[UPDATED] New Class! Out of this World Copics – May 12, 2018 & May 23, 2018- Photo Scraps

[UPDATE!] A second class has been added for Wednesday, May 23rd at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. See below for supplies.

Join me for an out of this world Copic class at Photo Scraps. In this class, we’ll make three cards featuring stamps from Newton’s Nook and products from Tim Holtz and Tonic. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Details are below. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $26

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
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aturday, May 12, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
[JUST ADDED!] Wednesday, May 23rd at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

Rowhouse Greetings | Cosmic Newton by Newton’s Nook Rowhouse Greetings | Cosmic Newton by Newton’s Nook Rowhouse Greetings | Cosmic Newton by Newton’s Nook

COPIC MARKERS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification.

PLEASE NOTE: Markers will NOT be supplied either by me or Photo Scraps. You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • BG0000: Snow Green
  • B000: Pale Porcelain Blue
  • B02: Robin Egg’s Blue
  • B04: Tahitian Blue
  • B06: Peacock Blue
  • R30: Pale Yellowish Pink
  • R32: Peach
  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • Y11: Pale Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • Y38: Honey
  • N6: Neutral Gray No. 6 (or any dark gray)
  • 0: Colorless blender

OTHER SUPPLIES:

  • Tape runner adhesive
  • Liquid glue (I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte)
  • Foam tape squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3-D Squares)
  • Scissors

Copics and Stencils and Stamping! Oh my!

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny BlackI’ve been doing a lot of coloring lately in preparation for upcoming classes, but a few days ago, I took time today to step back and focus on expanding my own range and skills. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with creating backgrounds using stencils, embossing powders, distress inks, and various other media. This is a big step for me – my card designs have always been so pared down that adding sequins was as close as I ever came to mixed media. But I’m intrigued by all the new embellishing, embossing, and texturing products coming on the market and decided it was time to start incorporating them into my projects.

So I pulled out a new stamp in my stash – Happy Together by Penny Black – and decided to color the image of the potted cacti. I wish I had taken photos while I was coloring, but frankly I wasn’t really sure where I was going with this and the coloring just evolved along the way. After stamping the images with Memento Ink, I drew a cast shadow along each of the cacti and pots in BV20 and BV23, but changed my mind and decided to add stippling in W1, W3, W5, and E30. However, I looked at that big expanse of white above the stamped image and decided that I had to turn this image into some sort of scene.

My new love affair with texture pastes has resulted in the purchase of several new stencils. It happened that one of my recent purchases included the Bricked stencil by Tim Holtz. I taped the stencil in place and used Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Pumice Stone to create the pattern. I got as close as I could to the plants without overlapping them with the stencil pattern. After I removed the stencil, I used my blending tool to lightly sweep a little Weathered Wood to soften the remaining white background of the card stock. I blended out the earlier stipling with W1, W3, and E30 to merge into the bricks, combining the earlier background attempt and the new stenciling into one coherent scene. At this point, I was pretty pleased with myself and actually did take an interim photograph shown below.

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny Black

I debated adding a little texture paste to the stencil, but I wasn’t sure how it would react with the X-Press It Blending Card that I had used when I stamped the image. While I’m the first to say “it’s just paper,” I felt that I was too far along at this point for that level of experimentation. So I’m saving the texture paste for another project.

Next, I had to decide on the color scheme for the plants. I debated using bright colors, but decided to stick to a softer, more subtle color scheme. I first colored the two terracotta pots in E30, E31, E33, E35, and E57. I decided that I’d use G40, G43, and G46 for the first cactus, repeating the combination on the other similar cacti. I decided that I wanted to go a little darker for more contrast so I added G85 to the blend. I left a white line around the inside edge of the image as a highlight that I later colored with G20, R00, and Y02 to add highlights. A little R32 and R35 on the flowers provided a pop of color.

Rowhouse Greetings | Happy Together by Penny Black

For the second plant, I base coated the leaves with YG11, gradually working darker with G00, G02, and adding highlights with Y02 and V000.

I decided that I wanted another pop of color so I used R000, R00, R01, and R02 to color the center pot. I later added R05 to deepen the color and a little Y02 to brighten the highlight. For the plant I used YG11 and BG72, a combination that I probably wouldn’t use over a large area, but worked here to depict a highlight and a contrasting low light. I randomly added Y02 to brighten the colors.

The fourth pot reminded me of one that I’ve seen in my local gardening center which for some reason is only ever available in aqua so I used BG000, B000, BG01, and BG02. I used BV01 and BV02 to add depth and to emphasize the pattern on the pot.

I decided that I wanted the fifth pot to be a burnished gold color so I used Y21, Y23, Y26, and Y28 to achieve the golden color. It’s hard to achieve depth when coloring with yellow, so I overpainted the yellow with BV01 and BV02 to add some depth, accentuating the curve of the pot. The final plant was colored using G40, G43, and G46, adding Y02 and R01 to the highlights.

I tried to repeat colors across the entire image to provide some continuity. With that in mind, I swept a little E20, Y02, and R00 randomly on the stenciled bricks to tie the Distress Ink shades into the Copic colors.

After the main coloring was complete, I used BV20 and BV23 to add cast shadows and to deepen areas that needed to recede into the background. A little BV00 on the terracotta pots added a bit of a weathered look to the surface.

It took me several hours (and a lot of markers!) to complete this card, but I think the time and effort was worth it in the end. Hope my project inspires you to try something new!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Happy Together (*) by Penny Black; Grateful Heart (*) by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Weathered Wood, Tea Dye, and Pumice Stone.
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Layering Stencil – Bricked by Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz
Copics: BV01, BV02, BV20, BV23, V000, R000, R00, R01, R02, R05, R32, R35, Y02, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, YG11, G00, G02, G20, G40, G43, G46, G85, BG000, BG01, BG02, BG72, B000, E30, E31, E33, E35, E57, W1, W3, W5

 

New Class! Hello Spring – May 1st, 2018 at the Queen’s Ink

I’m returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, May 1st to teach a Copic marker class featuring stamps from Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz. In this class, the emphasis will be on creating simple backgrounds to compliment your Copic coloring. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE: $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flower Garden Rowhouse Greetings | Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flower Garden Rowhouse Greetings | Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flower Garden

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • R32: Peach
  • R35: Coral
  • B32: Pale Blue
  • B34: Manganese Blue
  • BG000: Pale Aqua
  • E21: Soft Sun
  • E25: Caribe Cocoa
  • 0: Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring 2-3 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills), liquid glue that dries clear (such as Ranger Multi Medium Matte), scissors suitable for fussy cutting, foam adhesive squares, and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

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Whiskers by Laurel Burch

I’ve always loved the Laurel Burch feline images – colorful, quirky – just like most of the cats in my life. So when I saw that Stampendous released Whiskers as a stamp, I had to have it. While the image would be beautiful in all sorts of bright Copic inks, today I just didn’t feel like figuring out all of those colors.

Sometimes I’m a lazy colorist. There, I’ve said it.

So instead, I pulled out six shades of Distress Inks in rainbow hues to form a colorful background. I heat embossed the image, added a bit of vellum and attached a die cut “hello” cut from gold foil. And with little effort, I have a card ready to pop in the mail to brighten a friend’s day.

SUPPLIES

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Basics in Black; Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper; Gold Foil by Bazzill
Stamp: Laurel Burch Whiskers (*) by Stampendous!
Inks: Versamark Watermark Ink by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed
Embellishments: Black Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous
Die: Scripty Hello by Lawn Fawn

Work in Progress: Persian Motifs

Persian_Motifs_grandeI recently purchased several Altenew stamps and finally had a chance to play around with them. I’m not particularly skilled at heat embossing — I usually end up with more embossing powder scattered on my workspace than on the card — but the Persian Motifs stamp set seemed perfect for a little heat embossing and a lot of distress inks.

Work in progress — final product later!

Supplies

Paper: Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Stamp: Persian Motifs by Altenew
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar.
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! in Detail White