Sunday, August 21, 2011

CDAC Progressive Freebie - Entry 1

I had a lot of fun with this image and I really did intend to submit it, but for the life of me, couldn't figure out all the rules.  So here it is.  Used the dreaded (for me) RV copics for her dress and shoes, discovered some forgotten punches I had buried and used them.  Used one of my many embossing folders I usually forget about, and finally my Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  Oh - used a little spica on her petticoat ruffles.  Image is from Whoopsie Daisy  Challenge is here:  (I hope).  

Here is a second one for the challenge, and I actually got him uploaded.  Went really wild with color.  This one I can enter into a OWSE Quickfire challenge as well - eyelets.  First I've used eyelets in awhile.  Why did they get un-trendy?  Or brads, for that matter.  And is it just me or are the ribbons and flowers getting bigger and bigger or more numerous?  And how do they put them in an envelope without destroying them?

I'm thinking I need to stick with CAS (clean and simple) because that's what I do.

The digi is from , and he IS shown on the challenge page of CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge - week 1.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Copic Cardstock Comparison

Since I am just a teensy OC I had to make color charts with each of the cardstocks I have.  I am SO not talking about how I ended up with all of them, but here are my conclusions on how they take the Copic colors.

GINA K:  Lightens the colors except for the darker tones (ending with 8 & 9) which will not blend, and get sticky.  I'm guessing here that the darker tones have more 'pigment' or something that cause this but I don't know for sure.  Is the smoothest cardstock (Number 1) and just fine for lighter colored images.  No bleed through whatsoever.

CRYOGEN - Has slight sparkles and is a kind of dirty white, not white white so colors are definitely muted somewhat.  Number 5 in smoothness - you can feel a slight tooth to this cardstock.

XPRESS IT - Lightens the colors somewhat but blends darker tones just fine. Number 2 in smoothness.

Marco's CLASSIC CREST #110 (Neenah) - Deep, clear colors. Number 4 in smoothness - you can feel a barely discernable tooth.

Marco's BECKETT EXPRESSION #130 - same as Classic Crest with deep, clear colors. Number 3 in smoothness.  Has the least bleed through, while all others (except GK) have about the same.

I compared these under an OTT lite.
These are personal observations only that I pass along to help others choose what cardstock they would prefer, given their own coloring style.

There are other cardstocks out there, but since I don't have samples on these others, I cannot comment.