Tuesday, August 24, 2010

how do i love thee...

...let me count the ways!

YUP...I'm talking about my card today! It is my current most fav card I have EVAH made! EVAH! Why? I dunno!...the image, the paper, the colours, the scallops....EVERYTHING! This is Betty the Bookworm, an Ellia Hill image available in rubber at Stamping Bella.

I have to fess up about this paper.....I've been hoarding it...for a few years now! Ya...I need counselling! When I first got my copic markers they had just recently hit the stamping market and Debbie Olson was my idol. I would check her blog daily and drool over her cards and her ability to blend those markers. I would blow up the pics from her blog, study them, make note of the markers she used and practice, practice, practice! And just about every paper she used, I had to buy! This is one of them from Cosmo Cricket called Little Girl and was in a pack of 8x8 sheets.

Here are some links to Debbie's tutorials that I STILL have bookmarked!

copic tutorial on leaves
harvest fruit
lockhart hydrangea
peachy keen

My style has changed a bit since then, mostly due to practice, experimenting and searching for my comfort zone, but I remain indebted to Debbie for getting me hooked on these markers!

So, for you who are interested in what I used and want to experiment yourself...here goes starting with copic markers:

E0000, 000, 00, 11 (face...but arms and legs are soooo tiny I only used E00)
E50, 51, 52, Y32, E31 (hair)
G20, YG93, 95 (the green book...used lots of tip to tip on the markers due to vast difference in color range)
R81, 83, 85, RV10, 11, 13
YR0000, Y000, 00, 11 (and shaded with E30...if the Y's are a little TOOOOO acidy looking for you, try putting a base of YR0000 first and it will tone down that yellow)
E40, 41, 42, W5

Now for the prismacolor pencils I used to add just a bit more shading and texture
Henna and Black Raspberry on the pink book
Goldenrod on the yellow books
Kelp Green and Moss Green on the green book

Now go get inky and practice, practice, practice...and in the meantime, you just might wanna check out Emily's blog to see what she's got going for Tantalizing Toosday!


yvon said...

Wow, Linda, this is a fab card. Love the papers and the colors.
Hugs, Yvon

....... said...

I understand why you love this!!
I do to!!

it's fabulous!

....... said...

Sorry... that was Marit writing ;-)

I can't put my blog on... only my Google account.

Wishcraft said...

Such a gorgeous card - love those papers and I must get that nestie shape, it looks fab. Perfect colouring too :o) Lisa x

sueincanada said...

Love the colours in this card and that is such a cute image.

Gabriela said...

Goodness your card is jaw dropping stunning. I adore the image and your exquisite coloring and blending. It's so perfect, it looks air brushed or silk screened. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful tips and for having taken the time to list the various Copic color numbers and application techniques. I'm head over heels over this card. Sigh.

Robin McK said...

No wonder it's your favourite EVAH - it's beautiful! I love the pinks with the browns...it's so lovely. Maybe you can show us this one when you come to Bellaland on Sept. 26? {batts eyelashes}

dolcreations said...

Linda this card IS GORGEOUS! Did you know that you are my copic colouring idol!!!! Thank-you so much for sharing your tips and taking the time to list your copics that you used! It just amazes me what YOU can do with your copics!!!

Becky said...

wow is right, fabulous card and I love the design paper and yes I am interested in the colors you used :) thanks for the links.

Dana White said...

I see nothing wrong with hanging onto anything you love for stamping :) Another stunning card!

Kristina H said...

I love it too! It's just fabulous!!!!!

Janette said...

OMG, can you bring an image to life....I am the one now drooling over your colouring....so amazing, this is gorgeous.xx

Cindy H. said...

I absolutely love everything about this fabulous card!! Thank you so much for sharing the Copic and Prismacolor shades that you used. I have Copics and Prismacolors so I've been studying Debbie O.'s, Paula's and your coloring. I'm learning a lot but I wish I lived close to all of you so I could watch in person:)

Linda Carson said...

What a beauty! I'm so glad you're back to coloring! You're a natural w/Copics & pencils! I study your work as well as Debbie's & Paula!

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

Gorgeous......love this image....thinking I need to have it....perfect for all these back to school girls.......

coldwaters2 said...

Awesome card Linda those papers are gorgeous so is the image your colouring is such a delight to see.
Lorraine x

Anonymous said...

I can see why you love it, the whole card just works! Your colouring kind of ticks me off actually...LOL I want to be like you when I grow up! And this is with a bummed up hand too!


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