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Monday, February 15, 2010

Make your stamps shine! ~*Copic Shading Tutorial*~

This is the tutorial featured in the February TGF Newsletter

There is no one thing that I do extremely well over and above everyone else, BUT I do get compliments on my coloring sometimes, so I thought I'd share how I color some of my stamps.  TGF stamps are SUPER cute and here's how I make mine shine:

First off, I use Copic markers (sketch, but it doesn't matter), Prism Simply Smooth white paper (Gina K luxury is the same thing) and stamp my images in Momento ink.  This image is "Princess Ava" from The Greeting Farm.  The paper in the background is what I'm going to use on my card so I am picking my colors to match the paper.

Most of the time I use 3 colors for shading.  I'm starting off with B16/14/12 and R85/83/81.  First off, I pick a light source, in this case I'm assuming the light is coming right at her face (from the left side of the page), therefore I'm starting with my darkest colors on the back part of her (or the right side of the image).  I start with B16, then move to B14 and I blend a lot where the two of them meet so hopefully there is no line.

 Then I add B12, once again shading where the colors meet to avoid any lines.  I also go back and add more of my darker color, in this case B16, if I feel a bit more contrast is needed.

Next I do the same thing with the pinks, I start with R85... 

...then R83... 

...then R81, I also added more R85 for more shadow.  I also added YG09 to her dress at this point. 
**TIP** When shading a very small area, go from your darkest (YG09) straight to your lightest (YG06), there isn't enough space to add the middle color.

On Mr. Froggy I used YG17...

...then YG25...

...then YG03 and R20 (for "blush" on his cheeks).

For her face I do the darkest color (E11) near her hairline and then move to...


...then E000 with R20 for accents on her cheeks and eyelid.

Her crown is Y17,Y08 and Y13.  I started shading her hair with Y28.

Then I finished her hair off with YR21 and Y21.
And here she is!

These are just my tips, some people go lightest to darkest, some go over the whole area before shading, etc.  There is no wrong way!

My "method":
1.  Try to use 3 colors for blending, within 3 digits of one another if possible.
2.  Darkest to lightest, blend blend blend where they overlap!
3.  When shading very small areas, skip the middle color and just go darkest to lightest.


Lorraine said...

great tutorial i only have promarkers but im sure this will work just as well with those (i hope)
thanks hun xx

Melissa S said...

I was so excited to see this in the newletter!! I think your coloring is fantastic!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, your colouring is just amazing !!!
Mag :)

DesertBuni said...

Great Tutorial....Perfect Timing, I want to order Copic, and I know you need to "learn" to use them, so I have been "hungry" for Great tutorials!!! WOW...Love yours...this I have to book mark!!! Thank you for sharing your method...Very well done!

Leanne said...

Wonderful Tutorial Rachel. I have a hard time with shading, figuring out how much to do and not to do. Your tidbits really help. I love the colors used on your sample.
BTW, thanks so much for choosing my card for the Monday Mania challenge! Out of all those great cards you chose mine. Thanks for a great non-traditional challenge. I absolutely loved it! Happy Monday! Hugs, Leanne

Amy said...

Great tutorial Rachel! I love seeing how everyone colors and getting their tips, so helpful! Congrats on the win! :)

the whimsical butterfly said...

FABULOUS TUTE! Thanks so much for sharing it with us this month in the TGF Newsletter, Rach! Congrats!

Sammi said...

TFS - I enjoyed this in the TGF newsletter!! Congrats on that!!
It's a Great tutorial :D

Randi said...

This was an amazing tutorial you shared in the newsletter Rach!! Great job!!

Pam Varnell said...

I saw this tut in the TGF newsletter. Awesome girl. I love your coloring. Thanks for letting us see how you do it first hand.

Heather Schlatter said...


You did an awesome job on this tutorial I learned some new tricks I will have to try soon!!! Your creations are always so inspiring and pretty I love visiting and see everything!!!!

Great job and TFS!!!!