Watercolors vs Copics using MFT’s Farm Friends

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog!  I have two cards for you today.  I thought it would be fun to create basically the same card but use two different mediums to color in my stamped images.  I chose Prima watercolors and Copic markers.  The card on the left is my watercolor card, and I stamped my images onto Canson XL Watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink.  The card on the right is my Copic marker card, and I stamped my images onto Neenah Solar White cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.

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I used my Mini Misti to stamp my images onto the paper.  Even though the paper was longer than the Misti, it stamped up just fine.  I used a mask over the cow, so I could stamp the tree behind him.

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When an image is suppose to appear white, like my little cow, I have to remind myself to paint with a light touch, so it doesn’t end up looking gray.  My watercolor technique was wet brush on dry paper–I feel it gives me a little more control.  When I color in flowers, I do like to wet the images with clean water and then drop the color onto the paper.

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Below is the Copic version of this card.  I really couldn’t say which version of this card I like better.  I feel the same way about the mediums I used–I don’t know if I like watercolors or Copics better.  I love them both!

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Here is the video I created for this card.  You can watch it here of on my YouTube Channel.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Supply list:

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Farm Friends Card using Copic Markers & Distress Ink

I’ve finally inked up these stamps from MFT called Farm Friends; they were released in February of 2017.  I’m going to be creating more cards with this set, but for today I’m using the tractor and the cart full of animals.

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It was very fun and fast to color in these images with Copic Markers.  I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink to stamp these images because it is a Copic friendly ink.

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I used Distress Inks to create the background for my images.  I lightly blended on Distress Inks to provide a soft impression of sky, sun and grass.  The mask I used was just a piece of scrap paper that I cut out using the same rectangle die that I used on my card panel, and then I taped it in place with some micropore tape.

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When I was about to tape my images onto my card panel, I noticed that something didn’t look quite right–No one was driving the tractor!  Lol!  I stamped the little chick image from this set into the driver’s seat and colored it in with more Copic markers.

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Once I adhered all my images, I used Glossy Accents on the wheels and left it to dry on my craft table overnight.

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Below is the video of how this card came together.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting!!

Supply List

Copic Markers:

Tractor and cart: YG09, G02, G12 and B000 for the window

Tires: Blick – 029, C4, C2

Pig: E11, E51, R00

Chick: Y13, Y35

Lamb: W3, W1

Mouse: C4, C2, C00

Animal Cheeks and Ears: R21

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One Layer Cards using MFT’s Seaside Seagulls/Card 3 of 3

This third one layer card in my series is my favorite.  I used the entirety of my card front to create a scene.  It’s a lot of fun to use more than one critter or character and build a scene around them and have them interact.  Again I used Prismacolor pencils, Distress Ink and a lot of masks.

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I didn’t have a hillside die or stencil, so I created my own.  I also didn’t have a speech bubble stamp, so I stamped my sentiment and drew one around it.  It was easy enough, as you’ll see in my card video below.  You can watch it here on on my YouTube channel in HD.  Thank you for stopping by!!

Supply List:

Prismacolor Pencils: Yellowed Orange, Yellow Ochre, Parma Violet, Lilac, Lavender, Hot Pink, Cool Grey 70%, Cool Grey 50%, Cool Grey 20%, Orange, Sunburst Yellow

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MFT’s Stencil Cloud

MFT’s Mermaizing Stamp Set

 

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One Layer Cards using MFT’s Seaside Seagulls/Card 2 of 3

I love framing up my images–it helps bring the focus on them.  For my second one layer card, I used a large mask to create a frame.  I used Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper for this.  I cut out an oval and placed negative mask onto my card front.  I was then able to ink blend in the oval.  Once I pulled up my mask, I had beautiful, crisp lines creating a frame.

But before I did my ink blending, I stamped all my images and used masks for them as well.

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For my images I used Post-It Super Sticky Full Adhesive paper.  Masks can help you add dimension to your card.  For instance, I stamped the larger cloud first, masked it, and stamped the smaller cloud overlapping it a little bit.  This gave the illusion that my second cloud was behind the first cloud and further off in the distance.

I decided to use Prismacolor pencils to color in my images.  They are one layer card friendly–they don’t bleed through to the other side, unlike Copic Markers.

To add a little more interest to the card, I colored in the tips of the bird’s wings with hot pink.  I thought this complimented the sentiment.  Lol!

Below is my card video.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD.  Thanks for visiting!

Supply List:

MFT’s Seaside Seagulls

Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink

Neenah Solar White 110# Card stock

Prismacolor Pencils: Cool Grey 70%, Cool Grey 50%, Cool Grey 20%, Hot Pink, Orange, Sunburst Yellow, Greyed Lavender

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One-Layer Cards using MFT’s Seaside Seagulls/Card 1 of 3

This is the first card I created in my one layer card miniseries using the adorable stamp set from My Favorite Things called Seaside Seagulls.  I love creating one layer cards.  They are only one layer, so they should be simple, right?  Not really.  Lol!

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It can be difficult coming up with a layout for a one layer card.  Your card has to have enough visual interest so people will enjoy looking at it.  The images and inks can all be fabulous, but you have to pull it all together on a single piece of paper.

One of the things I like to do with one layer cards is to leave a lot of white space.  The white of the card base adds to its simplicity and appeal and makes everything pop.

Once I figured out my layout for this card, my stamping and coloring didn’t take very long at all.

Here’s my video of how I created this card.  I hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for visiting my craft table!  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD.

Supply List:

MFT’s Seaside Seagulls

Neenah Solar White 110# Card Stock

Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink

Copic Markers: C4, C2, C1, Y08, Y02, BV000, E35, E31

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Mermaid Shaker Card using MFT Mermazing Stamps

I believe that teachers are a lot like mermaids–unbelievably amazing!  My kids had awesome teachers this year.  I made this card for my son’s preschool teacher, and I’m going to make another for my daughter’s teacher.

I started out with the stamping and coloring of these cute images.  I used 110 pound Neenah Solar White card stock, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, and my Copic markers.

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Coloring mermaids is a lot of fun–anything goes.  I was going for bright and magical.  I played around with different colors of Copic markers for her hair and tail until I found the combination I liked.  For her skin I used E51 for the base color, E30 for shadows, E11 for the darkest shadows and RV10 for blush.  For her hair I used Y21 for the base, E11 for the shadows and R43 for the darkest shadows.  For her tail I used RV10, RV21 and RV34.   I used several different colors of inks from Memento Dew Drops assortment to stamp out the coral and seaweed.  Image3

I got the coordinating dies for this set–it saves a lot of time and I’m not overly fond of fussy cutting images.  I always use micropore tape to keep them in place so they don’t shift when I run them through the die cutting machine.

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Because it’s an underwater scene, I had to use distress inks and flick water onto it to distress it.  This technique made the panel look bubbly and cute.  The colors of Distress Ink I used are Twisted Critron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.  I blended them onto some Bristol Smooth card stock.  Distress Inks blend so much easier on this paper than on Neenah Solar White.

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I wanted to use the shells and seaweed and all the smaller images from this set to frame my shaker panel.  I glued them onto my card base with a strong adhesive–Multi Medium Matte–just a tiny dab will do.  You could also just stamp the images around the card base, but I didn’t know exactly where I was going with this card at first.  Also the Copic markers would bleed through the paper and be visible on the inside of your card base.  However, you could use colored pencils on your card base with no problems.

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Next, I built my shaker element.  I used frame dies from MFT called Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames.  I cut out a piece of aqua colored fun foam to make the well for my sequins.  I used three different kinds of sequins–all Pretty Pink Posh: Peacock Feathers, Strawberry Burst and Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix.  Then I glued on my acetate and card stock frame.  That completed my card.  A big thanks to all of the teachers out there!!  You are all simply amazing!!

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Here’s the video of how I made this card.  You can watch it here on on my YouTube channel in HD.  Thank you for visiting my craft table!

Mother’s Day Card 2017 using Prismacolor Pencils

Happy Mother’s Day!  I think cards for our moms are the most important cards we send out.  I wanted to make my mom a card with flowers on it–perfect for any mom, but my mom is a major flower enthusiast.  Lol!  When I came across this stamp from Penny Black, it immediately reminded me of her.  She loves to bring fresh cut flowers from her garden into her house.  Her garden in chock full of a huge variety of flowers.  When you see her heading toward the door with her scissors, you know the house will soon be graced with the beauty and scent of flowers.

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Before I got started on the actual coloring of this card, I wanted to try out this new stencil from MFT.  I love this stencil!  Creating clouds for the background of the card was so fast and effortless.  It added a lot of interest, and it was just fun to use.

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I lived a long time with only owning about 50 Prismacolor pencils, so when my husband bought me the complete 150 set for our anniversary last year, I was in colored pencil heaven!!  Lol!  However, more choices of colors means more time spent in figuring out which ones I want to use.  Oh well, I still prefer owning them all.

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I used some word dies to create my sentiment.  I was able to get a slight hombre effect using two Copic markers–leaving them in the card stock helped me to color them without them shifting.  I glued them onto my card front with some Multi Medium Matte glue.

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I finished up the card by adding some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen over the tulips.  It’s difficult to keep myself from brushing this glitter over everything.  Lol!  (Love this pen.)

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Here’s my video for this card.  Thanks for visiting!  You can watch it here or in HD on my YouTube channel.

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Geometric Watercolor Birthday Card

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my blog!  I’ve created a fun and bright birthday card for this week’s video.  The star of this card is the awesome background stamp called Abstract Triangles.  It caught my eye when it came out a few months ago.  I was planning on using it to make a Christmas card.  I was going to color in the triangles in various shades of green, but I missed that boat.  So for this card I mixed up various shades of coral.  I love how this background turned out–the orange tones are bright and cheery and the white spaces I left just makes it all pop.

Then I remembered my Geometric Greenery stamp set in my stash, and I thought that would be perfect to add more color and interest to my card.  I used three different shades of green to color in these leaves.  To stamp out all my images I used VersaFine Onyx Black Ink because it’s waterproof.

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For the sentiment I heated embossed the word “fabulous” onto some black card stock and for the word “absolutely” I simply stamped that out with more VersaFine ink.  I pulled out my Stitched Banners dies to cut them out.  I love these dies and use them whenever I get the chance.

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I popped up the “fabulous” sentiment with some foam tape and I adhered everything else with some Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte glue.

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I almost forgot to stamp my finishing sentiment on the inside of my card.  I pulled out my Mini Misti to do this to ensure I stamped it perfectly–after all that work, I didn’t want to mess up my card.

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Here’s the video! You can watch it here or in HD on my YouTube Channel.

 

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Thank You Card using Copic Markers and Distress Ink

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Today’s card involves Copic markers, Distress ink and one dang cute stamp set from My Favorite Things called Purr-fect Friends.  The star of this card has to be the cat with all the cute flowers drawn on her.  This set has the best of both worlds–flowers and critters!

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I colored in the cat’s fur with cool gray markers, so that it wouldn’t compete with the bold colors I used on the flowers.  I wanted them to be bright and showy.

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I wanted the bird to be kissing the cat, so I stamped the bird at the very edge of the cage with her beak sticking out through the bars.  I had to place my die cut over the image very carefully, so I wouldn’t cut off her beak.  I skewed the die a little to the left of the image.  I worked out really well because these dies leave a white boarder around the images, and this allowed me just enough space for her beak.

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I used some Bristol Smooth paper for the card base because I wanted to blend some Distress Ink onto the paper.  Distress Ink blends onto this paper a lot easier than regular card stock.

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To get the frame to match the yellow on the cat, I used the chisel side of the yellow Copic marker to color the frame.

 

Birthday Wishes Card using Inktense Pencils

Welcome back to my craft table!  I’m using a new-to-me medium for my latest card–Inktense pencils.  One of my darling sisters-in-law gave them to me for Christmas, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with them.

You use them just like you would a colored pencil to color in your image, but the magics truly happens when you add water!  The colors are vibrant and intense.

I have the set of 36 colors, and I made up a chart so I could see at a glance which colors I want to use on my projects.  It’s kind of hard to see the true color just by looking at the pencil.Image1

I filled up a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper with my stamped images.  At this point I didn’t know how I was going to arrange my card, I was just having fun coloring.  I used two different pencils for each image, and then I used my Zig water brush to paint over my coloring.  Once the paint dries, it is permanent–unlike regular watercolor pencils which can be reactivated with water.  I like this aspect of these Inktense pencils because I can paint on many layers and my coloring stays put.

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When I find a floral stamp set that I really love, I like to get the coordinating dies.  Not only does it save me a lot of time cutting them out, but it cuts them out perfectly.  I’m still practicing my fussy cutting skills.

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I spent a lot of time figuring out how I wanted this card to look.  However, with these images you could slap them on in any arrangement, and it’d look beautiful, I’m sure.  Lol!  My sentiment comes from another Altenew stamp set called Floral Frame.

I also used some Pretty Pink Posh water droplets on this card.  I love using these water droplets on floral cards–they look like dew drops and adds a touch of sparkle.

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Here’s my video of how I created this card.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel.

 

Thanks for visiting my blog!  Happy spring to all of you!

 

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