Mixed Media Poppy Canvas using Alcohol Inks and Soft Drink Cans

Today I am using Copic Various Inks (Alcohol Inks) to colour an unusual material and create a unique and vibrant Copic coloured poppy canvas - it's just a bit of fun today. What's the unusual material? Empty Soft drink/Soda/Pop cans, though you could use thin metal sheets or even metal coated cardstock if you have any. TECHNIQUE Using X-Press It Triple Tac Glue (or other matt glue) adhere some pretty soft coloured FabScraps papers onto your canvas. You may like... Read more →

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Copics: Inky Petals Christmas Card

Today I'm finding a creative way to use a whole lot of little pieces of leftover blending card, it's too good to just throw out! While I've used Christmas colours to decorate the pieces of card, you could easily use any colour, or even multi-colours. This layering technique is very flexible and you could incorporate previously coloured pieces, re-coloured pieces or even pieces that would have gone in the rubbish. Go crazy creating your very own inky petals to use... Read more →

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Copic Various Inks - for Sunset Blooms

Goodmorning, today I am looking at Copic Various Inks. Various Ink refills are part of what make the Copic system truly amazing. All 358 marker colors have a matching bottle of ink. Each bottle will fill a dry marker up to 15 times, depending on the style of marker. Each bottle of ink has a built in dropper tip for simple application. The airtight inner seal prevents the ink from drying out for many years. Now while it's true their... Read more →

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Marbling with Copic Various Ink and Shaving Cream

Hi All - today I'm going to share something fun that you could even get the kids involved with if you want to, though you may also want to do a few yourself! I must warn you, once you start playing this can be a little addictive, and it only gets worse once you realise all the things you can use it on! I'm talking about marbling with Copic Various Inks of course :) I absolutely love this and tried... Read more →

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Colouring your own Shabby Chic Flowers

Today I thought I'd show you a neat little technique for colouring your own shabby flowers. For my regular followers, yes this will look familiar as it bulids on a few posts I did earlier in the year (it uses the same technique). This idea is perfect for those wanting to create shabby chic looks, vintage or even (if you change the colours a little) more realistic effects. I was totally chuffed when asked to share this gorgeous technique with... Read more →

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Copic Bling Flowers - Part 3 of 3 in the Copic Coloured Flowers Series

This is the third flower technique in my Copic Coloured Flowers series, Flower #1 used 2 colours of Copic markers, Flower #2 used 3 colours from differing families and added in a little bling. This technique ramps up the sparkle power and when combined with some creative Copic combinations produces stunning results. Depending on your flower choice (flat or dimensional) will decide how many colours you can use to create the copic colour of your flower. For smaller flowers fewer... Read more →

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Tri-Coloured Flowers - Part 2 of 3 in the Copic Coloured Flowers Series

This is the second flower in my Copic Coloured Flowers series, Flower #1 used 2 colours of Copic markers, this flower uses 3 colours from differing families and adds in a little bling to create a stunning fantasy flower. This technique really works well on flatter flowers like the gardenia I used here, and though I have used a mulberry paper flower you can use this same technique on fabric flowers also - it looks amazing on satin, though your... Read more →

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Bi-Coloured Realistic Flowers - Part 1 of 3 in the Copic Coloured Flowers Series

Let me start this post by saying I take no responsibility for anyone ending up with a Copic flower colouring addiction. I'm warning you all these are fun, soooo easy and give fabulous results every time! This is flower #1 in my Copic Coloured Flower series there are 2 more gorgeous copic coloured flower techniques for you to try coming up next. Please note each technique builds on the one preceding it, so there is some repetition of instructions. Flower... Read more →

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Colour your own glitter

Do you like glitter? For me the answer is a total YES - sadly the budget doesn't stretch to owning one of every colour, but luckily I found a way to get any colour I want using 3 simple ingredients and create an almost endless variety of colours! Interested... then read on. What you will need: Fairy Dust Glitter from ClearSnap and Donna Salazar - I like to use Sugar Shimmer, but you can use any pale glitter you own... Read more →

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Shaving Cream Backgrounds

MATERIALS Cheap Shaving Cream (the no moisturiser variety) Food Colouring (3 colours) Shallow baking dish Spatula Cream or white matte card Water /Newspaper /Paper towel Permanent black ink PROCEDURE Place shaving cream in shallow baking dish. Drop approximately 9 drops of food colouring onto the shaving cream (use 2 or 3 colours only - 3 drops of each colour) swirl gently with a spatula. Lower card face down into shaving cream and pat or press until card has connected fully... Read more →

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Smooshed Backgrounds

This Alcohol ink technique is heaps of fun, you get to smoosh colours around and be surprised by the results! Materials: Adirondack Alcohol Inks Black Oil Based Ink Pad Adirondack Blending Solution ½ Piece of A5 Glossy Card Tape A5 Coloured Card Glad Bake or other waxed food wrap Rubber Stamps Metallic Mixatives Procedure: Lay the Glad Bake onto a flat work surface and attach with tape. Choose 2-3 colours of Adirondack Alcohol ink and one colour of Metallic Mixative.... Read more →

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Colouring with Alcohol Inks

Alcohol Inks can be applied to colour many clear and opaque non-porous surfaces (plastic, glass, stickers etc.) Try the ideas below.... Materials: Adirondack Alcohol Inks Black Oil Based Ink Pad Adirondack Blending Solution Rubber Stamps Felt Rectangles Tape Glad Bake or other waxed food wrap A5 Coloured Card Applicator Tool Clear Plastic / Glass / Epoxy Stickers Procedure: Choose 3 colours of Adirondack Ink and gently squeeze the nozzle (one bottle at a time) onto the felt of the applicator... Read more →

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Polished Stone Technique

Materials: Adirondack Alcohol Inks Black (Oil Based) Ink Pad (Versafine / Archival) Adirondack Blending Solution ½ Piece of A5 Glossy Card Felt Rectangles Tape Glad Bake / other waxed wrap A5 Coloured Card Metallic Mixatives Rubber Stamps Applicator Tool Procedure: Lay the Glad Bake onto a flat work surface and attach with tape. Place Glossy Card – Glossy side up – onto Glad Bake. Choose 3 colours of Adirondack Ink (use the colour combinations from each pack if unsure which... Read more →

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Alcohol Inks on Glossy White Cardstock

OK - with this technique you're aiming for a nice dark background that you can stamp over in black Archival ink or a super dense white ink (still looking for a white ink pad I love - feel free to post with any suggestions)! Use any left-over colour on the Applicator tool to colour your metal letters to compliment the image. Waste not- want not (I can hear my Grandmother now :O) SUPPLIES Alcohol inks - pink, purple, red, gold,... Read more →

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Using Left Over Alcohol Inks

Even the leftovers from Alcohol Inks look amazing! I made a much darker Alcohol ink background and thought I'd try using the colour left on the applicator - I got a fabulous subdued colour for this vintage look background. Products - Alcohol inks - Waxed paper or craft mat - Blending solution - Applicator tool - Glossy card & Coloured card for layers - Embellishments - Stamps - Archival ink pad Instructions 1. Apply a few drops of ink to... Read more →

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