Tuesday, November 8, 2011

No Lines Technique

Hey, all!  It's been a few days...five to be exact!  That's right, 5 days without making a card or breaking out the Copics.  In fact, yesterday I even sat down and read a book for awhile.  What was I thinking?  The coloring bug didn't hit me until this morning and then I had to do something, so I decided to jump on the No Lines bandwagon and give it a go.  It was fun, but I must admit, it did take some time to get this image colored up.  Probably twice as long as it would normally take me and I'm no zippy colorer to begin with.

First, I had to select an image.  It couldn't be too detailed or that would be a real bear to color, but it couldn't be too simple either, because that might actually be less forgiving.  I settled on this beautiful image by Krista Smith (Saturated Canary) for Simply Sassy Stamps and it is called Fairy Tale.  Next, I needed to find a fairly light ink that was compatible with Copic Markers.  I've been hoarding stamping supplies for roughly 14 years now, so you would think this would be pretty easy...not so.  My favorite ink is Memento and while I own no less than 6 ink pads in black, the only colored pads I have are Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves, and Rich Cocoa...none of which would fit the bill for this process.  I finally rummaged around and came up with a Memories Ink pad in Sand.  Not my favorite ink for Copics, but it would have to do.

I started as I normally would, by coloring the face, then the rest of the skin.  This is one of those techniques that you really have to stick with, because it does not look like much until you really commit and get further into the process.  The scary part was drawing all of the details back in, such as the eyes, strands of hair, and the checked pattern on the sleeves and the sash.  PHEW!  There is no worse feeling than getting deep into the process and then blowing it all by giving her a lazy eye...LOL!  Anyway, I survived and I had a good time playing around with this technique.  I'm sure I will break it out again once I forget how long it actually took me to complete this image...ha!

I want to give a shout out to one of my card making buddies who just started a new blog.  Her name is Denise and she tried this technique last week and achieved amazing results with it.  Check out her gorgeous No Lines card here.  Please visit her blog and leave her a little love while you're there.  Heck, why not even sign up as a follower?  Remember how excited you were when you first started your blog and folks started following you?  Yep, it's an awesome feeling!  In fact, to this day, I still get all goose-bumpy ;D

Okay, folks, that's it for now!  I've listed my Copic colors below.  I know it's really random when I decide to list them, but many times I just downright forget to do it.  The ol' noggin just ain't what it used to be ;D Until next time, stay crafty!

Copics used:
skin - YR00, E51, YR000, E50, R20 (cheeks)
eyes - E35, E31, G24, G21, G20
lips - R21
hair - E15, E13, E11, Y21, Y00
dress - R59, R29, R22
lace - R22, R20, C0
black details - C7, C5, C3, C1

I'm entering this card in this week's Saturated Canary Challenge.


  1. What a super cute card! LOVE your sweet image! Her eyes see inside!))

  2. such a beautiful card...love the coloring on your image


  3. She looks great! Her hair and dress are especially fabulous!

  4. WOW your no lines looks SOOO AMAZING! She looks soo real! I love it!
    I love the papers and layout too, the diecuts you used just got added to my mile long wish list" haha
    Thank you so much for the "shout out" to my blog I would absolutly LOVE some more followers ;) XOXO

  5. You are amazing ... absolutely breath taking... if I keep looking at your work I might get bit by the copic bug!

  6. Wowza Cheryl, this is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    fantastic coloring!

  7. that is awesome, what a great job :) Also how do you get the background color? Do you ink it first or mask? I see you do this alot and I always wanted to learn how. Thanks Cheryl :)

  8. WOW this is amazing!! Love her lashes!
    I have tried this one...took me ages!
    Thanks for playing along with us all at the SC Challenge Blog!x

  9. Stunning work! Love how this technique looks! I wouild try this if I knew how! Hee Hee A tutorial...maybe!
    Hugs, Mom

  10. I think you did a great job Cheryl! I am too much of a wuss to even try. Gonna pop over to your friends blog cause, yes, I do remember starting and getting followers. I still get excited!

  11. Beautiful sweetie, thanks for joining us at Saturated Canary this time ♥ Pops x

  12. Simply gorgeous coloring as always. I think I am going to have to join in on the copic bandwagon and it's all your fault

  13. I love your work!!!!
    I'm the designer for Dilly Beans digi stamps & on the Octopode DT with you. I would love for you to join my design team if you are interested! Just email me at meganscreativebliss@yahoo.com

  14. My gawd, but you are talented!! I'm just at a loss for words...

    I've yet to try this technique, a bit scared of the outcome, I think! Yours is absolutely stunning though!

  15. Hiya Cheryl! Gosh, I feel like I dropped off the face of the earth! Thanks so much for dropping by a few weeks(?) ago. I really meant to come by earlier...my humble apologies!

    I just LOVE your work--all of it! This "no lines" technique is AWESOME!!! But you make everything look AWESOME, because you are AWESOME!

    Hope you are well....Mom, too! Off to check your food blog! Hugs!


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