Unwind and Color – IPC 173


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There is still time to join the Inky Paws Color Challenge! You have until the end of the day Friday, May 13, to link up your project for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

For today’s card, I decided to play around a little bit with Copic blending – specifically, blending colors in different color families. With the challenge colors being bubblegum pink, lemon yellow, lime green, and orange, I thought it would be perfect for this technique. 

When it comes to blending colors from different families, there are a few things to remember:

1. The color wheel is your friend – Rainbow order is the easiest way to blend colors, because the colors naturally work together. So for this blend, I went from pink to orange to yellow to green. However, when it was time for the pattern to start again, I did not blend pink and green. Why? Pink and green (really, red and green) are complimentary colors, meaning they look good together because they are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Though they look good with each other, when two complementary colors blend, they create brown, so I avoided laying those colors on top of each other.

2. No matter what colors you are blending together, if you are using Copics, there is one easy trick that will make your colors blend seamlessly. Every Copic marker has a name and a letter and number on the cap. The first number listed on the cap refers to the saturation of the color. Generally when mixing colors, you aren’t going to want to use a marker with a high first number and one with a low first number (i.e. don’t use a Y9_ and a YR2_). Though that number is important, you really want to focus more on the second number, as it tells you how light or dark the color is. To help your colors blend, it is easiest if your markers all have the same second number. Let’s say you wanted to go from a dark blue to a dark green – you could use B39 and G29.

Taking these into consideration, let’s look at the colors I used:

RV02, RV04, YR04, YR07, Y17, Y13, YG23, YG17

As you can see, the first numbers range from 0 to 2 and the second numbers, when transitioning to a new color, are the same.

For the rest of my card, I used the following products:

Newton’s Nook Newton Unwinds Stamps and Coordinating Dies

Newton’s Nook Kitten Beach Stamp Set

Newton’s Nook Frames and Flags Die Set

Gina K Key Lime Ink Pad

Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink

I hope you learned a little something about Copics today, and I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge!

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Card Sketch Tips – Inky Paws Challenge 147


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Today I wanted to share a few tips and tricks on how to approach card sketches. But before we get into that, I want to remind you there is still time to join the current Inky Paws Challenge! If you haven’t joined yet, you have until Friday to create a card or project based off the sketch below. Post a photo of your project on the Inky Paws Blog for a chance to win a $20 gift voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

I will be honest… I have a really difficult time with sketch challenges. I know some people love them, but not me. I get too focused on the boundaries and borders of the sketch and end up limiting my creativity. I’ve learned a few tips to make sketch challenges more fun while allowing for creativity, so I thought I would share them with you!

#1: Flip the Sketch

One of the first things I think about when I’m having trouble with a sketch is what I can do if I turn the sketch 90 or 180 degrees. This simple thing helps jump start my creativity and think differently about how I can utilize the sketch. Here’s an example I did with a past sketch challenge. (You can find more information about this card here.)

Stamp Set: Newton’s Birthday Balloons

#2: Think Outside of the Sketch

Usually, when I see a sketch challenge I focus too much on staying inside the sections of the sketch. However, another way you can work with a sketch is adding elements around the main parts of the sketch. In this example, I used the large heart in the sketch as the focal point by keeping it white and putting colorful flowers around the heart. (You can find more information about this card here.)

Stamp Sets: Peony Blooms and Thankful Thoughts

#3: Shrink the Sketch

For the current Inky Paws Challenge I took a different approach. I took the sketch and shrank it, so instead of the sketch taking up the entire card front, I was focused in the middle of my card.

To start my card I stamped and Copic colored the image of the kitty on the yarn from the Newton Unwinds Stamp Set using the following markers:

Cat: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Yarn: Y15, Y38, YR04, YR14, R22, RV34, RV55, V05

Next, I cut out the images using the coordinating die set. I also cut out a few scalloped edge rectangles out of white cardstock. I glued the rectangles on top of each other to create dimension, then I glued the small yarn and the kitty on to the rectangle to mimic the sketch.

For my background I stamped the sentiment “Sending Hugs” in black ink on a 4.25 x 5.5 inch white card front. Using a clear iridescent glitter paste, I stenciled the rest of the card front using the Meow Stencil, making sure to not get any glitter paste on the sentiment. After my background was dry, I glued the rectangle and my colored images on the middle of the background.

I hope you were inspired by this post and join us in the Inky Paws Challenge! Be sure to check out the amazing new release from Newton’s Nook, too!

Thanks for stopping by!