Thursday, August 14, 2008

Copic fun

Fun??? Ha!!!! I can't even begin to tell you the problems I had with this card!!! The Ways To Use It challenge today on SCS was to use your Copic markers. Now, I've had my Copics for quite a while. I've taken a Copic class with the greatest Copic colorer ever, Kathy Sanders. I just can't get it. I can't shade as well as I can with the Prismas. A lot of people use regular cardstock with their Copics, such as Walmart's Georgia Pacific. I color even less well with that paper! My paper of choice is a coated paper called MatteKote. That way I am able to use my blender pen as a paintbrush. I color some Copic onto an artist's palette & pick up the color with my blender pen. That allows for better blending. When your blender pen is actually working. Apparently, somewhere during the course of making this card, I must have touched some glue or something with my blender, because it suddenly wasn't blending anymore. And it's sticky. Ugh. I had to finish with the chisel end, which I *never* use. So ~ my blending stinks even more than it usually does. Anyway, here is the card I did for today's WT challenge:


I used the sketch challenge from yesterday, & I had wanted to use the Color Challenge from Tuesday but I didn't have the right color Copics for that. So to color High Hopes' Juggles the Clown, I went with this fun olive, red & blue combo. This picture will not enlarge when clicked on, because I'm also having camera issues. More on that later. The bottom red piece is from DCWV's summer stack. I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder on the olive panel. The olive flower is a Prima, the other flowers are all punches. Some of them I also ran through the Cuttlebug for some texture. I added Crystal Effect to the balls & Stickles to the flower. Done!! Whew!!

I went through some issues when I first started this blog regarding picture size/resolution. Well, lately when I take pictures at the higher resolution, they come out a bit blurry. My good friend Ila has been so kindly & patiently trying to help me, but a lot of camera stuff is over my head. I know enough to be able to edit my pictures so they look ok, but I don't really know a lot about pixels & resolution & quality. For this card, I tried taking the picture at the higher setting I had been using, but again it came out blurry. If I sharpen it in PSP, then when enlarged it looks grainy ~ yuck. So I took the picture at the lowest setting on my camera (.3M) & it came out great!!! The only problem is, using that setting makes it not enlarge-able here. Which *isn't* a problem, because there are so many mistakes on this card I'd rather you not get a close up view!! So.....back to the camera user guide for me. If I can figure it all out, & *IF* I can fix this card & all its mistakes, I will repost the picture so that it does enlarge when you click on it.

9 comments:

Valerie said...

for having all those troubles with your copics I think you card came out ADORABLE!!!

Niki Estes said...

He's so cute, Michelle!!

Ila said...

Your card is Gorgeous...and those copics are starting to look more and more like something I may want to try!

GinaP said...

wow, that's a really cute card, and i don't even like clowns! lol You say you have had trouble with your copics, but it turned out great.

bensarmom said...

What a darling card. Thanks for persevering with the coloring and the camera.

Stacey Schafer said...

wow, great card...very eye-catching! tfs!

Cris A said...

You did a great job on your coloring!! I have yet to color a single image with mine. I'm too chicken!

Tammi said...

Love the colors, very cute card! Love how you did the flower in the corner, pretty!

Sorry your having problems with your camera and getting blurry images and to top that off your computer, hope it all works out!!

Amy said...

I have been thinking of buying some copics. Are they water or alchol based... if you know?! I did a google but couldn't find much. I usually watercolour with SU! inks but want some more different colour browns... do you think they can be used together?

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