A Sweet Birthday Card

There really is always something to be thankful for. This sweet image was just what I needed to make this simple, but sweet birthday card. The background is from my Silhouette library–how easy is that? I used my Copic markers to colour the girl and a white gel marker to add some polka dots to her stockings.

The verse on the inside makes sense of the sentiment on the outside…

So, that’s it for this quick and easy card.

Thanks, for dropping by!

Cards of all kinds!

I finally kicked into action this week and made a few cards. It just seemed to happen smoothly, unlike other times when I labour (for what seems like hours) over which image to use with which paper, and so on. You’ve probably been there yourself, right?

It all started when I saw a card on Facebook that had been coloured with Prismacolor pencils on Kraft coloured card stock. I have always coloured with Copic Markers on white stock, and was ready for something new. It was fun and I really like the way the cards turned out. By the way, I also used a white gel pen to add some highlights and a touch of sparkle glue.

That’s it for this week. I hope my cards inspired you to try something new. Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you’ll stop in again, soon.

Mostly Copic with a dash of Prismacolor and a sprinkling of gel pen

Mostly Copic with a dash of  Prismacolor and a sprinkling of gel pen.

I love this Power Poppy image, Everything’ Rosy. I have coloured it several times, using various colours and techniques. In this image, I added a dash of white gel pen to the edges, let’s call it artistic licence. That’s what’s so great about art, you are free to create, add, delete or alter your work any way the mood hits you.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will visit again, soon.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Gloria

Copic Airbrush System

Copic Airbrush System

I just bought my first Copic Airbrush System! I chose the ABS-1N, which includes everything I need to become an airbrushing pro…well, that and a little practice. Here’s what’s in the kit: 

  • Air Grip
  • Air Adaptor
  • Air Can 180 (40-45 minutes of air time)
  • Air Hose
  • Air Can Holder

I tried it today on a pretty image called Pure Prairie Bouquet by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. I used a digital image, which I sized to a fit on a 5″x5″ piece of cardstock (the finished card is 6″x6″). I then printed out two copies and sent one copy through my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a “mask.” A mask is an cut-out duplicate of the image you want to colour. I placed it directly over the image, and then used my airbrush to create a blue background.

Let’s Add a Special Effect

To create a special effect, I put a few drops of Copic Colorless Blender on the corner of an old facecloth and dabbed it over the airbrushed area.

Next, I removed the mask and coloured the image with my Copic markers.

Here’s how it turned out… I would love to hear your comments and creative suggestions.

Pure Prairie Bouquet

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