Sep 10, 2019

Copic Colored Thank You (Power Poppy)

I still had the Power Poppy Strong and Beautiful set on my table, so why not make a couple of more cards? Used a sentiment from Penny Black.

Stamped with Memento and colored with Copics; masked and blended some pale blue ink over the card, particularly near the flowers.

Also colored this with Copics and then colored the background with a blue Copic. I wasn't 100% happy with the background so I blended some blue ink over the background (and a bit of the flowers).

MOOD WHEN DONE:  Happy! I'm not sure about the pink and blue combination. Part of me loves the bright fun colors, and the other part feels like it's too much pastel in one card. Got an opinion?

These both took awhile to make -- but even longer to photograph! All my cards, regardless of light source, camera or phone camera, white settings, etc. have a gray cast. I finally started using the Dodge tool in PicMonkey and my pictures are improving and look more like the cards themselves. It's a work in progress.

In addition to working on photo editing, after years of floundering, I am getting my Copics in shape and using them! Most were dry, and/or the nibs were no longer working well. Little by little, I'm getting reinker$ and new nibs. Focusing on a relatively small number of colors, as trying to collect all of them and keep them all inky is ju$t too much. I'm using colors recommended by Yana Smakula in this post.

Later this week we are going to Fort Worth to see a Monet exhibit. It's the last few days of the exhibit and we would be foolish and sad to miss it, so I am glad we cleared our calendars to make time.

And that's it! Hope you are having a good week.

Sep 1, 2019

Have an Incredible Birthday

Totally inspired by Yana Smakula and some floral cards she's made recently. Here's one example. Love, love, love, her cards.

Copic-colored this beautiful image from the Strong and Beautiful set by Power Poppy. Marcella Hawley draws the most gorgeous florals -- I want them all (but no, I will not have them all). Sentiment is from the same set.

Isn't that shade of yellow fun? It's from somewhere. I really need to organize my cardstock when I get it....

MOOD WHEN DONE: Happy. It was good to be back in my craft room. I need to spend more time with floral stamps!

Can't remember whether I've mentioned it, but I started volunteering at the Dallas office of the International Rescue Committee. It's good to get out and feel more connected.

Speaking of Dallas, we left Northern Virginia a year ago this weekend. It's been great being closer to our son, but man it's hot here!! HA.

Aug 19, 2019

Just Throw It Under Running Water....

I wanted to watercolor the set Sketchy Floral ** from Altenew in red and green, with a little gold, so that I could use it for a Christmas card. Started by painting the leaves with gold metallic paint and the flowers with red ink.

I didn't like the first version. So, I just threw the whole piece under running water. I mean, are you even a stamper if you haven't walked away from your stamp space in frustration and just threw your watercolor panel under water?

The gold mostly washed off the leaves, but the flowers ended up pale pink with a bit of the metallic left from the gold paint that had washed over the flowers.

That got me curious, so I painted the flowers with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink and painted the leaves with gold again, and rinsed them off, waiting for something special. The flowers were a darker pink and the leaves had just a hint of the gold.

At this point the watercolor paper was soaked, so I let it sit for a few minutes on a towel. Interestingly, it didn't warp. Finally, I painted the wet paper with a wash of Candied Apple and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Inks and just let the inks soak into the wet paper -- no more rinsing.

The ink spread in a few places and you can see some of the pink peeking through. The leaves ended up a golden green and there is still a metallic shine on the red from the gold that washed over those petals (you'll have to trust me).

After the panel dried, I splattered it with watered-down white gouache paint, added a sentiment from Penny Black's Christmas Sentiments, and then adhered a few gold jewels.

A few suggestions if you decide to just throw it under a running faucet:
  • When you hold the watercolor paper under the faucet, move it around so that the water goes in different directions. 
  • You only need to keep the water flowing as long as it takes for the paint to run off. It's just a few seconds. You'll want to do this in a sink -- a hard flow of water is the trick, not a spray of water. 
  • The Canson 140 cold press watercolor paper never warped. Don't use a heat gun and keep it out of the sun and it will stay flat (at least mine did).
  • Let me know if you try this. Leave me a comment here or tag me on instagram at dearpaperlicious. Would love to see what you think.

MOOD WHEN DONE: This was fun!  ** The Sketchy Floral set is one huge image and a bunch of sentiments. I love it and found it on sale. However, thought I'd share that you cannot use this set unless you have a large stamp positioner (or are willing to cut it in pieces). That image is huge!

Aug 15, 2019


Remember when cupcake stamps were everywhere?  Never caught on with me, but fast forward, and I see Yana Smakula make this card using the Sweet Friend Cupcake from a newish company called Colorado Craft Company and I fell in love.  It's part of a series of Big & Bold stamp sets, all of which include a very large image. While these images may not be as versatile as smaller images, they are so much fun and pack such a punch!

My version is, of course, inspired by Yana's. Colored with Copics, hand trimmed, and finished it off with Nuvo Crystal Glaze (so far it isn't clogging!) on the strawberry and a sentiment from Pinkfresh Studio.


MOOD WHEN DONE: Excellent! I started my volunteer job yesterday. It's at the Dallas office of the International Rescue Committee, and I'll be writing more about that later. So far, it's great.

Jul 25, 2019

Learning Through Inspiration: Peet Roeven (Day 2)

Hi. My next (and last) study of the terrifically talented Peet Roeven is up on the Penny Black blog today. I hope you will check it out!

Here's a bit of my card --

Jul 22, 2019


I was very fortunate to be able to purchase one of the de-stashing boxes that the amazing Laura Bassen had for sale a few weeks ago. For just the cost of shipping ($15), Laura packed the box with dozens of stamp sets, dies, and stencils.

I made this card with two of the items in the box -- Altenew's Cherished Memories (the sentiment) and Build A Flower - Carnation. I usually buy sympathy cards, but I decided to make a few to have on hand. I prefer keeping them as simple as possible and this fits the bill.

Colored with a few Copic markers and added some black dots as it seemed a bit empty. Now I need to buy some clear plastic protectors for my cards as too many of them are ending up damaged.

MOOD WHEN DONE: I'm good. Hope you have a great week!

Jul 19, 2019

All About Color (and Life!)

Had so much fun coloring this card! It's all Copic, including the yellow background. This is a very large image -- you need a large stamp positioner to use it, and even with that it's not easy to ink up. But 3 or 4 presses with Memento Tuxedo ink did the trick. A few gold gems finished off the card.  

Supplies: Altenew Sketchy Florals; Penny Black Leaf Stitched Frame Die; Copics; gold gems; foam tape.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Happy. This was a fun, and surprisingly easy card to make.

It's been awhile since I posted and it occurred to me the other day that I'm just coming out of some post surgery funk. I think two procedures within a month just knocked me out, both physically and emotionally. I am so happy to have that behind me. Most of the time I forget I have a defibrillator inside my heart -- and that's a good thing. But, man, I think it took a toll, as evidenced by my more than one melt down.  Grateful to have a loving and patient husband.

We went away for a few days this week and returned yesterday, and I think a different location helped. I came back energized to get moving. I took about 2/3 of my stamps (!!) and put them in a box in a closet in my craft room. They aren't going anywhere, but having less cluttering up my eyesight is refreshing. And then today I sat down and made a couple of cards, including this one.

Next week I'm being interviewed for a volunteer position and I'm pretty excited about it. I've looked into a few since we got to Dallas and none of them were a good fit. Then all the medical stuff messed up my plans. So, if it works out, I'll let you know what it's all about.

Thanks for still being here and reading this blog!