Sunday, July 11, 2010

Black and White

Hello and how did your weekend go?  Hubby and grandsons, Tyler and Travis went to the Smithsonian today! The boys sound tired and no wonder for last night they monkey around until 3 am.  I tried to tell them "your going to be sorry tomorrow" and I think today they KWIM!  They are 12 and soon to be 9. Tyler, the eldest cracked me up when they first came! I said "wow, you sure grew" his response was "I am starting to grow a mustache!"  I looked at his face "I don't think so yet"...he practically pulled me into the bathroom to show me in the mirror! It was so dang cute as he pulls the skin out from his face and says "now look"  and ah hah, if you look super close and imagine, you will see it!  I dearly love all the grands and they keep my life jolly!  Tomorrow we leave for Williamsburg!! YEAH, WaHOO and this will be my last card for two weeks!! I am taking my Copic's and images to color but, that's all! Bush Gardens here we come!

Tip of the day: 

   Coloring with REDS. So many have said that when they color with reds it bleeds out of the lines or their paper becomes tacky and streaky. There are several things that might be happening here and these are some tip you can try.
  • Your paper:  Try a different paper. Gina K is a very hard smooth paper and the ink does not absorb into the paper and will lay on top. So when you are trying to blend you keep going over and over it and eventually the ink has no where to go and as it dries becomes tacky and streaky or bleeds out. You can use a  more absorbent paper such as One Sheet Wonder or Cryogen. However, remember it will not blend the same. Each paper blends differently. If you can't change the paper then change your technique.
  • Letting the paper dry between coats. Let it dry a little...not completely or you will have to add more ink to get it wet again to blend. The paper can only hold so much ink at one time so if you allow it to dry it will accept the color without bleeding
  • Don't use as much ink. If you color making little circles, try feather blending. This is how I color with all my colors.  The way paper is made today you do not need to soak it to blend it. I was using more ink by coloring in small circle and you need to.
  • Avoid the color up to the edge. If your reds are bleeding, don't color up to the edge. I start with my darkest colors first. With darker colors R27-R29 or R35- R39 or the dark blues, I do not color to the edge. I will finish blending my medium and light colors and then look to see if the ink spread to the edges. If it has not, I apply a very light touch tip to paper and fill in what was not colored. Using a very light touch you should not have to re-blend.

Leaving on vacation tomorrow I wanted to make a card with less fuss. I love the ways this card turned out! I made a 4.25 by 5.5 card using white card stock as my base.  I laid down my second paper which is the black with white dots. White card stock and cut out corners with Cuttlebug die. Cut blocks at 1.5 x 2.25 inches. I printed out a digital butterfly in 3 different sizes and layered them. I love this technique for butterflies! Added black and white Prima flowers to the corners! Black and white leaves with Martha Stewart leaf punch. Don't you just love it the look! Sometimes less is more!

Challenge Flutter Fly Wednesdays and this week is open. Danni started this site and it is growing by leaps and bounds! I love it and if you like using angels, fairies or butterflies this is where you want to be!!

 Operation White House four squares. If you want to know what to do with your cards you have in the box...send them to Operation White House and they will be shipped to our troops who are deployed to use to send back home. Or thank you card for them to keeping us free!!

DP: Craft Secrets. Love their paper pads

I will have my laptop and will be able to blog! Thank you for stopping by!! Be safe!


Sharon Keanly said...

Morning girlfriend, what a delightful card. Well done! Enjoy your holiday, so pleased you'll still be blogging. hugs Sharon

BeeBeebabs said...

Very nice card thanks for sharing

Alex said...

This card is STUNNING! WOW!!! I just love what you have done and the soldier and recipient will too! Beautiful!!!

Danni said...

Wow,wow, wow!! Lovin' this!! So pretty in the black and white and such an elegant feel!! Thanks for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Sally Watkins said...

Thanks for the tips on using red copics. Of course, I have not mastered preventing the bleed across lines. This will give me some things to try next time I pull them out for some coloring.

Lisa said...

Wowzer Girlfriend! This is gorgeous! I love the black and white! So stunning and elegant! I am going to have to study your butterfly! It is amazing! I love butterflies and you ROCKED this one! Have a safe trip and have a fabulous time! Sounds fun!

cabio's craft corner said...

This black & white combo card looks so cool and the butterfly show up so nicely on this layout.
Your grandsons sounded so cute. I bet you will have lots of fun with them.

Lynn said...

I love your black and white combo card it's fabulous.. and the butterfly is fantastic!!
x Lynn :)

Pryn said...

I am STILL laughing at the mustache comment!!! Boys are so funny!

Thank you so much on sharing some Copic tips! I am struggling with finding the right paper for myself as a colorer and your info helps a ton!

That sure is one GORGEOUS card!!! That dimensional butterfly really pops! It makes my heart flutter ;)

Have fun on vacation! Can't wait to see what awesomeness you create when you return!!! Hugs!!!

ThePurplePlace said...

Love this card! Black and white always makes such a stunning card! Great WORK!! The butterfly is fabulous!!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! What an AWESOME impact!!!!! I love this card!!!

Dawn B. said...

This is amazing. Your black and white is stunning.. LOVE the butterfly. Great card Colleen. Thanks for the red tips.. Have a great vacation.

**ScrapcoLLector** said...

Colleen..this is gorgeous!!!! so elegant....suitable for any occasion

Angela said...

Oh wow! Gorgeous! I love the black and white combo and the butterfly stands out beautifully. Really lovin' this, Colleen! hugs, Angela

Kristie said...

Gorgeous card! The black and white is just stunning together. Hope you are having a great vacation!

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