Hello and Happy Memorial Day! May is winding down and June is right around the corner, so today I am sharing my cute little beach babe chick June calendar! I hope you will join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details.
Today I would like to share one of my most favorite papercrafting products with you, Foam Tape ... I use it on just about EVERY project I make, to create interest and dimension. Plus, it is a fabulous adhesive!
I use it to raise a simple sentiment up off the background so it stands out, becomes the main focus, and doesn't blend into the background:
Foam tape adheres all kinds of textiles, including heavyweight cardstock (shown above), ribbon, buttons, felt (shown below):
Use many layers of foam tape to create a dramatically dimensional realistic flower:
As you can see, foam tape is a great option for adding dimension to your crafting projects and my favorite is X-Press It Foam Tape. It holds firmly, yet removes cleanly and won’t damage surfaces. And since it is acid and solvent-free, it is also perfect for scrapbooking! It comes in two different types:
Double-Sided Foam Tape 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch x 4.4 yards Acid-free Solvent-free Create 3D effects Easily apply by hand No static liner -- means the liner is easy to peel off and won't stay stuck to your fingers when trying to remove it! Perfect for mounting Ideal for scrapbooking Suitable for a wide range of substrates
If you looking for an even stronger version of the X-Press It Foam Tape, then High Tack Foam Tape is perfect for you! While this version offers all the same amazing features as regular foam tape, the High Tack version offers an extra strong adhesion. And I have personally experienced that it also usually removes cleanly, if needed -- you know, when you change your mind and need to move something around on your card or scrapbook page! :)
Double-Sided High-Tack Foam Tape - (This is my preferred type) 1/2 inch x 4.4 yards or 1/4 inch x 2.2 yards Acid-free & Solvent-free Create 3D effects Easily apply by hand No static liner Perfect for mounting Extra strong adhesive High grip on metals, glass, wood, paper, plastics and fabrics
And when compared to national leading brands, it is usually the same price per yard, if not less expensive!
I've been using this fabulous tape for the past 5 years (2011, one year before it was made available for public purchase) and the foam seems more dense to me than a leading national brand competitor’s foam tape that I had used previously. What this means is that even though the different tapes SAY they are the same thickness (2mm or 1/16th inch), I believe X-Press It’s is denser and therefore does not compress/flatten as easily and feels thicker to me . . . here's the proof (click on photo for a larger view):
"I'm a Copic marker beginner, what colors do you recommend getting?"
This is the number one question I am asked, along with "Which colors blend well together?" So quite some time ago, I put together this chart of some of my favorite go-to color combinations and natural blending groups I use all the time (total of 109 colors!) -- I offer it as a free download and I hope you will enjoy using it! If you loose track of this blog post, you can always find the download over on my Copic FAQ page HERE.
Click on the following links to download the 2-page PDF:
Please be sure to select "Fit to Page" when printing the above charts.
Building your own marker sets ensures your collection will contain your very own personalized sets/colors that will get the most love and use from your papercrafting dollars! I always suggest selecting some of your favorite colors you are naturally drawn to, along with some of the suggestions below, according to what you typically color most, i.e. people, nature, etc. After selecting a few favorite hues from each color family, you will probably want to also choose another marker or two which are either lighter and/or darker than your favorite so you can achieve nice blending results (also known as natural blending groups). My charts show some of those natural blending groups.
Here are a few more helpful hints for building your own Copic marker set(s):
And remember, the online Copic Store carries absolutely EVERY marker made, in every marker style (Wide, Original, Sketch, and Ciao) AND every size of marker case to house your very own personalized sets!
Hello, Friends! As the height of flower season approaches, I have a fun card full of texture and flowers to share with you, and it all starts with the gorgeous Rosy Posey Embossing Folder I fell in love with from last month’s Taylored Expressions release! I hope you'll join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details!
Hello and happy Friday, friends! I'm popping in just to let you know about a FABULOUS Mother's Day sale this weekend at Ellen Hutson LLC . . . EVERY in-stock item is 20% OFFnow until midnight Pacific Sunday! So start shopping early, for the best in-stock selections! Just enter the code below at check-out:
Just click on the banner above or HERE to start shopping!
I'm also sharing my pretty Gardenias (after a watering this morning) that starting popping out a few days ago -- just in time to spread their wonderful scent through my back yard for Mother's Day!
Hello, Friends! Today I am sharing a custom sign/framed artwork I made for my new studio:
I created the sign in a Word document using some fabulous fonts from a great new website I discovered, Little Big Crafter. Both of the fonts I used came from The Craft Room Mega Bundle, which includes 20 fonts, 20 unique quotes and designs for kids, plus some SVG cut files! And when you purchase the bundle you will also receive $5 store credit to spend on whatever you please! If you like this bundle, grab it before May 9, when it won't be offered any longer. And it keeps getting better, folks . . . Little Big Crafter is offering my blog readers a 10% discount code to use on anything in their store! Just enter this code at checkout, for your 10% discount: PAPERFECTIONS10 ... Enjoy!
For my sign, I used the Will Shering Sans font for the "Do Something" and "Everyday" words, printing them in pretty colors that coordinate with my studio and the butterflies (more on those a little later):
The pretty "Creative" word was created with the Zombis Night font -- I printed it in a very light gray, so I would have a guide which I could use to hand letter it and create faux calligraphy! I wish I possessed the skills to create beautiful calligraphy myself but since I don't, I thought this was the next best thing!
For the "Creative" word lettering, I used a new Copic pen, the Gasenfude (pronounced: gas•en•fu•day), that has a nice nylon brush tip that is beautiful for hand lettering. The ink is both water and Copic-proof (water based, black pigment ink) for drawing, lettering and coloring. The long nib takes a little practice to work with if you are new to brush pens but still very easy to work with, in my opinion. It gives you a full range of line widths, all in one pen, and the ink is a beautiful very dark black that colors easily and smoothly! These features make this the ideal pen for hand lettering, calligraphy, comic art, doodling, or traditional brush art. You can read more about it HERE and/or purchase HERE.
The butterflies are from the newest Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers book by Marianne Walker (sold HERE). The butterfly image is included in the book, for you to practice the lessens taught in the book. I just scanned it into my computer, placed them into my Word document, and printed the document onto X-Press It Blending Card. I used a little bit lighter Copic marker color combination suggested in the book on pages 14-15: BV02 and BG53.
The book is a great resource to get you started with blending techniques and color selection!
I used the suggestions on page 31 for blending colors from different color families, and feathered strokes to color by butterflies, for a smooth blend.
Hello and happy weekend, friends! Today's project combines some of my favorite things . . . watercolor, flowers, and pretty vibrant pinks! I hope you'll join me today in the CLASSroom to find out all the details on how to create this watercolored die cut card!
One of my favorite things to do is color die cuts and I thought Taylored Expressions beautiful In The Garden would make a wonderful topper for my May calendar! Please join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for the full details!