Friday, April 13, 2012

Another guy birthday

I usually make a fishing card for this kid. Only he really isn't a kid - they are expecting their second child real soon. The card is done on a dark brown heavy cardstock - I must have had an inkling how much weight I was going to put into this one! I couldn't get the entire shank off the back of the button, so I put it on a foam adhesive and also glued it down! That lovely banner is from a spellbinders die but you could cut one just not as fancy. Both sentiments are from Gina K. As for the dp - I am not even sure they came from the same pack, but is is 6" square. I cut strips when I felt like cutting and added stickles as it was just too plain. The background has the "blue", orange and striped papers. That  twine is from the sewing one. You know, you roll this tool, make holes and sew with twine. I bordered just about everything with Tim Holtz distress inks. This is the first time I have used this Edwin and I can tell you, you will be seeing lots of him!! Oh, I love him! I stickled the buttons on his pants and the end of his spyglass. I used tumbled glass Tim Holtz distress ink for the very light background. And a brown striped dp for the frame around Edwin which is on pop dots.
I attached the tiny brad/flower to the striped paper strip. That let me angle the tag and adhere it where I wanted it to stay. The tag came out of a book of tags. It was perfect for this. All I did to the tag was stamp the sentiment and add the brad/flower. The "medallion" is made from a magnolia stamp. It is a very big favorite of mine. I watercolored it with Tim Holtz distress reinkers. The "nuts" around the window are stickles as it the extra glitter in the water. This was the first time I got to use the new Tim Holtz waterbrushes. Wow! That little brush is very little and has the best point (it is cut to a point, so you always have one)! I added a tiny bit of brown here and there to the water to make it look more like water. I kept wishing I had gray until I realized, hey, I have black and can lighten it on the craft sheet with just water! When you color so much with copics, you forget how simple coloring with watercolors can be. You can make every color your heart desires with  a blue, red, yellow and black and lots of water! I stamped this with a few sheets of paper underneath it  for padding to get a better impression. Used the cold press watercolor paper and stamped on the smoother side. I used Ranger's archival ink also. Then before I colored it, I cut it out on the cuttlebug. I am going to have to spend more time learning what is what on the silhouette I bought a couple of years ago. The copics I used on Edwin are: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, R20, E18, C1, C3, C5, E15, YG41. I actually mixed yg41 with c1 to match the color on my paper. Usually if there isn't a copic to match, you can figure out which one is closest. Then really look at the color - does it have a gray tone? or maybe it has a little brown to it? or do you see a tiny bit of another color in it? Try first taking the lighter of your two markers and using the brush tips, wipe the one in your hand lightly over the other marker's tip and color. Of course, you will need to practice but be sure you are practicing on the type of paper you will be using to color with. Let it dry and check against what you are trying to match. Are you going in the right direction? If not, try something else. With some practice matching colors, you will get pretty good at it, even amazing yourself! I find that usually gray is the missing element. In that case, you might just need a very light touch with a grayer marker in that particular color.
Here is a link for you.       http://www.copicmarker.com/resources       You will find just about everything you ever wanted to know about copics on this page. You can download a blank color chart and color it in with your copics on the paper you use. That is how you really match colors. Take your dp and lay it next to the chart you have colored. Now you just might be able to find what you want to use! If you use different papers, be sure to mark on your chart which paper you are using for that chart. If you take your time with the color wheel, you will begin to understand how the copics are numbered and why. You will also see the differences when you color your chart. There is lots of info on that link. Hope you enjoy it. It's all from Copic.
If you are into watercoloring with distress inks, check out youtube.com. Do a search for distress inks and then try adding watercoloring to the mix. Hero Arts has a few really good ones. Try Tim Holtz and Jennifer McGuire. The main thing in waterrcoloring is to use just a tiny bit of color and add lots of water. That distress is very very concentrated!! If you try it out on scraps first you will like what you are doing lots better! Also be sure to use watercolor paper either hot or cold press. Regular paper just doesn't hold the water well. Hope this all helps you give things a try! There is so much out there to try!!!! I am working on another scrapbook page. Thought I might just take some photos of the ones I have done lately. I will be covering the photos though as I really don't want to be on the internet photowise!! I don't scrapbook very often as I find it takes me forever until I actually glue things down! Hugs to you all, Barb F

15 comments:

Barb Hardeman said...

Fabulous job on this card. You really paid close attention to every little detail on this card. Your coloring is fabulous and I love how you used the banner. Great card...hugs...Barb <><

Ally White Cat said...

I love your card..i love the ocean har har...awesome beautiful.

susan s.

melissac said...

Love these!! I always have such a hard time making masculine cards!!

Snoopy said...

Outstanding card, Barb! I love it!

Hugs,
Snoopy :D

julieprice3 said...

These are just wonderful, I love the ship
Hugs julie P

Sheri said...

Very very cool!

Sara said...

Your work is always beautiful!

cathylynn said...

Fabulous masculine card! Fantastic coloring too!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Linda said...

Another fantastic card inside and out!!!!! Edwin looks right a t home with his sailor's cap!!!!! Wonderful job on this!!!!!

Faye said...

wonderful work

Elle said...

Great job on all of the details. Your card is fantastic!

cabio's craft corner said...

Beautiful job using all these sea theme images and your card is awesome :o)
Hugs,
Cabio

Nancy Dawson said...

WOW Barb how cute! TFS

Paper Tails said...

Wow, your card is fabulous! Great design, coloring, and perfect embellishments.

Karen

Holly said...

just became a follower - you do some great work! I love that watercolored ship!