Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wish You Luck

Who said clovers can't be pink?  I was feeling a little spring in the air so I wanted it to feel light and airy.  So I chose PINK for this new released digital image from PowerPoppy.  It is now available HERE so you can get your St. Patty day cards done up.

If you look close you can see i didn't really blend much of the colors and it ended up having such a fun result without taking a long time.

R81 R85
BV23 BV25
Y00 Y02 Y06 Y08

- Good Luck...and have fun!!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Adding Sunshine

Power Poppy never disappoints!  I used the "sunflower power" to create this card.  Of course I couldnt do it yellow cause I like breaking the rules when I can.  So here it is in blue.  I have had this sitting on my desk for a while and found a moment to create a card.  Hope you enjoy!
B91 93 95 97 99
YG03 25 17
E42 43 44 47 49

You can find this digital stamp in the shop HERE

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Must Haves - Copic Case

I was so excited to see that Imagination International Inc finally brought this box out for all my crafty stuff!!!  I couldn't wait to personalize it.  It fits ALL 358 markers plus even more stuff.  This case is very portable with the sturdy strap you can attach too.

  • Constructed of aluminum and plastic
  • Rubberized foam interior
  • Lockable latches with keys
  • Comes with shoulder strap
  • 13.5" x 18" x 7"
  • Available in Gray, Blue, Carmine, and Purple
I am pretty happy with the grid system so I thought I would see if I could incorporate it into this box.  Without going into too much detail let me show you what I have done.

I will tell you the grid can be cut 27 squares by 19 squares.  How you cut your extra spaces is up to you depending on what you want to carry.  I have three large pieces and the rest are small pieces dividing the sections (two rows of squares).  I have a large grid on the bottom then separation grid on left and right of box.  Then I added another large grid with 3 - 2 rows of grid.  Finishing off the top with another large grid.  The two rows of grid separate the large sections and are considered separation pieces.  I didn't use any glue as the markers are holding the sections together.  Don't dive into this project if you are not prepared from lots of snipping with wire cutters.  Your fingers will get sore...but worth it in the end.  Or simplify things and buy the clear plastic cases from Copic and BAM you are done!!

Get yours ordered now and get organized!!!!

Due to large is a bit more info on grid.

Home Depot has the one that is the correct size.  You will pay about 13.00 for a full sheet of Eggcrate Louver for lighting  The other places i have found similar but the grid is slightly too small...just by a hair. - good luck

With everything I had in my case (All Copics, blending solution, multiliners and misc. pens) this case weights about 19 lbs

Where to buy this fabulous case you ask?

You can go directly to Imagination International Inc here

Friday, February 19, 2016

Old to New

So Make it Crafty has some digitals that came out a while back and I decided to give one a new look.  It was a fun little challenge to do.  I combined two images to make this card.  You can see the images below with links to go grab yours and see what you can do.

Nothing like a little Photoshop to change things up a bit.

Tree E43 44 47 49
Sky B0000 000 00 01
Hair E31 35 37 79
Skin E50 51 21 BV01
Pants B91 95 97
Reds R14 24 46 59
Greens YG03 67 G99
T2 4 6 8

Make it Crafty products

Strawberry Goodness

This is such a delicious new stamp.   I just love the little expressions on their faces don't you?  I thought the sentiment from the new "Best Friends" fit it perfectly.  This is one of the stamps I will be using for April class at The Paper Collage.  get signed up early so you are guaranteed a spot.

R24 R46 R59
W1 W3 W5 W7
G24 G29
E50 YR31

Sunday, February 14, 2016

It's Your Birthday!

It's someones birthday right?  Time to whip up a cute birthday card to have in that moment of need.  Here is the 4th card for March class at The Paper Collage using Power Poppy's "Short Stacks" clear set.

YG03 YG17 YG67
R81 RV34 RV17 RV19
E31 E35
BV20 BV23 BV25
Blender Marker

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Primroses Galore

I loved this Primrose set from Power Poppy.  I decided to keep this one simple as the image is large and fills the card front of an A2.  It was so fun to color too.  This is the 3rd card for the March class

YG03 YG17 Yg67
RV34 RV17 RV19
BV20 Bv23 Bv25

Friday, February 12, 2016

So Kind

I saw this similar idea from one of Power Poppies DT and took it upon myself to tweet it a bit....I love the "awning" idea...don't you?  This is another fun card we will be doing in March at The Paper Collage in Phoenix.  If you can not join us be sure and get your set ordered and just copy the idea.  Someone will just love their card they receive...that is if you can give it up.

RE31 E35
BV20 BV23 BV25
R81 RV34
YG03 YG17
Blender Marker

Fence Die by Lawn Fawn

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bring it March!

I am so excited to be able to teach the March class using some of PowerPoppy's clear stamp sets.  Here is one of the cards we will be making.  

I love this set partially because I love birds and who can say no to a great cup image?!  I wanted the cards to feel very "light" so I kept most the paper pastel and white.  I love how this whole class turned out...hurry March!

YG03 YG17 YG67
BV20 BV23 BV25
R81 RV34

You can go to ThePaperCollage and get signed up.  I think there are a few spots left in the afternoon class....maybe.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Various Ink Background - Tutorial

My buddy Zoe told me about an watercolor class that she was taking.  i thought I too would give it a try.  I hadn't watercolored since a brief encounter with college.  I found that I am very impatient and had a hard time waiting for the paint to dry, literally!  It got me thinking...what if I did a similar technique using Copic Various Ink refills.  I had to change up some of the process but loved the results.  Zoe recommended trying some lighter colored Various Inks saying  I could possibly get a more watercolor-like look.  Next time I will give it a try but in the mean time I thought I would share my process in making these cards.

Supplies Needed:
WaterColor Paper (cold press 140 LB)
Stamp block about card size (or nonstick craft mat)
Different Various Ink Refills (BG06 YG25 B26 RV66)
Mini Mister with Blender Solution
Stencil (Heart stencil)

Set the stamp block on scrap paper to contain any mess that might potentially happen to any artist.
Using Various Ink refill colors of your choice put random a drop or two all over the block.  The ink will slowly pool together.  Make sure you do not use colors that may tend to get muddy looking when combined unless that is the look you want to achieve.

Now get out your Blender Filled mister bottle (make sure you aim it toward the block and not your face...been there done that).  Generously spritz the ink on the block and then carefully lay your watercolor paper on the blog to soak up the ink.  After a few moments remove the watercolor paper and set the block aside.   Take a look at your inked piece of art and decide which direction you would like to use it for your card.  You will want it to completely dry before the next step (which shouldn't take long).

Lay your inked creation on the scrap paper and lay down a stencil on top of it.  Using the mister filled with Blending Solution spritz of the top.  Once you have spritzed it once let it completely dry and repeat.  Do this 3 or 4 times until the stenciled shapes stand out.  You can now remove the stencil.  *note - tape down the stencil if you feel you might move it during this process.

Your creation is complete.  Now its time to whip up a card.  

For finishing card:
Multiple Cardstock mats
A chipboard sentiment (MakeItCrafty)
Black (100) Copic marker

Choose a sentiment.  I chose a chipboard sentiment from MakeItCrafty.   (You could also use a die or even emboss something). 

 I colored my chipboard using a black (100).  The WiNK's also color very nicely on chipboard.  Using the X-Press IT fine glue pen I adhered the chipboard to the card front.  You can layer your card as desired.  I do like to pop up the front of the card to add dimension using foam tape.  Here is a closeup of the completed cards.


Jennifer Dove

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Pocket Full

I have to admit DT member Cassandra did a pocket card and I loved it so much I had to copy...everyone gets inspired from somewhere or someone.  I can't wait to make this card again and again.  So quick and simple using the Pocket Background stamp.  This is one of the newest releases from DoveArt Studios.

Another fun card for February class.
B91 B95 B97

Friday, February 5, 2016

See Through...Kinda

So the next challenge is up at MakeItCrafty and this one is not so easy.  "Transparent" is hard to do.   I am not completely satisfied with the outcome of this but it was fun to do and I will have to play more another time.  The bubbles don't have the round thick look I wanted.   Maybe you can find a tiny bit of inspiration from it anyway.   I do love the mermaid from MIC.

I colored this image about 8 months ago and just added the water so I do not know her colors but the water was BG0000 BG000 B00 B01 BG10

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rest Your Soul

So here is the deal...I have an overabundance of crafting supplies (most of us do).  When my mother asked me if I wanted some pieces of a hornets nest (hornets not included) I said "well yes I do but put it in an envelope cause I need to hide it from the husband".  Now don't get me wrong, he is very supportive of my craft...but hornet paper, really?  What the heck are you gonna do with that?  Well...let me tell you...

...use it on a card...duh!  I decided  to use one of the new releases from CCDesigns Rubber Stamp "Young Fawn" by DoveArt studios.  I wanted both a hard and soft look to it so I used cheese cloth and a pearl pen for the soft look and hornets nest, tree bark and stick for the hard look. 

I don't think this card will do well to be mailed, so I guess it will have to sit on a shelf to be looked at.

Log E55 E57 E79
Grass YG91 YG93 YG97
Fawn E40 E41 E42 E43 E44
Leaves: G82 G24 G29
Flowers Y00 B21 B63 B66
Rock C1 C3 C5 C7

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Feeding Time

Here is one of the NEW RELEASE stamp from LDRS Creative.  It is called Feeding Time.  I did a more simple card so that the stamp stands out.  The sentiment was perfect for this card.  I love birds and get pleasure watching them daily in my back yard.  This image is just a little reminder of all things beautiful.

These stamps are shipping NOW!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hello Beautiful

Everyone loves flowers right?  This is a columbine.  Have you seen how many different combinations this flower comes in?  Perfect for every occasion.  I also used the "Simply Beautiful" sentiment set to go with it.

Another fun card to make in class this February.
G40 G43 G94 G99
R56 R89
Y21 Y26 Y28

- Jennifer Dove

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bad Doggy...Not Really!

How can a puppy with these eyes be "Bad"?  You are right...all is forgiven!  I am a fan of all animals so this one stole my heart.  

This is the Bonus Card for the class at The Paper Collage next month.  I am so excited to be sharing the new release.

R56 R89
G40 G94 G99
E43 E44 E47 E49

Faux Leather - Tutorial

I thought I would challenge myself to create something using the Copic Various Ink Refills.  I have seen other do this technique in other mediums and thought I would see what I could come up with.  I wanted a rally aged and weather (stained and distressed) look to the "leather" when done.  You can get a similar effect and not have it looked so "distressed" by using lighter colors.

Supply List:

E47 Copic Various Ink Refill
E99 Copic Various Ink Refill
Wide Paint Brush
Blender Solution in Spray Bottle
Kraft Paper
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
VersaMark Emboss Pad

It was a pretty easy technique to do and I loved the end results.

1.  Wet paper completely with water (I ran it under the faucet) and carefully scrunch it up in a ball.  Be very careful as wet paper will tear easily.  While still wet carefully open it back up and lay it flat to dry.  To speed up the drying process you can heat it with the heat tool.

2.  Once dry take a dry paint brush and dip it into a little Various Ink and wipe it over the texture of the paper.  You can add blending solution to the various refill if you want as it will go on more smoothly.  Add one color at first.  I added E99 as my fist color.

When done with the first color mist the paper using the Blender Solution and a spray bottle.  I saturated the paper.  While it was still wet I added blender Solution to the paint brush and picked up some E47 Various Ink and applied it to some areas of the Blender saturated paper.

Let Dry (or Heat with heat tool to speed up the process)

3.  Using the Versamark Stamp Pad I rubbed the surface of the paper.  Add the clear embossing powered to the Versamark covered paper (work in sections if needed).  Heat with heat tool to give paper a nice gloss.

If you want a more distressed look you can slightly crinkle the paper again.  You can even sand off some of the embossing powder.  Be gentle though as it's not real's just paper ha ha