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Friday, October 22, 2010

Gobble Gobble: Colouring 60 Turkeys with Prismas and OMS

I used to avoid stamped images that required a lot of colouring.  Although my kindergarten skills were sharp and I could colour within the lines, I could never get the shading and smoothness I had seen on, (or what felt like), everyone else’s cards.    I certainly felt there was no way I could colour with Copic markers, even though the effect is incredible.

Through several blog hops and tutorial posts, I discovered the  problems: I wasn’t using Prisma pencils (artists pencil crayons) and I wasn’t using Odourless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol).

When used with a colouring stub, nib, or whatever they’re called, the OMS blends the colour producing shading and a very smooth appearance.

To start, I outline the image, that way I can pull the colour in and have more shading around the edges.  It’s also great because this step doesn’t have to be exact- which is good when you’re colouring 60 turkeys!


I know there’s not going to be enough colour just from the edges, so I lightly colour in the body and each feather.  As you can see, the colouring isn’t even from the pencil crayon.  I remember in grade school, we shaved the pencil crayon with the edge of a scissor, then used a tissue to make the colour even and blended.  The OMS does the same thing, but is much easier, and more precise then shaving the pencil crayon with a scissor edge.


Now the colour is evenly blended and I have some depth of colour. 





Makes a huge difference, doesn’t it!?

I did the same thing with the “Thankful”; outlining the edges, then pulled the colour in with OMS






While I’m still no where near anything that Jen or Donna colours, or will be graduating to Copic markers any time soon, this has helped tremendously!

Try it out!

Happy Friday,

Ciao for now,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Paper Cuts

SThankful4witching gears from Christmas, I received a custom order request for a customer in California for some Thanksgiving cards.   My customer told me she sends a Turkey Thanksgiving card out every year, and she thought my card was too cute to pass up.


How fun would it be to receive a turkey card every year!

Now that the baby boxes are finished (and of course I forgot to take a picture before I packed them up and delivered them), I can start this Thanksgiving order.








I’ve cut all the paper for the cards.  I don’t know what it is, but I love the stacks of paper.  Maybe because it’s the only thing that’s organized on my dining room work table!

The turkey image is from Wild Flower Kids Stamp Autumn release from last year when I was lucky enough to be on their design team.  I love Jen’s images, they are super cute and lots of fun to colour.

Next will be the assembly and the colouring of the turkeys.  For 30 cards, I’ll colour 60 turkeys…as you can see from the picture of the finished turkey, the head and body have been cut out and popped up for dimension.  It’s a lot of work, but the effect is worth it.

Stay tuned for more progress reports and another! big Thanksgiving order featuring another one of Jen’s Wild Flower Kids digital stamps.

Happy Friday!

Ciao for now,

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peak- Day #9; Release day is tomorrow!

Here’s your final puzzle piece, thanks for playing along!

I have to admit, this paper does remind me of Minnie Mouse…

We’ll see you tomorrow when these Christmas items are released at my Etsy shop and at A Paper Buffet.com.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peek- Day #8

We’re getting so close!

I just can’t get enough of that Olive green and Chocolate Brown combination.

Only one more day of previews and then Christmas items will be available at A Paper Buffet.com and my Etsy store.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peek- Day #7

Almost at release day!

Puzzle piece number 7 is…

Red and green, always a classic combination.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peek- Day #6

We’re almost there!  Here’s your next puzzle piece.

Another SU favourite- Certainly Celery.  Another snowflake perhaps?

Happy Saturday!

(p.s. I’m at home for a friend’s wedding, I’m a bridesmaid- pray to the weather gods that it’s not really cold and/or rainy, we’re having pictures outside!)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peak- Day #5

Here you go!









This project features some very special paper that I brought home for a trip…this paper has travelled! Can you guess where it’s from?

Happy Friday!

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