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

I love my Copics more, everyday!

I love my Copics more, everyday!

I have always enjoyed colouring. In fact, I had “adult” colouring books, such as Fashion through the ages and English cottages, back in the 1990’s, before colouring became the new way to relax. Back then, I had a box of inexpensive coloured pencils and the most one could say about my coloured pictures is that they were…coloured. I didn’t know anything about shadows, shading, blending and other special effects.

Fast forward to 2017

I have been using Copic markers for about five years. I have taken a few Copic workshops and would have taken more, but they only come to my home town of Ottawa, Canada, every couple of years. That said, there are many things you can do and many resources available to help you take your colouring from basic to beautiful; from simple to spectacular. Following are some tips that have really helped me. I hope they help you, too.

  • watch free on-line tutorials–there are thousands;
  • be inspired by others’ work;
  • CASE (Copy and Share Everything)–that’s what crafters do;
  • experiment with your Copic markers to discover new and creative ways to take your work to the next level;
  • when buying digital images or stamps, be inspired by the coloured samples on the websites; a great one is Power Poppy, which shows samples by several artists for each digital image;
  • visit digital stamp sites, such as Vanilla Arts Co., which offers a free monthly digital image that comes with a speed colouring video and a “recipe” showing which media and colours were used (e.g., Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, etc.);
  • experiment with blending colours and make notes on which colour combos blend well together;
  • keep track of which Copic markers you have by using the Copic Color Chart or Sandy Allnock’s Copic Hex Chart;
  • follow Facebook fan pages for Copic artists, such as Sandy Allnock, Vanilla Arts Co., Mo’s Digital Pencil, to name just a few.

And a few final tips…

  • if you don’t use your Copic markers regularly, the tips will dry out and will have to be replaced. At a cost of about $7.50 USD for a package of three, it can get expensive.
  • Copic Sketch markers have a shelf life of about three years, whether or not they are used unless, of course, you fill them regularly so that they don’t dry out;
  • to avoid having to buy a large quantity of Copic Various Ink Refills at one time, I always buy a marker and a refill together.
  • keep your markers in good shape by cleaning your markers and marker caps regularly.

I hope you find these tips useful. I’d love to hear and share any tips you might have about any aspect of paper crafting, Copic art, Prismacolor art, or just about anything else you can think of.

That’s it for this time. Thanks for dropping by!

Gloria

50th Anniversary Card for Sharon and Ed

golden-small-16-1We live in a neighbourhood where the folks around us are more than just neighbours, they’re friends. One lovely couple, Sharon and Ed, who live just down the street from us are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today. They are both truly sweet and always have a smile and some friendly conversation to welcome us as we take our evening stroll.

As Sharon and Ed were married in December, I wanted to make them a card that incorporated winter into the theme. I found this beautiful digital image called Chickadee in Barberry by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy.

card-front-newI usd two copies of the image and cut them out on my Silhouette Cameo. Then, I coloured them with my Copic markers and added some sparkle glue to highlight the snow on the branches. To give a 3-D quality to the berries, I used 3-D Liquid Crystal (I also used a tiny drop of it on each bird’s eye). I popped one image up to add dimension. I used this pretty die cut shape on all four panels and I ran the front panel through my Cuttebug with an embossing folder to add the effect of falling snow.

In the photo below, you can see that the chickadee bride  is wearing a “diamond necklace and ring.”  The chickadee groom is wearing a black bow tie. Aren’t they just adorable?

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Last, but so important, are the inside messages. On the right I included a traditional happy anniversary message and on the left, I added a special note about chickadees. I will be giving the card to Sharon and Ed later today and I really hope they like it. They are such a special couple and they deserve a very special celebration.

inside-verses-cuI hope my little chickadee anniversary card has inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping in. I hope you will visit, again, soon. Until next time, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria

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

Everything’s Rosy birthday card…

If you love digital stamps and  you don’t already know about Power Poppy, you must visit the site and check out the amazing collection of realistic floral images. Marcella Hawley, the artist who creates these spectacular drawings, has an eye for beauty and puts her heart into every drawing. This particular image, called Everything’s Rosy, is my new favourite…until my next Power Poppy purchase. So, now, here is my second Everything’s Rosy card, this time for my daughter’s 49th birthday. I hope you like it.

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I coloured this one with my Copic Markers and added a background paper of tiny delicate roses.

In the photo below, you can see the dimension in the cups, which I created with 3D Crystal Lacquer2016-07-23 Angie's 49th Birthday (3)

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The thing that makes hand-crafted cards so special is the attention to detail. For example, I always finish the inside panels and the back of my cards to match the front. I also create a custom envelope for each one. In the photo below, I have just started to customize the envelope.

 

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And, finally, here are the inside panels.

Typically, I add matching card stock to the top panel and include an inspiration quote appropriate to the occasion or recipient.

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

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Thanks, so much, for dropping in! I hope you will stop by again soon.

Until next time, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria