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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Backgrounds and New Colors

Hi everyone! Samantha here, bringing you a new Tips and Tricks segment. This segment is packed full of goodness and is really long so grab a cup of hot cocoa and sit back because you are in for a treat today!

Today I want to show you how I color, or more specifically, how I keep track of my coloring. Usually, I color sitting comfortably on the couch watching TV with my family. I have a bunch of images already stamped on my special Copic paper (Xpress Itis my fave!) and I just color away while I watch TV.

In order to keep track of what colors I am using, I make a list and label the image I am coloring so that I can refer back to it when I use the image later on a project.  Here is an example of my colors list for two of the images I am sharing with you today:

Here are some of my papers. I just repeatedly stamp images all over the papers so I have plenty of stamped images to color in whenever I want. I have pages and pages of stamped images ready at all times.

And now I want to show you two background techniques, both of which I am doing with some of the brand new Copic Colors!!

This first image is Easter Anya from The Greeting Farm. For the background, I used C0 and C1 and used feathering to create the darkest areas of the shadow closest to her body. This is a very subtle shadowing effect and gives the image a little depth.

C0 is now available as a Ciao marker! I was so excited to get this color for shading.

And on this next one, I tried out a new (to me) technique that I saw a video on. Suzanne Dean has a great video on this technique which can be found by clicking here.

Mine is not nearly as lovely as Suzanne's, but practice makes perfect so I will work on it :O)
And this lighthouse image features some brand new Sketch colors: E23, E87, and E81  There are a total of 12 new sketch colors, all of which are available in the iCopic store.

So now that I have more images colored, I will be getting some cards made this week!


Thanks for sharing this technique. I cannot wait to try it.

You are very welcome!! Please let us know how it works out for you!


Awesome, Sam ... so glad I found this blog!! I'll be back soon.

Jo xx

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