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01 July 2009

COPICs vs. OMS & Pencils

Around the middle of June, my blogging buddy, Holly, over at Hog Wild About Stamping, did a side-by-side comparison using a Tilda image to show the different effect you can get when using either COPIC markers or the colored pencil/OMS (odorless mineral spirits) technique. I really liked it because it's such a vivid visual, so I thought I'd do a version of it today for you. Here are my two cards, using an image from Mabelle Ortiz and The Angel Company, called "Dear Friend." COPIC on the left, pencils/OMS on the right...(to see the images a bit better, right click on them & select Open in a New Window.)

One 6"x12" strip of double-sided K&Co paper made BOTH CARDS. I used the floral on white pre-made A2 cards, then flipped over to the green side & punched two strips with my MS lace border punch. The buttons are antiques that Sharron sent me last year. I cut & embossed both images out with the 2nd largest die from my Nestabilities Classic Oval set, and chalked with brown around the edges. Both cards turned out very charming & just a little old-fashioned looking, I think.

This is the colored pencil/OMS technique. I really enjoy using it, because it gives the LOOK of watercoloring without the mess. The end result is very soft and very sweet.

And this is how it looks colored in COPIC markers, very close to the same tones as the colored pencils (flowers are a bit different). Still sweet-looking, but much more vibrant.

Personally, I really like both techniques, so my decision on which to use is generally based on the EFFECT that I'm going for. Which look do YOU prefer?

Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!


Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Hi Nora!! WOW!! Your card is just STUNNING!!!! Amazing colors!! TFS! :)

BlueRose said...

They are both very nice but I'm going with the pencils because that is all that I have for right now. hahahahehehe

Very nice test.

Nicole *Ü* said...

Cool looks. I really need to try the OMS technique. I can't invest in Copics, I just can't!! LOL Some day maybe. Can't wait to see the new TAC catalog!!

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