Copic Color Combos for Trees and Greeneries. Copic old vs new refill comparison.

Hi All! I am drawing again recently and I’d like to share my favorite Copic color combos for drawing trees! Aside from trees, you can use them to color other images (e.g. leaves, cactus, succulents, grass) as well! Hope they can be handy when you’re coloring next time ūüôā

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Color Combo #1:

This one is my favorite combo because now it’s summer and I’d like to make my greenery look lush and juicy. I’ve also used this combo on the tree part of my Totoro drawing ūüôā

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Color Combo #2:

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This one is a more evergreen type of tree colors. So it looks more muted and realistic.

Color Combo #3:

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I’ve also purchased some refills lately and I discovered a SHOCKING difference between the old vs new refill! Continue reading if you want to SAVE MONEY!!!

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Above is a side by side old vs new copic refill. The old refill is 25cc in volume and it’s selling at $8.99 right now (at Michael’s). The new refill has a more modern design BUT it only has 12ml (which is 12cc), which is less than half of the old refill volume! It’s selling at $5.99 in many craft stores. You know what I’m about to say, right?! Assuming the ink quality remains the same, the new refill (per volume) is SIGNIFICANTLY MORE EXPENSIVE than the old refill!!

  • Old refill price: $0.36/cc or $0.36/ml
  • New refill price: $0.49/cc or $0.49/ml

For artists or crafters, you know everything adds up because art and craft supplies are all expensive HAHAHA. While many places are now retiring the old refills, I think now it’s a good time to stock up on old refills if you need them, before the inventory completely turns into new refills. Hope this is useful. Have a great weekend everyone ūüôā

Altenew Festive Silhouettes Holiday Card

Hi there! It’s been A LONG WHILE since I’ve made a card! Ever since I started my full-time job at Nordstrom as an analyst, I pretty much have been an analyst by day, and an analyst by night. Please allow me to talk about my job for a bit since I haven’t been connected to you guys for SO LONG!!!

I have been a marketing analyst for two years now. That means I get exposed to new brands, new products and new ideas at our company. It’s very exciting and interesting area to work in! Also, since I’m a data nerd, I get to analyze businesses and how they’re performing in store and online. I follow customer behavior on the website and figure out why people buy or don’t buy certain things. It’s indeed a very interesting job and it keeps me from feeling bored because I am learning new things everyday. I feel very lucky to be able to work there and I absolutely love my job ūüôā

OK! Now onto the card. I’ve been itching to make a holiday card so here we go!

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I love the graphic design of Altenew’s Festive Silhouettes Stamp Set. It can make a really graphic card by repetitive stamping. You just need to balance things out by being mindful of where to place the stamps. I heat embossed the images onto some Canson Watercolor Paper by using white embossing powder. After that, I blended over the whole card with Pine Needles Distress Ink. To make snow, I splashed the card with some water droplets and white acrylic paint. You can stop here if you’re satisfied but I’d love more texture, so I added some stitch lines using the MFT Stitched Strip Die-namics.

To finish off, I embellished the card with some hemp cord and two Jingle Bells. For the card base, I have used MFT Primitive Cream Cardstock and I blended some Tea Dye Distress Ink on all four edges of the card. I then ran a pair of scissors along the edges of the card front to make it more rustic. Lastly, I simply foam mounted the card.

What do you guys think? Yay or Nay? Wishing you guys a Wonderful Holiday Season! Thank you for stopping by and sticking with me. It feels good to create again ūüôā

Supplies:

  1. Altenew Festive Silhouettes Stamp: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. MFT Stitched Strip Die-namics: Simon Says Stamp
  3. Canson Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. MFT Primitive White Cardstock: My Favorite Things
  5. Pine Needles Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Tea Dye Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  9. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Simon Says Stamp
  10. Natural Hemp Cord Twine: Simon Says Stamp
  11. Jingle Bells: Simon Says Stamp
  12. MISTI Stamping Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape:  Simon Says Stamp

Beach Illustration Drawing

Hi friends! I recently went to Hawaii with my hubby for a get away and I came back with lots of inspiration to draw. First up, I’m case-ing (aka copying and sharing everything) one of my favorite illustrators, Lisa Krosnova (Her Instagram here). I’m learning so much by copying her lines and coloring! I had so much fun making this little drawing! Here is my drawing.

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This is Lisa’s drawing as my reference.

I used Copic Multi-Liner for the line art and then colored with Copic markers. I tried to follow Lisa’s colors but I don’t have everything that she used, so I improvised a little with what I already have. Below is a list of all my supplies used.

Supplies:

STAMPtember Blog Hop & Giveaway

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Hi friends! It’s STAMPtember time and we all know this is huge!!! For my card today, I used the super cute Picture Book French Bulldog Die. I went with a pop art inspired design with a soft twist.

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To create my card, I die cut some paper with the Picture Book French Bulldog Die and used them as stencils. Then, on my watercolor card base, I blended in 15 different shades of distress inks. This is so fun and it only took me 10 minutes! For the bull dog, I colored parts of the images with Copic Markers and left some parts white. For my coloring, I only used three shades РE97, E15 and W5. Easiest coloring ever!

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For the sentiment, I die cut some black card stock with the You’re A Star Word Die. To pull everything together, I used a piece of vellum to mute down the background.¬†I also added a drop shadow for the bulldog to pop. Finally, I gave the bulldog a pair of sunglasses to go with the “You’re a star” theme ūüôā

Giveaway:

This card is seriously so easy to make. I hope you get some fun inspiration from my post! Now here comes the juicy part of the blog hop. Simon is giving away a $50 coupon to every stop on the hop! Be sure to leave a comment below to enter the giveaway. Simon will choose a winner over the weekend and announce on their blog next Tuesday!

Blog Hop:

Your next stop is the talented Suzy Plantamura! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Simon Says Stamp Blog (Shari Carroll)
Laura Bassen
Debby Hughes
Amanda Korotkova
Vicky Papaioannou
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Kolling
Nichol Spohr
Heather Hoffman
Amy Lee (Me)
Suzy Plantamura
Sarah Moerman
Justine Hovey

Supplies:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Picture Book French Bulldog die: Simon Says Stamp
  2. Simon Says Stamp You’re A Star Word Die:¬†Simon Says Stamp
  3. Simon Says Stamp Basic Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  4. Simon Says Stamp Black Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  5. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Simon Says Stamp
  6. Bazzill Vellum Paper: Simon Says Stamp
  7. Picked Raspberry Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  8. Wild Honey Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  9. Tea Dye Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  10. Antique Linen Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  11. Crushed Olive Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  12. Twisted Citron Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  13. Peacock Feathers Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  14. Tumbled Glass Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  15. Seedless Preserves Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  16. Milled Lavender Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  17. Shaded Lilac Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  18. Worn Lipstick Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  19. Tattered Rose Distress Ink:  Simon Says Stamp
  20. Dried Marigold Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Fossilized Amber Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  22. Copic Marker E97: Simon Says Stamp
  23. Copic Marker E15: Simon Says Stamp
  24. Copic Marker W5: Simon Says Stamp
  25. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Simon Says Stamp
  26. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Simon Says Stamp

 

Simon Says Stamp – Believe in Your Dreams

Hello friends! Today I am sharing my watercolor card on the Simon Says Stamp blog. Here’s a little sneak peek. Please head to Simon Says Stamp blog for more details and photos.

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Have a nice day!

Supplies:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Circular Lace Stencil: Simon Says Stamp
  2. Simon Says Stamp Carousel Horse Die: Simon Says Stamp
  3. Simon Says Stamp Believe Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp
  4. Simon Says Stamp Believe Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  5. Simon Says Stamp Basic Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  6. Worn Lipstick Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  7. Festive Berries Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  8. Victorian Velvet Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  9. Scattered Straw Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  10. Fossilized Amber Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  11. Peacock Feathers Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  12. Mowed Lawn Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  13. Shaded Lilac Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  14. Seedless Preserves Distress Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  15. Ranger Watercolor Brush #9: Simon Says Stamp
  16. Silver Black Velvet Paint Bursh #6: Simon Says Stamp
  17. Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad: Simon Says Stamp
  18. Versamark Watermark Ink: Simon Says Stamp
  19. Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  20. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Simon Says Stamp
  21. MISTI Stamping Tool:Simon Says Stamp
  22. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape:  Simon Says Stamp
  23. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Simon Says Stamp