Category Archives: Digi Image/Template

Harvest Blessings with Kirarina Wink

Hi everyone!  With the cooler weather finally arriving, I’m in the mood to create something “fall-ish.”  :)  I decided to make a fall greeting for framing using darker card stock, Kirarina Wink metallic pens and this Harvest Blessings digital file from SVG Salon.

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I used Kirarina Wink Gold  for the greeting with small dots added using White Pearl. I also used a 0.3 Wine inking pen to add a bit a definition.

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I first printed the greeting onto regular copy paper.

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I placed a sheet of Transfer Paper over my card stock and placed the printed greeting on top. Using removable tape, I held the layers in place then traced an outline with a pencil.  (Images can be printed directly onto the white side of the Transfer Paper. I chose not to do so because my printer is finicky and I wasn’t in the mood to battle.)

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Tip:  When removing the transfer paper from the package, make certain you are only removing ONE SHEET. Otherwise, you will end up tracing your image onto the back of another sheet of transfer paper (shown above). eye roll emojii

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Once traced onto the CARD STOCK (haha), I carefully filled in the areas with a Gold Kirarina Wink. Once filled, I added a bit of definition with a 0.3 Wine Multiliner then added some random scattered dots of white.

Closeup

While it can be kind of scary sometimes to share zoomed in shots, I wanted to show how wonderfully the Kirarina Wink covers darker card stock.  Also, it’s hard to capture in the photo, but the ink holds tiny specks of glass, creating a soft, shimmery appearance. The pens can work great on glass, wood, plastic and photos!

Now to find a frame!  :)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Joy to the World (Mo’s Digital Pencil) and How I Refill My Copics

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! It’s my favorite day of the year! There’s just something magical about it. There’s always so much to do…wrap the last few gifts, prepare for meals tomorrow, tidy the house, go to church… It’s always crazy busy, but I just love it. Eeeee!  :)

My card today uses another digital stamp, this time from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I had a hard time choosing among these adorable singing elves, finally settling on Singing Elf Wynn. (I probably should have just purchased all three!)

Michele Boyer - Mo's Digital Pencil

While coloring my image, I realized I had several markers to refill so I thought I’d share how I do that. I actually use two different methods depending on my available time and how dry the marker is.

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First I remove both caps. If the insides look like those above (yuck), I take the time to clean them.

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I apply a bit of Colorless Blender to the end of a cotton swab (I use cheap ones, from the dollar store) and swish it around the inside of the cap until it is clean.  I also use a cotton swab with Colorless Blender to carefully clean the ink away from the tip of the marker (if it’s especially inky).

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If time is short, I will simply apply drops of Various Ink (refill) to the chisel nib. If you look closely at a top view of the chisel end of the marker, you will see a small gap on each side of the nib. I add drops of the refill to the side of the nib and ink is drawn down into the marker.

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When I’m not in a hurry and want to be certain the marker is completely filled, I remove the chisel nib and carefully drop ink into the barrel.

Always remove the chisel end, never the brush, to refill a marker as brush nibs are easily damaged when removed.

A Copic Nib Tweezer is inexpensive and makes pulling nibs super easy, plus it will keep your fingers clean. I can’t find mine at the moment so I used my fingers to remove the chisel nib. In my experience, the chisel nib always comes out fairly easily with fingers.

If you are replacing the brush end, the nib tweezer makes removal of the brush much easier. I tried using a regular tweezer once and only the outer edges of the nib came out. The Nib Tweezer is the way to go for removing a brush nib.

Once the chisel nib is removed, I usually add about 35-40 drops of Various Ink, holding the marker over a paper towel just in case I overfill and the ink drips out of the brush end. After filling, simply reinsert the chisel nib into the barrel.

Boosters are handy for filling markers cleanly. They’re reusable but must be thoroughly cleaned in between each use. I mostly use one to refill my Colorless Blender marker. Because the Colorless Blender is thin, it’s harder (almost impossible) to fill the marker drop by drop.

Michele Boyer - Mo's Digital Pencil

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, C00, C1, C2, E00, E01, E41, E42, E57, G09, G19, R01, R02, R37, R81, R56, R89, RV34, Y21

Thank you SO much for visiting today, or any day. I hope you have a very merry, healthy and happy Christmas!

1amichele siggy

Welcome to a Start of Summer Copic Blog Hop

As summer gets into full swing, our Copic teaching team will take a short break to focus on refueling creative juices and prepare classes for the Fall season as well as brand new classes for 2017.

*READ ON FOR BLOG HOP PRIZE INFO*

Fall workshops include More Whimsical Faces and Hair, Vintage Values and Mono Tones, and Dress For Success: Clothing and Accessories and will all be taught in the following locations:

  • Chicago, IL August 19th-20th **
  • Dallas, TX  August 26th-27th **
  • Edmonton, AB August 26th-27th **
  • Charlotte, NC September 9th-10th
  • Las Vegas, NV September 23rd-24th
  • Sacramento, CA September 23-24th
  • Boston, MA October 14th-15th
  • Hanover, MD October 14th-15th
  • Portland, OR October 14th-15th

** Registration now open

Be sure to register for e-mail notifications HERE (bottom of the page) so you will be the first to know when classes are open in your area.

Now for the prize:

One lucky winner will receive a pass to attend a Copic Coloring Workshop in the US or Canada in the 2017 season.

We will not be offering an alternative prize for those living outside the US or Canada. You are welcome to participate, but be aware that the prize is for a class in the US or Canada in the 2017 year.

How do you win?

There are six simple questions at the end of Michelle H’s post HERE. Visit each of the blogs listed below to find the answers then send those answers to Michelle in a quick e-mail at michoughton@yahoo.com.  Those who have all six questions answered correctly will be entered into a drawing to win. E-mails must be received no later than midnight eastern time, Saturday, June 25.

Today I’ve colored a digi-image from All Dressed Up Stamps, Little Flower Girl. She was printed onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.

Michele Boyer - All Dressed Up Stamps

After coloring the hat (and before coloring the surrounding areas), I applied Colorless Blender Solution to a scrap of denim then touched the denim to the hat area.  The texture of the denim transfers the Blender Solution to the hat area, creating the denim pattern. It’s super cool and my favorite use for the Colorless Blender.  :)

Michele Boyer - All Dressed Up Stamps

Copic markers – B93, B95, B97, E01, E11, E31, E35, E41, E42, E43, R20, R24, R29, R39, R83, R85, RV32, W00, W1, W2, Y21, YR07

Be sure to visit Michelle H’s blog HERE to find the questions and the blogs below to find the answers:

Good luck, and thanks for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy

Time to Celebrate!

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Hello.  :)  I’m back today as promised with a SIMPLE birthday card using another image from Bugaboo.  Not too many doo-dads, just a bit of trim, nothing fancy. 

Time to Celebrate!

I love these big ol’ smiley kids.  This image is A Kid’s View Birthday BalloonIsn’t she cute?  I tell ya, there are so many cute images in that store. I  had a hard time narrowing down my selection. 

I printed the sentiment from my computer using SNF Goody, a font I purchased a while back from Scrap n’ Fonts (only $3).  The little clippy thingy is a Karen Foster “Charm Pin Up Brad.”  I believe the intention is actually to hang a charm from it, but I turned it upside down and tied a scrap of ribbon around it instead.  I think it works both ways just fine.  :) 

I’ll be back tomorrow with Kimmie’s Saturday Krafty Challenge!  Thanks SO much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Digi-stamp:  Bugaboo “A Kid’s View Birthday Balloon”  Font:  Scrap n’ Fonts SNF Goody   Paper: Papertrey Ink white, American Crafts Enchanted “Sophisticated Jack” and “Gracious Hare”    Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E11, E33, V12, V15, R20, YG91, YG93, YG0000, C1), Prismacolor pencils, 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ circle punches, Melissa Francis trim, Karen Foster Charm Pin Up Brad, ribbon, foam booster.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

I’m the Life of the Party

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Hi everyone!  Now that I’m kind of “in between” releases, I wanted to take some time to play.  :)

This week is Bugab0o‘s FIRST birthday, and although I don’t didn’t have many of their digi-images, this week they’re on sale for 60% off (through January 22nd), so I did a bit of shopping.  It’s all Jeanie‘s fault.  😉   I totally blame her… and her frog (…had to buy that image too).

Bugaboo has challenges all week long and today’s challenge is to make a birthday card.  I’m going with snarky Stella, Life of the Party …because this is almost “me.”  Ok…in a few years, lol.  (I didn’t buy anything TOO snarky, but I did laugh at all of them.  And trust me, I am NEVER the life of the party.  EVER.  I’m a quiet observer.)

I’m the Life of the Party

I  colored her with markers, added a bit of ground with pencils and used an older SFYTT that I’ve used many times before.  (It’s a fave of mine.)

To add just a little extra something, I colored over Stella’s glasses and balloon with a clear 3-d glaze pen.  (Those parts aren’t sparkly, just shiny.)

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Bugaboo birthday card…a very simple one.  (Simple is ok, right?)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Digi-stamp and sentiment:  Bugaboo “Life of the Party”  Paper: Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate and white, Basic Grey Hopscotch (6×6)   Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E35, E57, R12, R14, YG0000, YG03, YG05, BG0000, BG01, Y11, Y21), Prismacolor pencils, Stampin Up library clip, ribbon scrap, clear Sakura 3-d glaze pen.  Finished size 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.

You’ve Been Naughty but Happy Birthday Anyway

I’m just teasing with my post title.  I have a couple things to share today but they are in no way related other than the fact that they both use My Favorite Things’ Die-namics Game Night Spinner and Stamp Set duo and new You Spin Me Additions.  I LOVE this die with the coordinating sets!  So much fun!

You’ve Been Naughty

This first project includes a card and matching “treat” box.  (I really like the little jingle bell brads!  I found them in a Hobby Lobby on my way home from Disney!)

Chalk inks are the best choice for stamping solid images with acrylic stamps.  But I don’t have very many so stamping the inside pieces of the wheel was a bit of a challenge for me.  After some trial and error, I was able to get a decent impression using my Mementos.   But now I’m on a mission to find more chalks.  I found a great new website the other day that lists cost comparison of ink types among different suppliers.  InkPads.net is a great resource.  On their left sidebar, you can choose the different brands to see a list of various suppliers and prices.    I didn’t purchase any yet, but I found distress inks for a great price at a camera store of all places.  Who would have thought?  So check it out!

Since the spinner landed on “naughty,” the recipient of this card is getting coal (as stated on the inside of  my card).

And here’s the perfect little box to hold the coal.  I used Jen’s Full Circle Treat Box template found here.    The actual template cuts a smaller box than I wanted so using my Cricut and Make the Cut software (many thanks to a very generous friend :) and found here on Jody’s left side bar), I simply selected the entire template (all pieces at once) and dragged a little arrow in one of the corners until the top circle was the size of the spinner.  I wasn’t sure it would work, but it did!  YAY!  I love when things are easy.  So I cut my larger treat box, assembled another spinner and WA-LA.  Done.  :)

I decided to make another spinner card for my son’s birthday.

Look Who’s Turning 11

I like how this turned out but I didn’t realize until now that I placed two party hats side by side.  GASP! (lol)  I should not have done that.  But my son didn’t notice (and wouldn’t care) so it’s fine.

On the inside I stamped a couple more sentiments while leaving plenty of room for all of us to sign.

I’ll be back tomorrow with MFT’s Greatest Hits.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

You’ve Been Naughty Set  —  Stamps:  MFT “You Spin Me Additions”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky, Lady Bug, Potter’s Clay, Bamboo Leaves  Paper: Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Imaginisce Cottage Christmas Collection (6×6 paper pad)  Accessories: MFT Game Day Spinner and Small Scallop Die-namics dies, Michaels mini brad, Spare Parts by Paper Studio Jingle Bell brads, Spellbinders Nestabilities, dimensional boosters, MFT Full Circle Treat box template, red-line sticky tape (on box).  Finished card size 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.

Look Who’s Turning 11 Card —  Stamps:  MFT Game Day Due and You Spin Me Additions  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Chalks  Paper: Papertrey Ink white, SU Night of Navy, My Mind’s Eye Lil Robots “Blinking Buttons” and “Sock ’em Stars”  Accessories: MFT Game Day Spinner Die-namics, Creative Memories circle cutter, Michael’s mini brads, navy twill, dimensional boosters.  Finished card size 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.

Witchie, Witchie, Screamie, Screamie

Hello.  :)  Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve had this cute little Tiddly Inks witch colored on my table, just waiting to be put together.  Since I have a marathon of posts coming up beginning Friday, I thought I better get to it now.  

Witchie, Witchie, Screamie, Screamie

Other than the big piece of plaid, the patterned strips and blocks were leftover scraps from Cosmo Cricket’s Matilda paper pad.  I got the idea for the little face on the pumpkin from one of the other patterns in the pad.  I love the little “stitched-ish” smile.

Do you see that little black ribbon tag on the sentiment?  I added that as an afterthought.  The card was all put together and I decided I wanted to add “something.”  So guess what I did?  I stitched the whole card together when I added it.   Yep.  Stitched straight through to the back.  lol.  UGH.  (And this was right after I checked tonight’s dinner in the crockpot only to find that I’d forgotten to plug it in.)  ?????  SO…I cut the back off the card, cut around the stitches and glued the front onto a new card base.  It’s a little thick (lol) but good as new.  :)

As usual, my image is colored with markers, and then the ground and bits of shading were added with pencils. 

I’ll be back on Friday with this month’s JiFFy Challenge and then My Favorite Things previews begin Saturday!  :)

Thanks SO much for stopping by!  (And if you’d like to make me feel better, feel free to share one of  your own stupid moments.  lol.)  Have a great day!

Digi-imageTiddly Inks Peekaboobug”   SentimentLockhart Stamp Co.  “Witchie, Witchie”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMagic Wheat  Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Black  Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Matilda 6×6 paper pad  Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E31, E33, E35, E57, YR0000, YR00, YR23, V15, V17, W1, W3, W5, W7, G94), Prismacolor pencils, black Sakura 3-d glaze pen (over pumpkin eyes), sewing machine, black ribbon scrap.  Finished size 5” x 5”.

More Fun with Tiddly Inks

Hi everyone.  I’ve had a bit of time to work on more from Tiddly Inks.  Since this one is Halloween-themed, I thought I should actually use it before Halloween.  :)

Wicked Birthday Wishes

Is she cute or WHAT?  How perfect for a Halloween birthday!  This is Spooky Birthday.  I just love her. 

I’ve been trying to add ripples and folds in open clothing areas.  For once, I’m happy with how this one turned out.  (It’s so hard!)

Once I colored my image, I traced over the spider, webs, witch’s eyes and the buckle on her hat with a clear 3-d glaze pen. 

The sentiment was computer generated.  (I’m sorry…I don’t remember the font.)

I might have to hang onto this card for a bit.  I like it.  :)  (I can’t always say that.)

Starting tomorrow I’ll be around with previews of Kraftin Kimmie’s October release, immediately followed by My Favorite Things à la modes and VIP!  (Whew!  I’ve been busy!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Digi-image:  Tiddly Inks “Spooky Birthday”  Cardstock: Papertrey Ink True Black and Vintage Cream  Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Matilda 6×6 Mini Deck  Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E08, E33, E57, Y21, YR23, YR24, V15, V17, W00, W1, W3, W5, W7, YR0000), clear Sakura 3-d glaze pen, 1” circle punch (Martha Stewart), sewing machine, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 5” x 5”.

Let’s Get Digi (in a template kind of way)

Hello!  :)

Today the My Favorite Things design team is sharing samples using  four new digi-templates and a new digi-paper pack (now available)! 

The template files come in several different formats:

  • PDF: traditional print & cut version
  • SVG: for use with the Cricut Expression and Make The Cut or Sure Cuts a Lot software
  • Ai & DXF: for use with Wishblade, Pazzles, and KNK machines
  • GSD: for use with the Silhouette

How fabulous would it be to have a fancy machine cut all the pieces in a jiffy?  I wouldn’t know.  I used my paper cutter and scissors.  But I’m feeling the pressure….  😉

It’s All About the Candy 

I’ve used MFT’s Tiny Town Halloween along with the Pumpkin Box template.   I ***love*** the pumpkin box.  

I printed the template onto the back side of a woodgrain patterned paper, constructed my pumpkin and sponged all the edges and score lines, quite heavily, with Ranger’s Walnut Stain Distress ink. 

I wrapped one long thin strip of paper around a bamboo skewer to get the curly piece.   After curling, I bent the piece just a bit in the middle(ish) and tucked it beneath my jute string before tying.

I’m really happy with how this turned out.  (Kind of simple, but kind of not.)   :)  

I created a matching card using the same papers, scoring and inking.   A small pop dot beneath the pumpkin costume added just a bit of dimension. 

And a little stamp and sentiment along with some sponging provided a quick finish to the inside.

I hope you’ll check out what the design team has done with these new products!  You can find direct links to the samples HERE after 11 a.m. EST. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Tiny Town Halloween”  Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress  Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream  Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Haunted “Nevermore” and “Them Bones”   Accessories: MFT Pumpkin Box Template, Copic markers (E000, E31, E35, G21), jute string, Michaels mini brads, sponge, dimensional boosters.  Pumpkin box approximately 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”; card 4 ¾” x 4 ¾”.

It’s Been Too Long

Hi everyone!  I hope it was a good weekend for you!   We visited two local wineries, something we haven’t done for a very long time.  It was tons of fun.   :)

So I’m back today with more from Tiddly Inks!  I told you I can’t stay out of that shop.  Such cuteness!  (And I have more!)

It’s Been Too Long 

See?  Isn’t she CUTE?  This image is Time for Tea.  (I love her hair and the wonky clock.) 

I printed the image onto cream cardstock and colored as usual.  Luckily I’ve never had a problem with my Copics and the printer ink.   They work wonderfully together.

I printed the sentiment as well using a font called Milk and Cereal (found here).

I’m off to enjoy our company.  They’re only here until Tuesday morning.  But I’ll be back soon! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!  :)

Digi-imageTiddly Inks “Time for Tea”  FontKevin and Amanda “Milk and Cereal”   Cardstock: Stampin’ Up Ruby Red; Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream  Patterned Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Togetherness 6×6 Mini Deck  Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E31, E33, Y21, BG0000, B0000, W1, R14, R20, R17), Prismacolor pencils, Spellbinders Nestabilities, slot punch, 1 ¼” and 1 3/8” circle punches, ribbon, Spare Parts trim by Paper Studio, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 5” x 5”.