greeting cards

Whisky glass

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Birthdays are no respecters of how you’re feeling and annoyingly come along even when you have a horrible flu-y cold. And so it was I had to create a masculine card for my neighbour all while reaching for the tissues and breaking into a sweat. Ideal conditions to try something I haven’t done before ๐Ÿ™„

And that’s how I came to be colouring a vaguely realistic glass of whisky with Copics and coloured pencils.

This was one of those “I’m really not sure what I’m doing” projects, so โ€” once I’d got a rough outline sketch โ€” I just picked up my lightest Copic for the whisky and started by putting down a layer of colour. Taking the first step is the hardest, after that you just keep going until either it looks good or it’s beyond hope ๐Ÿ˜„

Once I was happy with the Copic colouring, I defined the edges of the glass with multiliners and added details and highlights using coloured pencils.

Weirdly, the hardest part of this was the sentiment. I originally had the “happy birthday” running around the base of the glass, uncoloured, but it didn’t look right. So I outlined it with a Copic multiliner, but that didn’t work either. Then I tried colouring it in with Inktense pencils, but no, still not happy. I looked around to see what I had that would cover Inktense and found my Posca paint pens. Guess what? Hated that too. At this point I admitted that I was never going to find anything I liked and resorted to plan B and heat embossed it in gold on a black strip instead. Much nicer.

I’d been trying to figure out why I don’t completely love this โ€” it’s far from perfect, but as a first attempt at liquid in glass, I really can’t complain โ€” and then it struck me: something about it reminds me of the “draw something from real life” exercises that we had to do in art class at school, the ones that I never got much in the way of positive feedback forโ€ฆ (Seriously, the leaf I drew really did look like that, serves me right for picking an “interesting” leaf.)

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  • stamps:
    Altenew – birthday greetings
  • dies:
    Lawn Fawn – stitched square stackables
  • inks:
  • pens:
    Copic multiliner cool gray 0.1
    Copic multiliner black 0.05
  • Copic markers:
    whisky – YR20, YR14, YR16, Y17
    glass and shadows – N0, N2, N4, N5, N8
  • Derwent studio pencils:
    67 ivory black, 72 chinese white, 10 orange chrome
  • embossing powder:
    Judikins gold detail
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable pearly shimmer
    Avery Elle – paper pad – brights collection

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9 thoughts on “Whisky glass”

  1. It’s absolutely amazing. Can’t believe you ever received negative feedback on any of your still life at school. The detail is perfect and it really looks like a whisky glass. You should be rightly very proud of yourself. I’d never even have the guts to do it! Xx

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    1. Thanks! One of the benefits of all this cardmaking is that now I am way more prepared to just give something a go without worrying about how it turns out – it’s only paper and if it’s awful no-one need ever see it ๐Ÿ˜‚ – and this looked pretty iffy until I added the pencil details over the top.


    1. Thanks! I keep doing this to myself – I come up with an appropriate idea for a card for someone without any consideration for how I’ll actually create it. Then I discover that nobody has even a digi stamp for it, but I’m committed to the idea, so I have to start from scratch ๐Ÿ™„

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  2. I’m stealing Ruth’s adjective here buy it is amazing! It’s looks real but the liquid that almost looks like marble makes it look abstract at the same time! I like card making but that for me is an actual piece of art and you should be very proud of it (even if you sneezed on it haha) you should defo make more it’s a great style! (real-modern-abstract art) x

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    1. Thank you so much! It’s a bit daunting trying something so different, but absolutely lovely when someone really likes it โ˜บ๏ธ I will definitely give it another go!


  3. Your experience sounds like most of mine lately. I have to keep going because I’m not happy with it at first.
    I’m glad you kept trying because it turned out great ๐Ÿ™‚


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