Friday, February 24, 2017

Hey Sweetie

Looking for a cute little stamp perfect for a baby card, a sweet friend card or a little love for the Hub?  How about this adorable bear from LDRS Creative Candibean collection.  I have had this stamp sitting in my "to do" pile and finally decided to DO it!  It was fun and the colors combined with the paper just fit.
I wanted to make it a generic card  for any occasion, but I think next time I will make a baby card in pastel colors.  This stamp is just so fun.

You can get it at this link or have your local store get it on order.

E40 E41 E42 E43 E44 E45 E47 R20 E93
B14 B18
YG03 YG17 YG67
Y21 Y26 Y18
E33 E37
BV20 BV23



Thursday, February 23, 2017

I am Die-ing Over Here

Some times you just need a moment to do what you want to do!  My list of things to do will always be a mile long, so no sense in waiting to get my list done first.
I have been wanting to play with Karen Burniston's die - Dutch the Fox.  I wanted to see if I could add Copics to the cut-out pieces and make a cute card with the coloring twist.  If you enjoy to color I would love to see what you do with a die.  I used all the cut out pieces for this card...plus added Karens amazing Pop It Up - Chicken Wire die for the background.  I am not being paid to say this by the way...but OMG these are awesome dies!!!  LOVE this chicken wire...found a keeper!  And who can resist this cute fox?!  I tried to find a chicken image for the background (behind the fence but, believe it or not, I didn't have a single one)


Copics:

E21 E13 E07 E08 E09
W1 W3 W6 W8 W10
E59

Links to make it easy for you to buy it :)


I hope you enjoyed this little bit of fun!!

Jenn Dove




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Blossoming Woman

Some of the new release from Stampendous have complimenting dies.  For this card I used both the cling stamps as well as the dies to create this card.  After playing with my airbrush on glossy card to make the background I colored up the images.  I used the girl and the flowers that come with the set and added the butterflies that come from the set Indigo Cats.  I thought it was the perfect combination.




Copics:
Skin - E50 E51 E21 E23 E93 Cheeks
Hair - E44 E47 E49
Eyes - B34 B39 C0 C4 C6
Butterfly/Flowers - Y17 YR04 YR09 V12 V15 YG03 YG17 YG67
Clothes - BG13 B02 BG01 B04 B06
Shadows - BV20 BV23

Monday, February 20, 2017

Carlottas Garden

I got to attend this years Creativation (formally known as CHA) in Phoenix Arizona this year.  I was super blessed to be able to work at the Stampendous booth coloring some of the new Laurel Burch line of stamps with my Copics.  Here I am being serious (as usual).  It was so wonderful to be asked to work for Stampendous as they are such a great company and the employees are so sweet, not to mention their stamps are made quality with so many different types and options to fit everyones style. 
This was just the funnest thing to color.  It was adult coloring for card makers and was so relaxing!  This is a new Laurel Burch stamp by Stampendous.  Laurel Burch rarely used this color combo but it is a fun combo and the colors really got me hooked.  You can find this stamp now available both online as well as through your local retailer, all you have do is ask and they will get it in.




Copics:
YG03 YG17 YG67
G02
E49
BG11 BG01
B23 B26 B69
BG11 B04 BG01
BV01 V15 BV23
BV20 BV23 BV29
Gold Signo Pen

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nuvo Crystal Drops - Must Haves!

I love playing with Nuvo Crystal Drops from Tonic Studios...actual they are my latest MUST HAVES!!  I have almost stopped using brads as Nuvo are so quick and easy and the color options are endless.  Unlike other products similar to these...Nuvo dries quicker and does not take days.  I like to use them in my classes as the students can use it in class and its safe to travel home in the car without having it smear.  All you do is squeeze the size drop out of the bottle and it settles in to form a little dome of color.  Nuvo drops come in so many options, from Crystal metallic, Jewel transparent, Glitter to solid Crystal colors.  Yes, I need all the colors!!    

For this card I used the new Hummingbird Blossom stamp from Stampendous.  I kept the concept simple so the image would pop.  I did a splatter background with Copics to bring out the orange in the flower.  The final touch after cutting and popping it up on the card was the Nuvo flower center.  So super fun!  Did you notice the three brad like dots up in the right hand corner of the card?  YUP...matching Nuvo Drops embellishments!


Copics:
Hummingbird - BV01 B02 B06 B26 V15
Flower - Y17 YR04 YR09 R27
Leaves - YG03 YG17 YG67
Gold Signo pen
Nuvo Crystal Drops

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Copic Must Haves - X-Press It Tape


I am not one to like to mess with tape adhesive.  It can be annoying with all the tiny pieces of backing you have to try to peel off...not only that, but the mess of all the little pieces of backing stuck everywhere when I'm done.  So why am I talking about this product in my Must Haves?   Recently I discovered a more efficient way to use it and I thought I would share it with you.

In the past I placed the adhesive (with backing) on the back side of my project, usually about an inch to two inch pieces with spaces in between.   Using a craft knife or tweezers I would remove the backing and then adhere my pieces together.  It felt tedious and as I am always on a time crunch I opted for other adhesives.  Recently after playing around with the tape a bit more I had an idea.  It seemed so simple and solved all my issues I was having before...

INSTEAD of tearing the adhesive AND backing at the desired lengths, why not just tear the ADHESIVE ONLY and leave the backing in tact and still attached on the roll?  WOW...no more little pieces.

Here is what I now do:

1.  Lay the adhesive/backing down onto the project.
2.  Pull up on the backing exposing the adhesive.
3.  Move your fingers to the place where the adhesive and backing still meet (should be where you want the adhesive to end) and give a little tug.   This will keep the backing from tearing but allow the adhesive to break free.
4.  When your roll gets too long of the used backing "tail" then tear it off and start over.

Hopefully this makes sense as it is hard to explain, but easy to do.

This is the best double-sided, high-tack tape I have used.  I love the fact that I don't need to CUT the pieces, but can tear it.  There are 3 different sizes to choose from, but the one I use currently is 1/4" wide and has 55 yards of tape.  I love that it is heat resistant so I can do some quick heat embossing.  I have used it to hold on Micro beads and glitters.

For this card I used it to secure the layers as well as hold the lace onto the back of the card.  This card sure isn't falling apart on me!


You can find the Double-sided High-tack tape adhesive at your local craft stores or 

Copics:
Y11
BV20 BV23
B21 B24 B28
N0 - N5, N7 N10
G24 G46


Wanna see what inspired me to create this card?  I think its funny that my card looks nothing like it but is what gave me the inspiration.  I do love the look of cream, white on gray with a tiny dash of color.  Maybe I can pull it off next time.

Friday, February 17, 2017

To Cheer You - Free Artwork

Did you know that Imagination International Inc (Copic), on occasion, has free images for you to create with?  The last one they shared was featured in a cool Facebook event where you could watch it being colored live and ask questions.  Even though you might have missed it, there is still time to grab it and color it up in your own style.


You can download the artwork HERE.  

Be sure and keep an eye out for more in the future.  It is so amazing watching one of the great Copic Color Artists color an image live.  You can watch a playback of the live coloring HERE

Copic Colors I Used:
YR02 YR04 YR09
B21 B24 B28
E40 E41 E43 E44
YG03 YG67

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Copic Must Haves - The Dr. is in the House!

Did someone call a Dr?  I think so!  Let us talk a bit about Copic Multiliners.  If you love Copics like I do then I am sure you have some Multiliners hanging around.  Right?!  If the answer is no, then maybe this will help you decide what you need.  If the answer is yes, depending on the type you have will determine if you need a Dr.'s prescription.  Ok, It's not that serious. You can do all this from the comfort of your home.

What is a Multiliner?

A multiliner is the ideal pen for all your fine-inking needs.  Starting from as small of a tip as 0.03 and working their way up to a thick medium brush tip.  This pigment-based ink pen is great for details, fine art, comics, modeling, journaling and paper crafting.  The special formula works with Copic markers beautifully.  It is also waterproof and archival.

Did you know there are two different styles?

The Multiliner comes in different styles as well as many sizes.  The first one is DISPOSABLE and is considered the regular Multiliner.  The body of the pen is plastic.   It cost only $3.99.  It has a wide range of tips to choose from.  The most common one I use is the 0.3 and the 0.5.  Remember DISPOSABLE NOT REFILLABLE :)

The second one is referred to as the Multiliner SP.  This is refillable using cartridges and the nibs can be replaced.   It has a lightweight sturdy aluminum body. This pen cost $12.49.  It has the same ink as the disposable Multiliner.  There are different cartridges and nibs depending on the one you have.

Tired of waiting in the waiting room?  Ok come on back....let the Dr. see what she can help you with.  Hmmmmmmm....ummmmm...stick out your tongue.....hmmmmmmm.  Well here is the issue.  Your regular Multiliner has gone dry, and that tip is a little bent.  Hmmmmm, Well the good news is that is is disposable and all you have to do is throw it away and get a new one.....problem solved.  If you want to save money in the long run because you use it so frequently...consider buying a Multiliner SP.

Oh you have a Multiliner SP as well (Good choice...the more the merrier).  Hmmmm let me see, Oh this one is also dry and the tip needs to be replaced.  NO PROBLEM...the DR is in the Houz!

Remove the new cartridge from the packaging.  With your fingers, (or the fancy tool you can get through Imagination International Inc.) remove the old cartridge from the end of the pen.  This is simply done by grabbing the black portion and pulling.

Remove the little plastic cap from the new cartridge and discard.

Holding onto the black end piece of the new cartridge insert into the end of the pen barrel until it is snug.  It was that simple!  You now have new ink and can use your pen as soon as the ink makes contact with the inside of the nib.  If your nib is broken or needs to be replaced follow the next few steps. 

Using the handy-dandy tool or your fingernails pull out the metal portion of the nib as shown by the arrow above.

This is what you will see.  (The thin wicking portion of the nib was damaged at some point and was not working properly)  If you own 0.03 and 0.05 these are amazing fine nibs...very fine and can easily be damaged when used incorrectly so changing out the nib is most likely going to happen).  Discard old nib.

The Nibs come in packs of two.  Remove one of the Nibs and insert straight into the end of the top of the Pen.  

You will see the ink start to saturate the fine nib.  You are good to draw, color and create!



Now open up and say AAAAAAAAAAH!

Copic Ink Cartridge A (0.03, 0.05, 0.1) cost is $2.95
Copic Ink Cartridge B (0.2, 0.25, 0.3, 0.35, 0.5, 0.7, BS) cost is $2.95
Multiliner  Nib Changer Tool
Spare Nibs 2 count (cost between $2.95 and $3.95)
Multiliner SP
Multiliner

Hope you learned a little and found that it wasn't as scary as you thought.  Glad you feel better :)

Jennifer Dove



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Graceful Still Life

I colored up this NEW digital stamp from Power Poppy.  It is a very peaceful image.  We all need a moment of inner peace.  I try to not get political in any of my posts (as there is enough going around and creating such division), but I thought we can all use this great reminder within this sentiment.  I think we all need to take a moment to breathe.  

This digital download "Graceful Still Life" comes with two images and a sentiment (a different one). It includes a large image shown above and a Dogwood branch, giving you tons of variety for different cards.


Copics:
E40 E41 E42 E43 E44
Y11 Y15
E40 E46
YG03 YG17 YG67
BG75
R20 R22
C1 C3 C5 C6



Saturday, February 4, 2017

February Class - Coloring Skin

This month I am trying a new class at The Paper Collage.  I thought instead of just coloring up images for cards I would give more details on coloring skin.  The thing is that there are so many different styles and ways of doing it, and lets not forget to mention color choices so we will touch on some of the different ways and tones and I will add some of my little secrets for the way I do skin.

I have chosen 3 stamps from CCDesigns for this months class.   Here are the cards and worksheet we will be working from.




Copics:

E50 E51 E21 BV20 E93
Y15 Y26
R81 R83 R85
E33 E57
B91
YG03
W3
0 Blender