Suzanne Dean has made a series of video tutorials on the topic of coloring with Copics Scandinavian style, i.e. to make it look like you’ve used distress inks. I had no idea it was known as the Scandinavian Style, but when I think about it, I’ve noticed that many card makers from the Nordics are coloring their images in a very pale vintage style look. I’ve always admired this type of coloring, and being Swedish myself, I thought I must have a go at this technique.

Susanne advices to stick to the lighter tones (preferably the quadruple 0’s) and recommends W3 for shading. Unfortunately I don’t own any marker from the W family, so I had to leave out the step of darkening the edges of the image with the W3, and instead do the best I could with the darkest one of the two markers I used for this image (G82 & G40). I’m positively surprised by the outcome, so soon I’ll be adding W3 and some lighter markers to my ever growing Copic Collection… 😛

I’ve wanted to make a monochromatic card for quite some time now, but I simply haven’t gotten around to it. After having seen that both Crafty Creations and Stampin for the Weekend had “monochromatic” as a theme this week, I thought “now or never”!  😮 I also reckoned it’d be good to try the Copic Distress Coloring with only one color to start with.  I chose the Motivet stamp as I wanted an image that was not so detailed and had larger spaces to color in. The reason I picked green was that when going through my paper stash, it was the first color I found three similar light papers of, needed for this week’s Motivet Sketch. Only one of the Mulberry flowers (the Gardenia in the middle) is “naturally green”, the other flowers are ivory and white, so I added some G40 and went over it with the colorless blender. I also added some glitter to the petals with my Copic atyou spica pen (Mint).

"Ballerina Hilda", Motivet

At this week’s Papertake Weekly Challenge they want to see Buttons, Bows, Brads & Bling. Not necessarily all together; any combination, or just one or all four, anything goes. I managed 3/4 (Bow, Brads, Bling). A Spoon Full of Sugar has another B-embellishment theme – “Beads”, so I got to use my new pins from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Speaking of “Anything Goes”, that’s the current theme at Lexi’s Creations

Here’s the list of challenges I’ve entered this card into:
Motivet – Week #9 Sketch
Stampin for the Weekend – “Monochromatic Week”
Crafty Creations – Challenge #57 “All one color”
Pile it On – Challenge #9 “The One you must” (One Color + a Neutral)
Papertake Weekly – “Buttons, Bows, Brads & Bling”
A Spoon full of Sugar – Challenge #93  Beads
Creative Card Crew – Challenge #46 “Celebrations” (this is a birthday card)
Pollycraft – Challenge #35 Distressing ( I hope the fake Copics distressing counts!)
Lexi’s Creations – Challenge #8 “Anything Goes”

Motivet - Challenge #9-2010

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