Friday, December 17, 2010

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

Are you ladies all ready for Christmas?
I'm not! I still have a ton to do -- I haven't even finished up
my Christmas cards! I'm hoping to do that today though,
and get them to the post office tomorrow morning.
Any tips for mailing handmade cards?

Well, last weekend I had the opportunity to do
something really exciting -- I took a Copic class!
Our local scrapbooking store had visiting instructor
 Tammy Hershberger come in for one day and teach
 three classes, one after another. I scored a spot in the
10AM class before I went to work and had a great time.
It was a beginner's class, so most of what we covered I had
already learned from my obsessive watching of
youtube Copic marker videos or just by trial and error over
the last six months since I fell in love with this technique,
but it was still really interesting and totally worthwhile.
Plus, I got to color with some new shades, so that was nice!
This is one of the three images I colored there.

Reds, I find to be very difficult to get the shading right,
so I was glad she chose these colors for us. I really love those
colors we used on the tree and her scarf, mittens and stockings.
YG93, YG95, YG97, and YG99. I immediately
put them on my wish list when I got home late that night.

Tammy was sweet enough to give us the cardstock and
green Basic Grey paper so that we could make a card,
but I chose to just focus on coloring while I was there,
and assembled the card at home the next day.
Of course, I had to toss a few of my own supplies
into the mix, including flower soft for the fur and snow.
 Check out this post at Tammy's blog, where you can see
the original plan for the card, as well as the
other two projects we did in class.
You'll notice my sentiment is different too.
You didn't think I could color in that sweet image and
then leave without a set to play with at home, did you?
Ah, you ladies know me too well!

Well, I'm off to brave this winter weather and hopefully
get the last chunk of my gift list taken care of.
Then back to my table later tonight to get inky!
Have a great weekend, everybody!

cardstock: I think, Bazzill
paper: Basic Grey "Jovial", My Mind's Eye
stamp: Pure Innocence
ink: Tsukineko Momento Tuxedo Black
copics: E00, E11, R20, E15, E18, E25, R35, R46, R59, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, YR23, C03, C05, C07
embellishments: flower soft, ribbon from stash, gems from stash


  1. Super cute! Awesome job on that image too.... I finally remembered to send out your Christmas card.. Actually, I finally remembered to address it and put a stamp on it. Hubby sweetly grabbed it the other morning on his way to work and dropped it in the mail for me. :)

  2. Girl, your coloring is FANTASTIC! YOU can teach me how you did all that shading! FANTASTIC!!!! And the trim on the little cutie's coat and boots is fab! What did you use? I love your "snow" to. I just love this card. Give it to me! LOL!

  3. Christiana, from the looks of this card it seems you didn't even need to take a Copic class. You did an amazing job! I love the bold colors mixed with the Jovial papers. This card is super adorable!

  4. Aw, you guys are too sweet! Thank you so much, it means more than you know. My only secrets to Copic coloring is use at least three, sometimes four shades. The coat was three, the scarf and tree were four. Also, I start with my darkest first and work out. I know that's backwards to how a lot of people do it, but it's what works for me. Interestingly enough, our instructor colored that way too! And so does Suzanne Dean, the lady whose youtube videos taught me everything I know.

    Also, I take my time, and go back and forth with the colors until I'm happy with it. I could easily spend an hour coloring a detailed image. And I don't mind that. It's my way of relaxing. Sometimes I work on an image for a couple days, coloring this little bit or that when I have a few minutes, usually when I'm waiting to get into the bathroom or between household chores. I like to finish one area (skin, coat) at a time though, while the ink is still fresh.

    The trim on the little girls coat, hat and boots is flower soft, same as the snow on the bottom. I'd never used it before, but I have to say, the stuff is pretty sweet!

  5. Awesome coloring on this card, Christy!!! I guess that Copics class really paid off. And that MFT PI image is so adorable!

  6. I love this card, Christiana!! :o) I love the warmth of it, and your colouring is gorgeous, as always! Love your use of flower soft, too -- super lovely! :o)

  7. aww.. this is absolutely beautiful !! the colors are great!!!

  8. Well, if you did that after one class, you should be teaching fairly soon, what an awesome job. Such a sweet card and you did a great job on the red.

  9. You have a wonderful grasp on Copic coloring techniques, Christy! Your coloring looks amazing, and your version of the card is adorable! GREAT job on the red coat, especially! Thanks for sharing!

  10. This is so gorgeous! Your colouring is so amazing! Such an awesome job! :)

  11. What adorable cards!!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. :-)

  12. Girl, this card is so utterly cute!!! Your coloring looks fantastic and I LOVE how you made the "snow" and the "fabric" on the little girl's hat and scarf. Just ADORABLE! :)

  13. This is SO georgeous!!!! Briliant coloring! WOW!

  14. All I can say is WOW!!! This is gorgeous! The mix of papers, your shading...and I am now totally inspired to use all of the Flower Soft, I have stocked up on. Great job! :)


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