.crafty tips.

Looking for some inspiration? Want to level up your coloring or watercoloring skills? Need tips on working with digital stamps? I’ll post my favorite tips and tricks, designers, products, and tutorials here! Do you have a question or topic that you don’t see covered? Please let me know!

.copic markers.

I learned early on that I love to color, but I had a hard time knowing where to start because there was so much information. In my mission to become proficient in alcohol markers, I’ve compiled a list of resources that I frequently use. These are truly resources that I love and use often, so I thought it would be helpful to share. I’ll add to this list if I find others. I am not sponsored by any of the below, though I may have an affiliate account.

Youtube accounts

Online classes

Online retailers

.digital stamps.

There are so many digital/digi stamp companies who have amazing designs. To help any beginners feel more comfortable with digital stamps, I wanted to share some info that I’ve learned along the way while working with digi stamps. Some of this guidance will reflect my own personal trial and error and some I have learned from our amazing crafting community members. Feel free to leave a comment below or message me via IG if you have any questions or useful resources to add!

These are the programs I always use when working with digi stamps:
– Adobe Illustrator – resize and place digi stamps before printing. I have created templates (.ait) in Illustrator for A2, mini slimline, and slimline cards. My current printer does not print to the edge, so I add a 0.5 inch buffer on each side.
– Adobe Lightroom – photo editing (what I use if I need to add a watermark too)

There are other programs that work and everyone’s process may be different. I’ve included a few YouTube videos that I found helpful:

  • A thread on printers in Alex Syberia’s Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/alexsyberiadesign/permalink/317930422822469/
  • A response to a question I asked to Amber Rain Davis about printer recommendations: “Here’s a link to the supply list that includes my printer. https://ldli.co/e/d2xjqd If you’ll be printing on thick cardstock or watercolor paper, I recommend getting a printer with a manual feed that pulls the paper in the front and straight out the back, vs. spooling it around the automatic feed. I prefer color laser printers for digital stamps so I can drop in digital backgrounds behind the stamps. Laser printers do well with alcohol markers and watercolor. If you have an inkjet you may need to heat set the ink but that’s doable.”
  • I bought a Canon Pixma inkjet printer and I love it! I can print on a variety of paper weights, even watercolor paper using the manual feed from the back of the printer. I do recommend waiting a couple days before watercoloring an image to prevent any smearing.

    Paper
  • With my current laser printer, I use Hammermill Cover Stock, 60lb to color with copics and Strathmore Mixed Media this paper for images I want to watercolor. When I use the copic friendly paper, I get little to no stray marks in the printing process, which is great. With the Strathmore paper, I get a lot of stray marks so I usually have to print the same image multiple times to get a good print. I can also print well on Neenah Exact Index, 110lb and vellum. I also get little to no stray ink marks. One plus for using toner printers is that they are useful for foiling images. I have not had any success printing on any other paper that I own (Neenah 110lb Solar Crest, Bristol Smooth, Catherine Pooler white cardstock, Ranger Heavystock, Ranger Watercolor paper, Arches Coldpress, Accent Opaque white)

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