My oldest son, who is a game development animator, is celebrating a birthday tomorrow. I spent time today working on a Spiderman birthday card for him. When he was two, Spiderman was his favorite comic character. I made him a pair of jammies with Spiderman fabric painted on the front with Deka Fabric Paint.
This time I have used Copic Markers, which gives me more options for shading.
This adhesive gun from Scotch (Advanced Tape Glider) comes in two widths 1/2" (purple gun) and 1/4" (pink gun)
I have been using both sizes but have a preference for the 1/4" acid free adhesive. It took a bit of getting use to the trigger but I am running it like a pro now. I find that the adhesive holds much better than the cheaper tape runners that I was using before. It is a bit cumbersome for toting around to workshops and classes but the large capacity tape roll will keep you running a scrapbooking marathon without running out.
I highly recommend this must have for your papercrafting and scrapbooking projects, well worth the investment.
Flip Flops - Funfoam & Celebrate it ribbon. Silhouette Echo Park Flip Flops Design ID #41487 I only used the base of the flip flops and added holes to put the ribbon through then used Glue Dots to attach them at the back.
Sand - Cork scrapbook paper or I find that if I am making a lot of cards it is cheaper to use cork wallpaper.
I recently purchased my first set of Stampin' Up rubber stamps - "Snow Much Fun." Being a purest I have opted for the wood mounted stamps. These adorable snowmen are being being retired in the near future.
I always drag my Copic markers around every where I go. I wanted to be able to see at a glance which markers are mine. I tried washi tape but found that I needed to put scotch tape over it to keep it from peeling off. I ended up using K&Company SmashClear Tape Whale Dispenser to label my markers - problem solved. The tape stays on and the colour coordinates with my craft studio and other tools.
My next dragon to slay is ordering another 72 slot wallet to house my ever growing collection of Copics.
I just love this card that my sister Kaylana made for a card swap group in Utah. She was looking at paint chips at Lowes and decided that she could make cards with them. This is what she came up with, absolutely adorable.
Paint Chips - Lowes
Buttons - Clearance buttons from Pebbles in my Pocket
"cute as a button" was just printed on with an ink jet printer
Storage and organization are always the largest issues with scrapbooking and papercrafting tools and supplies. I find with embossing folders, I have a tendency to forget which designs I have without pulling them all out each time I work on a project. One day while staring at huge selections of paint chips that they have at home improvement stores I decided that I could use my left over swatches to create a swatch book for my embossing folders.
I use the Behr paint chips from Home Depot because they seem to have a little more surface area and a convenient hole to link them together. Once I emboss them I lightly sand the painted surface so that the design shows through easily.
I keep this swatch book in my craft tool box so that I always have them in arms reach when I am working on a project and can easily see which design will best suit my project.
Since my collection is relatively small compared to most of you out there, I am able to keep my embossing folders in a small basket.
Paint Note: I like the Behr paint colours and have fallen in love with the CIL Smart Paint, it has silicone in it and goes on creamy smooth and is incredibly tough. (former Benjamin Moore painter) Home Depot can colour match the Behr colours for the CIL Smart Paint.
Here is the design for my 2013 Christmas Cards. I found an opportunity with this stamp to use my dear old trusted friend Liquid Applique. Great for adding dimension to your stamped images.
Stamp - Hero Arts K5522 Happy Holidays Snowman
Copics W-1, 3, YR02, 07, R27, BG10, 15
Hat - MarvyLiquid Applique (puff paint that needs to be heated)
Snowflakes - Aqua Stickles
Backgrond paper is pearlized