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January 01, 2010

Happy New Year and video...

Happy New Year, fellow bloggers.  I hope yours is blessed and happy and fun and memorable.

I thought I would share a quick video after getting a lot of questions on how I colored these butterflies...


I did these very quickly with Copic Markers.  However, there is a big disclaimer here: The way I did the coloring here isn't the "correct" way to use Copics.  And this video doesn't go into details about the markers or even show a true technique.  It just shows how I quickly colored these butterflies.  Fast... with no big planning of colors... messy since I was cutting them out... etc.  If you are looking for "real" Copic Marker techniques, you can do a youtube search and get great help.  But, if you want to see how I did the butterflies above, here you go...

And here are the notecards I made for my mother-in-law with these butterflies.  All the cards are Hero Arts colored notecards turned inside out, so that the white is on the outside.  I embossed them all with Cuttlebug, Quickutz or Sizzix embossing folders.  I then used matching scraps and greetings from Papertrey Ink.  Simple and fun.  (Put on a good movie and color.  Take the colored butterflies to your son's swim lesson and cut them out as you watch. The butterflies will be done before you know it. :)

123109 Butterfly Cards

Here is a close-up of one of the butterflies.  This also shows the tad bit of glitter I added with a pen.  Just the right finishing touch...

123109 Butterfly Cards 2 

123109 Butterfly Cards 3

123109 Butterfly Cards 1
Supplies: Hero Arts butterfly stamps, Papertrey Ink greeting stamps, glitter pen, Hero Arts notecards, Cuttlebug & Sizzix & Quickutz embossing folders, black pen for antennae, Momentos Black Ink, Nennah Paper, Copic Markers.

Kay and I spent the day today making cards for the Cards for Kids card drive.  Some of the kids could use some extra encouragement right now, so the more cards the better.  We also made cards to send to Winter, who is collecting cards for St. Jude's.  Please check it out HERE.

Ok... off to make cookies with Audrey.  We plan to deliver them to some of Ken's mom's friends tomorrow.  Just spreading some smiles.



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love these. You make it look easy. ;) I love the embossing outside and the color inside; classy touch. I've resisted buying a machine, which would you suggest for only occasional use and embossing?

These are gorgeous, correct technique or not! Thanks so much for helping out Winter and for all the card drive organizing you do. I'm sure that these bless the families more than you'll ever know.

GORGEOUS!!!!! Love them all!!! Off to watch the video :)

Love your new header....all the butterflies are so stunning and look so pretty together!!! The card sets are a treasured gift and love the way you layered them up!! I enjoyed the video and I will always remember the quick coloring you have done with distress inks too. I love all your tips! Enjoy your treasured time with Kay. I just finished several cards for your card drive. Can't wait for our week!! Hugs,Kathy

Love Love Love the butterflies
cant wait to try them!

Love all of your cards! Thanks for the video- I just got a few copic markers for Christmas and loved your ideas for quick coloring! As always, your work is inspiring! :) Happy New Year!

Absolutely beautiful cards....lovin' the butterflies. Have a wonderful 2010!

Very Pretty Happy New Year!

Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful cards, Jennifer! LOVE them! Hope you have a wonderful new year! Hugs!

So what if it's not the "correct" way! It works for you and I like it! :-)

These are beatiful and another reason I need to invest in these markers!

the cuttlebug. cheap and easy to use. you can use other dies with it too. or the epic six from quickutz.

Jennifer how quick and easy these cards turned out.
I am falling in love with Copic markers. I have a
feeling this will be my new...must have in 2010.

Thanks for sharing the video.

Sandi N.

Hi Jennifer! These are so make things look so easy...and when I try to replicate...well...lets just say..I wish you were my neighbor! gez! phat phingers maybe? lol...but I keep trying! Happy new year to you and yours! from chilly MI! cher
thanks for all the videos...I never miss any!

Jennifer such darling cards! Enjoyed your video! All the best to you and your fam for 2010!

BEAUTIFUL butterflies and cards...TFS :)

Wow! These are incredible! Thank you for fresh ideas, and thank you for being so generous how it's done.

Cute cards! What a neat gift.

happy new year!
These cards are beautiful!

Happy 2010!
Such gorgeous card! Eye-candy!

Happy New Year Jen!! Those cards are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us.
I so so want to get cuttlebug machine now!

Nice and easy!! Not just for hair...;)

Happy New Year Jennifer!!!!!

Gorgeous butterflies, I've known for some time how magnificent those copic markers are, unfortunately they are waaaaaay off my budget. But, that stamp set I can buy, beuaitufl butterflies!

I so love these butterflies! What a great way to make quick cards - I need to practise on that to make more cards for the Drive and Winter`s! Happy New Year!


thanks for sharing your technique with this video. the butterflies are stunning!

Great cards. love them all. Happy New year.

Happy new Year ..

Love those butterflies! Thanks for the Copic tips. :)

Happy New Year Jennifer, I never get tired of looking at these butterflies. Thanks for showing us again. The copic colors really pop. TFS!!! Great composition.

Happy New Year to you too! I'm looking forward to another year followoing your blog, getting inspiration out of the projects you make.

Happy New Year, Jennifer to you and your family! I love the colored butterflies.

beautiful butterflies!! thanks for the video!

Well if this is incorrect then man oh man, I wish I could color as incorrectly as you do. These cards are stunning and your butterflies are gorgeous.


There you go thinking outside the box! Turning the cards "inside out" was very clever! I'm wondering -- if one would sand the color, will the white core appear?

These are gorgeous!!! On this very cold morning - love the color and thought of spring.:)

yep, it will!

Gorgeous cards! I love how simple and quick they are. Totally doing this for some family. Thanks for the great idea Jennifer! ;)
- April

These are just gorgeous! My goal is to make a set of note cards for the next gift I need to give--thanks for the inspiration, always :) Happy New Year.

I love these butterflies. I am not-so-patiently waiting for and order containing several of the new clings and this set with the butterflies. I don't have Copics but will use other markers in wild colors. With below zero weather and above average snowfall so far this winter, the pretty butterflies lift my spirits. Must make some to send to others

So beautiful!

I really love butterflies. Butterfly was the first word I learned in English when I was about 6 and we had some American visitors.

Who cares which is the right way or the wrong way - the important thing is to create beauty and that is exactly what you have done with these butterflies. AND I love that you did a visual for us. You have made these to be unique - way to go - absolutely love them. Can't wait to try this myself. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

What an astounding array of beauty on your blog today! Thanks so much for this video and all of your videos that keep me inspired and trying new things.
Blessings to you!

The cards are so colorful and striking. LOVE LOVE LOVE the butterflies. No Copic markers here, but I love my colored pencils and Gamsol, so I can see myself coloring and blending. Now the cutting - well I'm not so patient with that. But Jana did inspire me to choose a "word of the year" and Patience is it - So I could try to use my word and cut away.
Happy New Year, Jennifer. May 2010 be a good year.

Perfect technique or no, these are gorgeous!

Those are some beautiful butterflies. Thanks for sharing your technique with us. I've been thinking about finally getting into the Copic markers. I just might have to bite the bullet now w/ those results.


Love the cards, Jennifer. I've bought several Copic markers but have been a little afraid of them since I don't know the "right" way to use them. So your video was perfect for me. Showed me that I can use them whether I know how or not. Thanks!

Jenn, love your copic quickie method, thanks for sharing. The butterfly cards look stunning, I will certainly be pinching this idea, when I need a card in a hurry!

Thanks for the video, I love that you make it look great even though it's quick! I'm sure the recipients of your card sets were thrilled, I would be :)
I can't wait to try this out! Happy New Year :)
~Rachel in Sacramento

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