Welcome, my friends to the 6th annual Seasons Givings Blog Hop! I can’t believe 2017 has come and gone, but I’m thrilled to be hopping today with my favorites and welcoming 2018 with a little bit of papercrafting love for lucky readers. This hop is always a fun way of saying thank you to each of our faithful readers and paper crafting community! So, thank you so very much for stopping by!
If we have never met, my name is Lori Craig, and I love working in our industry. I am the advertising manager for Splitcoaststampers.com – the largest online resource for stamping and papercrafting with forums and the largest cardmaking gallery in the world. I have also worked for 10 years with Imagination International – known to most as the North American home of Copic Marker. I have traveled North America many times over teaching Copic coloring classes, as well as class for other Imagination International brands, like Tommy Art, Terial Magic, and X-Press It.
Today I’m sharing a Christmas card that I created with Tommy Art – mineral paints, Timbrillo Paste (for sparkle and shine!) and Stencil Light Paste. This one was fun!
The white background is simply Stencil Light Paste through a swirl stencil design, set aside to dry. The ornaments were painted with a mixture of mineral-based paint and Timbrillo paste, then lightly sanded to release the sparkle. The border was created with smooth and sparkly Silver Deco Glitter Tape from X-Press It! I simply apply the tape to cardstock and die-cut my frame. The tape works beautifully for these types of die-cuts. Seams don’t show when pieces of the tape are laid side-by-side, and it cuts beautifully.
Here is another project I created with the same products, and you can see the shine! The pieces of painted and lightly sanded cardstock were diecut with flowers and feathers from Taylored Expressions, and stamped with a Taylored Expressions stamp – Light as a Feather. I’ve had a lot of fun with this!
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To enter my giveaway, just leave me a comment and let know what type of crafting or hobby you plan to enjoy through the new year…especially if you are exploring something new-to-you! I’ll select a winner on January 8th.
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If you follow me on Facebook, you know my very first crafty act of 2017 was to clean and refill my entire classroom set of Copic Markers – 872 Sketch Markers… ready for awesome students…because all of my students are amazing! #truth
I did a short marker cleaning and refill video last month that you can find HERE. If you are wondering how long it took for me to get these babies whipped back into shape and ready for student hands, I was able to watch 2.75 seasons of Longmire on Netflix while I worked. I love that show… It’s the perfect blend of John Wayne meets modern day cultural issues. I’ve binged the entire series, and now await the 6th and final season. (sad face here)
So, now things are all ready to go, and right after CHA, I’m taking the show on the road. I’d love for you to come and take a Copic class with me soon! My upcoming locations are:
- Portland, OR – February 17 and 18
- St. Louis, MO – March 3 and 4
- Richmond, VA – March 17 and 18
- Vancouver, British Columbia – April 21 and 22
- Orange, CA – May 5 and 6
Speaking of classes… if you live in the Portland, OR area, and would be intersted in taking a FREE class while I’m in Portland to learn about Tommy Paints – that I blogged about last week – please leave me a comment, and I’ll email the information to you.
The class is in Vancouver, WA on Friday, February 17th from 5:00 – 8:00pm with instruction, product information and two fun projects! And, IT IS FREE! Hurry! Space is limited!
See you soon!
Home from CHA today! It’s always wonderful to see new products and connect with so many crafty people. Crafty people are good people.
I also loved learning more about a new product from Imagination International – the Copic Marker people – called Tommy Art Paints. It’s a line of fluid Italian chalk paints that applies and dries so smoothly. And, it comes in over 30 rich colors!
I had made this ‘amazing a‘ to take with me as a classroom sample for our Copic Marker workshops, but I thought you might like to see it!
I started with a bare wood accent letter from Hobby Lobby and seriously in less than 30 minutes had this cute accent for my daughter’s room! Here’s how I did it:
- With a clean 1″ brush, coat wooden letter with Cream Tommy Paint – allow about 5 minutes to dry.
- Rub a small amount of Neutral Wax over the edges of the letter with a brush or soft cloth. This allows for a buffer between the layers of paint without damaging your initial layer of cream paint.
- With the 1″ brush, coat letter with Vintage Green Tommy Paint – allow about 5 minutes to dry and repeat a second coat of Vintage Green – allow 5 minutes to dry.
- With green paint dry, sanding block (I used the same one I use on paper) and lightly brush edges of the wood letter to remove the green paint and expose cream paint below.
- Rub small amount of Neutral Wax onto dry wood piece a soft cloth – allow to dry and buff to sheen with a clean, soft cloth.
The felt flowers were cut from an assortment of florals dies – I had borrowed the dies from a friend, and I believe most of them are from MFT or Papertrey, though some may be retired. The felt is from Taylored Expressions – it’s beautiful quality and you can see how crisp and clean the cuts are on the felt. The dainty word ‘amazing’ is from Amazing Adjective dies – Verve Stamps!
This was a project that we completed at a marketing event last Thursday night at CHA. I started with two plain pieces of smooth MDF and created ALL of the texture and wood grain that you see with 4 colors of Tommy Paints, Neutral Wax, a piece of sand paper and the orange impression tool on the top right. I really like these products, and ordered more colors today so that I could show you a tutorial or two!
Here is my finished plaque – the “thankful” is a textured Volcano Paste that I put through a stencil with a palette knife – love the raised look and feel. This project took about 25 minutes start to finish – even with the dry time.
I am looking forward to painting all-of-the-things now that I know how beautifully these paints perform! I have aspirations for some furniture that’s in my basement, as well as some crafty gift items…. Given a free day, what would you like to paint?