Surprise your friends and family with a one-of-a-kind handmade card! Debbie Olson will walk us through creating beautiful DIY cards for any occasion.
Create Focal Image
I keep a ready supply of reference snapshots on my iPad so that I can always sketch when I have time. I chose a small hydrangea blossom for today’s card and sketched it first in pencil.
Ink Your Sketch
When I was pleased with my pencil sketch, I used a light table to transfer the lines that I wanted to keep, making a couple of revisions along the way. (If I don’t have a light table handy, I simply ink over my pencil lines and then erase the pencil lines.) Normally I keep my line work minimal and depend upon my Copic markers to create light and shadow. Today I chose to let my Black Multiliner A Fine set do the “heavy lifting,” so I’ve added more shading than I usually do. I used the Copic 0.03 Black Multiliner for the blossoms since I wanted to keep them soft and delicate.
I used the Copic 0.05 Black Multiliner for the outer edges of the leaves, thinking that the line could be heavier on the more substantial leaf edges than on the blossoms. My reference photo had one large, broken leaf on the left; I chose to replace it with two smaller leaves for better balance. Here is my finished ink drawing, ready for color. At this point, I often stop to scan my original artwork so that I can color it again if I chose to.
Get Ready to Color
I reduced slightly and printed my scanned image with a Copic-compatible printer and started coloring using all of the Copic Sketch markers shown above. All laser printers are Copic compatible, and some ink jets are as well. If you are using an ink jet, be sure to test the ink for compatibility. To test an unknown printer ink or drawing ink, apply a light value Copic ink next to the line in question until the ink feathers across the line. If the printed or drawn line stays crisp and clean, that ink should be Copic compatible. If the line expands and creeps, the ink in question is not Copic compatible.
Next, I colored the blossoms. I added more shadows and darkened up some values later on.
Put Together the Card
You may not have patterned papers and dies to die-cut shapes. That’s fine, use what you do have! I die-cut and airbrushed (Copic B02 and B63) a plain circle background that was slightly smaller than my marker-rendered image so that my image would break the edges of the circle. I also cut a plain white scalloped circle frame and applied trimmed-to-size X-Press It foam mounting squares to the back of my frame. Dies and patterned paper were from MFT Stamps.
Use X-Press It Foam Mounting Squares
I attached the white frame to the airbrushed circle and added a banner shape for my stamped sentiment. I also applied foam tape to the back of my trimmed image.
Finally, I attached the hydrangea image to its background and mounted the card front to a cover-weight base (4-¼” x 11”, scored and folded at 5-½”).
Now for the fun part, surprise your loved one with this special handmade card. It's sure the make thier day!
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