I don't know about you, but I am wilting in the summer heat that we have at the moment. It's gorgeous, but I do not cope well in very hot weather. It has been as high as 37 degrees in my conservatory, so I am very happy that I have the studio to escape to; it is probably the coolest room in the house. That being said, today I have a huge fan wafting me. It's a good job that I don't have a project with loads of small pieces of paper on the go otherwise they'd be everywhere. I think that the hot weather has been affecting my crafting mojo too as I have not been very active at all craft wise.
Last week I spoke briefly about the Copic Ciao pens that I had bought and asked if anyone had a preference. Well I had a go with mine and what a total disaster so far
I'm not sure that you can see the stamping and embossing that I have done; the flower is stamped using the Hobby Art Ltd set CS024D Anna's Collection - Special Wishes and embossed with clear powder. I started to colour in with the light pink (R22 Light Prawn) Copic and followed it with a red/pink colour (R29 Lipstick Red) going back again with the light pink to get a blend, it looks terrible! At the present time, I will not be rushing out to buy more Copics, but I will be watching several tutorials on YouTube on Copic colouring to see what it is that I should or should not be doing. In fact, I'll stamp the same flower on the same piece of card and give it another go when I have watched some. Check back to find out how it's going.
Let's get on to some more positive makes from this week.
This card was for a friend who was celebrating a special birthday. I knew that she would not want a 'fussy' card, but that she would appreciate something simple. I used a Penny Black slapstick cling stamp called Longing and embossed it with ultra thick black embossing powder. The ultra thick powder gave the image the slightly distressed look that I wanted and I was pleased with the outcome and glad that I had taken the risk of using the ultra thick. I used Distress Ink for the background in Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Evergreen Bough, I applied the inks with the new mini ink blending tool (pictured on left) from Ranger. I really like the smaller style of these as opposed to the original tools (pictured on right), I find them so easy to use and I find that I get a better blend. I also find that using them with stencils so easy too.
Continuing the theme of simple cards that I seem to be creating lately, I loved how this card below turned out. Using Hero Arts stamp set Many Dots along with Hero Hues Shadow Inks, I feel that I have a really nice birthday card that can be for a male or female. I think that I am going to do some more versions of this one, possibly in gender specific colours although I haven't decided yet. I can also see this card with many different greetings also.
Perhaps you'd like to drop in next week when I may have had more success with Copic blending and to see what else is new.
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