Hello friends! Yes, this has been a long time coming. The Flip camera is working, and it only took me most of the day and a migraine headache to get this one out to you! LOL!!
This is a card I made and posted to The Scrapping Cottage Blog last week, and I promised a video tutorial on how to color this sheep. Specifically, the video is how to color any image with a patterned background. When I took the Intermediate Copic Certification Class, this was one of the things that was covered, and I believe a lilac stamp was what we colored for that. At any rate, you get the idea that this is a technique you can use with any color, that will allow you to give dimension to an image with a lot of pattern, without coloring each and every tiny detail.
The card stock for this card is all from Stampin' Up!, and the patterned paper is from Imaginisce. One thing I do want to touch on, and I mention it in the following video is the paper that I choose to work with when coloring with my Copics. I've had several people inquire about what is the best paper to use, and I can't stress enough the importance of using a good quality paper that is proven to work well with Copics. There are just some papers out there that DON'T work well, and if you're not happy with the blend you're achieving with your markers, your paper choice would be a great place to start troubleshooting. The brands that I have the most success with are as follows in order of my favorite: #1) Express It Blending Card, which was introduced by Copic at Summer CHA last year. This is by far my first choice for the excellent blending that is achieved with it. The finish is smooth, and results are always consistent with this one. It IS pricey, but well worth it, in my humble opinion. I save every little scrap of it to use for stamping and coloring with my Copics, and I never use it for the base of a card or anything like that. ONLY for coloring. #2) Neenah Classic Solar White, which is heavier than the Express It, but gives me great results with blending. The blend isn't quite as smooth as with the Express It, but it works very well. #3) I'm listing Georgia Pacific white card stock, because it's what I started out with, and I get along fine with it. I began using it because it was what is readily available in my area, and I had a lot of it on hand. While it works fine for me, I wouldn't recommend it for someone just starting out with Copics. It definitely takes more practice to work with this one. Especially when using dark colors and trying to keep bleeding outside of the image to a minimum.
So now, on to the video. I sure hope I get better at these. I LOVE sharing what I learn, and what works for me with coloring, so I'll keep trying. I hope you enjoy it, because it is indeed a labor of love!!