Monday, June 29, 2009

Coloring made easy!

I have to admit, I was a newbie to Copic markers until very recently and I was doubtful that I would be able to get my coloring to work for me. I tried but did have some troubles getting my colors to match up. Then a couple months ago.... I took the Flourishes Copic Collection for a test drive! I cannot tell you how easy this system makes coloring with Copics! The ladies behind the company did all the leg work and all you need to do is pick up the markers by collection. All the natural shades and highlights have been chosen for you to blend perfectly!

Ok, Ok. I'll stop. I'm just kind of excited about it -- can you tell?

So, all this week, the Flourishes DT is showing you all how easy it really is! Christine Okken is the hostess over on the Flourishes Newsletter and will be showing us all how to cast gorgeous light reflective qualities onto the parrot tulip in the Stamp Simply Thank You set. Faith Hofrichter also colored up some fun that you can check out HERE over at her place!

And, here is my card!
First things first, these are the two collections that I used....

I started by stamping my Sweet Peas onto Flourishes Classic White card stock. To color my flowers and leaves, I took the lightest shades in each color collection and colored the entire "base" of my flowers and leaves. Then, I added the next darkest shade and added even less of the darkest shade. Then, when all was done, I went back over my flowers and leaves with the very lightest shade to blend. Keep in mind, you don't want to let too much time pass before you blend. If the paper is still slightly wet, you will get much better blending results!

Here's a close up of my Sweet Peas so you can see the finished product!
As for the card mechanics, pretty self explanatory! The paper is Raspberry Tart from Stampin' Up. I used my circle Nestabilities to create my circles, added some pink bling and a fun bit of ribbon and.... done!

Don't forget to check out Christine's tutorial HERE. Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you back here soon!

14 comments:

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful! Oh Julie I think I need this spring greens collection now. Your flowers and leaves look awesome!

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Great job with the Copic info, Julie! Your card is lovely and the coloring is wonderful. As good as your coloring always is, you'll be a Copic master in no time!

NancyK said...

What a great job using copics - these sweet peas are so pretty and the color really pops!

Janine said...

FAbulous Julie!! Aren't Copics wonderful!

Latisha said...

Awesome card Julie!!!

The Rubber Maid said...

Beautiful card and the coloring is awesome. I love your color combo of the shades of pink/fuschia along with the green ribbon and circle. Very pretty. Mom

Shirley said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Julie. I love this set and your cards with it are always just stunning too!

Anonymous said...

Time for the Copics tutorial in person during a stamp camp, Julie! We all will be on pins and Copic points! LEARNING from you, yeah!
Those sweet peas would be a most elegant ad for Bozeman's Sweet Pea Festival. You go, girl!
Lovely shade combinations, Julie.
Keep Looking Up!

Leslie Miller said...

Ooooooh, ahhhhhh...I've got my Sweet Peas stamped out and ready to color. This is gorgeous and inspiring, Julie! Loving these Copic collections. In fact, I just ordered another group...I'm hooked!

Jerri Kay said...

Absolutely stunning Julie, love your Sweet Peas' bright vibrant color.

Silke said...

Gorgeous card - Julie!!! The colors are divine!!! Your coloring is perfect :) Hugs ~S~

Norine said...

You did a great job on the coloring so pretty
Hugs
Norine

Connie said...

Julie!! Your coloring is just amazing!! Your flowers look like they are about to just jump off the card! WOW!!

Kimberly Crawford said...

That is SO gorgeous! WOW!!