Coloring with Copics – Girlfriends Card

Coloring with Copics – Girlfriends Card

Coloring with Copics is a lot of fun and it adds a lot of depth to our homemade stamped cards. I’d like to show you how I colored this girlfriends card.

Girlfriends Card Colored with Copics

The layout for the card is very traditional. I think the colors make it fresh and fun. I did use a bit of tone on tone in the green accent layer. But I went more vibrant with some of the other colors.

The girlfriends stamp is from Rusty Pickle. The saying and background stamps are from Hero Arts. I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for girls and sentiment. I used Tim Holtz Distress ink for the green. And I used Copics to color the image.

Coloring with Copics – Shading: A Side by Side Comparison

Let’s begin by looking at a side-by-side comparison of a card colored with shading and one without.

Two cards: one shaded with copics on not shaded

Can you se the difference? At this size, you may not be able to tell. The hair is one area where shading adds volume. Copics can really be subtle yet powerful. I think the card on the right just looks more finished.

Coloring with Copics – The First Layer

There are a couple of different techniques when coloring with Copics. Don’t take me too literally here because I haven’t taken any classes yet. But I’m told there are several techniques. So far I’ve only used two.

The technique I’m using here is to add shading without blending. Let me point out that I colored the entire card before doing any shading. I simply used the lightest color I wanted for each element. Later I will add darker colors for shading. 

the base layer colored with copics

Coloring with Copics – Adding Shading

Generally when you’re coloring with copics you want the shaded areas to blend. But for this card, I opted for a harder line with the shadow color. I think it works primarily because the shadow color is close enough to the base layer. And it also works because the elemnts are small.

Shading added to card with copics

Let me give you one more close up….see if you can find the darker colors.

coloring close up

Ok…so let’s test your coloring with copics skills. Do you see the shading in the following:

  • hair
  • face
  • shirt
  • pants
  • mugs

I’m sure you spotted all of those…but there are a couple more things I’d like to point out. Coloring with Copics makes it easy to ground your figures. I used two shades of grey to give shadows to the image. Do you see the grey under their feet and under the chairs and table?

The other perk about coloring with copics is that you can give the stamped image a shadow or a glow. In this case, I colored a light blue on the left and bottom side of all the outside lines. Some people color around all the outside lines.

The copic markers are Set A from the Ciao series. I love this set because it gives you many shades and takes all the guess work out of trying to decide what colors you need. But, of course, now I am drooling over Set B! =)


Stick Figure Love

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary Card

I’d love to hear which card you like the best. I’m torn. So far my sister and husband favor the same card. I’m wondering if one really is more appealing than another. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Today I have one card done two ways. I’m using my new Stick Love stamp (well, new to me). I received a bridal shower invitation that had this image on it way back it March. I have been on the hunt for it ever since. I found it at a garage sale! Woo Hoo!

This is one of those stamps that I just want to hold to my chest and squeal with delight. I simply adore it. So, without further delay, here are my cards.

Stick Figure Love - Happy Anniversary Cards

The elements on the card are the same. Blue sparkle paper from The Paper Company. The stick figures are stamped in Memento ink and colored with copic markers. Stick Love is from Wordsworth. Happy Anniversary is from Hero Arts.

If you look closely, you can see that I used a bit of grey marker to put shadows under the feet of the stick figures. I think it’s subtle, but helps ground the figures.

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary – Rectangle

I’ll show you a close-up of the first card I created. The rectangle card.

stick figure happy anniversary card in rectangular shape

Let me point out a couple of elements that make this anniversary card different then the other. I used white embossing for the happy anniversary sentiment. I really wanted it to pop off the dark blue. After I colored the card with copics, I went back with some glitter pens to highlight the shaded areas.

I chose to leave the card very simple. I wanted the focal point of the stamp to really stand out.

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary – Blocks

Next I wanted to see what the image would look cut into blocks.

stick figure love happy anniversary blocked

For my second use of the stick love stamp, I opted to cut each couple into their own square. I matted each of them in the same dark blue as the first card. I’m not sure why I didn’t simply line them up evenly…but I decided to off set each couple.

The differences: the happy annivesary is stamped in black ink. I did not use glitter pens on this but instead used a few pink gems. I also added a little pink bow made from scrappers floss.

I really can’t wait to send these anniversary cards out to the next few couples on my list. I think homemade anniversary cards are the best!

But curious…which card do you think is cuter. Do let me know!

Stampin Up Under the Stars Birthday

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars Birthday Series

The Stampin’ Up “Under the Stars” stamp set has been out a long time…but I recently bought the set and am just now getting around to making some homemade masculine birthay cards with them! I’m not sure how masculine they are since the stamps are soooo cute. But here’s my interpretation of guy cards!

Birthday Cards using Stampin Up Under the Stars Stamp Set

When I sat down to stamp these birthday greeting cards, my goal was to create simple cards that have a rectangular scene. I didn’t want busy background paper. I wanted simple yet well thought out designs. Something where every element added value.

As I stamped, I found that I was using colors that popped off the brown base card. This really surprised me since I tend to gravitate to tone on tone designs. I’m thrilled that these turned out so colorful.

All the cards are stamped with Black Memento ink so that I could color them with Copics. I also used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to distress the edges. I primarily used Stampin’ Up stamps but did add a few others that I had on hand.

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars – Bear Birthday

The first card I created was a birthday card with the bear. I love this guy. The layout reminds me of a poloraid picture – do you remember those?

Birthday Card with Bear Inside the Bear Birthday Card

The grass on this card is actually a pine branch. I didn’t have a grass stamp…so I improvised! With the addition of distressing, this looks like an outdoor scene. The red sleeping bag really pops due to the color and the 3D dimensional tape.

Inside I added the mesquito and skeeter spray stamps. It definitely adds a bit of whimsy to the inside.

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars Racoon Birthday

The next masculine birthday card I created was the racoon. He’s also dang cute. Racoon Birthday Card

Inside the Racoon CardThough I love the bear, I decided to try to use the other stamps in the set. What do the racoon and mesquito have in common? They are both pests? That’s true, but I combined them because I could…no other real reason! =)

I pulled the same stamps inside the card. The flowers are some old Stampin’ Up stamps.

Don’t you think distressing the card makes it look more fun? And more like nature? That appeals to some men, my husband especially.

Stampin Up Under the Stars – Racoon and Beans Birthday

Ok, so beans aren’t the most appropriate Birthday food, but they would be for a racoon, I suspect. For my third card I couldn’t resist having the racoon heating up some beans.

Racoon toasting beans birthday card Inside the Racoon Bean Card

To give the illusion of a fire, I simply distressed the bottom left corner with yellow and orange ink. I don’t have a fire stamp and was too lazy to pull out my die cut fire.

A special thank you to my husband for suggesting that I add a moon and a couple more stars. I forgot that I had the moon stamp. I agree with him that they help create an evening setting.

Stampin Up Under the Stars – Mesquito Birthday

The last card I created with the mesquito and skeeter spray. They are definitely appropriate for a summer birthday card. Though Colorado doesn’t have too many bugs…the mesquitos are always attracted to my husband. He must be especially sweet.

Birthday Card with Mesquito and Bug Spray

Racoon InsideFor a touch of whimsy I decided to color the mesquito like a lady bug! I was tired of coloring him with grey’s and opted for something bright!

I really wanted some sort of crazy saying to go with it…but I guess Iwasn’t feeling too zany. So I opted to just stamp the birthday greeting.

I accidently created a white card that was vertical instead of horizontal for the inside. So I had to trim that down and then it seemed ackward to have a small squarish interior. So I opted to throw in a splash of red cardstock to make up for my mistake.

There you are. A set of 4 masculine birthday cards using primarily one set – the Stampin’ Up “Under the Stars” set. The only thing that would make this better would be to create a box to hold them. Then it could be a gift set. Hmmm…maybe I should create a box in the shape of a tent!