Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nuvo, You are Golden

I got to play with some fabulous Tonic Nuvo products yesterday.  I was in need of some gold buttons and didn't have just what I needed for a project so I got creative.  I was amazed how simple this was.  I recreated the steps in hopes you could use this in one of your projects.  (Sorry the photos aren't great but I am playing from my RV Studios and I don't have my set window photography will have to work for now.)
Items you will need:

Manual Die Cut Machine

Using a Nuvo Glue Pen (I used Medium but large would have been quicker) I covered the surface with glue.  I let it dry so it was slightly tacky.  You can do a nice even coverage, or if you want some of the cardstock color to show through, and make it a little more shabby, do not do a complete coverage.  

Once the paper is covered with adhesive I dumped a pile of the fluffy gilding flakes onto the cardstock.   **As the flakes are so light and fluffy turn off all fans or you will have a mess.  You can place in a more controlled way in smaller spots by using tweezers and gently placing in the area of the adhesive.   Lightly tap into place using your finger.   Nuvo has 3 colors to choose from, Radiant Gold, Silver Button and Sunkissed Copper.  Using my finger I gently spread the Gilding flakes over all the sticky spots on the paper.

Using the Nuvo Blender Brush I lightly burnished all the golden flakes into a smooth shine.  Light is the key...too hard and you can dull it and rub it off.  In the photo the lower half has been lightly burnished and the top half is just applied with finger.

Once its all burnished use your favorite die to cut out the desired shape.  Any die will work.  Just run it through your Die machine.  I used the Buttons Die from Impression Obsession.

The results are super cool.  You can even color the buttons with Copic's and change the color up giving you a shiny different color button to match your project.  

Now that I helped with your creative imagination what ideas do you have for these products?  I can't wait to see what you have come up with!!

Tonic USA Products

Sunday, July 16, 2017


...and Action!

You can do WHAT with Various Refills?!!?!!?  Yes, mad scientist at work again!
This is take-two of the original piece of artwork my 2 year daughter and I were making.  The glossy white tile below was created by dropping drops of the Various Refill randomly onto the piece of tile and then using air from the airbrush system to blow it around (you can simply blow on it as well but don't get too light-headed).  Once we were happy with it we spritzed it with the Various Blender Solution and watched the magic happen.  Yes, you could leave it as is and it is a beautiful piece of artwork.  If you want to use it as a coaster you will want to seal it first with a UV varnish.  

So I was challenged to do something creative using the Various refills and could have stopped there...but NO that wouldn't be me...I MUST take it a bit farther.  So I decided to play.

Filling my (new) "water-brush" with Colorless Blender I began to brush in (or remove ink) to form a design.  Can you see where i am going with this?  As these tiles are extremely slick and glossy the ink just runs away with no place to go.  Gets crazy really fast.  I haven't played with Yupo paper yet but wonder if its similar.

Next comes the scary part.  Oh yes, I just did that!  Look at the red drops of the Various Refill dropped onto the art piece, is it savable?  Well worst case scenario I wipe off the whole tile and start over.  So heck what is there to lose.

Using the Alcohol brush I started to daub the color into place.  Remember the ink has a mind of its own on glossy tiles so you kind of have to be okay with whatever happens.  I showed this to my husband and he said "hey thats a nice squid"...errr, ummmm, yah okay...not what I was going for.  I keep working at it until I was okay with how it looked.  If you just move the ink around and don't clean off the alcohol brush tip the color is richer.  If you wipe off the alcohol brush in between stroke it will be more of an eraser with attitude.

I called it quits when the shapes were clear enough to say that I see a rooster, or a cock-a-doo as I daughter calls them.  At least it doesn't look like a squid!  Please tell me it doesn't look like a squid.

I will be sure to seal this before too long to protect it from scratching.  I might actually cover it with resin but that will be take-three.  Wouldn't this be a fun thing to do multiples of for a gift set for a friend?  How about a holiday set?  I would love to see what you create with Various Refills or tiles.  

Products Used:
Zig Medium Water Brush (with blending solution)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Copic Must Haves - Juicy News!

If you missed my last post you will not want to miss this one.  YES...juicy news!!  Copic now has another nib for the Sketch marker!  You asked for it and you got it...a fine nib!
I created this card for Imagination International Inc using the Copic Sketch Fine nib for an advertisement in a magazine.  I think it was used in Cardmakers magazine.  Does anyone have a copy?  Take a look and tell me if it's in there...better yet can you send me a photo of the advertisement? 

I drew this design using a Multiliner and then colored it in using the new Copic Sketch Fine nib.  Some of the details in the orange slices were created with the Fine nib.  I thought I would would get creative and with a ruler I created the design in the background with the Imagination International Inc logo.  I thought it would be a subtle way to do a background design and incorporate the logo.  Did you know the logo was an iii?

If you want to create this card, or something else, here is the drawing and sentiment I created.   If you print it twice you can use some of the slices popped up to create dimension.  

 Please do not share but rather point your friends to this post so they can enjoy the info as well as the image. - thank you

You have got to try these new nibs!  If you already have them you know they make dotting super easy.  Show me what you have created!


Background - YR23 B02 YR09
Oranges - YR09 YR07 YR04 Y13 Y15 Y38
Orange Shadow - B0000 B000 B00

Friday, July 14, 2017


THE MADNESS!  Okay I am, I mean REALLY stepping out of the box here.  You know that empty marker that Copic has in their lineup of markers?  Well I thought I would do some experiments with it.  I know it's there to make your own colors or creating an existing color just using the various refills.  I thought I would put my imagination to the test and see what other wonderful things can be done with this marker.
Image - Jim Henson Muppets

The first experiment was a slight failure.  I will only say failure because i didn't have more time to really play with the idea, I still think there is a way to make this work.   I wanted a brush tip to "paint" with coffee.  Paint with coffee you ask?  Yes, taking instant coffee and adding water and painting with it to give an old vintage, earthy look.  I have done this before with a paint brush and it's yummy.  Well why not use a Copic Sketch Empty?  The consistency was just too thin and would just blob out of the marker tip.  I haven't given up on this idea.  I think if i can thicken it up a bit it would work...maybe add glycerin?  My science beakers are all put away at the moment...mwahahahaha.  Maybe some off to the next experiment.

The next thing I thought of was...wait for it....

How about creating my own white pen.  We are always in search for that perfect white pen.  I can not say this is it 100%...yet...but its a work in progress and a good start.  The good news is it works!!

I had some Copic Comic Super White (similar to the Copic Opaque).  It is a water-based product that can easily be applied using a paint brush or stylus.  But I wanted something I could just uncap and go.  The Copic Comic Super White I had on my shelf has sat for a long while, so when I opened it up I discovered it had dried out.  But that was okay because it's water-based and by adding water and stirring it was just as good as new.  The challenge is getting it to the correct consistency to pour into the marker end and not be too thin that it pours out the other end and thin enough to allow it to flow to the nib of the marker.  At first it was too thick with the initial pour into the marker.  I added a few drops of water to thin it out an then it just wanted to come out of the brush tip end in drops....I let it sit on its side a bit and then BAM it started working for me.  I was able to create this small 5 x 7 mini artwork.  

So for this artwork I colored on a piece of the new Sketchbook paper with a black (100) Copic Wide marker.  Then I started to create!

Now my next concern was that it would dry out in the marker as it's not good with being exposed to air....I was right. It started to clog the nib a bit but I wasn't going to be defeated!  I gently massaged the brush nib with water and it started to work again.  Although a bit more thinned out it has continued to work even on day 4 of this experiment.  That's great news.  I will continue to work with it some more in hopes I can get the white to be a little less opaque.  I do notice that the more layers I apply using the "white" marker, that darker and less transparent the white areas get.

 I do love the end results.  What do you think?
Okay, that is the full story of my moment of madness (which are frequent)....I hope you give this or another fun idea a try with the empty Copic Markers!  I want to see what you do.

Copic Comic Super White
Empty Sketch Marker
Copic Wide Markers
Copic Sketchbook

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Time - New Copic Nibs

Thought I would share another card using the Copic Sketch Fine nibs.  I used it to create the sand and the clouds for this card.  I love the consistency of the dotted patterns they produce.  They are quite easy to change it out.  If you want to be frugal and just pull out the chisel nib (Medium Broad nib) and place it in a baggie, you can replace it with the fine nib and then when you need the chisel end again you just pull out the fine nib and put place the chisel in again.  Simple as that.  

I use my chisel tips quite a bit for the airbrush system.  If you don't use an airbrush system and don't feel its in your immediate future then this is a perfect permanent tip replacement.  Whatever you do not try the airbrush system because you will want one!!!  I love mine and use it a lot!!

Image from Saturated Canary (discontinued)

E50 E51 E21 BV20 BV23
B000 B00 B0000
E42 E43 E44
B91 B95
R24 R29 R59

How many of you have already tried the new nibs?  How much do you love them?  I would love to see what you have created!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Ree-deeep - New Nibs Must Haves

I got to play with the new Copic Sketch fine nibs....and what fun I had.  I can still hear the sound in my head of me repeating to myself,  "dot, dot, dot, dot" as I placed dots on this card.  The fine nib will give you small dots that are a slight bit more even then if you were to use the Copic Brush nib.  So for all those that were waiting for it...IT IS FINALLY HERE!  See, Imagination International Inc. does listen to your pleas!
I will tell you though...I still love my brush nibs for flicking.  I also prefer to not change out my nibs as I use both the brush and the chisel on a regular basis.  So what am I going to do?  Well buy some Copic's specifically for the Fine nibs.  I will most likely do some for earth tones.  So if you are looking for a nib replacement option...look no further!

For this card I specifically used the fine nib for the shading of the clouds and the earth beneath this little cuties feet.  Easy and had a very cool effect!

You can replace your Sketch chisel nib with the fine nib if you do not use the airbrush system then this might be the perfect thing for you.  Remember to pick up the handy-dandy Copic tweezers though so it makes it easier to pull out your nibs when it comes time to refill.

I would love to hear what you think of the Copic fine nibs after you have had a chance to play with them so make sure you come back and let me know!


YR02 04 07 09
E42 43 44
YG03 17 67
E50 51 21 93
BV20 E04
YG23 27
E25 27
B91 95 97 99

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fun in the Sun

I just couldn't get enough of creative color placement fun,  so I thought I would combine the small Sand Castle by DoveArt Studios with little Wikoli from LMMS.  I love the color combo of the blue and the orange-red together.  The sand castle was super easy to color allowing me to spend extra time on little Wikoli who is just "hangin' loose" on the beach with his feet in the water.  I created the water over his feet just by adding some blue flicks of color over the skin tones.  Quick and easy!   Just don't add too much blue flicks over the skin tones or you will end up with green water instead of blue...a little goes a long way.   I love combining images with stamps!

Small Sand Castle - DoveArt Studios (also comes in a large size)

I used what would be the scraps from the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border die set to create the waves.    How cute is that?


Hair E43 E44 E49
Sand W1 W3 W5 E31
Skin E50 E51 E21 E23 BV20
Eyes B14 B16
Clothes C1 C3 C5
Sky/Water BG0000 B000 B91 B93
Clothes R02 R08 R14

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sand in Your....

Did you miss me?  I took a little time last week to play with the new releases from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  These digital images just make me the happiest when I get to add on the little sweet faces.  It's a mini blank canvas.  I combined this Wendi digi to one of the DoveArt Studios stamp line Beach Front.  Its quite easy to stamp or print (twice) your foreground image, and then mask it off (with the extra cut out image) and then stamp the DoveArt Studios stamp over the mask.   Here she is all colored up.

Want to see what she looked like before?
All I did was creatively placed my Copic ink to portray her eyes, nose and mouth.  Creative Color Placement!  Have you tried this yet?

You can find her here Polka Dot Pal Wendi
DoveArt Studios rubber stamp here Beach Front


BG32 BG15 BG49
C1 C3 C5 C9 100
E31 E57
BG0000 BG10
G24 G94 G99
E40 E42
BV20 BV23
B21 B24 B26
E50 E51 E21 E04