YG63  for shadows and mid-tones and G40 for highlights.
The happy little bird was colored using B14, B00 and a touch of B34 for my darkest shadow area.
Grey tones were applied to the very bottom of the bird using C5 and C3.
White flecks were added sparingly to the outer feathers in a couple places with Copic Opaque Ink.
A tiny dot of Copic opaque white ink was applied to the eye.

The background was sponged with Memento Tangelo, Cantaloupe, Angel Pink, Summer Sky and Danube Blue ink pads.
The layers and designer paper were applied.   I used my new Cameo (big smile) to create my flourishes.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Awwww Moment For The Day

That is all I have for today.   I just want to remind you that  our MarkerPop Blog has a great new challenge going on so stop by and check it out!


  1. Love this sweet card, Marie! Such fab coloring and pretty colors! Love the die cuts, too! And thank you for the tutorial! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  2. Gorgeous. I really enjoyed reading your coloring tutorial. Thanks for joining in the fun over at Creative Card Crew

  3. Your coloring is wonderful! Lovely image and great choice of matching papers for this color scheme!

  4. Just stunning! you colored your card so beautifully and thanks for the tutorial. I raked leaves today put 6 bags out to the curve and now my body hurts. It was so beautiful today so wanted to get some of that done and now it is going to rain for a couple of day yyyyaaaa we need it and on the week end it is going to be real nice again so I hope to get the front yard done. Have a super week.
    Hugs, Patricia

  5. Wow Marie..This is so beautiful..and thank you for the tutorial, I struggle with using pens, I am going for some classes here in the UK..hope I can get to be as good as you!!

  6. Aww this is fabulous.. love the flowers and lil birdie. Also the step by step guide for the flower formation. TFS over @ Creative card Crew.
    Elaine DT

  7. Marie, This is stunning. That is the best job I've ever seen on coloring a little bird and the flowers are just as beautiful. Your sponged background is so very pretty also. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I haven't had as much time as I would to practice coloring. I'm hoping to get back to it very soon. Enjoy your week.

  8. Gorgeous image and colors Marie. Saw this on MIM..Loz

  9. what a wonderful card ,so beautifully coloured ...i love it
    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  10. This is so beautiful Marie. Love the image too! Your coloring is awesome.


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