You may be wondering what the word "Kirarina" in my post title means ... Let me introduce you to one of my favorite new products from Imagination International Inc, the Copic marker distributor for North America!
- 2win – Water based/scented. Each marker is dual-tipped and features a light and dark shade of each color as well as both chisel and fine tips. Perfect for doodling. Works best on regular copy paper or stationery.
- 2win Oil based – Double-ended/fine and round nib markers featuring two colors on one pen; for use on any surface.
- WiNK – Multi-purpose/metallic pen with shimmery specks of glass; works on a variety of surfaces and looks great on light and dark surfaces.
- Cute – 3D, scented puff paint. Hand washable after 72-hour dry time. Can be used on paper crafts to add a bit of dimension to projects.
Today I am using the WiNK pen/marker and these are a few more of their attributes:
Kirarina WiNK is a multi-purpose pen that is compatible with a variety of surfaces including paper, photos, plastic and glass. The metallic ink allows you to add touches of color on dark surfaces and all 16 colors contain specks of glass (much like my beloved Atyou Spica Glitter Pens). Also included in the line are Silver and Gold Metallic (see note below):
For best results when working on absorbent surfaces, slow down so the paper has time to absorb the ink. Once opened, Kirarina WiNK should be kept stored horizontally to keep the flakes of glass evenly distributed (just like the Atyou Spica Glitter Pens). If you are having issues with ink flow, shake thoroughly and pump the tip.
The Caps: Not only are they a cute petal shape, but that shape keeps them from rolling off your desk AND they have the same child-safe feature of small air holes in them, like Copic's Ciao marker! (So if they should become lodged in one's throat, the holes allow for air to still pass through the cap).
Keep in mind these pens are similar to a paint pen so to start using them, shake several times (you’ll hear the ball rolling around mixing the ink and glitter), remove the cap and press the tip onto scrap paper a few times to begin the flow of color. As you are using the pens, you may need to shake them a bit more and re-press the tip to scrap paper as needed to keep the color flowing.
Here's how I created my card:
(All bold products are linked below in the supply section)
I embossed Bazzill Licorice Twist cardstock with Taylored Expressions Floral Vine embossing folder, then I started tracing/coloring over the raised embossed lines with the WiNK markers ... first with Lime Green on the flower stems:
Next, I used Grass Green on the leaves:
Then Dandelion and Orange on the first flowers:
Then Purple and Lavender:
Then Old Rose and Bordeaux:
To finish the flowers, I went back and added a few more Orange and Purple:
Finally, I used the AMAZING White Pearl on the dots between the flowers.
*** Folks, this white pen is absolutely the one you've been waiting for and the best white pen I have found on the market to date . . . I am so very thrilled to finally have a white pen/marker I can rely on to work time and time again (as opposed to the stack of other white pens I have that are either dried up, won't flow and just plain quit working)!! Can you tell I'm thrilled with it?!! *** :)
All of the colors have a fabulous opaque pearly metallic finish to them that is absolutely amazing and as you can see, cover brilliantly -- even on black paper!
TIP: I found that small mistakes can be carefully scraped from the paper using a craft knife, or by simply covering the mistake with my Black 100 Copic marker!
Here are the colors I used (and a few more) and how they look in their truest form -- my handwriting on white X-Press It Blending Card (you can see they vary a bit from the digitally-produced color chart above):
Note: The Gold Metallic is more of an antique metallic gold and it, along with the Silver Metallic, are just that -- metallic rather than glittery shimmer. If you are looking for a nice bright shimmery gold color, my favorite is Dandelion (shown on the 6-petal daisy-type flowers above, with the Orange centers). The Silver Metallic will be great to color metal-like stamped images!
Here's a close-up of a few colors, the metallics and white, tilted in the light so you can see the pretty shimmer these pens have and how nice and fine they can be -- the dots after the "White" were applied with a medium pressure, so you can see how easy it would be to get a little finer or more bold dot:
To finish my card, I trimmed and split the colored panel and popped it up on Copic's X-Press It 1/2" Foam Tape on a Neenah 110 lb. Solar White card base.
The Altenew Label Love Thank You sentiment was gold heat embossed on the white card base below the floral panel. Here's a look at the dimension, with the card partially flat and opened:
Inside, I adhered one of the pieces I trimmed off the floral panel. This is also a size comparison for you of the pens -- they are 5 inches long and about 1/2-inch thick:
Thanks so much for joining me today . . . I hope you'll give these fabulous pens a try! I'm sure you will love them as much as I do!