C.C. Designs Preview

C.C. Designs is kicking off the New Year with NEW STAMPS!  We have three days of previews for you with the new stamps available this coming Saturday.  

Today we are sharing C.C. Sweet Pixie images.  There is something new with these...a die that cuts the image!  Oh yay!  No more fussy cutting.  The best part is the die hollow so you can stamp the image first and then cut.  You can easily see you stamped image for die placement.  There is also a couple little embellishment pieces with the die.

This card was made with By DIEzyne Stitched Circles  and Stitched Flags.  It was a quick and easy design creating a CAS card.

Make sure to jump over to the C.C. Designs Blog to see all the other great previews from the DT.


Texture Background Tiddly Inks

Hello,  Today I am sharing Copic Texturing Techniques using Tiddly Inks Lilli Claire - Sweet Christmas Dreams.  It's been a while since I shared this technique.  This time I've taken beyond the image and into the entire design of the card.

First Let us start with the technique It's self.

Here are close ups to show I use the the same process on all pieces of the background paper, embellishments and flowers made from paper.  Each were air brushed using the same colors in the image.  Even the smallest pieces will show the texture.  Try different fabrics.  You will get different textures.

Last but not least....Here is the color palette I used.  Feel free to pin it :)


Have A Beary Merry Christmas - Mo Manning - with a tips on using different alcohols!!!

Happy Everything!  Wow, a few more sleeps and it will be Christmas!!!  This will be my final post for this year as I take a much needed vacation with my family and friends in sunshine and warmth of Arizona!  Then it is off to California for CHA Trade Show!  I will be working with Angie Hunt owner of Little Darlings Rubber Stamps.   Come see me in booth #2500!!!  I will be coloring all through the show!  

I saw my friend Alexandria color up this adorable Mo Manning image for the Dream Team and just had to create my version too!  How sweet is this face and this little bear!  Of course I wasn't about to use traditional reds and greens...haha.  This years holiday color themes have been teals and purples which are my favorites.  

The fuzzy little bear and fuzz on the hat were created with dots and scribbles (colors listed below).  Then I used Ethyl Alcohol to lightly texture with a cloth.  What's the difference between Isopropyl and Ethyl Alcohol?  Ethyl is a natural plant based alcohol and is the same used in blending solution where as Isopropyl is man made alcohol.  When you use Isopropyl it reacts and separates the colors of the inks.  Ethyl does not.   For example,  If you were to use a BV and Isopropyl your ink would separate and you would see blues and reds.  BG, you would see blues and greens.  The Ethyl doesn't cause the separation because you are not getting a chemical reaction against your markers.  Ethyl at 70% gives a fine and soft texture.  Where the Isopropyl gives a more defined texture by pushing the ink and separating it. 

Don't get me wrong, I like using both because they create different looks and textures.  I also love my blending solution.  

Be on the lookout for a really cool tutorial on this...just as soon as I get back from vacation!!!


Stampendous Pen Pattern Christmas Day 3

Today is a Stampendous Day!  Today is day three from Stampendous New Pen Pattern Christmas Collection.  Pen Pattern Snowman is the cutest Moose ever!