Sunday, February 18, 2018

Watercolor Hydrangea and a Craft Chat on Cameras and Photography

 
Hello Crafters! 

Late night post here. 
Why?
Well... I slept all day. 
No really, I was so confused when I woke up and it was dark out. 
I guess I'm still recovering from last week's cold. 

Fortunately, I did have the energy to play a bit in the craft room. 


I had previously posted a Magnolia I painted with the new Hero Arts Liquid watercolors but I didn't film it. It was the first time I used them and honestly I just wanted to play haha. 

I did get my second attempt on film for you guys though :) 


I stamped down this beautiful Hydrangea stamp from Gina K designs in Barely Beige ink from Simon Says Stamp so the end result would be more realistic. 
That ink is amazing for a no line look!


You may also notice these photos look a bit different than usual. 
It was necessary to get an accurate view of the card. Taking pictures of soft colors is hard work! 

I'm talking about that and answering a few questions I've received about photography and staging in the video below. 


Even though I didn't know it in the video I did look it up haha. 
The Video Camera I use is a Samsung F90

I did find it has been discontinued by Samsung. This one from Canon appears to be very similar. 

The camera I use for photos is a Nikon Cool Pix S4000.

However, like I said in the video some people don't need all the extras. My stuff certainly isn't top of the line but it works for me. 


I hope you found some information worth having whether it was on the photography end or the watercolor end. Maybe both? :)

Thanks for stopping in!





Supplies:

Gina K Designs HEARTFELT HYDRANGEA
Gina K Designs HEARTFELT HYDRANGEA
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Simon Says Stamp Dye Ink Pad BARELY BEIGE
Simon Says Stamp Dye Ink Pad BARELY BEIGE
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Simon Says Stamp Dye Ink Pad SOFT NAVY
Simon Says Stamp Dye Ink Pad SOFT NAVY
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Strawberry
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Strawberry
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Dandelion
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Dandelion
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Moss
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Moss
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Pine
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Pine
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Deep Ocean
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Deep Ocean
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Indigo
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Indigo
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Mulled Wine
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Mulled Wine
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
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Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
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Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 2 Round
Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 2 Round
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Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 8 Round
Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 8 Round
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We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
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Darice 10 WELL PAINT PALETTE
Darice 10 WELL PAINT PALETTE
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hero Arts 2018 Blog Hop



Hello Crafters! 

I'm super excited to be joining Hero Arts for there 2018 Catalog Blog Hop!
If you've been hopping along then you already know that this release includes tons of amazing products. You can shop the entire catalog here
You should have arrived from the wonderful Rubeena's blog. I'll wait while you pick yourself up off the floor because she's just completely knocked you out. 
 If you're just stopping by you don't want to miss out on all the fun! 
You can start from the beginning at the Hero Arts Blog

Before we get into the cards (yep more than one!) just a friendly reminder to make sure you're leaving a bit of love along the hop. 
Hero Arts will be giving away three $50 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please  comment by Thursday, February 22nd at 11:59pm PT. The winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the week after commenting closes.  

If you follow me on Instagram than you have definitely gotten a peak or two of the following cards :) 


First up is this stunning Mermaid. I just though she was so beautiful, I had to color her. I used copic markers to color her and then used the coordinating die to cut her out. 


For the background I used the new Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors. Once they were dry I placed the new Sea waves Stencil on top and pressed my Hero Arts Unicorn White through the stencil to create the "spray" look" 
The sentiment is from another new mermaid release called Mermaid Kisses. So cute! 

I couldn't stop using those liquid watercolors at just a background so...


I stamped down the Flowering Magnolia stamp in Antique Linen Distress ink and set to work. I combined Mulled Wine and Strawberry to get the pretty pink you see in the petals. 


Once the first flower was dry I masked it and stamped another. I used a slightly darker version of the same colors for the second flower since it's tucked behind. 

Last but not least you know we aren't getting through this release without a scene right?
Good to know you know me :) 


I stamped several of the characters and accessories from Storytime and In The study to create my scene. To complete the look I stamped the new Bookshelf stamp in the background using Soft Sand ink. 


I wanted the Bookshelf stamp to complete my scene but not steal the show so I opted to just leave it soft. I did all the coloring with Copic markers before finishing it off with one of the best sentiments ever. So true. Never too  many books! 

You can watch the whole card in the video below. It's a long one where I talk a bit about my first design team and what I've learned since then. 


Feel free to skip it, it's a long hop!
The video will be here :) 


Your next stop on the hop is the fantastic Libby Hickson. I can't wait to see what she made can you?! 

Here's the entire hop list in case you get lost along the way


The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kristina Werner
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Yana Smakula
Cathy Zielske
May Sukyong Park
Nichol Spohr
Michelle Short
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Lydia Fiedler
Heather Ruwe
Laurie Willison
Clare Prezzia
Iliana Myska
Emily Midgett
Janette Kausen
Jenn Shurkus
Sean Fetterman
Simon Hurley
Joan Bardee
Megan Hoeppner
Lisa Stein
Ilina Crouse
Amy Kolling
Rubeena Ianigro
Kelly Latevola
Libby Hickson
Lucy Abrams

Thank you so much for stopping by! 



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Mermaid: 

Hero Arts MERMAID Rubber Stamp
Hero Arts MERMAID Rubber Stamp
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Hero Arts Mermaid Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Mermaid Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil
Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil
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Hero Arts Mermaid Kisses
Hero Arts Mermaid Kisses
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Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad
Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Black Ink Pad
Hero Arts Black Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Strawberry
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Strawberry
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Deep Ocean
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Deep Ocean
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Indigo
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Indigo
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Mulled Wine
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Mulled Wine
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Sakura WHITE GELLY ROLL Medium Point Pens Set
Sakura WHITE GELLY ROLL Medium Point Pens Set
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EK Success WRITING PEN FINE TIP
EK Success WRITING PEN FINE TIP
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Sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS MACHINE Gray And White
Sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS MACHINE Gray And White
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
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Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker
ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock WHITE GLITTER
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock WHITE GLITTER
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock SOFT NAVY
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock SOFT NAVY
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Ranger STAR DUST Stickles
Ranger STAR DUST Stickles
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Copic Sketch Marker E50 EGG SHELL
Copic Sketch Marker E50 EGG SHELL
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Copic Sketch Marker e00 COTTON PEARL
Copic Sketch Marker e00 COTTON PEARL
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Copic Sketch MARKER E11 BARLEY BEIGE
Copic Sketch MARKER E11 BARLEY BEIGE
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Copic Sketch MARKER E04 LIPSTICK NATURAL
Copic Sketch MARKER E04 LIPSTICK NATURAL
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Copic Sketch Marker E53 RAW SILK
Copic Sketch Marker E53 RAW SILK
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Copic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL
Copic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL
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Copic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT
Copic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT
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Copic Sketch Marker BG11 MOON WHITE
Copic Sketch Marker BG11 MOON WHITE
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Copic Sketch Marker BG45 NILE BLUE
Copic Sketch Marker BG45 NILE BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker BG49 DUCK BLUE
Copic Sketch Marker BG49 DUCK BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker V01 HEATH
Copic Sketch Marker V01 HEATH
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Copic Sketch Marker V04 LILAC
Copic Sketch Marker V04 LILAC
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Copic Sketch Marker V06 LAVENDER
Copic Sketch Marker V06 LAVENDER
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Magnolia: 

Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia
Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Strawberry
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Strawberry
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Dandelion
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Dandelion
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Moss
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Moss
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Pine
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Pine
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Mulled Wine
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors Mulled Wine
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Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors ArtPrint Brown
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors ArtPrint Brown
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Hero Arts Raspberry Jam Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Hero Arts Raspberry Jam Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
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Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS
Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS
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Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 2 Round
Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 2 Round
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We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
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Neat and Tangled CRYSTAL CLEAR SEQUIN MIX
Neat and Tangled CRYSTAL CLEAR SEQUIN MIX
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Neat & Tangled


Story Time: 

Hero Arts Black Ink Pad
Hero Arts Black Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Intense Black Ink Pad
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Story Time
Hero Arts Story Time
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Hero Arts In The Study
Hero Arts In The Study
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Hero Arts Bookcase
Hero Arts Bookcase
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Hero Arts Soft Brown Shadow Ink
Hero Arts Soft Brown Shadow Ink
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Sakura WHITE GELLY ROLL Medium Point Pens Set
Sakura WHITE GELLY ROLL Medium Point Pens Set
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EK Success WRITING PEN FINE TIP
EK Success WRITING PEN FINE TIP
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
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SSS
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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3M 2 INCH WIDE POST-IT TAPE
3M 2 INCH WIDE POST-IT TAPE
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Judikins Eclipse ART MASKING TAPE
Judikins Eclipse ART MASKING TAPE
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Sakura METALLIC GELLY ROLL 3 Pack
Sakura METALLIC GELLY ROLL 3 Pack
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Copic Sketch Marker E50 EGG SHELL
Copic Sketch Marker E50 EGG SHELL
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Copic Sketch Marker e00 COTTON PEARL
Copic Sketch Marker e00 COTTON PEARL
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Copic Sketch MARKER E11 BARLEY BEIGE
Copic Sketch MARKER E11 BARLEY BEIGE
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Copic Sketch MARKER E04 LIPSTICK NATURAL
Copic Sketch MARKER E04 LIPSTICK NATURAL
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Copic Sketch Marker E53 RAW SILK
Copic Sketch Marker E53 RAW SILK
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Copic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL
Copic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL
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Copic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT
Copic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT
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Copic Sketch Marker E59 WALNUT
Copic Sketch Marker E59 WALNUT
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Copic Sketch Marker C1 COOL GRAY
Copic Sketch Marker C1 COOL GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER C3 COOL GRAY
Copic Sketch MARKER C3 COOL GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER C5 COOL GRAY
Copic Sketch MARKER C5 COOL GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER C9 COOL GRAY
Copic Sketch MARKER C9 COOL GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER 100 BLACK
Copic Sketch MARKER 100 BLACK
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Copic Sketch Marker BG11 MOON WHITE
Copic Sketch Marker BG11 MOON WHITE
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Copic Sketch MARKER BG72 ICE OCEAN
Copic Sketch MARKER BG72 ICE OCEAN
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Copic Sketch Marker BG75 ABYSS GREEN
Copic Sketch Marker BG75 ABYSS GREEN
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Copic Sketch MARKER BG78 BRONZE
Copic Sketch MARKER BG78 BRONZE
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Copic Sketch Marker YG93 GRAYISH YELLOW
Copic Sketch Marker YG93 GRAYISH YELLOW
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Copic Sketch Marker YG95 PALE OLIVE
Copic Sketch Marker YG95 PALE OLIVE
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Copic Sketch Marker YG97 SPANISH OLIVE
Copic Sketch Marker YG97 SPANISH OLIVE
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Copic Sketch MARKER YG99 MARINE GREEN
Copic Sketch MARKER YG99 MARINE GREEN
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Copic Sketch MARKER B06 PEACOCK BLUE
Copic Sketch MARKER B06 PEACOCK BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker B02 ROBIN'S EGG BLUE
Copic Sketch Marker B02 ROBIN'S EGG BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker W1 WARM GRAY
Copic Sketch Marker W1 WARM GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER W3 WARM GRAY
Copic Sketch MARKER W3 WARM GRAY
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Copic Sketch Marker W5 WARM GRAY
Copic Sketch Marker W5 WARM GRAY
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Copic Sketch MARKER W7 WARM GRAY
Copic Sketch MARKER W7 WARM GRAY
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Copic Sketch Marker E25 CARIBE COCOA
Copic Sketch Marker E25 CARIBE COCOA
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Copic Sketch Marker R20 BLUSH
Copic Sketch Marker R20 BLUSH
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Copic Sketch MARKER b95 LIGHT GRAYISH COBALT
Copic Sketch MARKER b95 LIGHT GRAYISH COBALT
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Copic Sketch Marker B99 AGATE
Copic Sketch Marker B99 AGATE
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Copic Sketch MARKER b04 TAHITIAN BLUE
Copic Sketch MARKER b04 TAHITIAN BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker B01 MINT BLUE
Copic Sketch Marker B01 MINT BLUE
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