Why Do You Create?2017-05-16T22:53:53-04:00

As an artist, I put my heart into the art that I create and share with my readers. What I enjoy most is sharing my love of life through my creativity, bringing joy and smiles to people’s faces, and spreading laughter amongst those I interact with. I love encouraging others to see that we each have artistic talents inside of us.

With video and written tutorials, opinions and reviews,  I share a lot of information each week that is available to any fellow crafters or artists to reference. By learning how to effectively use the popular tools and supplies in the crafting industry, you will become confident in your artistic abilities!

I hope you’ll enjoy following my blog as I continue along my creative journey, and that you will gain confidence in your ability to express your creativity in ways you never thought possible!


All opinions that I share on my blog are my own. When I recommend products or share affiliate links, it is because I have personally used the products I am sharing.

Please remember that the work I share is my own and may only be used for personal crafting. Please do not copy my work and resell for personal gain. Excerpts, quotes, social media shares and links may be used provided that full and clear credit is given to Nina-Marie Trapani. When sharing, please provide a direct link to my blog and the original content.

All photos, videos and original content shared on this blog is the work of Nina-Marie Trapani and cannot be redistributed in anyway without the express written consent of Nina-Marie Trapani.

Copyright © 2017.

What Do You Do With Your Cards?2017-05-16T22:54:11-04:00

I do not commercially sell any of the cards I make. All the cards you see on my blog end up being give to family, friends or blog readers. I also donate many cards to card drives, assisted living homes, children’s hospitals or non-profit organizations for fundraising purposes.

Affiliate Links2017-05-16T22:54:29-04:00

I participate in affiliate link programs with multiple companies where I receive a small commission off of sales that were referred from my blog. Meaning, if you click on certain product links on my posts and purchase an item at that shop, I may receive a small commission of the sale at no extra cost to you. These commissions help support the cost of running this blog. I greatly appreciate when you shop via one of the product links I provide, so thank you! :)

What is Your Favorite Brand?2017-05-16T22:43:02-04:00

That’s so hard to choose! I love working with products from many different companies throughout the papercrafting industry. Because I am a designer for Simon Says Stamp, you will see me using a lot of their products. Some of my other favorite brands include:

Altenew | Nina-Marie Design
Lawn Fawn | Nina-Marie Design
Neat & Tangled | Nina-Marie Design
Newton's Nook Designs | Nina-Marie Design
Where Do You Like to Shop?2017-05-16T22:17:35-04:00

This varies by what type of product I am searching for. I usually shop at the following stores:

For most supplies, including stamps, dies, stencils, paper, inks and more, I shop at Simon Says Stamp; they are fabulous and the people who work there are among the nicest in the business! They carry products from many of the most popular stamping and papercrafting suppliers AND they ship worldwide! Awesome, right?

For Copic markers and refills, I like to shop at the MerriArtist. As an artist who works on a budget, saving a little money here and there on tools helps me purchase more stamps, dies, etc. from individual stamping companies. The Merri Artist carries high quality, artist grade paints, watercolors, markers, paper and more at discounted prices and shipping is fast.

What are Your Favorite Color Combinations?2017-05-16T22:06:25-04:00

My color choices vary from project to project, but here are some of my favorite 3-4 color combos:

  • Red: R22, R46, R59, R89

  • Orange: YR20, YR12, YR07

  • Yellow: Y0000, Y00, Y02, Y08

  • Light Green: YG01, YG03, YG25, G14

  • Forest Green: YG61, YG63, YG97, G99

  • Blue: B00, BG01, B02

  • Turquoise: BG34, BG15, BG49

  • Blue Violet: BV0000, BV31, BV01, BV02

  • Violet: RV52, RV63, V15

  • Pink: R81, R83, R85

  • Brown: E35, E47, E49

  • Skin Tones: E0000, E50, E42

  • Gray: warm grays

What Inks Do You Use For Copic Colored Stamping?2017-05-16T21:57:15-04:00

I prefer two types of inks for coloring in stamped images:

Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink: This is a perfect, true black ink that stamps crisply and will not bleed when coloring with Copic markers. It is also waterproof and great for watercoloring!

My Favorite Things Black Licorice ink: This ink stamps just as well as the Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, making it another great option for coloring with Copics. The impressions are always clean and the Copics do not make the ink bleed either.

Do You Have Tutorials For Learning How to Use Copics?2017-05-16T22:07:53-04:00

Yes! Copics are my most favorite medium to work with, and I have a YouTube playlist dedicated to Copic markers. You can find it here: Copic YouTube Playlist.

I also have taught classes about working with Copic markers.  You can find them here:

What are Your Favorite Types of Inks?2017-05-16T21:44:43-04:00

This depends on the type of project. I choose different inks for their functionality or certain looks/effects that I am trying to achieve. Below I have a few that I use most frequently and why.

  • Dye Inks: For stamping, this type of ink is my favorite. The brands I love working with the Altenew Crisp, Hero Arts and the Simon Says Stamp dye inks. These are four that I personally buy and use; there are many companies that sell dye inks such as My Favorite Things and Lawn Fawn, but I have not tried these yet.

  • Pigment Inks: I do not use pigment inks very often, but I have used the Clearsnap pigment inks in the past and they were very nice to work with, but not something I used very often simply because of my style.

  • Distress Inks: These would technically be considered dye inks, but they have such unique properties that I feel they should be in a class of their own. Distress inks are reactive with water and can be used for a wide variety of techniques, from watercoloring, stamping, ink blending, ink smooshing and more. I have an entire YouTube playlist dedicated to Distress inks, which you can find over on my channel HERE.

  • Specialty Inks: There are many types of specialty inks out on the market, but some of my favorites include Simon’s Clear Ink for heat embossing, Versafine Onyx Black ink for watercoloring, Delicata inks for stamping shimmery golds and silvers and StazOn ink for stamping permanent images.