Tag Archives: Copic Markers

Daddy Day Digital Stamps

Hi all,

Just a quick post to let you know there is a new digital stamp set in the store. Its called Daddy Day and it is themed for the guys in your life (of course).

I made up a little sample – but forgot to photograph all the copics I used. The red in the truck is the R-20 series (R-20, 22, 24, 27 and 29) and the tires and chrome are the cool grays.

I love this wood grain background stamp (its just stamped in Rich Cocoa over Kraft paper).  The bandanna paper is a printed digital paper from the Country Love digital kit by Etc. by Danyale.

Be sure to stop by the store – we’re having a huge summer sale. We have rearrange our inventory and we’re hoping to sell some (and move less boxes!).

I’m off to prep my new office for painting – so exciting!!

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Flower Fashion – new digi stamps

Spring is in full swing here – my absolute favorite time of the year!

So I doodled up a little new spring fashion….  The Flower Fashion Digital Stamp set has a mix of themes – wedding, showers, get well, birthday…. but all flowery and feminine.

Here is a quick little wedding shower card I put together with the umbrella.

This is my new release this week at my DigiChick store, so if you pop over there in the next 2 days you can snag it for 20% off.

Here is a picture of the whole set:

Well, I’m off to prepare for some Girl Scout camping the weekend.  I’m taking 25 Girl Scouts.  Yikes!  wish me luck!

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Spring Trees at the Digichick!

The Spring Trees Digital Stamp set is my new release this month at my  DigiChick Store.  That means if you hop over there in the next 2 days, you can get it for 20% off!

I thought I’d share another sample, this one is the Kousa Dogwood.  (The Kousa is Asian.  It has a pointier flower and blooms a little later than our American Dogwoods.)

For this card, I wanted to give the flowers a little dimension, so I printed 2 copies.  I colored the leaves and background on one copy and the flowers on the other.  Then I cut out the flowers and put a small piece of foam tape in the center of each flower.  I added a little adhesive to the flower tips and adhered the cut out flowers on the base, lining up the images and sticking the tips down.

Here are the Copic colors I used (I colored everything first).  The top row are the flower colors (plus a little YG-03 in the centers).  The bottom row are the colors I used for the leaves and background.

The base is cut out “out of the box” in a circle shape and mounted on a light green circle, then on a Spellbinders Labels 3 die (love how it looks with circles).  The Label 3 is mounted on foam tape too.

Well, I’m off on my “Spring Break” from electronics….  Just a quick reminder that orders placed in the store will not ship until Monday, April 25.  Of course digital stamps are available 24/7 .

And…. I have a winner to announce.  Using Random.org, the winner of the Hybrid Challenge is Made By Mandy (who totally deserves to win with all those entries).  Amanda – I left you a message to claim your prize 🙂

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Flowering Spring Trees – new digital stamp set

Hello all,

Spring is in full bloom here – with the cherry trees and the early magnolias.  This is my FAVORITE time of the year.  I simply love watching all the plants unfold and checking out my gardens to see the perennials peaking through.  Its kind of like welcoming back old friends.

With spring on the brain – I came up with a new digital stamp set – Spring Flowering Trees.

I thought I would run through how I colored the flower in case anyone is curious.  I used the same reference photograph that I used the sketch the stamp image.  The flower is a brilliant, almost fluorescent magenta pink in real life (I actually toned it down some in my version).

I’m writing this for someone new to Copic Markers.  If you have more experience than me, you won’t need the detail (you probably don’t need the entire post LOL!).

The first thing I would suggest for a new Copic user is to make a color cart of your markers on the paper you will be using for your images.  The colors actually look slightly different on different papers.   Don’t try to rely completely on the cap color or the numbering system.

As for a paper to use – for years I’ve used Neenah Solar White or Baronial Cream.   Recently I started using the X-Press It Blending Card and I really do like it.  It is pricey though, so you need to weigh that into your choice.   I used the X-Press card in this sample.

Using my color chart, I chose a series of colors for the flower based on the photo (you don’t need a photo – just an idea of colors you want to use).

I chose my darkest color (RV-29) and colored in my “darkest darks” of the images.  In most of my stamp images, I try to indicate where the darker shades are by some stippling in the image.

I chose the next color (RV-25) and colored the next darkest shades – layering slightly over the first.

I chose the third color (RV-23) and layered over that.

This image still looks choppy (not blended) and I want more darks – so I just go in with my darker shades again and add more.  Then I blend over the whole thing with the RV 23 to smooth things out some.

Then I go in with a little RV-10 and use it to take some color out where I want highlights.  To me, this is one of the greatest things about Copics – the ability to remove color and add highlights just by blending over with a lighter shade – awesome!

I simply repeat the process with greens and browns for the flower base and stem.

A couple comments:

If your Copic ink is bleeding outside your image lines, it might be that you are over saturating the paper and you need to let it dry slightly between blending steps.  But also consider the paper you are using.  Often, the bleeding is caused by paper that is too soft and allows the ink to roam all over.   Also, if your blending is blotchy and it seems like you are pushing the ink around instead of having it blend, your paper might be coated.

If you go outside the lines, you can try to fix it by pushing it back in with your colorless blender.  Simply color with the blender from the outside towards the stamp line to push the ink.  You might be more successful if you try this after the image has dried.  Also, think about it before you try it with red shades.  Often trying to fix red just makes things worse.  Red is very highly pigmented and seems to travel all over when you try to fix it.

Just my take on Copic coloring.  There are tons of tutorials out there and many different styles.  If you want more Copic info, you might want to check out the I Like Markers blog.  Marianne works for Copic and has a ton of info on her blog (she taught my certification class (and many more since then!).

Oh… and don’t forget to enter the Hybrid Project Challenge.  You still have 2 more days to win 3 stamp sets of your choice.

Happy Spring everyone!

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We’re “cooking” up another challenge!

Hi all,

Paper Garden Projects is sponsoring the “Catered Crop” challenge for the rest of this month.  How exciting!

Linda posts a simply delightful challenge every 2 weeks.  She creates a “recipe” from the entry of the winner of the previous week’s challenge.   You can use all or just part of the recipe – so it is very easy to find a bit of inspiration.

 Its so worth checking out the entries – so many just beautiful ones.  Linda and her design team are amazing too!

And for this challenge – the winner receives a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Garden Projects store – to buy any old thing your little heart desires!

Here is my sample:

I used the new Spring Blooms 2 digital stamp set (tulip and sentiment)  and the fabulous Tapasty 1 background stamp.  The paper is from the Basic Grey Koshi paper pad.

The Catered Crop recipe calls for:

  • Pattern Paper – Stripes and mini print
  • Colors – Blue, Green and Brown
  • Stamps – Children, Kittens
  • Color Mediums – Prismacolors
  • Embellishments – pearls, buttons, ribbon, flowers
  • Tools – Border punches, die cuts
  • Techniques – sewing, paper piecing, paper piercing, tissue box (or other paper boxes), coloring sky with Prismacolors, crochet flower
  • Theme – Spring, Childhood
  • Shapes – Circles, ovals, scallops
  • Miscellaneous – Tissues

I decided to include color (green), a mini flower print, the spring theme, diecuts and ovals.

So be sure to hop on over to the Catered Crop site and cook something up to enter the challenge!

I know I haven’t been posting much – but I’ve been very busy on something I’m so, so, so excited about!  Hee Hee!

I’ve also been working in the yard a lot whenever I can.  I’m trying to get the vegetable garden prepped (its big).  Yesterday, DH and I planted 3 apple trees, one pear tree, 3 blueberry bushes and 25 strawberry plants!  Wish me luck that the local wild life will let me have at least some of the harvest.  Actually – it will be be 4-5 years before we can hope to see much from the fruit trees.  But that’s OK – something to look forward to!

Hope everyone is wonderful!  Happy crafting!

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