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Monday, October 22, 2012

Autumn Greetings

Product used:
Copic Markers: YR04 Chrome Orange; YR07 Cadmium Orange; BG02 New Blue; BG05 Holiday Blue
Tools and Supplies: Recollections cream cardstock, 8 ½” x 11; Orange cardstock from my stash; Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink; Range Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink; SparkleNSprinkle Clear Embossing Powder; Inkadinkado Autumn Foliage Stamp Set (Item #: 98549).
The Challenge:
We had a wonderful opportunity to vend at a day crop in Millsboro, Delaware on Saturday. One of my tasks was to develop a new make-and-take to share with our guests. This simple card is a representation of our project. I wanted to see how the Copic markers worked on standard cardstock if the image was heat-embossed. The results were awesome!
I found that using colored heat-embossed powder resulted in the color bleeding into my colored image. Jill from SparkleNSprinkle suggested that I use a colored Versafine Ink and Clear Detail Embossing Powder on my project. Since I didn’t have any Versafine Ink, I decided to use my distress inks which work well with embossing powder. This is the version of our Make-and-Take using SparkleNSprinkle’s clear embossing powder. And what’s totally awesome is that the Copics didn’t feather beyond the embossing.
I love it when a plan comes together.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bravo Stamping Gear

I love the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear product line that EK Success launched in August. I don’t have nearly enough time to play with it, but I can love it all the same! I am currently working on samples for a workshop using the Intro Kit (Item #: 65-32019), I couldn’t wait to share the first card I created using cardstock, ribbon, and a K&Company sticker from my stash, Ranger Distress Chipped Sapphire Ink and a Close To My Heart Bravo sentiment stamp (A1122).
So, what is Stamping Gear? It is a tool that enables us to create symmetrical designs using notched cogs and a stamping paddle designed to fit into the notches. The Intro Kit includes a circle cog, a clear paddle for mounting your stamps, and four cling stamps. I started out with the intro kit but quickly graduated to the Deluxe Kit (Item #: 65-32020) which includes a circle wheel and an oval wheel for stamping inside the ring or out along with a circle cog, an oval cog, a clear paddle for mounting your stamps and 18 stamps.
The neat thing is that this tool lends itself to heat embossing and glittering techniques. I’ll be posting more on that later. We do carry the stamping gear line in our studio and will be featuring some totally awesome classes in the near future. Till our next post, happy craftin’ . . .

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Copic Winterbirds

My friend, Margaret, came by yesterday for my first Copic Winterbirds class. We had a wonderful time and managed to finish these two cards in two hours. Our goal was to create a relatively realistic representation of these winter birds using short strokes and shading. I’m rather happy with these cards (except for some red smudges on the ribbon) but that’s what I get for rushing. My third card for my “Winter Birds” collection is a cardinal, but I’m opting to add that in later because it strayed from the color scheme I used in the “sparrow” and the chickadees. The real beauty is that we were able to finish the cards in two hours. I love it when a plan comes together.
We used the following products for this project:
Copic Markers:
0 - Colorless Blender, C1 – Cool Gray 1, C2 - Cool Gray 2, B24 – Sky, E51 – Milky White, E53 – Raw Silk, E55 –Light Caramel, E84 – Khaki, G29 – Pine Tree Green, R27 – Cadmium Red, R29 – Lipstick Red, W3 – Warm Gray 3, W5 – Warm Gray 5, YG23 - New Leaf
Northwoods “Four Chickadees On Pine Branch” and SparkleNSprinkle Nestle In For Christmas
Tools & Supplies:
Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad; Paper Trimmer; Adhesive; Starform Text Stickers, Silver #351; Flower Soft Peel Off Borders, Silver #306
Copic Express It Cardstock; Paper Cuts Red Hot Cardstock