Category Archives: Copic

almost perfect (stamping bella)

Today I tried something new. It is most certainly *not* almost perfect. But I am learning.  I love the new Danielle Donaldson stamps from Stamping Bella. I so want to use them but I don’t know what to do with them. It’s a completely new style for me. SO… for today, I pretty much tried to mimic some of the watercolor style I found online. I left white around the image as recommended in Danielle’s (amazing) book, “creativeGIRL: Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful Life.” And I copied Danielle’s white dots (using Copic’s Opaque White and a toothpick). Maybe if I try to replicate other people’s ideas, I will eventually have one of my own. That is my hope. For now, I give complete credit to Danielle.

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After watercoloring, I wanted to add some flower stems for these adorable new Pom Flowers from Queen & Co.  A couple of my Copic Multiliners were running low on ink so I took this opportunity to replace the cartridges. It was super easy.

Replacing Copic Mutiliner Ink Cartridges

As described on the Copic website, the A and B refills contain different ink viscosity to aid ink flow, depending on the nib size, so it’s important to choose the correct one.

Replacing Copic Mutiliner Ink Cartridges Step 1

After removing the cartridge from the package, simply remove the clear cap.

Replacing Copic Mutiliner Ink Cartridges Step 2

Then remove and toss the empty cartridge from the pen barrel. (Sometimes a coin helps to remove it.  I was able to use just my fingers.)

Replacing Copic Mutiliner Ink Cartridges Step 3

Simply pop in the new ink cartridge. Done! So easy! And no mess!

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Once I drew in the stems, I glued my flowers atop.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Happy Birthday (paper smooches)

Hello, everyone. I’m back today with another birthday card, this time using Paper SmoochesCelebrate Balloons dies.

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I thought it would be fun to tie the balloons to the leg of the chick from Birthday Buddies. He just can’t put his foot down! :)

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Copic markers – BG13, G05, G14, R01, R27, Y17, Y19, YR15, YR16, YR27, YR31

I hope you’ll stop back on Thursday for Paper Smooches’ March release hop. Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

those who don’t believe (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Last week’s challenge was to use a die in creating a card. Such a simple task.  :)   I used three.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

How adorable is this Set of Dragons? (There is actually a fourth but I only used three today.) Each was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers, then die-cut with each coordinating die. Mission accomplished. :)

Before assembling, I zig-zag stitched around the border and adhered three tiny Posies Toppings from Queen & Co. The sentiment is from Stamping Bella’s Unicorn Add-ons.

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Copic markers – BG11, BG32, E31, E33, R00, R01, V12, W1, W3, W5, YG01, YG03, YG93

The whole design of my card was inspired by my Bellarific sister (and long-term artistic idol) Paula Williamson. I love every single thing she colors/creates. Every. Thing. ♥

Next week’s challenge is to create using the photo shown below as inspiration.

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Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

You are Sweet (stamping bella)

Hello everyone.  Today I’m sharing a card using one of Stamping Bella‘s latest releases, Tiny Townie Sammy is Sweet. (I think she is *very* sweet.)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

After stamping her onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored with Copic markers. I added a strip of Queen & Co.‘s Heart Throb patterned paper along the side then added a beaded border using X-Press It 1/4″ High Tack Double-Sided Tape and silver Bitty Beads.

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I reach for this tape quite often. I use it to adhere card layers, attach embellishments and more. It comes on a 55-yd roll, is acid and solvent free, can easily be torn by hand, even used as instant hemming! It works great on metal, glass, wood, paper, plastics and fabric. Also available in 1/2″ width as well as 1/8″. (I actually use all three.)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG11, BG13, BG32, BG34, C1, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, E53, R00, R01, R81, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W2, Y21

I firmly adhered a strip of the 1/4″ double-sided tape, removed the release tape, then poured the beads. (I laid the paper into a tray to contain the beads for easy replacement back into the container.) I pressed the beads firmly onto the adhesive tape and they are there to stay!

I’ll be back tomorrow with Bellarific Friday! Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Happy Mail (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! Today I used one of my favorites, Tiny Townie Lacey Has a Letter, from Stamping Bella’s latest release. (You can find all of the new images/dies HERE.)

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This week we were to create using this sketch as inspiration:

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I flipped it and shifted just a couple things (which is A-ok)! :)

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BV000, B21, B23, B95, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E27, E31, E35, E59, R20, R39, R89, Y21, Y32

I stamped her onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. Specific markers are listed above, below close-up photo.  I love her hair the best. So very easy to color!  Just a bunch of dots!

For next week’s challenge, we need to include a die in our design. Again, so easy! Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to emily@stampingbella.com by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.)

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions February Release, Blessings and Prayers

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Taylored Expressions‘ February release previews over the last several days. You can find everything, now available, HERE. Before you head over to the TE store, I have two more samples to share.

My first card uses new You’re in My Prayers and Spring Florals stamp sets along with new Ornate Frame Cutting Plate, Prayers Script die and Spring Florals dies. I think they all work beautifully together.

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The flowers and leaves were stamped in Potato Chip, Lavender Glaze and Granny Smith inks, with Prayers and cutting plate cut from Toffee card stock. I truly love the Prayers Script. :)

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Once assembled, I added a handful of Sugar Cube enamel shapes.

Next, I used new Bloomin’ Background, So Very Blessed stamp set and Blessed Script.

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Bloomin’ Background was stamped onto Toffee card stock with Sugar Cube ink then white embossed and colored with Copic markers.

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Copic markers – R83, RV55, Y15, YG05, YR04

To achieve a perfect color match for the Blessed die, I die-cut the word from Toffee card stock then colored with the same Copic markers I used on the red flowers.

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Enamel Shapes Bundle! If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 120 Crafty Points on the purchase of the Enamel Shapes Bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site, www.tayloredexpressions.com

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To see more projects, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our designers. Also on the TE Blog today, you’ll find a list of winners from the preview posts. Maybe you are one of them!

Thanks so much for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy

A Copic Facebook Event (and free line art)

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know about an event on Facebook this Friday, February 10. From 2-3 p.m. PST Chihiro Howe, illustrator/Manga artist, will be live on Facebook. It’s a great opportunity to learn the basics of Copic blending and ask questions of a Copic expert.  You can join the event HERE.  Also at that link, you will find free Valentine art for coloring, one Manga style as well as the image I’ve colored below.

Both images are available in red and black line art. I printed the squirrels in red onto X-Press It Blending Card. (The red on my printer actually appears more brown.)

Copic Valentine Art (free download)

Aren’t those squirrels sweet? I love that one is offering a flower. The other may or may not share the nut. 😉

I used my MISTI to place the sentiment (from Stamping Bella‘s Uptown Girls Belinda & Bernadette the Bench Buddies).

Copic Valentine Art (free download)

Copic markers – E31, E33, E35, E37, G21, G24, G07, R20, R83, RV32, W00, W1, Y21, YR23; Copic 0.03 Brown Multiliner

Once colored with Copic markers, I used a brown 0.03 Copic Multiliner to draw a border around the colored panel.

Again, you can find the event info and links to the free artwork HERE. Don’t forget to click “JOIN!” It’s like a free class!

Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Easter Peeps and Pollen, Taylored Expressions February Previews

Hi everyone! It’s Day 3 of Taylored Expressions‘ February release previews! All new products will be available for purchase tomorrow at 7. a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EST).

Today I am sharing my favorite (of my samples). I absolutely adore this new Peek-a-Boo Easter set. Along with the coordinating dies, I also used new Little Bits Pocket.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

How sweet is that lamb? I love him/her.

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Copic markers – E40, E41, E42, E43, R20, Y23, Colorless Blender

After die-cutting the pocket from Sugar Cube card stock, I colored the pieces with Copic markers then lightly pressed over with a scrap of fabric saturated with Copic’s Colorless Blender.

I used Peek-a-boo Easter once again along with new TE Enamel Shapes.

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I lightly blended a bit of Salt Water Taffy ink in the center, then used an Egg Stacklets die as a guide for placing the heart enamel shapes.

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I very lightly traced around the die, adhered the hearts then erased the pencil line.

Lastly,  I used new Spring Grumplings. We have lots of spring allergies here so I especially like the Sneezin’s Greetings sentiment.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions I used Build a Scene Trees, the sun from Build a Calendar, flowers from Little Bits Easter Confetti and a Stitched Rectangle Stacklet.

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Copic markers – BG10, E18, E31, E33, E35, R27, RV14, Y18, Y38, YG07, YR18

Poor critter.  :)

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Enamel Shapes Bundle! If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 120 Crafty Points on the purchase of the Enamel Shapes Bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site, www.tayloredexpressions.com

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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Check back tomorrow for more previews from Taylored Expressions’ February release! Thanks for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

Faith in Bloom, Taylored Expressions February Previews

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a couple more cards using Taylored Expressions‘ February 9 release products.

My first card uses previousy released Faith in Bloom stamp set with new Faith in Bloom coordinating dies.

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I first created a watercolor background using Scattered Straw, Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick distress inks.

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Copic markers – BG32, C1, C2, R81, R83, R85, Y11, Y32, YR23

I then stamped the flowers and colored with Copic markers. The sentiment was stamped in Sugar Cube ink onto Oreo card stock and white embossed.

Next, I used My Redeemer Lives with a corresponding die.

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I stamped the cross and sentiment in beautiful Delicata Gold Glitz ink. No embossing is necessary. It’s shiny and just lovely on its own.

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In the background I used new Redeemer Embossing Folder.  (The gold card stock peeking out on the left and right sides of the embossed panel is from Michaels.)

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with my more previews from Taylored Expressions’ February release! (Tomorrow’s previews are my favorite!) Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Spring is in the Air – Taylored Expressions February Preview

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first day of Taylored Expressions‘ February 9 release previews! Today I’m sharing two cards. My first uses lovely new Spring Florals with coordinating dies.

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I stamped the flowers in Lavender Glaze and Strawberry Milkshake inks with the wreath stamped in Granny Smith ink. In the flower centers I placed new Taylored Expressions Enamel Shapes.

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I’m excited about these shapes for several reasons. There are currently 12 colors, all of which perfectly match TE card stock. Each set includes various sizes of dots, hearts and stars. The shapes add just the perfect amount of dimension without being “too” round or thick.  :)

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Enamel Shapes! If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 120 Crafty Points on the purchase of the Enamel Shapes Bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site, www.tayloredexpressions.com

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Once my wreath was assembled, I wrapped a bit of gold twine then adhered over card stock embossed with Brick Embossing Folder.

Next, I used new Bloomin’ Background with a sentiment from Simply Said – Spring.

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I first stamped the background using Cupcake ink then colored with Copic markers.

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Copic markers – E51, E53, E55, G24, G43, R000, R00, Y00, Y32, YG61, W00, W1

The sentiment was stamped using Pink Champagne ink  with the panel adhered to a Pink Champagne card base.

 

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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I hope you’ll check back tomorrow for more previews from Taylored Expressions’ February release! :)

1amichele siggy

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