Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A romantic Gel Press Various Ink card

Hi all,

In a few days it will be Valentine's Day, 
so I have made a romantic card to get you in the mood.
Actually I am a romantic type all year long :) .

I have used my Copic Various Inks ( refills )
 together with a Gel Press to make this background.

Did you know there are different sizes and kind of Gel Presses?

For this type of card, a small shape Gel Press will do,
 as I like hexagons to make patchwork cards
 I have chosen a small hexagon shaped Gel press.

Here is a detail of my finished card,
first I wanted to add a sentiment on the front 
but I think it was so romantic and delicate without 
that I have decided to add the sentiment inside instead .

I have started like this…

Here you can see some of the prints I have made..

Perhaps the best way to get an idea
 of the making of this card 
will be to watch my little video,
posted below.

And ?
Might it be something for you to do?

Enough colours to try I would say, 
a fantastic range of 358 Copic Various Ink colours
 are waiting to be used on the Gel press!

I have used : 

Copic Various Ink : R 83, R 85, YG 91, E 34
Gel Press : Petites , Hexagon 3" ( 7.62 cm )
Gel Press brayer
Acrylic paint white 104
stamp Magenta
 die stencil chevrons cut MFT
die flowers Precious Marieke
die hexagons Action
flower foam Leanne Creatieve ( pink )

Hugs Blankina

Friday, February 8, 2019

Colouring Fur with Flicks!...

Hello everyone,

I really love colouring fur so I thought I would do a tutorial for you!
I am using a stamp by Whimsy Stamps - My Significant Otter and Copic Markers
E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59

The technique I have used is very similar to one you would use for colouring hair!  Here are a few top tips for you!

It's good to use a flicking motion to apply the ink, this helps add texture.
Always make a flick in one smooth movement.
Always flick in the direction the fur grows. 
Let each layer of ink dry before adding the next so the colours don't blend together

I always practise my flicks on a piece of scrap card before I start colouring my image, this gets my hand used to the flicking action - it might sound silly but trust me - it works!

There are a lot of photo's for this tutorial so please be patient!
To begin, I lightly coloured the otter's tummy with E40.  This does nt need to be too neat or perfectly blended, it is simply a base layer for the fur to sit on.
Then, I started to add flicks in E42, in the darker parts of the tummy area, some of these need to be quite long and go across the tummy to add texture.
Then add more flicks with E43.
 Next I coloured the mask, again with a light layer of E40.
Then, exactly like the tummy, I started adding flicks in E42...
 and W3, which adds some depth.
 I then moved on to the paw, lightly colouring all of it with E55.
 followed by flicks in E57
 and E59.
I did exactly the same with the other paw, a light layer of E55
 Followed by flicks in E57
 and E59.
 The same technique is then used for the feet (paws)!  E55 coloured all over and followed by flicks in E57
 and E59.
 Then I moved onto the otter's body.  It is a good idea to take this really slowly - do not rush!  You can still break the body down into smaller parts, the tail, the foot and the area under the am and tummy.  I used exactly the same technique as before, colouring the whole body with E55 and then starting to add colour and texture by flicking with E57
 and E59.
 To enhance the shaded parts of the body, where I wanted it to look darker, I added a few flicks of E49.  If you choose to do this you only need a few - do not add too much of this darker colour!
 Next, I moved on to the face and head, colouring the whole area lightly with E55.
 Then I added flicks of E57 around the eyes, down the sides of the muzzle and on the top of the head,
 Followed by Flicks of E59...
 ...and W6
 You might want to go for a break and a cup of tea here, before you start the colouring the last parts of the image! (:
 I coloured the darkest, shaded areas of the scarf in BG32 to map out where my darkest colour would go.  It's a good idea to do this first, in a light colour because if you get it slightly wrong at this stage, you can cover it up later, you have n't ruined your colouring by going straight in with your darkest shade!
 I then went back and coloured these parts with BG49
 and then started blending the colours out to the lightest area with BG13.
 I repeated this, colouring the same darkest part again with BG49, 
then blending BG49 out with BG13
 followed by BG11.

I used exactly the same technique to colour the rest of the scarf.
 I coloured the flower next in BG04
 followed by BG37,
 ...and BG04.
 For the leaves and stalk I used G43, 
 followed by G46...
...and finally YG03

I hope you have found this tutorial useful!

It would be great if you could try this technique and share with us on Facebook at 

It's our 30th Wedding Anniversary this weekend and this card is for my lovely husband!

Thank you for popping by


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Queen of Hearts

Hi all! It's already February and we are into the 'love' month with hearts and flowers day coming up quickly, so today I am sharing a card I made featuring Oddball Queen of Hearts by Stamping Bella. 

As always, I used E00, E11, E04 for the skin. 
I went a little darker than normal for the cheeks - R21. 

To colour the hair I decided to go dark to light, so I applied E19 first. 

I used E09 and dragged out the E19, blending them together. 

For the lightest colour I used E97. 
I went back in with each of the darker colours to get more depth 

Before I applied any colour to the clothing, I added some C1 and C3 to the clothing that would remain white. It's best to do this before adding any dark colours, such as reds, as you can easily hit off them with the light greys and drag some onto the white space. Red is not easy to remove, even with the colourless blender. 

On the front panel of the dress I used the colours Y21, Y23 and Y26. 

...and on the crown, Y21 and Y26. 

I started with the folds on the dress. As with the hair, I started with my darkest colour - R46

R24 is the middle colour and I dragged out some of the R46 

On the lightest areas I used R43.

I repeated these colours on the other side of the dress, and the bodice and sleeves. 
I just used R46 and R24 for the hearts on the front panel, the heart in the crown and the heart sceptre. 

I used N3, N5 and N7 for the trim on the dress, the lace in the bodice and the sleeves. 

To finished off I  'grounded' the image.
I added some shadow beneath her. 
First I apply some C3. 

I then include some C1

I then blend out the colours with the colourless blender.

and now she is ready to pop on a card. :) 

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you are inspired to take out your markers and colour today.