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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Color of the Day 227


***Please note that I color using the lightest color first, dark, medium and back to light.  I only slightly blend the edge of the last color placed.  Then add the shadow. 

If you miss one of the combo's you can find it on the side of the blog labeled "Color of The Day".  Please realize that your computer screen and printer can change the way you see it or how the colors print, but if you try it yourself you will get some fun combos...promise!

Also, feel free to pin them.  I ask that you do not sell them printed out, do not place them on your personal blog but rather link to mine.  These are for personal use only.   Leave me some love if you want to see more!

Thank you to all my followers and fans from all over the world.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Oh Mummy

A little Mummy love coming your way.  Thank you to this years newest Copic Boot Camp sponsor, Rhea, with Creative Basics Dies by Rhea.  She has some fabulous new dies out, that are manufactured through C.C. Designs.   Do you want to know what I did to make this?

All you need is the new Clouds to Waves die and I also used Cutting Edge Borders 1 Die set (but you can just use regular strips of paper).  Cut a 4.25 x 5 piece a paper so you have a top and bottom piece.  Draw eyes on the smaller piece (or add googly-eyes later).   I cut strips of papers and colored one of the edges of each strip.   I criss-crossed them and added shadows with my markers.  Next I used the Clouds to Waves die set...medium die, and cut the edge of the layers to remember a mouth.  Adhere over a piece of grey cardstock.  Quick, easy...DONE!

I added a sentiment using the new dies from My Favorite Things to finish it off.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Color of the Day 226



***Please note that I color using the lightest color first, dark, medium and back to light.  I only slightly blend the edge of the last color placed.  Then add the shadow. 

If you miss one of the combo's you can find it on the side of the blog labeled "Color of The Day".  Please realize that your computer screen and printer can change the way you see it or how the colors print, but if you try it yourself you will get some fun combos...promise!

Also, feel free to pin them.  I ask that you do not sell them printed out, do not place them on your personal blog but rather link to mine.  These are for personal use only.   Leave me some love if you want to see more!

Thank you to all my followers and fans from all over the world.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Copic Must Haves - Stencil Sheets

Ok...You must read this post!  Oh my, this was the craziest, fun project I just did!  I got this material X-Press It Stencil Sheets from Imagination International and have been racking my brain trying to think of something fabulous to do with it.  Although there are many uses I wanted something a bit unique.  All of a sudden BAM!  I thought of something and had to try.  I have included step by step on how it was achieved as well as what NOT to do...

For this project I used:

Cutting Knife
Cutting Mat
 Transfer Tape (I used packaging tape)
Printed Image
Piece of old sheet music
Copic Marker C9
Copic Blender Marker

Directions:

Stencil sheet packages come with extra thick vinyl sheets that are sticky on one side a thick piece of white protective cover on the other side.  This is a low tack product which is reusable over and over again.  It doesn't even leave residue on your projects.  You can use it with cutting dies, or computerized cutters.  Here is how I put it to use!

Step 1:  Print an image in black and white.  The simpler the image the better.  Tape the image to the non-sticky portion of the stencil sheet.  I would put two-sided tape on the back of the whole image so that when you cut it apart the portion you are keeping stays put, (...not like I did which was the hard way). 
   
Step 2:  Cut away the black portion of the image.  BE SURE your blade is sharp or it will not cut through the rubber-like stencil sheet.  Do not cut through the white protective cover of the stencil sheet.  If you have multiple pieces that are not connected put a piece of transfer tape over the non sticky side to hold the pieces in the right spots.  I didn't have transfer tape so I used packaging tape that I made slightly less sticky using lint from my jeans...it works but is not the best thing to use.

Step 3:  Remove all the cut-out "back portion" pieces.  This is called weeding an image.  All that you should have left is the portions that were white AND the white backing.  ***I didn't because my cuts didn't go through the rubber sheets due to dull knife.
Step 4:  Remove the white protective covering from the stencil sheet.  Place the sticky side of the stencil sheet down onto your paper.  I used old music paper because its soft and I can move the color around after airbrushing.

Step 5:  Remove the transfer tape and discard

Step 6:  Using the Airbrushing machine, airbrush around the stencil.  You can also use a distress ink pad instead if you don't have an airbrush machine

Step 7:  Remove stencil and using a blender pen soften edges of the image if desired.  (you can also use multiple marker colors to blend in towards the white area is the paper isn't soft like old  music sheets.




I hope you enjoyed the process and give it a try one of these crafty days.  I look forward to playing more with it too!!!

- Jenn Dove


Monday, September 11, 2017

You are Gorjuss!

 It has been a delight to work with 7Kids Craft Store.  They are a new sponsor for Copic Boot Camp this year and their online store is filled with yummy stuff at great prices.  They carry the Gorjuss collections and I am so in love with these.   You can check them out HERE.  I know I am a new fan to these stamps and you will see a lot more of them from me.




Thank you to 7KidsCraftStore.Com


Copics:
E50 E51 E21 BV20  BV23
Hair E44 E49 C9
R24 E27 R27
C1 C3 C5 C7

Sunday, September 10, 2017

MEeOOoooW

First off a huge shout out to Bloobel Stamps for being such a great sponsor for Copic Boot Camp over the years.  Lisa is TOP KNOTCH!  Not only is she sweet, generous but also a fabulously quirky illustrator.  I love to call her my friend!  Every time I see a new released digital image,  I grin ear to ear.  I want them all...NEED them all!  Have you seen her latest?
This cute looking image "Cat Girl" is now available and I have to tell you I had a hard time deciding what color to choose for her clothes.  She has so many themes she could be dressing up for.  Halloween, Christmas, snow fun, Easter, a night with the hubby (wanted to see if you were still reading).  You gotta snag her up and check out the other stuff Lisa has going on in the store.



I used Pinky Rectangles from CC Designs to finish her off.  This Die set is normally $23.00 and is on sale for $6.90!!!  While supplies last...better get it now!!  Go HERE



Copics:
E50 E51 E21 BV20 BV23
R81 R83 R85
G20 G21 G24
C1 C3 C5 C7 C9 100

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Big Thank You

My Favorite Things, you ARE totally awesome!!  This adorable clear set "springtime critters" is just the sweetest!
I wanted to give a shout out to My Favorite Things.  They have been such an amazing sponsor for the Copic Boot Camp Event.  They have beautiful stamps, dies and more and everyone that is attending this years event is going to be getting some MFT yumminess.  They are such a blessing and run their company with such a sweet and creative spirit...even down to their shipping packages.  If you are not familiar with their products you can find their store HERE

Copics:
E81 84 87 89
G20 21 24
C00 1 3 5 

You can find this set Springtime Critters HERE

Dies:


Merriest Berries

Feeling festive with this new digital stamp from Power Poppy - Merriest Berries.  I enjoyed taking a moment for some relaxing downtime even if it was at 620am.  I have got to utilize every quiet moment around here.  I really tried to keep this card clean and simple.  Yes, this is MY clean and simple!

I fussy cut around a portion of the image so I could slip in the Lawn Fawn Cross-stitched die under some of the ribbon and leaves.  It added that perfect something to this card to complete it.  You can grab your Power Poppy digital now as its just been released!!  All colors and links below!


Copics:
Ribbon R20 21 22 24
Candy Cane C00 1 3 5, R35 29 59
Holly G20 21 24 28
Mistletoe BG90 93 96 99 G20
Mistletoe Berries BG90 C3 BV20
Shadows BV20 BV23


Sunday, September 3, 2017

I Have Happy Feet

I am in the middle of moving into an RV full time and incorporating a studio that can travel.  As I was sorting what is staying and what is going to be given away to friends (due to weight and space in an RV),  creativity got the better of me and I stopped organizing for enough time to create something super fun.  Using the Tonic Studios die "Happy Penguin" I grabbed the 8"x8" Christmas Wishes paper pack that I had been holding on to for some special cards.

Did you know Tonic has paper packs?  They come in 8"x8" and have 3 single sided sheets of each pattern.  I was pleasantly surprised they even had 6 sheets of sentiment toppers in the one I have.  I love that they are single sided too...that way I don't waste a cool pattern on the back.

I started out with cutting the die on black cardstock.  The Happy Penguin die gives a beautiful thin lined image that is nice on its, own but I can never stop with simple...I have to load it up.


Next I ran the die through my die cut machine and embossed the image on white cardstock with a rubber spacer so I could see the impression of the die but it wouldn't cut through the paper (I got lazy and didn't test my pressure or mist the paper with water first so it wouldn't crack, but I was going to color it anyways so I didn't redo it, pretty much got lazy).

Once both pieces were done I colored in the spaces that would show through the die cut lines and then glued down the black cut out piece directly over the uncolored portion.  I also created a second lined piece using white so I could color and cut out the beak and the feet.

I then assembled the card...I added Nuvo Crystal Drops White for the snow around the main image.  I also added buttons with nice fat Nuvo drops on them.  Have you tried this and had the Nuvo drops sink into the button holes creating uneven drops?  A simple fix is to add a mini Glue Dot to the top o the button and then add the Nuvo on top of the Glue Dot, that way its can't sink into the holes.  You are welcome!

Make sure when you are coloring it up you do some fun cast shadows on the outside of the image to make it look dimensional.  It's the wow factor!

All I can say is this was super fun and easy to create!  Now back to organizing my RV studio so I can play more later.





Monday, August 28, 2017

Rain, Rain Go Away

Ok Texas hang in there!!!  With everything going on I guess I need to be grateful that I am currently in Arizona...not a drop of rain for many months at a time.  Hang in there you guys!!!!  Tons of prayers heading your way.
If you are not currently rolling up your pant legs and wading through deep waters, grab your coloring tools and this large stamp and have some fun.  I call large stamps like this, coloring therapy.  Not hard to color but just a bit more time consuming.  Look at those adorable faces.  

Copics:
E50 E51 E93
E43 E44
C1 C3 C5
BV20 BV23
YG03 YG17 YG67
B00


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Flower Blower

Have you ever tried blowing through the end of a flower trying to make noise?  No, I mean for reals,  I won't tell.  Anyways as you know (Ha ha), it doesn't work.  But kudos for trying.  Another sweet House-mouse® stamp  called Floral Trumpet.
I hope you can join September's card class at The Paper Collage.  If not, then grab yourself this adorable stamp and copy away.  If you are looking for the Banner Die it is discontinued BUT I found it on Amazon and it is another one of my very-used dies that I love.

Copics:
E50 E51 E93
YG03 YG17 YG67
YR04 YR07
E43 E44


Stampendous


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Flowers For You

Stampendous! has this gorgeous Pretty Poppies cling stamp set.  If you don't like to "fussy cut" you can also get a die set for easy clean cutting.  I enjoyed every moment of coloring them and can think of so many other card layouts to create.  Just by rearranging and changing up the colors, it will look like a new set was used every time.  

After I colored this up I thought, hmmmmm...I have glass glitter....so I added it to the center of the flowers to glitter it up a bit.  Both ways are perfectly pretty.  If you are coming to the September card class here in Arizona, you will get to play with this set too.  If not, just ask your local craft store to get you Pretty Poppies from Stampendous!...dont forget the glass glitter too!
Copics:
YG03 YG17
BV20 BV23
YR04 YR07 R25
B00
C1 C3 C5


Friday, August 25, 2017

Enjoy Your Day

I hope you are taking time to relax amongst all the rushing around with life.  This little mouse from Stampendous sure knows how to do it right don't you think?
This is one of the 4 cards for September card class at The Paper Collage.  This was a super fun image to color and I have to say I am so in love with the Stitched Hillside Border Die from Lawn Fawn!!  I use this die so many different ways.  I think its a must have!!


Copics:
E50 E51 E93 skin
C1 C3 C5 fur
BV20 BV23 shadows
YR04 YR07 R24 petals
YG03 YG17 YG67 foliage


Stampendous!

Entered into the House-Mouse Challenge #248 Lace and Pearls and Anything Goes here



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

With a Cherry On Top

In my coloring craze I printed out this wonderful Cherries and Berries digital stamp by Power Poppy.  This was a fun relaxing image to color and kept me smiling all the way to the last flick.  Marcella (who is as sweet as cherry pie), has some amazing new images and stamps out and if you haven't taken a look at Power Poppy lately it should be your next stop!  


Sometimes with reds I find that I use a bit more ink then normal so I will use Copic X-Press it Blending Card.  It give me more room for layers of ink.

If you ever find yourself struggling to get a perfect blend on the card stock you are using, have you tried Copic X-Press It Blending Card?  For most people it is really easy to find a place that sells it locally.  If you find that your colors tend to bleed outside the lines then you should make a switch.  Some great features about this card stock is it is ultra smooth and has a very silky finish.  This is important when coloring with Copic Markers.  It can handle many layers of ink before it becomes oversaturated.  If you tend to color from dark to light you will have a much easier time getting smooth blends using this paper.  Some people have a hard time getting the right paper to feed through their printer when doing digital stamps but this paper is the perfect thickness for running through a printer too.  If you haven't been using quality paper you will be totally amazed by the difference this paper brings to your coloring skills!  


Copics:
YG03 YG17 YG67
R02 R14 E29
E42 E44
BV20 BV23 BV29

Monday, August 14, 2017

Let's Get Inky!

Do I Have Your Attention?!?!?
Well good then the picture worked!

I wanted to talk a little about something I find quite enjoyable to do.  Getting messing with Alcohol Ink (AI).  There is a huge trend in AI artwork lately and recently was pointed to a Facebook group that is all about AI.  Very addicting!  Most of the artwork is created on Yupo paper or glossy tiles but I find I like to work on glossy card stock.  You can also use the back of glossy photo paper.

For this project I wanted to create a deep sea background.  Here are the supplies I used:

Glossy Cardstock
Various Refills (YG25, B26, BV20, BV29)
Ranger Mini Mister filled with 91% alcohol 
Various Blender Solution with the Refill Booster
Copic Airbrush System
Curad Alcohol Pads
My imagination

Step 1 - drop random drops of different colors of the various refill onto glossy cardstock and watch them overlap and mix.  The alcohol will evaporate out on its own.

Step 2 - Once the drops have settled down I assist in color merging by adding blending solution randomly with the Copic Booster needle.

Step 3 - after giving it a moment to do its magic I will use the Copic Airbrush system to push some of the thicker and wet areas around.  This will quickly evaporate the alcohol in the ink.   Notice I am just using the air from the machine and not using any markers. 

Step 4 - To give it a more marbled look I mist it lightly with alcohol in a mini mister.

Here is the spritz results as it starts to marbleize.


Cool info - If you have some thicker areas or wish to have a bit more of a controlled blend you can use these handy alcohol wipes with a blotting motion.


Step 5 - Next I repeat the 2 - 4 until i get the look I like.  You can also add more colors or more blending solution depending on if you want it richer or more translucent.  

If you let the ink slightly dry prior to "blowing" with the Copic airbrush system you will get very cool "fingers" that come off the ink puddles.


Here is the finale of this fun project.  How gorgeous is this?  You can also add some texture using a "water" brush filled with alcohol.  How about adding accents with a white gel pen accenting certain areas.  I love this technique when i want paper to compliment a image I am coloring.

Here is a fun card I created using one of Lisa's seriously quirky images.  This is Bloobel Stamps image "Angry Shark" is scary funny.  I thought this Alcohol Ink airbrushed background was perfect for a deep dark underwater scene.  By the way....I prefer dark chocolate.


Do you own an airbrush system?  So many of my student tell me they have one but have never taken it out of the box.  Just plain silly I say!!   Now is your chance!

If you are looking into getting one I would recommend this system.   I leave my air compressor  ready to go at all time and because its out and available I am more likely to use it for everything from background to coloring ribbon and buttons, making fluffy paper towel clouds for my cards, dusting a bit of color in an art journal and more.  

So you don't get left with nightmares from a shark attack I thought I would leave you with some cute fairies I did using the same concept.  
 See how versatile this technique is?  I hope you get to find time to pull out the air compressor and create! 

- Jenn Dove



Hang in There!

If you need a chuckle in your life go check out the digital images from Bloobel.  She has something for all occasions.  This little crustacean looked like it would be super fun to color...so color it I did!  And fun it was!!  I used a new Tonic Studios die called Classic Quatrefoil.  It reminded me of a crab pot net.  I love the simplicity of the card.

This die from Tonic Studios has 2 pieces, an outer die and inside.  You can use them together or separate.  I just used the inside for this card.  I will put this die in my favorites pile.

Copics:
C0 C1 C5 C7
BV20 BV23 BV25
R02 R14 R29


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Coloring IS Therapy

I have recently been a bit down, withdrawn, angry, depressed...yes, all of that rolled up into a big ball of...DON'T MESS WITH ME!  I have been evaluating what in my life has changed...well we all know my precious gift of a little girl is one huge change of which is top priority in my life.  I have also been trying to eliminate clutter and move our important items into an RV that we will live in full time.   These are huge life changes.  In the process I have been unable to color from either lack of time or lack of supplies because most is packed.  It seams when I got a moment to color it was because of a commitment and in the time alotted had to be done so quickly the enjoyment was dwindling.   I felt so overwhelmed with life.   I found myself sitting around, playing with my baby girl and flipping through social media to pass the day (you can only hit refresh so many times before there is no more to refresh).  What long days they are.  I felt that if I didn't have enough time to be creative from start to finish (find my mojo, color and create) that I would spend time doing "nothing" instead.  So for months I have done little to nothing.  I felt myself slipping into a depression, being angry at the world and jealous of all those people making things on the groups I follow.

I usually am the sounding board for my friends but this time it was me doing most of the talking.  My  friends listened to my angry ranting and raving, pissed off at the world, with an overload of self pity, Talking really helped pull me out of my funk...it wasn't because they said to go color (although that was said too), it was because they made me laugh, I forgot about all my whoas for a moment.  They encouraged me to try a little coloring...nothing I had to do, but rather to color something just because.  WHOA!  Now mind you my days are the same routine as before but over the last few days I have colored about 10 images...somehow juggling the little one and life.  Yes, my house is a disaster, but I feel a weight lifted and feel so inspired that I will just allow the house to wait.  Coloring IS therapy!  

For those of you who are feeling the same way.  Feeling that life is just to much and doesn't allow you to be creative...take a moment for you.  You might be a little artistically rusty but that will go away once you oil your mojo.  Don't wait until you have time...do it now.

Ok, this therapy session was free....go find you!!

PS.  I am fine...no one worry...this too will pass....I can feel the Copics running through my veins again   COPICS FOREVER...HOUSEWORK WHENEVER!




Be Unique, Be Colorful

I thought I would be extra colorful with this new stamp Unicorn Lucy from CCDesigns.  I actually was surprised on how difficult it is to do the rainbow blend.  I think I pulled it off good enough but next time will add a few more colors to the blend.  Super fun just the same!!
As I do not have my huge supply of paper and dies at my location I got creative and colored the hills to match and then added the black lines with a Copic Gasenfude.  I love how you can easily do a thick to thin line.   I textured the hills with blender solution and a terry cloth.   I did bring a favorite Lawn Fawn die, Little Picket Fence Border , with me so I topped it off with this amazing fence.  I used my Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops to add a sunshine and Make it Crafty chipboard words for the sentiment.
Of course I couldn't leave the face as it comes on the rubber stamp, but instead added a little creative color placement by adding eyes and a nose.  I think she would look sweet either way but its always a challenge to myself to get better at those little faces.  

You can find the supplies I used below with some links to my Amazon Affiliate account.

Copics:
Skin - E50 E51 E21
Eyes - C00 C1 C3 C5 pencil B91 B97
Rainbow Blend - R11 Y04 YG25 BG45 B24
Shading - C1 C3 C5
Hair - C10 C7 C4
Shadows - BV20 BV23

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dreamy Wishes

I love unicorns as they are so mystical (but this one is just plain adorable).  I got to color up this new image Unicorn Dreams by krista and sold through Make It Crafty.  I added her on top of the Trees Silhouette by DoveArt Studios and it is stamped in gray.  I used a black multiliner to add depth to some of the trees on the left.  This is the first image I have colored in a while (Thanks to the encouragement of Zoe with MIC) as I have been in a coloring funk with limited time to devote to being creative, plus half my supplies are at home and the other half are in the RV which makes being crafty a bit more difficult.  I have just discovered that if I can get past the fact I have nothing to play with I can be even more creative.  THUNK!  Who would have thought?!
I recently started playing with glossy paper and the Various Refills.  So the bottom edge is drops of the 100 (Black) and BG34, then a spritz of 91% rubbing alcohol and a little canned air to blow the ink where I wanted the ink to go (more or less).  It was a fun way to "ground" the image and give it a more earthy look.  Super simple and a nice look don't you think?
Make it Crafty has the BEST Chipboard words in the world!  Yes they will ship from Australia, but the shipping is extremely reasonable and you can pack a whole bunch in an envelope.  They are a must!!  

Copics
B91 B95 B97
R14 R27 R29
E50 E51 E21 R11
BV20 BV23 BV25 BV29
 E43 E44 E50 YR31
C1 C3 C5
BG10 BG11

Background on Glossy
100 and BG34