Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Cards

I've done pretty well this year, and have actually made all my Christmas cards. (I did last year too, but only managed about 6 cards!) 
All of the cards (except the poinsettia one) I have adapted from other people's designs - mainly found on Pinterest, so I claim no originality at all! I'm really grateful that people share their creativity, so that 'copiers' like me can have fun making stuff too.
(These cards were the inspiration for this one.)

(The original idea for this card is by Karen Aiken, here.)

(The original of this card is by Jan Hobbins, here on the Sizzix blog.)

(I think this is the original card here.)

I did come up with this one though - I just got the new Tim Holtz Sizzix poinsettia cutter, and cut out cream cardstick, which I coloured with Copic pens, and then moulded into foam with a ball tool, to give a bit of dimension. I stamped the petals with a little script stamp, and then added some 3D Clear Gloss Finish around the edges, and glued a few beads in the centre. I like how it turned out (though I like anything which involves using my new Copics at the moment!)

Some of the products used:


Sunday, 9 December 2012

Copic Markers!

I have been admiring Copic marker pens from afar for quite a while now, and decided to finally take the plunge! After researching pen types/colours to go for, I went with the cheaper Ciao range, with just a few of the Sketch pens thrown in, when I couldn't get the shades I wanted from the smaller Ciao range. I picked a few of my favourite colours (didn't get any lilacs/purples for example yet), and bought 3-4 pens in graduated shades. 
I had a great time stamping and colouring yesterday - these are a few of the things I did. 
The only problem now, is that I need more stamps which are suitable for colouring-in!
They are beautiful pens - alcohol based, for use with dye based ink, and blending with them is a joy!
Sewing Machine=Hero Ats 'Sew Artsy' set
Imaginisce Hot Chocolate stamp
House= Stampin' Up 'Neighborhood' Wheel stamp
Girl=Gorjuss 'I found my family in a book' set