Friday, October 22, 2010

Coloring video by...Kelly Booth!

If you are out and around in blogland, you've most likely seen Kelly Booth before and she is our fabulous Guest Contributor today! She's made a fab video on coloring in faces and doing "makeup" on your stamps.

Mad for Markers

It's also time for another challenge! This time around we are being sponsored by the fabulous Sammi from Mad for Markers in Austrailia!  Sammi has offered up 2 packs of the NEW Xpress IT blending card (20 sheets cut to A5 size), so this time around we'll have TWO winners and each winner will get a pack! Xpress It is just recently available to us in the US but we've already been hearing raves about it from those who are lucky enough to have used it already.  Now, onto Kelly's tutorial! (Challenge details below)

Kelly Booth

Hi My name is Kelly Booth I currently live in Northern California with my husband and dog Xenia. We will be moving to Arizona next month  to be closer to my Grandchildren and my girls.  I have always loved to color and paint. I discovered Copic Markers a little over three years ago and have not turned back since.  I was able to get Copic Certified last year and hope to  take the intermediate Certification when it comes around.  

Here's Kelly's fabulous video, thanks SO MUCH for sharing with us all Kelly!

Images by: The Greeting Farm

Challenge Fine print:
Make a project using Kelly's face/makeup coloring technique
New creations only (we check)
You can use any stamps you'd like (just make sure it has an animal, obviously)
Link it up here by November 5th
Winner will be chosen by
DT will pick some of our favorite creations to showcase

Thanks for joining us!
~The CMC Team~

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Challenge #6 - Winners and showcase!

Hopefully you guys all got your entries in for Elaine's Challenge #6 because if not, you missed out on a chance at TWO awesome prizes from SCACD

Our two winners are:
Prize #1 (Elisabeth Bell set) - #33 Coleen!!
Prize #2 (Victoria Case set) - #12 Brenda!!

Congratulations ladies, please email us at with your names and addresses and we'll get your info out to Susana :0)  Enjoy all your awesome new stamps and thanks to everyone who took part in the challenge, there were LOTS of great entries.

Some DT favorites:



Thanks so much!
~The CMC Team~

Friday, October 15, 2010

User Question - Snow/Ice?

A reader wrote and asked us what our methods for coloring snow/ice are.  Here's what some of the team had to say:

When I'm coloring snowmen most times I use BG0000, BG000, 0 but I've also used G0000, G000, B000, 0 for snow scenes and especially icicles.

Well, I mostly just use B0000 and B00 around the edges and in shadow areas.

I use the same colors for snow as I do for coloring things white: B0000, B000, B01.  B01 for the darkest parts & shadows and then blend it out to white with the other two colors.

I would use B0000 & B00 for icy areas, BV20, BV23, BV25 for a darker purple shadows, E40, E41 for a warmer snow and C0 for light shadows... I would blend heavily with my colourless blender to blend and push these colours out. A little clear spica glitter enhances the snow glistening too!

Don't forget to check out the FABULOUS challenge we have going currently, you could win one of two huge stamp sets from SCACD!  Only 5 days left!

~The CMC Team~

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Challenge #5 Winners and Showcase

The winner of the $15 store credit to Sparkle Creations rubber stamps is.... Belz, please email us at so we can get your info!  Thanks so much to all who played along and make sure to check out our current challenge because we've got some HUGE prizes you can win :0)

Here are some DT favorites:


Forgotten Scraps

~The CMC Team~

Friday, October 8, 2010

Coloring Clothes with Copics & a HUGE Challenge!!

We all love those stamps that are really beautiful and have wonderful, elaborate clothing, BUT it can be intimidating for even the most Copic competent person out there to know how to shade correctly! Sooooo... Elaine has put together a wonderful tutorial on how to coloring the folds of clothing using Copics :0)

Susana from SCACD graciously sent the DT a stamp to demonstrate Elaine's technique, and we each used one from the exclusive line of stamps Susana has HERE. AND SCACD is offering up two HUGE and completely fabulous prizes this time so there will be TWO winners and just LOOK at what you can win: Details HERE for set #1 and HERE is set #2!!!

Yes, that's right, one person will win the first set and another will win the second set and how cute are those stamps?? Challenge details are at the bottom of the post, with a prize like this you guys need to take part!!!

Elaine's Tutorial

The new Elisabeth Bell for SCACD stamp - Angel of Hope - was a perfect choice for this tutorial. Check out that gorgeous dress! Full details on the finished card can be seen in my personal blog post - Angel of Hope card.

Copic Markers used: YR0000, Y21, Y26, Y28
1. Firstly, you will need to decide on the direction of your light source, and where your shadows will be. Pick out these areas using your darkest shade - in this case Y28.

2. Using the next marker down - in this case Y26 - lay down the colour slightly overlapping the shadow areas. I tend to use light strokes, feathering out from the shadow areas. Don't worry too much about blending at this stage, it will look messy but you can deal with that later!

4. Using the next lightest shade - in this case Y21 - lay down colour overlapping the last layer, moving in light strokes towards the area where you want your highlights, leaving the desired highlight area white.

5. Go back over the image again, starting with your darkest shade (Y28) to deepen the shadows, and working back as before with your other shades (Y26, Y21), this time taking a little more time to blend the colours. How long you spend on this depends on the depth of colour and shadow you want to achieve, just be careful not to over-saturate your paper!

6. Finally, I like to soften the highlight areas and blend the last layer of colour out a little using one of the lightest shades - in this case YR0000 (I find the 0000 markers extremely useful for this). I may also finish off by adding a little more Y28 into some of the shadow areas to add a little extra depth.

Note on Wings:

Angel of Hope has beautiful wings, so a quick note on those!

I really like E40, E41, E42, E43 for a nice soft natural look to feathers. Here I have used E41 and E43.

1. Pick out shadow areas and areas where you want a little extra colour with your darkest shade - in this case E43.

2. With a lighter shade - in this case E41 - go over the shadow lines and blend outwards using a light feathered touch.

That's it! You may want to blend more and then deepen the shadows by going back in with E43. On the finished example I spent a little more time blending with E41, and then finished off with a touch more E43 in some of the detail areas to add extra depth. Play around and see what works for you! Don't worry about making it perfect - you want a slightly textured, soft and natural look.

DT Samples

Amy Young



Challenge Fine print:
Make a project using Elaine's clothing coloring technique
New creations only (we check)
You can use any stamps you'd like
Link it up here by October 20th
Winner will be chosen by
DT will pick some of our favorite creations to showcase

Thanks for joining us!
~The CMC Team~