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MOST INCREDIBLE STAMP TOOL INVENTED

Quite a bit to say huh? Well that’s why it’s simply called MISTI.  MISTI is the brain child of Iliana Myska of My Sweet Petunia.  A crafter since 2001 Iliana grew frustrated with inconsistent stamp impressions.  After some trial and error she came up with the MISTI.  MISTI is a stamp tool that will help you to perfectly align and stamp your images with no worry of the ink not fully making contact with you cardstock.  MISTI is made so that the stamp stays positioned in the same place so repeated inking to get a clear image is never a worry.  At $60.00 this is certainly an investment tool, but one that will pay for itself quickly when you see how much you will use it and how less stressful your craft time will be.  MISTI has become a major part of my craft studio and I wouldn’t want to be without it!

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COLORING WITH COPICS

Remember as a kid pulling out a fresh coloring book and crayons and just laying on the floor to color?  I do, and for me it was always enjoyable.  You didn’t need to be an artist and know how to draw, just find a page you liked, pull out your crayons and go to work.

When I got into card making I didn’t realize I’d be able to go back to something that brought so much joy as a kid; coloring.  And as a full fledged adult, I get to shop for more exciting mediums (yes, crayons are a medium) than wax crayons!

My favorite medium for coloring is the Copic brand of alcohol based markers made by Too Corp. in Japan.  Of the six types of Copic markers available, the most widely used is the sketch marker and is the type I’ve chosen to invest in.  Yes, I said invest because Copics are definitely an investment.  The cheapest I’ve found Copics is $5.24 per marker and locally when I really needed a specific color, I’ve paid as much as $7.99.  With 358 colors in their color palette Copics are a pretty serious commitment.  The beauty of alcohol based markers is the blend-ability and depth of color you can achieve by blending two or more tones of the same color together.

For alcohol markers to work their best you need to be aware of two things.  The paper you choose to color on and the ink you choose to stamp your images with.  My go to cardstock is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# or 110# and the best ink for coloring with Copics is Memento Tuxedo Black.  Both are available on Amazon and almost every craft shopping site.  I’ll be able to add links to various products soon so please stay tuned.

Whether it’s Copics or any other coloring medium,  start with a small affordable supply until you’re sure it’s a product you love and will continue to use.  You can always check with your friends too, they may have a product you’d love to try out before purchasing and can give feedback on it as well.

Below is a card I did this past weekend for my brother-in-law’s birthday.  Since he’s the chef in our family I went with a cooking theme.  I feel inspired, I think I’ll find something else to color and post it up for you to check out.  Have a great start to your week everyone and send me something you’ve colored I’d love to see what everyone is doing!

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Penny Black What’s Cooking stamp set for images and Penny Black Word Express stamp set for greeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a chart of the colors I used.  Find a blank of this chart on my downloads page!

Here’s a chart of the colors I used. Find a blank of this chart on my downloads page!