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

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!




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Dare 2B Artzy Big Bloom Stamp

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!




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D2BA September Challenge!

Ship Shape is the name of game this month at D2BA. So I am off to create a “shaped” card. I was a little at a los here as I do not have many die cuts and in fact only have 5 or so total. None of them are base shapes so I was really unsure where to go with this challenge. I happened to be playing fo
r the weekend with crafty friends and Amanda encouraged me to look through her wonderful stash. As I was looking through though I just was not seeing something that I wanted. I figured I could start with a shaped die cut and then add my flowers or stamped image hanging off the edges, and when I described this to the amazing Amanda she said why not just make the shape of the stamp the card?

Hmm…now why didn’t I think of that. I am a fussy cutter extraordinaire!  So I started with one of my larger stamps from Dare 2B Artzy out of the Big Bloom set and used my stamp platform to get it onto my paper.

Next I did A LOT of masking and stamping:

I did about 4 rounds of stamping total with masking in between to coverup the edges of the already stamped areas. I used post-its to do my masking. Then I added a sentiment and since this is black just added this layer right on top!

On to coloring, yay! Here come the Copics!

All the doodled images at D2BA work great for Copic and very little shading goes along way. Next I fussy cut my image and adhered it to a yardstick base and fussy cut again!

I cut one more layer using this last step as a guide. I cut out a piece of patterned paper from the Fields of Joy set since I used those colors for my inspiration. I trimmed this piece down further so it will be able to sit inside the card. Don’t adhere it yet though!

I folded a piece of white cardstock and placed the fold just below the top edge of the flowers then traced and trimmed my card base.


Next trimmed down the patterned paper and added it to the inside.


Woosh! all done! Lots of trimming, masking and coloring but boy do I love how it turned out! Thank you D2BA and Amanda for the inspiration!!

Thanks for checking out the whole process, and make sure to head over to D2BA for all the details of this mount’s challenge!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!





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Air Brush Copic Style

Today I am playing with my ABS or Air Brush System. I decided to air brush everything! So I started with the standard crafter use for the air brush. I colored my simple image:

This is a stamp set by My Favorite Things. I used C1, C3, C5, 0, Y21, Y21 and E31, E25, V99, those last 3 are only on the wood. Then I masked off the seagulls by fussy cutting a second stamped page and then used post its to mask the bottom half of the image. I also have this new stencil by My Favorite Things that is perfect for these little guys.

Background layer gets air brushed I used the same stencil for the clouds with the scallop shape pointed up and then turned the image over, pointed the scallops down and created waves.

Then I needed to create a card so I pulled out a lot of white and clear do dads. 

One of the great things about Copic ink is that it works on any surface so I can use it on plastics, cloth, wood and yes even feathers. I used similar colors to the card and colored up several things.

**Here is an air brushing tip: when trying to airbrush light items like fibers or feathers, considering taping them to your work surface with re-positionable tape to hold them down instead of getting inky fingers.**

My personal favorite is the plastic tags. I can airbrush them smooth, but this time I started smooth and then switched colors and sprayed really close to the plastic to create the blotchy appearance.

Next pull it all together. I added some of my airbrushed embellishments to my image and created this fun card.

My favorite spot is in the lower left corner where all that airbrush loveliness gathers.

The Copic ABS system is crazy versatile and I have just touched on some of the basics with this card. If you have questions about how to choose which system please ask or trouble shoot your airbrush work let me know! There is also a lot of great information at the III web site and also we have several videos featuring the ABS system over at the Copic In the Craft Room YouTube channel.

Have a Happy Colorful Week!


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Blog Hop with Dare 2B Artzy!

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy‘s Blog Hop!!

Summer is such a beautiful time of year!  

It’s always so fun to see all the beautiful flowers blooming!!

In honor of summer, we decided to have a fun Blog Hop with the theme of Dreaming of Flowers!

A few DT members are using previously released floral stamp sets and a few are using two of our newly release floral stamp sets! 

If you haven’t had a chance to see our newest two floral stamp sets, be sure to check them out; Wishing  Happiness and Playful Posies!! They are beautiful and so much fun to use!!

You should have arrived here fromTonya‘s

blog!  If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start at the beginning!

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!!

Winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad of their choice!!

Blog Hop will end Sunday, August27th 7:00pm Eastern.  

We will then post a winner!!

 I am excited to be showcasing one of the new stamp sets from Dare 2B Artzy, Playful Posies. This stamp set is so very versatile! 

I’ll let you in on a little secret, I am not really a card maker or stamper I just pretend to be one for work! I LOVE all kinds of art and crafting, and have played with card making and stamping, but did not really get serious about it until I started working for Imagination International, Inc. (Better known to most as Copic) That being said I just do not have a huge store of stamping supplies and tools. I am slowly collecting like any good crafter the things I “need” for this craft, but in the mean time I am making due with what I do have. 

With this layering set one of the really fun things to do is to layer colors of ink with the different pieces, but I do not have different colors of ink, so my solution as always is Copic! I decided to stamp my bottom layer with Copic and then added black ink on top. I added a few doodles in white on top as well.

Once the images are ready I got them all fussy cut and added them to a card using papers from the “Artsy Doodles” paper pack.

Here is a closer look at some of the details.

Best part yet, I did it all on video! So you can see me, mistakes and all, experimenting with the stamping process. Spoiler Alert it took me more then once to get the flowers just how I like them. The video is over at Copic In The Craft Room on YouTube and you can find it at the link below.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, make sure to stop by the other designers for Dare 2B Artzy they are all playing along today!

Your next stop in the hop is Chris blog!   

We hope you are inspired all along the way!  

Check out all D2BA’s products here!

Have a Happy Colorful Day!