"Happy Harvest"

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Well, according to the calendar it's fall. We have not seen much of a change in the temperature, but if the calendar says it's fall, IT'S FALL.

The card I am presenting today, is a stamp set from "The Angel Company" called "Hedgehog Happiness". The stamped image is actually made up of three of the eleven images included in the set. The set includes to make cards for a number of holidays, including Valentines Day, Christmas, Easter, and Spring. Great set, and very flexible set.

I have made the card as a Fall or Halloween card;

"Happy Harvest"

First I stamp the hedgehog with the wagon, then the pumpkins in the wagon. I cut a mask to cover the wagon and pumpkins and stamped the trees. The image was stamped on Cryogen paper, my favorite, and colored with Copic markers. The colors I used were;

  • Hedgehog; E11,E13,C0,C3
  • Wagon; B01,B02,B04
  • Pumpkin; YR02, YR07
  • Trees; YG09,YG07YG67

After the image was colored I added "Crystal Glaze" to the pumpkins. You can see this in the picture. A little silver glitter pen was added to the hub caps on the wagon and on the tree. I used a Copic multiliner black poen to add the spikes to the fur of the hedgehog. The copper glitter dot are from "Jesse James"

It's a bright cheerful card and I hope you enjoy it.

Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Copic Marker Paper Blending Test"

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

So many papers work with Copic Markers, but which one is the best one to use. I decided to do a little test to see which one I like the best.
In this test I tried three different pieces of cardstock;

Caboodles, The Angel Company ($.44per sheet)
Cryogen ($.37 per sheet)
Copic X-press It Blending Cardstock ($.36 per sheet)

I used the same image from "The Angel Company" called "Lil' Cuties". The image is rather small, 1 1/4" X 2", so you are working in a rather small area. I also used the same colors on each image. Overall the papers blended about the same. The feel of the paper differ a little. The Copic X-Press It has a very smooth feel. The Angel Company Caboodles has just a little tooth to it, but it is still very smooth. The Cryogen is sort of an off white has a little tooth to it, but has an iridescent sparkle to it which shows up through the copics.

Here is the samples of the images that I colored;

"The Angel Company, Caboodles"

Blends very well, and cleans up well if you go outside of the lines.


The "Cryogen" paper blends very well and also cleans up well. The cardstock has a slight off-white color, but highlights the coloring quite well. I like the sparkle of the paper.

"Copic X-Press-It Blending CS"

This cardstock blends very well. It has more open time to blend. It cleans up with a Colorless Blender very well.

Overall all three of the cardstocks work very well, and I will probably use all of them. The real question is what will you use. You will have to do your own test to see which one works the best for you, that's the important thing.

When you doo you test, let me know what your preference is. You know how it goes, "Different stokes, for different folks"

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Oh yes, She Did!"

Monday, September 20, 2010

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I know that the wife and I did. We made a trip to Columbia, SC to "The Stamping Place" to see what new items were available, and to take advantage of thier 15% off sale. Needless to say we picked up a few items include some of the new Spellbinder Nestabilities and some very cute stamps from "Justrite" with Xmas ornaments.I also bought the new ScorBuddy from Scor-Pal. This ScorBuddy looks like it will be very useful, it fits right into my stamping bag. We always enjoy visiting with Barbara and Judy.

The card I am posting today is from a stamp set from "The Angel Company" called "Oh No, She Didn't". The set consists of seven stamps, of which four are images to color and the rest are sentiments.

Here is the image;

"Oh yes, she did!"

Doesn't she look mischievous??

I completed this one at our regular Thursday Stamp Club meeting. This is unusual for me because normally I just color at these get togethers and do the card at home. But this time I had some papers with me so I finished it up. For using scraps, I think it coordinates pretty well. What do you think?

The image was colored with Copic markers. Some of my markers were running out of ink, so I really had to work at coloring this one. Don't you hate when that happens.

Sorry I did not keep track of the colors that I used, but with the markers running dry, I was distracted. Sorry about that, I'll slap my hand.

Please comment on the card, your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"I Frogot"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sorry I have not posted for awhile, but after finishing the bathroom remodel, I came down with a real bad chest cold. My wife says that when I get one of my chest cold, I keep the whole neighbor hood awake with my coughing.

The card I am posting today was done for a workshop that I held. The purpose of the card was to demonstrate the "Folded Frame " element. It's an old technique, but well worth the effort to master.

Here is the card I made;

"Sorry, I Frogot"

The image is from a stamp set from "The Angel Company" and it is called " Hoppy Everything"The instructions are simple. The first step is;

Take the 4 ¼” square piece of patterned paper, and use the Scor-Pal across the points at 1” and 1 ½” on all four corners. Points should be at the 3” mark. See photo below.

The pencil line in the middle of the sheet is for illustration only.
Once you have the paper scored, pre-fold the scores to form the frame. I used green ink and a sponge to color the edge of the frame. Cut your colored image to 2 7/8" X 2 7/8" to fit in the center of the folded frame. Use pop-dots to adhere the frame to the image.
Pretty simple, add some stickles and your done. If you have any questions about this card, please ask.

Just a footnote, while I was doing this post we had four power outages. Which means that I was getting pretty frustrated. As you can see I did finally succede.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.