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From the Herd!!!

Written by Holly Endress. Posted in Eye Candy (Projects), Tutorials, Uncategorized, Videos

Hello everyone.. Holly here today with a super cute interactive slider card featuring the new Farm Friends set from My Favorite Things. Before we get to the card details and a new video I wanted to remind you there’s still time to join our Copic 30th Birthday Giveaway!! You can find all the details in this post here. The contest is open until April 4th.

I started by die cutting a piece of Kraft card stock using the Large Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frame Die set. Then I used the inside piece of the frame to create my scene on. I used a piece of the MFT Watercolor Wash 6×6 Pad for the sky and a piece of the MFT Graphic Grid 6×6 paper for the grass. I used the Rolling Hills, & Grassy Hills dies from MFT to create the scene as well. For the slider area I used one of the Surf & Turf dies and a Spin & Slide disc from MFT as well.

I stamped all the images onto some X-Press it blending card stock using Lawn Fawn’s Jet Black ink and colored them in with Copics. I used the coordinating die-namics and cut them out with my Big Shot. Then I adhered all the images to the scene. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock. I adhered the image panel to a Kraft card base and added the Large Stitched Frame over it with some foam adhesive.

I used the following Copics: YG03, YG25, G07, Y11, Y13, Y15, C00, C1, C3, W00, W1, W3, W5, N4, N6, N8 , N10, YR04, R20, E000, E01, E02, E23, E25 & E27. 0 & Copics Sketch 0.3

Check out the video below for more details on how I created this card.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Let’s Clean & Refill those Copics!

Written by Valerie Ward. Posted in Tips & Tricks, Tutorials


Hi Crafters! It’s Valerie here, and guess what?! It is Copic Marker’s 30th Birthday (check out this Copic web site page showing their Timeline!)! And to celebrate, MarkerPop is having a month-long giveaway where you will have chances to win multiple prizes, in fact, there will be over $300 in Copic products giveaways!

TO ENTER, you MUST be a follower of The MarkerPop Facebook page, their Pinterest Page, their Instagram Page, and their blog. You must leave a comment on the blog posts, and share this post on at least one social media account.

 This contest started 03/06, and ends 04/06.

The winner will be announced on 04/13.

Today I am going to share how I clean my Copic markers. I don’t know about you, but my beautiful babies get messy very easily. So every once in awhile I clean them and spiffy them up (as my Gramps used to always say). Here are a few in all their messy glory:
There are 4 ways you can clean your markers: isopropyl alcohol, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, or Copic 0 Colorless Blender refill ink. Then you’ll need cotton balls and/or Q-tips:
Look at this poor R24 marker in the next 2 pics; see how not only is the outside barrel all messy, but when you take the caps off, you see the tips of the barrel are nasty, and the inside of the cap on the side I use the most is an absolute disaster!:
Now I’ve heard that baby wipes will clean your Copic markers. I tried it, and it was OK, but I think this method is really only good enough if you’re looking for a slight clean-up. I wiped and rubbed that marker with the wipe, and you can see how much ink is still left:
The next method I’ve only heard about, and I didn’t expect it to work; it’s using hand sanitizer. I had some in my purse, so I grabbed it, soaked a cotton ball with it, and wa-la, it took the ink RiGHT OFF, easy as pie!:
Now the R24 was so clean, I had to grab another marker, my E29; look at the mess on that one.
This time I used my most trusted method that I love, and that’s isopropyl alcohol. Get a cotton ball soaked with it, and you’ll see the ink come off your marker beautifully!:

Now the hard part… the INSIDES of the caps (blech!):

First I soaked a Q-tip in hand sanitizer, and got to work on the insides. It worked, but I could see I’d go through 10 or more Q-tips on each cap:
So instead, I poured my isopropyl alcohol (i.a.) into the caps, then rubbed the insides of the caps (while still filled with i.a.) with Q-tips. I poured out the then colored i.o and rinsed with water. Look how beautiful they got!:
Here is that original set of markers from the beginning of the post, and clean and shiny again:
I’m going to move on to another issue we all have once-in-awhile… a dried out nib. What you’ll need is a new nib, Nib Tweezers if you have them (I don’t), Copic Boosters, and your Refill Ink.
First, pull out the old nib, and put your new nib in; here’s my new nib in my marker barrel. In the background, you can see I’ve pulled the Booster needle out of it’s plastic cap; it’s like a long needle with a base on it:
Go to your wide end of your marker, take it out, and then put the booster needle into the inside of the marker:
Then start dripping the ink in; you’ll know when it’s full when the nib on the other end gets all juicy & wet. Then put the nibs back in:
So there she is! A clean, filled, great working Copic marker!:
Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to go to check out the other designers’ Copic posts!

Be You & Be Happy

Written by lisascreativeniche. Posted in Eye Candy (Projects), Tutorials

Hi!  It’s Lisa here today and as we are celebrating Copics® this month with an incredible giveaway, click here to find full details on how you can be entered to win over $300 in goodies! Woot Woot!

A few weeks ago I had shared a post using my Copic® Markers on vellum, and so I thought I would share a few more step by step photos with how I did this on a different project.  Todays project features the newly released Be Strong Stamp Set by Altenew.  I love the fun font used with some really uplifting sentiments, plus it’s so different from the typical sets I buy that I just had to have it!

On this card the light strings and the cactus are all embossed and colored on vellum.  When creating a project like this is best to have a thicker vellum, mine is 65# so it can hold up to the embossing and is not likely to tear when I am coloring it.  Now I will share a few close ups of the coloring done on the lights…

Step 1. I embossed the lights onto my velum with gold embossing powder.

2. Next I turn it over and colored with Y15 and Y17.  Tip:  You always want to go darker with your color choices as the vellum will really soften them up.  This is the back side so the colors look a little brighter at the moment.

3.  This is another backside view showing that I’ve added a darker Yellow (YR24) to the lights, because they were barely showing through.  I’ve also added the blue to the top of the lights with B28.  Tip: Your coloring will not look “beautiful” or “precise” on the backside of the vellum, you merely want to get the color down so that when you flip it over the embossed edges will cover any imperfections and only the color will show through.

Also note that you will not really be able to blend with your markers on the vellum.  I do add layers of color, as you can see on the cactus with the greens (YG06, YG17, G29), but you need to wait for each color to dry before adding the next or you will erase the first color.  What you are mainly doing is layering the colors up on the backside, and when you flip the image over you will see what appears to be a watercolored look of blending.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll give this technique a try.  Why not try it with our latest challenge?

Happy Crafting!

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HUGS

Written by Holly Endress. Posted in Eye Candy (Projects), Tutorials, Uncategorized, Videos

Happy Tuesday everyone… It’s Holly here today and I have a new video and a Super Cute card featuring Your Next Stamp & My Favorite Things!

I started out with a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock and I die cut a panel using the Blueprints 27 die-namics from MFT. Then I die cut the Big Hugs from MFT from the center of the panel. I added a piece of pattern paper from Doodlebug’s new Spring Things 6×6 pad behind the HUGS opening. Then I added an additional piece of pattern paper from the same pack to a White Card base and adhered the sentiment panel.

I stamped some birds from the Your Next Stamp Word Critters- Gardening Birds set using Lawn Fawn’s Jet Black ink and colored them in with the following Copics. BG0000, BG10, BG11, Y17, No, N1, N3, YG01, YG03 & YG25 Then I used the coordinating die cuts to cut them out and I adhered them using foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of the pattern paper and used the banner from the Blueprint 27 set to die cut it out. I adhered it just under the HUGS with some additional foam tape. For some shimmer I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the birds and some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Check out the vide below for more details on how I created this card.

Thanks for stopping by!!

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