Saturday, March 27, 2010

Posca Metalic Markers

Have you tried Posca Markers? Today I'll be showing you a few things you can do with these great markers, specifically the metalic ones. But all of these techniques will also work with the regular Posca markers as well.

As expected, these markers work beautifully on cardstock and paper.

They are even fantastic on black and other dark colours.

They work amazingly well on glossy chipboard, too!

Posca markers can also be used on many other surfaces, including glass, ceramic, metal and acrylic. They are ideal for journaling and decorating acrylic albums and embellishments:

One of the special qualities of these markers is that they can easily be removed from non-porous surfaces. They are smudgeproof when dry so they will last on acrylic, but you can experiment without worrying about ruining your project. Because if you need to remove it, all it takes is water and a paper towel!

So that means you can have fun with things like this:

decorating your kid's juice glass on a special day. After the meal, toss it in the dishwasher, and the marker is gone. (Just don't use the marker on parts of the glass where food or mouths will touch it). This would also be a fun way to leave a birthday message on the bathroom mirror!

How about decorating a coffee mug or ceramic coaster? Try with templates:

or free-hand:

But what if you did all that work, and love it enough to keep it? You guessed it - you can turn these markers permanent on the ceramic! I did a few experiments, and what worked best was this:
  • place mug in cold oven
  • heat oven to 350F
  • cook for 45 minutes
  • turn off oven, and leave mug to cool in the oven (I left it overnight)
After this process, I could safely hand wash the mug, and not ruin the design. (I would not recommend dishwasher though).

This would be a fun way to make custom coasters with your kids - let them do the art!

I hope you will be inspired to try some of these Posca markers!

Matérials / Supplies:
marquers à peinture / paint markers - Uni Posca Metallic extra fine tip (vert/green, rose/pink), Uni Posca extra fine tip (white)
gabarit / template - Crafters' Workshop "Capricious"

Monday, March 22, 2010

Shaken, Not Stirred...

Here is my final layout using the "Cupid" Collection by Pink Paislee, for my DT with Mon Scrapbook. They were great colours to work with - they go well with a lot of photos.

I'm not a scrapper who uses a lot of cardstock, but these embossed cardstock sheets from Bazzill are great - I love the look, and it's fun to highlight the textures using inks and glimmer mist. (No idea what happened in this photo - I just could NOT get the colour right!)

I pleated papers to create the border around the circle:

And I had fun making another one of these dimensional roses. I couldn't resist adding one of the new Prima pearl flourishes - I love the little fimo roses!

Matériaux / Supplies:
carton / cardstock - Bazzill "Vintage Vines - Ruby Slipper Embossed"
papiers / papers - Pink Paislee "Cupid" (Bow & Arrow, Bullseye, Love Potion, Postcards)
découpe / die cut - Pink Paislee "Cupid"
décalques / rub-ons - Pink Paislee "Cupid"
lettres / alphas - Pink Paislee "Bubblegum Whimsies"
carton agglomeré / chipboard - American Crafts Thickers "Darling Accents"
dentelle / lace - Prima
perls / pearls - Prima
encre / ink - Ranger Distress Ink, ColorBox
stylo / marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Make A Wish

This month I had the pleasure of working with the Scrapbook Sussies March Kit as a Guest Designer. One of the paper collections in the kit was from Cosmo Cricket. The colours turned out to be perfect for photos of my son's birthday, which worked out great, since I still hadn't scrapped them, and we're closing in on the next birthday, ha ha ha!

I wanted something to create a bit of a party look, so I curled strips of paper and added them, along with some of the gems from the kit. I also spritzed glimmer mist on the cardstock. The effect is subtle (you can see it better in person, it didn't photograph so well), but it makes the cardstock a little more exciting. :)

To create this border, I punched circles from cardstock and folded them.

Supplies (from the Scrapbook Sussies March Kit) :
PP - Cosmo Cricket
CS - Bazzill
letter stickers, flair - American Crafts
gems - Bo Bunny
brads - Basic Grey

other supplies:
ink - StazOn
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Decidedly Not Camera Shy

Here is another DT layout that I created for Mon Scrapbook with the "Cupid" collection from Pink Paislee. I love the soft colours in this, combined with chocolate brown.

(Yes - you may have seen these photos before. I wanted to scrap them again for my mother, because I knew she would love them. Hi Mom!)

I wanted a different kind of flower for this page, so I made one using some scraps, and one of the "Cupid" brads. The paper was scrunched and rolled to get this look.

I felt the edges needed a little more definition here, and I wanted the look of stitches. Even though I sew, I rarely use the sewing machine on my pages. I find it so much faster to use a pen and doodle stitches on the paper.

Matériaux / Supplies:
papiers / papers - Pink Paislee "Cupid" (Bow & Arrow, Bullseye, Eternal Love, Hearts Bloom, Love Potion, Post Cards)
lettres / alphas - Pink Paislee "Bubblegum Whimsies"
bandes transparentes / clear border stickers - Pink Paislee "Cupid"
décalques / rub-ons - Pink Paislee "Cupid"
attaches parisiennes / brad - Pink Paislee "Cupid"
carton agglomeré / chipboard - American Crafts Thickers "Darling Accents"
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels
encre / ink - Ranger Distress Ink
stylo / marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, Uniball Signo