Thursday, June 30, 2011

Color Challenge

I was lucky enough to win a Summer Card Camp class, and the challenge this week is to make a card featuring the following colors:

I lked the challenge because they are colors that I don' usually use together.

To make the card, I used a definition and Floral image by Hero Arts and outlined the flowers with Copic Markers. I then added a saying by Impression Obsession.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Copics 3

I am frequently asked about when I am going to teach a Copic 3 class. Well, the answer to that is next Monday. If that is a bit too short of notice (I just can't imagine why), I will also be teaching it on Wed, July 20 and Sun, August 14.

I took my Intermediate Copic certification last month in Ohio. The class focused more on theory than technique, so I needed to come home and practice what they taught. I also needed to break down the information into smaller, more manageable pieces for the classes I would then teach. For my Copic 3 class, I will be teaching three-color blending, how to work with those tricky red markers, how to move beyond blending and into adding contrast to your work, and how to shade with grays or complementary colors. Copic has come up with a new equation for selecting colors, so we will be talk a lot about how to choose colors. Of course, we will also make four cards to practice all of those topics (pictured above).

Crazy for Copics (Copic 1). Is a prerequisite for the class, but Copic 2 is not. A list of markers to bring is listed on Angela's class page. I hope you can make it!

On an unrelated note, I was benind the Joy Car yesterday (always happy when I see it), and I noticed that someone had run into the back of it. I wonder if that took away some of the joy. Ps...the bubble machine in the back was not turned on at the time I took the picture. :(

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

IO Challenge- Summer Challenge

Time for another IO Challenge. This time the theme is "Hot Fun in the Summer- Summer Fun Greetings." I love this challenge because I have been making lots of summer cards lately. Instead of making a "hot" card for the summer though, I went with a cool summer interpretation.

For my card, I stamped the Polka Dot Fish (D2195) onto white cardstock with Versafine black ink and colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I then added a saying that can be found in the Angelfish clear stamp set (MC183). I often pair Leigh Hannan's beach images with the bubbles Cover a Card background. I thought people might be getting tired of me using that background, so I used the Cover A Card Fizz background instead (CC013). I really liked how it paired with the fish stamp.

Need some summer inspiration? Check out what Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, Julie, and Kathy, created. Want to play along? You can find all of the information here, and you could even win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!

Impression Obsession Goodness

Hi guys. There are a couple of Impression Obsession events at Angela's Happy Stamper that I would like to share with you. First of all, I will be teaching a Leigh Hannan beach class next Wednesday, June 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm. I posted a picture of three of the four cards we will be making using some of Leigh's quirky and fun summer images. The class focuses on a lot of coloring and will be using Copic Markers, Cover a Card Backgrounds, Distress Inks, Inspirations metallic paints, Faber-Castell markers, Prismacolor pencils, and Gamsol. I hope you can make it.

Second, have you heard that Mitra, the owner of Impression Obsession, will be doing a free demo at the store? The demo will be held on Thursday, June 23rd from 6-8pm and Mitra will show you how to combine Cover a Card stamps to create gorgeous backgrounds. She is even offering trunk show discounts on Impression Obsession products. It is always fun to meet stamp company owners in person, so I hope you will stop by to say hello to Mitra...and learn a little something too!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Masculine Cards

It is Impression Obsession Challenge time again, and this time the theme is "Masculine Cards." I know everyone has their own thoughts on what makes a card "masculine." I thought I would go to the source and asked my brother what he thought. His response was, "Make it green and brown." Hum...not a lot of help there. As you can see, I didn't necessarily follow his advice. Although there is a smidge of green! To me, masculine cards seem not need cork on them.

For my card, I stamped the Seaside Scene (G1731) onto cork with Versamark in and embossed it in black. I then watered down some Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, and Fired Brick Distress Ink reinkers and painted the scene with a waterbrush. For the sail and lighthouse, I watered down some Copic Opaque White paint so that it wouldn't be too think and wouldn't cover up all of my black lines. You might have to click on the picture to see the painting better. To finish the card, I added the A Day at The Beach (C3617) saying.

So, what about you? What do you think makes a great masculine card?

Need more inspiration? Check out what Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, and Julie created. Be sure to visit the various blogs since I think many of us struggle with masculine cards!

Want to play along? Create your own IO masculine card and submit it. You can find all of the information here. You could even win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!