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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

My First Cards Using Copics!

Good morning peeps,
The sun is shining & it's lovely & warm here already, just how I like it :)

Today I feel like a grown up as I've made my first cards using copics at last lol. I had made a right mess of trying to use them previously despite following some fab tutorials but this blending in circles wasn't working for me, it didn't with the inks either so I decided to colour as I do with the DI's and use more of a painting action and I found it worked much better for me.

I used to struggle with colouring hair but after much practice I love colouring it with my inks as you can give it so much depth and shading so I was determined to find hair colours I liked with the copics. I'm happy'ish' with colouring hair & skin with the copics after lots of help and advice from some lovely friends (thank you x) I'm not doing so well with finding colours for clothing I'm happy with, but fingers crossed that will come in time.

As my main worry was sussing the hair and skin I've inked up a stamp that I've had for ages and neglected but thought it was perfect to practice colouring them as the main focus is lots of gorgeous hair.
Ingredients -
Image - Fragile Heart, Hannah Lynn
Medium - copics
Papers - Craft Creations & Prima
Flowers - Prima & The Works
Sentiment - Magnolia
I've sparkled all the flowers and butterflies but as I took the photo outside in the garden it isn't showing up well.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Sketch Saturday - fab sketch, A Spoon Full Of Sugar - flower power, Top Tip Tuesday - wrap it up with ribbon, Make It Monday - anything goes, Dream Valley - stamp something, Whoopsi Daisy - ribbons & lace, Stamp Something - something sentimental, Sweet Stampin - ooh la la, 2 Sisters - anything goes, Hanna & Friends - lace & pearls

My next card is a quickie I made yesterday as I realised it was the end of the month and I hadn't made my 3 Christmas creations this month for the Hjerteboden's Juleblogg. My first 2 creations can be seen HERE
I'm not overly happy with this one at all as I've again used copics & I tried matching the colours of my image to the gorgeous paper but as you can see the colour of the scarf and gloves went a bit wrong lol.
As well as sussing out these copic colours I need to find a way I like of colouring large plain areas of colour such as the little hAnglars coat.
Ingredients -
Image - hAnglar, won in the lovely Elaine's candy (thanks hunny x), corner stars - Magnolia
Medium - copics
Papers - Bo Bunny
Flowers - Wild Orchid & Kort & Godt
Large wooden snowflake - Quixotic Paperie
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust
I'm entering this little card in the following challenges -
Sketchy Colours - fab sketch, Hjertebodens Juleblogg - 3rd Christmas creation for May, Christmas Card Challenges - snowflakes,  Corrosive - Oh Christmas tree

I think I'm going to have to shut my eyes for half hour, it's taken me nearly 3 hours to do this post as I've a banging headache, just what I need as I've a DT card to make today grrrrrrr lol.
Thanks for stopping by


  1. The first card is fantastic!!!! Great colouring of Fairy!!! Love her)

  2. Great card - your Copic colouring is fabulous.


  3. Girl
    a card is a wonderful
    Beautiful stamp
    wonderful colors you used to paint her
    all the wonderful presents
    and the hair is beautiful and perfectly done

  4. You colored them beautifully! I have not tried Copics yet, I'm still struggling with my Prisma pencils. Her hair is beautiful, coloring hair is soooo hard for me! Great job! :D

  5. Wow! I can't believe it that it is your first time with Copics! The pictures are beautiful. Especially the first one. Congratulations!

  6. Hi hi,

    your cards both are beautifull!!! And your coloring is great!!!

    gr. arjette.

  7. Your cards are gorgeous. I think you've done a great job coloring with copics for your first attempt.


  8. Gorgeous cards, your colouring is fabulous Mandy, so much depth. Hope your headache disappears soon xxx

  9. These are both gorgeous.
    You've nailed the hair on the first card - I quite like the colour.
    As for the second card, I think you've done well in matching the colours of the image with the patterned paper!! I like your shading on her coat too! It looks like you've been using Copics for ages!!

    Keep at it - practice makes perfect!

    xo Lou Mac.

  10. OMG there gorg! u have done a great job with the markers...well done!! xx

  11. Mandy Your copic colouring is amazing, I'd never know you were new to it, you colour like you've been doing it for years, stunning creations!!!!

  12. wow stunning cards and fab colouring
    Thanks for joining us at make it Monday
    Lisa x
    Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

  13. Wowee Mandy two stunning cards and youve done a brilliant job with the hair on the first one, it looks stunning, and yes we all have problems with the cloths colouring but hopefully it will come right for you. with hugs Shirleyxxx

  14. Mandy, Stunning cards! Loving your colouring and that first image is gorgeous! Hoping you are well, Sheila:)X

  15. So pretty, I love the color combination you used. Oh, I saw your entry on make it monday. Have a happy week.

  16. Beautiful cards love your copic colouring :)

  17. WOW! what a stunning card!
    you've nailed the hair it looks perfect to me :)
    Thank you for joining in with Sketch Saturday's 3rd birthday challenge, good luck!
    Jo xx

  18. Mandy you have made a wonderful start with your Copics. I can't colour hair for toffee!
    Two beautiful cards there - so feminine and delicate. Love 'em.

    Edna x

  19. Hi both cards are great. I think the colouring with copics looks super. It just takes time to become more familiar. Great designs ! Thanks Kitty :D

  20. Wow Mandy, you sure have those copics sussed, I have been using them for ages and I don't get those results !!! (any tips lol lol !!)

    hugs, Sandra xx

    p.s. hope the shoulder treatment goes well !!

  21. Beautiful cards and great to see those copics out
    Hugs Kate xx

  22. Aww Mandy hope your headache has gone soon! I love both of these cards your hannah Lynn one is superb I love her images and the hair colouring is just so beautiful! I really like your hanglar card of course I adore Hanglars but I think the colours are just fine with super embellies hugs rebekah xx

  23. Mandy, both of these are just stunning.I just love that first one, gorgeous coloring and beautiful details.

  24. Wow Mandy! I would have never known that that was your first time with Copics! Her hair looks amazing!

  25. beautiful made with copics. We love copics.
    hugs Tessa & Anke

  26. OMG Mandy that, love your cards they are

  27. Hi Mandy
    Both cards are stunning and your colouring is fabulous,
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  28. I think ur coloring is awesome!! I have never colored with copics either..Kinda scared to try,but I only have 5 copics..and Im not really into coloring yet...Love ur cards !! simply beautiful!!

  29. WOW these are fabulous Mandy, can't believe it's the first time you are colouring the hair with copics.. it's fantastic. Hugs xxx

  30. Hi hun
    i cant believe this is the first time you have used copics, your colouring is awesome, two totally gorgeous cards, sue,x

  31. AnonymousMay 31, 2011

    Stunning cards, love them both. Thanks for joining our challenge at Dream Valley. xx

  32. Wow! The colouring of the hair is fantastic - I would love to see a list of the colours you've used. Great work!

  33. wow fantastic colouring on that hair, both cards are completely gorgeous x

  34. I tried to leave this comment at lunch time but it kept taking me back to sign in again and again.
    I was worried Mandy that you'd end up with 25 comments all off me!
    Anyways...YOU are far too talented Mrs!! Your copic colouring is amazing and especially the hair!
    Glad you could use the hanglar too.

    Love Elaine xx

  35. Flippin heck hun give me some tips on your colouring, the hair is stunning, and I love the image too, your hAnglar stamp is coloured beautifully too, sorry to hear about your headache, hope it's gone now, hugs Liz xx

  36. Two totally stunning cards Mandy,your colouring is amazing! :) xx

  37. Fabulous colouring of hair and skin Mandy, you have perfected it perfectly! Well done!

    Hugs, Barbara xx

  38. Gorgeous card, Mandy - the colouring of her hair is beautiful and I love the PATP border. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

  39. Wow, great cards and a fab job on the coloration! Funny thing with Copics, everybody tells me "feathering" is just it and I can't do it, I need my circling LOL.

    Thanks for joining us at Hanna and Friends with your gorgeous work!

    ~ Heike

  40. Whoop Whoop Randy yeah!!!! Welcome to the world of Copics! You did a fantastic job coloring in this beautiful image. Wowza she's gorgeous!!!!
    Hugs Bonnie

  41. Gorgeous cards. I love the hair on the first one.
    I hope your headache goes soon.

    Nikki x

  42. Hi Mandy, well done, your 1st card look Absolutely stunning love the image and great colouring simply is the best!!............:) Sandra H

  43. Mandy your card is beautiful and the hair is colored fabulously!!! Hugs

  44. Wow Mandy! You did a wonderful job coloring her hair with Copics. You colored her like a PRO! Good job!
    Huggies ~

  45. Absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could do what you do!

  46. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing along at The Corrosive Challenge Blog this week !

  47. Hello Mandy.Stunning card and your copic colouring is perfect .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

  48. oh wow hun this is stunning your coloring is just amazing,great job hun,hope your headache gets better soon hugs cheryl xx

  49. Two utterly beautiful cards Mandy!
    Your copic colouring is wow!
    kim x

  50. You have certainly managed to get the colouring done beautifully, two fabulous cards :o)
    Jackie xx

  51. both gorgeous cards mandy! I love the soft blue and white on the first one.. great job with the copics. I still feel very elementry using my chalks... still not ONE marker in my house!!! hope your headache didn't linger ♥

  52. wow your card is fantastic. You have the hair shading just right and i cant believe it is the first time you have coloured with copic's.

    The only advice that I can give you about copics is to use 3 or 4 colours in the required shade. I start with the darkest colour and then go down in increments of 2.


  53. AnonymousJune 02, 2011

    Perfect project for
    us at Top Tip Tuesday this week, I love your card its so pretty and love the colours too! hugs Samantha

  54. WOW mandy seriously I think you are a natural with whatever medium you decide to use :)
    Lovely lovely cards!!!!
    Be sure to rest

  55. Being new to using Copic markers I can sympathise with you! I followed your link from Make it Monday and I think I'll be back your work is beautiful. Cheers, Kasey ~ in Oz

  56. Wow, I'm in awe of your colouring, it's fabulous! Gorgeous card hon, Thanks so much for playing along with our Sweet Stampin challenge x

  57. This is a gorgeous Christmas card, and your coloring is just perfect!
    Thank you for joining Sketchy Colors, and lots of luck!
    Hugs, Marianne:)

  58. Oh sweetie... you have a FABULOUS start with your copics!!! These are as beautiful as ever :)

    You mentioned about coloring in circles... I say 'blech' to that! You've already figured out that the 'painting action' works better especially for hair and such (it's called feathering). I wish I had something to make a video :( I would LOVE to teach coloring!!!

    Have you printed out a color chart yet? Print it out on the paper you will use for your image. Color in the copics you have - when you want to match a color to your paper, you can see what it will look like.

    There's lots of good info. there as well!

    I usually start with the shadows and blend to the lighter areas, but some people do the opposite...whatever works best for you :) You are off to a great start my friend. I am so very proud of you!!!

    Lots and lots of love,

  59. Wow, your first attempt to color with Copics, is better than anything I have colored with them in 2 years of practice!! Amazing work as always Mandy. Thanks so much for playing at WHOOPSI DAISY challenge, always a treat to visit your fabulous blog!!

  60. WHAM!!! Jaw has just hit the floor! Hun, your colouring is just .. wow wow wwwwwwwowwWWWWW!!!! I love it so much! Both of your cards are WONDERFUL! Simply and most definitely STUNNING!!!



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