Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy to Me!

My son turns 26 and two cards!

"Happy to me!" was my son's greeting the morning of his birthday for many years. Of course, now he is past the quarter century mark and much more grown up. Memories of that phrase and the wonderful happy smile that accompanied it still bring a smile to my face though. 

I made two special cards for my boy this year.

The first is the one from Clarence, my brother in law. Of course, it is coloured with Copic Markers! It has become my new addiction and there is a stack of coloured panels in my desk drawer just waiting to become cards

The stamp is from High Hopes. I just love this little boy, called Sunday's Best - he looks so impish! The paper is Basic Grey as are the lines of paper ribbon in the corners. It was the first time I had used paper ribbon and I really liked the ease of use.

The sentiment is from the A Muse clear stamp set "Mainly Men." 

That is the set I used from my card for Joshua. I also used Basic Grey DP as well as the paper ribbon on for this card. I used the paper piecing technique for tie and the coffee cup to match with the background and give a bit of continuity to the card. The briefcase, laptop and shirt and tie are all on pop dots as is the "Son" in the centre which is actually on double layered pop dots to raise it a little higher. It is difficult to see though in the picture!

Hope you like the cards!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My First Card with Copic Markers!

Copics are definitely addictive!

I starting coloring with my Copic Markers and I just can't put them down! I have so many images ready for cards I don't know where to start!
Well, at first I didnt' know where to start!
So...Here is my first Copic colored image! I am in love with my markers.  The ease of applications is amazing and the blending is such fun! I have found out that I need to round out my colors a bit more, mainly to add some brown or earth tones.  I knew the minute I touched the tip to the paper that they were worth the money.  the colors are uniformed and vibrant.  They blend well and the colorless blender is just a miracle worker! Great when I color outside the lines...which of course I never do!
The stamp is from High Hopes which I bought at Scrappin' Great Deals.
The layout I used was last weeks CPS challenge.  The first one I have ever done and must say I am very happy that I did!  
As usual the Paper is from the Paper Company all but the card stock that the image is on, that is white Bazzill card stock which was recommended to me by Meghan at The Paperie as the best paper to use for Copic markers.  Thanks Meghan! Once again you were so right!
The sun and the lower butterfly were stamped separately and added to the card with pop dots. I was very tempted to add a bow but didn't want to take away from the main image.

So, how do you think I did with my first attempt at coloring with Copic Markers?