Coloring Water With Copic + Guest Design Post

Welcome back to another new week! Today, I am very excited to share with you my very first GDT card for Craft Your Passion Challenge Blog. I want to give a big thank you to Lisa and the team for inviting me to join you this month! I look forward to working with you.

This week new challenge is "Anything Goes" and you can find all the details about the challenge HERE on the challenge blog. Why don't you come along and join me in this easy challenge fun friends?

The sponsor for this week challenge is: Doodle Pantry.

For my card, I chose Doodle Pantry's "Sea Habitat" digi, comes with the pattern papers and you can find it HERE on their website. When I first came upon this digi, I knew right away that I must work with it. The beauty of the seahorse and corals brought back fond memories of our amazing snorkeling trip last June in Cancun. So I am celebrating good old SUMMER FUN vacation memories with this card design :)

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Also, I've been wanting to try out creating an underwater scenic. I thought you might be interested in giving it a try as well. So I took some photos along the way to share with you.

The wonderful thing I love about digi stamps is the flexibility to create any layout and sizes that you can imagine at ease. For my card, I decided to make it a playful one using simple basic methods. 

STEP 1: Creating the Layout

I opened up Microsoft Word Doc and pulled in this image along with the sentiment. I put a frame around it to guide me with the sizing of my card.

To add more corals and seaweeds, I opened up Paint software since I don't have Photoshop and pulled the same image from above.  Deleted out a few things with the magic eraser, saved and pulled in the new image back into my Word doc layout.  Added in another seahorse and flapped it around upside down for a playful interactive scene to go along with the sentiment "Long time no sea."

STEP 2: Colored the water

Using copic marker B000, with the fine tip side, I made diagonal lines, more tightly together from the bottom to midway of the paper.  Then more spread out from mid-to-top. This allows the mid-bottom to be darker.  Then I went back and blend it entirely with the super brush tip.

Next, using B91 I circled in bubbles and outlined out the sea floor with E31.

To darken the water more, I used B91, moving in a wavy stroke from left-right, stopping just near the top to separate the upper lighter part of the water from the darker ocean floor.  Then went back and blend in again with B000.  

Step 3: Creating light reflection

I wanted my light reflected from the upper right hand corner.  So after a few trials and errors, I came up with this simple method.  

Using Colorless Blender-0, I made strokes diagonally across the page from upper right to bottom left repeatedly until I'm satisfy with the brightness of the light reflection.  There!  You got your underwater light reflection!

Step 4: Bring in the fun splash of colors!

Here is the finished coloring look...To create the pearl on the shell, I used the "W" family.

Final Step: Layering & Last Minute Details

I chose to keep this easel card with the minimum embellishment as possible to bring out the true beauty of this Sea Habitat digi. So I adhesive it onto cream cardstock which I trimmed with wavy craft scissor and sponged the edges with distress ink - vintage photo for that distressed "sea" look.

I also fixed the "Long Time No Sea" sentiment sign to give it a more distressed look. To do that, I scribbled broken lines with Copic fine tip black pen and blend in a little green (G000) to make it appear having seaweed covering it over time.

A little bit of twine here and a little bit of embellishment there and TA-DA! the card is complete!

A side view for you...

FUN FACT ABOUT SEAHORSES:  Did you know that seahorses are the only creature where the MALE is the one to give birth?!?!  Shocking isn't it?  The female lays hundreds of eggs inside the male's pouch. who then keep the eggs safe until they his pouch!  Now that's "Daddy Of The YEAR!"

Thank you so much for swinging by and sharing your day with me on my first GDT card!  I hope you enjoy this little underwater tutorial and that you will join me in this easy challenge fun. You have until Sunday, 9PM-GMT to submit your entries.

Supplies List

Digi image & pattern paper: Doodle's Pantry's Sea Habitat
Copic markers
Copic fine tip pen - black 0.1
Star cliparts
Wavy craft scissor
Distressed ink - Vintage Photo
Pearl Glitter


TangledBlueRose said...

ooo so sweet and so cute! Love the upside down seahorse! :)

Lea said...

I love this card! I'm partial to seahorses and yours are adorable!

JenniferD said...

Wow this is Awesome!

CherylQuilts said...

Christina, this is gorgeous, and I just saw that you joined SCS and started a gallery! I am thrilled and know that you will enjoy it and find lots of inspiration and encouragement. And they will LOVE your work! Hugs, sweet friend! (P. S. Be sure to add your blog post link too. I can help you.)

Cara Malmrose said...

WOW Christina! What an amazing card! Love it!

Rannah Romps said...

This card is so beautiful. I had to rush right over and buy the digi!! But to my dismay, I cannot get the water right. Wish you had a video. :(

Christina Hor said...

Hi Rannah! I'm so glad you stopped by. Oh don't give up just yet. Being new to coloring with Copic,I've learned that it takes many trials and errors before I finally like the look of my coloring. So I always make copies of the image since I mess up so many times. Believe it or not it took me 2 nights figuring how to do the water and the light. My craftroom looked like a dump when I was done. Also I've learned you have to apply gentle pressure and stay relax with alcohol based markers. So keep practicing my friend. I know you don't use Copic, but for the water look for baby blue for the light shade (replacing my B000) and grayish-blue for the shadow/highlight and (replacing my B91) and then go back and blend in the entire area lightly with the light shade again. I'll see if I can get a video tutorial out in the next few weeks. Haven't try doing one before. I'll reply to you over Google+ too in case you don't see this message. Hugs and keep trying my friend :)

Marjeta said...

Stunning colouring. Love the design of this card. Thanks for tutorial. It is very useful.


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