Today I will briefly share how you can re-create this simple step card, as well as the Copic marker shades I used to color Kindred Stamps' Arabian Princess. I have been experimenting with creating little noses with my markers when one is not a part of the original stamp image. This princess is my second attempt and I think her nose job is pretty nice! :) She was also colored during The Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge!
Arabian Princess Coloring Guide
I started with her skin since I didn't want to accidentally drag any color from her darker hair into her skin when shading and coloring. Then I added some detail with my Sakura Pigma Micron pen in black (necklace, earrings, hair bands, center stone in her headpiece, and within her hair). I used the 05 size, but this detail is optional and can be done with Copic Multiliners as well (I did not have mine yet when I colored this image). Next, I used the highlight color in her hair, scribbled in those areas that I wanted to maintain highlight.
Using quick, light strokes, I finished her hair. I work in a weird order I suppose--I lay down my highlight first so I don't lose the highlight once I begin building color, then move to my darkest shade and work back to light. Again, I know this may seem strange to some, but it works for me. I don't think there is a right way to do this; do what feels right to you. I often do go back and add darker wisps of color to re-define the definition after some blending.
Tutorial: Step Card
To create this simple step card, I cut a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of 110 lb Neenah Solar White cardstock in half, as if I were making a side-folding A2 notecard (5.5" x 8.5"). I scored down the center at 4.25" and again in the center of one of the side portions at 2 1/8". Use a bone folder to score your folds in a "Z", score in half, then fold the smaller portion back toward the center fold and score again. Next, I needed a way to keep the card upright, so I cut a piece of cardstock the length of the card (5.5") by 3" tall. I scored 0.5" down the long side, to create a flap that could be glued to the back of the card as a kickstand of sorts. Aligning the bottom fold of the card with the bottom of the "kickstand", I attached it to the back of the card using Scor-tape. Step card base is complete!
I chose to have our princess ride on a magic carpet with her pet tiger. The carpet image is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero December kit. I cut a piece of navy shimmer cardstock 5.5" by 4" for the back panel and, using My Favorite Things Star Celebration stencil, added a thin layer of Deco Foil Transfer Gel with a spatula. Once the transfer gel had completely dried, changing from opaque white to clear, I laid a Gold Deco Foil Transfer Sheet on top of the dried stars, sandwiched the cardstock and foil in a piece of parchment paper and ran through my laminator.
For the bottom portion, I wanted to use colors reminiscent of sand. I blended Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I wanted to create a smoke cloud coming from the lamp, so I heavily added Picket Fence Distress Oxide Ink and some light strokes of Copic markers in C1 and C3. Some of the ink did transfer to my marker tips, but I was able to easily scribble off since I used quick, light strokes of the marker over the inked image. Then I stamped my sentiment in the smoke using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I adhered the lamp flush to the card front, and attached our princess, tiger, and magic carpet with foam tape.
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Until next time.. xo
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