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Copic Cap-Cleaning Tips

Copic Cap-Cleaning Tips

After using my markers for years, I decided to try cleaning the caps; I know some folks are religious about doing this, but it’s a huge task to take on – and I’d rather make art! But seeing a discussion recently about how pricey it is to clean them with Colorless Blender, and then an ensuing question about just replacing the blender solution with alcohol, I did some testing.

Tips are listed below, but watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

When to clean:

Cleaning caps just for “beauty” purposes is overkill; Copics work just fine with dirty caps. Ask yourself: Am I cleaning because I’m procrastinating actually making art? Clean the caps, however, if you have trouble with ink spattering when you remove caps during use, or if nibs are drying out due to the seal not closing completely.

What to clean with:

Using Colorless Blender is “healthiest” for your markers, though it can be expensive for something like cleaning. You can use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (available in your local pharmacy) instead, BUT in limited fashion:

  • Alcohol can eat the printed text off your marker, so don’t use it to scrub the barrel of your pens.
  • Don’t touch it to the nibs – if it can damage printed ink, what will it do to a delicate foam nib?
  • If leaving caps to soak in alcohol, it can “scuff” the edges of the caps, making them look more used. (No actual damage is done, it’s just cosmetic.)

When using alcohol to clean, use the 99% – it’s stronger but works better than lower % alcohol.

How to clean:

Put a small amount of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol in a ceramic or glass container, and swish caps for about a minute. Remove using tongs or tweezers of some sort, and wipe off with a paper towel. Clean out remaining ink with a Qtip, and replace on the marker.

Feel free to pin the graphic below to share these tips with your friends!

Need to know about changing nibs? Here you go:

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Mermaid Slumber Party Card

Sandy Allnock Mermaid Dreams Slumber Party Card

Mermaid Slumber Party Card

Sometimes a card just designs itself – today is one of those! I started by stamping the images on a long scrap of paper, just to see which of the Flora and Fauna critters works best as a mermaid, and which prefer to be unicorns. And when I saw them all lined up in a row – I thought, AHA! A slumber party! Yep, I went there! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

So am I crazy for coming up with an idea like this? No don’t answer. Let me live in my own little artsy world! Teehee!!

Supplies

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Punny Breakfast Tag Cards

 

Punny Breakfast Tag Cards

You guys know just how much I like puns, right? Well….Sunny Studio Stamps has some adorable ones – with BACON. #justsaying
Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Fun little bacon puns, right!? There’s also a “MY HEART” so you can make it a love card too.

Toast might be something I’ll be using for Toastmasters cards…..

DONUTS! Need I say more!?!?!?

Waffles. Just making me hungry! (They shoulda had chicken in the set too, don’t you think? Have you had chicken and waffles before?)

Supplies

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Coloring Frangipani in Copic Markers

Coloring Frangipani in Copic Markers by Sandy Allnock

 

Coloring Frangipani in Copic Markers

Fran-ji-pah-ni. I was unsure of the pronunciation so I googled – and wouldn’t you know, the internet will even tell you how to pronounce a rare word like that! Aside from the odd name….the flowers are pretty and come in lots of different colors…I chose (drumroll) yellow! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Look at the difference just three little leaves made….beautiful, no?

For my Bible journaling friends – this week’s video wasn’t just a flipthrough this time – it’s a watercolor tutorial 🙂

Supplies

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Birthday Chicks Card

Birthday Chicks card tutorial by Sandy Allnock

Birthday Chicks Card

A pile of falling chickies dressed in party hats is the perfect birthday card, right? Because yellow! And because cute. There’s some basic Copic tips in today’s video, and a fun idea to use dies to create an interesting look on a card front. Don’t skip the insides and envelopes! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The inside of the card sports CUPCAKES! Uh huh. Gimme a stack of purple cupcakes, put them in my tummy!

And the envelope is always a treat to add….it tells the recipient that it’s HAPPY mail!

Supplies

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Color a Fortune Cookie

Fortune Cookie Card by Sandy Allnock

Color a Fortune Cookie

This new die from Ellen Hutson is a simple one – but it’s not hard to make it look *spectacular* with a little Copic coloring! Pop it onto a clean and simple card along with a sentiment from the Fortune Sentiments set, and you’ve got a fun little card anyone would love to receive. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I kept my card really simple – just a popped partial black panel on a red base, and a simple white embossed sentiment! The cookie carries the design well!

Supplies

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AI Interactive Series #3: Twist Tie Cards

Twist Tie Cards by Sandy Allnock

This is part of a series this week with NEW interactive stamps and dies from Art Impressions…BIG thanks to them for providing them so I can show you – and you can decide which if any need to come home with you! (My apologies to your wallet!)

 

AI Interactive Series #3:  Twist Tie Cards

Cards with unique openings are something Art Impressions does well – they have lots of cool ideas! Twisting necks around each other is a brilliant idea….and I want to try using the stamps together without the die portion thingie sometime too, they’re cute. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

These are fun cards to make even if the stamping can be a tidge fussy – they’re totally worth it!

Supplies

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RAWR! Neenah vs Blending Card

RAWR! Neenah vs Blending Card

Over the years, lots of folks have asked me just what IS Blending Card and how does it differ from the Neenah I use? So I decided to show ya! There’s nothing wrong with either paper – but I’ll show you a side by side comparison with a simple image, and you can decide if you want to pick up a 10pack to try; it’s on sale, FYI. #justsaying! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Neenah is a more absorbent paper, a warmer white, and colors appear darker and richer. Edges of strokes seem to be softer.

Blending card (why isn’t it “cardstock”?) is a thinner paper, a cooler white. Colors seem lighter, but can be intensified with more coloring. Edges of strokes seem to stay more crisp.

Supplies

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Vienna’s Explosion Box Card (HBD to my girl!)

Vienna’s Explosion Box Card

Today is my girl Vienna’s birthday – so today….it’s a pup card! And since I haven’t STILL made an explosion box (I bought this die a YEAR ago!!), I figured…it’s time! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I decorated the box panels with the black and white patterned paper from Ellen Hutson – keeping the box all black and white (like Vienna!) except for the center “party” section.

I love that these really DO fold super flat; I was skeptical, but….gotta say, it’s true! It’s a one-stamp card.

 

Bible Journaling Challenge begins today!

Hope some of you will join in! Lisa, one of the folks planning to join in, started a Facebook group so we can share our work – some folks prefer a more private setting. There’s also an all-students all-classes Facebook group for students – a great place to share your work from ANY of my classes!

Supplies

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