Becca Bit and Can We Make it a Date?

Oh blog friends, I had not intended to be gone for so long but I’ve been so busy behind the scenes.  Today I have a Becca Bit for you and some news – in fact, I hope we can make it a date!!  As you know every June/July new craft products start to roll out in anticipation of CHA.  That’s when I get kind of quiet with the new things I’m designing behind the scenes.  Well, it’s time again for Blog Frenzy and I’m so excited!!!  It starts on June 21st which is tomorrow but I can just tell you this little secret, I’m in Central Time Zone so my post will go live tonite at 11pm.  There are tons of new die templates to see and the contest is going to be awesome this go around!!  So, please come back around midnight so that you can get your name in the drawing and be prepared to be totally enabled!!

Now, on to a Becca Bit I’ve been trying to share for a while.  Since I’ve managed to collect all the Distress Inks, I was so intrigued by the nibs you can use to apply color.  Once I got rolling with it, I decided to get enough nibs for one per color and of course I needed some way to store them.  Just recently I purchased the nib holder to go along with the nibs and I really like this set up.  I simply used one of my clear cases and cut clear acetate to fit into both sides of the case and put a piece of double sided tape down the front on top of the acetate.  On the underside of the acetate I put listing of the colors with enough space in between each that the nib could be stored with the color.  I have a piece of wax paper that is cut to size – when I close the case, I simiply lay the wax paper in so that none of the nibs touch, if they are still a little moist they won’t affect each other and to keep the tape on one side from sticking to another.

This is a card I did several months ago that was colored using the nibs – I love the control and the way the nib handles the pigment from the reinker so I thought I’d share.  You can find the original post for the card along with the product list HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m so eager to hear what you think of what I have to show tomorrow!!

  • Clare CurcioJune 20, 2012 - 11:16 am

    Thank you for the info! What a great idea! I love that card!ReplyCancel

  • Marge R. (mer)June 20, 2012 - 11:19 am

    Ohhh, Becca, I cannot WAIT to see what’s coming from you tomorrow — you’re such a tease!!! ;~) Sooo, 11 PM your time is 9 PM my time (I think?) since we rebels here in AZ don’t go on DST! PERFECT, I’ll be stalking you tonight!!!
    TFS your great nib storage idea — LOVE it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene DahlbergJune 20, 2012 - 11:23 am

    Hi Becca,
    I sure have missed your posts but figured you were working on all the new stuff that will be coming.
    Love this tip on storing the nips as I have been getting some each time I go to Michael’s – this is just perfect
    Can’t wait to see the new stuff..ReplyCancel

  • Nadine IllingworthJune 20, 2012 - 11:23 am

    Smashing card and love spellbinders. xxx Cant wait for midnight heheReplyCancel

  • Diana E. BishopJune 20, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Don’t you just love those storage boxes. I have a wonderful supply of them now and find so many uses for them. Can’t wait to see the new dies on the mkt ! I’m a die freak ! Love your card Becca, as always !ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaJune 20, 2012 - 11:25 am

    What a wonderful idea and a stunning card Becca. Can’t wait until tonight to see what you create, I know it is going to be fabulous just like every thing you do :).ReplyCancel

  • KellyRae Cooper, AZJune 20, 2012 - 11:31 am

    What a fabulous idea for corraling all those paper stumps. Where did you get the nib holder?ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.June 20, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Gorgeous card and thank you for the great Becca bit tips.
    I’m also in central zone so hope I can just stay awake long enough for when 11pm rolls around
    Oh, and happy first day of summer which starts todayReplyCancel

  • Lorraine MJune 20, 2012 - 11:36 am

    You always come up with such beautiful cards. I can hardly wait to see the new dies.ReplyCancel

  • DianaJune 20, 2012 - 11:47 am

    I did miss you and glad you explained that this is a busy time for you behind the scenes. Since I am fairly new, I have not seen this card before and I love it, the colors, the roses, etc. Who would ever think roses would look good blue? LOL I am excited to check back here tonight to see what you have in store for us.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtJune 20, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Gorgeous card- love the beautiful colors! A great tip for the nibs- Thanks so much! I am looking forward to seeing the CHA projects!ReplyCancel

  • BeverlyJune 20, 2012 - 11:55 am

    Aside from the fact that blue is my favorite color, this card is absolutely beautiful……wish is was mine. :0)ReplyCancel

  • TammyJune 20, 2012 - 11:56 am

    Woo HOo Hallelujah!! Becca!!! You and me both!!! I’m sooo excited about the Spellbinders blog frenzy and their new releases!!! I think Spellbinders are ingenius and am so thankful to own 3. :) I am so over the top thankful, too that the Lord has given you to me to glean from:) You are so gifted:) thank you for sharing and I’ll see you tonight:) be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

  • Cindy FosterJune 20, 2012 - 11:58 am

    Where did you get the nib holder and the nibs?
    I would love a tutorial on using them. And how you put the nibs in the tray.ReplyCancel

  • TammyJune 20, 2012 - 11:59 am

    Ooopp–s I forgot to mention that I’ve not seen this card before—wow what a beauty?!?! I LOVE how you colored it with Distress inks. You speak and show the nibs, but could you please let us know more details —wo that we may could possibly purchase some for our use? be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

  • Mary HJune 20, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Becca, so great to have a post today. Was hoping you were just busy – not having difficulties. Thanks for the lovely card…and the Becca Bit. I’m with Cindy on the tutorial when you have time. I’m not sure I understand the wax paper bit. The other made great sense. Great idea too! You did a fantastic job with the nibs…got to try that. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • BobbiJune 20, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Becca, great idea for organizing tools. Can’t be too organized, saves time looking for things. Again thanks for your help.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisJune 20, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Clever clever idea for nibs storage. As others have asked about the nibs you use for the Distress Inks I would like to know, too. I use nibs for Mineral Spirits with my Prisma Pencils but I think they are a totally different kind. looking forward to the new dies!ReplyCancel

  • charleneJune 20, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    Becca are you saying you use the reinkers by Ranger to color when you stamp? If so do you do that with all of your stamped images? Its beautiful!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Madonna AndersonJune 20, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    I just love the way you layer your die cut frames. They turn out so beautifully and really inspire me to find new ways to use mine. thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothJune 20, 2012 - 12:37 pm

    I just love that card….in fact I love just about every card that you make as they are so beautiful and elegant!

    Thanks for sharing that tip about the nibs, if I had any i would use it :o)

    Cannot wait to see what is planned!

    Have a great day and may you be richly blessed !ReplyCancel

  • Mel McCarthyJune 20, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    This is wonderful Becca! I always love seeing how you organize & your card is stunning. I have some dedicated blender pens. I use Ranger ink refresher as the blender fluid & I love the smoothness, but now I’ll have to try the nibs for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleJune 20, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    What is holding the nibs in place…can’t tell from the picture – slots to slide them in??? I get the waxed paper sheet to keep colors from touching…maybe a tutorial on exactly how you use the nibs and also a bit more on the nibs, holder and where to get them…pretty please!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan Castle in Salem, ORReplyCancel

  • BeckyJune 20, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    This is a beautiful card, I love the blue! Another new craft to learn…painting with inks. It does have give it great color! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • RizwanaJune 20, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    Hi Becca
    I wondered where you had got to glad you’re back missed your lovely cards.

  • Beth PJune 20, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    As usual I am behind the times and know nothing about these nibs…*sigh* but I really love the control you have using them as exhibited in your card! OK, so I have to go on a quest for these nibs…and of course I love your storage idea! I probably need to collect a few more re-inkers as I am sure I don’t have all my fav colors yet! LOL! Is there ever a point that we are satisfied?! I guess that the new discoveries are half the fun of our art!
    Beth PReplyCancel

  • RizwanaJune 20, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Sorry must have pressed something in a hurry as I was saying gorgeous card love the colors you have used. Can’t wait to see all the new dies have fun. Love and hugs Rizwana xxReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronJune 20, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Great idea, Becca. I’m saving up for some of those cases but I can’t afford 200 at one crack so I need to find some crafting buddies to share an order.

    I keep my Distress Ink Pads stored upside down in drawers that are just deep enough to stack them two high along with my homemade foam pad holders (also stamped with the name and color it belongs to) resting on top of them. I keep certain color families together and stamp an image on the bottom of each case with the color contained inside. Since they are upside down, you see the color first thing. I have had to refresh them occasionally but I do all of my ink pads this way… upside down with the color stamped on the bottom of the container.

    And, yes, we have a date. Have you noticed the stores having great clearance sales? Making room for the new stuff, I bet! Also, since you are a MIchael’s regular, have you seen the Paula Dean papers in the $1 Bins? (At my store it is a $1.50 Bin but my sister in SC still only pays $1) Paula Dean?? I was sceptical thinking they would have to be fattening in some way (!) but they are nice and have a lot of pretty little florals which I know you love and I haven’t gained an ounce since I bought them!ReplyCancel

  • chelseaJune 20, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    What a beautiful blue! It makes such a pretty card. You sure have a lot going on right now – It’s so exciting! I’m looking forward to more :-)ReplyCancel

  • SuzMJune 20, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    I’ve missed you! Like you, I am coloring challenged. A tutorial on coloring with inks and nibs would be appreciated.

    In your nib storage, do you run a row of double sided-tape on the acrylic so the nibs stay in place and don’t roll around when you close the case?

    Thanks for another handy hint for storage.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJune 20, 2012 - 1:13 pm

    YES! I’ve missed your e-mails! :) BUT, happy to know you’re doing something in the background to show us! :) Can’t wait to see….Your “nib” idea is GREAT!!!!!!!!! Leave it to Becca to be SOOOO ORGANIZED!!!!!!!!! :) You’ll keep us ALL in-line! :) Thanks Becca for ALL you do!!!!!!!!!! :) AND I LOVE this card!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • BeckyJune 20, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Love the nib storage idea. You didn’t specify how the nibs stay in place tho.
    Did you use double sided tape? When I first read your Becca Bit and saw the picture, I thought you bought the item, but on the second read, I got it that you made this..just wasn’t sure about the attaching of the nibs.

    Thank you for all of your great organization tips. You are a blessing in so many ways.


  • LageneJune 20, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    Super fantastic nib & storage idea! Gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • Pattie JnsJune 20, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    thank you , thank you for the idea. I use nibs a lot for blending and coloring. Question? could you give us tutorial on just how you put this together. Right now I have mine in a cup. thank you so much.
    Love your card and the coloring is gorgeous. Can’t wait for the new things and your creativity……..hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne ZickertJune 20, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    Becca – What a wonderful tip. Have not tried the nibs yet, but now I will have to! You have been missed, but I know alot goes into your CHA projects and I know they will be just fabulous! Can’t wait to see your fabby creation tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • vicki dutcherJune 20, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    I am so impressed with your mind and the way it works! Darn I wish I was more out of the box like you~ :) What an awesome way to store these tools – space saving and so convenient! Have I mentioned I adore your mind? :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJune 20, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    What a great tip. I love the card you did.

  • Beth EllisJune 20, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    I love these little nibs! Just one more thing to add to my ever growing list of things to purchase when the money starts flowing in! Now I really need more of those wonderful clear cases. Hmmm I wonder if Tapeonline would give me a discount if I were to order a gross!? Just a thought. Thanks for always thinking outside the box and for sharing what you come up with with all of us. Have missed your posts but am anxious to see what you have been up to. You can bet I will be one of those up at 11PM CST to check it all out.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna MackintoshJune 20, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    Can’t wait! I love the card you’ve showed today – gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Sue from OregonJune 20, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    oh you are a tease Becca LOL! Lovely creation today!ReplyCancel

  • Ms LindaJune 20, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    New to site, love the card presently displayed. Can not wait for the newbies.ReplyCancel

  • Ann robbinsJune 20, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    A day without Becca … is a day without sunshine. Happy Summer. Can’t wait to see what’s new!!!!!!!!!!! Spending my kids inheritance on Spellbinders. they will have a lot to sell when I’m gone. LOL
    This card is totally fantastic. I just bought some lace like that and my next card will be using it. I have a birthday card to make for two of my cardmaking buddies, one June 30 and one the same day as mine, July 9.
    Glad to hear you have just been busy and nothing else wrong. Love your ingenuity and creativeness. God Bless!


  • AstridJune 20, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Oh I must check out those nibs, I had not even heard of them.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow, bet it will be super cool. I still so vividly remember your beautiful crown with the Persian accents etc.ReplyCancel

  • joyce andersonJune 20, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    Again , Once more—you are amazing…Love this card…
    THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • PeggySJune 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Becca, beautiful card and coloring. I am looking forward to your creations with Spellbinders. God bless, PeggyReplyCancel

  • Jean HempelJune 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Such a beautiful card Becca and yes, have been missing you like crazy lately… love you idea for your nibs and well like everyone says, more money to spend.. oh well, its only money!! will be on with you at 11 pm tonight… can’t wait…
    Hugs, JeanReplyCancel

  • MarilynJune 20, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    Lovely card! I can hardly wait to check out your site later this evening!!! What a great tip for Distress Ink and tips!
    Your blog is just awesome, what a kind hearted person you are!
    Enjoy your day!ReplyCancel

  • Angela KiddJune 20, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Hello from the UK. I enjoy your blog soooo very much & have missed seeing your post over the last few days :(
    Can’t wait to see what you have for us tomorrow.
    Enjoy your day while we’re asleep xxReplyCancel

  • María Alba NegrónJune 20, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    Hi Becca,

    I had already thought of that way to store my nibs also, but I could not figure out a way to keep them in place when I closed the case in order for them to not run all over. But I have doubts about the wax paper, do the wax paper protects them or do you use something else in order for them to stick down? I would also like for you to tell me how do you think they work best dry or wet? Thanks for all the help and keep inspiring us with your awesome talent!


    María Alba Negrón
    San Juan, Puerto RicoReplyCancel

  • MARY HJune 20, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    Beautiful card!! I always love all your cards & have been using several of your organizational storage tips. I also would love a tutorial on how you use these nibs (have never heard of them – but love the end result!!) (Just what I need – another addiction!)ReplyCancel

  • mayJune 20, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Wondered where you had got to ,this card is really lovely blue makes it stand out !
    Have never heard of the nib’s ! – But the end result show’s it allReplyCancel

  • SusanJune 20, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Thanks for the great organizational tip. I have a few distress ink pads, but no nibs. This looks like a great idea for storing them!

    Can’t wait for the Spellbinders Blog Frenzy!ReplyCancel

  • lacyquilterJune 20, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Fabulous idea to use with any ink. Thanks for sharing. Your card is also beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Dee in NHJune 20, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Gorgeous card Becca!! Love the storage idea!ReplyCancel

  • Edna BurgessJune 20, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Great way to store your nibs. I need something like that and also something for my other coloring materials. Thanks for the idea. Love your card also. EdnaReplyCancel

  • caroline hillJune 20, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    Hi Becca, I am going to guess you are in New Orleans. Love your card the blue reminds me of those old vintage dishes. Glad your back. Can not wait to see what else you come up with. Thanks for sharing , CarolynReplyCancel

  • kathy/NorthCarolinaJune 20, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    This card is sooooooo beautiful and elegant. I love the way you used the DI to paint the stamped image….I love that technique. Fab bow…ReplyCancel

  • FrancineJune 20, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    I don’t know those kind of nib and how to use it.
    Beautiful card and cannot wait 11 tonight.

  • Lori GauerkeJune 20, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    Love this idea, what is the name of the nibs manufacturer and did the nib holder come with it?? Need to get me some of those!!!ReplyCancel

  • Terri SJune 20, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    This is a terrific idea! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to tomorrow to see what you have in store.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie HesterJune 20, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    Great idea! I have daubers for all of the colors but not nibs …… hmmmm, I feel enabled and i haven’t even seen the new dies yet!! Can’t wait until tomorrow to see unless of course i am still up at 11. Oh, and of course, your card is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseJune 20, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    So happy to see you back. MISSED your inspiration. The storage idea is super & so useful. Where did you get the nib holder and the nibs? I would love a tutorial on using them.
    Have a super visit in Central Time, can’t wait for you to be home & creating again.

  • Marilyn ClarkJune 20, 2012 - 9:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Thanks to you my cards have some pretty looking bows! I have been asked how I did that….Becca’s Peg Bow Maker. Now I will be looking forward to your next gift to your readers. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie DunhamJune 20, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    Thanks for the tip! Looking forward to all the new dies! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Jill NorwoodJune 20, 2012 - 10:54 pm

    Becca – thanks for your post. Excited for the blog frenzy from Spellbinders and to see what incredible projects you have come up with once again.

    Are the nibs for the water pen that you use with the new Tim Holtz distress markers? I am not sure? I don’t have these yet but I believe I saw a video showing how to color using a water pen with an interchangeable nib?

    Thanks for all you do!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sally McDJune 21, 2012 - 5:11 am

    What a fantastic idea to use nibs, must be great for detail coloring! New dies? WOW!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisJune 21, 2012 - 5:30 am

    In a word your card is stunning. Love the colors of the flower. Coloring with distress inks always has a look of it’s own. Beautifully embellished too Becca. Thanks for the Becca Bit, such a clever idea using the nibs for coloring. Beautiful work. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • MaxineJune 21, 2012 - 6:42 am

    Oh, I have been wondering how to store those nibs. I just got them yesterday. I have all the distress inks and I have been wanting to use those nibs. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela LengyelJune 21, 2012 - 7:16 am

    Gorgeous Card!! Love it !!! Can’t wait to see all the new.ReplyCancel

  • RobertaJune 21, 2012 - 8:58 am

    The card is beautiful!!! BUT you always do a great job on everthing you make!! Your ideas are so good about storing things too!!ReplyCancel

  • VanessaJune 21, 2012 - 11:30 am

    That’s all I have to say!ReplyCancel

  • DonnaJune 21, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    Wow, what a spectacular card, think it is one of my favorites of all time so far from you, love all you do, but this one is just stunning. Love the new dies and the hop ends on my birthday, maybe I will be lucky enought to wina present for myself, and boy what a present, I love my spell binders, wish i could afford them all!!!
    Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration!!

  • JudyJune 21, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    Where can I purchase the nibs? Have not seen them at the craft store.
    Love this idea. I checked out the other post and didn’t see the nib listed. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • FMJune 21, 2012 - 2:25 pm

    What a great idea to store the nibs!! So organized!!!! Love the beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy MJune 21, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, as always!! I can’t believe how nice the rose looks with distress inks. But you can make everything look beautiful!! And thanks for sharing the great Becca Bit!ReplyCancel

  • Eulanda SilveyJune 21, 2012 - 9:40 pm

    Hi Becca!! These are so interesting and I’ve never seen them before. Where did you buy them from? Would love to try some. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Eulanda SilveyJune 21, 2012 - 9:41 pm

    OMG your card is gorgeous BTW!!!ReplyCancel

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  • cynthia beynonJune 22, 2012 - 4:18 am

    becca just wanted to make a comment. i just read all of the comments
    made and am so very proud to know you. you have so many people
    just loving you and your work. i dont think there is another artist making
    cards that has such a big following. God Bless You and thank you for
    sharing your work and ideas.

  • Darla WelchJune 23, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Becca, I’m so sorry to hear about the untimely death of your friend. Only God has the answers. You spoke of flowers – remember how much more beautiful His bouquet is now that he has added her. I enjoy your blog so much, your talent is truly God-given. But even more than that, your love of Christ is so reflected in your words. You have found a truly wonderful way of sharing His love with others. I pray God gives you comfort.ReplyCancel

  • Alice PaceJune 23, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    Thanks for tip. Your work is amazing this card is beautiful. So glad I found your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce StevensJune 23, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    Your work is breathtaking and your vedios so informative.
    So sorry to hear about your friend. It’s so sad to think this has happened to your friends. Thursday I heard from my daughter that my son-in-laws step sister went to bed Wed night and didn’t wake up Thurs morning. She was only 24 years old. They are awaiting the cause. She was going to be in her mom’s wedding today. It’s not a happy day! Peace to you. JoyceReplyCancel

  • Pam JacobsonJune 23, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    Wow, Becca! Your creations are so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your talents!ReplyCancel