Saturday, March 29, 2008

TCP and some Q & A

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend is going great. I think we might head out to the beach house for some R&R. Its beautiful today here in Houston. Any who today I have a cute The Cat's Pajamas card to share. It features the cutest pirate images. I colored them in with my Copics and added some crystal effects on the water beneath the pirate ship. Card stock used is SU Chocolate Chip, PTI Aqua, and Crate Paper. Accessories are SU eyelets, PTI ribbon, and nesties die cuts. Well that is all I have regarding cards but I do have some Q& A to some frequently asked questions.

1. What copics do you recommend to start with and where to buy them?
I would certainly start with the Copic Ciao 36 A set. It has all the basic colors you need to start experimenting with. If that is to much to spend then I would go with some singles in the primary colors. A light and darker shade is a really good way to go and it allow you to get the full potential of shading and blending these markers offer. As for where to buy them, I bought mine at My Favorite Things store. I know they are a high priced item so doing some research is great too. I do know that Kim from MFT has a great price for the sets.

2.What paper do you used with your Copics.
I have used both Georgia Pacific 110lb card stock (Wal-Mart) and Papertrey Ink Stampers Select White and they both work perfectly with the Copics. I usually use the Georgia Pacific because its more economical but PTI's is certainly a better thicker quality card stock. These two paper companies work well with Primsa colors as well.

3. How do you get such clear pictures?
I use the SSL-100 photo studio in a box. My dear friend Alma actually gave me this amazing contraption. (Thanks Alma) It makes picture taking so quick and effortless. Once I take my picture I download it to my Microsoft Digital Image Pro for some touch up. This is where I adjust my color balance, crop, and add my watermark. All in all, these two accessories are a must for great crisp and clear pictures.

4.Where can I get a template of the V-day paper cup?
Here is a template I handmade of the paper cup I made for a V-Day gift idea. I did it myself so I am not sure if it is completely perfect but it works either way. Let me know if you have any questions or run in to any problems.


Jenna P said...

Ana, I LOVE this card!.. and thanks for the tips- I've been looking into Copics, and wondering what to start out with since they are a bit above my price range I needed to know which was best to begin with.

cassidy said...

This card is absolutely fabulous! You have great designs!

Stephanie said...

So that's how you get such beautiful photos!!! TFS! Btw, this is my new blog. :]

Marja Sch said...

Ohhhh Ana what a lovely card.Just fabulous.!! Hugs Marja Thanks for al the tips.

Nancy said...

Hola Ana, Gracias for los consejos, Yo queria saber de los copics tambien porque tengo un set de 12 copics Ciao y queria anadirle mas. Despues de los A compro los B? Ayer estuve haviendo invitaciones con el pirata de SU , Tu tarjeta esta preciosa, todas las que has hecho esta semana. Mi Blog esta lento porque no he tenido mucho tiempo para dedicarle. Que disfrutes en la playa....oh antes de que se me olvide vi tu tarjeta en Cards!!!! Felicidades esta preciosa!

Wendy said...

Love your card. Those new stamps are a must have for my house. When will they release them?

Bethany Paull said...

Great card! Love your colors, layout and fun theme.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, fun card! My boys would give it their stamp of approval for sure!

Charlene Austin (Willow01) said...

SO cute!! And thanks for the info on the Copics. I have been thinking about them more and more lately. So I can be just like you when I grow up and learn to color! LOL. So the Ciao is the way to go? Not the Sketch? I need to do research obviously. Thanks!!

Christi said...

This card is adorable!! Thanks for the Q&A part as well. I always like to see what other people use. :)