Friday, February 29, 2008
Tonight I went to see 'The Other Boleyn Girl' it was WONDERFUL! I highly suggest it if you like great tragic films. Anyway, I am getting the hang of this video thing and I learned how to add titles and subtitles to my tutorials! I know last Tye-Dye Friday I showed a tye-dyed flower stamp, well this friday I am showing you how to do the same technique with different colors on VIDEO!!! Please enjoy the show!
I have a lot to do this weekend, I have a test on Tuesday, a paper due Tuesday and another final report due Tuesday. However, it’s Friday so my motivation levels aren’t so high for those tasks. Also I’m sore from the gym yesterday (insert angel halo here lol).
So I decided to do another Video Tutorial! Do you all like these better or worse than regular picture tutorials? Next week I’m hoping to play with my sister’s macbook to learn how to subtitle and edit them, I tried in Window’s Movie Maker but I can’t seem to figure out how to save them as AVI files (a YouTube compatible file). I tried Auto Focus today and my camera still is going a little bit crazy, any tips??? This blog thing really is a learning process, but so far I’m having a ball!
Ok so back to this tutorial! I love House Mouse stamps, especially when it comes to Copic makers. Their detail makes it really easy to color them, which is why I have chosen them for this segment
Also...get ready for a late tye-dye Friday post with a VIDEO! tutorial on how to tye-dye and glitter a very cute flower for a thank you note :)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Oh College…I managed to stay up until 2 am last night studying African Politics. The good news is I really feel like I know and understand the information, the bad news is that I am wicked tired. I have 9 hours of class today, so I thought I would post something collegiate in honor of my exhausting day.
My Planner! This was the cover of my agenda book last year. It was made with 3 different Quickutz fonts, Marissa Mini, Studio Classic and Ginger Mini. I used some random orange ric-rac from my lss, three orange eyelets for design balance (it grounds the weight on the right) and a print out from the internet. I also used some rub-ons from Quickutz. This technique-free quick project is all about design elements, color and simplicity. Ok, now back to my Political Theory lecture on Locke. :)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Brr…it’s cold!! Although, probably incomparable to your weather,
I have a big test tomorrow for my African Studies class, so I’m a little stressed. I’ll get by with a little help from my friend, COFFEE! I am a total coffee nut and in honor of the weather I thought I would show you my coffee mug.
I tend to be on the go a lot, so I usually take my coffee to go. This handy mug was made with 6 Quickutz fonts and a large flower stamp. I colored the stamps with my prisma colored pencils. Well I’m off to read about Sierra Leonean politics, doesn’t that sound like fun?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Last month I ordered 100$ worth of Bellas. I had been waiting to place a larger order, as for some reason shipping (everywhere) always bugs me. One of the Bellas I purchased was this SuperBella. What actually convinced me to buy it was the awesome saying 'Have a Super Birthday'. How cute!
I used my copics to color her and I even used a copic spica for her blouse. You can really see how much glitter the pen packs in the close up above. I also used my copics to color the bauble to match. I really love that matchy look. The background paper is actually cheap-o from a Mike's superpack probably three years ago.
I tied it all together with a ribbon! What do you think?
Monday, February 25, 2008
Step One: Gather Image. Stamp in Adirondack Pitch Black on Geogria Pacific Paper.
Step Three: Add your darker colors. For me this include E37, G27, R27, R29 and more coats of Y31. I used Y31 over the entire basket to unify the colors.
I really love this image!
Now, about the page :) The paper is bazzil-which is my absolute favorite for scrapbooking. I used the hero art stamps for the 'live laugh love'. I embossed it in white in the right hand corner.
I also cut out parts of some Disney paper for the border. I also used my Fasentator (EK!), for the mickey staplers. The Fasentator is a great and flexible tool which staples wide staples!
On another aside, I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate you coming, looking and even learning here!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
So here it is! Done! I decorated it with pictures of my family and friends as well as some quotes about life and love.
I also used my wishblade to cut out the gigantic word 'Love'. The Wishblade is really a great tool for decoration. Especially when you have a TON of white wall space to work with. I ended up cutting out other messages and putting them around my room. I used inspiration words such as, Smile, Believe, Love and Create. I really love how it all turned out.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Step One: Gather a bunch of Bright colors. These tend to dye the best because of their darker ink. Also choose a fun stamp that is wide and not very intricate.
Step Two and Three: Dot your image with all of the different color markers, vary how much space is in between the various spots of color for a more uneven look. Take you 0 colorless blender and really push against the coloring in a circular motion. Immediately, you should see the color dispersal. You can continue to push againest the paper for as long as you want to get your desired affect.
Hope you enjoyed it!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Step Two: Start with the first layers. For stick drawings, such as this darling girl or bellas, I tend to outline the 'stick limbs'. I think it gives her more dimension!
Step Three: Use R20 to make circluar blush on her checks (it makes it look a little more cartoonish but I think in a cute way). Lightly color R14 over her dress, put more pressure around the edges of her dress.
Step Three: Wait 20 seconds. Put your second layer (or third or fourth!) of RV14 on the corners and outline of her dress. Your image should show the layers like above.
Finish your image! Since she is such a playful image I kinda went with that theme for my coloring. Notice how the coloring is not perfect, the star's shading is not totally even. Its always fun to adapt your style of color for a certain image, if its childish, a gorgeous flower, or a birthday cake, your colors and style should reflect that!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Ingridents: Paper and Stickers by Sports Solutions, Die cuts: Quickutz, Studio
Step Two: Lightly use your Colorless Blender 0 to tap and swoosh towards you (technical jargon lol), by gently rubbing the tip of your copic sketch with the paper and lifting away from the paper. Repeat. Many times. Oh and as an aside, I seem to be getting better with the camera and this picture shows alot of the detail in the coloring, especially the Mouse's blush.
Step Four (optional): If your mistake was like mine, dark and rather larger, you may want to turn your paper over and repeat the tapping and swooshing.
Some extra tips: Remember, you are using a blender and it likes to disperse color. Be careful not to touch any of your colored image with the blender, as it will drain the color and give it a tye-dyed effect (fun technique, when intentional, maybe tomorrow's tutorial HINT HINT!).
Do not give up! I have found that 95% of my mistakes will come out, after much tapping and swooshing.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sorry about the poor quality of this image, I am getting the hang of the camera. One of my favorite things about HM (House Mouse) stamps is the fact that the shadow is already shaded. We will use our darker copic for where the black is heaviest, giving us an easy way to learn how shading works.
I began by using EOO and R20 for the mice. I just hinted at their checks with the R20 while steadily making their limbs E00 with just a tinch of R20 for shading. Below you will see my formula for these mice.
My all time favorite yellow combo is Y13 and Y15. I think it is a great 'pop' color. Again I used the Y13 over the whole image, then I 'shadowed' with Y15.
Frosting is always fun, and in this particular stamp the key to making a boy or a girl card. Betcha never though frosting could set a mood! I used B14, then B05 and made my darker shadows with BG09. Next I used my colorless blender to smooth out the color from the BG09 (you can see the realization of this below).
This candle is quick and I used R27 and R29. If you look closely you can see that I made a mistake coloring the side of it and went out of the lines (I actually did this while trying to balance the clipboard, marker and my camera. Typical!) Tomorrow, I am going to show you a quick way of fixing this common mistake.
Next, I went back and shaded the wrapper a little more with Y17. Extra layers of the same color can really add umph without costing big $$.
You can see my mistake starting to fade with my trick (TBAT to be explained tomorrow). You can also see the first layer of C1 on the mice.
I have about 4 or 5 color combos that I like to do with these mice. Above is my favorite combo and also the one that I used on this card.
Ingredients: Tempting Turquoise SU! paper and ink, Rose Red paper and ink SU!, House Mouse Stamps, SU! stamps, EK Sucess Stamps.
Thanks for reading! I am new to this so all criticism and comments are appreciated :) I promise to improve the quality of pics next time!