Category Archives: Tutorials

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.

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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  • 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).

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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….

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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.)

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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.

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

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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.

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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!  :)

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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.

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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:

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

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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.

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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…

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

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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!

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Revisiting the One Sheet Wonder

If you’re like me, you probably have a sheet (or twenty) of patterned paper tucked away somewhere, unused. Why not put it (or them) to good use with the One Sheet Wonder, an oldie but goodie technique that provides patterned pieces for use on a set of cards.

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To create this entire stack of cards, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Sending & Wishing stamp set and dies with Hero Art’s Stamptember exclusive Prayers stamp set and die and one 12″ x 12″ sheet of Recollections’ Pink Roses patterned paper (from Michael’s). The only extras required are card bases and matting (card stock) for the patterned pieces. I love the results, but even more so I love having a stack of pretty all occasion cards on hand to send at a moment’s notice.

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I put pencil to paper and created a template that resulted in 14 QUICK and EASY cards. I really don’t know why I didn’t think to do this sooner. Imagine how quickly you could create a set of holiday cards!

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On the Craftsy Paper Crafts blog today, you can find larger photos of my One Sheet Wonder template and corresponding card sketches as well as tips for creating your own One Sheet Wonder and keeping all those pieces organized.  I hope you’ll check it out and give it a whirl! I know I’ll be using my template again soon!

Thanks for visiting!

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Three Quick and Easy DIY Bookmarks

Creating a bookmark to coordinate with a handmade card can be quick and easy as well as a nice surprise for the recipient.  I chose three previously designed  cards and created a matching bookmark for each using three different styles.

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The bookmark above includes a hidden magnet to snugly hold the place of the marked page.

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To use this bookmark, the page is inserted between the longer panel and the elephant so the elephant appears to be floating or peeking over the top of the page.

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The quickest and easiest of the three was designed with elements pulled directly from the card.

You can find step by step tutorials for each HERE on the Craftsy blog today.

Thanks for visiting!

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you mean the world to me

Today I decided to do a bit of Copic coloring on a Saturated Canary digital stamp I’ve had for a while. I actually purchased it with the intention of coloring during Kathy‘s recent 30-day color challenge but it turned out I had waaaayyyyy too much going on in October and was only able to play along a few days. (To be honest, I did color pretty much every day but was unable to share pretty much all of it.)

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Along with coloring Beautiful World, I used a new product found in the Copic store, Paper Deco Tape.

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Each package contains ten 15 ft. rolls. It’s super easy to tear or cut and is easily repositionable, leaving no tacky residue behind. It’s available in the collection of ten rolls shown above as well as a set of ten glitter paper rolls.

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As an extra little bonus, the package”post” pulls out so tape can easily be removed for use then replaced for convenient storage.

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I used three of the colors to create a striped pattern above my colored image. With the colored image secured over grid paper, it was easy to apply the tape in perfectly straight lines.

Next step, printing the sentiment.

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I printed the sentiment onto a piece of printer paper. I held the sentiment up to a window, then placed the colored panel on top. I could easily see the sentiment through the colored panel so I carefully positioned the sentiment where I wanted it to print then used the Deco Tape to hold the colored panel in place while traveling through my printer. For extra stability, I added shorter strips of tape to the left and right sides.

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The tape held my colored panel perfectly in place with no shifting at all. Once printed, I carefully removed the tape and finished my card.

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Copic – B21, B23, BG10, BG13, BG18, BG70, E00, E21, E23, E31, E35, E40, E41, E43, E50, E57, G28, R20, R29, R83, RV32, RV34, W00, W1, W3, W5, Y21, Y35, YG17

I have a few other uses in mind for X-Press It Deco Tape. I’ll share those soon! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Coloring Faces & Hair with Copic Markers

I love to color all things, but if you’re a regular here on my blog, you know people are my favorite. There’s just something about bringing life to a face or figure. Boy or girl, young or old, it doesn’t matter. I, of course, have my way and style of coloring, but I love to see how others do the same. And I’m always up for learning something new!

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I was so excited to get a copy of Copic’s Coloring Faces & Hair by Marianne Walker (published by Imagination International). As soon as the book was in my hands, I immersed myself in every word. The book is packed with info on coloring simple as well as complex images, different skin tones, styles of hair, no hair (bald heads), eyeglasses (which I found very interesting), and more. This is my favorite of Copic’s books to date.  *I highly recommend.*

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Follow along below to see how I’ve colored the hair and skin on Saturated Canary‘s Ava. (I’m not sure if the image is still available as I don’t see it listed in the store.) Continue reading

Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers

Today I have a step-by-step tutorial on coloring flowers and leaves with Copic markers. I’ve used many of the techniques found in Coloring Flowers with Copic   Markers published by Imagination International and written/illustrated by Marianne Walker. The book includes tutorials ranging from basic to intermediate as well as line art that can be copied/printed for practice.

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The book covers smooth coloring and blending, showing depth through color, coloring skies, adding a soft haze around an image as well as different ways to use the Colorless Blender. It’s a great resource for beginners as well as those with more coloring experience.

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I printed this lovely Winter Pick Me Up digital image from Power Poppy onto X-Press It Blending Card. There is an accompanying sentiment but I chose to leave my card front sentiment-free. Continue reading

Stamp Positioner Comparisons, Tips and Tricks

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If you’re new to stamping, stamp positioners can seem somewhat foreign. What do they do? How do they work? In this post, I show step-by-step how I use three different stamping tools for positioning stamps and more. Here’s a quick overview.

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The Stamp-a-ma-jig, which consists of a black T-shaped handle and clear, reusable imaging sheet, is one of the most basic and least expensive stamp positioners.  An image or sentiment is stamped onto the imaging sheet then positioned over card stock for perfect placement. I also sometimes stamp an image or sentiment onto the imaging sheet to see how it might look in different locations on my project.

Stamp PressThe Stamp Press is another great tool to have on hand. It’s basically an acrylic platform on foam feet. As pressure is applied, the foam feet allow adjustments in any direction before pressing ink to paper. For me, it’s a “must have.”

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And then there’s the MISTI –Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented, which can be used with both rubber and clear stamps.  The first time I used it, I’m pretty sure I heard angels sing.

I’ve always felt “solid image challenged” but with this tool, I can achieve perfect results every time.

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See? I love it.

But back to positioning stamps, I place my card stock inside, positioning the magnets to hold the paper in place. I lay my stamp on the paper in the desired location and when the MISTI is closed, the stamp then sticks to the inside cover. Once the stamp is mounted, it’s easy to tweak a little in any direction. Using the grid, you can be assured the impression will be straight and just where you want it.

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I also use the MISTI to stamp larger images. I find it much easier than using a wide or long acrylic block. As with solid images, if the impression is not perfect the first time, simply stamp it again. The image will stamp in the exact same place every time (unless you move the stamp or paper, of course).

I also use the MISTI to stamp portions of a sentiment in multiple colors, like this and the second card on this post. Because the stamp and paper stay in the same place, it’s super easy to just mask off and ink different portions of the stamp.

You can  see, step-by-step, how I use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stamp Press and MISTI HERE.

Thanks for visiting!

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Product Focus – X-Press It Mask It and Adhesive Sheets

Hi everyone! Today I’ve created a couple projects using X-Press It Mask It film with a bit of Double-sided Adhesive Sheets, both by Imagination International, Inc, the U.S. distributor of Copic markers.

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Mask It is totally different from what you may typically think of as a “mask” for stamping. It’s actually a low-tack adhesive film, perfect for layering color.  It’s easily die-cut or scissor cut to any shape and wipes clean. (That’s my favorite part!)

X-Press It Double-sided Adhesive Sheets are high-tack and also easily cut by scissors or die-cutting machine. The adhesive is smooth and clear which is great for use in places where the back is visible, like the little clear paint can I’ve used below or clear acetate cards like this or this.  I have tried many double-sided adhesive sheets in my stamping life and this one is by far my favorite.

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Party Posse and Big Balloons die by Paper Smooches

I used Mask It to blend color inside the balloon shape on the card above, and an Adhesive Sheet to adhere the dino and stripes to the clear paint can.

Creating a Mask for Inking

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Step 1: First stamp your image and sentiment onto X-Press It Blending Card, keeping in mind where the balloon will appear.

Step 2: Cut a piece of Mask It larger than the Blending Card,  position balloon die and secure die in place with removable tape. By cutting the mask larger than the card stock, the adhesive backing holds the card stock securely in place while blending in color and there’s room on the mask to begin the blending into the open space.

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Step 3: Die-cut balloon from Mask It.

Step 4: Use a bit of tape to hold Blending Card in place. Remove backing from Mask It, position balloon opening and adhere over stamped panel.

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Step 5: Begin sponging ink (Ranger Abandoned Coral Distress ink) into balloon shape. Using a circular motion, begin blending on Mask It sheet, slowly moving into the balloon.

Step 6: Once the desired amount of ink is applied, use a baby wipe or damp cloth to remove excess ink from the mask. That is very cool!

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Step 7:  Blend in darker ink (Ranger Rusty Hinge Distress ink), beginning again on the mask and working in toward the balloon opening using circular motions. If you wanted to add another pattern over the sponged color, now is the time to do so (but wipe the mask clean before doing so).

Step 8: Wipe mask clean and carefully remove from Blending Card. The mask can be reapplied to the backing sheet and saved for future use if desired.

I used a 0.5 Black Multi-liner to add in the balloon string.

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Super easy!  :)

Now to create the little dino and stripes for the clear paint can.

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Step 1: Stamp and color image. (I just happened to have a spare die-cut circle on my desk so I used that.)

Step 2: Remove one side of the adhesive sheet backing and adhere colored image.  Use scissors to remove excess adhesive.

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Step 3: Secure die in place with removable tape.

Step 4: Die-cut image.

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Step 5: Adhere two thin strips of patterned paper to adhesive sheet; trim with scissors. Remove backing paper from all and adhere to can.

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Copics used: E31, E33, E35, E37, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97

Once applied to the can, the dino and stripes will not pull away from the surface. I love this adhesive paper. :)

Creating Masks for Stamps

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Since ink does not absorb into Mask It film, the process of creating masks for stamps is a little different. Here’s how to do that:

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Step 1: First decide how you’d like to layer your stamps. This will help to determine the order in which the images are stamped.

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Step 2: Stamp each image onto scrap paper.

Step 3: Remove backing from film and adhere over images (all at once).

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Step 4: Cut out images and carefully remove each mask.

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Step 5: Stamp tomato and adhere mask.

Step 6: Stamp carrot. Before applying the carrot mask, I carefully lifted the right side of the tomato mask and wiped away the ink (from the edge of the carrot). Since the ink just sits on top of the mask, wiping away the ink helped me to avoid transferring the ink to my fingers and then onto anything else. Once the ink was wiped away, I added the carrot mask.

Step 7: Stamp eggplant, wipe away ink from edge of tomato and apply eggplant mask.

Step 8: Stamp green pepper, wipe away ink from top of tomato mask and apply pepper mask.

Since I had a bit of room left, I stamped an additional pepper above the carrot.

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One big happy veggie family. :)

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BV04, BV08, BV17, E31, E33, G03, G05, G07, G29, Y06, Y08, Y21, YR14, YR16, YR27

Thanks bunches for stopping by! ♥

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