Kitchen roll and Brusho

brusho square

This is a simple way to create a patterned sheet that can be used as a background panel or for die-cutting sentiments or flowers or butterflies or whatever takes your fancy…

All you need is some kitchen roll, a water spritzer and one or more pigment powders (Brusho, Ken Oliver Colour Burst, PaperArtsy Infusions etc), along with some card and liquid glue to mount it.

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Feather leaves

CR00383 square

I like heat embossing and I like Copic colouring, but they don’t get on too well together. With the possible exception of clear embossing powder, the usual advice is that colouring over embossing powder will damage your nibs. But I wanted to be able to use the two together, so it was time for an experiment.

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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.