I recently decided to invest in some Copic markers. I also branched out a bit and began purchasing stamps from a few companies other than my typical favorites. I am generally hesitant to try other stamp brands, but I am stepping out of my comfort zone.
When I first began stamping a few years ago, I was picking up clear stamps here and there at local craft stores, not realizing that there is a big difference in quality amongst the different brands. I was a know-nothing beginner, and when you couple that with the stock-piling side of my crafting personality, we end up with a
bunch TON of low-quality clear stamps which really don’t work for me and then which sit around in boxes because I hate using them.
A few years ago, I discovered Papertrey Ink and Verve stamps, and I absolutely fell in LOVE with the quality of these stamps. So thick and pliable and easy to use, and obviously not cheap.
Because of my huge stash of cheapo stamps that I don’t want to use, I tend to stick with the good ones when I find them. But, in all the chaos of PTI’s latest anniversary release, I decided I’d better try to branch out and see what else is out there and try not to put all my eggs in one basket. So I ordered a couple of sets from a few other companies, to see how I would like them.
One of the new sets is the Inspired By Butterflies set by My Favorite Things. I thought they would also be nice in helping me to develop my Copic skills. So I stamped one of the images and used some Copics to color the main focal point of this card. I used the ColourQ #129 colors for it:
I broke out my favorite-of-all stamp sets, Fancy Flourishes, for the trail, and my new Beautiful Butterflies stamp set for the sentiment. I also sent the top white layer through the Big Shot with my Linen/Canvas Impression Plate.
You can see in the close-up photos that I have a long, long way to go with my Copic markering. But I can picture myself stamping and trimming a bunch of images to practice on when the only thing I am physically able to do on my ‘bad’ days is to sit in the recliner and ‘rest’ after putting the children to bed. I can keep these and my Copics with me and just color away until I fall asleep. (What an exciting life, eh??!)
I am looking forward to coloring and getting acquainted with these new supplies – should be fun.
Anyway. Not sure why I’m feeling so verbose today, guess I’m just longing for some adult conversation. I tend to feel that way, the closer the week gets to the weekend, if ya know what I mean. 😉
Thanks for stopping by today.
Stamps: Inspired By Butterflies (My Favorite Things); Beautiful Butterflies, Fancy Flourishes (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Aqua Mist (PTI); Misc Cardstock (Unknown Brand)
Inks: Aqua Mist, Scarlet Jewel (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments: Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Machine Stitching
Tools: Inspired By Butterflies Die (My Favorite Things); Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI); Pinking Shears (Fiskars); Sewing Machine