Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Just Stick It!

Did you know that the Imagination International Inc. X-Press It line has a range of different products to include not just the Copic X-Press It Blending Card, my favorite Transfer paper, Mask It, but also adhesives as well?  There are both tapes and glues.  I already loved the easy-to-use double sided tape so when they came out with the Foam Squares I was super excited because I knew it would be fantastic. It comes in the perfect package to take along on all my events.  So easy to use...just peel and stick.  
Here I created a card for tomorrows DoveArt Studios release.  I stamped the image and colored it up twice.  Then I cut out the flag on one of the images.  I wanted dimension on only parts of the image.  On the left side of the image I just glued the piece straight down...but the right side needed to be raised so I used the X-Press It Foam Mounting Squares.

Here it is assembled.  So simple to do but adds such fun dimension.  These pre-cut, high-tack Foam Mounting Squares come in two sizes, 1/4" or 1/2", with easy to remove backing.

Stop by tomorrow to see the card completed.  You are going to love this release!! Plus there are chances to win a new release stamp from CCDesigns too!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tommy Art Chalk Color

Yum, Yum, Yum, Tommy Art Chalk.  Imagination International has the new Tommy Art Chalk (from Italy).  It is as sexy as it sounds.  Delicious, vibrant colors!  They said it wouldn't buckle paper, so I really put it to the test.  The first thing I did was some fun stuff on an old dictionary.  I thought for sure there was no way it wouldn't warp the paper.  Just playing around, I put some small puddles of the Tommy paint onto some acetate and then stamped into it with a large rubber stamp.  Once I picked up the paint, I stamped it onto the very thin dictionary page.  I was super surprised it didn't buckle the thin paper nor did it seep through.  SOLD!  I finished it off with some words to live by and quotes that inspire me.  This was really a "just for fun" project.

Next I wanted to see how sponge painting would work.  I took a finger dauber and picked up two colors of the paint and proceeded to daub the color onto the cardstock.  I created a quick flower petal look.  It wasn't long before it dried and then I finished them off with a couple Copic markers and some black Tonic Nuvo Drops in the centers.  BAM!  DONE!

If you ever just want to break out of the norm this would be the paint to use.   If you are an altered-art fanatic, this is the paint for you!!  This chalk-based mineral paint offers great coverage, opacity, and lightfastness.  They adhere to most surfaces without all the prep work.  Tommy is available in 35 colors.  There is also a range of metallics as well as the specialty products such as wax, varnish and more.

I hope you enjoyed seeing something a bit different from me.  I am always willing to play with new mediums and expand my horizons!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Birthday Stack

Well I thought I would make everyone at the Advanced Copic Retreat bonkers by giving them some "No-Line" coloring.  It worked!  But we all enjoyed coloring up this stamp from Art Impressions.   I saw my friend Barb (Little miss muffet) do this stamp (and then send it to me) using similar color combos in the brights and love it so I thought I would use my friend Zoe's (Make It Crafty) No-line technique and show everyone how it works.  Everyones card turned out wonderful!  What a super adorable stamp.  They also have ducks and elephants and more, oh my!  Art Impressions was so sweet to sponsor our event and allow me to use this stamp.

Here are the colors I used if you too want to play!  For the one I did at the event we used Angelic Pink Dew Drop which was given to all the attendees from the great sponsor Imagine Crafts.  This is the BEST BEST BEST stamp pads for use with Copic's.  Tried and true!!  Plus they have refills.  Pink and gray are great for this technique and then of course everyone needs a black one.  You can find them HERE

Another one of my other favorite products from them would be the finger daubers. I use them for distressing.  A must-have tool for all people who enjoy using ink on the edge of paper.

Orange Y38 YR04 YR09
Pink RV32 RV34 RV17
Green YG01 YG03 YG17
Yellow Y06 Y15 Y19
Blue B00 B02 B05
Shadow BV20 BV23 BV25
Cheeks R01
White Gel Pen
.03 or .05 Multiliner

Same layout but used C1 C3 C5 C7 instead of the bright colors.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Just For You!

This sweet set from Stampendous call "Bouquet for You" is one of the stamps we used at Advanced Copic Retreat.  Stampendous is an amazing generous sponsor with quality products and went above and beyond and gave a set to every attendee.  Thank you Stampendous!
Kuretake Zig also blew us out of the water with their sponsorship of the amazing (my favorite) water brush, the BRUSH2O.  We used it to create such a soft look in the background and whenever we needed subtle transparent look on something throughout the weekend.  Everyone got to play with my Nuvo drops (another huge favorite) to finish off the card with fun embellishments too.  For this set we learned how to create a painting-with-Copics background, fun texturing, transparent glass, water drops to make it over-the-top, and reflections.  WOW, so many techniques in one piece and was it ever fun to color!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You Don't Want to Miss This....

Sooooo, I have a little....giggle....blush....squeal.....secret....

Are you ready for some BIG news?

I am now the West Coast Regional Copic Instructor for Imagination International Inc.  No...NO...FOR REALS!!!  I will be joining the AMAZING team with Debbie Olson, Cindy Lawrence and Michelle Houghton.   What does this mean?  This means I will be traveling, mainly on the West Coast to select areas and teaching the Copic Beginning and Intermediate Certification courses, as well as their fun workshops.  OH, YOU DONT WANT TO MISS THIS!  Do you know how thrilled I am to add this to what I am currently doing.  Yes, I will still do my Boot Camps in Phoenix and I hope to see you at one of them!  But now this gives you more opportunity to join me in a Copic Certification class or workshop.  We will get to hang out even more now!!  Keep an eye out for next years schedule and be sure and sign up right away.  If you can't make one of mine, PLEASE go to one of the other amazing instructors classes.  You get so much guidance and quality teaching from these ladies.  Nothing compares to taking a class in person, plus the opportunity to hang out with like minded people!

So in celebration of my acceptance for this place of honor, the Imagination International Inc/Regional Instructors and Copic Blog Team are having a fun hop...and what's a hop without a frog?

I have created this piece using one of the Copic Doodle Packs Doodle Pack Green.  Have you seen them before?  What is a Doodle pack you ask?  A Doodle Pack is a color-coordinated, theme assorted pack with two Ciao markers, a Multiliner and a glitter pen.   This is the perfect gift for a friend who loves to doodle!  Its the perfect size for travel, combine it with a small notepad for the road and you are good to go.  I just happened to take it with me to the RV last weekend and even though I had my whole box of Copic goodness (all 358 markers) with me, I refrained from use of any other product other then a pencil.  I wanted to see what I could accomplish with using what they have picked for the Doodle pack.  With no light box, transfer paper or Tracing Memories App I had to go old school and DRAW this little guy.  I do love tools that make things quicker but also enjoyed the process of bringing this guy to life just by using what I saw in the inspiration photo.  Mind you the photo was of a yellow and black frog.  
Here he is just waiting for the Doodle Pack...This Doodle Pack has an Olive I just traced over the lines with the Multiliner and then proceeded to color it in with the two Ciao markers (G14 and YG41)...that's it...2 markers and a multiliner!

Please check out what the rest of what the Copic team created in celebration of little ol' me!  

Before you go we have a little goodbye...

We are also saying goodbye to Lori Craig from the Regional Instructor team.  She might be leaving the team but it is for new and great things.  Lori is now handling all of the NEW Tommy Chalk Paint line for Imagination International.  She is super excited about this new endeavor and I am sure you will be seeing some amazing stuff using this product soon!  For those that got blessed to be in one of her classes I know you know that she will rock the Tommy Chalk side of things!

Thank you all for your years of support and love.  Thank you for commenting, following and sharing.  Your comments lift me up and encourage me to soar to new heights!  I look forward to seeing you in the future at one of my personal events or a Imagination International Copic class!

Jennifer Dove

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

You are Out of this World!

I am going to try to get the rest of the cards we created in Advanced Copic Retreat posted for everyone to see.  Here is the one we did using Adventure Land from Craftin' Desert Divas.  We created the background using glossy paper and the Copic Airbrush setup.  We made the fun interactive portion of the card using the Slide On Over Circle from Lawn Fawn and finished it off using the edge dies from Little Darling Rubber Stamps.

Everyones cards turned out amazing and it was so fun to complete them using these products from our wonderful sponsors.

For these cards we focused on coloring metal, creating a space background and coloring transparent elements.  I also taught the attendees how to create this fun moon and planet.  You too can learn some wonderful techniques in the upcoming Copic Boot Camp!  All the info can be found HERE!

Links for the products below

Craftin' Desert Divas - Adventure Land clear set
LDRS Creative Basics - Cutting Edge Borders 1
Lawn Fawn -  Slide on Over Circle

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Get' er Done

Look what Little Miss Muffet did!!!! Do you recognize her? There is now a Polka Dot Pal named "Jennifer".  Isn't she just the cutest thing you have ever seen.   HA HA HA.  But for reals, she is an adorable stamp.  She is now available in rubber for you to color up through Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  The fun thing with all the Polka Dot Pals is you can create your own faces on them, and that is what I did with this one.  Coloring images such as these really helps to hone coloring skills and expands your artistic abilities.

Photo of Nic and I after 2016 Copic Boot Camp, 4 days of 10 plus hours of teaching per day...but we sure were cute in those outfits!!

Here is the first image I colored to mimic Boot Camp
You can see how LMM whole DT team colored her up on the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog HERE

Colors used on the card
YR21 YR23 Y26
E23 E25 E29
BV20 BV23
B21 B24 B26
C1 C3 C5 C8
E50 E51 E21 E93

I would love to see what you have done using any of the Polka Dot pals!  Feel free to place a link in the comments