Howdy, crafters! Howdy, crafters! I’m a guest designer for TIME OUT challenge today and our current topic is “CASE with your own twist”.
I think it’s high time again for a shaker card, don’t you? This card came together so easily – when I saw the cute digi stamp by Sassy Cheryl’s stamps and got my hands on the Square Scalloped Stitched frame die by Pretty Pink Posh I knew these two would go together perfectly.
In this tutorial, I’m showing you basic Copic coloring. I found that when I start stressing about making sure that everything is lifelike and perfect, I don’t enjoy coloring too much. And since this hobby is about fun, I went back to the roots.
I printed this image on Simon Says Stamp Ultra Heavy card stock using my Epson printer. This printer uses Claria Ink, which works perfectly with Copics, watercolor, and my colored pencils and I can send through heavy paper or thinner marker paper. I have a template set up in Pixelmator (Photoshop-like app for Mac) so I don’t have to figure out the size each time, and just drop in my image, resize it, and in this case add a sentiment with a font of my liking.
When coloring a standalone image like this one, you should be aware of the properties of the paper you are using. Copic paper can differ a lot in terms of “feathering” – that’s when the ink at some point starts feathering out from the colored area and maybe past the stamped/printed lines. This usually happens when you add a lot of ink (when working in layers or blending). I found that the Simon Says Stamp paper is prone to this quite quickly, actually. Cheaper Mondi Color Paper (also known as DCP paper) isn’t bleed-proof but is a little more feathering-resistant. Test your markers on a real image, with the full coloring process. It will save you a ton of frustration later on.
For my shaker, I made sure to not use too many sequins and seed beads. This might seem counterintuitive when making a shaker, but I had two aspects to consider: first, I didn’t want my meticulously image covered up (I mean, that took real work, right?), and second I didn’t want to risk the shaker elements not really shaking because there were too many. I also only added a few Ocean Mist sequins into the clear mix because I didn’t want a plethora of color to distract from the digi stamp.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired and will play along with the TIME OUT challenge! Hope to see you there!
I’ve listed the products used for this project below. If possible, I link to Seven Hills Crafts for all European Crafters. Alternative shopping outlets linked to are Amazon US and Simon Says Stamp. Click here to learn more about which companies I am affiliated with.