Spring Tulips by Debbie Olson

Posted On: 11/05/14

Debbie Olson 12 New Copic Colors

Papercrafting designer Debbie Olson is one of our Design and Education/Instruction team members, and this week she’s sharing a card project that utilizes several of the new Copic colors for 2012. Enjoy!

Welcome! Today I wanted to share a tulips card in hope that spring will soon come. I used several of the newest Copic Sketch colors that were introduced last month.

The stamp image that I started with was rectangular in format; however I wanted a square card. I used a square die to cut and emboss a square, leaving the die in place to act as a mask when I stamped the tulips image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I began by rendering the tulip greenery using G40, G43, G46, V22, and BV34, all of which are NEW colors except for the G40. I used the G40 as my base tone, deepening the value with both G43 and G46. While the values were dark enough using only those three G40’s, the shadows were still as intense as the mid-tones and highlights. Some violets and blue-violets cooled and muted my shadow and cast shadow areas.

Next I worked on four of the blooms. The new Copic RV52 was my mid-tone here, while I used RV00 and touches of 0 in highlight areas, and RV55 for my deeper tones. Again, the V22 and BV34 helped with cooling and muting shadow areas.

For the last three tulips, I warmed up the temperature and lightened the value of the pink tones to add variety. My base pink tone was an RV10, deepened with RV11, V22, and even some BV34 in the deepest shadows.

Using a YR30, softened on the edges with Colorless Blender, I added some warmth around the outer edges, especially on the side of my light source (upper right). I used a hint of YR31 closest to the tulips. On the shadow side I used some of the new BG90—still warm, but cooler and less intense than the sunny buttercream yellows on the light side.

Have you started any spring projects? Share them in the comments below!

Supply List:

Copic Markers:
G40, G43, G46, V22, BV34, RV00, RV52,
RV55, V22, BV34, RV10, RV11, YR30, YR31, BG90, 0.
Friendship Jar Spring Fillers, Tiny Tags II (Papertrey Ink)
Memento Tuxedo black (Tsukineko); Chamomile Distress Cube (Papertrey Ink)
X-Press It Blending Card; Autumn Rose (Papertrey Ink)
Other Tools: 
Standard Square Small (Spellbinders Paper Arts)


Find Debbie online:

Debbie’s Paper Crafting Blog: Thinking Inking
Debbie’s Art Journal Blog: Sketches in Time

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