Tutorials and Copic information

Book Card Tutoral 

A HUGE thanks to Tina Glix for her tutorial on this book. I have converted it to US measurements and the size I prefer. Thank you Tina! You are a constant source of inspiration!

This is what you will need:

The book base  is cut at 6" x 12"  Using your Scor - Pal, score at 5 1/2" and 6 1/2" to create your "spine" for the book.  Use your bone folder to make crisp folds.  Create your mats with whatever decorative papers you wish to use. Before you attach the decorative papers to your base, cut two lengths of ribbon and glue them down to the centers of your front and back. This will be your closure for the book once it's done.

Cut two sheets of cardstock measuring 4" x 8"
Cut two sheets of cardstock measuring 4 1/2" x 8"

Using your Scor-Pal, with the right side of the cardstock facing up, score your paper at 1/2", 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 3 1/2", and so on all the way across. The last score will be at 7 1/2".

Flip your cardstock over and score at 1", 2", 3", and so on all the way over. The last score will be at 7".

Using a bone folder, fan fold your paper creating crisp folds. When you're done, they will look like this:

You will then attach one of the longer pieces to one of the shorter pieces. Place them at a 45 deg angle to each other like this, then overlap the edge of first flap.

Glue down the first flap with a very secure glue such as Scor Tape. From there, you will bring down one flap at a time, alternating strips as you stack them. You only glue the bottom flap and the top flap. So do not glue each time you lay down a flap.

Glue the last flap on top. When you've reached the end, it will look like this.

Take a cheap peace of ribbon or twine and tie the corner down so it doesn't pop up on you when you're assembling the rest of the fram. Believe me, this will save you TONS of grief!! Continue working your way around, until you reach the last side which will be the trickiest as you have to assemble both sides at once. Take your time and don't allow yourself to get frustrated. It's actually not too difficult once you get the hang of it and figure out what you're doing.

Once you get all four sides together,  cut a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of cardstock, stamp your sentiment on it, and then glue it to the bottom of your book frame. You can then glue that to the inside of your decorated book cover and decorate as desired. 

Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. This book makes a BIG impression and truly is a beautiful presentation. If you want to give someone a wonderful keepsake, I would highly suggest taking the time to make one of these. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Using Copic markers for darker skin tones

Hi everyone!  I created this chart to assist with coloring darker skin tones, so I thought I would post it here in case anyone was looking for information. I started with the colors I got from Suzanne Dean and her tutorial for African American skin tones which I used on the top left image. And then I just started picking up my markers and playing. Here are the skin colors for each image:  (click on the picture for an up close look)

Top left: 
E25, 13, 11, and 21 with R32 on her cheeks
her hair is E15,. 39, and 59

Top center: 
E13, 21 with R02 on her cheeks
her hair is the same as top left

Top right:
E15, 13, 11 with R02 on her cheeks
her hair is E97, 99, 17, and 29

Bottom left:
E11, 21 with R02 on her cheeks
Hair is E15, 39, and 59

Bottom right:
R02, E02, 01 with R20 on her cheeks
Hair is E19, 15, and 13

All her clothing is the same. For her leotard - R32 and 35. For her TuTu  G20, 21, and 24
for her crown, Y35 and 38 trim is done with a gold Spica glitter pen

For her tights, I used T1 with a bit of B41
R02 for her tongue and E31 for the inside of her mouth.

I found a tutorial a couple years ago about curly hair, and I truly wish I could find it again so I could give her credit for this technique. But for curly hair, I simply dot on the color in randomness. I start with the lightest and move through to the medium shade, then adding the low lights with my darkest color. I will then take the lightest and fill in any areas that are missing color. Do not blend! I think it gives such wonderful texture to curly hair and looks awesome no matter what color hair you're doing. Give it a shot, but make sure you have a light, mid, and darker color. Just use the tip of your marker to make the dots, so they're not huge. I think you'll love the result!

This adorble image is by Mo Manning at Digital Pencil Too.

I hope you find this useful! Thanks for stopping by to see me and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!!