If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently stepped out of my comfort zone, and headed to meet Kathy of The Daily Marker on her Coloring Challenge road trip. When I found out she was stopping in Texas, I was so so excited, but nervous too. I’m a bit of an introvert, so I was debating whether or not I should go. After debating with myself, the spots were filled. Later, when I found out she was opening up another day, I didn’t even think about it and I reserved my spot. This was going to be my first crafty event with people, in real life…ha!
Since I had never been to a crop, or a class, I reached out on Instagram to see what I should pack. Kathy suggested we bring a few stamped out images, and some coloring mediums. I packed some stamped out images, Copic markers (not all of my collection, but still quite a few), one tin of distress inks, an ink blending tool, a water brush, my Misti, Memento ink, scissors, and a few pieces of Neenah white cardstock.
The event was held at Scrapbook N More, in New Braunfels. We got to learn some coloring tips and tricks from Kathy, and fantastic watercoloring tips from Lydia. If you ever get a chance to go to one of Kathy’s Coloring Challenge road trips, I highly recommend that you do! I’ve linked her blog, so you can read more about it.
Kathy is so generous with her time, her knowledge, and her supplies. While we were there, Kathy had some Honey Bee stamp sets that she let us use. I saw the Seasonal Sweeties stamp set, and I had to try coloring the girl and her dog with umbrellas. It is such a cute image! We were there almost 7-8 hours, and I only colored 2 things, lol. I colored a full floral background image that I had pre-stamped (which I didn’t end up liking), and most of the Honey Bee image. I’m a pretty slow colorer, but that’s ok.
I don’t normally copic color my backgrounds, but I wanted to give Kathy’s rag & blending solution technique a try. I love the way it turned out! The texture makes it look like it’s raining…perfect for this card!
Here’s the final card that I created:
I colored the entire image with copic markers. I colored her hair and the umbrellas in with Nuvo aqua shimmer glitter pens. I also added some highlights in with a white Prismacolor pencil and a white gel pen. I then masked off the girls face and most of the pup, and gave the entire image a spray of Perfect Pearls spray, which just enhanced the rain effect. The sentiment is from Honey Bee’s Thanks stamp set. I stamped it with Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I love how this came out! If I had planned better, I could’ve made this a one layer card, but I do love popping up the panel with foam adhesive.
If I learned anything from this even, it’s all in the details, and the nooks and crannies!
Here is a group pic of some of the attendees!