Monday, January 22, 2018

Colouring with Prismacolor Pencils

I received a tin of 132 Prismacolor Pencils with 50 sheets of white Mi-Teintes paper for Christmas

Wow, how lucky am I!  How do I use these?  

I am a marker girl and pencils are foreign to me.  Other than using white or black to highlight areas coloured with Copic markers, pencils weren't in the equation.  Previous to receiving this gift, a small 24 set of pencils had been gathering dust in the corner of the craft room with only the white and black used.

Well, that is about to change!  I have signed up for the monthly Pencil class at Kit and Clowder.  Now I will be doing both the Marker and Pencil classes.

The Pencil class image for December was so cute I decided to start my learning process with it.  Who doesn't like a cute teddy bear holding flowers!

Prismacolored bear holding flowers on colours n cards

I have lots to learn when colouring with pencils. So many layers are used to build shadows, highlights and flatten paper tooth. Breaking down the image and colouring in steps is the way to go for me. My hands need a break in between all the layering.

Image is from Di's Digi Designs
Coloured with Prismacolors

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Christmas Partying Penguins

Brrrrr ... it is cold outside today. We woke up to a skim of snow covering everything this morning making it a perfect day to grab a coffee and head to the craft room. I have a few images to finish colouring before I start making Christmas cards.

One of those images just happened to be these cute partying penguins from the October Kit and Clowder class.  I have coloured it up following the class instructions and suggested colours.  The tree looked like it was going to be difficult but following Alyce's steps, it all came together nicely.

I coloured this image with Copic markers and used a Prisma white pencil for the falling snow and a white gel pen for the tree highlights.  Before I add this cute colouring to a card some glitter maybe in order.  After all, everything is better at Christmas with a little glitter!

You can find Penguins Party at Whimsy Stamps.  

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Magical Bookworm Fairy Scene

Can you believe we are nearing the end of summer!  Time seems to fly by faster these days.  I hope you all found some time to colour, make a card or craft between the beach runs, work and kids play dates.

My recent colourings and cards haven't made it onto the blog.  It is much easier to type a few lines on the Colours n Cards Facebook page and hit post.  A writer I am not!!

That being said, once again out came the big girl panties as I decided it was time to start posting once again. What better way to gingerly slide back into blogging then with a finished colouring of the monthly marker class at Kit and Clowder.

This class covered hand drawn backgrounds, magical skies and transparent fairy wings.  All techniques that would be useful for future colourings to adorn cards and crafts.

completed bookworm fairy scene coloured with copic markers
Now isn't this a magical place to catch up on your reading. 

I have include some of the WIP (work in progress) pictures below that show some of the steps that lead up to the completed colouring. 

trees, sky and hair coloured on wip bookworm fairy scenebookworm fairy scene with trees & grass coloured sky coloured on bookworm fairy scene wip

All colouring was done with Copic markers on X-press It blending card. White accents were added with a white Signo uni-ball pen.

Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to leave a comment.  Happy colouring!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Born to Sparkle

Hello!  Today I am sharing my version of the April monthly Kit & Clowder colouring class. This month the class image was Sparkle from Mos Digital Pencil. I elected to use the class image but you could apply the same colouring techniques to an image of your choice.

I must admit Sparkle's pleats and folds were a bit of a challenge but that is one of the many things I like about the classes. They push me to explore images and techniques I would not normally try.

The first two pictures below are work in progress shots of Sparkle. The second picture was taken before the back ground was added. Petty intimidating to have the image all coloured then try a background technique you haven't done before.

My mind starts with the "what ifs" when it comes to backgrounds. Does yours? Time to pull on the big girl panties!


colouring of sparkles in progress

Time to do the background

Sparkles coloured before background

Whew... the background came together. Sparkle is tapping across the page with a surrounding background in splendid fashion complete with pleated dress, flowing boa and bouncing beads.

Sparkles colouring with background on colours n cards

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy colouring

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Robin Colouring - Welcome Spring

 This robin colouring is perfect to welcome the first days of spring.  You can find this image in the March Kit and Clowder monthly class.

While gathering the copic markers I was going to use I realized that this was going to be a first for me.  Intimidating!  You bet it was!  I had never coloured a bird image before!!  

It all came together and I must admit I am pleased with the result.  No plans to make a card at the moment.  I may look around for a frame instead. 

Robin sitting on a branch surrounded by butterflies. berries, leaves and flowers coloured with Copic markers on Colours n Cards
The finished colouring with a background added.

leaves coloured with copic markers
Leaves, Berries, Flowers coloured with copics on colours and cards
I found that breaking the image into categories like leaves, berries and flowers made the image less intimidating. 

I started with the leaves and then moved on to the berries and flowers. 

Colouring sections or categories seems to work well for me. There is never enough time to do a complete image in one sitting these days.

Do you find yourself doing bits and pieces when time allows also?

Robin coloured with copics on tree branch with flowers, butterflies, berries,leaves and plain background

This  picture was taken before the back ground was added.  
I think it looks good either way! 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Colouring!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Coloured Floral Portrait - A Kit and Clowder class

Hi everyone!  Does anyone else out there have issues staying on top of their blogs like I do?  You will find me posting on the Colours n Cards Facebook page regularly but I consider blogging to be a new adventure and a bit overwhelming still.  I find the convenience of posting and sharing on Facebook much easier as I am there daily following groups of amazingly creative artists, crafter's and friends.

Anyone that follows my Facebook page knows I am an advocate of the colouring classes by Alyce Keegan at Kit and Clowder.  I am enrolled in a few of her online technique classes as well as the Creative Online Monthly class.  If you are looking for tips to improve your skills or just starting out I would highly recommend checking out the Kit and Clowder website and Facebook page. You won't be disappointed!

Today I am sharing an image by Power Poppy coloured with Copic markers following printed instructions from the monthly February marker class.  Alyce also includes videos with the classes but I chose to follow the printed instructions this time around.  Yes, they are that good!!

Here is my version with out the optional background.

flowers by power poppy coloured with copic markers in pinks 
And with the back ground added

pink flower portrait with coloured yellow background

Visit Colours n Cards Facebook for more coloured images and WIP posts.

Feel free to leave a comment. Happy Colouring!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

My colouring is featured on the Stamps by Aurora Show Case

I am happy to announce that my colouring of the Snow Queen - Blooms of Ice digi is being featured on the Stamps by Aurora Wings Show Case.  How "cool" is that!

snow queen blooms of ice coloured

You can find all the Copics I used to colour this wonderful digi by following the link

stamp by aurora wings showcase badge

Mitzi has a line of Snow Queen digi's just waiting to be coloured.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Colouring n Carding!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Cards Featuring Reggie & Rory

I hope your not getting tired of Christmas cards yet!  Two more have joined the Christmas card parade.

Once again I am using digital stamps by Heather Valentin.  You can find her stamps along with some awesome colouring books at Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

Watch out!  Here comes Reggie's Winter Sled. 

Christmas card with boy wearing green hat and red scarf on sled

Paper, ribbon and pearl embellishment are from my stash. Snowflake die: Giovanna Snowflake. Digital stamp coloured with Copic Markers.  I used Stampendous Winter Wonderland embossing powder to create snow and add dimension.  Crystal Stickles lend sparkle to the snow and background.  Sentiment was stamped with a clear stamp and Memento black ink. 

Rory is ready to do some decorating!  This is Rory's Decorations.

Christmas card with Rory holding sack of decorations outside in snow

Rory is coloured with Copics and unfortunately I forgot to write down the colours used. Paper and embellishments are from my stash.  Snow flake: Giovanna Snowflake die.  I mixed Stampendous winter Wonderland embossing powder with Recollections Vintage Blue opaque sparkle for the snow and Stickles add extra background sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Colouring!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Standing Under the Mistletoe

I don't know anyone that doesn't like to receive Christmas cards. Do you?

With that in mind I am still in full card making mode.  I try to make all my Christmas cards but unfortunately fall short at times.  I really must start earlier.

Today's card is using a digital stamp from the talented artist Heather Valentin.  I was lucky to have been a past design team member at Lacy Sunshine and have a soft spot for her images. 

Christmas card featuring Rory and Mikey standing in snow under mistletoe
Rory and Mikey Under the Mistletoe

All paper and embellishments are from my stash.  Rory and Mikey are coloured with Copic markers.  Snow flake die: Giovanna Snowflake. Snow texture: Snow-tex.  Stickles added for glitter.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy colouring!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christmas Card Parade Continues

The Christmas card parade continues with two more completed cards.

The next two cards feature digital images from Aurora Wings .

The digital images were coloured with Copic markers. All embellishments and papers are from my stash. Stickles were used on both cards to add glitter.

christmas card with poinsettia sprite holding a present
Poinsettia Sprite

Copics used E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R22, R29, R59, C5, YR23, Y06. B91, B95, G21, G94, G99
Triple Tear Die from Spellbinder was also used to create fancy circle.

Christmas card with little sprite holding Christmas lights
Christmas Lights Sprite
Copic colours used: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20, R81, R83, R85. R86, C0, C1, B05, BG01, B000, G05, G03, YG01, Y00, Y06, Y08

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Colouring, Carding and Crafting.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Let's Start The Christmas Card Parade

Are you making your Christmas cards this year?  I have been making mine for a few years now. Some are whimsical, some are cute and sometimes a few traditional ones join the mix.

I use digital images from a variety of talented artists and the ones I have used for these cards can be found over at Mo's Digital Pencil.

Let the Christmas card parade begin!

three carolers Christmas card coloured with Copics
Carolers Three

Carolers Three is coloured with Copics but I didn't keep track of the colours.  I used Snow-Tex to create dimensional snow.  Embellishments and paper are from my stash.

Little elves swinging on Christmas bulb decorations
Little Elf Pipa, Little Elf Mim, Little Elf Finn

Aren't these elves just the cutest thing!!  All embellishments and paper are from my stash of bits and pieces.  Colouring was done with Copic markers listed below.  I also used Spica Red pen and a Gold gel pen, Sparkles are stickles.
E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R22. R29, R59, G09, G12, G24, G94, G99, YG03, YR23, Y15, Y11, Y00, C3, C1, C0

ho ho whoa - carrying boxes of Christmas decorations
Ho Ho Whoa

I am sure there a few out there that can relate to this.  Who hasn't precariously carried boxes of Christmas decoration and had to retrieve a few.  Coloured with Copics and touches of Red Spica pen for shine on the bulbs.  The edges of card stock were distressed.  Snowflakes are from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Colouring, Carding and Crafting!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sunset Limbo - Birthday Card

Hi Everyone!

Today's share is a card I am calling Sunset Limbo, made for my son's birthday.

He wanted everything to be low key despite it being a milestone 21st birthday.

I think the pub get-to-together the night before may of had something to do with that .. lol.

His dinner of choice, pizza, at home, no fuss.  Yes, we did have presents, cake, candles and singing.

I wish him many future sunset limbos, fun and good times as an ADULT.

Sunset limbo birthday card with gnome doing the limbo in sand holding drink

The digital image Boozy Brian Limbo Gnome Fun is coloured with Copic markers and can be found at Lacy Sunshine. All papers and embellishments are from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Colouring!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Flowers, Feathers & Pink Butterflies

Happy Tuesday!

Today I am sharing a card made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which means Pink is the theme.  For this card I used Floral Masquerade from Aurora Wings.  So much fun to colour all the flowers here.

Floral Masquerade was coloured with copic markers and cut out using the largest of the spellbinder Triple Tear die set and my Sizzix Big Kick.  I am on a "use up scrap paper mission" so the papers used are from my scrap stash.  I distressed the paper edges to soften the overall look of the card.  The embellishments are also from my stash.  The lace came from Michael's and the whimsical feathers came from the dollar store, I think.  Why the feathers ... they made me smile!

You will find a list of the copic markers I used at the bottom of this post.

card with flowers, feathers, pink butterflies and coloured flora masquerade image

Copics used to colour Floral Masquerade 

E000, E00, E11, E21, E04, E20, R32, 100
B21, B24, B28
V000, V01, V04, V06, V09
R81, R83, R85. R89
YG61, YG 63, YG67
Y11,  Y17
Challenges: Pink Ribbon Challenge 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting!