See What You Missed! May Copics Class at Photo Scraps

We had a lot of fun this month at Photo Scraps creating these three cards featuring images from Newton’s Nook and mixed media backgrounds. I know I threw everyone for a loop by setting out a variety of Distress Ink pads and letting everyone choose their own colors rather than sticking to the exact colors that I used when I made the store models. However, it was really great to see everyone experiment with color and make the cards an expression of their own creativity.

I have no idea yet what we’ll be doing in the next Copic class, but hopefully more of the same. So watch this space and we’ll see what I can cook up for next month.

In the meantime, all the supplies and Copic colors for this month’s class are listed below.  Hope you have as much fun with these backgrounds and images as we had in class.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for the class projects. 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: X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock (*) by Ranger
Stamps: Cosmic Newton (*) by Newton’s Nook; Tiny Star Background Stamp by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black; Versamark by Tsukineko; Distress Inks by Tim Holtz in Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron
Dies: Cosmic Newton Coordinating Dies (*) by Cosmic Newton; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Stitched Rectangle Frames by Lawn Fawn; Diezyne Stitched Flags by C.C. Designs (retired)
Stencil: Bubbles Small (*) by Ranger Dylusions
Embellishments: Gold Detail Embossing Powder by Ranger; Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Pure Platinum; Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold
Copics:  BG0000, B000, B02, B04, B06, R30, R32, YG03, YG17, Y11, Y15, Y19, Y38
Rowhouse Greetings | Cosmic Newton by Newton's Nook Paper: X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock (*) by Ranger
Stamps: Cosmic Newton (*) by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black; Versamark by Tsukineko; Distress Oxides by Tim Holtz in Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves
Dies: Cosmic Newton Coordinating Dies (*) by Cosmic Newton; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Stitched Rectangle Frames by Lawn Fawn; Meadow Borders by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Starfield Stencil by Newton’s Nook
Embellishments: White Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous; Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Pure Platinum; Nuvo Glitter Drops in Golden Sunset
Copics:  BG0000, B000, B02, B04, B06, R30, R32, YG03, YG17, Y11, Y15, Y19, Y38
Rowhouse Greetings | Cosmic Newton by Newton's Nook Paper: X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock (*) by Ranger
Stamps: Cosmic Newton (*) by Newton’s Nook
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black; Distress Oxides by Tim Holtz in Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Blueprint Sketch
Dies: Cosmic Newton Coordinating Dies (*) by Cosmic Newton; Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Stitched Rectangle Frames by Lawn Fawn; Cloudy Days and Waves (*) by Creative Basics
Stencil: Starfield Stencil by Newton’s Nook
Embellishments: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Pure Platinum; Sequins by 28 Lilac Lane in Festival of Lights (*)
Copics:  BG0000, B000, B02, B04, B06, R30, R32, YG03, YG17, Y11, Y15, Y19, Y38, N6 (or any dark gray)

Mixed Media Tags Featuring Red Castle Stamps

I’m back today with a project that is a first for me – mixed media tags! My project features stamps from Red Castle (available exclusively at The Queen’s Ink) and Penny Black as well as inks and stencils from Tim Holtz and Ranger.

Rowhouse Greetings | Red Castle Stamps

As you know, my primary medium is Copic markers and the end result is usually a handmade card, but I’ve been experimenting with other media, including watercolors, colored pencils, and Distress Inks. These simple tags provided the perfect opportunity to explore color and texture with supplies that I already had at hand.

INSTRUCTIONS

I work in a relatively small space and knew that things could get messy quickly. I covered my work surface with an Easy Clean Mat from Tonic to protect it and speed clean up when I was finished.

  1. Using a blending tool, apply Distress Ink to one side of a #8 manila craft tag.
    In the case of the first tag, I started in the middle with Mustard Seed, blending each side with Spiced Marmalade followed by Picked Raspberry. For the second tag, I started at the bottom with Chipped Sapphire, working upward from dark to light with Peacock Feathers and Broken China, ending with Cracked Pistachio. I followed with a second coat to make sure that the inks were well blended and coverage was even.
  2. Lightly spritz the tag using a mini mister filled with plain water.
    The water will activate the ink and create a pattern as it dries. Use as much or as little as you want to get to desired effect.
  3. Once the ink has dried, stamp the images to be embossed with Versamark Ink. 
    I used Leaves Set 3 by Red Castle Stamps. The images are deeply etched and leave a clear impression. I particularly liked the botanical images and chose those for my tags.
  4. Cover with embossing powder and heat set the images.
    Be sure that your heat gun has had a chance to warm up first to reduce warping of your tag.
  5. Decide the placement of your stencils and apply Texture Paste with a palette knife. Wash your palette knife and stencil immediate with water. Allow Texture Paste to dry completely.
    Do not use a heat gun to dry the texture paste as it may cause bubbling (unless that’s the effect you want!).
  6. Once texture paste is dry, lightly dab and blend Distress Ink in the color of your choice over the raised stenciled areas. 
    You can either select a contrasting color to make the stenciled image stand out or match the ink to the background to create texture without additional contrast.
  7. Stamp any additional sentiments using a stamping platform.
    I selected sentiments and a butterfly image from the Spiritual Snippets Stamp Set and the Snippets Stamp set, both by Penny Black. I used a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform so that I could stamp multiple sentiments at the same time using Versafine Ink in Onyx Black.
  8. Apply Distress Micro Glaze to seal inks.
    A little goes a long way! Buff with a soft towel (I actually used a paper towel) to remove excess.
  9. Add a ribbon or other embellishments as desired.
    Don’t forget to sit back and admire your work!

SUPPLIES

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.

  • Tonic Essentials Easy Clean Mat (*)
  • #8 manila craft tags
  • Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire
  • Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool and Foam Applicators (one for each ink color)
  • Ranger Inkssentials Mini Mister filled with plain water
  • Stamps: Leaves Set 3 (*) by Red Castle Stamps; Spiritual Snippets by Penny Black; Snippets by Penny Black
  • Tsukineko Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Stampendous Detail White Fine Opaque Embossing Powder
  • Heat gun
  • Palette knife
  • Ranger Texture Paste (opaque matte finish)
  • Various stencils (I used the custom stencil included in the Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Spray Stain Kit)
  • Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (*)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
  • Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze

Hope my project inspires you to try something new!