Sunday, April 13, 2008

Some Q&A

I've had some questions lately that I thought I should answer here.
What is a craft sheet and what is pouncing?
A craft sheet is a non-porous sheet. Usually heat resistant and is useful for many techniques. The question was asked regarding THIS post. In this instance I turned my distress ink pad upside down and blotted (pounced for my lack of a better term) my ink pad into the craft sheet. I usually do this with more than one color and then spritz some water and dip my paper into it.
I was just wondering how you prevent the ink from smearing when heating? Do you have to cover it with a cloth of sorts so it won't get on the iron? I am confused and a beginner..sorry for the questions!
This question was in regards to my stamping on fabric. The ink really soaks into the fabric, so by the time I iron it, it is already dry. The heat just stablizes the ink so that it is permanent and will withstand washing.
I have a question...which is the best to start with - Ciao or Sketch? I don't know what the difference is and before I invest want some opinions.
Ahhh, Copic Markers, my favorite coloring tool. I would suggest starting with a few Ciao markers and see whether they are a tool you would like to learn to use. I say LEARN to use because there is a definite learning curve. It does take some practice, I have a couple of coloring tutorials on my sidebar. As for the markers. The Ciao and Sketch have EXACTLY the same nibs and EXACTLY the same ink. The difference is the barrel shape. The Ciao's are round and the Sketch are oblong. The current copic air brush system is set up for the sketch markers although with a couple of foam dimensionals you can tweak the system to fit the ciaos.
So my answer, try the ciaos first (they are far less expensive). Then if you feel you need a broader color selection you can start adding some sketch markers. I am now filling in some colors with the sketch markers that do not come in the ciaos.

I also want you to know about some fun coming up at Cornish Heritage Farms. We are having a "backgrounder blitz" set of challenges! Here are the deets as listed in the CHF Forums.

At CHF we’re pretty excited about our backgrounders. So flexible, so fun, so many ways to use them…we just love them. We know you love them too! We’ve decided to have a little fun with them and have a week-long Backgrounder Blitz.

What’s that you ask? The week before the next backgrounder release, we’re going to be focusing on innovative ways to use backgrounders and we’ll have daily challenges with designer samples. We’d love you to play along too! Design some backgrounder projects and upload them to our CHF gallery. The more samples you upload the better, because it increases your chances of winning some backgrounder stamps. Each day, two names will be randomly drawn from the Backgrounder Challenge submissions and each winner will receive a backgrounder stamp. Sound like fun?!

Now because we really want you to play along…we’re giving you some advance notice of the challenges. That way you can work around YOUR schedule. We know how busy life gets. It doesn’t really matter when you create your challenge designs…you can start now. Simply upload the challenge card or project to our gallery on that challenge date for a chance to win.

The Backgrounder Blitz kicks off next Friday evening in the CHF Forums. Make sure you stop by for a chance to win then as well. Challenges start on Saturday April 19, and follow through each day including Friday April 25, the release date for our new latest backgrounders. The list of challenges is below. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have on this thread.

I hope you can join us!

Saturday April 19th – Our first backgrounder challenge (BC01) - A sketch challenge by Lisa Strahl

Sunday April 20th – Challenge #2 (BC02) – Partial backgrounder stamping – fading or stamping part of a layer

Monday April 21st – Challenge #3 (BC03)– Backgrounders stamped on anything but paper…you CAN use paper…just make sure at least one backgrounder is stamped on something besides paper

Tuesday April 22nd – Challenge #4 (BC04) – Backgrounder Smooches – Kissing Technique with backgrounders

Wednesday April 23rd– Challenge #5 (BC05) – Double Time – using two or more backgrounders

Thursday April 24th – Challenge #6 (BC06) – Masking

Friday April 25th – Challenge # 7 (BC07) – Anything but a card - Use backgrounders to create anything but a card & RELEASE DAY

Rules: • Use Cornish Heritage Farms Backgrounders
• Upload your project to the Cornish Heritage Farms Gallery using the appropriate keyword
• Please post a link to your design back in the CHF forum thread for that day
• You can create as many designs as you wish for each challenge
• Have fun!

Here's the sketch for our Saturday April 19th Sketch Challenge...

Hope you can join in!

1 comment:

Juanita B said...

WOW, great Q&A! You are such a helpful person and I find that in the majority of stampers/ bloggers.
The CHF week sound like big fun. TFS.