Hi, I'm Torrey. Welcome to Left Field, where creativity runs amok and imagination is ALWAYS more important than knowledge. Shoes are not allowed but ties are optional. This is a repository of snippets from my life out here in Left Field. One never knows what shiny bits of creativity will be found here... cards, scrapbook layouts, photography, poetry, recipes, ponderings, rantings and musings. It could be anything! Life in Left Field is always changing, always real, always ...interesting.

April 26, 2012

Copic Blog Hop! REALLY!!!

O-M-G...

I'm participating in the FIRST-EVER blog hop at Making Our Mark, Copic's Design Team blog. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. "Torrey...doing a card for Copic????"

No, Hades has NOT frozen over. I am honored to say that I was ASKED to be a guest designer for this hop!!

My bestee, Jodi, challenged me to make a card using Copic Markers. At first I was...horrified. I mean...y'all know I am not a Copic girl. Not by ANY stretch of the imagination. It's not because I don't like Copics. In fact, I think they're the bee's knees. They're the ULTIMATE in art markers. It's just that I'm, Copicphobic. Truly.

But, Jodi is an AWESOME teacher and she walked me through some basic Copic coloring principles.

The entire design team has gone gaga over the new Steampunk set created by their very own Colleen Chapman and once you see all of the inspiration we have in store for you, you’re going to want to get your hands on this set.

Here's some extra incentive… complete our blog hop, leaving comments and love all along the way, and you’ll receive the entire stamp set free. Can you believe it? Plus one lucky person will be entered into the drawing at the end with a chance to receive the Copic Sketch Set Ex-6.

Remember to collect letters all along the way so you can spell out the “secret” word to claim your prizes! The letter you need from my blog is.... have you guessed it yet?

"S"

You should have traveled here from the FaBuLoUs Shelley's Heartstrings blog… Isn’t she terrific?

In honor of this auspicious occasion (new Steampunk line, first blog hop for Copic and ME actually using Copics) I made a card using the debonair stamp I call "Steampunk Stuart". He's dashing, isn't he? And YES, I used Copics as the BASE for coloring my image...BUT the kicker is, I used Prismacolor pencils over the top of the Copic base for the shadows to really make the colors "pop" and give the whole image more depth and texture. I just couldn't abandon my beloved Prismas altogether now, could I?? I am, after all, addicted to them. I think I've found a "happy medium" with my medium...know what I mean? By using BOTH Copics and Prismacolor pencils...I get WAY MORE control than I EVER could with Copics alone. And one more note...I was able to use my odorless mineral spirits to blend the Prismas OVER the Copic base without it affecting the underlying Copic color. Totally cool, huh? 

By the way, I'm still TOTALLY Copic-challenged.

My blog was the caboose of this Hopping train. So your final stop is back at the station at Making Our Mark. A great big Texas THANK YOU for letting me join in the fun here as a "guest" design team member!!!

You just may make a Copic girl out of me YET...if I can use them in tandem with my Prismas.

If you get lost along the way, remember you can always get back to the beginning by visiting the home site at Copic Marker Scrapbooking!



Ingredients:
Image - Colleen Chapman for Copic
Copic Markers
Prismacolor Pencils
Sprightly Sprockets and Nestabilities dies - Spellbinders
Brads and ribbon - Creative Impressions
Copper bookplate and buckle
Patterned Paper
Copper leafing pen
Cardstock
Glitter pen - Sakura


134 comments:

  1. Dear Torrey - Welcome to our DT... What an amazing job you did on your first ever copic card... and don't you just LOVE the new Stemapunk set (you're right - we the DT are going CRAZY over them!) Thanks for the grat job and the kind words... I am going to LOVE following your blog! (scrapbook Lynne Mizera)

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  2. You did an awsome job on the card. I love the depth of your image and all the extras you added.

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  3. This card is soooo cool! Your colors are very bright and I love the gears that you used! Very nice!

    Hugs,

    Chriss
    http://chrissandlou.blogspot.com/
    america57@comcast.net

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  4. Cool card and now got to have the gears too...lol TFS your talent loved this hop
    purplemel2@yahoo.ca

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  5. So glad you were asked to join our hop. Your card is simply amazing. Love the layout and the embellishments are fantastic. Welcome to the Copic world. I tried not to love them, but I'm sooooo hooked!!
    Hugs,
    Larelyn

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  6. Wow. Love your addition of the color purple. It great. Thanks for a wonderful hop!

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  7. I think I like your card best of all! I love the color job. I've gone from a pencil person to a copic marker user but never thought of putting the two together.
    Deb W.
    twilightcrafter@cox.net

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  8. I have just started thinking about learning to color with copics...to see what you did on your very first card give me hope!! I think i'll go for it! Nice job!

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  9. OM Goodness, I have never done Steampunk and even asked a friend what it was! And here comes Making Our Mark! Thanks for the images I will receive! And the chance at the Copics. Coloring is superb! Perfect choice for GDT! So excited! Can't wait to color!
    Manderly
    xxxooo
    http://manderlylynn.blogspot.com/
    manderlylynn@gmail.com

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  10. Well done on your guest spot and using Copics. I'm a promarker gal and I wish I could colour as well as you do.

    Love the different take on the colours you have used, this is a lovely project.

    Love Mandy xxx

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  11. Oh so pretty! I love purple and the shading on his coat is just perfect! So many little wonderful details 1 TFS!! msmith38652@gmail.com
    http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

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  12. What an amazing card! I love the purple and the green. Your coloring is wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. WOW - what a terrific card. I just love your colouring.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    Sally
    xx

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  14. Thanks for the love, ladies! I really have to give ALL the credit for my coloring to Jodi...without her help and guidance, my image would have looked just weird.

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  15. Wow a gorgeous card & in my favourit colours great

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  16. For someone who claims to be Copicphobic you done an amazing job with the colors and coloring and blending.

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  17. I love the color and layering. Great card!

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  18. Glad you tried your hand at copics! You did a great job!

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  19. I think your coloring is great!! I'm pretty new to copics myself but they are addicting!

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  20. What a great caboose for the Blog Hop. I love your card. Beautiful.

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  21. Wow, Wow, Wow! I love the spellbinders that you used. They make everything pop.

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  22. OK Super WOW!!! I am a Copic addict learning to love my Prismas so I love what you've done with both and I'll need to try it. This is so awesome! TFS!

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  23. Awesome card. Awesome hop. :))

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  24. Great job using the Copics!! You are awesome, in fact!!

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  25. Awesome...love the colors you used. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Your card is fantastic. I love all the layers and the buckle is the perfect touch.

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  27. Wonderful creations! TFS!

    Amanda

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  28. Wow. Totally fantastic card with great coloring and design.

    So, what did you think of the Copic coloring experience??? Are you a convert?

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  29. Love "Stuart" very good job--I like you, have been afraid to change from my beloved pencils to copic---I think I am ready to make the plunge however after seeing all the beautiful work on this hop---now to break the news to my check book :)

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  30. You've given me hope for learning to use Copics - I may actually have to invest in them and try learning to work with them now - nice job on your first time using them!

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  31. Really love your card, Torrey! Great coloring on the steampunk dude. He's adorable!!

    Christine

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  32. Awesome Job!Love this hop! So much Fun!TFS

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  33. You knocked it out of the park on your first at bat. You'll be hitting grand slams before you know it at this pace.

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  34. What an awesome card!! Love the gears and the hardware!

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  35. love the purple - I might need to try doing both prisms and copics - I just might like it !

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  36. Awesome card, love your coloring!
    Thanks for the fun blog hop!
    Elizabeth xxx

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  37. Wow! AWESOME! the hop was great! congrats on that too!

    Sandy S

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  38. I love your card! The colors, the coloring, all the details you've added. I've enjoyed this blog hop and seeing all the creations w the same images...TFS!

    Carol aka cyimbugbitten
    bugbitten at hotmail dot com

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  39. Hi Torrey! I love your card!!! Your blog is awsome!!! You have a great personality! I will definetly be visiting often:)

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  40. wow wee wow wow! You are certainly awesomeness in disguise! You have absolutely NO reason to say you are copicphobic! Your card is gorgeous, in fact I would be honored if someone ever sent me a card that fab!!!! TFS and keep on Copic-ing!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  41. OH my gosh i love love love this card and you did an amazing job with the coloring! tfs!

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  42. I just love Copics and I hope that now that you have used them that you will continue to do so as your card looks fantastic. I have a bit of a weakness for purple in my cards at the moment so love the colours that you have chosen. Hugs, Suze

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  43. I love the colors of the card and the depth of him. He looks like he's about ready to step out of the card. Great job!

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  44. OMG YOU R COPICPHOBIC?!? and you color like that!!!! I really wish that I was also then! it's totally so cool! your coloring is fantastic!

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  45. Awesome card! And great coloring!!

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  46. Love your card it is amazing with all of the layers.

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  47. Ok I'm going to admit that I think I like your card the best out of all the wondrous things I've seen while doing this hop. I'm still new to copics myself but have been a prisma girl for quite awhile and like that you showed how great they work together to add depth to a image.

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  48. Beautiful....love the colors!

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  49. He is most definitely dashing & I think you did an awesome job coloring him!

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  50. Great cards, thanks for sharing.

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  51. I love the colors in your card! Great job!!!

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  52. Wow! Amazing card. I love the die-cut gears. So cute! This hop has been way fun. Thanks!

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  53. Lynn C. (wordpefectqueen@yahoo.com)April 27, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    For a professed Copicphobic, you ROCK. Wow, I love the colors and the strap and buckle on the card were ingenious. Thanks for sharing.
    I have loved all the inspiration I have gotten from this Blog Hop.

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  54. PURPLE!!! How cool to see this in purple I have a friend that would steel this from you in a heartbeat it's her favorite color. I've seen everyone use all the browns and to see the purple is so refreshing and different. This blog hop was one of the best I've been on everyone had so many different idea's!!!! I'm sad it's over!!! Thanks

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  55. Great card and definitely can't tell this was a beginner attempt with Copics - that being said, I'm addicted to prismas too so I'm going to say that the prismas made it!!! ha ha I'm copicphobic too! Awesome job!

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  56. Stunning card! I have never used coloring pencils with my copics yet! hmmm, might have to look into it!

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  57. Wow, your card is really striking! I sooo love the purple! Never knew it could work on steampunk style. :)

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  58. For this being your 1st time... I absolutely LOVE him. and I think IM going to have to lift the steampunk corner look.. Thanks for participating in the blog hop :)

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  59. Love the purple gears!!!

    Cindy Cato

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  60. Wonderful work! Love the entire card - such a nice multi-media feel to it. The gears and the metal tag are the perfect combo for this image.

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  61. Very bright and pretty card. The little gentleman is pretty dashing isn't he? Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Great card, love the belt detail.

    I too am a little 'scared' of the Copics but went a head and bought a few. I also still use my pencil crayons (partly becasue I have more pencil crayons then Copics and partly becasue I am trying to get the right shadowing)It definitely is a learning process!

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  63. Ok, I am definitely hooked on the Steampunk designs. I love all the elements that make it come together.

    TFS,
    Sandra

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  64. not suppose to pick favorites BUT..purple and green together is my all time favorites. in fact my son is getting married next month and those are the colors they chose for the wedding. soooooo you rule. the card really is great

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  65. This is a fantastic card! Not only do I love all the gears on it, but the purple is so beautiful! Lovin' it.

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  66. This will be my first hop…so excited!

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  67. Torrey, your Stuart really is very debonair! Your coloring is awesome...I have never used Copics (can't afford them at the moment) but I sure love the effect the give!

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  68. Your card is fabulous, love it and the copic colouring is wonderful, well done all around!

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  69. Wonderful card! And what a wonderful Hop! Lots of creativity in this team! Thanks for a happy little break in my day!

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  70. Wow he is amazing! I'd love to be able to colour as fabulously as you! I love all of the added elements, papers but mostly the image!

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  71. The card is awesome - I'll have to try prisma color pencils with my copics.

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  72. Wonderful images, loving the steampunk!

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  73. Copic girl or not you really kow how to put a card together. It is altogether lovely!

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  74. i love the purple tones you chose...so different than some of the others...very nice coloring

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  75. that is a really GREAT job you did. it won't be long until you will be a copic fanatic like the rest of us!

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  76. Hey Torrey! You did a terrific job of coloring. Your card is great. Thanks, Torrey. Have a nice weekend. Norma

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  77. Great card. I love my Copics and now I need to try my Prismacolor Pencils over the top. (I put them away for my Copics. :) )

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  78. I just love the colors you picked for your card & I also love the gears/gadgets. They are so awesome!! Collette g-cswf66@charter.net

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  79. Beautiful card. Love the colors. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Cindy F

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  80. Beautiful cards, love all of the coloring. TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com

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  81. Hey, for a rookie you did great!

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  82. Awesometastic. Love all the gears and this is wonderful for a first ever copic

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  83. What a great card! Would be perfect for someone's graduation!

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  84. This has been so great! Love the pretty purple you used!!!

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  85. Torrey - - YOU DID COPICS!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEk so proud of you. Now you can't claim ignorance on the Bombshell Blog!!! And of course your card is amazing as usual - and for your first time with COPICS - jaw dropping. So glad you were on here, as I found new digi stamps that are so cool!

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  86. oh my goodness love your creations ... just realised I have hopped around and not collected all the letters so gotta go back oh flip ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  87. I LOVE your card!!!! The colors are TDF! :)

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  88. Great card! Love all the purple color on it

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  89. i like the colors you've chosen for this card. i also appreciate the fact that you used more than 1 color medium. as a new card maker it is nice to know that one can mix different mediums.

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  90. Torrey you did an excellent job. This is outstanding.
    Hugz,
    Christine Garner

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  91. What a beautiful card!~ Not to mention your coloring with copics. You have an awesome blog too.

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  92. Great project.. Love how you used the gears.

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  93. What an awesome card!! Thanks for the letter and the hop!

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  94. This is wonderful! I am so proud of you for trying something new! And look how great it turned out! YAH for you!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  95. This card is great!! I wish my first copic project looked as good as this!

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  96. Love this card! I am new to Copic markers and was so happy to see how you blended the card with your Prismacolor Pencils...very inspiring!

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  97. Torrey, if you're not a Copic girl, then
    I'd hate to wonder what that makes me. Your work is amazing.

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  98. You never cease to AMAZE me!!! Awesome!!!

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  99. I LOVE,Love,love your card! the colors you used are Fab and I think it is my fav on the whole hop!
    Susan

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  100. your coloring is super and those gears rule. I love the way you and jodi gave out your letter's by making every one of that letter inpost stand out. that was a great idea. you rocked this hop. everyone did such a fabulous job. thanks for the letter and good luck to everyone and thanks to you for sharing

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  101. What a brilliant job from someone who claims to be copic challenged. Love the effect of the prisma pencils give over the top. Gives the card a real wow factor.

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  102. Your card is wonderful, great job coloring with the copic markers.

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  103. Gorgeous job! I am a novice with copics, and I appreciate your tip about laying a base and shading with prismacolor pencils (also my chosen medium)I do have one question, when you color on top of copics with the pencils can you still use a blending solution on the pencils? I use OMS. Did it effect the copic color? Thanks!

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  104. Love your card, especially all the gears!

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  105. LOVE THE PURPLE AND GREEN TOGETHER

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  106. Thanks for sharing these images!

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  107. So glad you joined us for th hop. Wonderful card...beautiful coloring.
    Diane

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  108. Wow, that is stunning card - fantastic :-)

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  109. You never would know that you once were phobic over copic markers. Your card is divine!!!

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  110. Love the colors, what a great job. JoAnn

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  111. Your coloring is great and I love the purple! It's my favorite color! :)

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  112. I love the gears and the coloring and usually purple isnt my thing I think it should be reserved for purple people eaters but you made me a fan of purple. WTG you!

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  113. You're an inspiration for the rest of us Copic phobics!! I still freak out with them and I have over 100 of them. Not practicing enough, lol. I do love your card.

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  114. Stunning! Love the colours.

    Joan

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  115. had so much fun and love what you did.

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  116. had so much fun and love what you did.

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  117. Firstly, thank you for all the comments!!! WOWZERS, 130+ is CRAZY! To answer Deb's question...YES you can use a "blending" solution (I use odorless mineral spirits) on the colored pencils that have been laid down on top of the Copic base. Skin is a little harder to do this way--it takes a VERY light touch. But that is what I did!

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