Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Alternate Coloring - Nose to Nose

Isn't this a cute image? Nose to Nose was done as a water coloring kit, but I've redone it in Copic Colors in case you'd like to give that a try.

Copics Used:

  • Shadow: B0000
  • Skin: E21, E00, E00
  • Cheeks: R20, R30, E000
  • Hair: E43, E44, E47, E49
  • Boots: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
  • Pants: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
  • Shirt: YG21, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
  • Scarf: R24, R27, R29  Stars: B24
  • Bone: E30, E31
  • Ball: YR12, YR14, YR24
  • Dog: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
  • Snail: E30, E31   Shell: E42, E43, E44
  • Grass: G20, G21, G24

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How To Clean your Copic Markers

Are your Copic markers get kind of crusty? How about we clean them off today with out breaking the bank.

Hope you found this informative. Do you have something you'd like me to share next week?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Water Coloring 101 Part 3....

So You've decide to take up water coloring. What do I need? The last two posts Water Coloring 101 Part 1 covered paper choices and Water Coloring 101 Part 2 covered paint brushes. This week we'll cover what to stamp your image with...

I've got my paper and a brush now what do I stamp my image with? You need a water proof ink. Your going to be getting it very wet. Stazon is an excellent choice. It's water proof and can be stamped on multiple surfaces for other uses. I don't like the smell, but that's just me.
My preferred ink is.. Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black. I like the Jumbo size of the ink pad itself. It's perfect for those over sized stamps. I've stamped a tone of images and this works for me every time.

What about digital images?
You can print those images out using your Laser Printer. It has to be a Laser Printer. I've tried this a few times and it works. My personal laser printer just doesn't print my images out as crisp as if I stamp them myself. But it is workable. I bought a cheap one to print out all the instruction  sheets I print out. So maybe a better quality one would print a better quality image. I'm not sure.

Again it's in personal choice. You'll find an ink you love and that will be the one you always pick up.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holly Tilda....

I've added another kit to the Seasonal Kits section. This one is called Holly Tilda. Isn't she cute? You have the option of a Copic Coloring Kit

 or a Water Coloring Kit.

You can also add extra supplies if you need them. Thanks for stopping by. I hope your having a great holiday weekend!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blonde Hair Tone 2...

I found another Blonde Hair Tone 2 I love.. YR20, YR21, YR23 & E33. I've added it to Heather's Favorites in the Copic Marker section. You can buy all 4 markers at a discounted price. I love this image by Krista Smith. It's called Kate Krafty a Ragamuffin. She has the perfect hair style for show casing hair colors.

Thank for stopping by. I hope your having a great day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How To Replace Your Copic Nibs

Here's a quick How To on how to tell when you need to change the nib on your Copic Sketch Markers  and how to do it.

Hope you found it helpful.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Water Coloring 101 Part 2....

So you've decided to take up water coloring. What do I need? Last week's post  Water Coloring 101 Part 1 covered water color paper. This week we'll cover brushes..

Any paint brush will do. You want them to have a small tip. Depending on what your coloring. For regular paint brushes I try and keep the number below 3. There are lots of different brands to choose from. Grab a couple and give them a try. But my personal favorite is the Zig Tank Water Brushes in Medium and Detail tip. I like these because they have the water in them for me. No little cup of water to carry around. Just grab the brushes and I'm ready to paint any where. You control how much water your using by how much water you squeeze into the reservoir.

Go out to your local supply store and grab a few and give them a try. You won't know which is your favorite until you try some. Use what feels right for you.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Alternate Coloring - Winter Fairy

Hey everyone.... I had a request to do an alternate coloring for the Winter Fairy Card Kit with Copics. So here she is. Isn't she adorable! If you have a kit you would like me to do an alternate coloring on drop me an email and I'll work on it.

Copics Used:

  • Shadow: B0000
  • Skin: E21, E00
  • Cheeks: R20, R30, E000
  • Hair/Coat/Boots: E41, E42, E43, E44, E43, E42, E41
  • Pants/Gloves: B91, B93, B95, B93, B91
  • Leaves: YG99, YG95
  • Bird: E41, E42, E43, R24, E41
  • Ear Muff: R24, R27, R29, R27, R24
  • Wings: B91, B93, B95, B93, B91   -  R24, R27, R29, R27, R24    - YG99, YG95

I've added a Seasonal Kits section to the store. Here I will have 1 card kits with add on's available. I'm trying out something new. I hope you'll go check it out. The first kit in the section is Holiday Hugs featuring a Penny Black stamp. You have your choice of either Copic Coloring or Water Coloring. And you can add more card supplies if you need them. 

Copic Coloring:

Water Coloring:

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your having a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

January Water Coloring Tutorial - Rose's Bike Ride

Isn't January's Monthly Water Coloring Kit super cute. I love this cute Whimsy Stamps image by Sylvia Zet. Rose's Bike Ride makes me wish for warmer, sunnier weather. I'm tired of this cold rain we now have and it just started.

Head over to the YouTube channel to watch part two. Don't forget to subscribe if you haven't already. Leave me a comment to telling me what you think. Hope you enjoy this months kits. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!

Friday, November 18, 2011

January Copic Tutorial - Wee Florist

Hey everyone. I finally got the January Monthly Kits Uploaded to YouTube. I usually load them at night while I'm sleeping, but the power went out during the middle of the night. So had to work on them yesterday during the day. So they are all there and ready for your viewing pleasure. Here's part 1 of the January Copic Card Kit featuring a new Whimsy Stamps image Wee Florist.

Head over to the YouTube channel to see the rest. Leave me a comment and tell me what you thought. Don't forget to subscribe if you haven't already. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tim Holtz Ink Palette...

I've been waiting for these to arrive. Tim Holtz Ink Palette. I love my color chart, but this I can close and don't have to worry about dust getting into my inks. This will be great for taking to classes too. No more wasted ink. Click the picture to go get you one!

Here's the front of mine. I've added a label sticker. Cause I can already see me using this for other inks.

Here's mine all filled up with the color chart I made. So I know what ink is in which spot. Most of them you can tell what they are just by looking.

I've added a link to my color chart on the left under helpful links if you'd like to print out your own. I printed mine on sticky paper. Then I found a small bee stamp and stamped it in each of the ink spots in the color specified.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

January Monthly Kits...

Hey everyone January's kits are in the store and ready for Pre-Order.. This month's kits feature Whimsy Stamps - Wee Stamps by Sylvia Zet!! I love these cute Sylvia Zet images. I have all the new release images here waiting for me to make  into kits, so stay tuned. The first 11 to orders for each won't have to wait I'll drop them in the mail right away.

January Copic Coloring Kit: Wee Florist

Class: January 14th 12-3
Bring to class:

  • Adhesive
  • Non-Stick Craft Mat
  • January Copic Coloring Card Kit
  • Copic Markers (See kit list)

Class: January 14th 3-6
Bring to class:
  • Adhesive
  • Tank Water Brush
  • Non-Stick Craft Mat
  • January Water Coloring Card Kit

I'm going to be working on the video's for both of these today. So hopefully tomorrow I will be posting one of those. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your having a great day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How To Fill Your Copic Markers

Here's a quick How To on  filling your Copic Markers and how to know when it's time:

Hope you enjoyed it. Have a great day!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Water Coloring 101 Part 1...

Want to take up water coloring, but don't know where to start? Let's start with some basic supplies. Water Color Paper, Water Resistant Ink, Paint Brush, Ink to color with and a stamped image.

The first thing I start out with is a high quality water color paper. I use Canson Montval 140lb Water Color Paper Artist Series. Yes some of your success is in the paper you buy. It all depends on how much water you get onto the paper. I do multiple layers and get my paper pretty wet. So I want a high quality paper that doesn't peel up half way through my project. There's nothing more discouraging then those little ripped up paper pieces. I want a smooth finish when I'm done.

Buy a few different brands of water color paper and see what works best for you. I went through a few before I discovered the Canson Montval that I now use every time. It works for me.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Switch It Up...

Did you buy this beautiful card kit Tree Trimming Kaylee?

How about Holly Day Gwen?

Did you see that they are both in an oval frame? How about changing the images and using Tree Trimming Kayee on your Holly Day Gwen card kit. Or vise versa. You can use the instructions from both to color the dresses different. Or how about adding Gifty Gwen to either of these or both. I try and have other stamps by the same company available so you can pick another option to add to your selection.

How about flipping the paper over? Like I did with Holly Day Gwen here. I try and use two sided paper so you have options when making up your kits. I even turned the layout upside down.

Maybe color her dress a different color selection from a different kit. Or a blue green color, say BG15, BG13, BG11 & BG10. To match the pretty aqua paper. Lots of choices.. Give it a try.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Holly Day Gwen...

Check out the latest Copic Coloring Card Kit: Holly Day Gwen. Isn't she cute! I have used the beautiful new Bo Bunny Collection Snowfall. I love the pretty blues. For extra sparkle I have added some half pearls to her hair bows and shoes. I girl needs some bling!

I whipped up a little quick video of the coloring.

Here's a close up if you'd like to zoom in on the coloring..

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the video.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Alternate Coloring..

I have converted Baby Jesus & Angel to Copic colors for a customer and thought I would share it in case you wanted to color your's with Copic's too. See a kit you like but it comes in water coloring or copic coloring and you'd like the opposite. Just ask I'd be happy to cut out the different paper for the kit. It may take a few days for me to recolor it, but I can when I have free time. I love to color!

Copic's Used:

  • Shadow: Y21, YR30
  • Ground: W3, W1
  • Skin: E21, E00, E000
  • Cheeks: R20, R30, E000
  • Hair: E42, E43, E44, E47, E44, E43, E42
  • Dress/Blanket: B91, B93
  • Belt: E47, E44, E43, E42
  • Wings: B0000
  • Manger: E25, E35, E30
  • Straw: Y21, YR30
  • Star: Y21, Y13

Hope your all having a great day! Thanks for stopping by.