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Gab about Lawnfawnatics - Happy Little Critters

Stamping, Copic Markers, Lawn Fawn, StampsGabriela SimsComment

Hello there! The new challenge is all about critters so I pulled out several stamp sets and got to work. I decided to do a one layer card that involved Copic coloring and some masking. I wanted my critters to be doing something normal, so I decided to have them  delivering a handmade card. I used Toadally Awesome, Say What? Christmas Critters, Love Letters, Yay Kites, and Jump for Joy. I started by arranging my images to get an idea of what I would need to mask.

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Then I started stamping and masking using some Post-it tape. 

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I then used my copics to color the sky and grass.

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Next I peeled the images off one by one and started to color them.

 

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My sentiment is from the Yay, Kites set and I stamped it with some Versamark ink and heat set it with white embossing powder. I finished by adding some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, some tiny hearts, and some Gelly Roll pen accents. I trimmed a piece of Gotta Have Gingham down and mounted it on a 4.25” x 5.5” card base. 

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This was a super fun card to make and it reminded me that I have quite a few Lawn Fawn sets that I really love. Until next time, stay safe in these crafting streets.

Happy crafting,

Gaby

I have linked* to the supplies I used below:

Yay, Kites

Toadally Awesome

Say What? Christmas Critters

Love Letters

Jump for Joy

Gotta Have Gingham

Embossing Powder - White

Gelly Roll Pen

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

Copic Markers

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Gab about COPIC Ciao Markers Refills

Copic Markers, Markers, ColoringGabriela SimsComment

Hello and welcome to another crafty chat on my blog. Today I’m talking about ways to get more life out of your Copic Markers; my Copic of choice is usually a Ciao marker. I chose Ciaos because the come in 180 colors at a lower price point than the Sketch version. Quite frankly, those are enough colors for me and it allowed me to buy more colors when I was starting out. Ink refills are available for all of the Ciao colors as well as replacement Super Brush Nibs. But how to refill them?

You will need:

-Your dried out markers

-Matching refills

-A gram scale

-Some patience  

To check all of my markers (approximately 105) and refill the ones in need (approximately 10) it took me about 1.5 hours.

I found many videos on the Sketch markers, but not much on Ciaos. The technique is the same, but the amount of ink needed varies. For a new Ciao, I weighed it with the caps on and found it to be between 10-11 grams. 

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I then weighed a marker I knew was drying out and got a weight of 8-9g. I put those to the side and then weighed my refill with the cap off, a full refill weighs about 26g with no cap.

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Next, I removed my chisel nib from my marker and added 10-15 drops and the reweighed my refill, as the value decreased, I knew how many grams were transferred to my marker. I continued until I had added 2g to each dried out marker or brought the weight back up to 10g. A word of caution, 11g proved to be too much ink for my markers and I had to do some coloring on a scratch pad to run off the excess, I would stay as close to 10g as possible so you do not waste ink.

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I also noted the markers that weighed in at 9g so I would know which refills I need to pick up soon! 

I hope this tutorial was helpful for any other Ciao artists out there, until next time, stay safe in these crafting streets! 

Happy crafting,

Gaby

Gab about Lawnfawnatics - Wonderful Winter

Color, Christmas, Coloring, Cards, Paper crafting, Lawn FawnGabriela Sims2 Comments

Hi everyone! Anyone who reads my blog knows I’m a longtime Lawn Fawn fan. I finally decided to try one of the challenges. This time it’s Wonderful Winter, so I used the Winter Skies set, my Copic Ciaos, and some tips from Sandy Allnock in this amazing video.  I might try this again with a pastel winter sky or maybe a fall sky/background.  Take a look at Sandy’s channel for a ton of coloring tips for Copics, Watercolor, and Colored Pencils. 

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I have linked* to the stamps and dies below below and until next time, be safe in these crafting streets.

Lawn Fawn Stamp Sets

Lawn Fawn Die Sets

Copic Markers

Happy Crafting,

Gaby

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Online Card Classes - Simply Watercolor

Diy, Watercolor, Hand Lettering, DrawingGabriela Sims1 Comment

Hi everyone! I signed up for Kristina Werner’s Simply Watercolor Class and it is fantastic! I will share my cards here, but not all of the steps since this is a class that is being sold. The price point is really good, the class is $20 and there are around 20 cards that you can make! 

A labor of love! 

A labor of love! 

I had so much fun making this card using nothing but pencil and watercolor. It really inspired me to try more cards like this in the future. I even did some hand lettering at the bottom! Now I just have to find someone to send this to. Until next time, happy crafting!

Gaby