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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Pink, glorious pink at Ladybug Crafts Ink!

Our Head Ladybug this week has charged us with creating a card using pink plus one other colour. I have chosen "white" - now some have said this is not really a colour, but I wanted to use it with this cardstock I've had in my stash for years. It has glitter pre-glued on it too - and you know how much Kerry loves her glitter! I'd do anything to please her! We aren't expecting anyone to join in with our Tuesday challenges yet but do feel free to join in if you'd like. You know I love visiting your blogs and seeing your creations so if you do want to join in, either link them in my comments section or put your link in Kerry's post. If you haven't got any Ladybug Craft Inks stamps yet (and why not, might I ask?!!), you can get them here.

See the other gorgeous DT's cards here:
Kerry recently had a post asking about cs that minimises bleeding from Copics. I use Sir Stampalot's Copic Premium Seriously Smooth cs so I sent her a couple of sheets to try and she kindly sent me 3 different cs to test. So I decided to do a test with all four.

You can't see how well the Copics performed in the photograph, but here are my results. I used bright pinks that I find can bleed quite badly. When using strong colours I colour slightly within the line so that the colour has a little space to bleed up to the line but not over it (if that makes sense!!).
  • Neenah's - this is white with a tendency towards grey. I found that it bled quite quickly even when I coloured slightly within the line. It is also quite thin which doesn't suit my style of cutting the image out.
  • Ryman's Bright White - the whitest of the bunch. A bit stark, but quite good depending on the style of your card (I wouldn't use it for shabby chic/distressed style cards) and it was excellent at showing the Copics at their truest colours and passed my bleed test. Nice and thick too. I would definitely use this again if I was creating CAS / contemporary / modern styles.
  • Sir Stampalot's Copics Premium Seriously Smooth white - I rarely get bleeding with this especially if I colour in slightly within the line. It's a thick cardstock too so great for cutting out the images, although can create big creases if you wanted to shape the image (I sometimes use a rounded end tool to give the image more movement). Some people might prefer this to Ryman's because it's off white
  • Reeves (Tesco) - this was practically the same as Sir Stampalot's. It is slightly less thicker, which isn't a bad thing if you want to shape it and it passed the bleed test very well. I actually used this one on my card!
I don't know how much the other cost, but Sir Stampalot's is very reasonable at £2.50 for 10 sheets. I would definitely go for Ryman's and Reeves too if they are a similar price. So there you go, Mary J's advice on cs for Copics - hope that was useful! If you have a favourite cs that you use, please share your views by leaving a comment - I'll collect them all into one post for everybody.
I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies paper pack
Stamps: Original Nikki
Mediums: Copic markers, Glamour Dust (on the butterflies on Nikki's dress), Glossy Accents (on Nikki's sunglasses) Accents: chipboard tag, ric rac ribbon and floss from stash, Doodlebug spot ribbon, American Crafts rub on sentiment

Tools: Nestabilities label die (inside card), Fiskars border punch, Corner Chomper


Kerry said...

I asked for 95% pink and I think I got 99% lol. I knew I could count on you Mary J :-D Original Nikki looks fab in pink. Great cs comparison..the Tesco's paper was about £3 for 50 sheets and Ryman's bright about £6ish for 50 but Ryman's were buy 2 get one free at the time so a bit of a bargain to be had!

Rusty said...

Absolutely beautiful, even if it is pink (cough splutter) your cards are so beautiful and inspirational xxx and thanks for the info RE card! xx

theCook said...

That's a very nice hot pink! Thanks for the paper comparison!

pinky said...

Wow so much pink, brilliant!! Loving the brightness of it all, pure pink perfection!! I use the Tesco stuff all the time and its brill even with pencils.

Annette said...

SHOCKING!!! pink that is, your card is fantastic, think I will have to have to get my copics out, great work Annette

Pami said...

Wow what a fabulous girly card this is! Right up my street! Love it. Thanks for the tips on the paper, its really useful. Pami x

Ann Whitfield said...

Great card Mary and thank you for the card comparisons too, very useful. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Ann's - I hope we'll see you again for the new one on Friday.
Ann x

Michelle said...

It's pink so you know I'm gonna love it!!
This is a gorgeous card, I love the image and the inside is just as beautiful.
Thanks for linking up to "Make It Monday".

Michelle :-)

chris said...

Wow Pink perfection, its fabulous. hugs chris xx

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

So pretty in pink! I love how girly this is and the image is adorable.
I colour with ProMarkers which also bleed a bit and I use 250g printing paper. It's stark white and quite thin so it's easy to cut. It costs about 20 euros for 250 sheets.

Lisa Jane said...

wowzer Mary J - its definitely PINK lol.. well done ! I love i... Nikki looks Pretty in Pink and the glitter well its glitteriffic!
Lisa ;)

Anita said...

Fantastic card Mary j and Nikki is beautiful. Your dp is so pretty and I love all that pink with just a tiny touch of the white.

Whimsey said...

What a great card; you really rocked the pink! Adorable!! So glittery and sparkly and beautiful!

Thanks for testing the helpful!!

funky farm scrapbook said...

Gorgeous!!! That hot pink is hot hot hot!!! I love the curved corners on your card! Brilliant :D

Monique said...

Lovin all the Pink Mary.. Just Fab!!

Sue Upson said...

Fabulous card, great papers and love how you have coloured her too, stunning!! Have you tried Gina K? If you mail me your address I'll send you a sample :-)

Roni said...

I use the Reeves pad from Tesco and I thought it was great to use and a lot more for your money especially when we need to watch the pennies!! I was lucky, I managed to get my pad in the sale for £1.75'ish??

Very classy card Mary J and I love the bling! Roni :O) xox

Roni said...

PS thanks for the info on the CS, very much appreciated!! Roni :O) xox

Cindy Haffner said...


Stephanie Kraft said...

Just darling, Mary! Love all the pink goodness!

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my this is beautiful, bright and cheery I love the bright shade of pink you have used and that image is fabulous, thank you for the comparisons on the types of papers that are best to use with Copics, also thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations
Lorraine x

KraftyKoolKat said...

Super hun, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's.

Dorcas said...

Nice job! Thanks for playing along at Creative inspirations. :-)

Cor* said...

Not as black as I'D LIKE to see, but hey, who am I! It's a great creation anyways, and thanks for the little tip on bleeding colors. Thank you so much for showing us YOUR pink & black creation at Creative Inspirations this week.

Silli said...

What a sweet image Mary, I love the colors..and thanks for the paper tip...HUGS

Claire said...

Gorgeous card, how pink is that lol!! Gorgeous image and thanks for comparison of those papers
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's and good luck, hope to see again next time too :-)
claire xx

Berenice R. said...

Such a nice card! Thanks for sharing :)

Sew-Ink said...

This is adorable, love the layout and I really love how you cut out Nikki and added her on the left side!

Irene Daryanto said...

Love your coloring, very pretty in pink dress.
Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations Challenge.
Hugs, Irene

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