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 . . .

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Copic Creations Challenge: Blues

The team over at Copic Creations is challenging Copic lovers to use their Copic "blues." Sugar Nellie is sponsoring this challenge and offering four of their stamps to the random winner of this challenge. Take a look at the stunning images that Sugar Nellie produces and distributes. Their stamp artists do show some very beautiful work. Find out more about this challenge and the sponsor here.

Blue is associated with stability and is said to symbolize loyalty, wisdom and sincerity. It produces a calming effect and is good for the body and mind.

I was drawn to this 2010 Kathy Hare Sugar Nellie image named Worried. I found something touching about this little guy with his bear and this image seemed perfect for filling with "blues."


Once filled, this image still seemed a little flat to me . . . maybe more texture will help . . .

So, I covered my dried colored image with a negative mask and prepped it for a colorless blender technique. I crumbled a paper towel, spritzed the towel with a touch of colorless blender and touched it to the surface of my bear. Using colorless blender straight from the bottle can make it too wet so I like to spritz the solution from a mini spritzer.


Repeating that a few times really softened up the layers of color for my bear and gave him some wonderful texture . . .


Oops. I pounced a little too heavily with the colorless blender and wet the paper so much that my color seeped beyond the lines of my image. I plan to airbrush a background so I'm not worried about that right now. These bright blues can be tough to push back inside of the lines of the image so when I plan to keep the background white, I'm more careful and use more very light layers.

I used a QuicKutz scalloped circles die and die cut my image. Keeping that die in place, I masked my image and began airbrushing my background. I like the results best when I aim the spray directly over my mask and allow the overspray to add the color to my background. With the die and mask in place, I added a few spritzes from Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mists in perfect pearl to give some shimmer to the background. It sure doesn't look pretty at this stage . . .


Now for the big reveal . . . I love this part. It's like a wonderful surprise every time . . .


If my mask doesn't fit precisely over my image, resulting in a halo of white in places, sometimes I leave them alone and let them act as natural highlights. The only way to correct those areas is to very lightly (very, very lightly) stipple tiny dots of medium gray to cover that white.

This Top Line Creations genuine boy plaid paper seemed perfect for the outside of a fun Spinner Card. Magnolia's Doohickeys Bon Voyage Foliage and Shabby Chic White Garland added a simple border with some May Arts ribbon.

This sentiment is from a Hero Arts Woodland Creatures set . . .


Spin the wheel on the right to read this sentiment from another Hero Arts set . . .


Spin the wheel again to see one of my favorite Motivet sentiments . . .


Why not use your Copic "blues" to fill one of your favorite images? Enter this Copic Creations Challenge for a chance to win Sugar Nellie's fabulous prize.

Copics Used:
Skin - E50, E51, E53, R30
Hair - E31, E35, E47
Pants - B91, B95, B97
Shirt - B21, B24, B28
Bear - B41, B45, E95, 0
Airbrush - C5, G82
faux stitching - atyou Spica sky blue

13 comments:

Toneloni * Tonje said...

Oh my word - this is just amazing!!

Thanks for all the inspiration!

hugs
Tonje

Nadine said...

Lovely, lovely card! Love the blue coloring, you've definitely inspired me to try Copic Creations challenge!

mycardz said...

Hi Rose! Where do I begin? I just love every aspect of this card!! First your gorgeous blues, I love the different shades combined here. But the background airbrushing is really the icing on the cake. :) What colors did you use for this? When I get my airbrush system (some day) I will be stopping in for a few lessons from you! (just a warning) Love that this is a spinner card, each sentiment is so perfect for this adorable image! Gorgeous Rose! hugz, Mary

mycardz said...

ahhhh... just went back to take another peek and found the answer to my question! Slow down Mary! LOL

Corinne said...

Rosie, your card is absolutely adorable...so cute. Love the rich shades of blue and how they standout from the background.
Hugs~
Corinne

Marie Gamber said...

Rosie, I check your blog on a regular basis and always love your art. I have an opportunity to pass to you the "Versatile Blogger" award. I know you may be too busy to accept... but I wanted to offer it and to let you know you are one of the main sources of inspiration for me. Thank you. If you do have time and would like to accept, you can pick up the award at
http://thejoyofcards.blogspot.com/2011/03/versatile-blogger-award.html
Thank you again for all you do! So glad to have this opportunity to tell you!

Bonnie Weiss said...

Great tutorial .. easy to understand and follow. You certainly have mastered your Copics!

Becky said...

Great tutorial, and awesome card.

ChickieChirps said...

Gorgeous blues! I love the texture on the bear... it definitely lifted you pic!

Arabella

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there, great tutorial, your card is lovely and I love the idea of having a rotating sentiment behind the beautiful image:0)
Thanks for visiting and your kind comments:0) xxx

Basement Stamper said...

Wow, absolutely amazing card, love the image and your coloring is amazing!

America said...

I love your results from your fab techniques and tutorial. This is gorgeous and full of texture. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

This is amazing, Rose. Wow, your coloring blows me away. The plaid paper is so soft and such a compliment to your colored image. The whole card is absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad you're on the team.