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Copic for Beginners

February 23rd, 2011 crftyjh No comments

Copic Markers are alcohol ink markers that can be refilled.  They blend easily, and make your work look professional.

Here are some tips for starting out with Copic markers:

1.  Work on a piece of cardboard or chipboard.  Colors tend to bleed through, and you need something absorbent underneath your work.  If you use a craft sheet or tabletop, the colors will puddle and pop up in places where you don’t want them.

2.  Stamp your image with Memento ink.  Ancient Page needs to be dried with a heat gun.  Staz-on is alcohol based and will bleed when you color.

3.  Use the special Copic cardstock for best results.  We tried many various papers and found this to be the best.  Both cardstock and inks are available at our website store.

4.  Use 2 or 3 colors from the same color family.  The tendency is to start too dark.  You need light colors for a base, and then the darker ones for shading.

5.  The blender pen is not for blending.  It actually is an eraser.  Use it to take color out for highlights and to correct small mistakes.

6.  After stamping the image, start with the lightest color.  Fill in the outline with small circles.  Then shade with the next darker color.  Sometimes the stamped image will have tiny dots where the shading should be.  If not, decide for yourself where the image should be darker.  Then go back over the entire image with your first color to blend.  Do not press hard.  Just let the pen glide over your work.  Notice that there is no pilling of the paper when you go over it (if you used the recommended paper).

7.  Now you can add the next darker color and then again go over the entire image with the lightest.  This is the easiest way to shade and blend for the beginner.  We will add other methods later when you have practiced this.

Here is a tutorial on shading by this method:

Step 1: Stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink

Step 2: Color in tiny circles with light colors. We used G12 sea green, RV10 pale pink, and Y02 canary Yellow.

Step 3: Shade with darker colors. We used G17 nile green, RV14 begonia pink, and cadmium yellow.

Step 4: Go over with lighter colors again to blend colors together.

Step 5: Cut out and layer. We used Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles (plain for the image and scalloped for the pink mat. Add to card as is shown here or put it on a project of your choice.

Funfastic Cards

February 16th, 2011 crftyjh 1 comment

I’ve been working on some projects for a church cardmaking party.  They need to be fast, easy, and fun!  Here are some I came up with.  There is not too much coloring.  And, I have everything cut out so that they can glue, stamp and embellish.  Also, these are a variety of all occasion cards, so that they could send them from the “sunshine” committee at the church.  You could copy the designs and use them for various themes of your choice.  Enjoy!

Vintage Girl

Vintage Girl

Cardstock: Quality cardstock from Stamp Express
Punch: Martha Stewart
Vintage print: Stamp Express
Oval layers: Spellbinders Nestabilities

Butterfly Thank You

Butterfly Thank You

Cardstock: Quality cardstock from Stamp Express
Butterfly stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento from Tsukineko
Embossing folder: Provo Craft

Birthday Gate Fold Card

Birthday Gate Fold Card

Cardstock: Quality cardstock from Stamp Express
Designer paper: Bo Bunny
Stamps: Hero Arts
Watercolor pencils: Staedler
Blender Pen: Dove

Sailboat Flip Flop Card

Sailboat Flip Flop Card

Cardstock: Quality cardstock from Stamp Express
Designer paper: Bo Bunny
Stamps: Impression Obsession
Watercolor pencils: Staedler
Ink: Memento ink from Tsukineko
Directions for the flip flop card can be found in a previous blog

Friendship Card

Friendship Card

Cardstock: Quality cardstock from Stamp Express
Designer paper: Bo Bunny
Flower: Prima
Friend stamp: Just Rite Stamps

Thinking of You Card

Thinking of You Card

Cardstock: Quality cardstock from Stamp Express
Designer paper: Bo Bunny
Stamps: Hero Arts and Just Rite Stamps
Ink: Memento from Tsukineko

Locomotion Day

February 9th, 2011 crftyjh 5 comments

After an icy start, the Stamp Express got moving with drawings, fun, food, fellowship and classes.  Everyone enjoyed the day.  Here are some photos of the festivities.  If you would like to join us for the next event, please register early to save a space.  It will be Saturday, April 2nd from 9:30am to 4:30 pm.  Three classes, 2 make/takes and lunch for $55!  Grace Humes won a FREE day in our grand prize drawing this time.  You could win next time.

Betsy's Class

Betsy's Class

Barb's Class

Barb's Class

Jackie's Class

Jackie's Class

Deb

Deb

Sue & Gloria

Sue & Gloria

Bobbie, Linda & Betty

Bobbie, Linda & Betty

Vickie

Vickie

Nancy & Kay

Nancy & Kay

Janis, Judith & Grace

Janis, Judith & Grace

These boots are made for crafting

Margaret's boots are made for crafting

Thats all Folks!

That's all Folks!

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The Wonders of Scor-tape

February 2nd, 2011 crftyjh 1 comment

The best adhesive we have found when paper engineering bags, boxes, pockets, etc. is Scor-tape.  But it is also useful when you want to embellish your work with a straight line.  You can apply it to your project, then sprinkle with flocking, glitter, flower soft, or embossing powder.  Since it is heat resistant, you can apply the heat gun to the powder with no problems.  Just be sure that you place it where you want it, because you’ll never be able to move it!  Here are two card samples where we used the tape to make lines.  The gold stripe on the fleur d’ lis card is done with gold embossing powder, while the pink line on the flowered card is flocking.  The tape is available at our on line store.
Materials used:
Just Rite Stamps, Copic markers, Bo Bunny designer paper, Martha Stewart punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Stamp Express quality cardstock.

Using Scor-Tape to apply flocking

Using Scor-Tape to apply flocking

Using Scor-Tape to apply embossing powder

Using Scor-Tape to apply embossing powder