Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Welcome everyone! I dusted off my Zig markers and started putting them to work. If you follow me on social media you know I love my copics. Although they are amazing, I have been loving some of the other mediums as well and I am finally taking the plunge to share with you. Off screen, I've been playing with them. So I'll be sharing little tips along the way.

The inspiration for this card came from Debby Hughes. She used watercolors on hers but I thought Zigs would be a nice easy way for me to start out. 

I'm going to use the Center Cut Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp Fluttering By release. This is a 6x6 red rubber stamp where the center pops out and that is the piece I'll be using today.

I'm going to start with a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock - the smooth side- and stamp the floral image onto the cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Clear Ink. Be sure to prep your cardstock first with an antic static powder tool!

Next, I'll heat emboss with white embossing powder and let cool for a moment.

I'm keeping this very simple and will only be using one color for my actual flower images which is Light Carmine. I start out by brushing some color onto a petal starting closest to the center. Then, I take a small paintbrush, dab it in some water, lightly dab the excess off on a paper towel and drag the color out towards the edge of the petal. Depending how much water you add to the petal will determine how much of a highlight you will have towards the outer end of the petal.

I have found that I like using a paintbrush for this versus a waterbrush pen because I feel I have more control. That is just my own personal choice. I'll continue coloring this way throughout the card doing small sections at a time. 

For the leaves, I tried adding some blue with the green just to change things up a little. 

For the outer edge of my card, I'm taking the Light Blue and adding color around the edge and pulling that color out with the brush as well.

Once everything was colored and dried, I diecut this piece out from the Wonky Stitched Rectangle and added foam tape (heavily) to the back of the watercolor piece. Then added to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Key Lime cardstock piece. My sentiment is from the Kind Flowers stamp set and heat embossed onto black cardstock with white embossing powder.

Colors Used
Persian Green
Light Blue
Light Green
Light Carmine

I really enjoyed creating this card and trying out my Zigs. I have a video down below where you can check out my process or you can view HERE on my youtube channel.


C.C. Designs Preview Day 1

Welcome everyone to Previews Day 1 of C.C. Designs Preview Day 1! We have some amazing new stamps and dies to share with you so start your wish list now!

For my card today, I'm showcasing the Cutie Cats stamp set. These have some of the cutest kitties ever! There are also some really cute additional images to create some fantastic backgrounds with.

I'm using the pawprint and fishbones images to create a wreath on my card using the Wreath Builder stencil from Gina K Designs. This is so versatile and love how this card came out.

I stamped my pawprint in Kraft ink and my fishbone in Moonlit Fog Ink. I die cut the circle scallop die from Key Lime cardstock for a pop of color.

My kitty is stamped on Neenah White cardstock 80lb with a copic friendly ink and colored with my copics. I also stamped this fun sentiment into the middle of my scallop circle. I was going to put the kitty in the middle which does look super cute but just wasn't finding a good place for a sentiment that way. So I switched it up and added the sentiment in the middle and my kitty, which I cut from the coordinating die, is added to the bottom corner with foam squares.

To complete the card I added this white panel to a Kraft cardbase. 

Copic Used 

Be sure to check out the C.C. Designs blog for more inspiration and prizes! Release day is Thursday night, May 3rd 7pm CST/8pm EST. Join us on May 3 for the release party in the C.C. Designs Facebook Group at 6pm CST for games and prizes ! 

Here is a video showing how I created this card in more details. You can view it down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.


Pink & Main - Drive By Crafts!

This week we are blogging with Pink & Main YAY! with lots of great inspiration from the Drive By Crafts and Pink & Main design team members.... and we also have a couple of blog prizes to giveaway. 

Two winners will be chosen. One person will win the DBC gift card and one person will win the stamp sets from Pink & Main. 

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That's 6 times you can enter to win plus if you come back each day this week and comment that will give you bonus entries to win. 

Winner's will be announced on May 7th on the Drive By Crafts blog. You have until May 6th at midnight PST to enter to win these fabulous prizes. 

My card today is featuring this adorable mouse from the Rain or Shine stamp set. I stamped my image onto Neenah White cardstock with copic safe ink and also stamped out this image onto masking paper. Then fussy cut the image and applied the mask to my cardstock.

Next, I ink blended my sky and grass using Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover distress oxide inks. Using my hand to block my mask, I flicked water onto the background and dabbed up with a paper towel. I didn't want water spots where I would be coloring so that is why I blocked the area.

Then I colored the image with my copic markers and added some Nuvo Shimmer to the rainbow once finished. 

Using the Misti tool, I stamped my sentiment also from the Rain or Shine stamp set. 

Copics Used
Mouse N6-4-2
Muzzle - W2-0-00
Ears/Nose - R85-83-81
Red - R29-17
Yellow - Y19-06
Orange - YR07-04
Cloud - B00-000
Sky inside Rainbow - BG23-49


Stenciling with Kraftin Kimmie Inks!

Welcome back everyone! If you haven't heard the exciting news yet, Kraftin Kimmie Stamps released their own line of ink pads! Be sure to check out my post from yesterday and visit the store to scoop yours up! 

Today's card is doing some basic stenciling with one of the fabulous colors. 

I'm starting off with some Turquoise Sea cardstock and ink blending Mermaid Melody using the Bubbly Stencil. This ink looks amazing on this cardstock!  Then I trimmed it down to 1 1/2" x 4 1/4" to fit across my cardbase.

I stamped my images using the Oceans of Love stamp set onto some Neenah white cardstock with the NEW Wicked Black ink from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. Then copic colored the images. Yes - this ink is copic friendly and holds up to my layers of ink lol.

I fussy cut each image out and set off on the side. I stamped my image onto the cardbase using my Misti Stamping tool and Misti corners. Then I adhered my critters onto the card with foam squares.

I added a couple Sparkling Clear Confetti for some added interest.

I also have a video up taking a look at the inks and my process for the card. You can view it down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

Copic Colors Used


Exciting News from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps!

We've got some super exciting NEWS to share with you today!
You may have heard that we've been working on something top secret for the last few months and it's FINALLY time that we can share it with everyone!!!

Today we are introducing you to.....
Krafty Kolours Inks by Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!

We are thrilled to introduce a brand new product to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps line…..KRAFTY KOLOURS INKS!

These new inks are a Hybrid ink that combines the best of both dye ink and pigment ink!
- These beauties are acid free, archival and non-fading!
- This ink dries almost instantly on paper and non-porous surfaces and requires a heat set on glossy surfaces and fabric
- They have a raised felt pad that let you stamp any size stamp!
- They give a crisp, bright, non-bleeding impression!
- They come in full sized pads, mini cubes and ink refills!

With these inks you can ink directly, sponge, stencil, watercolour, you can do all sorts of techniques with them AND most exciting….the Krafty Kolours Inks are safe to use with pencils AND alcohol based markers!!

For my card today, I'm using the new Beautiful Blooms stamp set. This is part of the May release but you can get it NOW in a bundle! Be sure to check out the website for more details!

I stamped both floral images in the Mermaid Melody ink, one of the fabulous new kolors from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps! I also stamped some leaves in the Lovely Lagoon ink pad. Then I cut out my images.

For my background, I used the Layered Stripe Die and die cut it out from Stone Grey Cardstock (retired)  and attached it to a piece of Grave Grey cardstock (retired).  My sentiment is stamped in the Wicked Black ink and diecut with the Double Stitched Circle Die and added to the center of my panel with foam squares.

I then layered my flowers in the bottom corner of my card with foam squares for dimension.

For added interest, I added some Nuvo Shimmer to my flowers and leaves and a few Sparkling Clear Confetti around the flowers.

Today we are having a big Launch Party over on the Krafty Friends Facebook page with the Krafty Girls and Special Krafty Guests sharing information about the new products, sharing tons of new projects, live videos, youtube videos, we're doing giveaways, challenges and lots more!!
You'll be able to purchase all the large ink pads, mini cubes and refills individually OR in sets at a small discount! PLUS there are TWO brand NEW stamp sets that are from the May release and will ONLY be released as part of the special kits!
ALSO I've chosen some amazing coordinating Bazzill Bling cardstocks to match the coloured inks and you'll be able to scoop those up as well!! SO exciting!

So be sure to pop into the group today or hang out with us for all the fun all day long!! Let's get INKY!!!


Simon Says Stamp April 2018 Haul!

I haven't done a haul video in a while so here is a look at some goodies I picked up throughout the month of April!

You can view it down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.


Margaritas! - Pink & Main

Hello everyone ! I'm back with some more inspiration from the April 2018 Pink & Main release! Today I'm focusing on ... Margaritas!! Sounds yummy doesn't it? This card definitely got my taste buds craving a nice Margarita..

The images are all stamped on Neenah white cardstock with a copic safe ink then colored with copic markers. I used the coordinating die to die cut them out. I like to use post it tape to hold my dies in place. It's tacky enough to hold the die yet won't rip my paper when I remove it.

As you can see I created two cards. I created the circle one first kind of playing around with ideas. The second card I created in a video down below.

I used the same techniques for both cards.

For the background, I cut the circle/hexagon in numerous places throughout the card. Then taking a piece of bristol cardstock, I ink blended colors for a gradient effect on each.

My ink blended piece and die cut panel both measure 4" x 5 1/4" which I adhered together.

I attached my panels to an A2 size cardbase using white cardstock. Then added my margaritas. My sentiment is stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder and added to my card with foam squares.

I added a few glossy dots for a little more interest. On this card, I wanted to note that I added some Chuncky Glitter with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to give the effect of salt.

Copics Used

You can view the video down below or HERE on my Youtube channel. 

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Embossing on Alcohol Ink Background -Simon Says Stamp

Hey everyone! There is something I've been wanting to try and finally sat down to give it a go last weekend. That was embossing on Yupo paper. I love playing with the alcohol inks and creating amazing backgrounds and this takes it up to the next level.

I'm starting my card by mixing Pool, Wild Plum, and Purple Twilight alcohol inks along with the Gold Mixative on Yupo paper. I moved the colors around by adding drops of the blending solution and blowing on the paper with a straw. 

Normally, when you are going to emboss, you dust your paper with an anti static powder tool/bag and honestly, I can't remember if I did that or not. I did however, trim my paper down to 3 3/4 x 5" and added to my Misti stamping tool. I'm using the Ornate background stamp from Simon Says Stamp and ink that up with Simon Says Stamp Clear ink. Then I stamp this onto my alcohol ink background and add gold embossing powder. 

This next part is tricky. I made sure to heat my embossing gun up real good. Then I quickly started going over the card to emboss it. The thing with the Yupo paper is it will curl super fast if you leave your heat gun on a certain area for too long. Almost like its melting. So I would apply the heat to an area quickly, then remove the heat from paper. I did this continuously until all the powder was melted. 

I did have areas start to curl but to fix that I adhered adhesive generously to the back of the panel. This helps keeps all my corners down. This came out so beautiful!! I'm so glad I tried it out! 

I layered my panel onto a white cardstock piece in which I added to a black cardstock base. My sentiment is die cut from a black piece of cardstock as well using the You da Best die cut from Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design. I cut two and layered them up for dimension. I also used the layered piece to this and diecut it out of vellum.

I finished if off by adding a Nuvo glimmer pen over all the letters and topping it off with Nuvo Crystal Glaze.

I'm so happy how this came out! 


Sugar Pea Designs - London Scape

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing another look at one of the new releases from Sugar Pea Designs. This one is the London Scape. These dies are stunning!!! I had so much fun creating backgrounds for them! 

For this card, I dug out my Yupo paper and alcohol inks and created this background. I trimmed my piece down and layered it with white cardstock. 

I'm also going to be using a black piece of cardstock for my base & London Scape. Before attaching anything, I heat embossed with white embossing powder this beautiful sentiment from the Chic Wishes stamp set.

I layered my London Scape onto my alcohol ink background. I love those specks of gold right behind some of the buildings. Almost like it's glowing! 

Talk about dreamy, right?! 

I hope you enjoyed this look at the London Scape and Chic Wishes from Sugar Pea Designs. Be sure to check out their website to pick yours up today! 


Flickering Butterflies - Simon Says Stamp

Have you seen the new release from Simon Says Stamp? There are so many amazing products! I'm working with some products from the Fluttering By release. I have a thing for butterflies and this was so perfect!

Today's card is clean and simple but powerful. Using a piece of black cardstock, I die cut the Flickering Butterflies die which left me this trail of butterflies. I also used the Stitched Butterflies die to cut the bigger butterfly out from white cardstock. This actually gives you a two piece butterfly that you can piece together.

I heat embossed this amazing sentiment from CZ Design with gold embossing powder.

For the background of the butterflies, I trimmed down a piece of Sparkling Silver Deco Foil that would fit behind my trail of butterflies. I added adhesive on the back of the card around the area of those butterflies and attached the foil. It is so hard to capture the beauty of this foil on camera.

I finished off the card but adding it to an A2 size white cardstock. So many powerful messages on the Yes You Can stamp set! It really is a great staple stamp set.

Supplies Used

Fluttering By Release

Wreath Builder - Gina K Designs

I finally sat down to play with one of the hottest stencils to hit the market and that is the wreath builder from Gina K Designs! This is seriously beyond awesome and can be used for so many different things.

I am hoping to do a video soon using this stencil but for now let me show you what I created.

I am using the Wreath Builder stamp set & stencil and also the Doodle Sayings stamp set.

For this first card I used some of new Coral Reef cardstock. I stamped my images with Coral Reef, Peach Bellini, Lucky Clover and Key Lime.

Just think of all the different kinds of wreaths you can make! Christmas .... Halloween ..... anything! 

And these colors ..... delish! 

For my second card I'm using the gorgeous new Seaglass cardstock. I stamped my images in Seaglass, Tranquil Teal, Lucky Clover and Key Lime. I also heat embossed in white this fun sentiment from the Doodle Sayings stamp set.

If you find they are out of stock, be sure to click the Notify Me button to get notified as soon as they are back in! 

Trust me ... you'll want this.

I have quite a few ideas for this stencil so be sure to subscribe to my blog and youtube channel to be notified when I get some more things together.

For now, I'm going to link you over to a video HERE Gina created showing off the wreath builder and also some more amazing ideas from Jennifer McGuire found HERE

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