Back when we were first dating, my husband gave me a book on the moon for my birthday. It's filled with gorgeous photos, but the very best part about it is the inscription he wrote inside the front cover: "I'll love you to the moon and back." There was more to it than that, of course, but that was the phrase that stuck in my head.
When I saw ching chou kuik's Red Hearts by Sweet Pea Stamps, it immediately made me think of that book, so I decided to use it on a Valentine's Day card for my husband.
The image was colored with copic markers as usual. I wanted to do something a bit different for the background, so I randomly scribbled on color with a R81 and my custom pale YR21* (I have two of these - this one was the darker of the two). I then used my custom pale R81* and custom super pale YR21* to blend the darker shades together. After I was finished with that, I dotted the whole thing with the copic colorless blender pen to give it an interesting texture. Note that you don't have to be too precise when coloring because the clolorless blender pen hides any less than perfect areas. I really like the effect, so don't be surprised if you see it again with different color combinations.
I always get asked about my custom markers, so I did a color comparision swatch for you so you can see the difference between the original copic color and my custom blends.
*The formula's for my custom pale markers are as follows:
pale YR21: 5cc's blender fluid + 80 drops YR21 refill
super pale YR21: 5cc's blender fluid + 30 drops YR21 refill
pale R81: 5cc's blender fluid + 35 drops R81 refill
Challenges participated in with this card:
Charisma Cardz #3 - fruity colors (raspberry, banana, and blueberry)
Crafty Creations #51 - Valentine's or Love
Creative Card Crew #43 - punch it (Martha Stewart Lace Heart punch)
Midnight Madness #37 - sketch (MMSC37)
A Spoonful of Sugar #87 - Lots of Layering
Copic Buzz Weekend Technique #1 - using your blender pen to create texture
Simon Says Stamp - punch it! (Martha Stewart Lace Heart punch)
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