I’m finally getting to my August blog. This month I have been collecting Copic Markers. I am new to the craze which I had been stubbornly resisting for years. I have a lovely set of Tombow markers which my husband bought me for Christmas one year. I love them for calligraphy but I have been frustrated trying to color with them. Primarily because I am not a watercolor fan. I’ve decided I’m just too OCD for watercolors and I just don’t have that kind of talent.
I got turned onto Copic markers which are alcohol based. I am just learning how to color and blend with them and I have a long way to go but I absolutely love the way they go on the paper (cardstock).
So I started by coloring a few Christmas cards, some of which I showed last month, and this one using a stamp from Penny Black.
Then I made a few random cards. But I already have way more cards than I can use, so I started coloring potential card fronts which I have in a small three ring binder (from Staples). Each sheet protector holds a piece of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 card stock. Each piece of card stock is potentially two card fronts 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
Of course once I started gathering Copics I needed storage for same. I started out with a tin, then grew to a homemade shelf within a box system and finally broke down and bought a nice shelving system from Blick (https://www.dickblick.com/products/spectrum-noir-marker-storage-trays/). The shelf holds 72 markers which should be more than enough. However I am now trying to fill a second set of shelves. No one needs this many Copic markers for random coloring, however fueled by Michael’s coupons and due to my lack of color mixing expertise the obsession was born.
I also put together a chart of the colors I have so that I can see the actual colors when working and also to keep track of what I have. I downloaded the Copic app on my phone which also comes in handy for shopping.
See all those blank squares? Aren’t they just desperate for more markers?
This month I’m excited to share the opening of my new Etsy shop with my Handmade Greeting Cards: CardzByDeeZyne.etsy.com CardsByDeeZyne
I already have an Etsy shop for my Handmade Sea Glass Jewelry: ByDeeZyne.etsy.com ByDeeZyne and I still get a kick out of getting orders from all over the country and the world but I have become obsessed with card making of late and thought I would open a second Etsy shop with my cards.
I am just starting out and even though I’ve been involved with Etsy for some time now, I am finding there are still some challenges with starting a new shop. It will take some time to get it off the ground and perfect my “product” and find my niche. I just hope that people are still sending snail mail. I send out cards to friends and family all the time and I know I love receiving mail myself but I today it is all about email and social media. I love tech but it isn’t the same as a had written note or letter.
I hope you will visit both my shops. I welcome custom orders and would be happy to work with you to design cards or jewelry just for you.
This month I have been experimenting with different card making techniques and trying to “up my game”.
First up I made this tool box using Lawn Fawn Scalloped Edge Pop Up card die set. This set is fantastic! I am so glad I splurged on it. I can see using it in many different variations. Here I loaded up the box with tools from Stampin’ Up Nailed It stamp and die bundle. I cut the tools out of yellow card stock with foil tape that I adhered for the metal parts of the tools. I stamped on the yellow card stock first, adhered the foil tape (bought at Home Goods – I think it is for dryer vents or something) and re-stamped the image. (Hint: I found I needed to use StazOn Ink to keep the image from smearing. The banner poles come with the pop up box kit and I improvised the banner with my Stampin’ Up Thoughtful Banners sentiment and coordinating punch.
Next I CASE’d a few cards that I admired on Pinterest. The first (inspired by Christy Velasquez – hers used a beautiful blended rainbow background) was die cut on my Silhouette Cameo and mounted on a lime green card base. I used Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Dies to make the frame. I triple cut the hello from black cardstock backed with double sided adhesive.
The second card (inspired by Barbara Anders) used the Hero Arts Grateful Leaves layering stamp set and coordinating die. I stamped the leaf on white cardstock in 3 background colors, stamped again with the black veins and cut and mounted each leaf on a wood embossed white background with foam tape. I added some gold thread behind the leaves but I admit that the “random” loops of thread are not my forte. I white heat embossed my sentiment (from Hero Arts Anyone Can Stamp) on black cardstock. I added coordinating hearts, stars and dots from Stampin’Up. I really liked how this card turned out!
The next two cards used techniques from Jennifer McGuire. The sunshine card used a technique she called floating die technique. Basically I cut the flower using Stampin’ Up Timeless Tags die in green, turquoise and yellow. I backed the turquoise with double sided tape which made it easier. I set the cut pieces on my card in one piece and remove all the pieces I didn’t want except the outline. I added the center in yellow, and the leaves in green and then removed the outline. The flower appears to be floating. Again I triple cut the sunshine (from Stampin’Up) on black card stock and layered on the card front. The rectangle was die cut with the Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Die. If I tried this technique again I think I would try it with a different die with larger pieces but overall I was happy with the result.
The small (3×3) heart thank you note used Jennifer’s spotlight stamp technique. This was super simple. I stamped my card base with the Avery Elle Big Greetings Thank You. I also stamped some scrap turquoise card stock with the same sentiment. I punched out the heart and mounted it over the cardstock with dimensionals making sure to line up the sentiment. I threw on a few water drops from Pretty Pink Posh and done. Big impact for very little effort. This technique definitely bears repeating. Thank you Jennifer McGuire.
Lastly are two cards I made just for fun. The first one was for my niece who shares my love of succulents. The Cactus is from Hampton Arts which I tried to color with my Tombow brush pens and the succulents are Spellbinders dies – all from Michael’s. Proving you don’t need to invest a lot of money to make fun cards (although that hasn’t stopped me).
The small (3 x 3 again) thank you note is printed with my Misti using a layering tulip stamp set from Altenew and Hampton Art Flower Amaze Thank You.
I really need to find a third hobby (my first love is jewelry making and my etsy shop – bydeezyne.etsy.com) because I am running out of card supply storage!
This month I purchased two Stampin’ Up die sets from the Occasions Catalog (2017). One is called Dragonfly Dreams. It coordinated perfectly with an old Stampin’ Up set that I had called Wonderful Wings. I heat embossed two dragonflies with gold embossing powder and cut out the third with the Dragonfly Dreams dies (in solid brown and detailed foreground in white). On the second card I cut out the line of butterflies with the dies and then inlaid it back into the white cardstock with a blue background showing through. I embellished both cards with rhinestones and sequins and stamped envelopes to match.
Stampin’ Up Dragonfly Dreams
Wonderful Wings (inside of card)
I also purchased the Timeless Tags die set. I used two of the dies to make Easter eggs (background and foreground). I debossed the background with a hexagon pattern to give the illusion of chicken wire. Since I purchased $50 in products I qualified for a free stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. I have been in love with the chickens in the Hey, Chick stamp set from the moment I saw them. They just bring a smile to my face. I used them for the inside of my Easter cards. For the coordinating envelopes I stamped the egg from the Hey, Chick set and made myself the sentiment using my Sihouette Mint.
Silhouette Mint Stamp
Finally I CASEd a card from Jeanie Stark to make the flower card. (BTW, her instructions are fantastic!) Hers is far better but I am still happy with my results. I embossed the background of this card with polka dots.
I have been experimenting with lots of different stamps, embossing folders, dies, and specialty papers as well as Silhouette Cameo shapes to create several different Valentine’s Day cards. Some I liked better than others but here is the lineup for this year.
This month I decided to change up the thank you notes that I send out with my Etsy orders (bydeezyne.etsy.com). I love making hand made cards and always send a thank you note but usually they are computer generated. This month I decided to make them with my stamp sets to satisfy my card making obsession.
thank you leaves
thank you pine cones
etsy thank you cards
Much more fun! The cards below are a new set from Avery Elle called Berry Good. I stamped the first card with black ink but then decided to emboss the rest with black embossing powder. I colored the peaches with Stampin’ Up colored pencils and their watercolor blender. I added some rhinestones just because.
Here are some more 3 x 3 thank you notes. These were quick and easy. I put strips of washi tape on card stock and die cut the stars. I embossed and scored the card base and added the sunshine washi tape and attached the stars with dimensionals. Love the results!
Here are my 2016 Christmas cards. I used a variety of products and techniques this year.
Starting in the upper left corner I used the double layering technique with a stamp set called Peaceful Pinecones. It was super easy and one of my favorites. Below that I played with my Misti to position pine trees from the Joyful Christmas stamp set in a variety of colors. Both stamp sets are from PaperTrey Ink (https://www.papertreyink.com/stamps/peaceful-pinecones-stamp-set/).
In the top right is a patchwork Christmas tree I made using a variety of patterned glitter papers that I punched out using the top of the Stampin Up Christmas tree punch. I adhered them to white card stock and then embossed the front. Of all my cards this was the easiest and most effective. The red star and the Joy were die cut from red foil paper (all from Stampin’ Up).
On the bottom are two cards I printed with my computer onto with cardstock. Once in red and again in green. I cut the card stock in half horizontally and repositioned on my card front. I then embossed the card front with snowflakes and added sequins.
The cards above were all done with a combination of my Silhouette Cameo and Stampin’ Up Die Cuts (for the ornaments, Joy and the bow). With embossing on the white card stock and sentiments from Stampin’ Up Word Play (tidings of comfort & Joy) and Wondrous Wreath (Happy Wonderful Christmas).
Above are three cards I made using the Stampin’ Up bird punch and some die cuts from my Silhouette cameo for the trees and the window. I’m still in love with this punch.
For these last three cards I used some techniques from Jennifer McQuire. I’m sorry to say that my results were nowhere near as beautiful as hers but I wanted to try her techniques for heat embossing. For the Merry cards I embossed Stampin’ Up Seasonally Scattered with white embossing powder on red card stock and with red embossing powder on white card stock. I cut the card stock horizontally and the repositioned on the front of my cards. For the Noel Wreathe I tried layered gold embossing powder and was very disappointed in my results. But hey. At least I tried.
So here is the whole gallery of cards for this year. It was fun to try new techniques and some I will definitely be using again for cards throughout the new year.
I printed the inside sentiment on my computer and the fish stamp on the envelope.
I also made a few Halloween cards on my Silhouette Cameo with die cuts from Silhouette Studio.
Here are a couple more Halloween Cards. The first was made with Stampin’ Up Jar of Love, patterned paper and Washi tape. I also used the double pierced rectangular die from Avery Elle. I used the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the candy corn for the shaker portion. The second card was made entirely on the Silhouette Cameo – well, okay I used a circle die for the moon – but everything else was Silhouette.
Celebrating the 4th with a few cards using my Silhouette Cameo to cut the stripes (used both negative and positive space), Darice fireworks embossing folder, Stampin’ Up nested star die cut and Lifestyle Crafts polka dot embossing folder.