Dare 2B Artzy Notebook

October 19, 2017 |  by  |  Copics  |  No Comments

I have a little Dare 2B Artzy inspiration for you today! I decided to create another simple gift that would be easy to re-produce in multiples for friends and/or family. I used the Big Bloom stamp set to create the full project.

I started with plain copy paper cut down to 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and used a stamp platform to stamp multiple pages with this fun “lined” stamp. The little flowers are just asking to be checked off right?

Then after stamping all the pages in the one spot I moved the stamp and ran them all the pages through a second time to give my list making friends more to-do lines.

Next I cut a cover out of watercolor paper (slightly larger then the pages) and a backing out of chipboard the same size, both 3 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. I stamped the front with the flower from the same Big Bloom set. 


Grab some markers and away we go!

Here are some quick peeks at the color ing process. Fading to white is easy with my blue and colorless blender! First I colored the blue, flicking it outward form the flower

Then I pulled the color with my Colorless Blender using flicks and small circles to soften the edge so it will fade to white.

On the flower I found that some of the colors worked more easily in a different order then I normally use. Typically I color light, medium and then dark and then work in reverse. On the flower where I used the RV colors it was easier to color my middle color, dark, blend with the medium and finish with the light only at the end. 

This is a good example where it is worth testing out your process when you are working with different materials, for this project the watercolor paper will work considerably different then my normal smooth cardstock.

Midtone – 

Dark – 

Midtone – 

Finish with light – 

Now that the cover is done I used my Bind-It-All to create a little note book!

Love it!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Here is the short list of the D2BA products I used for this project:

Big Bloom


Totally Black Premium Dye Ink


Have a Happy Colorful Day!



Dare 2B Artzy Gifts Bookmarks (Copic on Watercolor Paper)

October 5, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Copics  |  No Comments

So I know we say Copic goes on smooth cardstock, but today I am breaking the rules! Favorite part of art Learn the rules so you can break them 🙂 Today I am coloring on watercolor paper.

Today’s post is with a beautiful stamp set by Dare 2B ArtzyThe Potter.” I started by cutting one large sheet of watercolor paper down into 24 smaller bookmark sized pieces, 2 1/2″ x 6″ and stamped them with my stamps ( I used three from the set and set them up on my Misti for mass production)

Now for some Copics, here is a peek at what they look like before blending similar to cardstock, take a peek at the back too, not as much bleeding through, this is heavy paper. I love the rich color and wait to see how it blends!! (E95, E97, E99) We tell people to stay away from watercolor paper because it absorbs so much moisture so it sucks up that Copic ink as well. I have my refills sitting right here so I am just not worried about using up my ink.

Then I blended it just like normal, it blends beautifully. Watercolor paper is super soft so the blending is really easy!

I finished off my bookmark and added rounded corners and a simple tie. Here is another peek at the back as well. I could cover the back with patterned paper or more watercolor paper, but as usual I am not worried 🙂

Here is a quick close up of the image as well.

Head over to Dare 2B Artzy to see all the current goodies and while you are there check out this months challenge as well! (There are prizes to be had you know!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!





September 27, 2017 |  by  |  Copics  |  1 Comment

Yep, Marianne Walker is bringing a new word into our lives! Wondering what it means? It is a German word that means “diversion from its proper use”. The challenge, use an Imagination International, Inc. product in a zweckentfremdung fashion. Little did I know that I did some research for this very post this past month at Copic In The Craft Room

On Thursdays I have been posting fun questions about Copic, crafting and general silliness. We have had incredible participation and wonderful responses. It is truly exciting to see the Copic crafting family so active and involved! Any way, I posed the question “Favorite Copic “alternative” use? Other than coloring in an image” and I got all sorts of answers! So I have compiled a list and added a few photos where I have tried a few of these “alternative” uses or zweckentfremdung uses for my Copic markers!

  • Adding color back into bleached carpet
  • Matching wood varnish where worn out
  • Coloring over stains on cloths
  • Change the color of the roots of high quality wigs 
  • Color Ribbon to match art work
  • On white thread to perfectly match clothing being sewn
  • Touching up scuffed shoes
  • Gray hairs
  • Add color to decorative pearls or rhinestones
  • Color a bleached spot on clothing
  • Pet damage on wood furniture
  • To enhance metal embellishments, decorations and jewelry
  • Brush Lettering
  • Touching up Cabinets
  • Touching up Seat Covers in the car
  • Touching up frame on eye glasses
  • Air Brushing mattes for art work
  • Decorating an air cast
  • With Wood Burning
  • Fixed old wall paper
  • Black out personal info on junk mail before throwing out

Here I am testing a couple out: 

First I am correcting some scratching on wood, this happens to be a busy bench in our mud room so it is COVERED in scratches I am showing you a larger gouge in amongst many other scratches 🙂

Then I tackled some gray hair (he he) I do not have man and it is hard to see in the photo. The rest of the color in my hair is NOT Copic even though many have asked. 

And of course coloring all sorts of do-dads to go on all your crafting projects to create your perfect matching embellishments!


Copic markers lend them selves to all sorts of coloring since they stick to most surfaces and come in such a WIDE range of colors. This list is only a sampling for some of the uses some have found for these Fab-U-Lous markers. No wonder why we love them so very much!

We are having so much fun over at Copic In The Craft Room! Come join in the conversation and inspiration.

Have a Happy Colorful Week!

Tommy Arts, I am in LOVE

September 25, 2017 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

One of the new product lines at Imagination International, Inc. this year is the full line of Tommy Arts products. I’ll be honest and tell you that s soon as I saw these beautiful paints and mediums in action last year I used my next pay check to stock my art shelves with a lot of Jars with the beautiful Tommy Art labels on them. 

If you are not familiar with Tommy Art they are a fabulous line of Chalk-Based Mineral paints. These, however, are not ordinary chalk paints! they are buttery smooth, beautiful one coat coverage and flexible. You can bend and fold your paper after painting it and the paint does not crack or flake off. Then you have a whole series of wonderful specialty product that go with the paints. I can’t describe them all in a single post but encourage you to check them out over at the III web site.

This month one of the products the Paper Crafting Design Team is featuring is the textural mediums in the Tommy Art line. YAY!

A perfect excuse to play! So I started by building a base with Copic Various Inks:

I used some leftover ink off my craft matte that is floating on top of hand sanitizer. You can see the leftover ink is starting to color the old book page and the hand sanitizer has gotten the paper coated.

Then I dripped Various Ink in three more colors onto the wet surface of the paper. The hand sanitizer has the ink spreading and if I tip the paper at all it runs one way or the other. A lot of ink and moisture on the paper!

I used a roll of paper towel to roll over the page and soak up the surface ink and moisture. You can see the colors much more clearly now!

Next comes the Tommy Art, I am using the Stencil Light Paste and the Timbrillo. (Make sure to roll the R when you say that one it sounds much more sexy)

To start I mixed a small amount of both textures into a Dixie cup. The Stencil Light Paste is exactly what the name implies a paste used to created raised texture through a stencil. The Timbrillo is a medium that adds gorgeous sparkle! The Timbrillo is meant to be added into the mediums or paints for added shine and I will use it in conjunction with the paste and on its own. 

I selected a beautiful stencil by Dina Wakley an used a palette knife to spread a thin coat of my mixture over the top of the stencil that I laid on top of my dry inky book page.

I lifted off the stencil to see the results. The paste is very thin, maybe 1/16th of an inch at the most, maybe a little thinner. I had a little extra paste under the right eye of the image and it was easy to use a toothpick to gently clean up the excess.

I decided I wanted some more sparkle, so after cleaning up my palette knife I used it to add the Timbrillo around the moon face. I could use a paint brush. the Tommy Art products clean up easily with water, I just had the palette knife handy.

I loosely attached my dry page to a sheet of white cardstock. To complete my piece I found an old mixed media page created with Copic, oil pastel and acrylics that I attached my cardstock on top of with foam tape. 

For now it is finished. You never know with a mixed media piece, I have been debating some writing around the edge of the white frame, but I am pretty happy with it at the moment so I am going to leave it as is for the moment. 

Our entire Paper Crafting Design Team will be working with several of the Tommy Art products over the next few months so stay tuned. To find links to several of the Design Team members blogs and posts head over to Copic In the Craft Room on Facebook. I feature our Paper Crafting Design Team twice a week with all of their fabulous art!

Thanks for joining me today,

Have a Happy Colorful Day!



Dare 2B Artzy Big Bloom Stamp

September 21, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

I have a second take with the D2BA Big Bloom stamp set featured over at the D2BA blog today. I created another Copic background to base the image, here is how I did that part first:

Start by squirting hand sanitizer on a craft matte – 

Spread it out evenly using a craft stick or similar tool – 

Drip Copic Various Inks onto the hand sanitizer – 

If you want marble the colors together with the end of your stick – 

Lay your paper face down onto the ink – 

Carefully peel the paper up from one corner – 

I wanted a more subtle color wash so I used a second piece of paper, then dried the paper with my heat gun – 

Next I gathered supplies to add my image – 

I stamped, sprinkled embossing powder and used my heat gun to set the embossing powder. I love how the image turned out even with the extra flakes of embossing powder scattered throughout – 

To finish it gets trimmed up, layered with yardstick, patterned paper, and a card base. A sprinkling of sequins is the final touch – 

I love that Dare 2B Artzy has me creating art regularly right now it is so good for my soul! Through the business of life it brings me peace! The products from Dare 2B Artzy that I used today are the Big Bloom Set and Artzy Doodled Paper Pack.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Happy Colorful Day!