Winter 2018: Garland Pixie by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Garland Pixie by Penny BlackOn a hot summer day, it’s hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about holiday cards, but here I am with my first of the season! A few years ago, I didn’t make enough and my husband secretly bought a box of cards at Hallmark to send to everyone on his list. Last year, I made sure that he had enough cards to send to his family and friends, but mine got shortchanged. It’s time to get rolling so that we have enough to send out this year.

I’ve loved this image ever since I first saw it as a digital stamp by Maurie Manning. It’s now available as a rubber stamp from Penny Black and that’s the version shown here.

I really experimented here with coloring her skin, layering a lot of different tones to create highlights as well as depth. After watching Sandy Allnock, I started adding violet to my skin tones (usually V20, BV00, or BV01). While Sandy starts with the violet tones, I added them a little further on in the layering because I found that works best for me.

The background combination of BG70, G20, G21 and V20 was mostly a happy accident. I started with BG70 and G20, but as I colored, I found that I needed to deepen the background in order to push it further behind the pixie. I also dabbed it with a piece of terry cloth dampened with colorless blender to add some texture and blend the colors further.

OK – one down. I don’t want to think about how many I have left to go!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Garland Pixie by Penny Black
Ink: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, V20, Y21 (skin); R35, R46 (garland); G20, G21, G46 (clothing); C1, C7 (sash); C1, C3, BG70, G20, V20 (fur) BG10, BG70, V20 (wings); G20, G21, G46 (leaves); BG70, G20, G21, V20, 0 (background)

It’s time for August Art du Jour!

Join me at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, August 7th for Art du Jour! Kate, Kim and I will have a variety of make and take cards, tags, and ATCs to help you build up your stash at this open house style event. We’ll be on hand from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM so stop by on your lunch hour, on your way home from work, or stay all day! Work at your own pace and relax! Projects are $3.00 each and new projects are available each month.

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone(301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30PM

This month I’m offering two cards featuring stamps by Penny Black. Hope to see you there!

Rowhouse Greetings | Softly by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Softly by Penny Black

 

Copics & Heat Embossing featuring Laurel Burch’s Wild Horses by Stampendous

We had another great class at The Queen’s Ink this week. As usual, I scheduled more coloring than we could possibly get done during class time so everyone left with homework. But we did manage to hit the highlights so I’m hoping that everyone is able to complete their cards and that they are happy with the results.

You’ll notice that this (and many) of the Laurel Burch images that I color include gold heat embossing. Frankly, I just love the look of it with these images, but heat embossing and Copics are a tricky combination. The usual advice with Copic markers is Copic first, everything else after to ensure that the marker nibs are protected from cross contamination with other products. Generally, that’s good advice. I’ve seen some card makers suggest things like using a Copic marker to color over white gel pen or glue (and then they wonder why their nibs become hard and gummed up).

When it comes to combining heat embossing and Copics, there seems to be two extremes – either it doesn’t hurt the markers or don’t combine them at all. The usual explanation for the latter stance is that the alcohol in the markers erodes the plastic in the embossing.

Last November, I taught a similar Laurel Burch class and we used a somewhat tricky, but Copic safe method. We first stamped the image on X-Press It paper with Memento Ink using a stamp platform, colored the image, and then put the image back in the stamp platform and restamped it with Versafine to heat emboss it. This YouTube video from Stephanie Klauck illustrates what I mean. This method works for me 99% of the time, but if you’re not careful with the stamping, the original lines won’t get covered by the embossing.

But a few weeks later, Michele Houghton of Copic in the Craft Room released a YouTube video where she embossed first with gold embossing powder and then colored the image. When asked, she said that she never had a problem with damaging the marker nibs. In the comments she says:

My experience has been that the embossed lines do not effect the nibs. What I do see and you will see this in the video is that the lighter colored markers pick up the darker colors of ink from the surface of the embossed lines. It acts like a  resist or plastic so the lighter marker picks up the ink, I just scrub that off to the side. Neat [sic] the end I purposefully go back and pick up the rest of the ink with my Colorless Blender and scrub it off as well so the gold shines through. I watched for any of the embossing to shift or to be picked up and I just did not see any movement.

So I checked my Copic certification materials which indicates that clear embossing is Copic safe. This made me wonder about the whole “alcohol erodes the embossing” statement. If this were true, wouldn’t clear embossing powder be just as susceptible to erosion as any other? Maybe so. Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts — whose blog is often my go-to source for Copic information — lists all heat embossing as one of the ten ways to kill a Copic nib (see #8).

Since Amy’s 2015 article, Brutus Monroe released an embossing powder said to be alcohol marker safe. This seems to be a word of mouth claim since I’ve not found it on their website or in the product descriptions, but it was confirmed in a voice message to me from their customer service.  A YouTube video from Ellen Hutson also indicates that it’s alcohol marker safe. When I tested it, I found some minor smearing still occurs if you run your marker over the heat embossing (I tested with Y02). Your results may vary. I noticed that Brutus Monroe has its own line of alcohol markers so perhaps there’s something different about the Copic ink formulation that affected my results.

In class, I presented all the information that I had compiled and allowed my students to choose which method they wanted to try. Most stuck with my original double stamping method, but a couple did go with the version that was heat embossed first (those students were cautioned to avoid coloring over the embossing).

This time, we used Memento ink in Angel Pink to alleviate the issue of the black stamped lines showing if the second stamping was off a little. It did make the coloring more challenging since everyone was used to coloring with a black lined image. However, the embossing worked perfectly and everyone had the opportunity to experiment with layering colors and ink blending.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It by Copic; Bazzill Cardstock in Mexican Poppy
Stamps
: Laurel Burch Wild Horses (*) by Stampendous
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder
Copics:

  • Horse #1: B00, B02, B63, B66
  • Horse #2: BV02, BV13, BV17
  • Horse #3: YG03, YG17, RV52, RV55, RV63, Y02, Y15, Y19, R32, R35
  • Horse #4: YG03, Y02, Y15, Y19, R32, R35
  • Horse #5: RV52, R32, R35, R37, Y15, Y19
  • Horse #6: B00, B01, B02, B63, B66, YG03, YG17
  • Background: B79

You Add Color to My World Featuring Neat & Tangled

I spent yesterday at the Creative Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention at the Lancaster Convention Center helping out Tracy in the Photo Scraps booth. It was great to see so many people stop by the booth where Tracy was selling her custom scrapbook papers. When things slowed down a bit, I had some time to walk around and check out the other vendors. I couldn’t avoid the temptation to shop, so a few new stamp sets, stencils, and embossing mediums made the trip home with me.

One of my purchases was this Paint Night stamp set from Neat & Tangled. Being a colorist myself, I couldn’t resist both the cuteness of this stamp set and the endless possibilities for its use. I mixed various stamps from the set to create this scene and colored it with Copic markers (see colors below). I wanted to keep the design fairly simple, so I used texture instead of color to add interest to the card. I embossed the background layer using one of the Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folders from Sizzix, adding texture to the background without competing with the colored image.

So that’s it for today! What’s waiting for you on your craft table?

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It by Copic; Borders from the Simply Spring collection by Bella Blvd.
Stamp: Paint Night by Neat & Tangled
Inks: Black Amalgam (*) by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embossing Folder: Texture Fades by Sizzix Tim Holtz
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E93, V20 (skin); E41, E43, E44, E47 (hair); B21, B24, B28 (dress); C00, C01 (apron); C0, C5, C7 (shoes); E23 (easle); R32, R35, R46, B24, B28, Y02, Y15, Y19, YG05, YG09, RV55, RV63 (lettering); B21, B24, YG03, YG05, YG09, Y02, Y15, Y19, R32 (landscape)

Just BeClaws by My Favorite Things

Had another fun Saturday at Photo Scraps for Demo Day. I was surprised (and pleased) to see so many turn out for the day’s event, especially since the weather was so bad. But a good time was had by all and I actually ran out of card kits for the first card featured below.  The crab was a big hit. After all, this is Maryland!

You’re probably tired of hearing me say this, but these cards really are quick and easy to put together. I relied on die cuts and a stencil to create the backgrounds and added a couple of images from the Just BeClaws stamp set by My Favorite Things.

As I write this on Monday night, it’s still pouring rain – over 4 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, flash flood warnings, and more rain to come – so a couple of sunshine themed cards are hopefully predictors of sunny days ahead.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Rowhouse Greetings | Just BeClaws by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Stamps: Just BeClaws (*) by My Favorite Things; Full of Sunshine (*) by My Favorite Things
Dies: Just BeClaws Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things; Sunshine Shaker (*) by My Favorite Things; Sunshine (*) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black
Embellishments: Ranger Glossy Accents (eyes)
Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, B01, B01, B05 (umbrella); R22, R24 (crab)
Rowhouse Greetings | Just BeClaws by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Stamps: Just BeClaws (*) by My Favorite Things; Full of Sunshine (*) by My Favorite Things
Dies: Just BeClaws Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things; Sunshine (*) by My Favorite Things; Cloud Shaker Window & Frame by My Favorite Things
Stencil: Sun Ray by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Fairy Sparkle by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: B000, Y35