Have you seen Karen Lockhart's new rubber stamp images? Go to Ellen's online store and you can view them all. This is one of my favorites...the pumpkin cart and matching sentiment. I colored the image while watching my girls swim at Grandma's pool one evening. It was SO relaxing to just sit there with my basket of Copic markers, some scratch paper and some fun, stamped images. When time allows, I will demonstrate some step by step coloring tutorials for you. How do you think I did? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Copic markers. Now check out the photo below for the photo corners.
To create the photo corners, I cut and embossed a scallop square using about a 2" Spellbinder's Scallop Die Template. Then I took my scissors and cut the square in half, then cut one half in half again. I used a large corner and a small corner on my card. Both pieces have the embossing still visible and I added some piercing to the smaller corner. Just the right touch. The main image on white was also cut and embossed with a rectangle Spellbinder's Rectangle Die Template. You can easily see that in the above photo.
Back to the coloring....when I start a project that I want to color, I grab all of the Copic colors that I think might match my chosen color scheme. I lay them all out and do a test line on a scrap piece of card stock that I will be using on my card. I pick the best colors and set the other markers aside. Always keep a scratch piece of card stock handy so you can test colors.
Now check this out below. I dug and dug through my ribbon collection (which is a LOT) and just couldn't find the right ribbon(imagine that, I MUST need more ribbon!). So I got out my May Arts white twill (this is NICE) and colored my own ribbon with Copic markers. Simply lay out the twill nice and flat. Start with your center stripe using the broad nib tip of the marker. Try to make your strip using ONE swipe. Lifting and repositioning your marker will leave some crooked lines. Don't the colors match perfectly? I love that! Marker colors for the twill are YR24, YG95, BOO.
You may have noticed my new ribbon tying method. I place the ribbon around the front and back of the top flap of the card. Bring it all the left side and tie it up with copper SU! cord (discontinued). Now I know you're asking this question: How do you mail it without smashing up the ribbon? I simply use a larger envelope and just make sure that my ribbon is cut short enough. You can see the card on top of the envelope in the photo below.
So there you have it! All of my tips and tricks for this card all spelled out for you, enjoy! Supplies: Stamps, Spellbinder's Die Templates and Copic markers available at Ellen Hutson's online store (link at right). Paper is My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie (Oui, Oui pattern), available at Joy's Eclectic Paperie store. Copper cord and Copper brads from SU!. Card stock is Blue Bayou(mat) and River Rock (card base) and Jack O Lantern for photo corners is Memory Box from Ellen's store.