Friday, May 23, 2008

How cute is this?

Oh my gosh!! I ordered this stamp in April or so- during the Pre-order period at Sweet and Sassy Stamps. Finally- last night I had some play time for the first time all week. I wanted to test out my new copics (all 12 of them... ha ha) and thought it was time to pull out this stamp... finally!! I also pulled out my scrap box... so other than the card base (it's a 6x6 card) all the papers were scraps from other projects!! Love using those. I used all copics EXCEPT- I don't have a flesh tone yet so I meant to use my Vanilla Cream marker from CTMH and accidentally used Parchment- it's a little dark for my taste but it works. I literally used all 12 of my copics... I figured- if I was spending that much money for a marker- I was really going to use them!! I can tell you- it was awesome!! Don't get me wrong- I love and use my CTMH markers ALL the time- for most things they work fine. BUT- I love the shading and blending you can achieve with the copics... without pilling your cardstock!! I just used the CTMH White Daisy cardstock and the color went on so nicely!! The CTMH markers are waterbased... which is why you can get pilling with layers of ink. The copics are more of a solvent marker. It will bleed through to the back of the paper- but it won't ruin it. I guess I need more colors!! I've been buying mine at Hobby Lobby- they're $5.99 a marker but I received some for my birthday, and used coupons on the rest. Also- they run sales about once a month where the markers are 25% off... so I only paid full price for a couple.

When I ordered this stamp I envisioned a little Irish girl picking clovers ... isn't she ADORABLE!!

I used a new stamp pad that I purchased from Papertrey Ink (Palette Hybrid Noir). Honestly- any archival ink pad will work - and expect them to stain your stamps!! The only reason I even purchased the Hybrid ink pad is that you can stamp on clothing and heat set it - I've been wanting to stamp on baby onesies and little bags and sell them at craft shows or give as gifts- so I picked up a few of the Hybrid inks to do that. It beat the idea of mixing textile medium with acrylic paint and stamping with that!

As for the full supply list: All papers: CTMH (green varigated and green butterfly papers from Discovery Level 2, Black is from the Grins and Giggles Level 2, cardstock colors: crystal blue and white daisy); Sentiment from CTMH; Image from Rachelle Anne Miller (purchased from Sweet and Sassy Stamps); Black ink: Hybrid Noir from Papertrey Ink; Markers all copic except the flesh color is Parchment from CTMH; Ribbon is VERY old- from my ornament making days. Flowers from Target Dollar Spot; gold brads from CTMH.

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