Inky Play Friday – Playin’ with my Copics!

Happy Inky Play Friday! I set my distress inks aside for a Copic coloring session. I have this fantastic stamp of a grouping of pumpkins that I bought earlier this year. Autumn makes me think of fluffy blankets, beautiful tea mugs, and pumpkins. We used to carve pumpkins when my boys were younger but as they have lost interest, I moved on to baking with pumpkins. I have a yummy pumpkin cookie recipe that totally fills the house with an amazing aroma.

After stamping the images and letting them dry, I went on my Silhouette and designed then print and cut the sentiments so I can use these on some cards. I printed it in a couple of different colors so that I could have options.

I love finding color combinations for things in nature. I went onto Pinterest to look for pumpkin pictures and to see what color combinations I could find before coloring them. The contrast in this inky play versus the distress inks is so pronounced. When I use the distress inks there is less precision and a lot of random results but with my Copics, I can control the color better. Some days it’s nice to have more control but I am loving stretching my comfort zone with less predictable mediums.

Next, I used a really cool leaf embossing folder to create a dimensional backdrop for the pumpkin display. I decided to create them in a couple of different colors to see how it changes the mood of the cards.

I used my dimensional dots to raise the pumpkin image on the front of the card. They are so much fun to use and they really made the image pop.

I am going to continue to color some more today and try out the different backgrounds.

Have a wonderful weekend!

New Merch!

Hello friends! It is a sunny cold day here and I am on my second cup of green tea but I thought I would share my latest bookmark. I have had this adorable image for a long time and decided it was time to size it down for a bookmark. I think it makes for a great gift to a friend that enjoys reading. I remember loving my teddy bears and don’t remember having the pleasure of having one join me on a swing. But this one is so cute and it makes me think of a crisp sunny fall day like today at the park.

I added a great friendship quote I found on Pinterest. I think the past year of a pandemic has really renewed my connection with friends and reminded me how important those relationships are to my well-being. I found solace in family and books but I thrived in the company even though virtually, with my girlfriends. So it’s only fitting that I make a bookmark about friendship. I definitely will be making more designs in the future. In the meantime, I think this duo is a great start.

I hope you have a wonderful day. Find one thing to make you smile today.

Inky Play Friday – Painting with Distress Inks

It’s that time…time to play with some inks! Today I am painting with Distress Oxide ink pads. I am always so inspired to craft when I watch craft videos on YouTube. I have been really into my oxide ink pads for the past few months so I have been watching videos where crafters are using them in a variety of ways.

The first thing I did was select some coordinating colors that would look nice on the blue background. Then I heat embossed the ornaments and sentiment with white embossing powder. Then I applied blueprint sketch color onto the back. At first, I was going for a solid background then I started to like the way the lighter areas almost looked like a glowing effect and left it.

Next, was the fun part – painting with the ink. So I rubbed a bit of twisted citron onto my glass mat, gave it a few squirts of water, and then painted the first ornament. It was so relaxing and easy because the embossing keeps your color right where it’s supposed to be. If you haven’t painted with your Distress ink pads, you really should, it’s very fun.

For the first card, I drew the strings with a sparkle pop pen and then used Wink of Stella to give the ornaments a hint of shimmer.

For the second card, I searched my stash for coordinating glitter pens to color in some of the ornaments for a cool contrast.

Here is a close-up so you can see the glitter pens on the second card. I love how they came out. It reminds me of old-fashioned glass ornaments my mother used to hang on the Christmas tree.

I will be sure to incorporate these techniques in future cards because it was really fun.

Have a wonderful weekend!

New Merch!

It’s that time again – new merch for the shop! I have three new items from my Fall Welly Bookmark Collection releasing today. It’s such a perfect day to release them in the shop because it is a rainy fall day and all I want to do is grab my books and blanket and read!

I made three designs for this bookmark collection because let’s face it, you can never have too many different color welly boots in your wardrobe so why not add them to your books.

These bookmarks were super fun to color with my Copics and there were endless color choices however I decided to limit it to three for this first release.

Be sure to stop by my Etsy shop if you would like to own one of them for your next book.

Have a wonderful day!

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