Saturday, July 28, 2018

Polar Friends and Winter's Magic Blue

Hello! Want to get a jump start on your winter/Christmas cards? Well, Whimsy has some new winter holiday images already out! And this card is showing one of them.  This is "Polar Friends" (the image is in red rubber) and I drew it with you in mind, thinking you might really enjoy tackling some skin tones, hair and fur! I know it's a challenge for some people, but you don't grow unless you challenge yourself! I will put the Copic list below so that you can see what colours I chose. 
The paper, well, I am just so proud of them, because I designed this set of papers too! I called this set "Winter's Magic Blue".  You can buy it, keep it stored in your computer and print it off at will. So convenient! So handy!
Here is your Copic List:
Skin: E0000, 000, RV91, 93, R30 blush
Eyes: B21, B000, N1, R20
Coat: E51, 53, 55, 57, E70, 71, 74
Blonde Hair: YR30, E40, 42, 43, tiny bit of 44
Fur cuff: N1,2,3,4, B000
Bear's nose: N3, 8
Sky background: B21, B000
Hat and Mitts: B21, 23, 24, 26, 29
Bear Fur: YR30, E40, BV20, 23, B000, BG72, E71
If nothing else, this post should help cool you off in the midst of these heat waves! 

Purr-Fect Picnic Cats

This is Purr-fect Picnic Cats , a red rubber image found at Whimsy Stamps. I also used some Whimsy digital paper found HERE
I coloured the image with Copics and touched up with coloured pencils. Thank you for looking, and I hope you are having a lovely summer!

Design Team Call for Whimsy!

There's still four days left to get your application in for the Digital Design Team at Whimsy Stamps! Specializing in promoting the digital goodies at Whimsy! If you are interested, please go to this link: DT CALL for WHIMSY STAMPS DIGITAL
closes at the end of July

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Penguin Campfire

Hi! I am still not into the swing of life-as-usual (yet!).  My pups are now seven months old, but still a handful, so my card making time is still taking a beating! But it won't be beat entirely, thanks to some early mornings (before the Cracken get released!) and some old fashioned grit and determination.  So here I am with another penguin card (oh, surprise, surprise ;-P) and this one is called Penguin Campfire.  I coloured it with Copics but I decided to blend out the sky colours with some coloured pencil atop the Copic layer (on the sky only).  White gel pen for the stars after everything was coloured. I love doing "glowing" scenes.  It really is not as hard as it looks.  You just have to add your yellow on first, where ever you want the image to glow, and then colour as per usual, but making your shadows a tad darker than you normally would.  It also helps a lot to have a really dark background. That is all you gotta do! This one was helped along by Copic because they have some flourescent shades that really already kind of glow.  And just an aside: when you want to colour fire, flames, for the most part, the whitest yellow should be coloured at the base of the flame, where it contacts the fuel (log, or whatever is on fire).  Then as the flame gets further and further from the source of the fuel, the flame darkens through orange to red. Most people colour fire the opposite way, with the whitish yellow at the top and work down to red at the bottom, but that's just not what a flame looks like IRL. So, ....   here's the Copic list: 
Glow on front of penguin, his clothes, the log he sits on, top of the rocks around the fire: FY1
Fire: YR07, R05, R27, FY1
Penguin White: E40, YR30, E41, E71
Penguin Black: W1,2,3,5,7,8,10
Penguin Beak and feet: YR12, 14, 16, 27, BV20, E71
Hoodie: R20, 21, 22, BG90, 93, C2
Rocks: T1,3,5,7
Logs in fire: E43,44,W9
Log seat: E43,44,79, W5,7
Atmosphere above fire: Y00, 11, YR30, C00
Sky: B0000, BG0000, C00, B32, 45, 97 and then blended to the yellow above the fire using coloured pencils
Ground: E40, 41, 42, 43, 53, BG96, G21
Twigs, tree and grass in background: E87, 89, E40, BG90
Smoke: C1,2,3 plus some grey coloured pencils
Stars: white gel pen
This is a new digital image at Whimsy Stamps and can be found HERE
Also used on this card are a sheet from the digital pack "Old Glory" and a sheet from a pack called "Ahoy There". 
Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! I hope to be back ... soon!!