Sunday, July 15, 2012

Red Hat Babe!

     Here we go guys! This is my first post as a Certified Standard and Intermediate Designer in Copic Markers. Yeah me. The class I took was in June with Marianne Walker and Carol Lawrence and I have so much knowledge from those 2 days that I think my head is going to explode! I love working with this medium and find it so relaxing. I am going to attempt to periodically post some of my creation and I hope to give you some tips along the way. Are you ready to see one of my own projects?
     This is a digi image from Pixie Dust Studios called Let's Play Dress Up. I bought this a while ago and it was one of the images that made me want to learn more about Copics. When I first saw this image all I could think of was The Red Hat, Purple Dress ladies. I also had some red hat stamps from My Sentiments Exactly so it all made sense that this is where I should start.
     First let me start by tell you that the type of paper you use is crucual to good results. The paper that seems to work best is X-Press-It. It is very smooth and a wonderful weight. There are many on line stores that sell this. If you use a softer paper it absorbs too much ink and may bleed through you image lines. Plus it is difficult to move layers of ink around.
     If you use mounted stamps you must use Memento Ink. I can not stress this enough. Stazon is an absolute no no. I learned this from experience before I took the certification classes. Not only can or will it smudge, but I ruined several tips because it was stained so badly. This image was printed on my HP photosmart copier. Once I printed the image out I dried the image with a heat blower. You can also use a hair dryer.
So this will give you a few important tips to start with. Now back to the colors I used.
     Here are the markers I used:
     skin tones: E000, E00, E01, and E13
     Brown hair: E31, E35, E37
     Hat and Boa: R22, R24, R27 and R29
     Dress: V12, V15, V17
     Shoes: C1, C3, C5, C7
     I used some stickles for the lace edging on her dress, also for the star on her hat. I added some liquid pearls in silver for her "pearl"necklace.
     The image was cut out using Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Oval Large. I also embossed this oval and shaded the edge with Pebbles Pastel Chalks. I thought this stamp by My Sentiments Exactly! was a perfect match for this card.
     If you are looking for some adorable stamps, please visit Pixie Dust Studio and check out all her great images.
     I hope you like my first project with the Copics. Be sure to leave a comment if you need any help or just want to say Hi!



Cathy said...

She is a cutie:)

Anonymous said...

Mary, she is delightful!! I am so happy you shared her with us. I think your coloring is wonderful!! Thank you please share your other PDS projects as you create them!! Pixie HUGS

Marie97 said...

Adorable! Your coloring is fabulous! TFS!

Audrey Frelx said...

What an awesome and fun card!!! You're ccloring is fab!!!