Gray Highlighting Around an Image

This tutorial shows how I highlight with Copics and Distress ink around an image when attaching a precolored and cut image.

I REALLY love and highly recommend these particular Copic colors, which were recently added at 7 Kids College Fund ~ T1, T3 & T5, Toner GraysCopic 0, Colorless BlenderDistress Ink in black soot; and Inkessentials stamp pad felt.

 

 

My first step is to use the darkest of the three recommended markers ~ T5 Toner Gray,  and outline around the entire outer edge of the image.

Then using T3 the medium gray, I go over the darker T5 line, going slightly wider.

I then run my lightest marker, T1, over both lines to blend.

And finally, lightening the edges slightly with my Colorless Blender.

For the bottom area to “ground” Luigi, I start again with the darkest marker ~T5  directly around his shoes.

Again going over this and slightly expanding the area with T3.

And, using T1 and 0 (Colorless Blender) going over this to blend.

I also add some Distress Ink to the background after the Copic outlining.   Using a small section of the stamp pad felt, I apply some Distress Ink in black soot around the image. If you’re interested, I have more specific instructions on this technique in this previous tutorial.

Here’s a picture of the Distress Ink highlighting on top of the Copic outlining around Luigi.

And a photo of the completed image.   A more detailed tutorial can be found here which shows each step of the process to complete this particular Luigi card.

That’s it!!   As always, if you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Sentiment & Highlighting of Luigi Tutorial ~ Finally!

 

Please note, this is a BRAND new Luigi card, made specifically for this tutorial.

Yes, it’s true!  After almost TWO weeks I have FINALLY completed the tutorial on how I created the sentiment and applied the highlighting around Luigi!   BTW, Luigi is available here at 7 Kids College Fund.   

I’m really sorry this is being posted so much later than I had anticipated ~ please note, there are 39 photos included with this tutorial and several hours of editing!   Eeek ~ That’s a lot!   🙂    Just a warning!  This is going to be a long one ~ so grab your favorite beverage and get comfy!  

SENTIMENT:

The sentiment was made on my computer using Microsoft Office Word 2007.    The first step, in Word, is to click on INSERT at the top of your screen.

 

Then click on WORDART at the top of your next screen.

When you click on WORDART, this smaller box will appear showing all the different options available.  For this card, I chose the 3rd style on the top row ~ click on it.

You will then be taken to the text editing screen where you can choose your font, font size and whether or not you would like to add Bold or Italics for emphasis.

For this card, I chose the Harrington font, size 16 and Bold.    When finished editing, click OK at the bottom of the text editing box.

You will then see your formatted text in a blue box with a slight curve in the style you originally chose. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look exactly the same, the range of the curve can be changed.    Note, the blue box is strictly for editing purposes, it will not print.

Notice the marks in each corner and the top, bottom and side centers of the blue box?   These are what you use to either increase or decrease the range of the curve or the size.    We’ll start with the range ~  take your cursor and click on the mark at the bottom right, you can then drag (hold your cursor on the mark and move) the box down as far as you would like.   

To see how the text will fit with your stamp, you can now do one of two options ~ the first would be to print out your text to compare it with the size of your stamp and then edit, if needed; 

Or the second, to measure the width of your stamp to determine what the width of your WordArt should be.

As you can see, Luigi is about three inches wide.  

Going back to your computer, you can now use the measuring guide in Word located just above your document on the screen ~  As you can see, the text below is about four inches wide.  Since my stamp is only three inches, I would like to make it a little smaller.   

To do this, click on the right center arrow and once again drag the blue box, this time  towards the left to make the width smaller.   This will NOT affect the curve style.

My WordArt is now about 3 1/2 inches wide.

I’ve printed it out for you to see that it fits much better with my stamp.

Now, time to add the bottom section of the sentiment.   

I measure the combined length of my stamp and the WordArt text  to determine approximately where I would like the lower sentiment placed.  This appears to be about 4 1/2 inches.

 

Back to the computer, this time working with the side measuring guide in Word, shown on the left below –  I hit the ENTER key until my cursor is at the 4 1/2 inch mark on the screen guide, and type in the text.

You can now use your normal editing features to format this text.   I’ve chosen ChopinScript (downloaded from Dafont.com), size 28, Bold and red for my font color.       (Oops, I also added an exclamation point, which wasn’t included above)

Print it out and do one final check with your image to see if it is placed where you would like.   If everything looks good, I then print it on my good cardstock.       Your sentiment is now finished!  Yay.

HIGHLIGHTING:

I usually stamp the image several times.   First on the cardstock printed with the sentiment and again on another piece of cardstock for coloring ~ I cut out my colored image and attach it with dimensionals, this way the highlighting does not affect the coloring of my image.  

  

 For Luigi, I have done a few extra steps – the pizza was colored and cut out separately after applying some Diamond Glaze to the cheese!  Since I like things to be authentic (and I’m a little crazy) I also stamped and cut out the pizza again on some silver foil cardstock for the pizza pan!    🙂    The oven mitts are paper pieced with a smaller check dp.  

  

  

For anyone who might be interested, here are the Copic colors used for each specific area:    T1, 3, 5 for the Hat & Jacket; E000, 00, 01, 11; R20, 30 for Luigi’s skin;  E41, 42, 44, 47 for his Hair and Mustache;  YR20, 31 Cheese;  E07, 08, 09 Pepperoni; E30, 33 Crust; C2, 5, 7 for Luigi’s pants; and W1, 3, 5 for his Shoes.

  

Oh, I almost forgot ~ Since I didn’t have any black buttons for Luigi’s Chef jacket, I colored them with Copics too!   I use stick pins to hold them so I can color a little easier.   (crazy, I know!)  LOL

  

Here are the supplies I used for the highlighting around Luigi.   I REALLY love and highly recommend these particular Copic colors, which were recently added at 7 Kids College Fund ~ T1, T3 & T5Toner GraysCopic 0, Colorless BlenderDistress Ink in black soot; and Inkessentials stamp pad felt.

  

My first step is to use my T5 Toner Gray marker to go around the entire outer edge of the image.

Then using T3, I go over the darker T5 line, going slightly wider.

And, then I run my T1 over both lines to blend.

Finally, lightening the edges slightly with my Colorless Blender.

For the bottom area to “ground” Luigi, I start with my T5 again directly around his shoes.

And, again, going over this and slightly expanding the area with T3.

Again, using T1 and 0 (Colorless Blender) going over it to blend.

Now, using a small section of the stamp pad felt, I apply some Distress Ink in black soot around the image.   If you’re interested, I have more specific instructions on this technique in this previous tutorial.

Here’s a picture of the Distress Ink highlighting around Luigi.

 Below is a photo showing that I’ve quickly colored the bottom image and cut the sides with my paper cutter.

I wanted the top to match the shape of my text, so I used this guide.

Voila!

One final step was to highlight around the edges of the cardstock, using Distress Ink in fired brick.    (Again, more specific instructions can be found here.)

A quick photo of the highlighed edges.

I then attach all the extra pieces to the Copic colored Luigi and attach him with dimensionals!

That’s it!!     Whew …       😀        As always, if you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Copic Colors for Mice & Bunnies :)

I’ve recently received several emails asking which Copic colors I use when coloring the House Mouse and Happy Hopper images. 
 
I do promise for all future posts to list the colors used on each card WHEN the  card is posted ~ Girl Scouts’ Honor!   (And I was a Girl Scout Leader too!!)  🙂  
I’ve set this up showing you the various GROUPS of colors I use and some examples (although, please keep in mind that they do vary, depending on the light source when the particular picture was taken).   I would encourage you to also take a look at a tutorial I did awhile ago on how I use the various groups of colors, i.e., light, medium, dark shades, to do the actual coloring.

So, here we go.  

1.  Skin Colors:

Skin Colors

Skin Colors

As in example A below, I usually color their skin ~ faces, ears, hands, feet, tails, and bellies! first, with E00 Skin White, sometimes I will use E02 Fruit Pink to lightly outline the skin area. 

A.

A.

Then I add R20 Blush, to give their cheeks some glow!  I also occasionally use R11 Pale Cherry Pink, to add a little more depth to their cheeks, as in B. 

B.

B.

2.  Body Colors:

My favorite group of colors for their actual bodies is this group of tans, E31 Brick Beige, E33 Sand & E35 Chamois:

Tans

Tans

Once again, if you refer to my  tutorial, you’ll see how I do it.   I do sometimes switch my light and dark color combinations. 
 
For example C, I used E31 Brick Beige & E33 Sand
C.

C.

Or for a little darker verision, D, I used E33 Sand & E35 Chamois
D.

D.

And, for an even darker image as in E, I used only E35 Chamois and kept going over the edges for a darker shade. 
 
I’ve been told that each “coat” of Copics darkens the color one-half shade. 
D.

E.

 I also use the Warm Gray group for coloring the bodies ~ W1, W3, W5 & W7.  
Warm Grays

Warm Grays

Once again, it just depends how light or dark I want the mouse or bunny as to which combination I use.   For F below, I believe I used W3 & W5. 
E.

F.

And, another group of grays I use are the Cool Grays ~ C1, C3, C5 & C7.
Cool Grays

Cool Grays

Most of these colors are what I use to color the Happy Hoppers.   Example G is a lighter tone, using C1, C3 and a little C5.  

G.

G.

Sample H is, once again, just darker using C5 & C7.    
H.

H.

The last group I use are various Browns ~ E57 Light Walnut, E71 Champagne & E77 Maroon.  Unfortunately, I’ve used these colors so much that several of the colors are DRY and I haven’t gotten around to ordering refills yet!  
Browns

Browns

For this example, I will use the image I colored in the  tutorial.
I.

I.

That’s it for most of the House Mouse and Happy Hopper color groups!    🙂
 
Just one last thing ~ you’ll notice all of the markers I’ve shown here are the Ciao style.  These were among my first purchases, which came in sets.  I’ve now started buying some individual markers in the Sketchstyle and really like these ALOT ~ For two main reasons:  The Sketch hold MORE ink….(many of my Ciaos have run dry already).   AND, (this is just a personal preference) I like the color name and number on the cap so you can easily see which marker you need when referring to a Copic color chart.  The Ciao type have the color name and number on the barrel.    Sketch style is pictured on the top in this photo and Ciao on the bottom.
Sketch on Top, Ciao on Bottom

Sketch on Top, Ciao on Bottom

***Don’t forget…7 Kids College Fund now carries the Sketch markers in LOTS of colors.  They also have an awesome selection of the House Mouse and Happy Hopper images, at unbeatable prices!!  Be sure to check it out!***
 
Don’t hesitate to contact me with any other questions.      Sorry about the length of this post!!    🙂
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spellbinders Nestabilities Frame Tutorial

Thought I would do another quick card using the Spellbinder’s Nestabilities’ dies to frame my image.  I’ve had several emails asking how I embossed the frame on the card that I did earlier this week ~  which can be found here:   https://mycardz.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/happy-holidays/    

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

[This certainly was a good excuse to take pictures with our new toy! :)]   

One comment as to why I chose this sentiment ~ Doesn’t it look like the wreath on your front door?!!  😀      ( . . . Well I thought so!) 

Here are the basic steps I used for the embossing on this card:     

P.S.  (I sometimes leave out some of the basic info, so if there are ANY details you might have a question about, PLEASE don’t hesitate to send me an email.)

1.  For the particular dies I’m using, the standard mat works…I’ve noticed they now sell a larger mat that can be cut to size, which I think works much better for the new larger dies.   

Recipe:   Plate A…Plate B…rubber mat 

Step 1

Step 1

2.  Place your card stock on top of the rubber mat….then place the two consecutive dies together, “nested”.    [for this card I used the Labels dies; For my previous card, I used the Squares dies.]

Step 2.

Step 2.

3.  Add additional Plate B and “buffer” ~ I use a cork mat that I purchased at my local hardware store which comes in a kit that includes two rubber mats and a cork mat.   [Sorry my cork mat has been used LOTS of times and, obviously shows the wear.]

Step 3

Step 3

4.  Run through the Cuttlebug!    🙂    That’s really it!   Here are some pictures of the results:

"Innie"

"Innie"

"Outie"

"Outtie"

 I personally think either side works well as an embossed frame.

Here’s a closeup view of this particular embossed, framed card: 
closeup view

closeup view

Note about the stamps used in this image:    Wow, I had SOOO much fun AND, it was soo easy to use the Tapestry Stamps for this wreath.  There is an awesome tutorial on the website for the Ruber StampsTapestry (I think my DS agrees!)  I was fortunate enough to find two indivdual stamps for both the holly leaf and the berries at my local scrapbook store (and just used different ink colors) Scrapbook Memories, located in Janesville, Madison and Appleton, WI!  🙂    Both of these stamps can either be purchased individually or in sets at http://www.rubberstamptapestry.com/    
Uh oh… I think I’ve found a new obsession!!!!!   🙂

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.