Posts Tagged ‘Penny Black’

Penny Black – Copic Coloring and Heat Embossing

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

Hi crafty friends and welcome back.  Sandi MacIver here and today I have a New Video Penny Black – Copic Coloring and Heat Embossing to share with you, AND, a Shopping special to celebrate LEAP YEAR.  Check that out at the end of this post.

Copic Markers and heat Embossing

Many of us don’t like to use our Copic Markers on embossed images.  Embossing powder is made from shards of plastic and even though we heat emboss it to stick to our card stock, it’s still sharp, and can tear up the tips of our Markers.  I love the look though, so I have a fun and simple work around for you.

Copic Markers and heat Embossing

Brightly colored images look fabulous on darker colored card stock, but as you know, that is not possible to achieve with Copics, so this trick solves that problem too.

Copics used for today’s Project:  Pinks:  RV 10, 11, 13 and 34   Greens:  YG03 and 17 and the background color is BG13, as close as I could get to matching the Gina K Designs Turquoise Sea card stock I used for the project.  All items are linked below for your convenience.

Copic Markers and Heat Embossing

I think this card would make a fabulous Easter Card as well.  In my mind, these flowers are Magnolias that bloom around here in the spring.  When I was little I used to call them Tulip trees as they reminded me of tulips.  You could change out the sentiment to an Easter greeting and add a small gold cross, or a fuzzy white bunny. It would also make a great spring birthday card.

Here is the video walking you through the creation of the card, the technique and I also do a short lesson on the Copic Flicking Technique for the flowers.  You can watch it here or in HD over on my YouTube channel.


Thanks so much for stopping in, and to celebrate LEAP YEAR, RAYA has a Shopping Special for you:

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Thanks for stopping in, and until next time, Happy Stamping

Below are the products I used in Today’s Video:  Penny Black – Copic Coloring and Heat Embossing.  Clicking on the image will take you directly to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store so you can shop.

Quick & Easy Thank You Card

Monday, February 24th, 2020

We’ve all been there – you need a card quickly, but don’t have much time! Hello friend – Deb here from the Design team, and today I’m sharing a quick & easy thank you card that you can pull together in a jiffy. Another way of using this card is to create it in advance, but just leave off the sentiment. Then, it’s ready for when you need it – just add the sentiment appropriate to the situation at hand!


Who doesn’t love a bear in a cozy chair, with a mug of hot chocolate?! This cutie is ready say ‘thank you’, or even just thinking of you.

Quick and Easy Thank You Card

Wouldn’t you just love to join him in a cup of cocoa? I would!


On a small piece of white cardstock, stamp the bear image from the MFT Cozy Companions set in Memento Tuxedo black ink.  Colour in the image using Copic markers. For the chair, I chose greens G09 & G03; B00 & B02 for the sweater; E29 & E37 browns for the bear and Y28 (which is a Lionet Gold) for the stool & chair legs. Next, use the coordinating Cozy Companions dies to die cut the bear.

For the background, use the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies and cut a smaller light blue panel, and a larger white panel. Use a blending tool to add some Salty Ocean Distress ink around the edges of each panel.  Use the Memento ink to stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black Sentiment Collection in the  upper right corner. Now, layer the pieces together. Glue the white panel onto a light blue card base, then attach the blue panel & the die cut bear with foam tape.

Quick and Easy Thank You Card

I think that the die cutting, along with the stitched layers adds just the right amount of interest & depth for this card. And no one needs to know how easy it was to pull together! I think that the part that took me the longest was deciding on colours.


You will love the adorable scenes that  you can create with the MFT Cozy Companions stamp set. And I’m always the first to say that you should always get the coordinating die set – it just adds so much interest to a project when you add dimension.

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Have A Dramatic Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Anyone can do sunshine & rainbows – but how about a little drama? Of the good kind, of course! It’s Deb here from the Design Team, and I want you to have a dramatic Valentine’s Day, if you do celebrate the day. Personally, I think we should be spreading the love every day, but I guess a yearly reminder isn’t a bad thing!


Being a maker, of course drama means doing it with colour! Alcohol inks have been around for years, but sort of hiding in the background, as a ‘hey, try this’ idea. Now, they’re making their way to center stage and taking the spotlight! Tim Holtz and Ranger are, as you know, an amazing collaboration. But even Tim Holtz has just recently realized that there’s a whole new sub-group of artists who have embraced his alcohol inks completely, and are creating amazing works of art with them. Now, I’m not saying that mine are up there with the ‘amazing’ group, but I really enjoy working with these inks. So I have 2 cards to share with  you today, using Tim Holtz and Ranger products.


Doesn’t that sound rich, and dramatic? For this first project, I’ve combined the Deception Alcohol Pearl ink with the Gold Mixative ink onto Ranger Alcohol Ink Black Cardstock. The result? Drama!




Have A Dramatic Valentine's Day!

I just love how rich these inks look on this special cardstock. The Alcohol Ink cardstock is specially designed for alcohol inks, but it feels completely different from Yupo. Yupo is a slick, non-porous surface, where this matte cardstock feels like suede, or velvet. This means that you do need quite a bit of alcohol blending solution to get your inks to move. This is typical with the pearls & mixatives (metallics), but even more true on this surface.


First, create a mask. To do this, use good ol’ Contact paper – the kind you line your shelves with! It comes in rolls, so cut a piece the same size as your panel. Use heart dies and die cut the shapes from your Contact paper. Next, remove the backing from the Contact paper, and attach it to the front of your black panel. Rub firmly in place, to reduce the chance of bleeding through of the ink. Now, working on 1 heart at a time, apply some blending solution, Deception pearl ink a  gold mixative in the opening. Use a straw or air puffer (the kind to clean camera lenses) to blow the inks together. Add more red & gold, along with blending solution, until you’re happy with the result, and then repeat the steps with the other 2 hearts.  Next, remove the Contact paper from your panel. You can see that I did get a little bit of ink bleed on the bottom right heart – but that’s okay!  I decided to embrace the imperfection by picking up some of the gold ink on a small brush, and brushing it around the edges of the black cardstock.

This picture below shows the mask when I removed it from my piece (sorry – forgot to take a picture while it was on!)

Have a Dramatic Valentine's Day!

The Contact paper is perfect for masking, because it sticks well, but removes easily without damaging your substrate. It also works great with watercolouring, too! As you can see above, I used a paper straw – keeping the environment in mind! However, if you’re going to be using these inks a lot, remember that they can be toxic, so it’s best to invest in a manual air blower, canned air, or small air compressor.


To achieve a totally different look with exactly the same colours, swap out your straw for an alcohol ink felt applicator! For this next card, I die cut 3 hearts from the same Alchol Ink Black Cardstock.  Next, attach a felt alcohol ink applicator to the applicator handle – not the foam one used for regular inks. Add several drops of Blending Solution, Deception pearl ink and gold mixative to the felt, and press it onto the die cut hearts in a pouncing motion.

Have a Dramatic Valentine's Day!

Same inks, blending solution and substrate – totally different look!  Just keep applying the inks & blending solution to the applicator, and adding it to the hearts, until you’re happy with the result. To finish off this card, attach the hearts to a panel of Gina K. metallic gold cardstock. On another piece of the alcohol ink black cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and heat set. Isn’t it great to know that you can heat emboss on this paper – and no warping!


Or any day! You can get all of the products I  used (except for the Contact paper – you can get that online or at a department or grocery store) at Scrap ‘N Stamp right now; links are below. If you really want to embrace the trend and get in on the cutting edge, you can PRE-ORDER the NEWEST alcohol inks, Alloys, resin, & more!  To see all of the pre-order items, CLICK HERE, and add them to your cart.  They’ll be shipping this month!

Thanks for spending some time with me today! I hope that you’ve enjoyed some ‘good’ drama with me, and are inspired to create some of your own.

Have a Dramatic Valentine's Day!

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