Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Distress Ink Pads and Copic Marker Match Up

I hope all is well with everyone.  Today I have something for you that I hope you will find helpful.  I searched all over the internet for a chart or a list that has copic markers matched up with the Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pads.  There was not one anywhere that I could find.  So I had to make my own!
 I finally completed my collection of the inks and started thinking it would be nice to have matching markers.  The problem was, I have over 300 Copic markers, I DO NOT need to buy any other markers.  So the easy fix for this problem would be to purchase the Tim Holtz Distressed Markers but I can never seem to do what is easy!!  :)
Another advantage of making this chart, for me, is that when I travel to scrapbook (which is almost always) I won't feel the need to take all 300 of my Copics.  I can take the 48 that match my ink pads, surely that will be enough!
Here is the chart that I came up with.  If you want to right click and copy it you can. It is a JPEG file, so if you want me to email it to me then just leave a comment and I will do that.  Please read the information below the chart for more details.
Here is the link to the PDF:
One of the things you might notice is some of the matches are not perfect.  Well, that is because the Copics are not made with the same inks as Ranger uses for the Distress Inks.  Distress inks are a water based ink and Copics are alcohol based, so if they are a perfect match then lucky us! :)
Some of the colors, no matter how many colors of Copics I have, still don't really match in my opinion but I think you would be able to get away with using them together.  I am afraid that one thing that might have affected some of the matching was the florescent lights in my studio.  PLEASE!  If you know of a better match than what I have then please share it with me as I will be tweaking this chart to get it as close to perfect as possible.
Another thing to consider - if a Copic is a good match but is a lighter shade, it might take a few overlapping strokes to get the copic to the shade of the ink pad.
There are a few of the colors, you will notice, that have two Copic numbers listed.  That is because neither are a perfect match but both were too close not to list.  I have put an asterisk * next to the one of the two that is used in the sample.
You will also notice that there are 3 colors at the bottom of the column farthest on the right that have a square sample for the ink pad and a number sign #.  I do not own these colors so I found sample off the internet to match them with so the actual inks may vary, so a better match may exist.
This was a time consuming process! I went through several charts before I came to this one and I am sure I will be second guessing the colors on this one.  So, if I make changes, I will post the newest version.  Also, I will try and figure out how to post it as a PDF.  That will probably make it easier to download.  If you know anyone else that might be able to make use of it then please send them to my blog!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Whimsy Side of Easter

He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Christ's resurrection is certainly the real Easter celebration but I am in the mood for spring and all that it brings along with the renewal of life that Christ's resurrection brings.  It was 84 degrees here yesterday and all the birds (and bugs) came out to see what was going on.  The chirping and scurrying about of critters is giving me a bad case of spring fever!  So I decided I wanted to do a little decorating in anticipation of Easter.
Thanks to the amazing talents of Mary at SVG I was able to create this adorable little Easter village.  It is from the set "Cottontail Village."  I have really been in the mood to "build" so this really caught my eye.  You can find the cutting files and a video on how to assemble each little house at  They even have a special going on this week, purchase at least 9.98 of other cuts, add the Cottontail Village and then add FREEGIFT to your shopping cart and you get 6.99 discount!  It was not hard to purchase another $9.98, I got some other Easter things as well.
So, enough babbling, here is the cute little village:
I am no photographer so forgive the bad lighting and blurry images :)  Each of these is not only a cute little house, but a box as well.  It could be filled with Easter goodies and given to a child or even one of your trues! (that would be a bestie, if you don't know what a true is)  I will be using mine as decoration on my dining room table, I think. 
The Mushroom House.  I am pretty sure a darling little field mouse lives here and it stores food for winter up in the cap of the mushroom to help get it through winter so it doesn't have to come into my pantry :)
I was trying to think of another critter to build this one for then I realized, I live in the country...there needs to be plenty of housing for mice to keep them out of mine :)
The Egg House. It is obvious, (isn't it) who lives here.  The Easter Bunny!  Can't you see the little bunny over the door? If not it's because of my blurry picture, sorry)  This bunny has been spiffing up it's house in preparation for the big day.  It will be dropping by your house giving you eggs and chocolates. What a small gesture considering all that Jesus has given us.