Copic Airbrush System

Copic Airbrush System

I just bought my first Copic Airbrush System! I chose the ABS-1N, which includes everything I need to become an airbrushing pro…well, that and a little practice. Here’s what’s in the kit: 

  • Air Grip
  • Air Adaptor
  • Air Can 180 (40-45 minutes of air time)
  • Air Hose
  • Air Can Holder

I tried it today on a pretty image called Pure Prairie Bouquet by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. I used a digital image, which I sized to a fit on a 5″x5″ piece of cardstock (the finished card is 6″x6″). I then printed out two copies and sent one copy through my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a “mask.” A mask is an cut-out duplicate of the image you want to colour. I placed it directly over the image, and then used my airbrush to create a blue background.

Let’s Add a Special Effect

To create a special effect, I put a few drops of Copic Colorless Blender on the corner of an old facecloth and dabbed it over the airbrushed area.

Next, I removed the mask and coloured the image with my Copic markers.

Here’s how it turned out… I would love to hear your comments and creative suggestions.

Pure Prairie Bouquet

A birthday card and a special gift for Ashleigh

Gloria 2010I just got back from our annual craft sale and I didn’t buy anything!! Well, I did spend a dollar for 20 sheets of design paper.Talk about restraint! A friend has been organizing this annual event for the past five years and it’s a great way for all of us crafters to declutter our craft rooms. . . so we can make room for more craft supplies. It’s an addiction, I tell you. And I AM HOOKED!

Anyway, I’ve been so busy crafting that I haven’t had much time to blog. For starters, I have regular card customers who keep me busy all year round. And, this year our family is celebrating some really exciting events for which I am making very special cards.

Frame_Ashleigh Cu 2012

My beautiful and completely wonderful granddaughter, Ashleigh, just turned 20 in May and is graduating from college on June 25.

I made her this little book, filled with pages of questions for her to answer–questions all about her! I titled it, “Me at 20.”

When she’s finished filling in all the answers she can tuck the book away and take it out again when she turns 25 or 30.

Ash 20th Birthday Mini-album

It will fun for her to see her “Me at 20” answers. The book contains questions such as, 1) what do you like best about yourself; 2) what was your favourite/worst thing about college; 3) who is your favourite singerand/or band; 4) what do you think is the best invention, ever; and 5) what could you do to make the world a better place. There were lots and lots of other questions, but these are just a few examples.

For this project I used my Zutter Bind-it-all, which I got at a going-out-of-business sale for $30, complete with a few boxes of the binding wires. Now, THAT is a deal!

Shown below is the title page.

Ash 20th Birthday Mini-album title page

Here is a sample page–this is page one, which gives her a place for a photo of herself at 20.

Ash 20th Birthday Mini-album page one



Here is the purse card I made for Ashleigh–another Silhouette Cameo project, and a great place to tuck a cash gift! The second photo below shows a close-up of the key that I attached to the handle of the purse because that’s where Ashleigh carries her keys, so she doesn’t have to dig through her GREAT BIG purse to find them!

Purse Card Front Purse Card CU of Key Purse card inside open

Happy Birthday, once again,  Ashleigh! Keep the celebration going as long as  you can!!

Important message to my readers

Important message to my readers,

Gloria 2010It’s been three years since I first started blogging about the Silhouette Cameo. As an early adopter of the Cameo, there wasn’t anywhere to turn for help and, as most of you know, the on-line user’s manual isn’t very helpful. Through trial and error and many many hours of research, I gradually mastered the basics and began to create some really cool projects. I blogged about my Cameo successes and failures, and soon started to receive questions from Cameo-owners all over the world. Over the years, I have answered thousands of questions from my readers and, in the process, I have been challenged to continue learning, experimenting and researching the ins-and-outs of the Silhouette Cameo. Today, with almost 100,000 crafters visiting Globug Ideas every year, it has become impossible for me to respond to every request for help. I will, however, continue to read your e-mail and to answer as many of your questions as possible. I will focus on questions that I haven’t seen before so that I can continue to provide you with new information. All of my Silhouette Cameo articles will remain posted for you read anytime you need help. I hope that you will also continue to help each other, by sharing your expertise in the comments. Following below is a link to an article that I posted last year right at the end of December. It contains links to several articles which will be helpful to both new and experienced Cameo users. Thank you being part of the Globug Ideas experience! I hope you will come back often!

Did you get a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas?

How to deal with sticky cutting mats.

Like a warm tongue on a frozen metal post…talk about a sticky mess!!

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Does this look familiar?

This is my new cutting mat. Do you think it’s sticky enough?

I’m a Cameo-owner and I recently bought two new Cricut cutting mats to replace my three-year-old Cameo mats. Yep, they are interchangeable.

So, there I was all excited to have a brand new cutting mat. After spending a considerable amount of time creating the shapes I wanted to cut out for a special card I was making for a customer, I attached a sheet of Stampin’ Up Whisper White card stock to the mat and sent it to the Silhouette. The cutting job was perfect! Unfortunately, getting the shapes off the mat–not so perfect.

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The glue on the mat was so strong, that the card stock wouldn’t come off the  mat even with the use of a scraper.

Sheeesh, whatta mess!

Well, I took that sticky mess and plunged it right into a sink filled with hot water. Next, I peeled off all of the bigger pieces and picked off the residual crumbs of paper, I then laid a 12″x12″ sheet of heavy scrapbooking paper on the mat and pressed it down hard with the palms of my hands and then pulled it off. I repeated this several times until I had achieved the right stickiness level (I hoped). The outcome: it worked!!!

By the way, Silhouette Cameo mats are also too sticky when new. I bought the Cricut mats because they were half the price of the Silhouette mats. I’m not favouring one brand over the other, just sharing my experience in the hope of helping other crafters prevent a similar situation. But, all’s well that ends well–and I’ve learned something new!


Silhouette Cameo blade settings for paper, vinyl and metal!

Gloria 2010Cameo-owners, everywhere, read this post!

I wish I could take credit for it, but, I cannot. I found this great post, Silhouette Cameo blade settings for paper, vinyl and metal, on Scrap-a-doodles. But, the bottom line in the crafting world is CASE: Copy And Share Everything!!

Be sure you look at the whole article, right to the very bottom! I know you will find it helpful.