Hope your weekend has gotten off to a great start! It is sunny but crispy cold here in Halifax and we are staying warm inside. Today's card uses Magnolia stamps and the Copic Spica markers which so many of you have been asking about. Both products are quite "hot" yet not widely available in North America yet.
Magnolia Stamps in Detail
I really love the Magnolia stamps. They are from Sweden and very popular in Europe but only now gaining popularity in North America. The main characters are Tilda, a freckled little girl with chubby cheeks, and Edwin. Both are angels with wings. These little cuties come in various poses with seasonal props and furry friends. I love how you can buy seated Tilda, with dangling leg, and a bench or steps to put her on. I only have a few so far but the spring collection is so amazingly cute that I shall not be able to resist! They retail in North America for about $11-13 dollars each. I bought mine from the Town Scrapper here in Canada (you need to phone or email your order), or you can buy them online from Magnolia directly.
The stamps can be ordered unmounted or, as you see here, on EZMount with cling foam. I like this because they have the cushion that makes for a great impression and I can just take them out of the bag and attach them to my acrylic block. The rubber is deeply etched and purple. I added a Bella in there for size comparison.
How could anyone resist this face? This stamp is Tilda med hjärtan. I went over her penciled hair with Gold Spica marker. The heart is colored with pink Spica alone - no pencil.
Pink shimmer chalk creates rosy cheeks.
The larger size of these stamps really allow you to add details. Her dress is paper pieced with two additional white layers for her petticoat.
I stamped Tilda and her fence (Grind) several times and layered pieces onto the main image for a paper tole look.
The butterfly is a little metal bead.
The flowers are a combination of Prima, hand crocheted flowers, and tiny crystal flowers I adhered in bunches.
This week's sketch follows the Magnolia card and is kind of a challenge too! Make a square card in the European style (think layers, often tilted or off to the side, and lots of embellishments) with this sketch as the design. Post your link to your card right here on this post. There is no time limit - have fun! I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Copic Atyou Spica Markers
- They come in 13 different colors (seen above)
- Micro Glass Flakes make the sparkle
- Water based pigment ink
- Acid free
- They are to be stored flat
- They claim to write twice the length of other pens
- Unlike Copic Original and Sketch markers, these are NOT refillable
I bought these thinking that they would be like Sakura's Gelly Roll Glitter pens - sheer with sparkle. While the glitter is comparable, these are rather opaque (even though they are sold as being transparent). They are great for coloring directly onto paper. The gold, silver and clear markers are sheer so you can use those to color over pencil or markers etc. (see the shoe and hair pictures above for example).
I bought my set for $32.87 at a muse which is about the lowest price I found. They have great shipping to Canada too - about $5 so I was sold.
They color beautifully - you just have to be sure not to go over a certain area too much or it will go right through the paper as the ink flows quite nicely.
You can build up the glitter so you need to color with the same pressure and evenly over an area or it will collect and "congeal". If this happens you can wipe away the extra glitter bits quickly before it dries.
These differ from Stickles Glitter glue in that they shimmer rather than glitter. The particles of glass are so fine that they lay flat. They dry almost instantly too. You know how sometimes you want sparkle in a tiny area only but Stickles are too chunky? Spica's have a very fine point and are perfect for small areas.
I love the packaging too - both ends show the color of the marker and encapsulate little glitter bits into the plastic. This would be perfect for storing upright so you could see what color you want, but you are to store them flat.
Conclusion: These are a great addition to my coloring collection. The quality is high and they color beautifully. And who doesn't like bling? Mmmm shimmery goodness. I highly recommend these for bling and coloring lovers.
Whew that is a lot of info are you still with me? One final note: Kim at Creative Diversions awarded my with the Excellence Blog award woo hoo that is twice in one week - thank you gf!
Thank you for stopping by. See you tomorrow!