Why Rosie's Book?

While growing up, I had a dear friend, Renee, that lived next door and with whom I spent much of my childhood. We grew, in different directions, and went on our merry way. Many years later, I ran into her parents and they kindly reminded me of the laughs they still have over my book. “What book?” I wondered with a puzzled look. "I don't remember a book." Hardy laughter accompanied their response. At some time during our childhood, I tried to convince Renee about something that her parents didn’t agree with. I told her that proof of its truth could be found “in my book.” Naturally she went home and tried to convince her parents of the same thing but they weren’t falling for it. She needed an edge and told them emphatically, “It’s in Rosie’s book!” After they caught their breaths from reborn laughter, they let me know how “Rosie’s book” has been cited for many other things throughout the years. They’ve also mentioned that they’d like to see “Rosie’s book” one day. I can’t remember all of the things that I said were in “my book” but I’m sure my dear friend’s parents can recall much more than I ever knew about – LOL!!! So, here it is . . . my version of things you might find In Rosie’s Book . . .

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tag Art with Copics: Magnolia Circus Horse

The Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shakers Tag and Bookplates die is totally cool.  While I like using the size 8 manila tags, I love that I can die cut the same size tag out of various materials with ease.  Chipboard, grunge board, transparency, vellum, corrugated board, manila folders, fabric, felt, patterned paper . . . ahhh . . . it's all good.

I die cut a tag using Bazzill Smooth Extra Thick white card stock then embossed it with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Sheet Music.  Tim Holtz made a great suggestion to slice the texture fade embossing folder so the tag will slide through it for continuous embossing (see Tim's slicing instructions here).

I added drops of Copic various ink refills to a felt applicator and pounced color over the tag.  To soften the edges of the colors, I added drops of colorless blender to the felt applicator and pounced it over the colors.

Using a dew drop of Memento Tuxedo Black, I dragged the ink pad over the embossed areas to make the music notes show up better.

I stamped the Magnolia Circus Horse image from the Cozy Autumn Collection 2010 onto X-Press It paper.  Using coordinator colors, I began filling my image.

I'm really trying to make myself like X-Press It paper but it's just not cooperating with me.  The layers of Copic ink don't absorb into the paper, rather it seems that the ink lays on the surface.  Instead of the shades of colors blending, they just move around.  The more I add layers of colors, the more the ink puddles.  It's just not pretty.  The colorless blender is almost ineffective although I was able to get very faint swirls to show on the cloth over the horse's back.  It took far longer than it should have for minimal results.  In my frustration, I forgot to take a picture of the back of the paper.  I don't usually care about the back but noticed that the Copic ink just isn't absorbed well.  I'm very unhappy with the results of using Copics on X-Press It.  It feels as if the paper is fighting me, every step of the way, and it doesn't let me move the colors as I need to for the look I want.

Jami's freebie digi-download made up for it!  I'm thrilled that the wonderful Jami Bova, a.k.a. SgtStamper, created a fabulous set of digi-tickets with a variety of sentiments to use for any occasion.  That's not all!  Jami is so kind to share her beautiful work for our use!  (Find Jami's free digi-download here.)  I filled my printed ticket with coordinating Copics and doodled curls behind the sentiment.

Here's the completed tag that shows how I combined coordinating various ink refills with Copic marker colors.

Copics used:
BV11, BV13, BV17, BV29
Y11, Y13, Y15, Y26
BG10, BG13, BG15, BG49
E13, E15, E17, E29, E95, 100
T0, T6, T8


Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Love how you did that embossed background Rose!! So happy you enjoyed the ticket sentiment - it looks great with that beautifully colored horse!!

Donna said...

Rose, great job on the tag!!
Missed seeing you Sat. at the cove. Thought you were doing your smooch technique? Anyway, listen I am swamped right now, so if you want I left my monthly layout contest that I purchased at the cove, if you would like you can have mine so we both have an opportunity to win, left it with sue, and you can just give her the 5$, you can do the layout and I will do the card, so if you don't want to do it, then I will pick it back up and see if I get a chance to do it, I am one of those last minute people. I have enough to do this month, as I also signed up for the card swap. And i remember you saying you were disappointed that they were out of both.
Up to you, just let me know.