Birds Of A Feather!

Hello everyone!

I’m here again with another brand new Make It Crafty Image (I love this new Blooming Flowers release so much! Smiles.)

The image I have played with today is called Kingfisher, and I am so very proud of how this one turned out.

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I don’t often colour birds, but I had great fun adding the texture his amazing feathers.

My colours on him were inspired by summer flowers. (Our garden is full of them at the moment!)

The Copics I used are:-

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Kingfisher.

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Tree Branch.

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Leaves.

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Flowers & Balloon.

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Balloon.  (From the Party Decorations Digi Set.)

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To create the sky I used these colours.

If you would like to have a go at a sky like this yourself, this is how I created it:-

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I took my cloud cutting die and my BG000 Copic and I drew lightly around the die.

(If you don’t have a die or template, you can always print a cloud image onto card and cut it out instead. It works just as well.)

Just add them where you feel they’ll look best.  And remember, nature is random so try not to be too uniform when you place your clouds.

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Next, deepen your shading across the page using your BG0000 Copic.

Don’t try to be smooth here. You’re looking for nice, long, confident brush strokes.

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Next, come in with your B00 to add darker areas.

For mine I chose to stay to the left of my picture as I was aiming for a darkening, evening sky.

Next I used my Yoo. Then I used my BLENDER pen over the yellow to smooth it out.

Next was my YR00. This went DIRECTLY over my yellow. But I didn’t cover it completely.  If you look, you’ll see just a hint of the Y00 underneath the YR00.

On top of all of that I very lightly blended out, from the left towards the centre of my image.

To finish, I went in with my B00 on top. Then my BG000 & BG0000 to finish.

TIP!

It is easier to create a box or frame around your image as I did.  This really helps to keep your edges nice and smooth.  And gives you an idea of the area you’re working  with for your sky.

Also, be sure to do your sky BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. That way you won’t have to worry about dragging out your darker colours from your image.

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(My sentiment is one which my MWLW DTeamie Debo created.)

I have not tried a sky like this before, so I am very happy with it.

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To finish I added C1 to my clouds.. I gently dotted around the edges and added very light “C”s inside the clouds to add a little depth.

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The balloons I coloured with transparency. Again this is a new technique for me.

It was actually a lot more simple than I first imagined it would be.

All I did was to start with the balloon at the BACK.  I did my shading as I normally would, but I didn’t start really dark.

Instead I started with my mid green. Then used my light green.

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Next I shaded in the front balloon.

I started very dark at the bottom, as my sky is lighter to top and so my balloons would also appear lighter to the top.

Next I used my 2nd darkest colour. Then my mid. Then my lightest.

I made sure to use my lightest colour where the tNext I used my 2nd darkest colour. Then my mid. Then my lightest.wo balloons overlap. I am very happy with them! Smiles.

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Because I wanted my little scene to be the attraction, I framed my image simply with a piece of matching blue card from my Core’Dinations Roy G Biv Pad.

My card base is White Hammer card which I cut to 7” square.

If you do recreate this sky, I would love if you linked back to me and left me a comment to let me know.  It would be great to come visit and see your creation too. Smiles.

The challenges I would like to enter into with my card are:-

1.  Make It Crafty Colouring Challenge – Colouring Outside The Blending Family.

2.  A Gem Of A Challenge – Animals Or Birds.

3.  All Sorts – Inspired By Summer.

4.  Brown Sugar – Anything Goes.

5.  Chocolate, Coffee & Cards – Frame It.

6.  Graph It Colour Challenge – Inspired By Florals.

7.  Pattie’s Creations – Anything Goes.

8.  SAS 4 Kids – CAS 4 Kids.

9.  Wags n Whiskers – Frame It Out.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

12 thoughts on “Birds Of A Feather!

  1. Berni C

    Wow, this is truly amazing, love the technique for the background sky. Amazing card the image is simply impressive. Thanks for joining in on Send A Smile 4 Kids CAS Challenge. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Hugs
    Berni, DT

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  2. CLMelton

    Thanks for sharing your how-to info. I haven’t used my cloud dies in that way but I sure will now! The coloring on the bird is just beautiful.

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  3. Kathy Stacy

    Great tutorial! I popped over from the Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge to comment on your lovely card but when I got here and saw all the great tips and the close of up the sky, I’m really impressed. Thanks so much for your information and also entering the SAS4Kids challenge. Take care.

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  4. Bonnie Taylor

    This is really gorgeous. Your coloring on this image is amazing! Thank you for joining our Frame It challenge over at CC & CC. We hope to see you again!
    ~ Bonnie DT

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  5. Wendy L

    This is so pretty, love the vibrant colour of the bird, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxx

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