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Copic Beautifulness.

I just turned in my paper that was due later today and I can honestly say that I’ve never been so happy to have a paper done. I still have a bit of homework to do over the weekend, but at least I can relax for tonight! Happy weekend, everybody! :)

A couple weeks ago, I posted this Monday Video Tutorial about working with clear cards. I got a lot of questions about how I colored the flower, so I wanted to do a video to show how I use Copics and how they work for me. This isn’t the only way to use them; this is the way they work for me. Feel free to share any tips and tricks you might have int he comments, and I’ll even come back and add them to this post. I wanted this post to be a resource for you to come back to if you have a quick question about Copics.

The Video

(Watch on youtube; subscribe to my channel.)
The Card
I cut out the colored flower and leaves and then made this cute vintage-y card with the pieces:

Here’s a close-up of the coloring:

Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Kraft, Vintage Cream, and Fine Linen), Patterned Paper- Cosmo Cricket (Wander Collection 6 by 6 pad), Stamps- Papertrey Ink (Year of Flowers: Roses) and Hero Arts (CL140 Thinking of You Messages), Markers- Copic (R20, R22, R35, YG25, YG17, YG67), Ink- Tsukineko (Black Memento) and Ranger (Vintage Photo), Corner Rounder- WRMK.
My Copics
I’ve been buying Copics since earlier this year and have accrued quite the collection. I think I have all of the colors pretty well covered in the most minimalist way possible, so I wanted to share with you what I have hoping to inspire you. You don’t need to own all the Copics to be able to have something for every project (although that would be awesome!)… Now, I say this with a grain of salt. Of course, I’ll be buying more over time as I need them for different projects. This is what’s working for me right now, and I’m happy. :)
By the way, I buy all of my Copics from Blick Art Supply in the store. Since I’m a student, I get their preferred customer card for free (along with a 10% discount on everything), so this is the most cost-effective way to buy them for me.

My neutrals- a wide range of the Toner Greys, a colorless blender, a black marker, and the .3 and .7 Micro liners. On my list to add to my collection: a set of browns and some skin tones.

My Pinks and Reds. The left ones are the my fuchsia tones, and the ones on the right are more peachy and red.

My Oranges, Yellows, and Greens. I only have one orange because it blends with the yellows. This is probably where I’ll add to my collection next, but I’m okay with it this way.

My Blues and Purples.
The Storage
Okay, this isn’t so much a solution as a problem. I have a couple methods in mind as to how to store them, but my desk space is limited. We’ll see what I come up with, but this is what a currently use to store my markers:

As of my recent shopping trip, I have outgrown this method, so I have all of my neutrals outside of the oh-so-fancy plastic cup:

I’ll update you as soon as I figure out a way that actually works for me in this area. Ha.
The Best Sources
There are a couple of posts that really have served as an inpiration to me when learning out to use my copics. I’ll list them here:
Jennifer McGuire’s Copic Post
Nichol Magouirk’s Skin Tones with Copics post
Nichol Magouirk’s recent My Favorite Copics post
Nichol Magouirk’s Original Copics Info post (her blog in general is great for picking up tips and tricks about how to incorporate Copics in scrapbooking and cardmaking)
Hope this helps you out a little in navigating the crazy world of Copics. I love them; they’re a great tool and super fun to use. Let me know if you have any questions!

 

I’ve had a total blast featuring some of my favorite Etsy sellers, and I’ve saved of my favorites for last. Today’s featured seller is PrettyTape. This shop sells one of my newest obsessions: washi tape. She also sells wonderful things to go along with them like tape dispensers and some super cute stamps. Here’s one of my favorite projects using her tape:

 

(I blogged this project here.) I have about 15 rolls of tape now from PrettyTape, and they come in the most gorgeous colors. I seriously spend so long surfing there when I get in my Washi Tape moods. Hehe. Here are some other great things for sale:

Pretty Pastel Pattern – Masking Sticker Set – 27 Sheets (w/ Tin Case)

Aren’t her store items lovely? Shipping is super affordable, too. Go check out PrettyTape and spread the happy office supply love. :)
Thank you for stopping by today. I’m going to go de-stress by cleaning up my room and getting it ready for some pictures I’m going to take for my blog post tomorrow. We’re talking storage. I’m so excited to share what I’ve done lately with organizing my stamps and ink, so make sure to stop back for a look at that. Have a happy evening!
Love.
Brit

 

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Running Quickly.

Hey all. Life is crazy around here; I have two papers and a midterm between tomorrow and Monday, so I have to spend wayyy too much time on school work over the next couple days. :/ I wanted to stop through though and share a quick tag + a haul video from yesterday + today’s Etsy feature.

Supplies: Tag- Ranger (Size 8 Shipping Tag), Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Kraft), Stamp- Hero Arts (CL457 Real Leaves), Twine- May Arts (Brown), Embossing Powder- Ranger, Embossing Ink- Tsukineko (Versamark), Ink- Ranger (Distress ink in Wild Honey, Yellow Mustard, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo), Marker- Stampin’ Up (Chocolate Chip).

Last night I got a chance to take the car and pick up some new (and refill) art supplies. I’m hoping to use some of them to de-stress tonight after I get done writing my papers! Here’s a quick video I did showing what I bought. (Watch it on youtube & subscribe to my channel.)

Today’s featured seller is Knitty Bitties. Even though she’s on a little break right now from shipping, you can still buy pretty things from her store. I originally ordered just the little Oh Snap mini wallet from her, but then I asked her to make a matching key fob so that I could replace my ratty old Maroon and Gold (Minnesota) colored one. She went out of her way to match the pretty colors to my original purchase and had my key fob to my in no time. I love it! Her customer service is awesome, and next time I need to order a little clutch or purse, she’s definitely getting my order.

Here are some more pretty things for sale up at Knitty Bitties:

 

Happy Little Camera Strap Slip Cover Hot August Nights

Happy Little Camera Strap Slip Cover Winter Gray Skies

So make sure you go check out Knitty Bitties on Etsy, especially after she gets back from her break to travel. She’s sure to have some amazing new things in store for us up at the end of the month! Stop over there and leave her some pretty, crafty love. :)
I have to run off to get some more schoolwork done, but make sure to check back tomorrow for a post about Copics with a video tutorial and a card along with another fab Etsy feature. Thank you for stopping by!
Love.
Brit

 

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Busy, Busy Day.

I’m in design classes for eight hours today, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel- I get to go art supply  shopping tonight. It’s my favorite. I’m going to hit up Michael’s, Blick Art Supply, and Archiver’s and spend time with some pretty projects. Hellooooo retail therapy! There’s nothing like a long, hard day rewarded by some art supplies. (And picking up things to giveaway here on my blog. Yay!)

Even though I’m super swamped today with design work, I wanted to pop in and share today’s card and Etsy feature. Here’s today’s card:

 I showed this background really briefly on this watercolor video tutorial. It’s just my favorite Prang watercolors on Vintage Cream PTI cardstock. I just embossed the floating blossoms background stamp with silver embossing powder and then watercolored it in. It’s such an easy, elegant look.

Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Fine Linen, Pure Poppy), Stamps- Hero Arts (CG147 Floating Blossoms) and Studio Calico (Natalee Alpha), Ink- Tsukineko (Versamark Embossing Ink) and Ranger (Antique Linen Distress Ink), Embossing Powder- Ranger (Silver), Corner Rounder- WRMK.

If you have any questions about how I colored the flowers, check out the video I did a couple weeks ago about watercolor. :)

Today’s featured Etsy seller is my sweet friend, Latrice. At her store, Any Occasion, she sells gorgeous necklaces (flower bibs, button and ribbon) and headbands as well as other projects from time to time. I bought a bead and ribbon necklace from her a couple weeks ago, and I literally have to force myself not to wear it every day. It’s so gorgeous! Here’s a pic of me wearing it:

It’s lovely. It can be dressed down (like here) for a long day at class or dressed up for a night out. i get compliments on it all the time. Here’s some more of her fab products:

 Trinity Feather and Silk Headband in Cream

 Button Cascade Necklace in Pink

Knotted Ribbon and Bead Necklace

Latrice is one of my first real-life scrapbooking buddies, so I would love if you would send her some Etsy love and buy a necklace or other pretty thing from her in her store. Because’s she’s soooo sweet, she has offered to giveaway one of her pretty pink ribbon necklaces! To enter, just comment on this blog post, and as long as you fill out all the boxes (with your url or e-mail address so I have a place to find you), you’ll be entered to win. I’ll draw a winner on Sunday, November 14th at about 11 pm CST. Good luck and a huge thanks to Latrice for offering a necklace to give away!

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win!

Love.
Brit

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