Coloring the mice! :)

A very nice lady who visits my blog asked if I would share how I color the House Mouse mice on my cardz, and which Copic colors I use.  Thought I would take this opportunity to show you a step-by-step on the colors.   I’ll show you pictures of a little 3×3 card used in this week’s HM Challenge.  (only had to color 15 images!! eeeeek)  

Step 1 – Stamp image with Momento tuxedo black ink; I feel this is the best ink for Copics:  (This shot shows some mice that have already been colored)

Step 1

Step 1

(Had to add this picture of one of our cats, Abbey, watching all the mice ~ She just doesn’t understand!  🙂
Abbey

Abbey

Step 2 – Color the face, ears, hands, feet, tail & belly with E00 Skin White:

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3 – Color the fuzzy hair 🙂 with E71 Champagne:

Step 3

Step 3

Step 4 – Using a darker shade color the edges of the hair, E77 Maroon:

Step 4

Step 4

Step 5 – Blend the darker and lighter colors together using E71 Champagne again:
Step 5

Step 5

Step 6 – Add some pink blush to the ears, nose, cheeks and tail, R20 Blush:
Step 6

Step 6

Step 7 – Using E00 Skin White again, blend in the blush color; And, using R59 Cardinal, color the darker areas of the peppermint candy:
Step 7

Step 7

Step 8 – I used R27 Cadmium Red to color the red highlighted areas of the candy and then went over these areas with the 0 Colorless Blender pen:
Step 9

Step 9

Step 10 – Added shading on the bottom to ground the little guy, with W1 & W3, Warm Grays:  
Step 10

Step 10

Finally, I added clear EP and heat embossed the candy.  That’s it!   Here’s the finished 3×3 card:      
Finished card

Finished card

LOTS of steps for such a little card!  🙂  Hope that answered some questions.  Thanks for stopping by.
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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the tutorial with the Copics. I need to come back and study it, because my Copic inventory is growing – a little, and I want to be brave and start using them. Your coloring is great!

  2. Great tutorial, Mary! I have trouble using Copics on images that are already shaded, so I appreciate seeing how you do it!

  3. I love HM stamps! I love what you did with them…Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the sets!

  4. Great tutorial Mary. I will be taking your advice on board. xxx

  5. Wow what a wonderful illustration! Thank you so much for taking the time to share that! I was having issues deciding what colors to color my little hoppers and house mouse friends!

  6. I love your work, your the best I hope with your help I can get as good as you.
    Thanks again keep up the good work

  7. Judy Gooderham says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing little mouse with us. I loved the way you coloured him. I took down a few numbers of copics that will enhance my work. I love these little folks and the new hedgehogs that are out. Have a great day.

  8. Thank you for the tutorial on how to color these little mice, and especially what colors to use. I just love House Mouse and now I’m ready to make my move to start using Copics for color, I will definitely be checking back here to read your suggestions again and again.

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