Thursday, September 29, 2011

SWALK, a Copic Coloring Tutorial (and giveaway!)

Today we have a wonderful tutorial from our designer Holley:

Hello everyone! I have something great to share today, it's one of the newest SWALK stamps that is about to be released by Crafter's Companion. Along with it, I am going to do a quick little Copic Coloring tutorial to give you an idea of the work that goes into the coloring in the images that go into my cards. Here's the final card that's being created today.


Now, let's show how the coloring happens to create the wonderful SWALK image on this card. This image is one of the newest SWALK images that is about to be released at the Crafter's Companion store.



I started by stamping the image out onto white paper with some Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. I let the image dry throughly before using my Copic markers. The first color that I like to use is the skin tone that I have chosen. In this image it is E00. (For this tutorial, I will use the color codes written on the Copic Markers.)











This image adds two additional copic colors, you can see which colors I am adding by looking at the color chart shown on the right hand side. You will notice that the inital layer of color is not done perfectly. It's mostly complete, but not super neat or even. I am just putting in a light layer of the lightest version of the color I want knowing that I am going to be adding additional layers of coloring throughout each step.














Now I am starting to add in additional colors on top of the layers that I already have. The wonderful thing about Copic Markers versus typical water based markers is that additional coloring with the same color marker will result in a darker tone and coloring ON TOP of a marker color with a different color marker will result in the new marker replacing the current marker color. This will be the case until your paper is saturated with color.







Now I am coloring in additional colors on top of my current colors. The wonderful things about Copic Markers is they are grouped into color families. Copic does this by numbering their markers. For Example, E33 and E35 are markers that will match together perfectly. They are all part of the E30 family and the last digit is the darkness factor with 0 being lightest and 9 being darkest. Always start coloring with the lightest colors then add in touches with the darker colors. In this case I started with E33 for the hair and added in E35.







Now I have continued to add in additional darker colors for each color family. Once adding the additional color, I often take the lighter shade and go back over the edging slightly. For example. Look at the SWALKS hair coloring here...you can see the darker shade BUT you can also see that there is no harsh lines as there was in the previous image. This is because I added darker color using marker E37 and then went over the coloring with the E33 to blend the coloring together.













Here's the final image. I added the final touches to my coloring and just a few more highlights including a bit of extra depth in the facial coloring by adding more shading in the skin tones and on the tiny flowers by adding additional coloring to the flowers.

Now this image is ready to be cut out and added to my card!













Now the coloring has been completed, to make my final card, I took the colored image and used a Spellbinders die cut to cut it out. The card is comprised of a 6x12 inch paper folded in half from the Crafter's Companion Fairyopolis paper, some wonderful shimmery purple pearlescent paper from the the package, some great corner punches, and cute buttons. I also used a wonderful saying from the same SWALK set as the image shown that says "Daydream Believer".

Here's the finished card again:


I hope this little tutorial gives you some inspiration for using your Copic markers and some ideas behind the work that goes into some of the wonderful cards you see. Do you have a million and one questions now? Drop me a message or leave a comment here and I will do my best to answer it. Have a crafty day!


Cheers all!
Holley


Now for some exciting news...  All the new S.w.a.l.k. stamp sets we've been showing off this last week are now available in our online store!  Each stamp is retailing at $9.95 each!  For those of you who have to get them all, we have a special going so you can purchase all six of them for $49.95 (saving yourself 16%).  Also included in this bundle is a free 8 1/2 by 11 full color storage panel!

To celebrate this new launch, we are giving away a fantastic prize...the entire brand new S.w.a.l.k.  collection!!!  That's 6 amazing stamp sets sure to inspire you to create some gorgeous projects.



To enter to win these darling stamps make sure you are a follower of our blog and leave a comment.  That's it.  Want a second chance to win?  Post about our giveaway on your blog or sidebar and leave an additional comment.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  We will choose a winner next Thursday.  Good luck!

54 comments:

Stacy H-W said...

Holley, this is such pretty card. I'm loving all that purple! Great tutorial!

Jules said...

What a fun image & love to see your coloring techniques! I'm such a fan of the Copics & am always looking for new "tricks" to learn when using them to color my images. TFS!

Ardilla said...

Hi!
I'm a follower... the new stamps are really cute :)

Thanks for the chance!

Ardilla said...

It's me again... your pic with a link to here is in my sidebar :)

Molossus said...

Wonderful tutorial, lovely stamp sets, and a fantastic giveaway!

Molossus said...

I have posted about this giveaway on my blog. http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/2011/09/link-swalk-copic-coloring-tutorial-and.html

Hlora said...

Very nice colouring! Love this girl image)))

Amy's Designs said...

Beautiful job

Lady S said...

Great instructions on using Copic Markers. I'm still in the decision mode of investing for the markers. I love the stamped image. Very cute and serene to me.

I follow and posted your link here:
www.djladys2011@gmail.com for a chance to win.

Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to add to my small collection of stamps.

Peg said...

Adorable card! Love the colors. pegchr@yahoo.com

madebyKarla said...

Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway! These stamps are darling. I sure would love to win them!
I posted about the giveaway on my sidebar at http://madebykarla10.blogspot.com/. Thanks for the chance :)

Cathy said...

I am a new follower, and I have to tell you these stamps are simoly adorable, crossing my fingers, I love 'em.
cathyplus5.blogspot.com
mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

Linda W. said...

I too believe these are some of the best of the S.W.A.L.K. stampsets! Double wow! So many opportunities to do switch ups with them and some gorgeous cards and projects. I posted about the giveaway on my blog at http://scrappingheaven.blogspot.com/..........am also a faithful follower.

Luanne said...
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cherokee said...

These are so cute, they will be great for making granddaughter cards.

Wysper said...

I follow I follow!!! jsut been busy with wedding plannig! now im MARRIED and back in the loop! love the new stamps too cute!

Kathy said...

Love the tutorial.You did a great job with the colors, and the mesh on the card is awesome. Thank you for all the work.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

These are sooo adorable! your card is a cutie and thanks for the tutorial! Already a follower! TFS! abusybee24@cox.net

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

I posted your candy on my sidebar!
Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

Kelly Massman said...

Nice tutorial! I'm also a follower, and thanks for the chance to win the cute images! :-)

miislucky said...

Love those images! Thanks for the chance to win those cuties! Mimi

miislucky said...

I'm a follower and I already have you on my sidebar! Thanks for the chance to win!!! :)

dragongourd said...

I'm a follower. Great giveaway!

judyjstamper said...

Lovely card Holley and you did an awesome job on the tutorial. Just became a follower too! And added Crafter's Companion to my sidebar here:
http://stampingpad.blogspot.com/

CJ Long said...

Very cute card! and cute stamps! I would love to win them!

Kim said...

Love the card and those stamps, would love to win them!!

JinkyK said...

Adorable card! Holley, you did great coloring! Love it!

~Miss Sandra~ said...

This is so sweet. I love the colours you have used. I live in New Zealand, but if I did win I would have my prize sent to my friend in Texas if that is permissible. I follow you on blogger and also facebook.
Sandra
nz.sandra@gmail.com

CreativSpirit said...

Beautiful card, the colouring is just perfect, thanks for the tutorial. I would LOVE to be the lucky winner, thanks for the chance.
Rob

Scrapsofstuff/Daphne said...

I am a new follower! I would love to win your pretty stamps! Thanks for the chance!!

Pat said...

Jinky from JinkysCrafts sent me from Creating the Hive. Just wanted to let you know what a great coloring job you've done, thanks for the tutorial! I'm loving the giveaway, as well!!

Pat said...

I just added the giveaway on my sidebar. Yummy, love them all!!

paperpapier said...

boo!

Lena F. said...

Jinky from JinkysCrafts sent me and I'd love to win the giveaway. Might be time for me to invest in some Copics! Thank you for the opportunity!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Holly, Your little daydream believer turned out as cute as can be. I really want to try stamping and coloring so bad. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed hoping to win this. I'm a new follower and looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for letting me enter.

Hugs...Tracy :)
cottonpickincute@hotmail.com

Tracy Suzanne said...

I also posted the giveaway on my blog. You can see it here:
http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-stamp-giveaway.html

Thanks again...Tracy :)
cottonpickincute@hotmail.com

kathy said...

Jinky from jinky's craft's sent me here also. You can also see the contest at http://kathysdouble-k-krafts.blogspot.com/ check it out. Thank you.From Kathys Double-K-Krafts

Brenda said...

Jinky sent me and I am glad she did! This is a wonderful tutorial and the stamps are just darling. Great for my brand new granddaughter, Cambelle.

lydiawalker said...

im already a follower xx ty for the chance to win such fab stamps xx

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

What adorable new images. Would love to win them! Thanks for the chance.

April B. said...

Those stamps are SO cute!

Karla said...

What adorable new images. Would love to win them! Thanks for the chance.

Cathy said...

Oh my gosh the card is so cute. love the stamps.
thanks for sharing the coloring info, and for the chance to win.!!!
cathyplus5.blogspot.com
mexicopetshop at hotmail.com

Karla said...

It's me again... your pic with a link to here is in my sidebar :)

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

OMGosh, these are so adorable, I'm a follower. Love the tutorial, thanks so much

Jacilynn said...

I love the SWALK stamps. super cute. the previews have been gorgeous!!!!
fingers crossed!

Betty Anne said...

I loved the tutorial it was really well written. I am a follower and would love a chance to win the adorable stamps.

Kim said...

I'm a follower already, thank you for the tutorial, and I love those stamps, they are adorable!

Carmen O. said...

What cute, cute images! Thanks for the tutorial on coloring. I haven't gotten into markers yet, but always enjoy learning more. Thanks!

Christine America Real said...

Great Tutorial, I just finished my first Copic Coloring Class and I would love to win these adorable stamps! I am a new follower!

www.chrissandlou.blogspot.com
america57@comcast.net

Christine America Real said...

Hi,

I posted your give-away on my blog side-bar! Thanks!

www.chrissandlou.blogspot.com
america57@comcast.net

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Donna G. said...

What cute stamps!....and I love the finished card.
I'm a new follower!

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