Thursday, May 26, 2011

Monochomatic Copic Tutorial

 Last month the MFT design team posted a team challenge for monochromatic cards. I was really busy at the time and didn't get to play along....but I SOOOO wanted to try this! Better late than never.
Today's card and tutorial will show you some cool techniques as well as copic coloring. I decided to go with "neutrals" in color for this challenge.

First of all the image and the papers:
My Favorite Things image...."Love you with all my heart"
"Notched Tag Die and Stamp Set"
Melissa Frances paper...."Treasured Attic Collection"
 Here is a close shot of the copic marker coloring. The COOOOOL thing about this? Notice that she is not outlined in black or brown but rather white.....Here is how!
 I stamped her on X-press it card stock with versamark ink and embossed using CLEAR detail embossing powder.
 Here is my colors and layers for my skin light source being in the top left corner.
 Here are my skin tones blended. I have learned that I don't need to blend everything TO DEATH....rather that there are times in natural light where shadows do cause crisp lines.
The crisp lines that are created from her skirt and sleeve blocking the sunlight would create hard lines therefore I did not blend these out.
 Here are the colors I used for her dress and shoes.
 After blending and softening. Don't forget to leave those hard cast shadow lines. Notice under her arm and the shadow that is cast under the heart on the dress.
 Here is the colors for the heart.
 Blended....note the continuation of the cast shadow that I started under her arm continues under her hand on the heart.
 Colors for her hair, I didn't blend these out as I was going for a streaky look.
 The shadow around her....I am imagining she is up again a wall or backdrop.
 Blended out shadow and then used my blender solution to soften the edges.
 Now to clean up my image....I wanted to remove any copic ink that may have stuck to my image lines. I spritzed a clean cloth with blender solution and gave my image a quick wipe.

There was one part of the image that I did want in brown and that was the details on her face. I dotted over top of the embossing powder with my pigment ink multiliner pen.

Hope you enjoyed that wee bit of inspiration....I sure had fun coloring an image in a "different" way today...give it a try!

I have a fun Melissa Frances project to show you Monday. See you then!


marilynprestonn said...

Gee Sherrie, this is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial pic by pic. Very helpful to a wanna be copic artist as I.

Beautifuly done. :)Peggy

Kim said...


jeanne girl said...

I want to be you when I gorw up :) Lady that was a great tutorial.... I have to always remind myself "don't blend away the shadows, remember what Sherie told you!!" Thanks for awesome reminders and continual teaching!!

Christine aka blankiefinder said...

Sherrie, this is so gorgeous! I definitely need to try that technique with the versamark, I would never have thought to try that. What a great idea!

Looking forward to Calgary!! (3 weeks and 3 days, I believe? lol)

Jules said...

This is just beautiful! What a breathtaking image!

Michele Boyer said...

Sherrie, I never in a million years would have thought to clear emboss an image like this, but it looks FABULOUS!

Cgra said...

The clear embossing is totally a new idea for me - thanks so much for sharing it and having such great photos to go with the tutorial. I struggle with coloring and this makes me want to give it a try.

Joanna McDonald said...

Thank you for the tutorial!! It is
something very useful for me and
I am going to follow your instructions and do it!! Thanks
for taking the time to show the
pictures in progress along with
the much needed comments.

Conniecrafter said...

very precious, like how you have a window cut out for her, neat papers too!

Cassie_lu said...

amazing coloring and tutorial.

Gabby said...

Love the brown town monochromatic! I've so far only seen the black/ greys. Lovely card. :)

Cathy P in AZ said...

Wow oh WOW this is SUCH a cool tutorial and Copic technique! I always hesitate to use Copics with embossing powder to avoid gumming up my nibs, but I can be careful :) and try this! This is really FABULOUS!

Steph said...

What a beautiful card, I love how you used the embossing powder to create the clear lines for the image, quite stunning. Also, thanks for a great class last night (I'm the pregnant one:)) I took the class you taught at the same store last year and have been practicing ever since. I got home and finished making the last two cards and they look fantastic. It was nice to pick up a few new techniques. Take care!

Anonymous said...

Wowsers. This is a jaw-dropper Sherrie! I totally love the finished effect and even when I see your fabby tutorial, your colouring really doesn't fail to impress me. Every time ;)
TFS, hugs, Ruth S

Jessie/knightrone said...


Hunnybunnycards said...

Wow, what a stunning effect, will defo have to give this a try, looks fab!

Hugs, Barbara xx

Amy Sheffer said...

This is soooooo awesome, Sherrie! I just adore this look! Definitely want to give this a try! TFS!

Linn said...

it is so cute! i love it. the whole idea is awesome. thanks for the inspirations :)