Inky Fun with Dare 2B Artzy

August 17, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Copics  |  No Comments

I had an amazing time working with my new Dare 2B Artzy Leaf Background Die. As always, in all honesty I was not quite sure what my plan was when I chose this particular die. BUT as soon as I sat down with my Copics and supplies I came up with a concept. 

My goal was to keep the die very clean and make it pop by adding some sort of pattern behind the crisp die cut. I quickly created a background paper with Copic markers, vellum and Colorless Blender. 

Next I trimmed the vellum (when it was dry) to fit behind the die cut, I layered the card base, white cardstock background, vellum and die cut. Then cut a leaf out using that portion of the die set, stamped my sentiment from the Be Yourself stamp with my D2BA Ink and colored it up with my Copics.  It ended up coming together just like my vision. I will be looking for more die cuts like this one, this card came together so quickly and is so pretty! It is a design you could mass produce extremely quickly as well!


This week you get to see the whole process on a video:




Dripping Copic Various Inks

July 31, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Copics  |  No Comments

I Love Copics! Love them, and I knew that is not news to anyone who knows or follows me. I love everything about them, the quality of the product is the bomb! But what drew me in to start…the COLOR! All of it all that glorious color. So I love to play with all my markers, but it also comes in all the refills. Yeah I can refill my markers with them so I never have to throw away a single marker body, but better yet is to play with ink

One other thing you might know about me is I am not afraid to get a little inky and messy. So every once and a while I leave my markers on the shelf and reach for my Various Inks. I found this great vellum paper with star constellations printed on one side and figured this might make a quick and easy card!

I turned the vellum over to it’s back side where the stars and lines are lighter and started adding my ink. I tend to start with my lightest color first. I just drip the color on the vellum. Notice I am not working with blending colors these have contrast to them. All are in the Blue and Blue Green families, but extreme differences.

I add my next color;

then my next;

and finally my darkest (not really darkest but the most contrast);

I go back one last time with my lightest color just to lighten up a few spots. I love how the alcohol in the lighter color pushes at the darker colors in this step.

Here is a peek as it is drying. It takes a little longer on vellum so I do have to have a little patience. I could heat set, but that might effect the vellum and while wet, the ink can still move around, like drip and smear so I pretty much let it sit.

Then I get to flip it over and see all the pretty stars again!

I chose a simple card base and actually like the vellum over a Kraft cardstock. I added some white Doodles with a Kirarina pen and ta-da!

If I want it will be easy to add a sentiment in the corner or even with my Kirarina on the vellum.

Fun, easy, quick cards are the best and Copic Various Ink can really add the color that we love so easily!

For more great ideas using Copic Various Ink check out Copic In The Craft Room on YouTube and look for my series on mixed media! There are several videos featuring Copic Various Inks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!



Glitter for cards and Copic Classes for Fall

June 30, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Copics  |  No Comments

Happy Friday to all who are tuning in today. Big in the Copic world is the fall Workshops are starting to open for registration! Chicago, Richmond and Boston are now all open for registration! You can check out my side bar for details —-> or head over to the Imagination International, Inc. site for class information and of course get yourself signed up!

I also have another product to share from the fabulous X-Press It. Check out their adhesive sheets! What do you need with another adhesive. Well let’s take a peek at a quick project I did with the X-Press It Adhesive Sheets.

So I suppose I could cut the sheets in strips or chunks and use it for just sticking things down, but why not use it for sticking sparkly things down, like say, glitter?! I did all the lettering on the card above using the Adhesive Sheets. Here is the process for the card I made.

Step 1 – Create a cut file on my Brother Scan and Cut. You could use any cutting machine and any cut file or die cut. This is a file I created by handwriting the lettering myself and then scanning it into my machine.

Step 2 – Feed the adhesive sheet into your cutting machine and cut out your design or shape. This took more then one try for me. I needed to put the printed side UP instead of down as shown and use a really sticky matte as well.

Step 3 – Peel off the back side, or printed side of the double sided adhesive sheet and stick it onto your paper.

Step 4 – Peel off the top layer leaving just the adhesive on the paper. (Step 3 and 4 took a little practice as well. The adhesive kept sticking to me and then balling up, and I tried to peel off the top side, or white side, first and the whole thing came apart.)

Step 5 – Spread GLITTER all over the top of the adhesive die cut.

Step 6 – Tap off excess glitter.

Step 7 – Glitter your other die cut pieces and assemble your card.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you all have a spectacular weekend and believe it or not start of your JULY! 

Have a Happy Colorful Week


4th of July!

Dare 2B Artzy Guest Designer Post #2

May 28, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Copics  |  No Comments

My second post for Dare 2B Artzy is featured over on their blog today. This time I created a sweet and simple card with the adorable stamp set called Raggity Rabbit!

Here is the Card I completed.I used Copics for the coloring and then found a few things in my stash to pull the card together. 

You can see the details of how I put the card together over at the D2BA Blog and then on Wednesday May 31st I will have a video showing the coloring and composition of the card from start to finish over at Copic In The Craft Room on YouTube. 

Have a Happy Colorful Day!



Pansies, Copic and Foam Squares…oh my!

May 12, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Copics  |  No Comments

I just posted a video over at Copic In The Craft Room on YouTube featuring this beautiful stamp by Taylored Expressions and a fun new product by X-Press It. Those of us that use Copic markers are familiar with X-Press It, the company makes one of our favorite Copic papers! What you may or may not know is that they have a full line of adhesives as well. Including glues, tapes and foam tape. And starting this year they have added foam squares as well!

I figured most of you would like to see a little more of the process in making my card so here you go! I started with my stamped image and a small group of Copic markers.

I chose these particular colors using a photograph that I found on Pinterest as a reference.

I colored up the image, I love how these Copic Violets blend together. If you would like to see the coloring in action make sure to check out the coloring video! A couple special notes, notice I did not cut out the area inside the handle of the teacup, I colored it instead, matching the patterned paper underneath, I did the same in a few small areas around the flowers. For this I used E81, B91 and my Colorless Blender. I also added a stripe to the teacup and the saucer, I did this with a Kirarina Wink marker in Gold. 

Once I had papers all trimmed and ready to go I started building the layers on my card. In order to add dimension  on a otherwise flat card I decided to pop up the teacup bouquet and it’s patterned paper base. I used the X-Press It Foam Squares on the back of the patterned paper base, peeled the backing off and adhered the piece to the card.

You can see how the foam squares lift the patterned paper off the card.

I appreciate that foam squares are not a new invention, but X-Press It products are really top notch and the foam squares are no different. Just like their foam tape, acid free, easy to adhere, solvent free, great for multiple surfaces and projects, but now in easy precut squares. 

This little card is already off to be delivered I know it will be well received. 

Have a Happy Colorful Day!