April 19, 2009

FS # 48 & Copic Colour Challenge # 9 & a Copic Mini-Tutorial....Thanks a Bunch!

I made this card today for Friday Sketchers Challenge #48 and for Copic Colour Challenge # 9! The colours this week at CCC are R59 Cardinal, G99 Olive, YR07 Cadmium Orange.
Well, It took me the better part of the day to make this card but I have a good reason for why it took sooooo long. I decided to do up a mini-tutorial, demonstrating one of the Copic colouring techniques that I used on this card. You can also find this technique explained in greater detail on Marianne Walker's blog I like markers.
So, I hope you like my very mini version...it is my first one and not that great....I took all the pics myself with my left hand, lol! I must have looked pretty goofy but I was home alone so that was the best I could do, smile!!!

I was reading Jacqui's blog earlier today and admiring her stunning creations!!! Well, She was mentioning that she doesn't usually colour her Elizabeth Bell images with her Copics because she likes the soft look of the distress inks and thinks it is better suited to the images. Well, it made me think of this technique that I learned at the Copic Certification class and from Marianne's Blog I Like Markers to achieve a water colour or distress ink "look" but with your Copics.

So....here goes the mini-tutorial...eeeeekkk!!!

So for this technique you will need a Koi watercolour tank brush filled with Copic colourless blender fluid. I label mine and keep them separate from my other brushes.

I cut the oval from Scenic Route paper on my Silhouette and inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress inks and the Sponging tool thingy. I used Antique Linen, Mustard Yellow, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo. I then Stamped the Magnolia vine stamp around the oval in Brushed Corduroy.

I wanted to add a little more colour to the leaves on the vine but I wanted it to be very subtle! So, to get a nice water coloured effect, I scribbled some Copic marker ink on a sheet of plastic but you can also use an acrylic block. Then I picked up the ink off of the plastic with a Koi watercolour tank brush that had been filled with Copic Colourless Blender Fluid and applied it to the leaves. Start where you want the darkest colour and brushing out until all the ink is off the brush.

Then I did the same with the flowers in Tilda's basket as I wanted them to have a more subtle water colour look to them!
and then I coloured in her bows this way as well. On some of the flowers I wanted a darker shade of the Cardinal, so I add some ink directly from the marker to the image and then spread it around, lighting it, with the Koi brush filled blender fluid.

And this is the finished card! I'm quite happy with how it turned out and I used a lot of Magnolia stamps that I have bought but not really played with so that was a bonus! I used this "water colouring" technique on the Magnolias leaves and one of the flowers! I also, used my clear Spica pen to add a lot of twinkle to the images.

I am always sooooo inspired by the uber talented Tab and this time I thought I would do up the inside of my card too! I love how she adds in an extra image on the inside. I have cased her cards and done the same here and I really love how it looks!!! Hope you don't mind, Tab!!!

So there you have it! I hope you like my very mini-tut, if you can even call it that!!! Was it okay? like I said it is my first one...next time I decided to do one I will get Hannah or Chirs to take the pics instead of me juggling my camera with my left hand,lol!

Thanks for stopping by and having a wee peek! Hope you have a great week!



Tracey said...

A fabulous tutorial girl and an incredibly gorgeous card! Love it!! xx

daisy said...

what a lovey card, and nice tutorial!


Kelly Schelske said...

Fantastic card Tara, love the colors and the inside is super!! Great tutorial as well, thank you so much!!

Hugs, Kelly

Mrs Wonka said...

I think Snow White may have sprinkled some majoc on this one! It is stunning, FAB tutorial as well.

Mrs Wonka x

Kim Piggott said...

Tara what a wonderful tutorial!
Love how you achieved this look just gorgeous!
Your card is stunning! Such beautiful coloured and wonderful layered papers!
Loving that inside too! I am inspired by Tab's beautiful cards as well!
kim x

Riet said...

oh wowww Tara,what a beautiful card,l love the image and colours.

hugs Riet.x

Anki said...

Wonderful card Tara and thank you for your mini-tutorial. It's so nice to see other ways to use my copics. Sending you Spring Hugs - Anki

debby4000 said...

I never knew you could do that, love the softer look. Fabulous card and tutorial.

Poppy said...

great catd,loved the tutorial.

cats whiskers said...

Oh wow Hun thanks for your lovely words and also many thanks for this tutorial I must go and order some of this blender fluid what a fabulous idea. This card is truly stunning hun and I love the inside so much
Hugs Jacqui x

Sparkle and Flourish said...

What a beautiful card! I just this softer look with the copics and thanks for showing us how! I don't have copics but I feel myself swaying towards them!! great insides too..really adds that finishing touch!
Judy xx

Michele Roos said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. The colouring is just beautiful Tara. I'm really thinking now why I start buying promarkers instead of copics. Do you think I could get the same result with promarkers??? Hugs Michele x

Tara said...

Stunning card T, the layout is fab and the colours are just perfect! Thank you so much for sharing these tips with us, so helpful especially for a complete Copic novice like me, hee hee!
Thanks so much for your lovely wishes which I've passed on to Chris :o) xx

Anonymous said...

this is a beautiful card hun, and thank you for the fab tutorial.. i will be looking at my blender fluid in a totally different light now.. i'm sure that i have a spare waterbrush somewhere to. hugs rachxx

Georgia said...

Wonderful card Tara! The colours go brilliantly together and I love the image - the inside is really pretty too!
Love, Georgia xx

Stressed Stamper said...

wow fantastic - great Tutorial. Thanks for joining in the Copics Colour Challenge


Tab said...

Oh hun, just love your super delish card, wow and your tutorial is awesome! Love the technique must have a go at this, just fab! Thank you hun for your kind words, you inspire me greatly too.....and of course I don't mind you decorating the inside LOL, you go for it girl, cos your card inside so ROCKS!
Hugs Tab xxx

Anonymous said...

Its an absolutely stunning card and your tutorial is just fab. I'm keeping a note of it! I've just bought my first set of copics so this is a great tip for me.:)


Karen Mortensen said...

Wowsa! What a fantastic card!! Definitely one of my favourite cards from you.


Anonymous said...

What an absolutely gorgeous card!!!!
Love how you carried it on into the inside as well.

Great tutorial as well.

Thanks for joining the CCC


Adele said...

Beautiful, this is just perfect Tara-love everything about it.

Thank you for joining us over at Copics Colour Challenge.

love Dingle.xx

Vicki said...

Hi Tara

wow!! what an adorable card and your colouring is superb. I can see why it took you so long. Thank you very much for that wonderful tutorial, it's a great help.

I'd also love to thank you so very, very much for the lovely comments you left on my blog, how kind of you, I'm so touched and ever so grateful. Thanks also for becomming a follower too, I am also a follower of your blog, so now I'll be able to catch up with you.

Glad that my messy room gave you a little chuckle, seems to have had the effect of most people....lol!!! ((((hugs)))) xx vicki xx

Brocéliane said...

gorgeous card Tara, love everything :)

Kim said...

Tara Tara Tara....where do I begin...first it's been so long since I've been here! :) School is keeping me so busy and then the DT stuff (which I know you know all about :) I am doing some laundry today so while that is going I am catching up on some blog hopping! Hope you are doing good my dear friend! I miss you! :)

What a fabulous tutorial you have here! WOW...so I have to try this....first I need to get me some of that blending solution stuff...don't have any! I so love the watercolor effect that you can get with the Copics! That's amazing!!!! Great work your card is beyond beautiful hun!

Hugs~ Kim

Kim Costello said...

Tara you are one talented lady thank you for your amazing inspiration and sharing your tut with us all, we will all be finding spare waterbrushes to fill now LOL! Gorgeous card, Love your Tilda and ♥ all the little details... really fabby cut flowers! Hope you are well, haven't had much time to visit ♥ HuGs Kim x

Lori aka Lo Lo said...

Hi Tara,

TFS the wonderful tutorial!! I will have to save this and try it out one day. Where do you purchase your Copics from? I need to buy more pinks and the big bottle of blender that you have. Where did you purchase the Koi watercolour tank brush?

Beautiful card and colouring!



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