Practising with my Copics

I’ve got enough Copics now that I can start to blend the colours more. It looks so easy when you watch experts like Kelly Latevola on YouTube; then you try it yourself and realise just how much practise they’ve had! Still, all good fun and the cards won’t go astray.

The backgrounds are all blended Distress Ink with water drips, and I masked some of the stamping using Post-It notes so a couple of images sit in behind.

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Today’s class was with the awesome Andrew Borloz, whose work I was familiar with through StencilGirls. Andrew showed his process for making, then using, a Master Baord. I worked a lot smaller than he did – his was something like 5 feet in one direction – but used the general idea.

I stated with gesso through stencils, then used waterproof ink to stamp some floral images. I cut the master board into the right sizes for card fronts then stencilled onto each one using the same four acrylic colours and a bunch of fav stencils. Once they were dry I used my Misti to stamp the sentiments with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, and went around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass just to finish them off a bit. I mounted the finished pieces onto cards cut from Stampin’ Up cardstock.  

Below you can see the master board before I cut it up, the sample I’ve kept in my art joournal and the cards I made (which didn’t scan well as a group, but you get the idea).


Learning to blend with Copics

Tony gave me a small set of Copic markers for Christmas, and I already had a few that I’d brought in a sale. It means that, for the greens and violets anyway. I can start blending my colours. People like Kathy Racoosin and Kelly Latevola on the SimonSaysStamp blog make it look so easy, but the reality is they’ve had hundreds of hours of practice. My attempts at blending are nothing like theirs but there’s only one way to improve and that’s to keep at it. Here’s one of the first cards I’ve done with blending; the stamps are from the ‘Look for the miracles’ set by SimonSaysStamp.


Making cards

I wanted a couple of basic cards to send off this week. The ‘awesome’card uses the ‘you = kind’ stamp and die set from WPLUS9, Copic markers and clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer. The cat card uses Dyan Reaveley stamps, Tim Holtz distress inks, StencilGirl stencils and Gloss Accents from Ranger for some gloss on the cat’s eyes.

Gelli print cards

I keep a stack of cards ready for sending out, and my stock had got a bit low. Yesterday I made some gelli prints just for the fun of it, mainly using Golden Open Acrylics and a variety of stencils. Today I decided to turn them into 10 fairly all-purpose greeting cards. I used my latest stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp for some of them – love it.


Birthday cards

I’ve been making a set of birthday cards for a librarian friend over the weekend. I love doing these but they are quite time consuming. For six cards I stamped, coloured & cut around 70 elements, then pieced them together with glue and foam tape, finally accenting with Glossy Accents. Obviously I don’t include my time in the cost per card!

A friend said it was nice I’m getting orders for cards, but won’t doing more take the fun out of it for me? No! I love spending hours at my desk fiddling around with paper, scissors and glue 🙂

Gelli play – making painted paper

I’ve been playing with my Gelli Plate, a bunch of Stencil Girl stencils and some Dylusions paint to make painted paper. I like the Dylusions paint for gelli printing – it gives good coverage and doesn’t dry too quickly, even in the hot weather. Oddly enough, it dries fast in my art jounal. These painted papers have at least 2 layers, some have 4 layers, of paint. The prints will be cut up for card making or kept for in my art journal, collage projects, etc.

A bit of card making time

Once or twice a year I buy the card making kit of the month from SimonSaysStamp – they’re great fun and great value. Mind you, I normally save up my craft money and buy one or two things I can’t get here at the same time, to make the most of the postage. This time it was two Wink of Stella pens, which I have been wanting for years, and a couple of the new Tim Holtz distress colours.

Yesterday I sat down with the kit and had a play. I love the “hello” die and the journal cards are quick to use; the foil accents look great. The double sided papers are softer colours than I tend to use, but I love the finished results. Here are the cards I made yesterday (and yes, there is something grubby on my scanner, hence the occasional stray mark!)

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End of year cards

At this time of year I send some people a Christmas card. Others get a “hey, you’re awesome, thanks for being an inspiration” card – mainly artists I follow and people from my online professional learning network (mostly Twitter librarians). All my Christmas cards and letters have been posted so today I started on the thanks for being amazing cards. I used my Gelli plate, some old doilies we found while cleaning out a drawer to make room for all Tony’s meds, a Tracy Bautista stencil from Stencil Girl and my trusty Golden Fluid acrylics. Once I had done all my cards I covered the Gelli plate with medium yellow and let it dry, to pick up all the lovely leftovers off the plate – that’s the first photo.

Here’s a sample of what I made this afternoon:

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Card making with some Gelli prints

I need a batch of ‘congratulations’ cards so this morning I got out my favourite paint colours, a bunch of Stencil Girl stencils and my trusty Gelli Plate. I’ve done layers with blue, teal, rose, purple and gold, and then stencilled on the black envelopes with gold as well. The palest of the cards is woven gelli print scraps, the darker cards are much more vibrant than they look but I’m having trouble with the scanner settings.

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