Monthly Archives: August 2015

Zig 2: Stamping Boogaloo


Just a quick post with my second attempt with the Zig Clean Color Brush Markers:


This is the Jumbo Dahlia stamp from Stampendous, on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  This was colored with no water, just the brush markers themselves.  I heat-embossed the image before coloring.

The markers blend quite well on watercolor paper without any water.  Catherine Pooler says they work well on Bristol paper too.

The colors I used are Carmine Red, Pink, Light Pink, and Light Violet.  It turned out so bright, if I use it on a card I think I would want to add a vellum overlay.

Trend Capitulation: Zig Clean Color Brush Markers


I’ve written before about how I try to resist trends, but I confess, I bought a set of Zig Clean Color Brush markers after they dropped.  There was such a frenzy about them in the papercrafting blogosphere, I couldn’t resist.  I loved the bright, clear colors, and was intrigued by the possibilities of the brush tip.  And they’re really not that expensive, all things considered.

They took over a month to arrive from Japan, but they finally did this week.  Here is my first attempt with them:


I stamped and heat-embossed the flowers in silver, and painted them with the Zig markers and water.  They are blotchier than i would like.  Next time I will try them without water, see how that works.  I do like the colors, though.  I purchased the 24-pack, which seemed to be enough variety of colors to play around with, but not too expensive if I decided I didn’t like them.  There are 80 colors overall, all available open stock.  The largest pack has 60 colors, so you can’t get them all in a pack.  But really, 60 colors seems more than enough, doesn’t it?

Oh, this was done on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I like it because it is so bright and white.  And because it comes in size A2 sheets, because I am lazy.

I CASED this card from Jennifer McGuire, who in turn CASED it from Tasnim Ahmed of Altenew.  This is the Altenew stamp set Persian Motifs.  I love it.  I think it is drawn from ancient ceramic designs.

Oh, the sentiment continues on the inside.  “Friendship … is like a bouquet of flowers, sweet and beautiful.”  I could only fit the first word on the front.  And I had to color it with a marker, because the words were too close and intertwined to only get the “friendship” with an ink pad, even if I covered the other words with Scotch tape.  I think it turned out OK, though.

In other things, I realize I’ve been kind of flailing around with the blog here, not posting, posting randomly, not following through with projects.  I do want to continue the patterned paper series.  My life has just been kind of chaotic lately.  I am picking away bit by bit at cleaning my craft room.  It’s pretty overwhelming. I mean, you’ve seen my stash list, right?  I am destashing some things.  Would anybody like some orphan stamps or 6×6 pads?  Email me.

I still can’t find that Basic Grey paper pad!  I’m beginning to wonder if I ever actually bought it, or just imagined I did.  Or my Gelatos.  I have the whole gift set and it is a sizable box, so how the heck did that go missing?  On the other hand, I’m finding some things I forgot I had, so that’s fun.

I’ll try to post more regularly in the future.  I know, I’ve said that before.  But I will try.

Happy Card


I want to continue my patterned paper series, but I still can’t find that Basic Grey pad!  And now I can’t find my Gelatos either!  I have that whole gift set in the box, how did that go astray? I really need to clean this place up.  I have been picking at it a little here and there, but haven’t felt ready to really tackle it head-on yet.

But I also have the “Desiging with Gelatos” set, which I got to try them out before getting the full set.  And I do know where that is.  So, with them, I made this card:


I got the idea for this card from this video by Laurel Beard: “Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel.”  I’ve wanted to use the Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel ever since it first came out, and I finally bought some when I found it at Michaels.  I was able to hold off when I had to order it online, but not when it was right in front of my face.  And I really loved Laurel’s technique when I saw her video.  I have a magpie’s obsession with anything shiny or sparkly.

The panel is made by coloring watercolor paper with Gelatos — sorry I don’t remember the colors — and then covering it with the glass bead gel.  (It isn’t really a gel, though, it’s thinner and opaque white — it’s basically white craft glue with teeny clear glass microbeads in it.)  I left it to dry overnight — it was pretty wet once applied — and it came out so wonderfuly sparkly!  And because it’s a glue or a gel, the sparkle won’t come off.

Once it was thoroughly dry, and I flattened it under a stack of books for a while, I mounted it on a square pink card base.  The resist-varnished chipboard butterflies are from Ditto/Studio G, and I colored them with ink sprays I have.  I used chipboard pieces because I didn’t feel like messing around with inlaid die-cuts at the time, as in the video.  That technique can look amazing, but it can be very time-consuming.

I will put a sentiment inside.  It is bright and cheerful and I think I will send it to my mom.

So the glitter gel and the chipboard are NBUS, but I have used the Gelatos plenty in the past.  They are really great, so colorful, so versatile, so easy to work with.

Special Birthday Card


I have not been able to do much papercrafting in a long time.  I don’t know where the time goes.  Well, my mom was in the hospital agin, so I went to see her most nights after work.  Oh, and before that we went on vacation, to Disneyworld.  (I might try scrapbooking our trip, something I’ve never done.)  And I have been working on my creative writing, so that takes time I would otherwise use for crafting.  And my office/craftroom is an overcrowded mess, and I can’t work in it until I feel the wherewithal to clean it, which I haven’t yet, so … tempus fugit.

But my mom asked me to make a card for her sister, my aunt’s 70th birthday, so I did do that. Here it is.


I took the picture with my cellphone, so it is a little weird.  That sort of halo in the middle of the card — thankfully it isn’t like that in real life.

I had to wait a while to post this card, until my aunt received it, as she is on Facebook and my blog posts on my Facebook feed.  But I think it’s been long enough now.

I asked my mom what were Aunt’s favorite color, and she didn’t know.

“Well, what design style does she like?”

“I have no idea.”

So I didn’t have much to go on.  So I thought, well, I can make a style MOM likes, to give to Aunt.  What does mom like … Art Nouveau!

Perfect, as I had a couple of lovely Art Nouveau stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque that I wanted to try. (I absolutely love Chocolate Baroque’s stamps, but they are a British company, and ordering from the UK, with the difference in currency, and the international shipping, gets damn pricey, so I don’t have as many as I’d like.)

I stamped the rose and ribbons stamp on the four corners of a textured square card, and colored them in with my ultra fine-tip Bic Marks-It markers — because none of my fancy-shmansy pricey alcohol markers had tips fine enough to do it! They worked fine.

The numbers are from a very Art Nouveau style chipboard letter set from — Basic Grey I think?  I’m not sure, I’ve had them so long.  But this is my first time using them. (NBUS) You can’t tell in the picture, but I touched up the numbers with clear Wink of Stella. Yes, I finally broke down and bought a clear Wink of Stella pen.  It really isn’t any more sparkly than my clear Copic Spica pen or my Sakura Stardust — but the brush tip makes it easier to use, and to cover larger areas.

I wasn’t sure, with it being the first time using the stamp, and the alcohol markers, but it turned out nicely.  Mom liked it too. I hope Aunt likes it as well.