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!




Dare 2B Artzy Spring 3-D Blog Hop!

April 28, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Copics, Tutorials  |  21 Comments

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy‘s Blog Hop!!

Who’s excited for Spring?!

Here are D2BA we are super excited for some sun shiny days and warm weather!

To celebrate we decided to have a Spring 3D Themed Blog Hop!!  

We are super excited to have two Guest Designers joining us for this hop!!


You should have arrived here from Melody‘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, April 30th at 7:00pm Eastern.  

We will then post a winner!!


Hello D2BA fans! I am so glad you are hopping through my blog this weekend! I created a 3D card or Pop Up card for my project this weekend. I used the “Flowers for Mom” set and then pretty much winged the Pop Up part :-). If you have not seen my work before that is pretty typical of me. The flowers are all colored with Copic markers which is really where my passion lies. Here is a close up of these LOVELY flowers, and the dimension on the card:

And here is a shot of the full card. 


There are two other ways you can take a peek at my process though! I have a full video of the card creation at the Copic In The Craft Room YouTube channel and I have a photo tutorial as well that is over at Pinterest again at Copic In The Craft Room. Here are the links.

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And here is the link for Pintrest!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Your next stop in the hop is Chris‘s


We hope you are inspired all along the way!  

Check out all D2BA’s products here!

Have a Happy Colorful Day!

Refill your Copic Markers!

December 28, 2016 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

How many of you would like to know how to refill your Copic markers? It is one of the questions instructors get frequently and although we go over the information in the Standard Certification class it is valuable information to revisit! There are a few ways to refill your markers including using the booster (needle that screws onto the refill bottle) and pulling out the chisel nib to poor ink into the core. Below I will share my favorite way to refill my markers. I need my markers that are low in ink, Various Ink (the refills bottles) and I am using a pocket scale. 


The first thing that I am going to do before trying to refill any markers is measure a full marker so I know what I am aiming for with my scale. I place a new sketch marker on my scale with both lids on and find out how much it weighs. ** Notice I have a label on my marker. If you have tape or a label marking your Copics make sure that the new marker you weigh also has that label so you have an accurate starting point.


I know that I have colored with this Copic a few times, but very little, so this is about what I am aiming for when I refill one of my sketch markers. Then I pull both caps off and measure again, often I will have to measure several times as I am refilling and I would rather not have to pull the caps on and off as I measure each time.


I go ahead and measure one of my markers that needs refilling so I know how much ink I might need to add.


Next I pull both caps off my Copic Sketch marker, this allows air flow through the core and the ink to be pulled into the body of the marker. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS NEXT! Check the lid of your marker and lid on your Various ink not once or twice but THREE TIMES! Just be super duper positive you have the right ink going into your Copic marker!


Then I slowly drip ink onto the chisel nib. I usually drip 10-12 drops and then weigh the marker and repeat until I get to my target weight. You can also watch the chisel nib and as the body of the marker gets full the ink will no longer pull into the body of the marker, the nib will remain shiny and wet. 


When I reach my goal with caps off I double check with caps on and call it good!



You will notice this is higher then my original new marker. As I said, the above marker was not brand new and I was using it as a starting point. I will keep an eye on this one and watch for blobbing as I color, but I think I should be good!

Copic markers are made to be refilled. Once you have purchased a marker it will last you for your entire coloring career with ink refills and nib changes as needed. 

If you have any questions let me know! And do not forget you can get all your refill supplies at Imagination International, Inc.

Have a Happy Colorful Week!



New Copic video AND FREE Digital image!

October 17, 2016 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

As we continue into the October month, and I have managed to check a few MAJOR projects down to size I have had a great time going through my stamps to collect a group for fall and winter videos over at Comic In The Craft Room. This week I am featuring a digital stamp from an artist that I discovered way back when I was first starting with Copic markers. Jayleen Weaver, or GuruKitty as she is known on-line is a FAB-U-LOUS marker artist and Comic genius and has a fun playful style in creating characters. For a short while she even created a few digital stamps.

Unbeknownst to me she is no longer creating digital stamps. I always TRY to use stamps that my followers can still get and play along with me on so I did a hunt to find her on-line again and discovered this fact. BUT, I did make contact and ask if it was OK to use the older stamp that I still have and if I could direct people back in her direction. She said not only would that be fun, but that what the heck she’d even let you all have the stamp! So you have permission directly from the artist Jayleen Weaver to copy the image below and use it in your art. Like any rubber, acrylic or digital image she would GREATLY appreciate that if you post or share your art that you give her credit for her art! And if you have a friend that would like the image have them come this way and pick it up for themselves, don’t share the blank image on your blogs or on Pinterest or other social media outlets PRETTY PLEASE!


You can find Jayleen Weaver at and can credit her there as well.

Here is the video link over at YouTube with the coloring I did:

And here is the finished card :


Both Jayleen and I would LOVE to see what you create with her so if you would like to share give us a link to your work here or over at Copic In The Craft Room!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!