Thursday, March 31, 2022

Stamp show in Germany (Stuttgart)

 Hello stamp lovers,

Next week 9 and 10 of April there will be a stamp show, Stempelmesse Sued, in the soutern part of Germany. It will be held in Korntal, near Stuttgart. 

A very inspiring stamp show with a good range of stamps and accessories. There are many workshops in which you can learn fun new techniques. Low entrance fee and free parking. 

Also this time the company Holtz GmbH is present with the top brand Copic. Our friendly sales-and promotionteam will welcome you in there booth and introduce you to all Copic and Copic related products. During a demo and a workshop, our Copic Instructor Christine Kazianka will introduce you to the so popular technique Copic Refills on Yupo paper. I would definitely take a look and see if you can join the workshop.

I myself, Diny Sprakel, unfortunately had to cancel, but the demo and workshop will be great. I am a little bit involved, in the form of my examples and projects.

This link will take you to the  website from the show for further information.

May I wish everyone a pleasant, inspiring and successful show full of inspiration. 

Hugs, Diny Sprakel

Monday, March 28, 2022

Go Big or Go Home!

Hi everyone!
Today it´s my (Helen) turn to show what I have coloured since last time.

One late Saturday night I was so excited to get my hands on my new stamps from Colorado Craft Company. The set is called Big love. And what I really like about it is that it´s useful. I can use it for birthdays cards as well as Christmas cards. It´s a really good quality for clear stamps. Not soft as a cheaper one can be, but hard enough to get nice, thin lines even if you´re a stamper that like to press a little harder. Don´t forget to ink your clear stamp and stamp it once before stamping for your image you would like to colour. Sometimes they are a little greasy and you will stamp that off by just make one stamping first on some scrap paper.

So, there I was, just wanted to get some colouring done.
So excited that I forgot to take any pictures. So I thought I should use the image as a sketch and sketched in something to get a feeling of a hole in a wall for my little mouse. 
As I sat there looking at it, knowing that I needed to colour it again to document my process I decided that I wanted the wall to be in an angle and I would like it to be made out of wood. So I coloured it and took photos. But as I finished it my mind couldn´t stop thinking of  that I would like to have a cast shadow on the wall of the mouse.

So... I will show you how I did that one, my third colouring.

I often colour an image once before the one I end up using. I like to work through the image, learning to know it. See where I failed the first time, trying to get it better on the next image.

I made a card out of my first colouring, the one where I was so excited.

My second colouring. Here I trimmed of a part I wasn´t happy about as I made the card.

So, for my colouring...
I started up by sketching in the wall with a light grey, C0. After that I made the cast shadow of the mouse, starting with the lightest tint, C3, that also will be the largest area, going to the darkest tint, C5, and this will be de smallest area. I just used two tints for the shadow. I didn´t worried about getting the shadow smooth and I went in with a slightly dark colour, as I knew the next layors of colours would soften it out. If I colour it again, using the same colour as I did in the wood, I will pick a warm grey for the cast shadow instead. I made the contour of the wall with E37.

I used E31 for the first layer, just to moister the paper. And I´m not worried about not getting the area smooth and nice. This is just for moister. And a wooden board aren´t even in it´s colour, so it will just make it more realistic. With my darkest colour, E37, I will build up the pattern of the wood, starting with just making some heavy, vertical lines, indicading the boards.

To get the twig marks, I press hard on the nib to get wider lines and I go from light pressure, to harder, to lighter. And scribbeling with an unstable hand to get it more realistic. Using E37.

Scribbeling in the pattern and the only thing I´m thinking of is to not get it even.

The contrast between E31 and E37 can be hard for some, but the next layer will soften it out. And you can see that the lightest colour for the cast shadow, C3, isn´t discernible any longer.

The next layer is with E33. And on top of that I got in with a little E35 in the corners to draw the attention more to the image. Using flick marks and the paper is so wet I don´t have to work with the blending.

For the mouse I applyed C3-C7-C5-B24-C5-B24, in that order. I left a small area in the top of his face in the first layer. Otherwise he would be to dark if that area had been coloured twice. Some blue on his belly, just for some highlights. R11  in the ear and on the nose. E50-E21-E13 on legs and tail.

Y06-YR23-Y19 for the cheese.

BV31-BV13-BV02, trying to get the light coming from an angle top-right.

R04-R59-R37. Small areas doesn´t always need three shades.




For bows and ribbons I used from bottom to top:

For the ground I used E81-E84. Making it lighter around the mouse. Adding the colour using flick marks and in the same angle as the wall. Inside the hole of the wall I used C0-C5-C3-C0 and made a blending between C0-E81.

I thought the mouse should be in a barn, so I made some flick marks indicating hay.
I used E99-E97-E37, starting with the lightest nearest the mouse and working me out with darker and darker colour. I do this for two reasons. First, the colour will be darker, more saturated, as closer the object is to you, and it will be duller further away. Second, it will frame the image and draw more attention to the mouse. If you hold your pen more upright, you get thinner flick marks, and as you angle your pen they will be wider. I even hold nearer to the nib when I want a thinner line.

So, here is the finished card.
And I´m happy with my cast shadow, creating the distance between the mouse and the wall.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
If you did, please follow me on Instagram: Hellenbell.

See you soon!

Friday, March 25, 2022

A Flower Memorydex card

 Hello everyone! It's Delphine here today to share a memorydex card featuring flowers. I love my Memorydex or Rolodex, which is actually a Toutenrolex since mine is made by Toutencolle, and I use it to make date cards to help me remember important dates.

  I stamped some flowers from the Fleurs de Gnomes set by Toutencolle and coloured everything in Copics. Here is my final card:

You can see the whole colouring process below:

Here is a close up on the image and the list of all the Copics I used:

Background: E81, 84, 87
Flowers: RV06, 09, 14, 19, 42, 69
Hearts & poppies: R35, 37, 59, W7
Leaves: G287, YG03, 17
Yellow: E35, Y38

After colouring everything in Copics, I simply added touches of pencil (Payne's Grey) to add a bit more depth and a few highlights in white gel pen.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a beautiful day! Hugs,
Delphine xx

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Cicci color a -’g-Clav

 Hi Copic friend!!

Cicci here posting, today I color lots of rainbow colors.

COPIC combo

R37 R35 R24 R14

B21 B26 BG10 V06 V09 V04 

Y02 Y13 YG17  YR02 Y15

R81 RV55 R59 FYR1 Y06

Step 1 

First I did a sketch 

First color to use is R37 and blend With R35 

Step 2 
Add Y06 and FYR1

Step 3
Blend with Y06

Step 5 
Add Y15 and blend with YR02

Step 6
Add and blend Y06

Step 6
Add V06 blend with V04
Add V09 and blend again with V04

Step 7
Here I did some dots  with a White gel pen 
For the blue I add B21 and  B26 
Then I started to blend again 

Step 8 
Add more red, I used a dark R59

Step 8 
Add YR27 and YR13 

Step 9
Blend with Y14

Step 10
Blend with FYR1

Step 11
Add RV55 and blend with R81

Step 12 
Blend with BG10

Step 13
Add some R81 
Add make some lines 

Step 14
Draw some lins With a light COPIC markers 
I used BG10 

Done !!!

Have a eonderful Day everyone 

Lots of hugs and smiles 
Cicci Designteam membrr at 
COPIC Markers blogg

Friday, March 18, 2022

Tall Cake

Hello Copic lovers!

Today is my turn to get you inspired by using Copic markers!

Don't forget to follow me on my Instagram and Facebook.

Today I am sharing my colouring of Tall Cake, a digital stamp by Mo’s Digital Pencil.

My favorite skin color combo is E0000, E000, E00, E11, E21 and R20 for the cheeks. I always start with E0000 all over the skin.

Then I mark my shadows with E11.

I go over my E11 with E21 in order to darken my shadows .

Cheeks with R20.

At last I go all over the skin with E00

and E000.
My skin is ready. Sometimes I'm not satisfied with the shadows and I repeat the steps again.

For the dress and shoes I used B000,B00,B02,B05. 
I'm starting with my B00 and I go over where my shadows should be.

Next step is marking my shadows with strokes with my darkest color. That's B05.

After B05 I go over slightly further away with my B02.

Here I'm using B00 again.

At last comes my lightest color B000.

I decided that the hat and apron should be white. So I used warm greys to color them. W1,W3,W5. Starting with my lightest color W1 I'm marking where my folds should be.

Then I go over my W1 with W5.

Here I'm using W3. Than I go over with W1. Last step here is going over the lightest places with Colorless blender 00

The color combo for the cake layers is E30,E31,E33. starting with E30.

I used here E33 for the darkest shadows.

I go over the shadows and a bit further away with E31

At the end I blend all over with E30

For the yummy cream and the plate I used cool greys. C 00 and C01

And this is how my finished project looks.

Be inspired!

Happy coloring!
See you soon!