What do you get when you combine Copics, Prismacolors and white gel pens…

 I love my Copic markers, my Prismacolor pencils and my white gel pens.

And today, I dabbled with all three and came up with a brand new colouring technique–well, new to me. Here are my first two attempts–check them out and, if you like them, my simple instructions follow below the photos.

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For example, let’s use the Black-eyed Susans in the  photo directly above.

To achieve this look, I began by laying down some very light yellow on the petals with my Copic marker.

Next, I used a deep yellow/orange to add some shading. I then blended them together with a yellow Prismacolor pencil. Prismacolors are very waxy, which creates a nice slippery surface, perfect for a little more blending with a yellow Copic.

To add, what I think is a cool touch, I used a white gel pen to create dimension and interest.

That’s pretty much it. You can have so much fun just playing with markers, pencils and gel pens. Give it a try!!

Happy 40th Birthday, Kelly!

Damn! I look GOOD for 40!

My wonderful neighbour asked me to make a card for her daughter, Kelly, who turned 40, today. She told me that Kelly was a teacher and very active in sports. I played around with sports themes and teacher themes, but just couldn’t pin it down. And then it occurred to me that any forty-year-old who can work all day (with a whole room full of kids, no less), look after her own children at night, cook, clean, shop and still find the time and energy to play a number of sports…well, she must be in good shape!! This is my “easel card” creation for Kelly…I hope she liked it!!

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I used Mo Manning’s Little Smooch because she just makes me smile. I coloured her with my Prismacolor pencils and I really like the way shading and highlights turned out (I usually use my Copic Markers). I cut her the old-fashioned way–out by hand, because I was too lazy to run her through my Silhouette Cameo. She’s popped up with pop dots on an oval background that I cut out on my Cuttlebug using my Sizzix oval die set. Her glittery earrings were created with sparkle glue. I used a matching pearl to create her over-sized pendant necklace.

I created the Happy Birthday background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I think it added interest and depth without taking away from Little Smooch. I also antiqued the edges of the oval using a lime green ink pad.

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…and another shot of the easel card…

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The next photo shows the inside message. . .

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And, here’s a photo showing the card opened up all the way. I like to finish the inside and back of my cards so they look just as pretty as the front (well, almost as pretty). There’s lots of room to write personal messages on the empty panels (yep, right over the flowers).

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…and, finally,  here is the back…

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More cards to come!!!

Make someone smile: send them a card!

The late Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing, I love having written.”

I, on the other hand, love crafting and love having crafted!

I am a papercrafter, through and through. I love making cards, tags, mini-albums and scrapbooks.

I love my designer paper, card stock, Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, sparkles, pretty images and ribbon. I love my stamps, ink pads, embossing powders, glitter glue, pop dots, snail tape, embossing folders, die cutting machine, glue gun, paper-cutters, chip board, baker’s twine, buttons, bows, gel pens, scissors, brads, heat gun…well, I think you probably get the idea.

Every card, mini-album or scrapbook I make really is a work of love. Every letter, every flower, every bit of trim has to be just right.  I work feverishly on every project–housework and cooking just have to wait! And then, when the last embellishment is glued on and my “Hand-crafted by Gloria Sauve” seal is put on the back, I get to experience a that wonderful sense of elation that only comes with creating a “work of art.” So this is how Michaelangelo, Debussy and Shakespeare must have felt! (Okay, maybe I’m not quite a s famous as these guys, but I am a legend in my own little mind).

But, all kidding aside, the real joy comes from seeing the look of pleasure on the recipient’s face or getting an e-mail of thanks. If I can do something that makes someone smile and have a great time doing, then I am blessed!

There’s an old adage that says, “A busy person is a happy person.” It is definitely true!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t crafted something lately, give it a try. Knit, crochet, sew, build something out of wood, make some play dough, or just slap a coat of Mod  Podge on a flower pot and shake some sparkles on it. It’s fun! It’s satisfying! It will make you feel like a kid, again! And, I promise, you WILL forget all about work!

Pretty Prams

This adorable little baby pram was so much fun to work with that I couldn’t resist making three cards with it…one pink, one green and one blue. Methinks I’ll make a yellow one, too!

In the pink one, I used my “corner adorner” to create the little hearts in the bottom corners. In the green card, I used my Cuttlebug to emboss some polka dots on the yellow background and a punch to create the pretty scallops. The blue one was made from all bits and pieces of left-over cardstock. When you click on each image to see the larger version, you might be able to see the tiny gold hearts on the prams, which I coloured using my gold gel pens. I LOVE my gel pens. They are so great for adding a sparkle to a crown or a shimmer to a star!

Perfectly pink!

Ready for spring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I still think blue is for boys!

Pucker up, Cutie!

Pucker up, Cutie!

This wonderful stamp, called Little Smooch, by Mo Manning makes me smile every time I see it. I think there’s someone like this at every family reunion and every company Christmas party! She’s just so darn cute!

I had just bought my Prismacolor pencils a few days before I made this card and it took a little practice before I got a feel for them.

These pencils are really expensive, but they are just so much fun to use. They are very soft and waxy, which allows you to blend colours easily to create shading and shadows.

I did a smoochie lady in red, too, but forgot to take a photo of it before I gave it to my sister-in-law, Adele, for her birthday. (I have been told that red is her favourite colour).

A little smooch in green!

I’m still learning, so if  you have any Prismacolor tips and techniques to share, please send me an e-mail at gloria@globugideas.com. I would love to post some of your card creations, videos, tips and tricks.

Happy crafting,

Globug