Celebrate: Uplifting acetate card

acetate card - front

Another thing ticked off the “must-try techniques” list: creating a card using acetate for the base. I kept the design simple in the hope that it wouldn’t take too long to do, but I didn’t factor in all the fussy cutting that is needed to create not only the coloured elements, but also the plain white pieces that go behind them to hide the adhesive… So much fussy cutting…. But worth it as I do like the end result.

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Birthday: Coloured vellum

vellum front

Day 2 of the Clear and Sheer class and we started by making a card with a coloured vellum front. Theoretically the vellum I have is at least as heavyweight as the ones they use in the class — and it does do the job — but I would like it to be a little sturdier.

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Thinking of you: Monkey

monkey card

Some months I am inspired and organised early on, some months it’s a last-minute dash to come up with an idea and get a card created, and then there are months like this one where I had a pretty good idea what I was going to do soon after getting the new challenge image, but other things conspired to prevent me from making it until now.

After creating some quite time-consuming cards for the challenge over the last few months, I wanted to keep it a bit simpler this time. I have to be honest, monkeys are not my favourite critter, but this one is surprisingly cute once it’s been coloured.

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Hello: Stamped flowers with stencilling

stamped and stencilled flowers

I’ve been meaning to join in with the Seven Hills Crafts monthly challenge for a while and this month I actually managed to create something… only just in time though… For a change, I left my Copic markers on the side and went back to basics with some stencilling and stamping.

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Copic marker maintenance

charts and maintenanceCrafting is not all creating and shopping, there is also a certain amount of organising and maintenance to be done.

I signed up for Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class next month, so I figured it was time to freshen up my colour charts and, at the same time, check over my markers and do a bit of basic maintenance. I also wanted to check whether there are any Copic refills I should pick up to start my Various inks collection.

My supplies:

  • a standard Copic chart
  • Sandy Allnock’s hex chart
  • Copic cleaning solution
  • alcohol wipes
  • cotton buds
  • cotton wool pads
  • scrap of Neenah card
  • kitchen roll

grubby Copic

My process, working one colour group at a time:

  • check that the right caps are on the marker; guess how I learned this lesson…
  • colour in the charts; I love the hex chart, but finding the right space for some colours can take a moment, especially when you’re just starting …
  • if the marker feels like it might be a bit dry, check it on the scrap card and make a note to get a refill if needed
  • clean above the nib and wipe off any marks on the barrel; I rarely use the chisel tip so I’m focusing on the brush tips this time
  • clean inside the cap
  • return the marker to its storage

The alcohol wipes are great for cleaning around the nib, but they do dry out pretty quickly so I tend to use those only for the grubbiest markers where a bit of extra elbow grease is required. For the others and for the inside of the caps, I use a cotton bud moistened with Copic cleaning solution. If the cotton bud gets a bit too wet I use a bit of kitchen roll to dry the marker before putting the cap back on. Part way through the process I remembered I had some cotton wool pads as well; those came in handy when I was working my way through the eternity of greys…

This is a time-consuming job, but a necessary one, and my markers are now all lovely and shiny.