Crazy for Copics and Friendship Cottage

Cottage Happiness

I’m off to Toronto today for a Copic Certification class. As I never seem to be able to get away for CHA or other events, I’m just thrilled that there is a class closer to me finally. Now I’ll be able to teach Copic Marker classes if I want and also hope to pick up a few new tips. As you know, I love my Copic Markers. It was a bit of a gulp for me to mkae that initial purchase but now I’m set and hooked for life. I especially love coloring my Thomas Kinkade stamped images with Copics. It’s a bit of a different technique than coloring larger spaces where you want to saturate the paper. When I color the TK images, I color the larger areas first and then go back and shade in the details. I actually dab on the color in the tighter areas, approaching it with a more impressionistic technique. I’m super excited about seeing Lesley Langdon and Jennifer Roach again and  meeting Marianne Walker and Sherrie Siemens for the first time. Lesley told Sherrie not to worry that we’d behave, but I didn’t promise anything. 😉

Today is also fun as it is the release of the latest Thomas Kinkade stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. I’m loving this beautiful Friendship Cottage stamp. I thought it would make a sweet wedding design and paired it up with some elegant silver screened patterned paper and a wedding centers sentiment. I can also see it making a sweet spring, friendship, new home, hello…well, just about anything card.


Quick Tip: To create balance in the design, I reversed the colors and balance from the main image to the background design. What do I mean? Well…take a look at the top image as it is easier to see. The image seems weighted more heavily and more dark blue on the left side of the image while the right side is “lighter” and more green. To balance this out and make it pleasing to the eye, I placed a large amount of dark blue on the right side of the background and a small amount of green on the left.

Take care my friends!

Supply List:

Cottage Happiness (Thomas Kinkade line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Wedding Centers(Mona Lisa Moments) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Black Memento by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth White by Prism
Patterned paper by Pink Paislee
Other: Copic Markers, brads by Making Memories, velvet ribbon by May Arts

11 responses to “Crazy for Copics and Friendship Cottage

  1. This is just a stunning card, looks like this TK stamp, stamps up very nice.

  2. Beautimous!!!! Very, very, very pretty!! Your bridge is awesome! Wonderful coloring…..

  3. Beautiful card Julia! Have fun at the Copic class. Thanks for the tips you always mention and show example of, they are much appreciated.

  4. Georgeous card Julia. I just love the Tk images myself. Soon will have to get some more now after seeing yours. Have fun at the copic class. I really wish there was one closer to me.

  5. Have a great time at the class! I was at the one in Buffalo yesterday and we had a good time learning new things. Plus you get the added bonus of meeting Sherie!!

  6. Very pretty-enjoy your classes. tfs

  7. Beautiful! Have a wonderful time in class!

  8. Terri Wojtowicz

    I’m new to all this but am kicking around the idea of opening a business of my own and including teaching all these things to the only problem is I don’t know how to do them. How do I get involved in learning them myself in order to teach others and be confident enough with out the fear of messing up and not being efficient enough to be good enough to show others how to do this? I’d love to do this line of work and be proud of it as I know you must be , your heart must just swell with pride when you look at the beautiful things that give others such awe and pleasure and inspire them to try to do the same. My one draw back is I live way out in no mans land on the Ohio Penns. line right on Lake Erie and have been disabled since 1990 but it doesn’t stop me from being creative and doing whatever I can until the pain overtakes me. However this seems to be the best therapy I’ve ever had because it keeps my mind occupied and frees me from the pain cycle while I keep at it. I do not have alot of tools or material but I do what I can when I can and absolutely love it that is why I think I’d like to do this as a business. So that’s why I ask how you go about getting the training and whatever is needed to get started in something like this. I am in the process of starting my first website.
    Thank you ever so much for any advice or help you can send my way !!!
    Best wishes to you always,

  9. Beautiful, enjoy your class and meeting a few friends!

  10. OH WOW!!! Julia, This card is sooo stunningly beautiful…love this Pink Paislee paper…isn’t sooo yummy?! This TK image is fabulous and your colouring is breathtaking! I can’t believe I got to sit next to you today and actually see you at work, smile! I had a fabulous time today….It was really great to meet you and I have been to your fabulous blog before…I knew it!

  11. I’d give it a 10……PICTURE PERFECT!

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