Category Archives: Tutorials

Creating a Quick and Easy Bokeh Background

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing how I used X-Press It Mask It to create a quick and easy bokeh background for a super cute mermaid. (In searching for a link to this image, it seems the artist has closed her Etsy store. Sorry about that!)

X-Press It Mask It to create a quick and easy background

X-Press It Mask It is a low-tack, flexible masking film with a matte finish, ideal for airbrushing, painting, stenciling, sponging, etc. The film is easily die-cut, leaves no residue whatsoever, and can easily be moved, reapplied and re-used multiple times.

X-Press It Mask It

It’s available in sheets HERE (which is what I use) or rolls HERE.

Step 1: Cut Mask It to size, tape circle dies in place

First, cut a piece of Mask It to size then tape several dies in place.

Step 2 Remove die-cut circles, carefully separate mask from release sheet

I recommend using a shim (like this) when die-cutting to assure the dies cut cleanly through the film. Once die-cut, remove the circles then separate the film from the release paper. I use a pin to help separate the layers.

Step 3 Adhere mask over card stock, begin to blend ink

Adhere the film over the card stock and begin blending in the open spaces. Once ink is blended, carefully remove the film and readhere, positioning the film as desired. So easy! :)  You can find more info on X-Press It Mask It HERE.

Close-up of Bokeh effect using X-Press Mask It

Copic markers – B02, E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, E41, E42, E43, E57, E79, Y21, YG07; X-Press It Mask It

The mermaid was printed onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers (as listed above).

Thanks so much for visiting today! :)

1amichele siggy

How to Transfer a Photo Image onto Card Stock for Coloring (Yes, you can do it!)

Hi everyone! Today I tried a new (to me) technique/product to create a Christmas card for my in-laws. It was so easy!



Using X-Press It Graphite Transfer Paper, I transferred a photo of the ornament shown above (left) onto the card (right).  I actually impressed myself. Haha.

X-Press It Transfer Paper - Graphite

Here’s how to do it:


First, take a photo of your chosen item. I used an ornament that I bought a few years ago for both my in-laws and myself. (We’ll see if they notice!)


Size the photo using your program of choice. I used Photoshop. Using an inkjet printer, print the photo onto the white side of the tranfer paper, then trim the image. Use a piece or two of removable tape to hold the printed transfer paper in place onto your Copic compatible paper. As always, I used X-Press It Blending Card. Trace the image using a stylus, pen or pencil.

If you do not have an inkjet printer, simply place the photo over the transfer paper and then trace your image.


If you’d like, you can add small hash marks to indicate shading or to mark any other areas of importance. Likewise, you can eliminate any areas you don’t want to use. I eliminated the ornament hanger and string.


Lastly, color with your Copics.  I used a 0.5 black Multiliner to add in the pot detail and strings for the lights.

If you can still see the graphite lines once coloring is complete, simply use an eraser to remove the lines. I like to use a WHITE eraser because sometimes colored erasers will leave marks behind (and noone wants that).


X-Press It Transfer Paper is available in graphite or white, can be used on a variety of surfaces (i.e. paper, wood, metal, glass, fabric, canvas etc.), is acid free, wax free, erasable and washes out of fabric.

This was fun! I may try again while I have the supplies handy. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Using Screen Tones to Create Quick and Easy Backgrounds

Hi everyone!  I tried a new (to me) product yesterday that I want to share. Available in the Imagination International, Inc. store are Screen Tones. In a nutshell, they are clear, printed stickers used to create backgrounds or to cover areas where you might otherwise stamp or sketch in designs.  They are transparent, repositionable, can be layered, mixed and matched and are incredibly easy to use! (You can find more detail HERE).

On my card, I paired a Sky Screen Tone with Reverse Confetti‘s cute Bear Hugs koala.

Michele Boyer - Reverse Confetti

Each screen tone sheet is 12.5″ x 9″ so there is plenty of area for use on many cards. You can check out the (over) 200 prints HERE.


They are super easy to use! I first stamped my image onto X-Press It Blending Card then cut a piece of Sky screen tone to size*. After removing the backing, I applied the screen tone over my image, pressing just enough (very lightly) to adhere the sheet over my card stock. I then gently used a kraft knife to cut away the portion of the screen tone that covered my image. My knife blade cut very easily through the screen tone without cutting through the card stock.

* It is recommended that the screen tone be cut to size then layed over the image without removing the backing, using a knife to cut away the excess screen tone and then removing the backing and placing the screen tone over the card stock/image. I removed the backing, then cut, using a gentle hand with my knife and it worked fine. If I were using a screen tone on a more artistic/”special to me” piece, I would have followed the adviced instructions, leaving the backing in place to protect my artwork. If I had accidentally cut through to the card stock here, I could easily restamp the bear so I wasn’t overly concerned with cutting through (but I tried not to).


Once the outline was cut, I used the tip of my blade to peel away the portion of the screen tone covering the image. I then firmly adhered the screen tone to the card stock using a burnishing tool. There are different sizes available depending on the size of the are you want to burnish. You can see all HERE.  I used this one.


I then colored my image with Copic markers and drew in some grass using a 0.3 black Multiliner. Multiliners can be used on top of the screen but the ink requires drying time or it will smudge.

Michele Boyer - Reverse Confetti

Copic markers – BG11, E31, E33, E35, E41, E42, E43, R20, Y19

There was a small area of cloud pattern at the bottom left that I did not want so I used a Tone Eraser to easily remove it.  I added linen thread to camoflauge the bottom edge of the screen tone and used my kraft knife to cut around the bear’s feet, allowing them to hang over the thread.

I’ll be back soon with another project using screen tones!  (They’re super cool!)

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

So Happy for You (Stamping Bella) and a Give-away

Hi everyone!  I’m on the Stamping Bella blog today sharing how I added dimension to lovely Uptown Girl Melanie the Modern Bride. You can find a complete step-by-step tutorial HERE.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – BV000, BG11, C00, C1, C2, E00, E11, E29, E31, E35, G29, R39, R85, RV32, Y21, YG17, YR14, YR23

While I don’t want to duplicate the info found on the Stamping Bella blog, I do want to talk just a bit about one of my all-time favorite crafting products, X-Press It Foam Tape . I use lots of foam tape so I *always* ensure I have a healthy supply on hand.


X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape (green label) is available in 1/2″ and 3/4″ widths. High Tack Foam Mounting Tape (purple label) is available in 1/4″ and 1/2″. For paper crafting, I use them interchangeably, depending on the width called for on my project. They are basically the same except that High Tack Foam Mounting Tape has an extra strong adhesive which works well on glass, wood, paper, plastics and fabric. Both are acid and solvent free and ideal for scrapbooking and card making.


Three of the four products I’m giving away were used on my card today.  I have Stamping Bella’s Uptown Girl Melanie the Modern Bride stamp set, Taylored Expressions’ Dotted Lattice embossing folder, Paper Smooches’ Birthday Words dies and a roll of X-Press It Double-sided 1/4″ High Tack Foam Tape. Just leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, May 18, 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly choose a winner on Wednesday, May 19. The winner will be notified by email and I’ll post the winner’s name on my blog that day as well.

I hope you’ll check out my post on the Stamping Bella blog (here) to see my card in full as well as a step-by-step tutorial for multi-layer dimension.

Thanks SO much for visiting! :)

1amichele siggy

Ruff Day?

Hello again! As promised, I’m back today coloring cute Kiki digi-image from Tiddly Inks, using tips from Copic’s Coloring Cats & Dogs with Copic Markers.


Isn’t Kiki cute?  (She’s also FREE!)  The sentiment is from Paper SmoochesPaws for a Cause and the Stitched Frame is from Taylored Expressions.

Michele Boyer - Tiddly Inks

Copic markers – E40, E41, E42, E44, W5, W7

Coloring Cats & Dogs with Copic Markers focuses on many different aspects from basic smooth coloring to creating texture, adding shadows, coloring different lengths of fur, breeds and more.

Michele Boyer - Tiddly Inks

To color Kiki, I first printed her onto X-Press It Blending Card. I began with a base of E42 then added the next darker shade of E44, using long feather strokes to apply the color. Next I began building shadow using W5, finishing with W7. The highlighted areas of white were left uncolored.

Michele Boyer - Tiddly Inks

I’ll be back soon with another card featuring the other half of the book – a cat.  :)

Thanks so much for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Coloring Glass with Copic Markers

Hi everyone!  Today I’m featuring another topic covered in Imagination International‘s Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

As mentioned previously, there are so many helpful tips in this book. I colored wood in this post and vividly beautiful butterflies using only two markers in this post. Today I’m sharing how I colored the mason jar in this oh-so-pretty image by Stamping Bella, Mason Jar of Flowers. (The simple “hi” sentiment is from Tiny Townie Penelope has a Pencil.)


There are two methods of coloring glass in Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers. I used the Colorless Blender method. (Colorless Blender info can be found here and purchased here, although it is currently out of stock.)


I first stamped the flowers onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.


Next I colored around the edges of the jar using two grays, C1 and C3. I left a small strip of white along the outside left and right edges of the jar and used short feathering strokes, moving in toward the center of the jar.


I added blue to the water using B41, again using feathering strokes from outside edges in toward the center, leaving the center area white.


Lastly, I applied Colorless Blender in the center, allowing the colorless solution to push the edges of the gray and blue ink away from the center and toward the edges.

Michele Boyer - Stamping Bella

Copic markers – B41, C00, C1, C3, G03, G16, E35, R83, R85, R39, RV32, Y15, Y17, Y38

Once the coloring of the glass was complete, I added more shading around the flowers and ribbon and grounded the jar with a bit of gray.

You can find this description in greater detail, as well as many other coloring tips and tricks in Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers. It is an excellent resource!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Explosive News|Explosion Card (tutorial)

It’s always fun to add something a little unexpected to a card. How about a pop-out insert that opens to be bigger than the card itself? Fun right? And super easy!


I started with Paper SmoochesGreat Chemistry stamp set. I paper-pieced the scientist’s glove which made inserting the beaker very easy! (The set with comes with a couple different options of what to place in the hand.)

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches

Copic markers – BG10, BG70, C00, C1, C2, C3, C6, E00, E11, E35, E41, E42, R01, R02, Y21, YR14, YR23

I created my insert with one-sided patterned paper to add a bit of color to the folds. The white side was stamped lightly with a pattern of beakers and light bulbs with the sentiment stamped in the center.

Michele Boyer - Paper Smooches (explosion card, open)

The insert opens to be completely flat so it’s easy to add a written message once assembled.

You can find complete step-by-step instructions with photos HERE on the Craftsy blog. I hope you’ll check it out.  :)

1amichele siggy

Create Quick and Easy Tissue Paper Flowers in Minutes (tutorial)

When fresh flowers aren’t seasonally available, why not make your own from tissue paper?  Tissue paper flowers are inexpensive and incredibly easy to create. On the Craftsy blog today, you’ll find step by step tutorials for three different flowers,  all of which can be made in just minutes.


You can create very small or very large flowers simply by adjusting the size of your tissue paper sheets.


Create different flower styles by combining paper colors. Or create a totally different look with a simple change in the way the paper edges are cut.


Tissue paper flowers can be used to create a floral arrangement, as party decor, dress up gift wrapping and more! No matter the use, you’ll be amazed at just how easy tissue paper flowers are to create!


I hope you’ll check out the FREE tutorial (found here).

1amichele siggy

Fun with Hot Ribbon

Today I am deviating from my standard paper crafting posts to share a bit about Hot Ribbon, a fun new product now available from Copic. Here’s a bit of info from the website:

Add a unique design or color accent to any article of clothing, fabric, or fiber art with Hot Ribbon! Hot Ribbon is a laser cut strip of polyester that irons on to any porous surface without sewing or the mess of glue. It comes in 22 colors, plus gold and silver metallic; you can even color the white Hot Ribbon with your Copic markers and expand your palette even further!


  • Each package contains two yards of Hot Ribbon (183 cm)
  • Product comes in four 18” x ⅛” strips (46 cm x 3 mm)
  • Hot Ribbon can be cut into thinner strips without fraying
  • Irons on with no sewing or gluing required
  • Works on any porous surface

Hot Ribbon is so easy to adhere with a Clover Mini Iron (which I talked about yesterday, here).


I’ve used this sewing design in the past to create a mini iPad sleeve. This one, a little bigger, will hold a super-secret iPad Air. Shhhh….


There are two methods for adhering Hot Ribbon – Direct and Tempered Glass Transfer. For my pattern, which was printed from a computer, I felt Tempered Glass was the way to go. (I adhered washi tape around the edges of my glass to eliminate any risk of cutting myself.)


I first placed my pattern beneath the glass. I cut small pieces of black Hot Ribbon to fit the cacti and laid them on the glass over the pattern. I found it helpful to use the pointy end of my scissors for precise placement. The pieces were then “tacked” together and to the glass with a Clover Mini Iron set to low heat. Once the cacti were in place, I adhered the black ribbon, little by little, tacking to the glass following the pattern.  I then followed with the blue-green ribbon.


Once complete, I used a kraft knife to gently lift the assembled design from the glass.


I trimmed the ends, positioned each strip on the felt and covered with a non-stick pressing sheet. (I used Parchment Paper.)  To permanently bond the ribbon, I set my iron to medium-high heat then pressed across each area of the design for about 30 seconds.


Isn’t the blue-green pretty? So shimmery!

You can find more tips and information on Hot Ribbon HERE. It’s really cool, super easy and lots of fun!  :)

1amichele siggy

Peace Love Hope Friendship

On Black Friday there were so many great deals to be had. I accomplished a bit of Christmas shopping, and splurged a bit on myself, purchasing this sweet C0zy Cupfuls stamp set by Power Poppy.

I know some of my friends will be surprised to see me posting this particular image because I am not a fan of (male) Cardinals.  There’s one in particular that shows up every spring, year after year….after year.  (I’m just assuming it’s the same one. For all I know, the whole lot of them are crazy.)  This one follows me around  the house from window to window, pecking wildly like it’s lost its mind. All. Day. Long. I don’t know what it’s trying to accomplish. It might be secretly entertained by my annoyance, screaming and yes, cursing. It makes me INSANE.

Michele Boyer - Power Poppy

Anyway, I specifically love the (quiet, non-threatening) female bird on top of the cups, sharing her twig (with the wacky one).  😉   I adore the other images in the set, but strangely enough, this one is my favorite.

After stamping onto X-Press It Blending Card and coloring with Copic markers, I decided to tie a pretty ribbon around the top. I have loads of ribbon but don’t often use it. It is mostly stored on ribbon cards like this:

Michele Boyer - Power Poppy

When I take it off of the card, it looks like this (or worse):

Michele Boyer - Power Poppy

I don’t like the creases, and there always seems to be one or more in the worst locations after tying my bow. Now available from the Copic website is the Clover Mini Iron. It’s thin, has a perfectly small, pointed tip and heats in just a few minutes.


There are two heat settings (low and high), a cute little stand and it’s great for ironing ribbon!  I highly recommend!  I also highly recommend taking care not to accidentally touch the shaft. It gets hot. Very, very hot. It will hurt.  Just sayin…

Clover Mini Iron

Once pressed, I tied my crease-free ribbon into a pretty bow around the top of my colored panel. *happy sigh*

Michele Boyer - Power Poppy

Copic markers: E35, E37, E40, E41, E42, E43, G17, G29, R01, R20, R22, R24, R29, R59, R89, W00, W1, W2, W5, W7, Y21, YG03, YG17, YR15, YR23

I’ll be back tomorrow to share another new (and very cool) product with which the Clover Mini Iron works perfectly! See you then!

1amichele siggy

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