Beate Johns answers your technique questions
Q: Tammy asked: "I have noticed that several artists use Copic® markers. I have the full set of markers from Stampin' Up!® and was wondering if there is a difference between the two, or just a preference?"
A: This is how our Copic tutorial writer Kathy Sanders explained the differences:"There are several differences between SU markers (which are waterbased) and alcohol/solvent based markers (of which Copic is one brand). Due to their alcohol base - these markers will not pill the paper when trying to shade (which means you can blend and layer colors on regular paper and achieve more professional results without streaks). They are waterproof (which means no smudging or smearing). They can be used on surfaces that water-based markers do not stick to (like plastic, glass, metal, fabric, and ribbon). Alcohol based markers are much more light-fast than water-based markers. Because they are a tool designed for professional graphic artists, they are refillable and have replacement tips (making them more economical in the long run). And, you can combine alcohol markers with other mediums, such as colored pencils, pastels and chalks. I personally have never been able to achieve the same vibrancy and blendability with water-based markers."
Feedback From Past Tutorials
Amber has suggestions for the flap card tutorial: "If you don't have a circular cutting system, try tracing the outside rim of a snack plate or large soup mug or bowl with a pencil and then cutting with scissors. Or, find the center and cut the sides down to form a "V" shape. I don't have Velcro® or magnets so I'm closing with the embellishment on the bottom up on dimensionals so that the flap will tuck under."