Monday, January 24, 2011

Have you heard of COPIC MARKERS? ... Well I heard of them a few months ago and fell in love with them :) I am still learning about them but they are so much fun to work with. You can even get a certification to learn how to use them, that is how cool they are :)

This is the first few things I learned about them:
1. They blend beautifully
2. You can color pretty much anything because they use alcohol ink
3. They will last forever, since you can refill them and change their tips
4. They are expensive ($4.99 to $6.99 each)

I saw Jennifer McGuire use them in her blog one time around last Christmas. So, guess what I did with the gift certificate from Hobby Lobby I got for Christmas?...You are right! I bought some Copics :) I followed Jennifer McGuire's color suggestions to buy my first set. I got 12 markets. Good thing Hobby Lobby had all markers 30% that week :) Then, this Christmas...guess what I did with a coupon to Jerry's Artarama and some Christmas money?... You are right! I got some more :) So here is the list of markers I got:

So in the Pink family I have:
R32 - Peach
R35 - Coral
R29 - Lipstick Red

in the Blue I have:
B02 - Robin's Egg Blue
B04 - Tahitian Blue
B06 - Peacock Blue

in the Blue-Violets:
BV000 - Iridescent Mauve
BV11 - Soft Violet
BV17- Deep Reddish Blue
BV23 - Grayish Lavender
BV25 - Grayish Violet
BV31 - Pale Lavender

in the Violets:
V01 - Heath
V06 - Lavender
V15 - Mallow
V17 - Amethyst

in the Blue-Greens:
BG05 - Holiday Blue

in the Greens:
G07 - Nile Green

in the Yellow Greens:
YG06 - Yellowish Green
YG09 - Lettuce Green
YG13 - Chartreuse

in the Yellows:
Y17- Golden Yellow

in the Yellow-Reds:
YR68 - Orange

in the Earths:
E37 - Sepia

I also have the Colorless Blender 0 (number zero)

Anyway...I will add more information about Copic Markers as I learn more about them :) I will also post cards that I have made using Copic Markers.

Do you have Copic Markers? Do you have any suggestions on how to use them?

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Congratulations" - Graduation Card

"Congratulations"- Graduation Card

This is a graduation card I made for one of our church friends. He graduated in December and his graduation party was last week. So, I had the opportunity to make a graduation card :)
I wanted to make a gift card holder/greeting card, but I have been having some mixed emotions about gift cards. Gift cards are great when you really know what that person likes or you know that person likes to explore new things...Cash is for someone you don't know very well or you think they would save money for something bigger than what you would get them...Anyway, I think that what matters is the fact that you gave something to someone:)
I like both, gift cards (to my favorite or new stores and cash :)
So, for this card, I wanted to give cash in a creative way.
I used my Silhouette to cut the cap and the frame.
I used a stamp that says "Congratulations to you" but I only inked the "Congratulations" part of the phrase.
Then I used Versamark ink to stamp on the outside of the frame. I used the same stamp to decorate the envelope. For the envelope, I used silver embossing powder.
I decided to use a $20 bill as a scroll or certificate. To secure the bill, I used a brad though the ribbon and the card, then I tided it to the rolled-up bill.
What do you think about the card?
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