February 12, 2010

Yellow Tulips

Me again...if you're interested in purchasing Copics but don't know where to start, you're not alone. Debbie Olson has compiled a great resource for you HERE. Her favorite colors are many of my most used colors also. Thanks to Debbie for putting together this information. My best suggestion is to purchase your markers in color groupings of 2-3 markers very close in color. Papertrey sells the Copic Sketch markers in just this manner, and offers a great color guide. That link is HERE. By purchasing your markers this way, you will be able to add shading and depth to your colored images right away. So instead of purchasing one of each color you like in the rainbow, start out with color groupings.....2-3 pinks, 2-3 greens,-2-3 purples, etc. Purchase what colors you will use most....do you like to color flowers, people, etc. You will love your Copics once you get the hang of it. Keep practicing. Hope that helps.Today I have some cards to show you that were inspired by the tulips on the photo above. I always like to research flowers to get some color ideas and maybe some real life photos that show good shading and highlights. I'll be using a stamp set from JustRite called Breath of Spring for the tulips and the sentiment is from Seeds of Kindness.

I knew I wanted to color my tulips yellow so I dug around in my stash for some yellow patterned paper. I found this fun polka dot paper and some green and blue patterned paper that had tulips on it. Both are from Cosmo Cricket, some of my favorite papers. I colored my images with Copic Sketch markers to coordinate with the papers. I've been using my corner round on a lot of my focal images lately. Love that soft look. Here are a few of my finished cards. I love the simple look.......but with a few added details.
Like the punched circles with the sentiments, the glitter, the rounded corners, and the scallop edge strip of paper...all add great detail.
Here's the sketch I followed. You'll see it again soon on another project. Very simple but a nice way to add two or more patterned papers without being overwhelming.
Here's my Copic Sketch colors I used.
So are you ready for Spring? I definitely am. I'm longing for green grass, warmer weather, sunshine...........and pretty flowers!!!


patriciad said...

Now you're talkin, sister! Tulips. Ahhhh, can Spring be too far away?? (uh, yeah, I guess it can be...) Absolutely love this card, Mish. As always! I'm going to enjoy the long weekend and stamp my little heart out!

momto3ms said...

Tulips!! I love it! So ready for spring! Love this card! Thanks for sharing!


Heather said...

Love it! Soo cute! I have that Cosmo Cricte paper too, and love it also. I just might have to make a card using the paper and your sketch. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Wendi said...

I feel guilty when you talk about longing for Spring. It is predicted to be 80 degrees in Southern California on Monday. Come visit!! Anyway, I love this card and I love how you can put patterned papers together so well. Not a gift of mine. I have to buy paper pads so I know what goes together. UGH! Thanks for sharing. I love this card. Love the colors. Wishing you some Spring time weather very soon!

Eveline said...

I bought 2 bunches of tulips this afternoon, red and white. Outside there is still snow, unusual for The Netherlands, so I get to enjoy my springflowers inside.
Lovely cards.

mamajulie said...

Thanks for sharing your sketch and your inspiration. Seeing the creative mind at work is inspiring, and I agree that you can match papers like no one else.

Tina H said...

Hi Michelle,

Sorry I didn't see where I could ask you a question so I'm posting here. I want to buy some copics and don't know what to start with. I use all different products but usually PTI these days. I see they have them in groups to match their colors is that the way to go but what about skin tones and hair - any suggestion is helpful. Thanks.

Jacque Heaton said...

This card is truely stunning! I stumbled across your blog today and I am so glad I did. I love all the tutorials and tips! I am now a follower and hope to "visit" often.

Mrs. Tamashiro said...

I am SERIOUSLY contemplating buying some Copics but am afraid of the large investment. If I'm not ever planning on using the airbrush system, do you think I could get away with Ciaos instead of sketch?

Juanita B said...

Your cards are soooo cute! I LOVE your colors and coloring. I think the glitter adds the perfect touch. I also LOVE flowers and my favorite is the peony, I hope that one is included in your set, a gal can hope right? TFS.

Basement Stamper said...

Love the sketches you share, they immediately go into my sketch book and when I get a chance, I always try my hand at them:

Thanks for sharing them!

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