Thursday, October 19, 2017

I Love You Baby Girl, Copic Colored Postcard

Hello Everyone!
My younger niece lives in Chicago and I always send her hand made postcards.
I made this one last month and recorded the coloring so I could show you my process.
The link to download the free file in SVG, PDF and JPEG formats are at the end of the post as always.
I always start with a pencil sketch that I then scan using my phone and trace in Adobe Illustrator.

The traced image you can download is in JPEG, PDF and SVG formats. The first two ones, can be printed directly on a sheet of cardstock and the third one can be drawn using your Cricut Machine and a Copic friendly marker like a Copic Multiliner or an American Crafts Precision Pen.
You have to be aware though, that drawing the image with your Cricut machine will render uniform width lines opposite to variable width lines you get by printing them, which is more like brush pen strokes, the way manga regularly is.
My favorite cardstock for Copic coloring is the X-Press It Copic Blending Card, a very smooth cardstock that allows for easy and fast blending and it takes colored pencils very good too.
If you have a favorite Copic friendly pen you like to use, try getting the Choma's Pen Holder for the Cricut that allows you to use any pen you like.
Regarding Copic markers, I own a lot of them thanks to our trips to Japan. I purchased the Copic Hex Chart from Sandy Allnock a couple of months ago and I'm bananas over it. It allows you to select colors based on actual shades instead of numbers and families. I realized you can blend some pretty weird combinations and get awesome results.
Image borrowed from Sandy Allnock's Site
Once colored, I added highlights using a Signo Uniball white gel pen. This is a broad point gel pen very opaque and great for adding bright details. The writing on the back of the postcard was done using a Pilot Choose White Gel pen though, which has a fine tip that allows for smaller handwriting.
The colored pencils I used are Watercolor pencils Some of them Staedtler and some are Caran D'ache. I have found these are soft enough to color without leaving marks on the cardstock.

 I used a double stitched die to frame the image and  black cardstock to cover the back of the image and to write my message on. 
 For all postcards and also for my colored envelopes I use Distress Micro Glaze from Ranger to protect the surface from water or humidity. This is a type of wax that seals the surface without smudging your coloring or adding a lot of shine. Use just a little bit and buff any excess away with a tissue paper.

I hope you are inspired to start coloring and give this image a try.
Please let me know if you would like more projects like this in the comments section below.

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Zip file includes JPEG, SVG and PDF formats

1 comment:

  1. This is such an adorable card!! Thank you for the instruction. I like to learn how things are done. This is probably not something I will ever do but it is nice to know how (at least I hope I remember where to look!) if I ever decide to try. Love your creativity and generosity! Health and Blessings to you.


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