Sunday, June 14, 2009

HHC35 Lots a Circles! Copic tips: Woolly Texture

Our lovely Diva Janette is hosting today's challenge over at the High Hopes Blog! Her challenge is to use lots of circles on your card! Her card (posted on her blog as well as on the HH blog) displays the two stamps that Tina and Bethany will give away in a draw next weekend! If you choose to join in the challenge, just make sure you post a link to your creation onto the High Hopes Blog to be eligible for the draw!
Choose any form of circle you wish; you can use circle templates, circles in the form of dotted DP, you can draw circles, stamp circles, any way you can think of to add circles to your project!
I stamped circles all over the blue bg paper using a plastic screw on top from a small jar! One end of the top had a smaller circle and the other end had a bigger one. I just kept dabbing it onto my White Craft Ink pad and stamping circles randomly all over the page. I love how it turned out!
I stamped She-baa Sheep onto Manga Drawing Pad paper by Canson in Memento Tuxedo Black ink by Tsukeneko, and colored her with Copics.
If you look at the close up pic below you can see that I made tiny circular swirly lines with the marker to mimic a woolly texture. I did this will all the greys I used (see pic further down the post for the color list). I left a lot of areas very light where I wanted highlights to show, but I didn't want them white, as I don't think a black sheep would have pure white highlights. I used the lightest shades of grey for this effect. Note: I did not use the blender pen at all on the wool. This would have blurred the little swirly lines I had made and I wanted them to show.
I did however leave areas white on the pink bow and blended around them with the blender pen so the pink would sort of melt into the white. Same idea on the bell as well.

List of colors used:

And the inside:

Thanks for visiting today! Bless you for coming!


  1. Crissy - this is a wonderful card and thank you for sharing your copic tricks. You are soo talented. I am pleased that it's soon vacation time over in Sweden -so that I can get some time to practise. Wish you a wonderful Sunday and bless you and your family! Kram - Anki

  2. Wowww Crissy,what a beautiful card,l love the image and colours.
    So gorgeous papers and detail.

    Hugs Riet.x

  3. This is a fabulous card! Love the cute and the inside verse is wonderful
    fiona x

  4. Crissy, this is absolutely adorable! I love how you colored the wool on the sheep. It looks so realistic! Such a cute card, too!

  5. Oooo...sooo wonderful!! lots of delicious details..and beatuiful coloring!

  6. Pretty! You are so clever, great way to make those circles! Beautifully colored image and I love the lace you used.

  7. Crissy, I just love how you created the texture on your sheep. I think I would have tried to do it with the blender pen after I had it colored, but I can see now that wouldn't have looked right. Love the look on this guy's face!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Great tips too, thank you for sharing. :)

  9. Your colouring is awesome as always Crissy, Wow, She-baa's wool looks fantastic and I love the grass. The lace is so pretty, Big Hugs, Nikki x

  10. Love the sheep, it looks awesome!! Your coloring is so fabulous! Fun background as well as the beautiful lacey ribbon!

    Hugs, Kelly

  11. Beautiful card, I love the black sheep, its so sweet. Beautiful sentiment inside too. Hugs Dawn Marie.xx

  12. Such a pretty card Crissy! Love that lacy ribbon!

  13. Gorgeous card, Crissy.
    Your coloring is amazing, the wool looks fabulous. Love the paper and the lace, so pretty.
    Wonderful sentiment.

    Karen x

  14. Wow - He is soooo cute. I love your colour selection for the image as well.

  15. Soooo cute and what a gorgeous ribbon you used!

    Sunny regards, Renata

  16. Hi Crissy,
    This is a gorgeous image of a sheep. I love the colouring and the layers of circles.
    There's something for you on my blog.
    Jen x

  17. Awesome sketch!!!!! I love the wool.
    Ive made a boo boo on a face ive was coloring with copics, it start out ok then I tried to cover a little dark blemish..then another
    then another until the face is very dark brown E37 and very blotchy. Can you give me any suggestions?
    Thank you, Joe

  18. Joe - to answer your question, you can try this:
    If your image is completely dry, you can take the blender pen and start working the color out. You will at first only be pushing the color around, though some of it will begin to disappear. After you have covered the whole face with the blender pen, going in small circles, and avoiding going too close to the black lines of the image, let it dry for 15 or so minutes. You don't want to go too close to the edge of the stamp drawing because what will happen is you will push the color right over the edges and it will be an inky mess spreading beyond the lines. However, if that happens, it can be fixed too, so don't worry.
    After you have done this once, repeat the process, and let it dry again. Repeat it again if you need to, you probably will if you are trying to erase a dark brown color.
    If you get ink that has bled over the outside edges of your stamp design, that can be erased with the blender pen too, as long as you wait the 15 or so minutes for the paper to be dry. Just push it back towards the line with a back and forth stroke.
    You will not end up with completely white paper after you do this, but it will become light enough to accept another color. Just don't add the shade you want until your paper is bone dry!
    Hope that helps!

  19. Oh the wooley is adorable! Love how you achieved that texture! You're awesome!

  20. Awesome woolly texture technique. Thanks again Crissy.


  21. This is such a sweet card, colour combo is fab!
    Erin x