Copic Stamping – Together by Penny Black

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just a short post — lots of things on my to do list today. But I wanted to share a card I made recently featuring the cling stamp Together by Penny Black. Usually these stamps are colored using dye inks, watercolors or water based markers. But I like to color and stamp them using my Copic markers.

The short explanation of the technique is that I place the stamp in my Misti and color directly on the stamp with my Copic markers. I lightly misted the cardstock with Colorless Blender and then stamp the image. The Colorless Blender reactivates the ink on the stamp and leaves and impression on the paper. I explained the how-tos of this technique in a previous post so I’m going to link to it to save time.

Rowhouse Greetings | Together by Penny Black

I’ve found that the key to getting a clear image is using Spectrum Noir cardstock instead of X-Press It for the paper. Other paper may work, but I had Spectrum Noir in my stash. And while I used Colorless Blender to reactivate the ink, isopropyl alcohol may work as well, but I didn’t test it. All Copic refills, including Colorless Blender, are hard to find right now so you may need to try isopropyl. Spritz the blender lightly on the paper – I found that the small Ranger Mini Misters were perfect for this technique. Just be sure that you are working in an area with good ventilation.

The design of the card was influenced by a card made for Penny Black by designer Jill Foster. Of course, I can’t find the card now to link to it, but the idea of the blue inked background and the creating the frame from the Simple Stackers die came from her. For my background, I lightly blended from corner to corner using Distress Ink in Salty Ocean.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Clare and heat set with clear embossing powder.

Rowhouse Greetings | Together by Penny Black

Hope you found some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock by Crafter’s Companion
Stamps: Together by Penny Black; Magical Friendship by Penny Black
Dies: Simple Stackers by Penny Black; Classic Stackers by Penny Black
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios
Copics: B12, B24, B26 (flowers); YG03, YG17 (leaves); Colorless Blender Refill

Aviator by Katzelkraft

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Hope everyone is holding steady during these crazy, unsettling times. We’ve been working on the backyard, occasionally wandering out with our masks to local nurseries to pick up flowers. Our backyard is really coming along. A few days ago the weather was fabulous so I grabbed my ink pads and stencils to move my crafting outside.

I’ve been looking for new to me stamp companies to change things up a bit. I recently came across Kazelkraft Stamps and love the quirky images. I also stocked up on sentiment stamps from Impression Obsession to add a few tongue in cheek stamps to my stash.

Rowhouse Greetings | Aviator by Katzelkraft

For today’s project, I started by using the largest die in Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangle die set to cut the cardstock. I stamped the sentiment along the bottom in Versafine Clare ink, added Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, and heat set the image. I stamped the Aviator image in Gina K.’s Amagam Ink and colored it with Copic markers (see list below). Using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, I stenciled the cloud background using the Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things. Originally, I planned on using gold star shaped sequins but they stood out too much. So I used the Falling Stars Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz and Delicata Golden Glitz Ink to add the stars. After stenciling the stars, I added clear embossing powder and heat set the images. For an added touch, I applied Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the glass on the aviator googles to make them shine.

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#
Stamps: Aviator by Katzelkraft; Possible by Impression Obsession
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass; Delicata in Golden Glitz by Tsukineko
Die: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things; Falling Stars Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder by Tonic Studios
Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin); BV0000, BV000, B0000 (eyes); E53, E55, E57 (collar strap); YG91, YG95, YG97 (jumpsuit, hat); N0, N1, N3 (goggles); YR27, E35 (buckle, controls)

Watercoloring with Distress Inks: Robots1 by Katzelkraft

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! In these long days of sheltering in place, I’ve been looking for something different to do craftwise. Not so different that I’d have to invest in a bunch of new supplies, but something different from my usual Copic coloring and the usual stamp companies. In a world where one day looks pretty much like the next, I needed something different.

I’ve been inspired by my friend Lisa Hetrick of IndigoJadeArt who shares her mad watercoloring skills on YouTube and in her weekly Facebook live videos. As I’ve said many times, I’m a frustrated watercolorist, but she has shared many tips and has inspired me to pick up my brush and give it another try.

Rowhouse Greetings | Robots 1 by Katzelkraft

So in my quest for something different, I came across some really fun and different stamps from Katzenkraft. This guy is from the Robots1 set which is available as an unmounted full plate rubber stamp set. There are four images in this set which I cut apart to make it easier to stamp the individual images.

Normally, you would use something like EZ Mount to create the foam cushion to mount the stamp to an acrylic block or to use in a stamping platform. I didn’t have any on hand so I used my Coccoina Glue Stick to apply a small amount of glue to the back of the stamp and adhere it to the door of my Misti. This glue is water soluble so when I was done stamping, I removed the stamp and wash it and the door of my Misti with a damp paper towel to remove the adhesive.

I stamped the image on Canson XL watercolor paper using Versafine Clare to get a crisp image. Although I have watercolor paints, I find that I get my best results using Distress Ink. I already know the colors and how they interact with water so some of the guess work is eliminated. I have the mini pads for all of my Distress Inks so I smooshed some ink onto a Caran d’Ache Palette. You could smoosh the ink onto a craft sheet or glass mat but I liked using the separate palette so that I could move the ink out of the way as necessary while I painted. I picked up the ink with a ZIG medium point waterbrush and I applied the color in layers, working light to dark. I made sure that each layer was dry, often using my heat gun, before moving onto the next color.

Rowhouse Greetings | Robots 1 by Katzelkraft

When I finished the coloring, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Clare and embossed it with clear embossing powder. In the sentiment, the Os in the word food were actually images of donuts so I added a couple of gear embellishments to play on the mechanical theme. I cut the watercolor paper with the largest die in the Penny Black Simple Stackers set and adheres craft foam to the back. I backed it with a piece of navy cardstock. Then I adhered everything to a card base. Once the card itself was assembled, I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to all the glass parts (clock face, goggles, etc.).

So there you have it! Something fun and different. I have a long ways to go with my technique, but it’s been fun to try something different and go outside of my Copic comfort zone.

That’s all for today! Take care and stay safe!

Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

PAPER: Neenah Solar White 110#; Canson XL Watercolor Paper; Soft Navy card stock by Simon Says Stamp
STAMPS: Robots 1 by Katelkraft; Download Food by Crafter’s Companion
INKS: Versafine Clare in Nocturn; Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
DIES: Simple Stackers by Penny Black
EMBELLISHMENTS: Nuvo Crystal Glaze by Tonic Studios; Steam Punk Gear Mix (available from Amazon – see below); Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios

You Can & You Will!

Rowhouse Greetings | Big Sexy Blooms by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Big Sexy Blooms and the M-Powering clear stamp sets by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

Full supply list for today’s project is shown below. See you back here soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 100#
Stamps: Big Sexy Blooms by Power Poppy; M-Powering Words by Power Poppy
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Oxide Inks in Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in White and Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios; Distress Micro Glaze by Ranger – Tim Holtz; Honey Dew Drops [RETIRED] by Honey Bee Stamps
Adhesives: Beacon 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue; Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic Studios
Miscellaneous: Craft Foam by Darice; Powder Tool by We R Memory Keepers

In Praise of Sunflowers Redux

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another project using the In Praise of Sunflowers stamp set by Power Poppy. I’m still on hiatus from my Copic markers and have continue playing with Distress Ink watercoloring.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

Like my last card, I started by stamping the image on watercolor paper using Verafine and immediately covered it with clear embossing powder. However, this time I did the coloring with an actual watercolor brush instead of a waterbrush. I have a handful of lovely Black Velvet brushes by Silver. These brushes are a blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetic filament. They hold and carry the water and pigment beautifully and are much easier to work with than the nylon tipped waterbrushes. They are pricey, but well worth the investment if you enjoy watercoloring.

This time I also used a mixture of Distress Ink pads and reinkers. I smushed the ink pads on my craft mat and picked up the color with a wet brush. But where possible, I substituted the Distress Ink Reinkers in place of the ink pads. I placed a single drop of ink on my craft mat and watered it down as desired. Since the ink is concentrated, I could get a better range of shades than with the ink pads. I prefer using the reinkers, but I don’t have all the colors so I had to make do with the ink pads as needed.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

In a couple of places, I accidentally colored outside the line. When that happened, I applied water with a clean brush and then blotted the area with a paper towel. The water reactivated the ink and could be easily removed.

I created the background stripe pattern using Versafine ink and a stencil from Wendi Vecchi. Again, I immediately covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it. I matched it with a yellow gingham design paper from My Favorite Things.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

But wait! There’s more! It’s Fun Friday over at Power Poppy so be sure you stop by my teammates to see what they’ve created. And as always – don’t forget to stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Barbara Campbell
Broni Holcombe
Christine Okken
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger; Tiny Check Paper Pad by My Favorite Things
Stamp: In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin (petals); Tea Dye, Walnut Stain (flower centers); Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss (leaves)
Stencil: Dots and Stripes Borders by Stampers Anonymous – Wendi Vecchi
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios