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All images, Notecard, Twinkle Stickers, Creative Candy Clear Circle Sticker, and Patterned Papers all by A Muse Art Stamps; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Alcohol-based Sketch Markers by Copic; Black Gingham by May Arts; Metal Charm (source unknown); 1" Circle Punch by EK Success

I made this card quite a while back, when working with the new A Muse images, before they were released.  It occurred to me that the "robot kid" image might possibly serve as a tin man, with a little tweaking, in this little idea I had for re-creating a Wizard of Oz scene  . . . I just need a little scottie dog to complete the scenario . . . "Oh, Liiiiiiiinda . . . " *chuckle*  Anyhoo, when I inked robot kid up, I simply omitted the top portion of his head, so I could hand-draw a more tin man-like "hat" for him.

Remember the Wicked Witch’s gazing ball?  That’s where the crystal sticker came in.  By sheer dumb luck, I happened to have a little charm in my stash that looked like slippers.  It was an antique gold color, which of course, would have to be altered!   So, I actually colored it with a Copic marker, CUZ THEY WORK ON METAL!!!  (slap m’self on the forehead–DO’H!!!)

See what I mean below:


I just had to put Mini Red Twinkle Stickers on ‘em, too!

I’ve seen the question, "What makes Copic markers so special?" a few times over on Splitcoast, so, I figured I’d post the very answers I’ve given over there, right here, too.

Copic markers are:

  • Alcohol, not water-based; they dry fast and are non-bleeding–because of this, depending on the coloring technique, you can also avoid brush stroke lines and achieve a smoother, seamless coloration. They also do not pill the paper, like water-based markers will, if you color over a section repeatedly.  They also won’t "lift" onto your finger tips, if they happen to be damp and you touch a colored area.  Don’t know how many times I have accidentally transfered water-based to some other undesirable area on a project and ruined it . . . (insert rolling eyeballs, and teeth-gnashing)
  • Available in a wide array of formats (dual-ended nib styles)
  • Refillable, making them a "lifetime" marker
  • Various nibs styles can be optionally purchased and swapped out on the barrels, allowing greater artistic capabilities
  • Available in a tremendous array of colors
  • Capable of being used on metal and plastic, not just paper
  • More light-fast/fade resistant than water-based
  • Blendable, again, depending on the coloring technique used

They can’t be used for watercoloring, of course, nor for inking up stamps like you can with water-based markers (the ink dries too fast).

Alcohol-based markers aren’t "better" than water-based; they’re just different! *wink*

You can do certain things with alcohol-based, that you cannot with water-based, just as vice-versa.  Depending on your desired effect, one will perform the job where the other cannot.

Now, I could blabber on and on, but, seriously?  Copic already features some fantastic FAQs, which I highly recommend reading, right HERE.

Linda’s a huge fan of Copic, as is my buddy Ellen.  You can order Copics (bullet/chisel tip Regular Markers) through A Muse (Linda has listed her favorite and most-oft used colors), or via Ellen Hutson, LLC. (brush/chisel tip Sketch Markers).  Ellen has devoted quite a bit of time to selecting colors that closely match Stampin’ Up!’s 48 colors, so if that’s important to you, be sure to stop in at Ellen’s.  The Sketch Copics can also be used with the Airbrush system, whereas others cannot.  I haven’t delved into air-brushing yet, but, must admit that I am intrigued . . .

Marker Storage:  Guess what?  I don’t have a great answer for this! *chuckle*  Right now, I have my markers separated by colors, i.e. blues, greens, yellows, reds, etc. in little marker/pencil pouches.  I may get a few empty Copic Marker Wallets; because I teach classes, these might make it easier to travel with my markers, and it serves as an easel, too, due to the construction of it and the velcro.  But, then, I’ve also seen some other very cute possibilities, too–Linda has this darling caddy–like a silverware caddy that she uses in her home studio.  It has a handle, and, well, it’s pretty darn cute, and who doesn’t like cute?  LOL!

"That’s all I have to say ’bout that."–Forrest Gump

At least, for the moment . . . got another deadline hangin’ over me, and must get back to the salt mines . . . *wink*


  1. OH, MY GOODNESS, I love this card!!!!!
    I don’t do Halloween because I haven’t had a trick or treater in over 12 years. Your card is PERFECTION!! The Wizard of Oz is such a happy story. Thank you for this masterpiece!!!

  2. This is so creative and well done. I am in awe!

  3. I’ve collected Wizard of Oz items for years now (won’t say how long…ugh…aging stinks!)–but this would make a SUPER addition to my collection (if you want my snail mail addy…hint hint!) What a cute and clever idea! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity–oh the things that must go on in that mind of yours…. Have a good one!

  4. OMGosh Julie – I LOVE this! Sooo clever to make the robot kid into the tin man!

  5. Super fun card Julie!! You are getting me excited about the Fall which is my favorite season!!

  6. Sooooo cute…the shoe charm just finishes off the card! Awesome!

  7. UUUUBER. FREEKIN’. CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. In the words of a very wise woman, “THUD”! That is just too stinkin’ cute!

  9. Just too CUTE!

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