Quick project with CDD Panda Pals

Hi everyone, this is a post for the Craftin Desert Divas Design Team with a quick project to share with you today. It had to be quick since I almost missed my deadline, oops! Good thing I had this Distress ink background on hand. After the blending, while the ink was still a little wet I sprinkled some Artemio transparent, glittery embossing powder al over it then heated it with a craft tool so I ended up with glitter all over! 🙂
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First I thought I should use white stars and sentiment but I was just to bright. I really like contrast so I decided on black and with the white “backgrounds” those stars and “hello” really pop! The stars and the “hello” are from the Pocket Pieces Hello diecut-set. I really like the diecuts they cut through my paper perfectly but the don’t cut as deep as some other dies leaving these deep cuts into my BigShot clear plates!
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The panda bear is the biggest one from the CDD Panda Pals stamp set (which is my current favourite set actually) and I thought he would fit in nicely with the black and white 🙂
The CDD products I used are:
Have a great day! 🙂
CDD WM black Bianca

Shopping Copic Markers

Copic Markers are by far my most loved and treasured (because expensive!) coloring medium. I simply love the clean and finished look they give. Starting with Copics… Not so simple though! In upcoming blogs I would like to tell you more about how I went trough that process. From first buys (which ones to pick?!) and storage options to which ink and paper to use. It’s quite a lot to talk about!

Yesterday I went to my not-so-local art store (worth the drive!) to find myself some new colors. It was quite a spontaneous action and that’s the first thing I’d like to advise you: Think before you step foot in a craft or art store! 😀 I always black out once I see all those Copics…

Anyway, thanks to my photographed Hex Chart I was able to make some sane choices and I came home with these:

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Mostly greens, some browns and two brights. I prefer to use bright colors and I mostly had natural greens, so I wanted somewhat more bright green colors! Next to that I’m still surprised how much browns I ure. When coloring critters or backgrounds, they are so very versatile. The R56 and BG57 really spoke to me so I had to take them home.

What are your favourite Copic Colors? Do you make a plan before you shop? What kind of problems do you have with them? Let me know in the comments, there is so much to tell about these!

Have a great sunday,

Bianca

Linky Party “Let it Snow”!

 Hi guys! This is my first Craftin Desert Divas Design Team post and today it’s about the Linky Party! The theme for this Linky Party at Craftin Desert Divas is “Let It Snow”! We would love to see all of your projects that fit this theme! So go ahead and craft it and link it up on the Craftin Desert Diva’s Blog.

Every other Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi-weekly Linky Party over at the CDD blog. We hope you will share your projects with us! And don’t forget about  the prizes! Every Linky Party will have a winner and a Top 3! The more times you link up…the more chances you have to win!!

Our Sponsors for this Linky Party are:

One 4″x 6″ stamp set
One Digi Stamp of choice

$25 Gift Card (Regular Priced Items)

 

For my very first CDD project and Linky Party I made this shaker card:

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I love shaker cards but I find them very hard to make aswell! I know how it works but somehow I’m always struggeling. Keeping it simple is some good advice I think! I created a watercolor background for my shaker and added some handcutted borders and snow to hide the craftfoam overload 😉 The cute little polar bear is from Crafting Desert Diva’s as well as the pretty sentiment.

These are all the Crafting Desert Diva products I used (click to go to the shop!):

 

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Your Instagram favourites: Ink blending

Hi all!

Remember the #2015bestnine on Instagram? I never posted it since I preferred to show you my favourite projects. The hashtag though, showed me that you really, really like my ink blending backgrounds and I thought I would do a very first post on these on my new blog! If you follow me on IG you know what I’m talking about. Here are my favourite blends:

You guys have said so many lovely things about my ink blending and asked a lot of questions along the way. That’s why I wanted to tell you something about these.

As you can see in the pictures all of these blends are done with Ranger Distress Inks. They have a huge range of colours which are all lovely, I want to buy them all! Next to that I use the small ink blenders from Ranger. With these you can change the little cushions on them so you don’t need a tool for every color.

When I first started these I used Ranger Watercolor Paper. This is lovely sturdy paper on which the colours blend very nicely. Later I bought a very cheap watercolor book at my local craft store. I have to say, the paper isn’t as nice as the Ranger paper but since it’s somewhat smoother it blends amazingly well! The brand is called 4Art and I think it’s very much a Dutch brand… However if you’re a beginner and getting frustrated with splotchy ink blends, try a smoother paper, it might help!

When I have my paper taped up on my desk I’m looking for some nice colours. I always swatch them first to see if I think if I’m going to get them to blend! Some colours are just too far apart en you end up which a brownish ink stain in the middle. Yes it happened to me too ;). Make sure you put colours next to eachother that give a nice blend.

Best advice I can give you: Have fun! Try cheap paper first so you don’t have to be afraid to mess some up. Experiment, try weird colour combinations and be amazed about what works. Next to that, the continuous blending motion you’re going to need is quite the workout too! 😀