Sneak Peek #3 & Coloring with Reds

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Hi everyone!! I’ve got another sneaky peek for you before I get started with today’s project (and lesson).

I am over the moon excited about the November stamp release and I hope you are getting more excited by seeing these sneak peeks.

Can you tell what those are? Better question, what do they go with??  One says ND and the other says TH. They look kinda sporty, kinda faded, and kinda vintage. Oh, they are going to be super duper! I will share more about this set, along with all the other sets starting on November 7th.

Now, let’s move on to my lesson!! This is a little coloring lesson I put together for the iCopic Blog.

So last week I talked about snow, surely something you will be coloring a lot of in the coming months. Since Christmas is on its way, I thought I would spend some time talking about another color that you may be using soon. . . RED!

I’m talking Santa’s, Christmas ornaments, Holly berries, Reindeer noses, etc!

For me, reds are difficult to blend. I talked about some tips for blending reds in previous posts here and here. Today, I want to talk about good Red color combos to use. Finding a good combo to use to create deeper reds. There is R46, R59, and basically no other colors around them.

Generally when shading, we use colors that are about the same number, for instance, R24, R27, and R29 make a great set of shading colors. Well to create darker reds, we’ve got to improvise and really think outside the Copic number system.

Below, I have used one of my favorite shading sets to create deeper shaded reds on this little Santa:


I used R29, R46, and R59 all together. I started really light and added the darker colors slowly.

It is much easier to add more color than to try to take color away! This little tip is especially true with reds because they are hard to blend out.

  • Here is the complete list of colors I used on this Santa image:
    • E000, E00, E01, E02, E21, R29, R46, R59, C0, C7, and Y38

Here are some other deeper red combos to try out:

  • R27, R29, and R37.
  • R29, R37, and R46.
  • R35, R37, and R59.

What is your trick for shading with deeper reds??  Please share in the comments section below!

Additional card details:

  • This ADORABLE sentiment is a stamp from the SP and Company Bold Sentiments II Holidays stamp set! This specific sentiment would be so perfect with a reindeer as well!! Totally cute.
  • The Santa is a stamp from the SP and Company Christmas Medley stamp set. Isn’t he the most darling little Santa?! I really love how he turned out.
  • The patterned paper is from the new My Mind’s Eye paper pad called Twelve Days of Christmas . This pack is filled with lovely bright colors, just what I love for Christmas themed projects. Don’t get me wrong, I like the traditional colors and muted tones too for the occasional project, but I am totally drawn to more bright and non-traditional color palettes for Christmas.
  • The card base on this one is Lucky Limeade cardstock, which is a Stampin’ UP In Color.

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