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It’s the eleventh of the June, and that means it’s time for another Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup Challenge. We love to see what you’re making with our favorite products, so get into the craft room and link up your latest creations for a chance to win.

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I’ve been doing a lot of coloring this month, thanks to Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I finally had a go at these Coffee Talk images using a no line Copic coloring technique. I think they would be even better stamped in a pale gray instead of Memento’s Desert Sand. The tan was great for the bottom of the cups, but not so great for the lids. I did a pair of coffee drinks perfect for a husband and wife, then topped them with the the Mr. and Mrs. from All About Ampersands stamp set and one of the All About Ampersands dies.

I can’t wait to see what you’re making with these coffee stamps, so get those links up by June 18th.

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It’s June, and that means it’s time for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

I went a little nuts stamping, masking, and coloring these coffee drink images that Lil’ Inker Designs released just this week. It’s all done through the magic of masking and Copic markers. And maybe a little patience, because that’s a lot of drinks! When I drew the images for Laura at Lil’ Inker, I tried to keep in mind all the different kinds of cold and iced drinks coffee shops serve when the weather gets hot. I personally love iced coffee (Venti, 2%, three Sweet ‘n’ Low), but I’ve been known to get an iced green tea, or coffee frappuccino. So I had to include those and a few others, including a Thai Iced Tea, which has some awesome color swirling going on.

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Supplies for Treat Yo’ Self card

Stamps: Coffee Talk by Lil’ Inker Designs; Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo and Love Letter; Paper: white card stock, Coffee Break 6×6 pad from Prima; Other: Washi tape from Scotch, Copic Markers, Sentiment Flag die from Lil’ Inker Designs.

 

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Hi there! I’m excited to share a project with you for Pretty Pink Posh’s Watercolor Blog Hop. I took Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Card Makers class last year and I’ve been a watercoloring fool ever since. The inspiration hop was full of stunning cards, and the rest of the hop is shaping up to be just as awesome.

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Since it’s also National Donut Day, I watercolored a donut using a combination of Sakura Koi watercolors and Distress Inks, smooshed and brushed the background with Distress Ink, and added a few touches of gold in the sprinkles, sentiment, and washi tapes. It took a few layers of paint to get the donut looking right, taking a few days off in between to let it dry and work on other things. It’s definitely a challenging medium for someone who hates to wait, but the results are worth it.

Supplies for Donuts About You card

Stamps: donut from Hero Arts, sentiment from Eat More Donuts by Lil’ Inker Designs; Ink: Encore gold, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, and Tea Dye Distress Inks; Paper: white card stock, Bristol paper; Other: Side Stitched Rectangles dies from Lil’ Inker Designs, Wink of Stella Gold pen, washi tape from Scotch.

 

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wed-challenge-badge_zpsf506d7eeThanks to my brother-in-law’s awesome proposal skills, I’m getting a new sister-in-law next year! I think his fiancée is pretty fantastic, so I figure the guy needs a little congratulations and gratitude for bringing her into the family. I used my faceted cover up die and a few different papers to create a graphic, slightly masculine card. I even used glitter paper, which I wouldn’t usually consider masculine, but it totally works here because the color is so close to the kraft used for the card base. Even the sentiment (from the Girl’s Best Friend stamp set) has a little more edge, with the tall, angular font embossed on black.

I’m linking this up for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make It Masculine. And I’m hoping they do a feminine version, because I have something a bit more pretty in mind for my soon-to-be sister-in-law.

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It’s the last day of Lil’ Inker Designs June blog hop and I still have a few more new products to share with you, so let’s get the fine print out of the way:

  • Lil’ Inker Designs June release is available now!
  • The blog hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on the products, the hop order, and the blog hop prizes.
  • The last stop in the hop was our awesome, coffee-loving guest designer, Amy Tsutura.
  • We’re giving away three $15 Lil’ Inker store credits during the hop, so leave a comment here and on each of the designers’ posts to be eligible.

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First, a card using four fantastic new products: an Ombre Chevrons paper base, Alphabet Cover Up die cut from white card stock, a white panel made with the Embossed Dots Rectangles dies, and a watercolored sentiment from the Go Confidently stamp set. I masked off one of the lines on the sentiment so that it would be better balanced on my panel, stamped it with dye ink, then dipped a water brush into a few drops of the same ink to fill in the open letters. If you want to mount your intricate cover up die cuts with a some dimension, try rolling double-sided adhesive, like Scor-Tape, into long rolls. It won’t give you as much height as a foam adhesive, but it will fit behind some of the most narrow, intricate die cuts.

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You know I couldn’t make it through the hop without sharing another Coffee Talk card, right? This time I paired it with the fun Circles Banners and Embossed Dots Rectangles dies. The only think complicated about this card is my coffee cup, and only then because I just can’t leave well enough alone. I started by coloring my cup with Copic markers to look like iced coffee, then stamped the solid ice image a few times in dark brown. (Have you ever noticed that ice cubes floating in a creamy coffee look dark, but look lighter in a more transparent liquid? That’s why there are different kinds of ice cubes in this set: solid and outlined floating cubes, along with outlined square cubes to go in the bottom of the cup.)

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I drew the straw inside the cup with Copics, hiding it behind the ice cubes in a few places. I stamped the straw coming out of the cup with the same ink used for the sentiment, cut it out, and layered it on top of the cup so that it would look more realistic. The the whole thing got a coat of Glossy Accents and an extra dot from the Circles Banners die cut to look like a cup label.

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And that’s it for me, but there’s still a lot more inspiration to be found along the blog hop. Heather Hoffman is the next stop and she is sure to have something gorgeous for you, because that’s just how she rolls. Thanks for stopping by! We’ll have to meet up again soon for (paper) coffee.