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Tips for using copic markers in craft projects

Hello Hugs!

mmbellabronteHello everyone!  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  2010 – can you believe it?

I know I have not posted in a while – things have been so busy – with you too I’ll bet.  

One thing I want to mention up front – I had a total hard drive failure on my main computer over the holidays and I’ve spent the last 4 days trying to restore everything from back up (yikes! what a mess!).  If you contacted me by e-mail and I have not responded, please send your mail again.  It might have gotten lost in the restore process.

On the plus side – we got to spend time visiting with extended family over the Holidays – which was great (although I have to admit that my pants are all a little tighter after all the partying!). 

chester1We also added a new little member to our family!

Meet Chesterton (Chester for short) – our new puppy.  He is very cute and really quite a gentleman for a puppy. 

(In case you are wondering, he’s named after G.K. Chesterton, the writer.   We are really hoping he has common sense too!)

 He is a mix of golden retriever and poodle.  We have some allergies in our extended family so I wanted a poodle mix to help prevent any problems.

Right now he is a kitchen dog  (till he learns proper bathroom etiquette). 

If you are allergic to dogs, don’t worry.  Chester is not allowed in the store (although I bet he’d love to chew on the paper crafts!  You should see him go to town on newspaper).

Hmmm…  maybe a little about the card…..

mmbellabrontecopicsI used the Bella and Bronte clear stamp by Mo Manning (my oldest DD simply ADORES this dog – just like Bella.  The other girls like him but J is head over heels).

The image is colored with Copics.  Here are the colors I used. 

One thing I wanted to mention – sometimes it can be hard to blend red copics – especially the darker reds.  They are very heavily loaded with pigment and can travel outside the lines more easily when you blend.  It can also be harder to “correct” mistakes with the colorless blender with the reds.  The pigment is so saturated that it tends to travel everywhere instead of nicely going back where it is supposed to. 

One thing to try is to color your red, and then use a lighter shade to remove color where you want highlights, instead of coloring lighter and then blending in the darker.   I did this with Bella’s boots on the card. 

You just need to be careful not to over saturate the red with alcohol and push it outside the lines.  If you do the color removal while the base red is still damp, the highlighted area will have soft edges.  If you want harder edges, wait for the red base to dry.  

mmbellabrontepic1It just a technique to try and see if you like it or not.  I use color removal for highlighting quite often (and not just with red).  Maybe because I don’t plan ahead enough???

 To make the ribbon slide tag,  I just cut and embossed my ribbon slide die once in white and once in blue.  Then I used a sharp craft knife to cut around the inside on the tag.  Then just layer the white in the blue.

Here are all my card pieces.  All of the supplies came from the Frosted Winter Paper kit.  The kit has patterned paper, cardstock, ribbon and embellishments.  The colors are really great.



Well, that’s my news for today.  Stay tuned for some exciting new happenings in the Paper Garden Projects store.  We are going to be 2 years old in just a couple months!

chester2Say goodbye Chesterton….

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New Greeting Farm stamps featuring Miss Anya

rainsnowshine1Nothing quite like new rubber stamps! 

As soon as I got the Rain, Snow, Shine Miss Anya set, I had to try it out.  Greeting Farm stamps are so fun to color.  They have enough detail to be interesting but still have space to color and blend.

My initial plan for this card was to paper piece the coat and the umbrella – but I got carried away coloring with Copics and this is what happened.  I guess I’ll have to make another card to try the paper piecing.

The papers used here are from the Urban Prairie Paper Pad (one of my faves).   I used the Labels 4 Spellbinder die to cut out the image.  I inked the background with a duster brush and Broken China Distress ink.

whiteflowersAnd I got to use my new ZigZag boarder punch.  The punch cuts the zigzag and then embosses stitching above the zigzag.  It was so easy to trace the embossing with an Inkessential pen to create stitches.

The paper flowers started out white – I just colored them with the same Copics I used for the stamp – I love being able to do that.


The set has 3 very cute images.  I want to try covering the sunglasses on the “Shine” stamp with Crystal Effects to make them look like glass.

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Vintage look with Impressibilities

rosemomdayI thought I’d share the Mother’s Day card I made (since Mom’s Day is over). 

I got to use my new Impressibility Dies!  And I was experimenting with making a vintage fabric kind of look.

The rose image is from the Greeting Farm Fancy Fluers set.  I stamped it with Memento Rich Tuxedo ink and colored it with Copics.

My favorite way to color with Copics is to lay down a light color for a base and than add darker tones for shading.  I then go back and blend the darker tones with the light base color. 

 rose1For these roses, I used RV-10 for the base and just colored in the entire rose. 







rose2Then I added other, darker shades of RV (11, 23 and 34) in the areas where I thought there should be shadows.  Then I just went back and blended with the RV-10 again (here it is pre-blending).

For the background, I cut my Prism cardstock (Crabapple Medium) and embossed it with the Flower Impressibility.  

The instructions on the spellbinder website recommend spritzing the cardstock lightly with water before embossing, and I found I got a deeper impression when I followed their directions.  My sandwich was Wizard white plate, Impressibility die, Tan Embossing mat, a few pieces of cardstock for a shim, and the second white plate. 

cardpartsI wanted a vintage look, so I inked all my pieces with Vintage Photo Distress ink and a duster brush.  For the embossed background I left the Impressibility die  in place and pounced the inked brush over the background.  (I cleaned the die by blotting it with a baby wipe).

So that was my Mom’s day card.  I hope all of you Moms out there had a great day!

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Some “Fairy” Cute Stamps….

fairy1I love these cute fairy stamps from Eat cake Graphics.  The drawings are so whimsical and fun to color!   The Flower Fairies cling set has 5 different fairy stamps – all adorable!. 

I decided to perch my fairy on a little magical mushroom from the Fairy Fauna cling set – so she could deliver her birthday wishes in style.  The sentiment is from the Impression Obsession Sentiments I clear set.  I like that all those words are separate so I can arrange my own saying.

fairy1markers1The image is colored with Copic Markers and I added a little Copic clear glitter pen to the fairy wings and wand.  Here are the colors I used….

I also got to use some of my new yummy Prism Paper – Yay!  (this is Blush Medium, Intense Kiwi and Frosted Teal).

The background is cuddlebugged (Swiss Dot) and I added some white ric rac to the bottom. 

 Its not white you say?  Well, it was!  I just colored it with the wedge tip of my Copic Markers to exactly match the drawing. 

whitecollection_lrgA new product in the store is the “I want it white” embellishment collection.   The collection includes 9 different types of ribbon (19 yards in all) as well as white paper flowers and clear dew droplets.  All of these items can be colored with your Copics to exactly match your projects.  Each ribbon is wound on a spool and they are packaged in a reusable clear card box (to keep everything tidy!) You can see the embellishment kit here.

I’ve been playing around with this kit and having a great time making 2 tone ribbons!

In other news – the plant sale went great!! I managed to sell all the perennials I dug and all my little tomato plants found homes too.  Thank goodness – I can imagine canning that many tomatoes!!

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Ewe are too cute…

shirtIs there anything cuter than baby clothes?  (I especially love the little shoes!).

I decided to try my hand at embellishing a little infant T-shirt.  I chose to use the Pink Cat Studio stamp from the Farmyard Friends kit

tstampI stamped the image in Palette ink and heat set it with an iron.  (I placed a piece of cardstock between the shirt layers to make sure the ink didn’t bleed through.) 

tcoloringI colored my image with Copic markers.  Now, this is a little tricky because the Copic ink will travel a bit.  You need to have a very light hand and start in the middle of your shape so you can judge how far the ink will travel on your fabric.  After I colored – I heat set with the iron again.

tvelvetThen I used the Puffy Velvet marker to make the sheep wool (The puffy velvet marker is designed for paper or fabric).  I just dabbed it over the woolly part of the sheep (but not over the stamp line) and let it dry.  You may want to slip a piece of wax paper under the shirt before you add the puffy velvet – in a couple spots the velvet bleed through and I had to peel the cardstock off the back after it dried.

Then you just use your heat gun to puff the velvet  – it takes a bit of heating, but don’t brown your velvet.  (make sure you take the wax paper out before you heat).

sheepI have to confess, I only washed this once to check if it was colorfast and it did fine.  But if I was going to make a lot of them I think I would get fabric markers.  I’ve used them in the past (for Girl Scouts) and they look nice, are easy to use on fabric and I know for a fact will survive many washings.

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