Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Challenge #6 - It's Summertime!

Hello Everyone and welcome to another CopicOz Challenge!!  Since it is Summer here in Australia and Australia Day is in January, I decided to go with a Summer Theme this month and use some Yellow and Green!  It doesn't matter if it is a G, BG or YG - just some sort of green!  For this card I used yellow in the umbrella as well is some Yellow-Green and then Blue-Green in the water.  (Copics - Y21, YR23, E51, E21, YG91, YG95, BG10, BG15, BG18, B21.)  If you don't live in the Southern Hemisphere and you are currently experiencing cold and snow, maybe this challenge might warm you up a little!!  :)

What's the Challenge?: Create a project (card, layout, off the page) using your Copic Markers to create a Summer Theme using Yellow and Green ! Doesn't matter what image you use.  Show me what Summer means to you!!!  :)

Is there a Prize?: YES!!  This month it's really exciting - a Copic Ciao 12 Pack!!!  You can see the pack HERE!  Are you excited now!!!  :)

Who can play?: This challenge is open to EVERYONE, including international!

How do you enter?: Use the inlinkz below to connect to your blog or online gallery and upload it prior to 6pm Monday 24th January, Australian EST (4am USA EST)!!!

I can't wait to see what you create!!!

Kathy  :)

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas challenge winner

I am sending this blog post from my phone as i am having computer issues! So please forgive the short post!

The winner for the christmas with a twist challenge is Vicki b entry number 19!

Well done Vicki, your lollypop tub is so so cute!!! I love it!

Please email you postal address to me and we will send out your amazing prize!

I hope you all had a very merry christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

With love
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Copic The Frog

Have you hopped over to our new Copic Marker Australia Facebook page yet?  We have just started a fun competition with Copic the frog! Using your favorite Copic products we want you to add life and colour to Copic the frog. Hop onto our Facebook page and become our friend. Then print the image onto you preferred paper or card, create a masterpiece and upload it to the Copic Marker Australia Facebook page by 5pm, Friday January 7th 2011.You could win a prize pack containing a Multiliner SP set, a 24 Copic Marker Wallet and a Copic Swatch Book. The winner will be announced on Monday January 10th 2011. Happy Colouring!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Beautiful Botanicals!!

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another CopicOz Tutorial!  Here in Australia, flowers are in bloom and fragrance fills the air!  A flower is a beautiful image that is suitable for cards of all occasions and comes in a variety of sizes and colours.  Most people who follow my blog would be aware of my love of flowers, so today I'm going to show you how I colour flowers to give them depth and dimension.

Today I chose Poppies from JustRite Stampers' Plant a Little Love set.  They have been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press it Blending Card.  Like all images, it is good to decide where your light source (the tutorial Light Source can be found HERE) is coming from, mine is coming from the top right hand side.  Tip - If you are colouring a flower and you aren't sure of the colours it comes in - Google it!  Google Images is a great resource!  :)
 Most poppies are either red or a golden yellow.  Today I'm making mine red by using R22, R24, R29 and R59.
Usually when colouring, I would only do one petal at a time to avoid the ink drying too quickly.  It's easier to blend when it's still damp.  But for today's tutorial I'm doing it all at once.  First prime your paper with your lightest colour - in this case R22.
Take your next darkest colour (R24) and add colour to the places where your flower would be darkest.  In the case of most flowers, they will be darkest in all the creases of the flower where the petals join.  I'm also making it a little darker on the left hand side imagining the light is coming from the top right.
Blend with your lightest colour and then add your next darkest colour in the creases of the flower petals - I'm using R29 here.
Blend your colours together and then I want to add even more contrast, so I add a little R59 right in the creases.
When blending your colours always use your NEXT lightest colour.  So blending R59, I would use R29, then for R29 I'd use R24, for R24 I'd use R22 for the outer edges of the flower.  I've also added a little C7 in the centre of the poppy.
For the leaves, you follow the same rule.  I'm starting my leaf with G12 for the lightest colour.
Because the light is coming from the top right, the leaf will be getting quite a bit of shadow from the flower, so I'm making the top part of the leaf darker using G24 and highlighting the veins of the leaf as these are always darker.
Blend G24 with G12 and then for even deeper contrast, I'm adding G28 close to the petals where the shadow would be darkest and once again accenting the veins.

 Blend G28 with G24 and then G24 with G12 to give your leaf a smooth transition from one shade to the next.

Finally, finish your flower image using the same steps for adding shadow and you'll have a beautiful flower full of light and shadow which will give it a three dimensional look!

I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial!!!
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Adding Texture with Colorless Blender Solution

Good morning! I am Debbie Olson, a Copic Regional Certification for the U.S. Northern Midwest, and I am delighted to be a guest on the Copic Oz blog today. If you are like most Copic-loving paper crafters, you probably purchased a Colorless Blender in your first batch of markers. You might have even purchased a refill for your Colorless Blender at the same time.

While the blender pen is a fabulous tool, the blender solution, or Copic Various Ink 0 Colorless Blender, has some great applications as well, and that is what I would like to show you today. Almost any absorbent material with texture can be saturated with Colorless Blender Solution and applied to a smoothly colored area to create texture on your work.

Some of my favorites include sweaters, denim, bath towels, burlap, woven cloth, and even interestingly-textured paper towels. Obviously you would want to experiment with old scraps--not your best sweater! In the short video below, see how simple it is to create the texture on the mittens.

Stamps used in the video above are from the Sparky the Snowman set, courtesy of JustRite Stampers, and Nested Mittens die is from Spellbinders Paper Arts.

What textures can you think of that might work well with your Copic Colorless Blender Solution? Feel free to link any samples that you might create for your own blog or gallery in the comment section; we would love to see what you come up with!
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