Sketchy Florals - 2 ways

Good morning crafty peeps!  Today I have 2 cards that share completely different ways to use Copic on this big beautiful stamp from Altenew, called Sketchy Floral.

I know it may be difficult to tell but this first card (above) was done on glossy paper.  Glossy paper is a unique medium, as it really gives a different look to your card.  It's almost like it is a photograph.  In fact, you can stamp and color on Glossy photo paper.  I had a package of glossy photo paper that I got from a thrift store.  I don't remember the brand, but it was a buck, so I thought....let's try this!  I first heat embossed that floral on to the glossy paper using Altenew Antique Gold Embossing powder.  Then I colored using the Copics.  The colors are darker on glossy paper than they would be on other Copic friendly paper because the color does not really soak in the same way.  You also cannot blend them the same way either.  You can build up color with one shade though, which I think is awesome, especially if you don't own a ton of markers.  You can see that I did several different Copic techniques, dots, flicks to try and add dimension.  The card came out really cool, and in person, its beautiful and shiny!  I added a die cut from Concord and 9th and a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish off my card.

This card was stamped in a light ink from Memento and colored using the no line coloring technique.  I used my Copics for this also.  I am not an expert on no line coloring-it takes a lot of practice.  I was so intimidated by this but one day I just sat down and tried it.  There are a lot of You Tube videos out there by many talented crafters that show different ways to do this.  I think this particular stamp is a good one to try it on because it is very forgiving and a bit abstract and that means anything goes! I finished off this card with some Nuvo drops that add a really fun, controllable dimension!  If you have not tried them, you really should!  I have a (ahem) collection of a lot of colors. :-)

That's all for today - I've listed the supplies below with links.  (no affiliate links).

Supplies Used:
Stamp: Altenew Sketchy Floral
Die: Concord and 9th Beautiful You
Copic sketch markers
Embellishments: Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh
Nuvo Drops

Thanks for swinging by! 



Mermaids and Toucans! -Summer Card Catch up - Part 2

This is the summer in which I started to attempt to make cute little character cards.  I will admit to owning just about every floral stamp made and very few of the cute character stamp sets that companies like Lawn Fawn, and My Favorite Things make.  I tend to think I am not as good at making those sorts of things look good, so I stayed away...until recently.  I picked up the Polynesian Paradise set from MFT and colored all the little pieces, cut them out, and then sat there and was like, now what?  I have to make a scene.  (And, I am good at making a scene, but not on a card!)  So, these were my first attempts at using sets like this.  And while they are not scenes, they are colorful, and interesting.  (I'm in love with coloring that Toucan by the way)
 (sorry for the wonky lighting on this one, I think it was storming or something when I did this, because I tried all sorts of ways to get this to photograph better)

Then, I jumped on the Mermaid bandwagon!  Oh my gosh, everyone came out with the cutest mermaid sets this summer!  I love Mermaids!  (Splash was one of my favorite movies ever!)
This Mermaid set is called Mermazing, from My Favorite things...its just so awesome! I could not wait to make something with it!

This beautiful Mermaid set is from Stampendous.  I just love her too.  I am not going to admit how many Mermaid sets I own, but let's just say, these are not the only ones! ;)

I'm sure there will be more mermaid cards from me to come.  So stop back!

Supplies used:
Card 1 and 2:
Colored with Copic Markers

Card 3
Stamps: MFT Mermazing
Background created with: Distress Oxide Inks
Colored with Copic Markers

Card 4
Stamps: Stampendous Mermaid
Colored with Copics
Stencil: Unknown

Happy Cardmaking friends!

Thanks for stopping by,

When the moon blocks out the sun

I will admit that I am kind of a geek when it comes to stuff like what is happening today.  I have always been fascinated by space, and nature.   So, today the United States will have a total Solar Eclipse.  I do not live in the path where the Sun will look this photo above, however,
we will have about a 66% coverage of the sun, so that is still cool in my opinion.  And unless you have been living under a rock, I don't need to tell you to not stare at the sun today (or any day HA!) 


Summer Card catch up -Part 1

Yikes!  Where has the summer gone? Sorry I've been gone, but I've had so much going on this Summer.  Mostly, moving my parents near us.  It's been a long process, but now they are much closer and this is a great thing!  My Mom is also a card maker, and I've been helping her get her new craft room set up.  (I love organizing!)  I made quite a few cards this summer - just didn't get around to blogging them here. So, here goes!

 This first card was made for my parents, and it went with a Housewarming present.  The stamp set is from Altenew, and I colored with Copics and made a very simple CAS card.    I have REALLY gotten in to my Copics this past year.  I am completely self taught, but I do learn quite a bit from watching YouTube.  I would love to take a class some time.

 This card was another favorite!  The stamp set was part of my birthday gift from my sister.  (She is also a stamper, how awesome is that!) This large floral stamp is from Penny Black, and I'd never seen it before, but oh. my.  How beautiful it is to color!  Again, with the Copics, I know, I know.

 This last card was another one of my happy accident cards.  I had a completely different outcome envisioned, but this is what I ended up with.  The stamp is from Altenew - and I colored this with my Zig Clean Color real brush pens.  I really need to use them more.  Last year I used them on everything, and I forgot how awesome they are!

Here are some links to the supplies, in case you are interested.  (No affiliate links)

Card 1 Supplies:
Stamp: Altenew Succulents Stamp and Die set
Coloring: Copic Sketch markers

Card 2 Supplies:
Stamp: Penny Black
Coloring: Copic Sketch markers
Embellishments: Dew Drops - Pretty Pink Posh and Nuvo Jewel Drops

Card 3 Supplies:
Stamp: Altenew Enchanting Iris
Coloring: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Border Die: Pretty Pink Posh

And that's all for today folks!  Stop back soon for some more Catch up Summer cards and also a feature on my Craft space!