Category Archives: Copic

Stamping Bella Summer Previews – Fairies, Floaties and BFFs

Where to begin?  Stamping Bella‘s summer release is AMAZING and so very much fun to color! So much fun, in fact, that I have four samples today (and three more tomorrow). I couldn’t stop. :) New stamps and dies will be available for purchase on Friday, June 30.

On my first card I used new Fairy Garden Sign with Fairy Garden Fairy. *sigh* ♥♥♥

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Isn’t she adorable? And the sign? Love, love, love. (Don’t take the Troll Bridge!) 😉

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG70, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, E40, R12, R20, R21, R22, Y32, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR21; Copic Opaque White

Embrace the Journey is one of two sentiments that comes along with the sign. I broke the phrase apart, stamping onto two flags. Coloring was done with markers and dots were added using Copic Opaque White.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Next, I colored sweet Fairy House Garden.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG70, E000, E40, E42, E43, V01, V12, V15, W00, W1, Y32, YG01, YG03, YG06, YR21

After coloring, I added some super sparkly Queen & Company white Petite Posies.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Next up are Uptown Girls Thelma & Louise. So cute! :)

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG70, E000, E00, E01, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, N5, N9, 110, R22, R24, R32, RV11, RV42, W00, W1, W2, Y21, Y38, YR15, YR18, YR21, YR68

Once the image was colored and layered over patterned paper, I added decorative borders (Taylored Expressions’ Skinny Mini Borders 2) along with a few enamel shapes (also from Taylored Expressions).

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

And lastly (for today), I used new Tiny Townie Frances Loves to Float along with a new Summer Sentiment.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG40, BG70, C00, C1, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R21, R27, R29, R89, Y19, Y0000, Y21, YG07, YG17

The set comes with the main image, the sun, waves, sunglasses, flip flops, a mound of sand and a beach umbrella. The clouds are from previously released Edna Blows a Kiss.

Be sure to head over to the Stamping Bella blog to see even more previews. While you’re there, leave a comment on each preview post for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the SB shop!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Tracking Copic Skill with a Sketchbook

Hi everyone! Today’s post is a little different from my norm. I wanted to share with you an idea I had on tracking Copic coloring progress. I am always trying to improve my coloring, whether it’s shadow, glass, skin, fabric, anything really.  So I have begun a Copic sketchbook where I will color any thing, any time, whether I want to practice a specific technique or just color for the sake of coloring. By the time the book is filled, I hope (and expect) to see improvement in my skill. :)

Copic Sketchbook by Imagination International, Inc.

I use Copic’s 5″ x 7″ sketchbook available from Imagination International, Inc. (Also available in 11″x 14″, 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 12″, 7″ x 10″ and 9″ x 12, ranging in price from $4.99 to $24.99.)   5″ x 7″  is the perfect size for my purposes and easily tucks into my purse or luggage.

Taylored Expressions "A Life She Loved"

Within the super-thick cover are 50 sheets of high quality (70 lb.) Japanese illustration paper, perfect for use with Copic markers and mixed media.

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Stamping Bella “Edna Loves the Ocean”

Copic ink does bleed through to the back of the paper but did not bleed through to the next page. This may depend on just how much ink is applied, but even red did not bleed to the next page (as shown in the photo below). It may be a good idea to tuck a piece of scrap paper beneath when coloring, just in case.

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When my book is filled, I will come back to share my results. Is anyone with me in this experiment? It will be fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamping Bella NEW Summer Release Previews – Don’t worry. Beach happy.

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 1 of Stamping Bella‘s Friday, June 30 release previews! This might be my favorite release ever so I’ve been (im)patiently waiting to share my samples. :)

Today Stamping Bella introduces a new line called The Littles. Oh my gosh, they are so cute. Of the new sets, I used Littles Palm Tree set with a sentiment from Summer Sentiments.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Also available are coordinating dies but for my card, I simply layered the images, masking as needed. I colored with markers and added tiny white dots using Copic’s Opaque White.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG11, BG13, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E11, E31, E33, E35, E40, E42, E43, N7, 110, R27, R39, YG03, YG06, YG17

Be sure to stop by the Stamping Bella blog to see each day’s featured releases. Don’t forget to leave a comment while you’re there for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Stamping Bella shop. The new release will be available for purchase Friday, June 30.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella The Little Palm Tree set, Summer Sentiments   Dies: MFT Circle Stax 2, Fishtail Flag Layers  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo   Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, X-Press It Blending Card, Doodlebug Anchors Away  Other: Copic markers, Copic Opaque White, Doodlebug Matte Sprinkles Christmas.

Especially for You (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s time for another challenge with Stamping Bella. This week I used Uptown Girl Brittany the Birthday Girl.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

The challenge last week was to design using this inspiration photo:

June 23

I went with the cake theme. :)

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Copic markers – BG10, BG70, C00, C1,C2, E00, E01, E11, E33, E35, R81, R83, R85, RV32, Y21

After stamping, I colored with markers then added a sprinkling of Queen & Company‘s pink posies. (Patterned paper is from Queen & Company as well.)

Next week’s challenge is to create a spinner or shaker card. 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 stopping by! :)

1amichele siggy

Creating a Removable Hair Bow Embellishment

Hi everyone! Today I did a bit of playing around with material (treated with Terial Magic) and hair clips.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Terial Magic is a liquid fabric stabilizer that allows fabric to be treated pretty much like paper. You can see how I used it HERE to stamp on, color and die-cut fabric.

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I used some pre-treated fabric (left from another project) and a Terial Arts snap clip to create a bow that can later be removed from the card and used as a barrette.  I think it coordinates perfectly with my colored Tiny Townie Garden Girl Sweat Pea from Stamping Bella.

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Because my fabric was treated with Terial Magic, I was able to very easily die-cut bow pieces from Taylored ExpressionsMini Mix & Match Bows. I only ran the dies/fabric through my die-cutting machine one time. No frayed edges or uncut threads. No problem.

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I used X-Press It Clear Gel Glue to assemble the bow.

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I positioned the clip on the bow so that the clip was not seen from the front then used thread to hold the clip in place.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E11, E13, E31, E35, G20, G24, G40, G43, G46, R01, W00, W1, W2, Y21, V20, V22, V25, V28; Copic Opaque White (dots on shirt)

I used foam tape to pop up the colored panel so that when the bow is in place, the panel lies flat. The sentiment, from Stamping Bella’s Mail Chick, is also popped up on foam tape.

I think the card is still cute once the barrette has been removed. :)

Thanks so much for visiting today.

1amichele siggy

And They Lived Happily Ever After (stamping bella)

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! This week’s challenge was to create an anniversary, wedding or love themed card.

Happily Ever After - Stamping Bella

I wanted to create something that wasn’t specifically for a wedding or anniversary, but could work for either, or even an engagement card. I used Close-Ups In Love with a sentiment from Close-Ups I Do.

Happily Ever After - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E07, E11, E35, E40, E41, E42, R29, R59, Y21, YG06, YG17, W1, W2, YR14

After coloring with markers, I added a few super sparkly White Petite Posies from Queen & Company. (I’ve mentioned before that they are one of my favorite embellishments. They go with everything!)

Next week’s challenge includes this inspiration photo:

Inspiration photo

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 stopping by! :)

1amichele siggy

True Friendship is a Plant of Slow Growth

Hi everyone! I’ve wanted to color this super cute image for some time. She’s Tiny Townie Susie the Succulent from Stamping Bella.  A coordinating die is also available but today I used just the image.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

I think she’s sweet as can be, and what a perfect sentiment. It’s so true.

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E07, E08, E09, E11, E18, E31, E35, E40, E42, R00, R01, R22, W2, Y21, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG17

I stamped Susie onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. On the succulents, I used R01 on the tips, moving the marker from the tips down toward the center, then I used YG01, feathering up and over most of the R01 to blend the two together. After doing so, I added in some darker hues and shadows with YG03, YG06 and finally YG17.

You can find Susie, as well as many other totally adorable Tiny Townies HERE.

I’ll be back tomorrow for Bellarific Friday! Hope to see you then!

1amichele siggy 

Thanks Bunches (paper smooches)

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! It’s finally the last crazy week of school here, although my kids are coming and going at wonky times, depending on final exam schedules. (I can’t keep up. I’m thankful one drives himself.)

With the end of the school year, I’ve needed a handful of thank you cards and this one, using Paper SmoochesGarden Greetings with coordinating dies, is one of my faves.

Garden Greetings - Paper Smooches

The Garden Greetings stamp set is this month’s TAM, or Thanks a Million, set which is FREE through June 30 with any $60 retail order. It’s a SUPER cute set. :)

Garden Greetings - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – R83, RV32, Y21, YG03, YG07

After stamping and coloring with markers, I die-cut the image then die-cut four or so additional, plain white pieces to stack beneath. It adds dimension, giving the appearance of a chipboard piece.

I’m off to take Child #2 to school for her last final exam. Woohoo!  (Well, Woohoo once the test is over.)  :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

1amichele siggy

Clear Cards Made Easy

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing some tips on how I create clear cards. I find working with acetate to be a little tricky at times, specifically in reference to adhesive.  What is the best adhesive to use, and how can I avoid that adhesive being seen on the inside of the card?

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

X-Press It Double-sided Adhesive Sheets (available from Imagination International, Inc.) are my “go-to” adhesive for clear cards. They are perfect for mounting, laminating and basically making any surface sticky. They are acid-free, provide an excellent hold and are ideal for die-cutting. Win/win for papercrafters!

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For my card today, I used the double-sided adhesive sheets, acetate, Taylored ExpressionsLeafy Vine Cutting Plate and Label Stacklets 2Stamping Bella‘s Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil and Simon Says Stamp‘s Thanks stamp set.

Here’s how I created my card:

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1 – Cut two adhesive sheets to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2.” One piece will be adhered to the green card stock for die-cutting. The other will be adhered to white card stock which will serve as the “inside” portion of the card for writing a personal message.

2 – Remove one side of the release paper from the double-sided adhesive sheet and adhere each to green and white card stock. Using the side of a bone folder, apply firm pressure over both surfaces. Trim the white card stock piece to slightly smaller than 4″ x 5 1/4″.

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3 – Place the die face down onto the green card stock and die-cut. I used a shim (added in after the photo was taken) and ran the stack through my Big Shot several times to ensure a good cut.

4 – The die will likely not cut through the remaining release paper but that’s ok.

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5 – Use a sharp pin to carefully peel away the negative pieces from the die-cut.

6 – Remove release paper from the back and carefully adhere the die-cut panel to the front of the acetate card. Again, burnish over the die-cut using a bone folder to ensure all edges are firmly adhered.

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Remove release paper from the white card stock. Open card and carefully align the edges of the white card stock with the green front. Close card to adhere white card stock to inside of card. You can see in the photo that the back side does not show messy adhesive at all. :)

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R00, R01, Y06, Y08, Y15, Y17, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR14, YR15

If desired, die-cut a second label and adhere to the back side of the front. As well, a second image shape can be die-cut and adhered to the back of the colored image before adhering to the card. In doing so, no Copic marker coloring will show through to the inside of the card.

Once my card was complete, I adhered a handful of super sparkly Queen & Company yellow Petite Posies. (They’re so very pretty!)

Thanks so much for vistiting today!

1amichele siggy

thinking of you (stamping bella)

Hi everyone! It’s another great Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella! This week I used lovely Tiny Townie Garden Girl Carnation.

Staming Bella - Michele Boyer

I just cannot get enough of these Garden Girls. They are so sweet and I truly love coloring them. The pretty papers (Flirty Florals) and pink Rivets are from Queen & Company.

This week we followed this {Mojo}Bella sketch:

June 9

I pretty much stuck to it, adding a bit of length to accommodate the main image panel.

Staming Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E40, E41, E42, RV10, RV11, RV21, RV32, RV34, Y21, YG01, YG03, YG17

I colored with Copic markers then added two tiny flags. The sentiment is a partial from Thinking of Youabella 2.0.

Next week’s challenge is to create with a wedding, anniversary or love theme. 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 stopping by! :)

1amichele siggy