June 4, 2008

Crafty Secrets....By The Sea

First things first: Marianne from Copic now has a BLOG! If you love Copics like I do, you should be jumping up and down in your seat! Marianne is the Product Specialist for Copic. What's that mean to us? Wellllllll, Marianne is going to answer all those trouble shooting questions we have and show us technique based posts so that we can continue to learn how to utilize our Copic markers. I would definitely visit her site, tell her I sent you and sign up for the email notifications. Congratulations Marianne, you're now a BLOGGER!! Also, I will be joining Marianne this summer at CHA in the Copic booth. So be sure to stop by say hi, ask questions and see lots of Copic coloring demos. I can't wait!

Okay now to today's card. I've been wanting to use one of the new Crafty Secrets stamp sets called By the Sea which can be purchased HERE. It's the perfect little beach set and I think it's just darling. I grabbed a bunch of Copic markers and colored my image then die cut it with a rectangle Spellbinder's Nestabilities Die Template.

When I'm coloring backgrounds like sand or sky, I don't color them in solid like what you see at the bottom of my scratch paper. I use very loose, sketchy strokes leaving some white space like what you see at the top of my scratch paper. By layering in these backgrounds very loosely, you give the indication of sky, sand, grass, etc.....without having to be a great rendering artist.
My colored image had some pretty stark white areas left once I cut it with my rectangle die. So I decided to add some airbrushing with the sky and sand colors to even out the colors a bit. It's hard to see in this photo but while the die template was still in place, I airbrushed some of the sky blue onto the top half of the colored image. I didn't really use that scrap piece of paper because I didn't want that stark line....I just layed it there so you could see the division line that I used.
Then I did the same thing with the sand color. I airbrushed some of the white space all along the sand area to blend out some of the color.
I then removed my die template and was ready to assemble my card. I reached for the patterned papers I created in yesterday's post. I decided to use the giant polka dots, the stripes and the ticking plaid. These three designs really remind me of fabrics and that you would see on beach chairs and in little beach side cottages. Paired with the crisp white, I thought they'd work nicely with my beach theme.
While picking out my card design from my sketch book, I added some Glossy Accents to the water and let it dry.
Here's my finished card. I paired the three patterns with Papertrey Berry Sorbet cardstock and twill ribbon. The twill ribbon reminded me of fabric on beach chairs and pillows.
I had so much making this first creation with my new hand stamped patterned paper. I think this card will be perfect for the girls to send to my inlaws.....they have an awesome pool and we spend a lot of time there during the summer. No sandy beaches for us though, we're smack dab in the middle of the USA!
Stay tuned for more to come with the patterned paper. Have a great day my blogging friends!

42 comments:

Michelle said...

What an absolutely gorgeous & cute card. I love the colors & the sweetness of this card.

DeeDee said...

Oh my cuteness!!!! That is so adorable Mish and I like the air brushing technique too....that adds so much!!! Your handmade patterned paper is the perfect touch to this very cute card!!!I love it!!
P.S. I had to order the Hawaiian Shirt stamp after I saw your cards and I finally got one made and posted it on my blog if you have a chance to stop by and look....I would love to know what you think!!

cris a said...

I HAVE to get those Copics!!!! Your card is gorgeous!

cyndi said...

oh wow that is beautiful!!!1

Barb W said...

This is so beautiful, I just can't stand it! I am learning from you and others how to use my Copics. Thank you so much for sharing your step by steps, they really help me. And woo-hoo on the new Copic bloggie, I know where I'm going to be spending a lot of my time! Thanks for passing on the info! Have a great day!

Courtney said...

I love that card! Awesomely fantastic job!!

young said...

Thanks for sharing the details of this card - it's very nice!

Anonymous said...

I just 'found' your blog and wanted to subscribe...couldn't find your email but it said to let the host know that your widget needs to be reset...not sure what that means...at any rate, i can't subscribe to your blog! wah!

Dottie K. said...

I love what you did with your handmade paper. Your image is just stunning. Thanks for the tip on the blog will go there next and check it out. I'm hoping to get a few copic markers when I visit this stamp store on Friday. I can't wait to try them out. Just don't know what colors to start with first. I used one of your sketches and posted it on my new blog and I gave you credit of course. Thanks for all the inspiration. :)

Michelle said...

Beautiful! Those colors are perfect! LOVE IT!

Kim Gasper said...

This card turned out so well, especially with your custom made patterned paper. I received this stamp set in the mail just last week (I've been on a retail therapy binge the last few weeks - scored all kinds of great stuff). I'm inspired to play!

Anonymous said...

What a darling card and I love your hand stamped papers; they look like the real McCoy. Thank you for always sharing your talent with us. Sheila

Shari said...

Gorgeous card Michelle! I love all your hand stamped pattern papers too!

Sherrie said...

Oh, what a beautiful card! Love everything about it!!

Raquites said...

I liked your handstamped paper before, but now I just adore it. What a beautiful card!!!! Thanks so much for always taking the time to share the details and how tos.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card! I love the colors and the background papers. Your sky and sand look great, too.

joslyn said...

wow. love the colors and the coloring is so great. very cute.

Laurie in MN said...

Sweet card. Love the colors.

Elaine said...

You really have THE best blog and projects in the world, you know that, don't you? This is soooo sweet! It will go perfectly in that newly decorated bedroom! :)

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Nessie said...

Michelle, as usual, your colouring is superb. I doubt that I will ever manage that! But thanks for sharing and making me jealous! 'lol'

Sandra Smart said...

This card is just gorgeous. I wish I could color like that!

MJ said...

Not only is the coloring perfect but that airbrushing is the perfect touch! Yikes, now I REALLY want one of those babies.

jennifer said...

I just want to say how much i love yor blog. your cards are always so pretty. thank you for sharing your wonderful creations.

susantodd said...

Mish - your blog is my absolute favorite and I never miss a day. I was wondering if you could help me off-line....I want to start purchasing the copics markers and was wondering which type you would recommend for a beginning. I checked out Ellen's store and got overwhelmed, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
susantodd@optonline.net

Sandy said...

What a precious card Michelle!! Love the patterned paper you made.

LeAnne said...

Oh dear, I have been whining about wanting this CS set......now I want it even more. This is adorable paired up with your cottage chic hand-stamped bg paper!!!! LOVE IT!
LeAnne

Jan said...

This is so adorable! I really love everything about this. I can't wait to see more things with your handmade pattern paper.
This is one of my favorite color combo too. Thanks for your continued inspiration, and joy for the day. Your blog is my everyday sunshine!

Jamie said...

I just found your blog and I have to tell you, this is THE cutest, most summery, sweetest card ever!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Julia Aston said...

Love the colors on your home made DP's with this cute image - lovely coloring with your copics!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

What a sweet, sweet card!!! And I love your Copic info!!! I'll have to go check out the new blog....I still need help using my copics.......LOL!!!

Stefanie Staniak said...

Beautiful Card, Outstanding tutorial and your background paper is simply wonderful !!

Diane M said...

Wow, I love this card! Thank you for the great instructions.

KT said...

Loved everything about this one - thanks for the smiles!....and the idea of leaving on the Nestie frame to use as a mask!

Patsy said...

Love the card and the image. You do a great job with the copics. Found your blog while hopping through blogworld. It is great.

Scrapping Donna said...

These are so nice! Makes me want to get some Copic markers!!

Amanda McIlhatton said...

Hi Michelle
I'm trying to subscribe to your wonderful blog but it says to tell you that you need to fix a "widget"!!?? Hope this makes sense to you.
I love your latest card and airbrushing. I've just ordered a compressor as I was using too many air cans!!

Joan B said...

Beautiful!!!!

retiredheather said...

Great card and thanks for the explanation. Love it.
Retired Heather

Belas Creating Place said...

I absolutely adore this card.
Bela

Vicki C said...

Good grief... you amaze me! THis is SOOO cute!

Kristi said...

When you air brush are you getting stuff all over your dies??? I want to do this, but am afraid I'll ruin my die cuts....
LOVE these...
Ok one more thing. What do you do with that note pad with all of those great sketches that you draw???
If it ever goes up for sale, please call me I want to be the 1st one to buy it from you!!!:))

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