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Recently I was able to celebrate a birthday in-person with a friend (in person! outdoors! physically distanced!) and I wanted to give her a special card. I pulled out my Lawn Fawn “Mermaid for You” stamps and created this little scene! I stamped and colored everything with Copic markers, then hand-cut all of the images that are in the top layer.

I have very little experience coloring people (meaning skin and hair), so what I’ve done here is pretty basic. I was recalling a lesson from Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart as I tried to approximate what my friend and I look like! You know, if we had mermaid tails and long flowing hair. Haha!

I created the scene on two layers: the background has seaweed and coral stamped on it in colored ink, and a seahorse and a little school of fishes. I used a Copic marker to fill in the aqua water around them all. The top layer, which is popped up with foam, has a square window cut out of it, and I had my mermaids extend outside the border for a fun look.

I added some tiny shells and starfish to draw the eye to the sentiment (which is from my favorite tiny Hero Arts set from years and years ago) and pull it all together!

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I am enrolled in Sandy Allnock’s (self-paced) Underwater Scenes Copic mini-course at art-classes.com, and back in the fall while I was off my feet recovering from ankle surgery, I completed the first lesson (the shallows):

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I LOVED it (and I was so impressed at what I’d made), but then I got busy with other things and didn’t come back to the class until just a few days ago.  I wanted to make a special birthday card for a dear friend, and I had an idea in mind, but I needed to do the second lesson!

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While my kids played outside, I sat at the dining room table where I could keep an eye on them, and I worked through lesson 2 (the surface).  I have to admit, at first I was pretty intimidated by the thought of creating realistic water surface and bubbles, but Sandy makes it so straightforward and approachable in the class! I made two small attempts– the second one in a more “tropical” set of colors…

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…and when I was finished, I just kinda sat there in shock for a bit after I saw what I’d made, haha!!

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As you can see in the photo above showing my in-progress work, I was making these with a card design in mind.  After I finished my water, I trimmed the two strips into vertical panels.  I colored one of the cute mermaids from Lawn Fawn’s “Mermaid for You” set (also with my Copics and white gel pen accents) and added her (with foam) to make it look like she was joyfully leaping above the wave.



On the inside, I added my sentiment.  I didn’t have the phrase I wanted in the set, so I hand-wrote “mermazing” in the style of Lawn Fawn’s script, and I used some other sentiment stamps to add “You’re” and “Happy Birthday” above and below!


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Get better card

This card is a bit more clean-and-simple; I am finding myself drawn to this style more and more lately.


I colored the little rocket from the Paper Smooches Space Cadet set with Copics, after I used a mask to stamp one of the aliens in the porthole.  I cut out the rocket, added some flames and then popped it all up on some foam.


The background is some simple ink blending with a couple colors of blue ink, and I used a white gel pen to add some stars.

I hope that this cute little card can be an encouragement to my friend!




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Congratulations card

A friend of mine was recently hired for a new position, and I am so happy for her.  I wanted to send her a congratulations/encouragement card, and so my mind went instantly to the “Space Cadet” set from Paper Smooches.


Inspired by the August challenge at the Paper Smooches blog, I decided to make my own background by stamping the sentiment stamp repeatedly and heat embossing it with white.  I blended several shades of blue pigment ink to look spacey, and I lightened them to create a bit of a spotlight for my little astronaut.


I colored the astronaut with a few Copics, and popped her up on some foam with some silver thread behind her, with an additional sentiment from a very old Hero Arts set.




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Otter cards

I’ve been slowly and (somewhat) steadily working my way through Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class, and the shading lesson was fun and challenging all at the same time.  Blending blues is pretty tricky for me still, and I found the rectangular prisms particularly challenging to shade!

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To give myself some more practice shading with light sources from different directions, I stamped out a number of these cute otters from My Favorite Things (thanks to my daughter, who allowed me to use her stamp set ;-))

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Of course, I couldn’t just leave these little cuties on the paper to languish!  I put them to good use on some cards.  I simply added a bit of ink blending to spotlight each otter and then stamped a sentiment from my beloved old Hero Arts set.





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Copic class work

Last Christmas, Husband gave me a fantastic gift– Copic markers!  Plus, he purchased Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class for me.  I have really loved coloring with these markers, and in addition to coloring stamped images for cards (and for fun), I have been working my way through the class.

With my very first set of three blending groups that Husband bought for me for Christmas, I couldn’t do much of the color theory part of the class, but I did attempt a color wheel with what I had…


…and then with birthday gift money, I expanded my Copic collection!  Now I could really dive in!

Using my expanded rainbow, I made a color wheel:

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I made a three-color wheel:

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And I’ve been learning about glazing:

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I’ve been learning shading techniques and practicing on everything I can!

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I’m not finished with the class yet, but I’m looking forward to continuing to work through the lessons (let’s see if I can finish by this coming Christmas! …and then take some more classes! ;-))

I have found that I enjoy coloring with Copics so much!  It is really relaxing and soothing, and something I can do almost anywhere– on a plane, while chatting, while I’m playing board games, and while listening to my husband read aloud to my kids.

I highly recommend Sandy’s class if you’re interested in learning how to use these markers!  I’ve been eyeing some of her more advanced Copic technique classes (underwater scenes! HexArt!) for the future, and I’m interested in the Colored Pencil Jumpstart classes so that I can really learn how to use the Prismacolors my parents gave me–because I know Sandy’s classes are really great.  Sandy’s Bible Journaling 101 was a big inspiration for my artful devotions in 2016.

Her site is celebrating a grand re-opening, so classes are on sale now— go take a look!

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It’s graduation season!  Husband works with the high school ministry at church, and so we know several graduates from there, and another friend’s son is graduating from high school.  When we started receiving graduation announcements and invitations, I volunteered to make some cards for him to send– another “excuse” to get to use my Copic markers!

For these four cards, I used the Paper Smooches Space Cadet stamp set and colored each image before cutting them out by hand right against the stamped outlines.  I used my Silhouette to cut the front panel of the card with a circular window.

I created a watercolor space background (I LOVE making them!) to insert behind the window, which I lifted with foam for some dimension.  I attached the planets flat to the starry background and lifted the rocket on foam, too.

On the inside of the card, I used an oldie-but-goodie Hero Arts sentiment stamp to simply say, “Congratulations.”





Each card is a little bit different, even though the general design is the same.  I customized the rockets with colors of either the school the graduate will attend or the school from which they had just graduated!


Even though the cards took a bit longer to create than I’d expected, I really did enjoy the whole process.  I love the results, and I hope that the recipients enjoy them, too!


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I keep noticing these really cute cards around the internet… ones where people have cut a grid of little windows, and they pop cute critters inside them, peeking out.  I’ve been wanting to make one myself for a while, and I finally did!


I made this card using Paper Smooches’ “Surf-n-Turf” set for a friend of mine, and I had so much fun making it that I immediately made another one for another friend!  As an extra added bonus, I got to use my new Copic markers that I bought with birthday money!





I am so excited about this design, and I’m already plotting more cards with my other stamp sets!


P.S. I’m entering this into the Paper Smooches “Fun” challenge for May 2018, and also the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to “use more than one stamp.”

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I have been trying to practice my Copic coloring whenever I can, and lately, I’ve spent a lot of time learning for other roles in my life from audio recordings of talks.  When it’s just audio, I like to have something to do with my hands so that I don’t get distracted, and coloring is an ideal occupation.


I used some of the techniques for blending that I’ve been learning in Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class to color these flower clusters stamped with a Paper Smooches stamp set.  I colored two of the clusters with reds, and I ventured into the blues for the third.  I don’t own a very light blue marker (yet! :)), so I used the colorless blender for my lightest areas.  I need practice, but I am happy with these attempts!



These are flat notecards, and I added a simple banner with a white heat-embossed sentiment from a very old Hero Arts set (it is one of my all-time favorites!) to finish them off.


P.S. I’m entering this trio of cards into the April 2 Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

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I’ve been doing some more coloring with the Copic markers that Husband bought for me for Christmas, and this is the first completed card (aside from some lunch box notes for V!) that I’ve made.


I used the Space Cadet set from Paper Smooches to make the cute little alien ship and the planet, and I white heat-embossed the starry background for inside the window.

That set doesn’t have a birthday greeting, so printed my own onto the card front, which I created with my Silhouette SD using the print-and-cut feature.  I used the fonts Hiragino Sans GB and Nightly Poem (the brush script).  I also added the detail of a thin black line around the circle window by using the offset tool and changing it to be a non-cut, printed line.


I assembled the card using a lot of craft foam for dimension!  I like how it gives the look of the cute little alien flying right out of the opening!



I’m linking this up to the Paper Smooches’ January 2018 “Anything Goes” challenge!


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