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Recently a friend of mine on a stamping forum was looking for larger images to colour with her Pro Markers as she struggles with her sight. I was watching Nancy Watt on Create and Craft TV and saw they had digi stamps pre printed on Pro Marker friendly cardstock for sale and it gave me an idea.

Dover Publications; Clip Art CDROMs & Books

Dover Publications; Clip Art CDROMs & Books

These are Clip Art images on CD Rom made by Dover Books. Although some of their CDs are of pre coloured images, many are just black & white outlines. Perfect images for colouring in with Markers of any kind. My other half who is more technical minded suggests you colour up to rather than over any printed line, as the Pro Marker is likely to pick up and collect the printer ink. If you are printing for Aqua Markers try not to saturate the final print with water or some inks will run. It’s one to test, depending on your card, printer and ink combination.

These are just ideas to try out. I would recommend you try them with your older markers first rather than your most favorites, just in case the ink does run. Try colouring up to near the line and let the pen bleed up to the line, rather than touching the line with your pen ;)

There are all kinds of subjects within the range. They would work well for altered art and art journalling too. Check out options for surfaces to print onto for altered art applications. I’m thinking acetate (get the special printable kind) or even onto decal paper, which gives you options of appling the final image to curved surfaces :)

Links

  • Dover Clip Art CDRoms. This will take you to the clip art CD ROM section of their website. There are coloured images as well as black and white ones.

Hope you enjoy using these books & discs as much I do. They are a lot of fun for all kind of creative projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;   

Pro Markers

Pro Markers

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Letraset Pro Markers
  • Item number
  • RRP at time of writing: around £10 for the packs of 5 pens

Reason For Buying

  

This doesn’t happen too often but this really was a case of peer pressure. Everyone I spoke to was saying how great these pens were. I kept seeing beautiful images coloured with these pens and I admit, I just caved at the temptation. I thought that since these pens were alcohol based they would be good for metal and glass as well as card and would give a more durable option for images I wanted to use on the front of books for example.   

Pros/Cons

  

Pros   

  • Alcohol based pen so the final image is durable
  • Great for blending
  • Can be used on Metal/glass and peel offs etc to add colour
  • With practice you can get stunning final images

  

Cons   

  • These pens take a little getting used to; experiment with different papers to improve your results. 
  • They are a little bit smelly due to the alcohol base (not too bad) but if you have kids or pets, try a single pen before you make a big investment
  • The advantage of a durable image that you get with the alcohol ink is negated a little by the fact that you need to stamp your image in a dye based ink. Don’t use permanent ink with these pens or your image will bleed and your pens will pick up the stamped images ink.

Build Quality

  

Excellent, they are robust. One end of the pen has a bullet tip, allowing colouring in small areas and the chisel end makes colouring in larger areas, easy. The pens have really good fitting lids too.   

Value for Money

  

Good   

Would I buy it Again?

  

Yes.   

Summing up

I am enjoying these pens so I shall be buying more. Perhaps just the colours I’ll use most, rather than the complete set. I’d buy more though if funds allowed. These pens are worth the hype and attention they are getting. I’m going to see how I get on with these over time and then decide if I need them all. My friends who have tried them have gone on to buy the complete range, they tell me its only a matter of time till I do too. :) 

Links

Letraset 

Pro Markers 

Getting Started with Pro markers 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon   

Billie :)

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Regular readers will know it has taken me a long time to take the plunge and actually try Pro Markers by Letraset. If like me you are tempted by all the attention these markers are getting and the fabulous results that can be achieved but want to know where to start, then I hope this will get you started.

Basics

I am assuming with this article, that you are on a limited budget and would like to just dip your toe in the Pro Marker world, without spending a fortune.

You Will Need

 

Pro Markers, Cardstock and ink pad

Pro Markers, Ryman's card & Adirondack Dye ink pad

  • Pro Markers, I went for the set of 12 but you could just as well start with a pack of 5 in colours that you like, or just buy a few individual pens.
  • Cardstock; I am using Rymans 200 gsm Card, in white.
  • To stamp an image to colour in; Choose a dye based ink such as Memento. I use Ranger Adirondack dye in Pitch Black and it works just fine.

Method

  • If you wish to stamp an image, stamp your chosen image in the dye ink and heat set to ensure the ink is totally dry.
  • Place your card onto a piece of mat board, the markers will bleed through the card stock, this is normal. The matt board is to ensure your table etc isn’t damaged by the ink ;)
  • Colour your image. Since I am new to the markers I won’t try to give tips on colouring itself yet ;) There are plenty of sites that offer great tutorials for that and I’ll link to them at the end of the piece. The one thing I would say is, its OK to have some areas of white paper showing ;) All the tutorials I’ve seen so far, beautiful as they are, seem to banish all trace of the original paper. If you want to add some life and character to your coloured image, don’t be afraid to leave some areas white to act as highlights ;)

Optional Extra’s

The one thing you might like to consider, is to colour your images on separate card and mat them onto your base card. The reason is, the markers will bleed through to the back of the cardstock. This is normal but may spoil the appearance of your finished card if you were to colour directly on to the base card. Simply glue your finished piece onto another piece of cardstock to act as a mat before you place it on your card. More experienced card makers like to add mats of different shapes, sizes and colours to co-ordinate with the overall look of the project.

Links

Here are just a few websites that my friends have recommended for in-depth tutorials on using Pro Markers;

 

My best advice if you are on a really tight budget, would be to buy just a few markers in colours you are most likely to use. You can buy these pens individually, so don’t feel you have to pick a pack of 5, if they don’t suit your needs. Pick a stamp from your stash and then choose the colours of pens you would like to use on it. Increase your marker collection as funds allow.

Not as detailed a tutorial as I usually give, as I am still new to these markers myself. But there seems to be a lot of hype around these pens at the moment and for those who want to give them a go without too much of a learning curve or expense this is a good way to start. Hope its been of some help.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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For a long time I have been of the opinion that I didn’t need Pro Markers. For the following reasons 

  • I just don’t have the ‘colour me in’ kind of stamps
  • I’m a colour magpie, if I liked them I would need them ALL and I just don’t have the budget
  • I like the inks I have and didn’t want to get all side tracked.

Trouble is SOOO many people kept telling me how fantastic they were, and then Hobby Craft had a special offer on, half price for the sets of 5 and a good price for the 12 pack and I caved! 

Pro Markers

Pro Markers

Having looked through my stamps and at a few websites about the markers I decide on the following sets; 

  • Set of 12; for a good all round set of colours
  • Pastels; for lighter tones
  • Christmas set; As I DO have many Christmas stamps and these are the colour in type.

This seems to be a good place to start as it gave me light, medium and dark tones of the basic colours. So far I’ve only had a little play with them and its early days. They are impressive and when I’ve had more time to explore what I can do with them, I’ll share my results :) 

Thanks to GM and Rainbow for their patience with me when I asked them a lot of questions about the markers, before I bought them. Thanks to Barbara Grey and Joanna Sheen for their demonstrations on Create and Craft, which although they made me cave and buy these pens, were very helpful for showing me how to use them. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing the following

Rymans Card Stock

Rymans Card Stock

Rymans Card Stock

160 & 200 gsm

Available from Rymans

In the past my favorite cardstock was Ray Inkjet & Laser paper but when it was discontinued the search began for an alternative. I tried a pack of this Ryman’s card and I haven’t looked back.

This card stock works very well with

  • Pigment inks
  • Dye based inks including Tim Holtz Distress inks.
  • If you like Distress style of techniques it works fine for that. Choose the heavier weights (200 gsm) for stability though.
  • Cuttlebug embossing
  • Letraset Pro Markers, I use the 200gsm with these pens and it works great.

I tend not to buy pre coloured card, preferring to tailor match my card using ink pads as I go. I use this card to make my own white core card. Inking over it in the colour of my choice, embossing and then sanding back to the white inside.

This is great value for money and you really save on storage by creating from scratch like this ;) I should have taken a picture of the 200gsm card as it is what I use most of the time.

Links

Here is a link to the manufacturers site, you can buy this card online.

Rymans

160 gsm card is available in A4 & A5

200gsm Card is available in A4  A5 and A6

The card is also available in Ivory, check out their website for more details.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Very excited, the parcel from the shopping channel with Anna Griffin stamps arrived earlier in the week. These are the latest Christmas stamps and also the Flourishes sets.  

Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010

Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010

Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Flourishes set

Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Flourishes set

HAD to be done. I couldn’t resist them. Have been stamping them all out, then cutting the images up, so I can plan designs.  

Images stamped from; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010 & Flourishes

Images stamped from; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010 & Flourishes

Here is a sneaky peak at a few projects I’ve made with them so far. I’ll post some close-ups and more details next month.  

Projects created from; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010 & Flourishes

Projects created from; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps; Christmas set 2010 & Flourishes

Don’t you just love Baker’s Twine! I bought mine from EBay from; Green Ridge Designs. It’s THE perfect Christmas Green and Red. The Blue is a beautiful ink blue, which I thought would be good for birthday projects later on. I couldn’t decide between the red and the green on the first tag, so I used them both :) Looks good don’t you think? Having started nice and early I’ll be making my own tags for my Christmas gifts and this twine really finishes them off. If you love Vintage then you need this thread.  

Baker's Twine; Red, Green and Blue

Baker's Twine; Red, Green and Blue

I was hoping to give a link to the Stampbord project being published this month, but there has been a little delay, so will let you know as soon as I hear that its gone live.  

Best wishes  

Billie :)  

Appologies to those who read this posting before the pictures went in. Time ran away with me and I hadn’t edited the pictures in time. OOPS!

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Before you run in fear from the above title, read on….you just might find that digi crafting isn’t as scary as it first sounds.

There are a lot of different kinds of digi crafting, just like there are many kinds of paper crafting.

  • You can buy CDs of images and background papers, print them and use them just as you would paper from a shop.
  • Software is available for you to layer images together on your machine, so you create your card on your computer and just print out the result.
  • Or a blending of the two, where you create/modify images on your computer and print the various elements out so you can assemble them ‘In Real Life’

So why am I encouraging you to try this kind of crafting? Well apart from the fact that it is a lot of fun, you can also save a lot of time and money printing your own papers, but the CDs often include embellishments, to print and layer as well.

I admit I did learn one of the more tricky pieces of software for my digi crafting journey, by choosing Photoshop Elements. Mainly coz it was on DHs computer and I could play, I took Free online classes run by Hewlett Packard the printer people and learnt how to use the program for digital scrapbooking. Thanks to that class I can now use their shapes, textures, bevel’s etc to make realistic looking embellishments, either to print or to use within the program to create an entire page.

Like a lot of us at the moment, funds are tight and paper crafting can get expensive. Pretty papers, stickers and embellishments soon add up and the downside for them is, it’s a use once and they are gone kinda thing. I fancied trying scrapbooking but the expense of putting each page together, mixed with the fear of ‘getting it wrong’ have always put me off. By using software like Photoshop Elements I can colour pic a colour from within my photograph to create a coloured background paper, add textures, drop shadows and have lots of fun. If I like the result I can save/print it. If it all goes a bit wrong, I can play with colours or position of things without having wasted a lot of money. Of course you can do the same with making cards, tags, invitations all kind of things.

Beginner’s

For the newbie, I’d suggest starting out with the kind of CD where you just choose an image and print. No need for lots of prior learning for those ;) You can get CDs of background papers, some specialise in cards and you have the option of printing background papers, a main image and then a decoupage sheet to add dimension to the project. Going digi doesn’t mean you never get to play with the paper, you can get as hands on, or hands off as you like.

If you have a particular kind of style that you like have a look online, there are often people selling CDs with particular themes. Cute, heritage etc. Here are a few sites worth investigating for the kinds of print and play kind of CDs.

  • Artylicious; Glenda Waterworth form Graphicus, makes the most stunning CD ROMs of printable papers and designs. Do check them out.
  • Crafters Companion Flower Fairy’s, Beatrix Potter, from classic illustrations to cute. If you are a Pro Marker/Copic pen fan, you’ll love her matching stamp ranges too.
  • Joanna Sheen; Joanna has all kinds of different styles of CD, do check out her online shop

 

Intermediate

If you are happy playing with software on your computer then you can get dedicated programs for creating Scrapbook pages. These often require a bit of time to learn what tools do what and how to get the best from them, but its worth the investment in time as you will get more flexibility over what you can do.

A few in between packages that would give newbies to digital crafting more options with their images include

Scrapbook Factory Deluxe; Pre made pages you can just drop in your own photos

My Craft Studio; has its own themed images that you can layer on the screen and print a finished card, or print elements to layer ‘in real life’ for more dimension. These also allow you to add your own images, in some cases. Their latest version of the software, includes the option of sending your finished card as an E card. They are moving more towards a simplified version of the more complex programs like Photoshop, but are still easier to navigate if you are new. If you follow the link, click on the ‘shop’ button for a listing of the themed CDs.

Advanced; that computer doesn’t scare me

If you are already confident on the computer the most versatile, and there for it will take a while to master, is Photoshop Elements by Adobe. Within this program, you really are in charge, you can edit your own images and create whatever you like, with so many effects like textures etc. If you are bewildered (as I was) do check out the free online classes by Hewlet Packard. They do a digital Scrapbooking class, every so often and it takes you every step of the way.The classes expect no prior knowledge and really teach you a lot.

The best thing about crafting like this, is that you never run out of that special paper! No more long drives to the craft store, if you mess something up, you just print another one. Need another sheet for the morning??? Craft Store closed? No worries, just press print and carry on ;)

Here are a few of the CDs/ DVDs that I use for Digi Crafting.

Digital Crafting Software

The larger programs often have free 30 day trials, so you can get started and see if you like them without spending a penny ;)

Do you have a favorite CD or digital software programs that you, like? Do leave a comment and tell me about it. This blog is all about sharing and it would be great to share programs from around the world with the readers of this blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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