Beep! Beep! It’s JiFFy time!

***Copic Coloring Guide Giveaway post is here.***

I couldn’t be happier to have a post today that’s just for fun with my JiFFy friends! It’s that time when someone picks a stamp and someone else (in this case me!) picks a patterned paper and it all gets shuffled around the country so that six different women can give us there take on the random act of stamp-ness.

We’ve got a few new faces to the JiFFy Friends challenge this month so I’m very excited. I always love to see what these goddesses create. You know them all: Michele Boyer, sweet Carole Burrage, Cristina Fischer, Jody Morrow and Amy Rohl!

As I mentioned, I was the paper-picker this month, and I had chosen this beautiful piece called Bohemian Floral from Graphic 45 many moons ago for my next hostess month…I was thinking beautiful floral cards, sweet sentiment cards… I’ll admit I was a little set back when Carole chose super darling Spiffy Scooters from Paper Smooches. Like fried onions and chocolate…I love them both, but don’t choose to eat them together at the same time. 🙂 That feeling didn’t last long though, and I love how this turned out!

I have a Copic Coloring Guide giveaway going on thru Saturday on this post, and the question I asked was, ‘I knew I was in love with Copics when _______!‘ For me, it was when I saw the flat, smooth coloring that could be achieved with the markers. Put the shading aside, I love that rich, smooth look you can get with these markers, and it’s a great way to make use of a limited color selection.

To color large areas, you sometimes need to color the image twice over to smooth out the streaks since the first pass over your cardstock can be a little splotchy. This is because the cardstock is dry.  After the cardstock is wet from the first pass of the marker, however, the second pass will even out the splotchiness. Sometimes, like here with BG72, I don’t want super dark images that multiple layers of color would create so I color the image first with my blender pen to moisten the cardstock and then apply color with my Copic Marker. One pass with the marker is all that is required for smooth, vibrant and not too dark color. The body of the scooter and the fenders were both colored with BG72, the only difference is that the fenders were colored first with the colorless blender pen, so they aren’t as dark as the scooter body.

Tip: Work in the smallest possible sections. So in this case, I would color each different element of the scooter completely before moving on to the next (i.e. front fender, back fender, body, headlamp, etc.).

It’s just about time to hit publish, so I’m going to see what the rest of my girlfriends cooked up with this stamp and paper combo. I know I’ll be blown away…always am with this group. Hope you can check them out, too!

  • Stamps: Spiffy Scooters – Paper Smooches
  • Cardstock: kraft, orange – Prism, Bohemian Floral – Graphic 45
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento
  • Assc: Perfect Bracket Edge & Notched Tag die – My Favorite Things, Copic Markers (BG72, W3, Y32 and R14) and dotted embossing folder – Sizzix

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