Why Rosie's Book?

While growing up, I had a dear friend, Renee, that lived next door and with whom I spent much of my childhood. We grew, in different directions, and went on our merry way. Many years later, I ran into her parents and they kindly reminded me of the laughs they still have over my book. “What book?” I wondered with a puzzled look. "I don't remember a book." Hardy laughter accompanied their response. At some time during our childhood, I tried to convince Renee about something that her parents didn’t agree with. I told her that proof of its truth could be found “in my book.” Naturally she went home and tried to convince her parents of the same thing but they weren’t falling for it. She needed an edge and told them emphatically, “It’s in Rosie’s book!” After they caught their breaths from reborn laughter, they let me know how “Rosie’s book” has been cited for many other things throughout the years. They’ve also mentioned that they’d like to see “Rosie’s book” one day. I can’t remember all of the things that I said were in “my book” but I’m sure my dear friend’s parents can recall much more than I ever knew about – LOL!!! So, here it is . . . my version of things you might find In Rosie’s Book . . .

Friday, September 17, 2010

Copic Creations Shading Challenge

The Copic Creations Challenge team is promoting the fabulous qualities of Copic markers with their latest challenge to shade on and/or around images.  (Find the challenge here.)  Copic markers provide users with the ability to add darker shaded areas that can be smoothly blended with base colors for more realistic-looking images. 

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is sponsoring this challenge and one participant will be randomly selected to win two of their images.  Their slogan is "Whimsical Rubber Stamp Images That Make You Smile."  After viewing the Copic Creations Design Team samples using these images, I found myself laughing over each one.

I've used a Spellbinders Blossom die and cut a Motivet Dexter with Christmas Gift image beyond the edge of the gift (see another example of this die cut technique with a fairy's wing here).

The stamp artist added some crosshatching at the base of the image to indicate shadows.  I filled my image and deliberately placed some of the same colors at the base of each object to show some colored shading in those places.  I don't think I care for that messy look and will try to find another way to use that crosshatched shadow area.

Working with layers and layers of these wonderful papers of Christmas candy designs and colors inspired me to make good use of a few of my punches and create some fun poinsettias to add to my card.

I punched red, white and green Bazzill cardstock to coordinate with my card using punch bunch kikou, tiny sun and holly leaf punches.

The punched pieces are all very flat and need some "fluffing."  Placing each piece, upside down, on a soft rubber mat, I used an embossing tool to rub the back of each piece in a circular motion to make it curl.


Turning the pieces over, so the textured side is up, I used the embossing tool to push down just the center of each piece to form it further.  I tried to emboss a line at the center of each of the holly leaves to provide a little more texture there.

Just a dab of glue to hold the pieces together, a dot of Stickles golden rod at the center and I've got a handful of handmade flowers to cluster together on my card.

Here's the completed easel-style card showing marker-to-paper shading on my Dexter image and airbrushed shading around my image.

At this pace, I may have two Christmas cards ready to mail in December.  LOL!!!


Lynn said...

I just love your Christmas Easel card and the detail is superb..The gorgeous little flowers finish off your card so perfectly too:
Lynn :) x
PS: Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog:)

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Wow, you just keep "knocking them out of the park." Another awesome card and I love how you did your flowers. The DP's are so festive, too. And, you colored that little guy to perfection. Glad you enjoyed "Charlotte." She is a hoot, isn't she. I guess today there would definitely have been a bit of me in her. Thanks for sharing another winner with our Copic Creations challenge.

Andrea C said...

your colouring is fab, great crimbo card x

asela said...

Lovely card! Love all the details.

Cheryl said...

So beautiful,love the flowers and your fabulous colouring!!!

Annette Bowes said...

Stunning easel card Rose! Beautiful layout and amazing colouring, love your handmade flowers, take careX:)

Lilian said...

Gorgeous card and coloring Rose! Thanks for joining the Copic Creations Challenge!

Liza said...

A gorgeous card Rose, I love the traditional colours and your flowers.

Liza x

Katie Cotton said...

how stinkin' cute is this card! I love that image... looks like my boys on christmas! Thanks so much for joining the Copic Creations Challenge!

Unknown said...

Another fantastic card, you are just so good at this, it never ceases to amaze!!