Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Lori Craig: Owl Friends

"I’ve moved around quite a bit through my life," says Lori Craig, "mostly through the middle of the US: Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, and I’ve also done a four-year hiatus in Georgia."

"[But] I’m convinced I was born to be southern," she claims. "I love everything about the south…the weather, the people, the peaches and the beaches."

Despite her penchant for the South, Lori has actually lived in a small town on the prairie of Missouri for the last eight years. It's the longest she has ever been in one house during her entire life, where she and her husband are raising two middle-school-aged daughters who keep them busy with sports and activities."

Even with all her girls' extracurricular activities, Lori still makes time for stamping. This week, she enjoyed using 10960LC Owl Friends Clear Set (drawn by artist Ronnie Walter):


"I've been fond of owls for along time," she shares. "It's a coincidence really that the school mascot in our district is an owl, so that adds to the fun.

"I don't really collect them anywhere except in stamps and on my Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/loricraig/the-owls-have-it/). I love looking at the fun and quirky ways other people are inspired to create owl-art."

Here's the Hoot! Hoot! Tag that Lori created as her own owl-art: 


"This tag measures 5 3/8" x 3 1/8". The tag layers were cut from Prism cardstock and Crate patterned paper," Lori explains.
 
"The owls were stamped on XPress It Blending Card and colored with Copic Markers. The green owls are a combination of G40 and G43, and the blue owl is a combination of BG70 and BG72 (my favorite Copic blues).
 
"These were simple to color, and you might notice, I've done the shading with little dots rather than blending the colors smooth. This technique would be a simple variation of Pointillism. It's easy, very forgiving, and I would encourage you to try it for fun on a simple image to get your feet wet and then delve into a more detailed image."
 
You can see what Lori means in this close-up view:


In addition to her job at Splitcoaststampers.com, Lori has been a part of the Copic Marker Certification Instructor’s team since 2009. Her husband likes to surprise people with the punch line, "She teaches people how to color!"

Lori admits that seems "so odd because I never really considered myself an artist of any sort, but given a little guidance and the right tools, every single one of us can share kindness and good thoughts with people we care about through paper crafting."

She teaches 6-8 classes per year across the country, and her schedule will start getting busy in April and May:

April 5th & 6th - Atlanta, GA
April 12th & 13th - Indianapolis, IN
May 3rd & 4th - Lyndhurst, NJ (NYC area)
May 24th & 25th - Hanover, MD (Baltimore/DC area)

The full Copic class calendar can be found here: http://www.copicmarker.com/certification

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Finally, to finish her tag, she layered the colored image onto an oval die shape and accented with a wooden button, a small piece of burlap trim, and a simple bow.

Dare I say it? Yep, I just can't resist...her results are super owl-dorable!

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Cardstock: XPress It Blending Card, Prism Greens, Patterned Paper from Crate Paper

Ink: Espresso Truffle from Memento

Accessories: Copic Markers (BG70, BG72, G40, B43, YR12), Wooden Button, Burlap Trim, Polka Dot Ribbon

3 comments:

Carrie Roth said...

I love the colors. Lori made this great stamp set pop.

Sue D said...

Wonderful tag. I will have to try this dot technique.

cgargus said...

Adorable! Love the colors, and Lori does have a way with those Copics!