Let's start with the tip part.... In Copic class on Monday night I used Neenah Classic Solar White paper (my fave) and Memento black ink (my other fave) and, horrors, for some of the students in the class the images I stamped bled when they colored them! I have never experienced that with this paper/ink combo and was, frankly, a bit stumped as to why it did! And for only a handful of people. I had to figure it out so I turned to the best Copic resource I know -- Marianne Walker. This combo is also one that she likes so it wasn't using the wrong products (which I knew). She said that Memento ink pads are on the juicy side and sometimes this will happen when they are particularly wet (when re-inked or a new pad). And I reinked the pad I used just as I started stamping images for class (go figure). Try to heat set it and see if that helps. One of the reasons that people like Memento is that you don't have to heat set it but it seems that may help when it's really wet. The best thing to do is stamp lightly --- don't really moosh it on there. Just up and down. That way less ink deposits when it's a juicy pad.
Today's card is the same idea as the card I posted yesterday. This time I feather blended on this adorable Hero Arts butterfly stamp.
Last night's class at Simply Scrapbooks was simply a blast! At least I had fun and hope everyone in the class did! :-) As a teacher the most fun I ever have is watching others learn something new. And for many Copics were brand new last night and everyone picked up on the techniques so quickly. A true pleasure to teach them. And I swear people who take classes at scrapbook/stamp stores are just the nicest people on the planet. We will be repeating the Copic class --probably later this summer. So if you missed this one there will be another opportunity.
One of the blending techniques that I taught was feather blending. This is where you take two colors from two different color families and blend them into each other. You can learn more about the technique here. If you have never visited that site and you are a Copic marker user --- INDULGE! Spend lots of time there. Tutorial after tutorial from Marianne Walker who works for Copic. I was fortunate that she was the teacher for my certification teacher. She is so good at explaining things and you can search on just about anything and learn it there.
Copic class day is almost here and I'm getting really excited. While preparing I'm visiting my favorite sites and continuing to learn even more about them myself! The possibilities with these things are endless. If you are attending the class, read this link so you know what to bring -- I've gotten some questions. We still have openings -- Monday 5/24 from 6-8 at Simply Scrapbooks. And if you are in the class you get 15% off on markers!
Here's a tiny little card that was alot of fun to make. The sky and grass were done using Distress Ink. I covered the cardstock with ink then spritzed some water on a Hero Arts background stamp and stamped away.
Supplies: Copic Markers; Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; Hero Arts Antique flower stamp; Paper Trey Ink stamps; Diamond Stickles; Glossy Accents
at Simply Scrapbooks in the Dayton Area on 5/24 from 6-8 pm. Please call the store to be sure that you get your name on the list! (937) 299-6288 As soon as my new card reader arrives so I can post some photos I will show you some examples of cards I've been working on using Copics. There is nothing quite as fun as being 51 and spending your day coloring like I did this past weekend!
I have gotten questions about the color chart book I created to keep track of my Copics in yesterday's Picture of the Day. Here is what it looks like:
I have attached the instructions and what to print out on the attached Excel file:
Download Master copic flip book. It has many worksheets and I did it in a way that does not make the most efficient use of cardstock. Sorry... but it works!