Sunday, February 1, 2015


 Today's card features the lovely Tress stamp from The Greeting Farm. One of my favorite things to color with Copics is hair, so Tress was a definite must-have for me. And since I really liked how she turned out, I decided to take my coloring a step further and create a Copic background, too.

I started by stamping Tress onto some Copic Marker paper with hybrid black ink. I started by coloring her skin, using my go to skin combo. I then colored the little flower crown with pinks. Her outfit was two shades of purple - light for the under-dress and a darker rich for the over-dress. I added a few small details with a white gel pen.

Then I colored in her hair with a golden palette. To achieve this look, avoid any Y Copics - I know, it probably sounds odd, but bear with me. The yellows in the Y family tend to be too yellow for hair and often end up looking fake. What you want to do instead is go to the E family, and supplement with YR for a bit of extra warmth. I started with my lightest color - E50 and E53. I then switched to YR23 to deepen the colors. Lastly, I added the shadows with E23 and E37.

After Tress was colored in, I carefully cut her out with scissors.

I created my card base out of pink cardstock, but cutting and folding it into a top-folding A2 shape (4¼ by 5½"). I also cut a panel out of navy cardstock using the scalloped rectangle.

I decided to color in my own background, so I cat another piece of Copic marker paper with second largest die from Spellbinders' Labels 28. I created a grassy bottom, then a simple blue background. Lastly, I sketched in some flowers and vines to frame the top. I went for a sketchy kind of look, as a more realistic background wouldn't have fit with the stamp. I added a shadow where Tress would be standing, then adhered her down to the card.

I adhered the navy panel to the card base, then added the center panel with foam tape. As a last touch, I used my white gel pen to add a dotted white border.

The Greeting Farm - Tress stamp
My Favorite Things - Hybrid Ink in Black Licorice
Mama Elephant - Femme Frames die
Spellbinders - Labels 28 die
Simon Says Stamp - Heavyweight Cardstock in Cotton Candy
Simon Says Stamp - Heavyweight Cardstock in Soft Navy
Copics (E00, E11, E13, E15, R20, 0, V01, BV11, BV13, V12, V06, V17, B00, B02, R95, RV66, Y38, R35, E50, E53, YR27, E23, E37, G23, G29, YG67, B45, B18, B41, B95)
3M Double-Sided Foam Tape
Tombow Craft Dot Adhesive Runner (pink)
Sakura Gellyroll White Gel Pen