Copic colouring…I love my Copics and Vanilla Arts Co.!

I’ve been learning new techniques for colouring with my Copics since I discovered Vanilla Arts Co. The digital images are amazing and each one comes with a “recipe” that shows what colours were used to achieve a professional result. And, if that’s not enough, they also provide a free speed-colouring video that shows you how to colour the image from start to finish. The great thing is that you can stop and start as often as you like so that you can work at your own speed. I joined their Free Digi Club (free of charge) and I receive a free digi once a month, along with the “reciped” and access to the speed-colouring video. Here is one I did last week, called Hudson the Bear (I got it free from the Free Digi Club). The image to the left is what you receive and the one to the right is after I coloured it using the speed colouring video as my guide. I’m really impressed with the results. I probably couldn’t have done this without see the techniques used in the video. Try it out for yourself. I promise you will fall in love with Vanilla Arts Co. Oh, and by the way, I don’t work for the company, I just love their products!

HUDSON THE BEAR before I coloured it. Click on the image for a larger view.

When I received the image I thought,”holy cow, how am I ever going to colour this so it looks real?”And, then, I started the speed-colouringvideo and was amazed at the results I achieved.

 

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after I coloured it. Click on the image to see a close-up of the details.

I’m a BIG fan of Vanilla Arts Co. and a BIG fan of Copic markers. Put me together with them in the same room and I’m in Colouring Heaven!!!

Thanks, so much,for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon. Until next time, happy colouring, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria
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75th Birthday card for Lois

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My good friend, Lois, whom I like to think of as a sister I chose for myself, just celebrated her 75th birthday. Because we live hundreds of miles from each other, we weren’t able to be together to celebrate her big day. So, I did the next best thing (as all card-makers do), I made her a special birthday card.

This gorgeous cupcake image is by Vanilla Arts Co. I just discovered them a couple of weeks ago and I am in love with their images…but, I digress.

I decided to make an easel card so that Lois could stand it up easily on a table or shelf. The best part of making this card was, as always, colouring it with my Copic Markers. Here are some photos of the finished card…

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Isn’t this a beautiful image? It was such a delight to colour.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a view of the card in the easel position.

 

 

 

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Here is the card opened to display the inside messages.

As it happens, Lois is in the process of making some big life changes and I wanted the messages in my card to be encouraging to her as she works through the decision-making process. I just know that this coming year is going to be fantastic for her!

So, that’s it for this time. I hope this inspires you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Until next time, happy card-making, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Gloria

Birthday cards for my fabulous friends

This is been a season of happy birthdays…

birthday-balloons-15 In the space of three weeks, three of my wonderful friends celebrated birthdays. Of course, I just had to make a special card for each of them. So, in chronological order by date, here are my birthday cards for three amazing women. I totally enjoyed making each and every card. I must add, that there is a fourth wonderful woman in our little group of friends and that would be Julie, whose birthday was in July. I’ve always thought of Julie, with her quiet and gentle ways, as a sweet flower, so I made her a pretty peonies card.

Anick, baker par excellence: thank you for all the dozens and dozens of delicious chocolate birthday cupcakes you made for me over the many years that we worked together. Since I retired, I am quite cupcake-deprived! I coloured your card with my Copic markers and added a touch or realism to the cupcake with 3D Crystal Lacquer. To add dimension, I did some “fussy cutting” to pop up the cupcake and the birthday girl. Anick, you truly are “my fabulous friend.”

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Here is a close-up of the inside messages.

anick-2016-insideJackie, woman of many talents and loving cat lady: It was tough to decide whether I should make you a card that said, “singer, actress, world traveller,” or “loving mommy to your two beautiful kitties.” I decided on this kitty card because you have such a passion for your furry babies. I coloured your card with my Copic markers and did lots of “fussy cutting” to pop up the flowers and the kitty. A touch of sparkle glue added some birthday bling. 

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I managed to get in a tiny reference to music with the little image and quote on the first inside panel.

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Angie, my very stylish friend: Angie, you always look so put together. You have such a great sense of style and an equally great wardrobe. You inspire me to want to lose weight and to spruce up my wardrobe. You are, indeed, my favourite fahsionista.

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As always, I coloured this card with my much-loved Copic markers. I used sparkle glue to add bling to the strings of jewels. Angie, I can just see you wearing these shoes! Here’s a close-up of the bling-bling…

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And the inside…

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So, that’s it for this time. I hope my cards have inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life. Thanks so much for coming by, I hope you will drop in again, soon.

P.S. Oops, I meant to take the photos before I signed the cards.

Happy crafting, happy everything!

A birthday card for Pat

It’s been said that friends are family you choose for yourself…

I know for a fact it’s true! I have been blessed with two wonderful “sisters,” Pat and Lois. So, let me start by sending a big, warm September 9th birthday greeting to Pat. I made a birthday card for this special lady using one of my favourite Power Poppy digital stamps, “Layer Cake.” I created shine on the candy decoration using Crystal Lacquer 3D. The colouring was done with my Copic markers.

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This cake is so much fun to colour and there’s no limit to how many “flavours” you can create. Just for fun, I added a little pocket to the front of the card to hold some birthday messages. I always finish the inside of my cards, too…

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And, last but not least, my cards are never finished until my Globug Ideas logo is put onto the back.

That’s it for now, folks. I hope I have inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for visiting Globug Ideas. I hope you will drop in again, soon. Until then, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria

Vintage truck birthday card

Happy Birthday to my amazing husband!

My husband, Peter, is passionate about golf, technology and food. So, of course, the themes of the birthday and Father’s Day cards I have made for him over the years have always been based on one of his passions. But, there’s a limit to how many golf cards one can make. I just had to come up with a new theme for this year’s birthday card, so after much thought, I decided to go with a vintage theme. Peter would take a country cottage or a log cabin over a modern house, any day. Here’s what I came up with…

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I coloured this vintage truck with my Copic markers and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. I did a “fussy cut” on it and used pop-ups to give the cards some depth and to put more focus on the truck. I created the background in soft, muted pastels to ensure the spotlight stayed on the truck. To the right, I added a post with directions signs on it and superimposed the words, love, happiness, joy, devotion and companionship. A touch of my brown ink pad further enhanced the vintage-distressed look I was going for.

After the whole background was coloured, I ran it through my Cuttlebug, using the Sizzix embossing folder, “Square Lattice.” It such a neat effect!

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Here is a close-up of the little cottage.

 

 

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And, here is a closer look at the direction sign, with its special messages.

So, that’s it for now. I have lots more cards to post…as soon as I send them to the recipients. LOL!

I hope I have inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thank you for visiting Globug Ideas. I hope you will drop in again soon.

Happy crafting…and, remember to let your imagination run wild.

Gloria