Sunday, September 28, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #94, CASology Challenge: Week #114 and some Copic Class Homework

Happy Sunday everyone!! The weather here has been absolutely beautiful. It is a little hot today but the sun is shining and you cannot beat that. I actually spent time in my craft room after a nice walk today. Any day that I have time to sit down and create is a good day in my book.

Today I am sharing a card that I created for two challenges. The first was a sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch and the second was a CASology challenge, which was to use the word "Flutter" as inspiration. Here is the card I created:

This card was a bit different for me. I rarely use such a bold patterned paper as a background for a card. I decided to step outside my comfort zone, though, and use a piece. Below is the sketch I used as a guide to the design.

When I saw this sketch, I knew immediately that I could utilize a bunch of die cuts I had floating around on my desk. Each of the strips were cut eons ago using a PTI die. I never cut the die apart so I die cut the middle of the patterned paper, adhered it to a white card base and slipped the colored strips inside the empty rows.

Next, I used an MFT banner die to cut a vellum banner, which I then stamped a sympathy sentiment on. I layered the sentiment banner underneath an aqua frame.

I die cut the butterfly out of a scrap piece of paper and adhered that to the front. I love this butterfly because it is so delicate. It is the perfect element for a sympathy card too. Actually, it is the same one that I used on this card last week.

My last step was to adhere three sequins to the front of my card. Once again, it was so easy to put together but it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. I always take so long in making anything because I am constantly second guessing myself!!

Once again, I am entering this card into the following two challenges:

In other news, I worked on some homework this weekend for the online Copic Class I am taking. I definitely recommend it to anyone that has Copic markers. I have to admit that I am having a rough time with some of the coloring. 

My first homework I am sharing is from lesson #4. It was how to shade flowers using different methods. On my worksheet, I practiced one shading method and the other I used a flicking method to color the image.

For my colors, I actually went to my Copic Pinterest board to try some color combinations that I have been dying to use. I like my coloring on the yellow, blue and lighter purple flowers. The darker purple I didn't really like all that much at first. I stopped coloring them mainly because I could not get my gel pen to work for the stamens and so it became muddy in the middle. 

I also worked on Day #5's homework. Day 5 taught us how to shade skin tone and hair. Again, I used some colors gleaned from my Pinterest board to try out for both the skin tone and hair.

The first girl's hair was supposed to be a reddish/brown. I think it is an epic fail because the red did not blend into the brown the way I wanted it to. The hair technique on the first two practice faces I used a flicking method. I really like this and will be practicing this on some stamps that I own. The last image I like the skin tone but not how the hair came out. I did not have the right colored marker that was called for. I also am not loving the paper I am using. It is one that was recommended but I find that it bleeds more then some other papers that I used. I really didn't have a choice, though, because I had these images copied at Staples and they would not put my heavier card stock through the copier.

The last practice image is from Day #5 of class too. I am actually embarrassed to even post it because it was an EPIC fail.

I totally messed up the right side of the shading on the head. If it wasn't for that, I could live with it, I think. I also had a bleeding issue with my V25 marker. It started GUSHING color as I was trying to shade the tulle underneath the dress. I cleaned it up the best I could with my colorless blender but I could not get all of it.

Well, that is it for today. I thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog. Have a great night!!



Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

I love how you've coordinated your dp and the delicate butterfly! And you're doing very well with your Copics! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Nora, you really selected some lovely paper to work with, love the flowers!!! What a pretty butterfly!! Thanks for joining us at CASology this week!!!

Virginia Lu said...

Well done on your challenge! I think that using the negative die with pattern paper is such a great idea! Your practice pages on copic coloring are fabulous, Nora ( no epic fail, if you ask me!)!!

Marianne B in AZ said...

I had a terrible time trying Kathy's method as well. When I went back and just did a directional shade, it looked so much nicer. Kathy is one talented lady, but I think the techniques she uses are a long way out for me! I think you are doing great! ~ Aunt Mari

Leigh Penner said...

Pretty card! Great take on the sketch!

*Vicki* said...

Oh wow I think these all look fabulous Nora!!! Cute card with the butterfly on top, but I wanted to say that your coloring is looking amazing!! Love the work you did on the ballerina! I haven't done any of these yet!! LOL!! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
My Blog: Stamp Smiles

Joyce said...

Your card is very pretty. Thanks for linking up at CASology. And, that Copic class looks really great. Love to see your practice pieces--you are looking like a pro.

Taunya Butler said...

So very impressed with your coloring and the growth and progress you are making!! Good for you!! As far as your amazingly well put together card - well, like I said it is amazing!! Love the background and how you capitalized on all the vivid colors and made this card that just sings with beauty!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Pretty bg paper! You are doing wonderful with the class!!