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The right time is now!

2017-06-19 22:21 | 0 kommentarer


I started making cards back in 2005. I can´t remember what got me started in the first place, but I went to an arts & crafts store, where I purchased dark brown and white cardstock, red and white ribbon. I also bought two card making magazines for inspiration. Out of this stash I made my very first Christmas cards, post card style. I cut out shapes of gingerbread men from the brown cardstock. I glued everything together (little did I know that there were something called double sided tape at that time!) and my cards arrived at their recipients all warped... 

Almost all stamps available back then were wood mounted, and I remember thinking there were no idea for me to ever purchase a stamp as I didn´t know how to color.

I fell in love with the adorable Penny Black Hedgehog stamps though, every single one was cuter than the next. Luckily for me stickers were sold with these hedgehogs, cats and dogs and I was able to make cute cards using the stickers.


The first coloring medium I purchased was water color pencils, and I eventually started buying my first stamps, small, simple images that got away with a minimum amount of coloring!


The next coloring medium I came in contact with was the Polychromosos pencils. After a quick demo I decided I´d give them a try and they turned out to be perfect for me, easy to use and I liked the smooth result when blending them with gamsol. Slowly I learnt to color, by lots and lots of practice.


Of course I read and heard about the amazing Copic markers, but quickly forgot the thought of them as a) I didn´t know how to use them and b) I knew it was going to  be costly if I did learn how to use them!

A few years ago I purchased my first Copic Markers. I did know that to get a great result you need at least a light, a medium and a dark marker of the the same color group/family, but that must have totally slipped my mind as in the store I went for one pink, one red, one blue and one purple marker...  But you learn from your mistakes, right?! I had to go back and purchase several more markers to get my "groups" of color.  Before I learnt how to color skin, I used only E11 for skin and was content with that for quite a while! Now I most often color skin tones in darkers shades. My favorite skin combo is E13-E35-V17 and R83 for the cheeks!


Four years ago I took my first Copic Class, taught by the Copic Certified Åsa aka "scraphorse", a basic class, but I learnt so much and realized I wanted to know and learn more. The venue where this class was held was located a two hour car ride from my house (one way) and I thought it was too far away, especially when driving on winter roads. I started to look online for classes instead as it seemed convinient to take a class in the comfort of your own home, any time, day or night, and I found the Online Card Classes, coloring class "Copic Markers For Card Makers! I can´t recommend this class enough, and Sandy Allnock is a coloring Super Star!


For quite some time now I have had my eyes on the Kit and Clowder online coloring classes after taking the free online class Alcohol Markers 101, and I said to myself I am going to sign up for a class when "the time is right", but after reading Alyce´s blog post today about Taking a Class Even When You Don't Have Time, I have decided that the time is right, now, even though I just started a new job, I feel like I don´t have enough time, I have a thousand other things I ought to do instead. But card making and coloring is one of my favorite things to do, it satisfies me, it challenges me and it makes me happy!


Every time Kathy Raccosin announces that it is time for a new 30 day Coloring Challenge I do a little happy dance, as it encourages me to take time for me and my coloring, if only for a short amount of time every day. I don´t partcipate every day of the Challenge, as life gets in the way now and then, but every day I do participate I am so happy I did! And by signing up for one of Alyce´s classes I am taking time for me and what makes me happy! And I can´t wait to learn from her, learn new tips and tricks, challenge myself and after lots and lots of practice, hopefully I will see some improvement! I am so ready to take on the Clothing Technique Class!


I love this Uptown Girl stamp "Ava loves to celebrate" from Stampingbella, but I really struggled when coloring her dress. I am not satisfied with how it turned out and I almost decided to add polka dots to it, to take away the focus from the coloring. This is why I start by taking the Clothing Technique Class before the Hair and Skin Technique Class And I am so much looking forward to progress when coloring this dress again, later on. One of my goals is to be able to color her dress looking all fluffy with beautiful creases and pleats!


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