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Isn't he just adorable? Love these cute little creators from SU! MDS digital brush set. That's what I love about having SU! My Digital Studio program installed on my computer. It gives me more stamp options! You'll be seeing more cards I created with this set. I colored him in using Copic Marker.
I'm itching to get back to drawing and doing something creative.
But time is precious right now as my son James is home before he has to report to his next duty station. With things heating up in the middle east I'm praying, not only for his safety, but for all of our men and women who are serving.
I don't know if he will deploy right away or not.
I know he's in God's hand and that what ever happens is not in my control.
My parents, who came up to visit him, don't see it this way.
It's hard to have to be more mature than those that raised you.
The burden I bear, unfortunately.
They, in a very selfish and immature way, think that we "forced" him to join the military.
Nothing that I can say can change their minds.
It couldn't be farther from the truth.
It was his choice.
He went to college and he didn't apply himself.
He didn't want to continue to go to college.
He made the decision to join.
And we are very proud and very supportive of his decision.
He is extremely happy in the Army.
And he has excelled in all of his courses.
Because he loves it!
But I have to carry the burden of the guilt that my parents are now placing on my shoulders.
If, God forbid, something were to happen to my son, my folks would never forgive me.
As if I didn't have enough to worry about, right?
So....hence the lack of post.
I'm bouncing back from the drain that their visit placed on my heart.
And enjoying this last, wonderful, amazing week with my son before he drives off to his new duty station.
This is the cutest horse! I ordered him from Hambo Stamps. Farm Horse
I wanted to used different coloring than you would normally expect to see on animals. I decided a yellow horse would be fun.
(I thought of all those cute lil' girl toys.)
You can see that I used 4 yellows to color in his body. Y0000, being the lightest to the Y08 as the darkest color. Often you will read that you need to go from light to dark. If you have ever worked with watercolors you know that it's easier to build up layers, from light to dark.
Some people will color with markers from dark to light. Putting in the shadows first and then working towards the light areas.
I have to confess....I do both!
So don't ever feel like you have to be stuck doing it one way because you see how this or that artist color in their images.
Do what works best for you.
With the horse I put down the Y0000 first. Colored all the body in. Then I added the Y08 where I wanted shading.
After that I used Y02, Y00 and Y0000 to blend. Also, you can use 0 (blender marker) to lighten the areas, highlights.
Remember, that it takes practice to get colors to blend smoothly.
And you have to work over the darker areas with the lighter colors and then go back in and add dark again.
Don't give up....just keep working at it and you will eventually get the right "feel" when enough is enough.
It's been a while since a posted. After getting home from seeing my sweet son graduate my hubby went to the west coast for a week.
I took advantage of that extra time and did some work around the house.
I hate clutter.
And I often get overwhelmed when I find that stuff needs to be purged and I haven't been able to organize it.
So I didn't get any rest while he was away, instead I spent that week re-arranging, purging, moving and cleaning.
But it felt good.
When we built our dream home, our retirement home, I really wanted my own art room. But I lost that battle. Some things just aren't worth arguing over, you know. The house looks huge on the outside, when you drive by it. And it is the biggest house we have ever lived in.
But big to me is 2500 sq ft. (Considering I spent the first 16 years of my marriage in a 1200 sq fr patio home and then 4 years in a 1400 sq ft home in California with no side, back or front yard. I think 2500 is huge!)
Well, we do have an office, but it's weirdly shaped and we really need it to be an office.
We have a dinning room now, but we use our dinning room. Yep...one of those weird traditional families that sits down to dinner every night.
I have 2 small bedrooms upstairs. One for each boy.
My oldest, who's now in the Army, I would like to keep that room as is. It has my first bedroom set that we bought when we got married. And I want a guest room. Something that I never had in the past.
My youngest son will be in his room for several years. One day...when he moves out to start his own life...I'll make that my dream art studio.
Anyways, I have this really cool, old cedar drop leaf chest that I keep all of my scrapbooking papers in, along with other supplies.
So....while hubby was gone I kept looking at that dinning room table and thinking.
During the day, while everyone is gone, it's empty.
I want to get back into scrapbooking.
But I need room to spread out.
So I moved the cedar chest to the dinning room
(Hubbies first words out of his mouth during dinner time was..."Hmmm, never seen a chest in a dinning room before.")
All the rest of my stuff I moved to a tiny space that I re-organized and moved other things out to make room for my stuff.
At least, it's all in one place now.
And I can make a mess and close the door and not feel bad about how it looks.
(Remember I'm a bit OCD when it comes to having things neat!)
So I have a desk upstairs with my coloring supplies.
A cedar chest in the dinning room with my scrapbooking supplies.
And all the rest of my stuff is tucked away....to embarrassed to tell you where, 'cause you'd laugh. Especially if you saw my house.
I finally was able to get some coloring done, so Daisy got a shot too.
Things around here, as usual, are busy.
My sweet son James came to visit us from Army AIT. It was a short weekend visit but oh so wonderful.
The hardest part, saying goodbye. I cried my eyes out.
I really tried to be strong. But when we hugged goodbye I couldn't stop the tears from coming.
I'm happy for him.
He's doing something he's very excited about.
And I know, as a military wife, that this is a good choice for him.
I think he'll do really well in the Army.
And I pray for him daily.
I'm not really looking forward to his next step in this journey.
But it's what he wants.
And that's okay...
(These digital stamps can be found at the wonderful Hambo Stamps. Profits from the sales of my digis are going to OWH. If you haven't heard of them you have to hop on over there and see the wonderful things that they do. )
As you know from reading my blog my son is now in the Army.
And I can't tell you enough how important it was for him, as well as for us, to receive a card or letter.
I'm nervous and excited at the same time about this premier.
I've been having a blast playing with my new illustration style and I am so happy to be able to share it with you. You already got a glimpse of 2 of my new gals, Trena and Bella, but now you get a chance to see all of them!
To see samples of all the new images please go to the Hambo Hoedown.
I hope you enjoy using them on your cards as much as I've enjoyed drawing them.
She is printed out on Neenah Classic Crest White Super Smooth paper. I then spray the image with Krylon Workable Fixatif. This makes sure that the ink on the paper, from your printer, will not smear when you color in the image. I have tried other sprays but found that, for me, this one works the best.
I have an empty wide marker that I have filled with Blender solution. I use this when I want to get a really smooth background color. First you wet the area that you want to color using the wide blender marker and then immediately start adding your background color, I used B00. Continue to work your way around the image, working fast. I then used B02 to create the snowflakes. I took the blender marker and pressed the tip on the blue to create the dots.
Other blender areas - Blender used to soften the Gray areas.
Blender marker used to remove color in the hair so that another color can be added.
Blender solution added to a rag and then touched on the dress (Make sure that you do this technique first and then add colors to the rest of your image.)
Blender marker used to create highlight on the boots
Sorry for the lack of post this week. I've been under the weather but on the mends.
Well it's back to school week and I'm enjoying my mornings again. I just need to get into a new routine. Still have my oldest here who starts college next week, but after that I should be able to get more done around here. It's funny even when they are older they still take up some of my time. (Granted, not near as much as when they were little.)
I'm really loving coloring in Hambo's stamps! This image reminded me of my boys. They had and still have quiet the imagination. I can picture them at the playground pretending that they have a friend dinosaur to play with.
Creating a smooth background with Copic markers is really hard. You can achieve a smooth look by masking off the images and then airbrushing the background. Or you can do what I did, not even try to make it smooth! I cross hatched 3 blue marker colors over and over again to create the background blues. I like it. It's a nice contrast between the dinosaurs smooth skin and the layers of the background.
Hop on over the Copic Creations Blog to see all of the amazing cards.
(While I was making this card my 13 year old son walked in and started playing with my container of brass do-dads. He said "Mom, put these right here on the card, it needs it!" Hence how the brass swirls and square brads ended up on my card.)
I'm so excited to be able to use a digital stamp image from one of my favorite stamp companies Hambo Stamps!
This weeks challenge at Copic Creation Challenge Blog is coloring animals. And Hambo has really fun stamps, perfect for this challenge. I used this adorable Prince frog digital for my card. Hop on over to the Copic Creation Blog and see all of the gorgeous samples that the design team created.
Normally I color the entire body with the light color, but in the first picture I decided to just color in the light areas and leave the darker areas untouched. Just something different. I still went over all of the image using the lightest color to blend.
This week CC Blog is featuring MONOCHROME Copic Coloring! For those who are unfamiliar with this term, here’s the definition from Dictionary.com: A monochrome or monochromatic painting is one created using only one color or hue.
Copic Creations Blog did have a little help from our SUPER talented sponsor for this challenge . . . Katie Cotton! Katie is the creator and owner of the stamp companyPaper Makeup Stamps. I hope you have the time to visit her store, she has some awesome images that are perfect for Copic coloring. Everyone on the CC Design Team has created some true masterpieces using this technique and images graciously supplied to us by Katie from Paper Makeup Stamps. Hop on over to the CC Blog to see the great creations that Katie has made along with all the rest of the talented Design team. You won't be disappointed!
I used Copic Markers G0000, G000, G00, G02, G05, G07, G28
So hop on over to the CC Blog to join the challenge.
I have to share the funniest thing that happened to me yesterday. I was doing some running around with my son and we stopped by a burger joint to grab a bite. Something that I don't often do so I get really confused with what to ask for, it wasn't McDonald's but something similar. So my son orders a kids meal, chicken strips and I ordered a small burger with a drink. We sat down and as we ate the oh so not delicious meal I picked up the receipt and as I scanned over it I noticed I got a discount for something. Being a military spouse I appreciate towns like ours that support the troops by giving dependents and active duty a small discount from time to time, but hmmmmmm... that's not what it was.
It was the SENIOR DISCOUNT!
OMGosh, is that not a hoot or what?!
Now granted I don't dye my hair and the white is really white next to the black color of my hair but I don't think I look like a senior yet, do I? Ha!
Now I'll be more than happy to accept that discount when the time comes but not yet, right?
Okay, needless to say the boy who took our order was probably no older than 15 so I suppose in his eyes anyone with white in their hair must be a senior, so I'll give him a break. This time...lol.
Fairy in the card is one of the new images in my Etsy shop. Saying is by GinaK.
Sorry I've been MIA. I've had lots to do! Whew.... do we moms ever slow down?
I made this card using one of my digital images in my Etsy shop. I uploaded her to Adobe Photoshop Elements and sized her for the front of my card. I then printed her out on Ginak Pure luxury paper and sprayed over it, very lightly, with matte fixative.
I used Copic Markers to color her in. I cut her and the ribbon out and adhered her to the front of my card.
Have you tried digital stamps yet? They are a wonderful alternative to rubber or acrylic. What you get is a digital image sent to your computer that you can download and print out. Please respect the illustrators when you purchase these types of digital images and do not reproduce them for profit (except when you are using them on card fronts etc.) Also, don't forward them to your friends. I don't want to get into the specifics of copyright laws but ignorance is no excuse for doing something that is wrong, KWIM?
Okay, anyways. This adorable bear is illustrated by Tim for Hambo Stamps. Isn't he the cutest ever! (The bear I mean, well....Tim you're adorable too. Wink, Monica.)
I printed him out on card stock, not copier paper. When you are coloring in digital images that you print out on your home ink jet printer just remember to either heat set the ink or spray it first with a fixative other wise the ink my smear when you start to color them.
I used Plaids Acrylic Spray Sealer. I sprayed it very lightly. Warning: Please, if you use this stuff spray it in a very well ventilated area as it has a really strong odor. I am going to try to find something else to use on the print outs. I will let you know what I find works best for me.
I used Copic markers to color him in (arghhhh...wrote all the marker colored down and now can't find the list!)
You can see from the first picture, of another cute digital stamp by Hambo Stamps, that when you color over the lines the ink will smear. It seems to be worse with the lighter browns that we like for skin tones.
In the second picture you can clearly see that the ink lines are nice and crisp. I was able to blend and had no problems with the lighter colors.
Now remember I said to spray lightly if you are using Plaids sealer. I tried another print out and applied the sealer with a heavier hand and even though you can still color with your Copic Markers the sealer created a surface that I didn't like. It was harder to blend and it looked mottled. So experiment when you are appliying a sealer over your print outs.
To see Tim's awesome digital and rubber stamp illustrations you can visit their site Hambo Stamps.
My stamp designs. Please contact Cornish Heritage Farms or Ginak Designs if you would like to purchase any of these images. (Some have been retired.)
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