Monday, December 21, 2015

Gina K Designs Inspiration Hop: Hippo Bird Day

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! This blog hop is for our December Release!  We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projections as you hop along in the hop this month!  Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies!!!  To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

For my card today, I used the sweet hippo from the new Hippo Bird Day stamp set illustrated by Beth Silaika.  Keep scrolling down to see how I colored this sweet little guy.



Step 1: Stamp the hippo and bird images on white cardstock.  NOTE: For this image, I used Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black pigment ink and heat embossed the image with clear powder.  I did this because I knew I would be putting down several layers of gray tones and didn't want to worry about the lines of the stamped image.


Step 2: Select the Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers for coloring the images.  I selected the BG range (Brown Gray).  Colors shown below

TIP: I usually pick out the patterned paper(s) I want to use on my card first and then match my colors to it.

Step 3: Start with one of the darker colors in the palette and apply color the left edge of the image and the hippos ears.  I used BG5 to begin.  I also used FS7 & FS6 on the inside of the ears.

Note: Since this is a larger image, it is best to work in one area at a time so the ink stays wet and blendable.


Step 4: Using the next lighter shade (BG4), color the next part of the image making sure to go over the previously color to blend them together.


Step 5: Now add BG5 and then BG4 to the hippos front legs.



Step 6: Apply BG2 to the rest of the hippos body and front legs.  Make sure to go over the areas already colored so everything blends.


Step 7: After coloring the hippos body (see photo above), I didn't think the ears stood out enough.  Therefore, I added some darker tones so they would stand out a bit. (BG6 & BG5).


Step 8: Next begin working on the hippos face by adding BG 5 to the top and left edge and BG4 to color the rest of the small area.


Step 9: Using BG6, add color to the top & left side of the nose area.


Step 10:  Using the same technique when color the hippos body, I used BG5 & then BG4 to color the rest of the hippos nose.


Step 11:  I used BT2, BT3, BT4 to color the sweet little bird on the hippos back.


Step 12:  To ground the image, I decided to add some grass under the hippo.  I began with the GT1 marker with a brush tip.  (NOTE: all of the chisel tips on the second generation Spectrum Noir Markers can be switched out for brush tips)


TIP: I added the grass by starting each stroke from the bottom and then flicked my marker up toward the hippo.


Step 13: To add some shading to the grass, I added just a bit of GT2 color to my GT1 marker from tip to tip.



NOTE:  I am left handed, so I hold my GT1 marker in my left hand and my GT2 marker in my right hand while adding the grass.  When I need more color, I just add a bit more right from the marker tip.


Step 14: I used a BT4 marker to add color to clear rhinestones so they would match my card.

TIP:  When coloring rhinestones, you usually need to go with a darker color in the same color family so the color will show up.


Here's a close up of my colored image.



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56 comments:

Karen Hightower said...

What a wonderful Tutorial! Thanks… Love your coloring on this cute card! <3 :)

catdidit said...

I totally love this color combo! And what an awesome pictorial!

Melanie said...

Very nice layout and tutorial! I love the colors!

Sean Fetterman said...

I love this card and your tutorial is SO awesome! Great coloring tips! Thanks for all you do! Hugs! Seanie

Deb said...

Cute! Thanks for the tutorial!!! I just got some of the spectrum markers so it will come in handy!

Linda said...

Love your card and tutorial. Your coloring is great. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Ann W said...

Love your work, thank you!

Rose said...

Great tutorial on coloring. Loved the card! Thank you!

Macimbalo said...

Thanks for the spectrum noir lessons on coloring - I am learning so much from you!

Becky said...

What an awesome tutorial. I have learned so much from your tutorials, but I still have a ways to go... :-) I love your color combinations, too. Very nice card. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn C. said...

Love the tutorial. I have the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and I always need ideas on colors and how to use them. Thanks for this.

Lisa K said...

This card is so cute! Love the tutorial.

gobarb26 said...

Thank you for sharing how to color the hippo card. It really helps and it turned out so pretty. TFS.

Linda said...

Love that Hippo, your tutorial is great. Thanks!

My Hyer Space said...

Thanks for sharing your coloring tutorial. Great job.

Bonnie said...

Love the soft colors and of course the blending. Flick up, got to remember that.

Caroline Pollard said...

great step by step pictures thanks

Dee Earnshaw said...

Beautifully made card and great tutorial (again! lol). Great idea on how to color rhinestones!!!

~ Connie said...

Great tutorial for coloring that cute little hippo! I am always trying to improve my coloring. Thanks.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

What a great card and great tutorial. Even though I used Copics instead of SN, it provides great shading ideas. That hippo will be fun to color.

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Love this little hippo and now I know how to color him! Thanks for the tutorial! And your card is so cute! Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

Dawn Begun said...

Such cute cards and I love the step by step coloring tutorial. Thank you.

Judy Shuck said...

Beautiful card, and terrific tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Tami Priebe said...

I positively love that you share a tutorial, it helps immensely!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

Andrea Beecroft said...

Gorgeous card and thank you for showing us the colours you used. Hugs Andrea

Theresa said...

Love your coloring and colors, TFS!

Sheila said...

The card was really cute and thank you for sharing how they were colored.

Nana Griffin said...

Great directions for your lovely card.

quilt4fun2 said...

Your card is adorable...love the buttons, twine and gems. Beautiful card design and great job on the tutorial.
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Verna Angerhofer said...

Love the cute hippo image and your cute card too. Great tutorial as well.

Beth said...

what a great tutorial! I would love to see the hippo colored in other colors with polka dots from spectrum markers - I will have to try my hand at that!

justme81233 said...

I really appreciate the detailed coloring information and pictures. Very cute design as well.

Golda said...

Thanks for the detailed instructions! Great example.

Carol March said...

Love your tutorial on how to color the hippo.

MsJudyC said...

Cute card and great tutorial. Thanks.

Mama said...

Very cute cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

Sharon Tate said...

What a great tutorial. Just love your colouring.

Beth Fairweather said...

Love the detailed tutorial!!!! Great coloring as always!!

Dawn S. said...

Thanks for the tutorial for this cute card!

Sandy M said...

Really lovely card. I wish I could color like you. So pretty.
Merry Christmas

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

I love this card. The layering technique is very cool and the coloring rules!

Creative Daisy Crafts said...

Just what I needed - great tutorial, now all I need is the stamps that little bird is sooo cute Happy Christmas Kendra :) hugs Liz

ajax said...

Thank you so much for the detailed instructions for your card. I love it when someone does that.

Silke Ledlow said...

Cute card! The coloring tutorial is great bonus!

Ladyj711 said...

What a great coloring lesson. So cool to color the gems!

Sue D said...

Fabulous coloring!

Rushd Lady said...

Thank you for the step by step directions here!

Linda S said...

Thank you so much for another tutorial about coloring.

kittykat3308 said...

Your card is beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial

Blessings,
Kathleen

CraftyMomFL said...

Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial - that card is so adorable. Merry Christmas!

Susie Moore said...

Thank you for the coloring tutorial. I will be referring back to it for sure! Super cute card!!

L.A. De Valk said...

Nice card.

Allie Gower said...

Fantastic card. Thank you for taking so many step out photos for those of use that ... need more practice!

Gayle said...

love your cards and coloring turorial.

Lori said...

Fantastic coloring!

Country Lady Designs said...

Oh he is so sweet, I love the colors.

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