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Augustly Autumn: Marie’s View

by: Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished Card:  4.25" x 5.5"

Hello everyone! Marie here, and I want to share my  Autumn card with you today.  The theme is "Augustly Autumn."  Autumn cards are my all time favorite to create!   I love the color palette and it congers up happy  images of sitting in front of a fireplace sipping sweet, fragrant hot cider.    I hope you like this I card  created for you!

Signs of Autumn  [Gina K Designs)
Cryogen (Curious Metallic)
Pure Luxury  Ivory card stock (Gina K Designs)
Pure Luxury Pumpkin Spice (Gina K Designs)
Sundance Designer Paper Pack (Gina K Designs)
Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus (Gina K Designs)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad (Tsukineko)

Copic alcohol markers (.too, Inc)
Copic Opaque White Ink
Paper Trimmer
Cutterbee scissors with fine tip (EK Success)
Advance Tape Glide Adhesive (Scotch)
Acrylic stamping block
Nestabilities  Label 1 (Spellbinders)
Vagabond Embossing/Die Cutter (Sizzix)
Jumbo Sponge Dauber (Tsukineko)

Calligraphy quill pen
Ribbon from my stash
Glam Rocks and heating tool (Imaginisce) 


Tecniques Used:

  • Blending Outside the Color Family
  • On-paper Blending
  • Tip-to-Tip Blending

Card size 4.25" x 5.5" (The fold is at the top)

Cut 11"x 8.5" paper in landscape orientation at 4.25".   This will make two cards.
Score and fold with a bone folder at 5.5".  This will fit a standard A2 envelope. Tip:  Place a piece of paper over the top of your project before running a bone folder over the fold. This will help prevent unwanted marks on your project.
Base layer 5.25" x 4"
Top layer 5" x 3.75"

  1. I have decided to create a high contrast image for you today.   For a moderate contrast, natural blending families should be used.   However, one marketing secret is that the eye is always drawn to high contrast.  In order to achieve this, I am going to venture "outside" the natural blending families and use the primary colors yellow and red and a secondary color yellow-red.   This will achieve a "high contrast" image.   The second rule is that the more colors you use, the more realistic the color will appear and a smooth blend.  I will however, choose to have some shadow lines delineated for effect.
  2. Stamp onto a 3" x 4.5" Copic-compatible card stock with black dye ink.  Identifly the  light source.  Apply YR  18 in a flicking method to the darkest shadow area.  It is best to work in small areas at a time so work on one pumpkin at a time.   
  3. Add YR07.  Use a flicking wrist motion from the edge of the shadow upward in the direction the grain would be on the pumpkin.  
  4. YR24 is applied in the same manner.   Avoid coloring your highlight at this time.   Your have more colors to go.  Add Y17  and continue to blend using the flicking method.
  5. Add yr21 over the highlight one time.  Each time you go over the color, the Copic marker will darken the shade.  The image will receive a fine blending later.   Add R39 very sparingly on top of your darkest shadow (YR18).   For less contrast, you may substitute E35 for the R39.  Now apply YR18 on top of the red (or on top of the E35, if you chose a moderate contrast).    This is called making a "sandwich."  Now blend out on top of your image with attention to blending. Using the YR07, YR24, Y17 and YR21.  Use the flicking motion like you are making a check mark.   Using the side of the brush rather than the tip will allow a smoother blend.
  6. Repeat the process with each of the other pumpkins.  Add the ground cover as a base under the pumpkins using E30 and E355 closest to the pumpkins.  Use a dotting method with a colorless blender to give the ground texture.   If colors do not seem to be blending well, touch the tip of the lighter color to the tip of you are trying to blend.   This will not harm your marker.  Blend the line and brush the marker across a piece of Copic compatible scratch paper to avoid the color from wicking up the brush and contaminating the lighter color.   
  7. Create the grass by using a flicking method upward with G40, G44, G46, YG03 and G18.  Stems were colored with E30, E33 and E35.  B0000 was applied around the image  for sky. Option: Whimsical spirals were applied to the sky and accent lines to the stamps of the pumpkins with Opaque white Copic ink.   
    This concludes my tutorial on coloring high contrast pumpkins with "Outside Color Blending Families". I hope you found it useful and want to try stepping outside the box with your creative talent.








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1 Responses »

  1. wow! you make it look so easy. I have an old stamp similar to this one...going to have to try this. thank you for sharing.