Saturday, April 4, 2009

HHC25 Fur texture with Copics

This week's challenge is a sketch, brought to us by the lovely High Hopes Diva Jeanne Streiff. I looooove sketch challenges, because I am basically "sketch challenged", in that I find it really difficult to know how to put the various elements of a card together. So if somebody else can map it out and show me what goes where, all that thinking is done for me and I can relax!
Well I don't have my Nesties circles yet, and so I pulled out my old faithful Fiskar's shape cutter and circle template to do the circles on this one. I've ordered some Nesties and so they are on their way to my house from Scrappin Great Deals. I looove that store! They have great weekly sales too. I signed up for their e-mail notices, so every Wed. after closing I get an e-mail reminding me of their weekly specials (that last til closing Friday). I ordered my Nesties at 20% off!! Saved a bundle!!
I used Copics to color my images. I stamped Bunny With Tulip and Easter Basket using Memento Tuxedo Black ink by Tsukeneko onto Artist Marker Pad by Aquabee. These stamps are from the latest release (February). I first colored the bunny grey, but didn't like it. I was going to toss it out, when I suddenly thought I would first try coloring over the grey with brown. It worked out pretty good and I was happy with a brown bunny! And the greys I had initially laid down only helped with the shading. It actually turned out kinda cool, I think!
When I was all done the coloring, I dabbed a bit of blender solution on an old terry cloth rag and pressed it onto the furry areas (press it down on the image for about three seconds). It gave a soft mottled appearance. I tried to avoid dabbing it on the pot, flower and ribbon. In hindsight, I should really have done the dabbing before coloring the other items.
The ground is a series of dots of various colors. I also dotted the clear blender pen on it too, which gives a neat effect.
I made the pink bg paper using clear white glossy cs, a pink Copic marker and Copic blending solution. I just colored the page loosely, using the chiseled tip of my RV23 Pure Pink, not covering the whole page, and not worrying about having lines or streaks. I then dripped the blending solution onto the page and watched the "magic" happen as the ink moved and pooled.
The green bg dp is Basic Grey.
Little x's in the bottom left are sewn on with pink embroidery thread and a darning needle, but I first punched the tiny holes with my paper drill from Lee Valley Tools.
The Easter basket is popped up on foam tape, and I dotted around the perimeter of the white circles with a pink gel pen.
Don't forget there is a weekly draw for two free High Hopes Stamps that you can be eligible to win if you make a project for this challenge and link it up onto the High Hopes Blog! Check out Jeanne's card that will be posted mid morning Sunday (EST) to see what stamps will be given away!


Here is a close up of the bunny where you can really see the effect of using the blender solution on the terry cloth rag:

NOTE: I forgot to put the colorless blender in the following pictures, but it was used throughout the entire coloring process.

Colors used on the Bunny:

Colors on tulip and pot:

Colors on ground:

Colors for the basket:


  1. So cute! Love the bunny and your coloring is Fabulous. Fantastic color combo.TFS
    Hugs, Connie

  2. Crissy this is fantastic, so glad that this cutie didn't go in the bin when you coloured it grey, the fur effect that you have created is brilliant.. love it. hugs rachxx

  3. Oh Crissy, I just adore your sweet card! Love how you have coloured the sweet bunny, tis fab!
    Hugs Tab xxx

  4. Oh I so love your card dear such a gorgeous effect you have done dear. I have always just used the blending brush to make the effect but this seems so much easier dear thanks so much for the tip dear. Just love it dear

  5. Bunny looks fabulous Crissy and your colouring is awesome, I just love the highlights and texture effect. I love the paper you've created and such great colours, Big Hugs, Nikki x

  6. I have to tell you design the most delightful stamps!! It seems the more I get, the more I! They are such fun to work with! The cards you create with them are just fabulous! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your talent! :D

  7. This is so super cute Crissy!! Love that your are posting pics of your copics used now!! Thanks so much!!

  8. Wow you go to such great lengths to colour Crissy! I am in awe! Fantastic card... I can sit for ages just staring!

  9. so cute!! I love your coloring and love the soft background too.hugs,ying

  10. A beautiful card Chrissy and I love the way you have coloured the image!

  11. What a sweet card! I love your coloring, thanks so much for teh description.
    Hugs, Christine :)

  12. I love the marbled background! Great coloring too! I love that you salvaged the bunny and he looks fabulous to boot! The finished inside is wonderful too!

  13. Gorgeous card, Crissy.
    I love the way you colored the bunny, really looks fuzzy. The ground is awesome that marble effect. You do amazing work with your Copic's!!

    Karen x

  14. your coloring is phenominal...loved the card.It is simply gorgeous i didn't know copics could do such a beautiful job.have a great day....many hugs,and god bless.

  15. Hi Crissy,
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and the techniques you use to bring your images to life.
    Have a great Easter!


  16. Wonderful and your colouring rocks! Wish you and your family a wonderful Easter.
    Glad Påsk (as we say in Swedish). Anki