Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Happy Birthday Zack! Love You a Cha-Million!

Our oldest grandson Zack is 21 years old today! How in the world did that happen? The world rolls by so fast these days. Nevertheless, we are so proud of Zack - he is a senior honors student at his university, and works in the biology lab there where a very cute chameleon has imprinted on him!

I stamped and colored this panel 5 times. This was mostly because I am so out of practice using my Copics. I had forgotten that the best ink to stamp an image that will be colored with alcohol ink markers is Memento. I actually tried a couple of others first, but they ran when I colored over them. Then my Memento Tuxedo pad is apparently old and tiny pieces of the pad were sticking to the stamp and making ink clumps on the image. Do you ever have days like that? I finally found a mini Memento pad that worked fine. These are the Copic colors I used.

I used an embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp, and to prevent embossing the main image, I used an embossing diffuser. I had an old one from Cropstop that has a rectangle opening. 

I checked and it is still available. There are also embossing diffusers available from Tim Holtz by Sizzix. The way you use them is to use the diffuser in place of a cutting plate when you run it through your die cutter. Place the opening of the diffuser over the part of your panel that you do not want embossed. Otherwise the sandwich should be the same as when you are dry embossing normally.

Here is our handsome grandson and his adorable Chameleon buddy. Happy Birthday Zack!

Products used:
Darcie's Heart & Home POL520 One in a Cha-Million
CropStop Embossing Diffuser
SSS SF220 Leaf Bundle Embossing Folder
The Greetery Crimped Frame Dies
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers: RV55 Hollyhock,
RV52 Cotton Candy, R20 Blush,
YG21 Anise, YG23 New Leaf,
YG61 Pale Moss, YG63 Pea Green,
BG11 Moon White, E71 Champagne,
E23 Hazelnut
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
Stardream Fuse Fairway cardstock


  1. Wonderful card! And wonderful photo of your grandson. I've never heard of this nifty embossing device. Just might have to look in to getting one! Thanks for sharing their use.

  2. PS, I laughed over your old ink pad. I recently replaced mine as it was pretty beat up (black Momento as I use Copics a LOT!) and it stamps WAY better than my old one. Huge difference.


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