Howdy, crafty friends! How are you today? I hope you are well, and if not, I hope that today’s video will cheer you right up! It’s happy, colorful, and I’m showing you both Copic coloring on watercolor paper and how to work while missing most of your crafty supplies 😉
At the time I had created this card, I was still without almost all of my crafty things. I had already given in an re-purchased a paper trimmer, a scoreboard, some Distress Inks, and a used die-cutting machine. Seriously, being without basic tools is just like … having withdrawal symptoms! But I still didn’t have most of my stamps or dies, so I had to work around that.
Normally, I’d have used the rectangle from this Pretty Pink Posh die set to create my larger panel, the one I added the yellow stripes to, but without it, I had to break out my T-square ruler, measure, calculate, and then arrive at the sizes for the two small panels. I wanted them to be proportionate to each other and to the card base, and the smallest panel should only be marginally larger than the tag die cut – what a mind-twister at 9pm! For the yellow stripes, I’d normally have used a background stamp from My Favorite Things but without it, I used some masking tape and Distress Ink and a blending tool to fake the look. It’s relatively easily done, and you don’t have to worry about not getting a great stamped impression so in this case substituting a stamp with a work-around did turn out well. But really, I did miss my background stamps!
I feel that it’s hard to replace a stamp positioning tool like the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, unless you have a MISTI or Letterpress which you use for all of your stamping. As you can see, I am not using the original acetate sheet that came with my tool, though. I think the cleaning service might have accidentally thrown it away, but you can just grab a sturdy piece of acetate (I had a huge sheet for shaker cards and just cut off a piece) to replace it. So, no worries if you loose yours, you can easily fix that.
You can also see the shimmer across the entire card: again, normally I’d use a Mini Mister to spray it with a water+PerfectPearl mixture at the end, but – you can guess it – I didn’t have my Mini Mister! So I added some Perfect Pearl to the water I was using for the water color and only used that water. That allowed me to add the shimmer all over the card. And yes, I have ordered a new Mini Mister, but at the time of creating the card, I was still suffering from the financial woes that come with moving and I was totally, absolutely out of money. I had to switch to a single sandwich for lunch and dinner for two weeks to make it to the next salary and to be able to feed my cat, so I couldn’t justify a Mini Mister, no matter how much I was craving it 🙂
Last but not least: Copic coloring on watercolor paper. It has ups and downs: the down is that the paper pulls more ink from your alcohol marker because, by its nature, watercolor paper absorbs more moisture. I personally feel this isn’t a problem at all though, unless you are coloring an entire A2 panel or larger. For a small image like I have here, it doesn’t matter. Another down is that the color feathers slightly always, and a lot if you try to work in many layers. This is also due to the nature of the watercolor paper, but you can turn that into it’s strongest plus: blending colors is super easy! Thanks to the feathering, the colors will blend with each other without a lot of work (similar colors) and you can get very smooth transitions. To make sure it doesn’t feather outside of stamped lines, leave a little distance to the stamped line when you put down the color so it can spread a bit without doing any harm. You can always fill in the space later if needed.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired! I’m sending this card off to Addicted To Stamps and More “Make Your Mark”.
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