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Regal in Red: Marie’s View

 From the Heart

Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

The month of February is the time when Cupid aims his arrow and romance is in the air!   It is the perfect time to pull out those red Copic markers and get creative!  I designed this card using a beautiful Gina K stamp called Stately Flowers #1.  I titled this card "From the  Heart". 


Stately Flowers # 1 (GKD)
Cryogen -for focal image (Curious Metallic)

Pure Luxury White (GKD)
Pure Luxury Black Onyx (GKD)
Designer paper from my stash
Copic Alcohol Ink Markers (.too, Inc)

Tuxedo Black Memento Dye (Tsukineko)
Opaque Pen (Inkssentials)
Acrylic stamping block

Paper trimmer
Cutter Bee Fine tip scissor (EK Success)
Cuttlebug or die cutter (Provo Craft)
Nestabilities Petite Large/Small Oval Die (Spellbinder)
Sticky Doo  .5" circle dimensional dots  (The Paper Studio)
Martha Stewart Frond Leaf Punch (EK Success)


Techniques I have used in making this card are:
Copic Alcohol ink Markers
Dry Embossing
Tip to Tip Blending
On Paper Blending
Paper Piecing.

Card:11" x 4.25".  Score  at 5.5 inches  to create a 5.5"  x 4.25" card.
Black Base Layer: 4"  x 5.25"
Designer layer: 3.75 " x 5"

  1. The image was stamped on Cryogen paper.  The highlights are from the front and centered on the image.
  2. The shadow area was colored with R39.  Use this color sparingly.
  3. Add R29 using a flicking method to blend. Flick the pen from the darker color outward.  Avoid a back and forth motion or circles.  
  4. Add R17  using a flicking method.  Use the side of the brush when doing the flicking motion in order to avoid lines.  It will make blending easier. 
  5. Add R14.  Working with each petal separately will be easier.   The ink will be wet and working in small areas will make the colors blend quickly. For the purpose of making this tutorial, I colored all the petals with the stated color.  When I color without doing a tutorial, i will do each segment completely and then move to the next.  The caps on the markers can remain off while coloring the image.  You do not need to cap, remove cap, color and recap in-between the steps.  This is a short amount of time and it will not dry out your markers.  
  6. I used  a Tip to Tip blending method to add the R12.  Although there was only a two number difference between the R14 and the R12, there seemed to be a BIG diffence on my paper so I touched the tip of my R12  to R14 and blended.  This is called Tip to Tip Blending.   This seemed to help the colors blend better.  Wipe the brush of the R12 against some scratch paper and use just the R12 for the lightest highlighted area.  
  7. Repeat the Same process with the next flower.   Working with each petal separately will improve the blending process.It is always great to find ways to make the process easier!  
  8. The center buds are colored with C0, C4, C7.  Highlight with an opaque pen.  The leaves are colored with G40, YG63 and G29.  The background was colored with BG0000 in order to ground the image.
  9. The focal image was  cut with one of the Petite Nesabilities die.  While the image was still in the Nestabilites die, it was  flipped over and a rubber embossing mat was placed on top of the nestability.  The image was embossed using the following plates: A, B, image with nestability, rubber embossing mat, B plate and shim.
  10. Sentiment:  The smaller image of the same stamp was used with the sentiment.   I used the Cutter Bee fine tip scissor to cut around the larger  flower and a small oval Nestabilities die was placed under the poppy and the sentiment was die cut.
  11. The layers were applied to the card and the sentiment was adhered with circle dimensional dots.

From the Heart

I hope  you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed designing it.    I wish you a wonderful Valentines Day from my home to yours!






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4 Responses »

  1. Marie, Outstanding coloring. Your flowers are just stunning.

  2. Love the coloring of your poppies, gorgeous!

  3. Beautiful card and love the coloring of the poppy flowers.

  4. I enjoyed this card very much Marie. Those are the most beautiful poppy flowers I've ever seen on paper. I always enjoy reading and following your tutorials.

    Nice work!!
    Hugs to you my friend,
    Lisa xx