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Goodies from Japan … Thanks Mom ! (n_n)

Hi, CR8TiV Birdies !! So my Mom just got back from a trip to Japan and she always brings me back some goodies from Japan. This time she brought me some Kuretake, Tombow, and Sakura items. Yay !! \(n D n)/

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Umm … I’m not really sure how or what the Kuretake letter set is *Pictured above ↑*. I’m gonna have to clarify with her what it is. But I’m really loving all the items she sent me. The one I am really loving is the Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pen set *Pictured below ↓*

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In case you don’t follow my Instagram or Facebook accounts *@MYTCR8TiV – Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV* I’ve been getting into Hand-Lettering using Brush Pen markers. My last blog post was a product review/comparison between Tombow’s and Immersive Color Brush pens.

Now for these Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pens they’re a lot like Tombow Brush pens and the Brush tip on them is very similar to that of Tombow as well. The medium stiffness of the Brush tip made it very easy to do Brush lettering. So if you are a beginner in Brush lettering I’d recommend trying the Kuretake Fudebiyori Brush pens. I know JetPens.com sells them and I’m sure you might be able to find them on Amazon. I was told that the Fudebiyori Brush pens are just Japanese versions of the Kuretake Zig Brush Pens here in the US. But since I haven’t tried Zig Brush pens, yet ! I can’t confirm that. I’ll get back to you on that once I get a set of Kuretake Zig Brush pens.

Umm … a short update to the Tombow .vs. Immersive Color post is I’ve been using the Tombow Brush pens more than the Immersive Color Brush pens as I stated in the review the Brush tip of the Tombow Brush pens are a bit more stiffer making thin strokes and thick strokes a bit easier where as the Immersive Color Brush pens the Brush tip is soft so you really need practice on the pressure to get the consistent thin and thick lines.

Anyways the next product my Mom got me were these Tombow highlighters *Pictured below ↓*

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I did not even know Tombow had highlighter pens. But the chisel tip is perfect for doing calligraphy and the ultra-fine tip on the other end is great for journaling or planner writing and the colors are very vibrant ! I think I will use these for vibrant Florescent Doodle arts and Calligraphy of course.

On to the next items which is the Sakura Coupy-Pencil *Pictured below ↓*

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I’m not really sure what the Coupy-Pencil really are. They feel like long crayons without the wrappers. Each one is about 4½” long and come in 12 colors. I tried to see if they are colored pencils as they are called Coupy-Pencil but they feel very waxy like crayons. Only difference is unlike Crayola crayons that leave white spots when you color … these lay down a smooth even coverage of color.

Umm … as far as blending ? I tried to blend the colors into each other like I took Red and Yellow to see if it’ll blend into an Orange color but it didn’t blend at all ! I then took a cotton swab with Rubbing Alcohol to see if I can blend it out like I do with my Prismacolors colored pencils and they did not blend out or do anything at all. Next I tried using vaseline *Petroleum Jelly* to see if they’ll blend out with that … It also did not blend out or do anything. Lastly, I tried Baby oil and again it did nothing ! Oh and I tried a water brush to see if they are water soluble but like I suspected they are highly wax based bcuz all the water did was bead up on top of the area I colored aka water resist.

As far as coloring they work like ordinary crayons ! You can layer colors on top of each other but they don’t blend together via blending mediums or blending into each other. They just seem like ordinary crayons. Unless I’m wrong ! Comment below if you’ve used Sakura Coupy-Pencils and got them to blend or have other techniques for using them other than coloring books.

My Mom is still awaiting another large package of goodies shipped from Japan so I will definitely post up another post of what Goodies my Mom has brought back from her trip to Japan. Until then have a CR8TiV Summer, Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and I’ll post again reall soon !!

 

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Brush Pen Review … Tombow .vs. Immersive Color

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Hi, Everybody !! Happy Father’s Day weekend ! Hope you have something wonderful planned with your family this weekend. So today I am going to do another Product review and I believe this is going to be a very popular review. Hopefully the contents of this review will be helpful and useful to you. So let’s get started !! \( n 3 n)/

The review is on Brush pens and I am doing a comparison review on the Most Popular Tomwbow Brush Pens and a less known brand called Immersive Color Brush Pens. I have to say my reason for purchasing these Brush pens was first from my previous review about the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers being comparable to the Copics. I love the brush tip of the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers. I use the often for coloring in stamped cards and handrawn art.

Now Brush Lettering seems to be a trending thing in the Hand-Lettering world. And the #1 Brush pen lettering pros use is the Tombow Brush pen. I have watched and followed enough Brush Lettering Artists on Instagram to get a general idea of Brush Lettering but I was never able to afford the Tombow markers. But thanks to my BFF’s help I was able to get the Bright set of Tombow markers !! \(n0n)/ YAY !!

I ordered them off Amazon along with a 128gb SD Micro Memory card for my tablet which I previously did a review on. It runs a lot faster now ! So I also purchased a Travel Lap desk which I’ll do a review on later. But in order to qualify for the *FREE* Shipping on Amazon I needed to add something more. So I grabbed these Immersive Color Brush Pens they are $19.99. I am happy to create a side by side comparison review of these two(2) brands for you !! (n_n) Aww… I know I’m too kind ! L0L

So below is a bit of a comparison chart I made of the Tombow Brush Pens .vs. the Immersive Color Brush pens. ↓

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I’ll start with the Tombow Brush pens. I’m not really sure if it’s because they are Brand *New* but the brush tip on these pens feel a bit stiff. Also compared to the Immersive Color the Brush tip seems more Fine ? I guess you could say. If you look at the tear drop shapes examples I made which is done simple just by pressing the tip down on the paper. The size of the tear drop is quite small and narrow compared to the Immersive Color one.

Umm … I know there are 96 Tombow Brush Pen marker colors which is a nice variety of colors to chose from and I like color variety. The Fine tip end writes like a Fine point Sharpie marker and will be perfect for drawing in fine lines or details. Both Tombow and Immersive Color are water-based markers so they should blend nicely with both water and to themselves but I couldn’t get them to blend very well. With a water and a watercolor brush I was able to pull the color to sort of a gradient fade but trying to blending together Yellow and Orange didn’t blend together well if at all.

I have always adore the Brush Lettering words or quotes using the gradient effect where one color trails off into another. With Tombow Brush Pens I was told the technique is done by grabbing a lighter color and touching a darker color to the tip of the lighter color just for a few seconds. In my example above I grabbed a Pink/Magenta and Maroon/Burgundy color and the gradient effect didn’t work out too well.

Overall the Tombow Brush Pen is definitely easier to Brush Letter with as the stiffness helps when doing the thin line and thick lines in Brush Lettering. *Gotta practice more on that* But they are great markers for both coloring and lettering. But definitely Brush Lettering is easier with these Brush Pen markers.

Now to talk about the Immersive Color Brush pen markers. Well, right away I liked how nicely the tear drop shape was and easily made daisy flowers and hearts. The Brush tip on the Immersive Color brush pens are more flexible soft and Medium to Thick size whereas the Tombow’s were more of a Small to Thin size. The Brush tip on the Immersive Color Brush pens resemble the tip on the Pentel Aquash Brush pens. To me these performed a lot more like an actual paintbrush. The Fine tip point is more of an Ultra Fine tip like that of a Pigma Micron pen unlike the Tombow Fine point is more like the Fine Point Sharpie marker.

The Immersive Color variety is limited to only 24 colors but it’s still a decent amount of color variety to keep you happy. Umm … like the Tombow Brush pen markers I had trouble getting these to blend with water and each other as well. But unlike the Tombow they somewhat blended. In the example chart I first scribbled down Orange then scribbled over with Yellow and the Orange did somewhat lighten to a Lighter Orange when I went over it with the Yellow. As far as blending with a water and a watercolor brush the results were the same as the Tombow Brush pens. I’ll need to experiment some more with blending using both these markers.

But the Gradient technique works great with the Immersive Color markers. I grabbed same or similar colors to the Tombow a Pink/Magenta and a Maroon/Burgundy color and I touched the Maroon/Burgundy color to the Pink/Magenta for approx. 10 seconds and you can see in the example the Maroon/Burgundy in the beginning then fade back to the Pink/Magenta color. Getting a gradient effect seems easier with these Brush pens than the Tombow Brush pens.

Now as far as Brush Lettering the Immersive Color Brush pens will require more practice in getting the thin and thick lines of Brush Lettering as I previously said the Brush tip on these pens are more paintbrush like so getting a thin line and thick line will require a bbit of practicing as far as pressure and less pressure goes. From my experience you barely have to touch the paper almost floating over or very softly brushing the surface of the paper to get the thin line but thick line is pretty easy.

Overall I like the Immersive Color Brush Pens compared to the the Tombow Brush pens because they are more affordable $19.99 for 24 Brush Pens over $27 dollars *Retail price* for 10 Brush pens. If you want to stretch your color variety and have the money go with the 96 color pack of Tombow markers. But if you’re going to use these Brush pens for Brush Lettering I highly suggest the Immersive Color Brush pens as the Brush tip gives you more weight to your letters. It just requires more practice in getting the thick and thin lines.

If you’re interested in trying out these markers … Here’s the link to them on Amazon. I think Amazon has the best price in my opinion for the Tombow Brush pens. Other sites cost twice as much as the price of Amazon. Can’t beat $16.99 with *FREE* Shipping if you spent $35 or more. The other sites that cost twice as much tack on Shipping and tax and what not.

Immersive Color Brush pens 24 colors : https://www.amazon.com/Fineliner-Duplicates-Watercolor-Sketching-Coloring/dp/B01ES37THG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466224528&sr=8-1&keywords=Immersive+Color

Tombow Brush Pen 10 colors “Bright Palette” : https://www.amazon.com/Tombow-Brush-Markers-Bright-10-Pack/dp/B00JVB8FBA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466224560&sr=8-1&keywords=Tombow+Bright

Hopefully this product review was helpful and when I get a set of Sakura Koi Brush pens I’ll do a side by side comparison to all three(3) Brush pen markers … the Tombow, the Immersive Color, and the Sakura Koi. Until next time B3 iNSPiR3D, B3 B0LD, B3 Kind, DR3AM BiG, and B3 CR8TiV ~ MYT CR8TiV

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Affordable Art Tablet … (ⁿ-ⁿ)

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Hello, CR8TiV cats ! Hope you’re having a great Monday ! I think I’ve owned this tablet long enough to do a decent review on it. My husband for my Birthday got me this Acer Iconia One 10 tablet. It is a 10.1″ tablet and I am loving it for practicing digital artwork. It’s an Android tablet and runs on the Lollipop OS. I won’t go too much into the specs of it as you can just Google that yourself. But one thing I highly recommend is a 128gb micro SD memory card and a good screen protector. I haven’t removed the screen protector or film that comes on the tablet as I’m afraid of scratches and I’ve never been too good at adhering screen protectors without a mad amount of ugly bubbles.

Umm .. the tablet does come with a lot of Bloatware as most Acer products do. My Laptop turned Desktop is also an Acer and it too had a lot of Bloatware eating up memory space. It doesn’t affect the performance of the tablet too much but it does lag a bit sometimes. So far my #1 art app I use is called Painter. I’ll update this post with a list of all the Art apps I downloaded and review each of them.

The stylus I use is the Adonit Jot Pro but I also use this stylus I bought from the Dollar Tree than resembles a stubby No. 2 pencils and it responds quite nicely to the tablet screen unlike a stylus I was using for an old iPad. A lot of Art tablet users like the Huion, Cintiq, etc. wear a glove to protect your palm from reacting with the touchscreen while you draw. I was considering purchasing a glove since it’s about $6 on Amazon but my CR8TiV mind just made a DIY one. All I did was cut a thumb hole and finger holes through a sock that lost it’s partner. It works great !! It keeps your wrist and hand warm so it kinda helps prevent cramps.

Umm … I guess this isn’t really much of a review since I don’t really know what to really say about the tablet. One con that I have about the tablet is that not all Android apps are compatible with the tablet so some apps won’t work. It works great for basic web browsing, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest that sorta stuff. A few games run fine but watching movies like I was watching a movie from YouTube the playback is a bit slow meaning the mouth movement were a bit delayed from the audio.

But definitely an excellent tablet if you want an affordable Art tablet that is a bit more affordable than say a Cintiq. The 10.1″ screen is large enough to give you plenty of space to draw and there are many great drawing apps for it. Painter being one of them ! If you wanna try out digital art like I am … this is a great practice or beginners tablet to learn with then later in the future you can upgrade to an actual Cintiq, Huion, etc. Art tablet. I just like that this one is portable so you can carry it around easily for those random moments are art inspiration.

It cost just under $16o dollars. It’s actually $139 but with tax and all that roughly under $160. So affordable than say an iPad Pro or an actual Cintiq. Comment if you wanna know something specific about the Acer Iconia One 10 tablet.

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Xyron Creative Station …

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Hello and Happy Monday, My CR8TiV Kittens ! Life has been SOo… hectic lately but it’s finally settling down to where I can stop procrastinating about this post and as Larry the Cable guy would say … Git Er Done ! L0L

So today I want to share with you guys a Birthday present I got for myself. I always do quite a bit of research before I buy anything and I’ve done quite a bit of oogling googling about the Xyron 510 Creative Station. Of course right off the bat I loved that it’s called CR8TiV Station.😛 L0L

But what the Xyron 510 Creative Station is  … is it’s a sticker maker, laminator, and a magnet maker. You do have to buy separate cartridges to do each of those things but you get a Permanent Adhesive cartridge to start with when you buy the Xyron 510. It applies a strong adhesive to the back of anything you place into the machine.

The machine does not require electricity or batteries … it’s a manual self crank machine. I really love the Xyron 510 bcuz as a Card maker you sometimes have intricate die cuts that are hard to get adhesive on. Most just use a glue like the Tombow Mono-Liquid Adhesive or just rub a glue stick over it. But sometimes the glue oozes out the die cut and the glue stick isn’t sticky enough to keep the die in place.

Well, with the Xyron 510 you just pass it through the machine and the intricate die cut will immediately become an adhesive die cut. You can take photos, intricate die cuts, card backing that you’re going to adhere to a cardbase, ribbon, strips of fancy scrapbook paper you wanna make into washi-tape like strips, etc. The Permanent Adhesive cartridge will put a strong adhesive on one side turning it essentially into a sticker.

Another great thing about this is if you wanna use Deco-Foil … Run your die cut through the Xyron 510 or as I call it the X510 but put your die cut in face down so the adhesive goes on the front of the die cut instead of the back. Then peel off the plastic sheet and lay the die cut down on a sheet of Deco-Foil. Use a bone folder or old credit card to rub it all smoothly. Then gently peel off the Deco-Foil and you have a Foiled Die Cut without the process of printing in a Laser Printer and running it through the Laminator or using the Deco-Foil toner pen.

Many of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram (Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV@MYTCR8TiV) know that I am a Artist and I often draw many things. I know many have asked why I don’t have an Etsy shop or online shop and my 1st Etsy attempt didn’t work out as I wasn’t really ready for it. But I’ll have a online shop soon in the future.

But another reason I like the X510 is that they have a Laminator cartridge which applies a clear laminate on both the top and bottom of the item you put in. They also have a Laminate/Adhesive cartridge which laminates the top and puts adhesive on the bottom. I am hoping to get both those cartridges as the possibilities are endless for me at least. I can make cute handrawn stickers with a glossy finish or I can laminate my ATC “Artist Trading Card” or Art Prints without having to go to my local Office Supply store and have them laminate it.

Then there’s the Magnet cartridge which adheres a thin magnet to the back of your project. You can turn photos into magnets, a drawing into a magnet, etc. I am sure it is possible to put your item through the laminating cartridge then again through the magnet cartridge so you have a glossy film over the front and magnet on the back. Like I said the possibilities are endless on this.

If you are a Crafter or even an Artist … I highly recommend the Xyron 510. They have a larger one I believe it’s the Xyon 900 which will take wider items like posters but the Xyron 510 I believe can take up to 5″ widths. But it’s an awesome machine to make adhesive labels for your mason jars, your cupcake/cookie box labels, and able to make customizing a lot easier without a computer or electricity.

Definitely don’t think that the Xyron 510 will disappoint and with Craft store coupons like from JoAnns and Michaels the cartridges are affordable. JoAnns sells the cartridges for $19.99 but with coupon you can probably get it for $15 or less. I hope that the 1st handful of items I put up the next time I reopen my Etsy store will be some handrawn stickers, magnets, and a few laminated prints.

 

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Chromatix are Chroma-tastix !!

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Hi, Everyone ! This is a Part 2 to my previous review on the Chromatix markers. So far I have been using them for a few stamped card images but also trying them out on Coloring books. These markers definitely are comparable to Promarkers. The color layout is so smooth like Promarkers and they hide your marker strokes very well. But mostly they are AWESOME for Coloring books.

One thing I will have to note is that they do bleed so try not to color too close to the line or it will bleed over the edge of that line. Here are two(2) coloring book examples I did using the Chromatix markers. One is a regular Children’s coloring book with the brown flimsy paper and the other is a page from an Adult Coloring Book.

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Example #1 : Children’s Coloring Book page

Look how smooth the Chromatix color is laid down. I don’t think anyone would believe me when I say it was done in marker. Most markers like Crayola will bleed terribly on these coloring book pages but the Chromatix do bleed out but if you’re careful it’s not noticeable.

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Example #2 : Adult Coloring Book page

I just love how smooth the color looks. They work great for both coloring pages !! One important tip is to place a sheet of cardstock behind the page you are coloring as the color will show through the other side “bleed”. If you have those coloring books where it’s double-sided make a copy of the other side of the page so you can still color it. With the Children’s coloring book I picked a page that the other side just has a maze, puzzle or something that won’t be wasted.

If you like Promarkers I really recommend trying these markers out and if you are into the Coloring book craze add these markers into your coloring palette. I am sure you will not regret it ! I love these markers !! They don’t smell very strong, colors smoothly, blends well, and gives you a good variety of colors to chose from. I prefer just using them straight without blending with the blender marker but really give these markers a try !!

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Chromatix .vs. Promarker …

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Hi, CR8TiV Cats ! Happy Monday ! (∩u∩) Today I want to share my review of the Chromatix blending marker set. I found a 30 color set for $29.99 at Marshalls and intrigued to give them a try. Here is what the entire set looks like arranged in ROYGBIV order …
12966572_10156713022600307_205920352_nI just love how pretty the rainbow order looks ! (♥⌂♥) The markers have a Brush tip and a Fine tip kinda like the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers I recently blogged about. Some compared these markers to Copics but I think they more feel like Promarker-ish than Copics.

I tested them out on the cardstock I normally use for card bases and artwork. One tip I highly suggest whenever you buy any set of markers is to make a swatch of the colors. These Chromatix markers don’t have color numbers or names and the cap color is not accurate to the actual color so a swatch for this is a MUST-HAVE. Below is the swatch I created. I used a solid heart stamp to see how it’ll look if used with stamps and also colored a block above to see the actual color.
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They bleed very easily on any type of paper it seems. Also getting colors to blend together was sorta difficult. They didn’t blend together too well but if you stick with the general LMD “Light-Medium-Dark” rule of blending these markers will work well. If you look at the swatch it looks like each color is in sets of three(3) or four(4) colors of the same spectrum. So it’s quite easy to pick out a Light Blue, Medium Blue, and Dark Blue to do a blending Ombre.

As far as the Blending marker that comes in this set it doesn’t seem to work very well. If you look in the lower left corner of the color swatch photo I used the Chromatix blender marker, a Q-Tip with Rubbing Alcohol, and a Promarker Blender marker. Oddly the Promaker blender marker turns to a yellow-ish color. I dunno if you can see it in the photo but it has streaks of yellow. The Q-Tip dipped in Rubbing Alcohol seems to blend it very well.

I haven’t tried the Distress markers but the barrel of the marker looks a lot like the Distress markers but these markers compare to Promarkers like if Promarkers had made a skinny version of their markers these are what they feel like. The ink flows out the same and the color layout is very similar to them as well. I’ll color a coloring book page and psot them up on Instagram to show you how they work for coloring books.

If you are going to use them to color stamps just a fair warning they will stain your stamps. My clear heart stamp I used for the color swatch turned yellow in color and won’t clean back to the clear color it once was. But it will still stamp and work like normal just stained a yellow color. Overall I think this is a great set to have when you want to learning about blending colors and just a set for coloring coloring books with.

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Stamp & Scrapbook Expo …

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Hello, Everyone ! Hope you are having a great weekend ! Aside for the rain these past few days it’s been a great week and the weekend has started off pretty positive as well. Today I attended the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center and if you noticed I scratched out the Stamp from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.

The Expo was great and there were so many inspiring projects but there weren’t too many stamp vendors to really validate the Stamp part of the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. It seemed more Scrapbook oriented. Stamp companies where are you ? Definitely need more stamp companies like LawnFawn, HeroArts, MamaElephant, Ellen Hutson, My Favorite Things, Avery Elle, etc. More stamp companies need to register for this expo so that the name of Stamp & Scrapbook can live up to it’s name.

I mainly shopped the most at the Stamps of Life booth but to be honest everything was pretty expensive. $120 dollars dissolved so quickly and not much freebies either. This was my first time attending a Expo specifically for Stamps & Scrapbooking but I’ve attended other Expos such as the Japan Expo which my Dad did a few shows at and when the LA Auto show rolls in town we try to go check it out.

Often times from attending those Expos we go home with a tote full of freebies like keychains, lanyards, magnets, pens, etc. I was kinda expecting more from this Stamp & Scrapbook Expo to give out more freebies but only freebie I got was a glue stick and a ink pad from the Stamps of Life booth for my purchases. I really hope that next year more stamp companies step up to the plate and give the Stamp part of Stamp & Scrapbook Expo more meaning.

Now on to the review part … Like I said above I spent most of my money @ the Stamps of Life booth since they were pretty much the only worthy stamp selling booth aside from Judith’s rubber stamps. Which were priced pretty reasonably ! I bought two(2) flower stamps for about $15.

But my review isn’t about that stamp. My review is about the Stamps of Life ink pad. They are made by Color Box under the Stephanie Barnard brand. I picked out the color Candy which is a soft cotton candy pink color. The ink pad is really great !! It stamps very clean and clear with no smearing or smudging. The color is also very vibrant ! I could see myself buying more of her ink pads in the future.

As for the stamp sets I purchased … I cannot say how much I adore the Stamps of Life stamps. If you read my previous blog post about her subscription plan if you haven’t subscribed yet … do it ! Every month is like Christmas when you go to your mailbox and find her monthly stamp set awaiting in your mailbox.

Her stamp sets always stamp beautifully without requiring any priming. What I mean when I say Priming is sometimes *new* stamps don’t take ink very well and either you have to rub a pink eraser over the image so that it will scuff and make ink adhere better.  Works like a charm every time !! But with the Stamps of Life stamps you don’t need to take that extra step. Just ink up and stamp away !!

I also bought some dies which I am eager to try as well. I purchased the Stitched Rectangles die and the Grid die set which I will definitely post up a card made with these dies soon. So stay posted on my Facebook page @ Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV or follow me on Instagram @MYTCR8TiV

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Copic markers on a budget + Memento .vs. VersaFine !

Hi, Everyone ! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Today I wanna share with you the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers and also share a ink pad comparison between the Memento ink pad and the VersaFine which are both made by Tsukineko but equally different. So let’s start with the ink pad comparison first.

Below is a comparison example I made. Memento ink is on the left and VersaFine is on the right. It says that VersaFine is best for Fine Detail stamping. The stamped impression definitely is darker and more crisp than the Memento ink but my Memento ink pad is pretty worn but I keep it inked. I think VersaFine does give you a better impression with better clarity in detail.

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Even when my Memento ink pad was *new* I remember some clear stamps the impression was a bit hazy looking like in the picture sample above. The clear stamps I used  are fairly *new* and only been used once before this. I think I’ll be using the VersaFine more often when I want clearer stamped images or using a stamp that has lots of detail in them.

Now on to the Copic markers on a budget. I just purchased these markers called Spectrum Noir Aqua markers which are water-based. I didn’t seem to get them to work with a water brush too well although I have seen tutorials on YouTube where they have watercolored with these markers. I prefer to use them straight as markers.

I had purchased one copic marker using a coupon from Michaels. It’s RV11 which is a very soft cotton candy pink color which I use for coloring cheeks on characters. I was in Love with the copic marker and wished … No wait dream to own all the Copic marker colors. But unless I won the lotto that’s not gonna be an easy dream to achieve.

I know I’ve been told I can just buy them one by one using coupons but I don’t have the patience to buy one by one.😛 Now I came across these Spectrum Noir Aqua markers at my local JoAnn’s store. The idea of watercolors + markers intrigued me and since I had a 50% off coupon they were only $15 compared to $29.99 regular price.

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I had originally only purchased one(1) pack which is the Floral set which includes a pretty nice variety of colors but it was missing Blues. Blue is my favorite color and it’s a color I tend to reach for most often. So I went back and bought the Primary set which has Four(4) shade of Blue. Unlike the Copics these markers do not have a Chisel nib. It has a Brush nib like the Copics and a fine point nib which I like better than the Chisel tip.

Below I made a color swatch chart for you guys to see the colors as they really are. The colored caps on the markers aren’t accurate to what the real colors are. One that kinda bugs me but no too much is the fact that the colors are really close to each other that it kinda seems like you’re getting doubles of some colors. Like the Rose Pink and Blossom are real similar. You can actually get the Rose Pink color by layering Blossom on top of each other.

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The same goes for the Primary set. Scarlet and Crimson are too similar in color along with Magenta and Red Violet, Orchid and Heather, Jasmine and Gold, Sunflower and Yellow, etc. If you look at the two(2) sets … Floral and Primary you’d think you got doubles of the color just under different names.

I like the fact that I know have a pretty decent ROYGBIV Spectrum of colors to work with. I honestly can say these perform just as well as Copic markers and to me they make great Copic beginners markers to practice Copic techniques until you can graduate and afford the actual Copic markers. But if you’re on a impossibly tight and limited budget like myself where having a large stash of Copics doesn’t seem possible then these are really the budget friendly replacements. Plus you don’t really need a Copic Blender marker or any blender marker since these are Spectrum Noir Aqua Water-based markers. All you need is water and a paintbrush or a water brush.

I’ll give the watercoloring attempt another try. But when I last tried it didn’t seem to pull any color and I was using the Pentel Aquash waterbrush. I’ll try using a regular paintbrush and see if that works better. Overall I really like these Spectrum Noir Aqua markers. I think with my next coupon I’ll try getting a set of the regular Spectrum Noir markers. JoAnn’s carries the six(6) pack but they’re only in single color sets. So Six(6) shades of Reds or Blues or Purples or Greens or Greys. I’m interested in the Blues, Pinks, and Turquoise set since they are colors I use most often.

 

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Instax 25 or Polaroid Snap … Opinions ?

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Hello, everyone ! So I need your opinions and feedback. If you own either of these cameras please comment with your review and/or opinions about them. My Birthday is not too far away and I’m hoping to ask the Birthday fairy for one of these cameras. I’ve been eyeing more towards the Instax 25 but I also like the fact that you can save your photos on the Polaroid Snap via Micro SD card where as the Instax 25 is instant print with no memory feature.

I originally seen but didn’t care much about the Instax cameras. Not until a crafting company showed a planner which apparently is a huge craze right now but they showed a daily planner being used as a daily scrapbook using Instax photos. Each day was marked by a Instax photo taken that day and a small paragraph about the day.

I’m all for journals and diary entries. I’ve kept journals and diaries all my Life and I currently don’t have a daily journal/diary but I do have a prayer journal which I write my daily prayers in. (=~=”) I’m kinda bad at remembering to write in it everyday. But I am deeply loving the idea of a photographic journal/diary compared to a written one.

So I am hoping that the Birthday fairy will be kind enough to grant me my Birthday wish … Well, my Birthday wishes since I have a few other items on my wish list too like the Mini Misti stamping tool, Money to buy a few stamp sets online, Some Cutting dies, and a few other things.

But trying to decide whether the Instax 25 or Polaroid Snap has got me befuddled and perplexed. I like the Instax 25 and have read many suggesting it over the Instax 8 but I grew up playing with my Dad’s Polaroid camera so I kinda wanna stick with the Polaroid memories and be loyal to the brand. But the Polaroid Snap is a bit more pricier than the Instax 25 which is roughly about $80 whereas the Polaroid Snap is $99.99 just a few dollars more but $100 is a little harder to say yes to over $80.

Which one … which one ?!? If you own either of these cameras … please, share you opinion and/or review of it below to help me decide which I should ask for.

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Distress Inks … Destress Inks !

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Happy Monday, Everyone ! (>~<) I really need to get into the habit of at least blogging once a week and not once a month. But I’m always caught up with creative projects and tasks. But I am most active on my Facebook account so be sure to LIKE MY FACEBOOK page. In case you don’t know where or how to look … here’s a direct link below ↓

Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV

If you do follow me on my Facebook page I recently posted that I got my first set of mini Distress ink sets. The colors I got are … Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, and Dusty Concord. I was told it’s more money worthy to buy the full size pads than the mini ones as they’re pretty dry and less saturated with ink unlike the full size pads.

I went with the mini pads as I had so many ink colors I wanted to try that I was having a hard time picking which One(1) color full size pad to buy as my 1st. So I went with the mini set but I have to say I agree that the mini ink pads are pretty dry and difficult to ink up a blending tool. The mini inks are great for watercoloring use and traveling just to do some minor inking on the go.

But my overall opinion of these Distress inks is … (♥⌂♥) I adore them !! I can’t wait til I have some extra funds to purchase the full size pads. I got my eye on this eBay listing where they are selling 22 Full sized Distressed ink pads for $74.99 +$7.00 shipping. Check it out … http://www.ebay.com/itm/121386141573?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I honestly think that Distress inks is another Must-Have item for a Cardmakers toolbox just like Tuxedo Memento ink, Acrylic blocks, an other supplies essential to a Cardmaker. If I were to give you a list of essential items I own that I cannot imagine being without is … The Fiskars Paper trimmer, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Promarkers, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Fiskars Compact Stamp press, and of course my vast clear stamp collection.

I just recently organized my clear stamps and I was blown away by how many stamps I had collected over time with the thanks of Sales and coupons from stores like JoAnns and Michaels. But I think my in-store stamp purchases are now limited and I’m going to have to start shopping online as selections are getting slim at my local craft stores.

I will update and post again when I get full size pads and can tinker with more juicy ink pads. But I mainly use the Distress inks for adding color to the background of my cards. I don’t have any background stamps and I can’t seem to get my embossing folders to ink nicely like some people on Pinterest can. Distress inks helped fill in the plain white areas of my cards.

Go to my Facebook page to see cards I’ve made with my mini Distress ink cards. I am hoping to get larger pads soon and hopefully get some Mama Elephant Stamps sets and some more Floral stamps as I love flowers and can’t seem to have enough Floral and Critter stamps. (∩≈∩”)

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