Coloring with Copic Markers

Coloring with Markers Challenge – Diversity of Copic

Ok, this post is going to be a long one…because I decided to participate in the Stamping with Markers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I don’t have just one card…I have a gift pack of cards! The rules are really, really simple. You can use any kind of markers you want – at least that’s what it looks like to me! Crayola, Copic, Marvy…pull out your markers and play along. You’ll be glad you did…cause the prizes are amazing!

This challenge inspired me to consider a variety of techniques one can use when coloring with copic markers. Hold on to your seat…cause you’re going to get an education!

Coloring with Copic  Markers – Gift Card Set

I decided to create a gift card set. People LOVE to receive homemade cards that they can give away. I’ve had several people tell me that someone has to be extra special to receive one of the cards from my gift card sets. People are actually hording homemade cards. How sweet!

homemade gift card set

Above you can see the four cards I created and the folder in the back that holds them all. Besides using copic markers, all the cards are created with brown card base. Brown has been around a long time…but I’m still in love with it!

The cards measure 3.5″ x 4.25″. This allowed me to get three cards out of a single sheet of 8.5″ x 11″.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Shading (The Folder / Pocket Card)

The folder has two pockets and each pocket holds two mini cards and mini envelopes.

pocket card with flowers colored with copic markers

This pocket card illustrates the most basic use of copic markers…to blend colors. I stamped everything in black. The flowers are colored with various shades of orange and red. The leaves are colored with greens. I also added a bit of blue to outline the stamped images. Very subtle.

The pocket card started out as a 7″ x 9″ piece of cardstock. All folded up, it measures 4 3/8″ x 5 5/8″. This gives me a 1/4″ spine. Each pocket is 3/16″ deep. The inside pocket is 1 5/16″ tall. I know…crazy measurements. I just eyeballed it as I created it…otherwise the measurements would be more friendly.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Background Paper (Happy Birthday)

Copic markers make beautiful background papers. I will illustrate with this happy birthday card.

copoic background paper

As you can see, I colored the flower using the technique above. Meaning, I stamped the flower with black ink, then colored it by blended several shades of red (and yellow and orange for the center). I cut the flower out and adhered with puffy tape.

To create the background, I simply took a wide copic marker and colored a piece of white paper green. Then I dropped several drops of Various Ink (blender solution) on the green paper. It created nice texture. I also sprayed it with a mini mister filled with Various Ink.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Bleach Technique (Happy Father’s Day)

The next card utilizes a “bleach technique”…though no bleach was used.

bleach technique with copic

The first step is to create “bleachable” paper. I colored a piece of white paper with a brown copic marker (using the chisel tip). Then, I put a tissue on a plate and drenched it with Various Ink. Then took my stamp and got it wet…much like you would ink a stamp with a stamp pad. Then I stamped directly onto the brown paper. The various ink turned the brown area white like a “bleach technique”.

With my stamped image “bleached” into the paper, I used various colors of copic markers and colored it in making sure to leave some of the “bleached” area visible. I used one green, red, blue and grey (to create a shadow) marker. Then simply stamped the greeting in black on top and added a couple of gems.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Coloring Directly on Stamps (Happy Mother’s Day)

Yes, you can color your stamps with copic markers. These last two cards will illustrate that.

coloring stamps with copic markers

I created a background paper by stamping a music score using Distress Ink. Then I colored this winter flower stamp with a pink, light green, dark green, and blue copic marker. Because copic markers are alcohol based, the ink dries quickly preventing you from being able to stamp it right away. You must get the image wet by misting the stamp with Various Ink. 

Beware, mist the stamp too much and your image will be very blurry. Don’t mist it enough and it won’t stamp the entire image. Definitely a technique that takes a bit of practice. I thought this stamp lended itself to a more blurry look. (I cleaned the red rubber stamp by misting it well with Various Ink and drying it on a rag).

I framed the white cardstock with pink. Stamped the greeting in brown. Added a ribbon. Oh, and distressed around the flower with Distress Ink using a blender tool. And I couldn’t resist adding a few gems!

Supply list on bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Inking Your Outline Stamps with Copic Markers (Thanks Card)

This technique is similar yet different than the one above. I colored the stamp with a copic marker. But this image was also colored in using copic markers.

coloring outline stamps with copic markers

I once heard Marianne Walker (copic rep) say that flowers (and other items in nature) do not have a black oultine…except in the stamping world. Well, stamped images no longer need to have black outlines! I colored this flower stamp with a red copic marker, misted it, then stamped it. Both the pink and red flower were stamped with a red copic marker. The yellow flower was stamped with an orange copic marker. (Caution: the red marker stained my acrylic stamp. It stained it, but did not ruin it).

So, once the images were stamped, I used traditional coloring techniques to color the flowers with copic markers. As you see, I created a background paper by stamping large flowers with white ink. Then die cut the letters for “thanks”.  Again, gems finish this guy off.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Give It a Try

I hope this post was helpful and inspires you to use your copic markers in a variety of ways. I will try to put a video up on some of these techniques. It’s way more fun to see it in action.  No promises as to when those videos will show up, though.

Supply Lists

Folder / Pocket Card

  • Layered Flowers stamp by Hero Arts
  • Create Definition stamp by Stampin’ Up
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink for stamped flowers
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink for definition
  • Copic markers: Orange flowers: R02, YR04, R05, R35
  • Copic markers: Flower center: Y15, E71, E25
  • Copic markers: Green leaves: BG93, G94, G99
  • Copic markers: Blue shading: B000
  • Paper for coloring: Georgia Pacific
  • Other paper: Xpedx

Happy Birthday

  • Layered Flowers stamp by Hero Arts
  • Happy Birthday stamp by My Sentiments Exactly
  • Copic markers: flower: RV29, R37, R59
  • Copic markers: flower center: YG35, YR04, YR68
  • Copic markers: leaves: YG67, BG93, G94
  • Copic marker for background: G21 wide tip
  • Copic marker: Various Ink Refill
  • Paper for Copics: Georgia Pacific
  • Ribbon: Joann

Happy Father’s Day

  • Big Winter flowers stamp by Fred Mullett
  • Happy Father’s Day stamp by Hero Arts
  • Copic marker background: E57
  • Copic ink “bleach”: Various Ink
  • Copic markers flower: YG03, B23, R05, C5
  • Paper for copics: Georgia Pacific

Happy Mother’s Day

  • Big Winter flowre stamp by Fred Mullett
  • Composers Dream stamp by Stampabilities
  • Happy Mother’s Day stamp by Hero Arts
  • Copic markers: B05, RV34, YG03, YG63
  • Distress Ink Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain
  • Paper for copic markers: Georgia Pacific
  • Other paper: Xpedx


  • Layered Flowers stamps by Hero Arts
  • Thanks letters by QuicKutz
  • Copic markers: red flower: Stamped with R59. Colored with R59, R37, R35
  • Copic markers: pink flower: stamped with R59. Colored with R81, RV34, V05, V06
  • Copic markers: yellow flower: stamped with R05. Colored with Y02, Y35, Y38.
  • White StazOn ink pad

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!

Homemade Fathers Day Card Bear Box

Homemade Father’s Day Card – Bear Box

I handmake a goodie box for my Father for Father’s Day. The entire package is an outdoorsy theme. As usual, I used products from number of different lines.

Father's Day Gift Box

The picture didn’t turn out so well, but it’s my own fault since I waited until the last minute to create this gift box! On the left is the card. On the right I wrapped some dark chocolate squares and decorated with a tree die from a cuttlebug plate.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – The Card

Father's Day Bear and Nature

For the Father’s Day card, I used the bear stamp from Stampin’ Up which I colored with Copics (used Memento Ink to stamp the image). I incorporated a few trees from Cuttlebug. I hand cut the shape of the sun. Oh, and I added a little tag from Stampin’ Up. The greeting is from Hero Arts. The ink for the stamp and the distressed edges is Tim Holtz distress ink.

You’ll notice the card has a Susan B. Anthony coin attached to it. That will become more clear when you see the contents of the inside of the card.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – Inside the Card

Inside the Bear Card - Lottery Tickets

Inside the card I have tucked some scratch lottery tickets inside a pocket with the top edge cut to look like grass. I cut the grass by hand. Since I was in a hurry, my husband cut out the QuicKutz letters for me. I also added some cuttlebug tree die shapes and a Stampin’ Up star from the set that has the bear. Again, I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – The Box

Box Bottom

As they say, presentation is everything. So I wrapped it all up in a homemade gift box. As you can see by looking at the bottom, I stamped Martha Stuart leaves on the package. I used Tim Holtz distress ink to give the paper texture and to add green color to the leaves. If you scroll to the top, you can see that I have leaves on the inside of the box as well.

I finished the box off with a clear lid – cut to the same size as the base. This makes the lid nice and snug. The box is one of the more simple boxes, no reinforced areas because I anticipate this being tossed in the trash. I wrapped the box closed with grossgrain ribbon from Creative Impressions.

Homemade Valentine Box

Homemade Valentine Box – Movie Night

My sweetheart and I don’t usually make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. This year I asked him to buy me a little chocolate heart from the grocery store. Nothing fancy. I was simply going to make a card, but was inspired by my sister to make a valentine’s box with a movie theme. Check out Deborah’s Valentine Box. I took the simple approach to my box. Oh, wait….that’s my new approach anyhow!

homemade valentine box

I decided to use a hinge on the valentine, because my husband assures me that hinges are very masculine. I also distressed all the edges with Tim Holtz black distress ink because my husband loves the distressed look. (Check out my husband distressing paper). My one accent that I’m not sure about is the giant sized button.

I chose this button because it had an elevated back for sewing to clothes. I usually try to make all my buttons flat but this time I wanted it to be more of a handle for opening the little door. I hole punched the paper twice then used scrappers floss the tie the button onto the card.

I colored the ice cream with copics and aged it with Tim Holtz distress ink. The stamp is from Stampin’ Up. The words “I Love You” are from My Sentiments Exactly. The hindge is from Jo-Ann Essentials. The button is from an old sweater!

I used red marker on the letters after I stamped it in black. Also used glitter gelly roller pen on the letters and around the ice cream. I put two small white pen marks – one on the cherry and one on the chocolate ice cream.

When you open the door you get a sneak peek at the inside and there’s a little pocket card that holds a gift card – in this case to the movies. There is a piece of acetate / transparency which the gift card pocket is adhered to.

To get to the candy you simply remove the entire lid. The door makes it appear that you access the insides through the door. But it’s really just a lid much like a gift box you get for sweaters.

You are not suppose to take candy into the movie with you. And my husband doesn’t usually eat candy at the movies, but I thought it would make a cute little Valentine package. Cause, well, they sell candy at the movies!

Distressed Art

Distress as Art

I was pleasantly surprised a few weekends ago when my husband decided to spend a little time with me in my craft room (a.k.a. the dining room). I showed him a couple techniques Tim Holtz uses to distress paper and away he went!

We played around with distressing and embossing for a couple of hours. A few pieces of the distressed/embossed paper particularly caught our attention so we made a few cards.

Teamwork: my husband distressed, I embossed and created a card

We used Tim Holtz distress ink to create the pink and brown colors. Then we ran the strip of distressed paper through a cuttlebug embossing plate. We also ran a pink distress ink pad across the top to highlight the embossing. Too cute!

Similar to the first card, husband distressed paper with ink and I embossed and created the card

Here my husband played around with red and yellow inkpads. I used the same embossing plate but a different portion of it. Again, we ran the red ink pad across the raised embossed portion of the card. I added some Creative Impressions swirl ribbon. I used a Making Memories slot punch to create a slot for the ribbon.

These bits of distressed and embossed paper practically look like bits of artwork!

Completely man made distressed card

Let me give credit where credit is due. My husband made 100% of this card. He chose a piece of distressed paper that he liked. He attempted to bleach the words “thank you” but instead it made a big bleach puddle. So he filled in the puddle with a red thank you. Quite an interesting effect. He loved it and it gave me a better picture of what a masculine card should look like.

We played around for a couple hours distressing paper. Most of the papers were about 2″ x 3″. So nearly all the papers he distressed will lend themselves to mini artwork type projects. Here is a shot of our handiwork.

A distressed mess

And the master at work.

Ronnie holds up a distressed masterpiece

Here you can see the special Tim Holtz mat we used to create the distressed papers. My husband simply ran the distress ink pads across the plastic mat, spritzed with water and rubbed the paper on the ink/water droplets.

Thank you sweetheart!

Homemade Skull Card 4

Homemade Skull Card – Day 4

Here we are on day four of the skull card showcase. Again, we will soon be highlighting more traditional cards soon, for those not interested in skulls! =)

My sisters card again features a guitar with the skull. This time she challenged herself to use a variety of colors. I think she did a nice job….if you like skulls, that is!

homemade skull card with guitar in greens blues and browns

In keeping with masculine feel, my sister opted for browns, greens and blues

The inspiration for this card was the “You Rock” paper from a DCWV paper stack. she added a guitar and skull, of course. She did 3D the guitar which isn’t obvious in this photo.

I believe all stamps were Inkadinkadoo.

Homemade Skull Card 3

Homemade Skull Card – Day 3

Today’s card showcases a new stamp! My sister has been making skull cardsrecently and has decided to branch out and combine the skull with a guitar. Her husband enjoys both.

You rock skull and guitar homemade card

you rock skull and guitar homemade card is definitely masculine

Much like the other skull cards, this one features a gelly roller glitter pen on the skull and guitar. My sister embossed “You Rock” with black embossing powder. This time the card is tones of black and grey.

She dressed up the inside just a bit.

I believe all stamps are Inkadinkadoo. It’s difficult for me to check as all my stamps are currently on visitation at her house (we just wrapped up a stamping retreat so she’s keeping them a while).

Homemade Skull Card 2

Homemade Skull Card – Day 2

Today we continue with our showcase of skull cards that my sister made.

homemade skull card in red and black

homemade skull card dressed up with red decorative paper

Here my sister branched out and created a colorful card using reds and blacks. She dressed it up nicely with brads, gromets and ribbon.

She dressed up the inside a bit. Take a look.

Skull stamp is Inkadinkadoo
Swirl stamp on outside is Stampin’ Up
Skull is dressed up with gelly roller gel pen
Swirl stamp on inside ???

Homemade Skull Cards 1

Homemade Skull Cards – Day 1

It’s a bit untraditional for me, but I’m highlighting some cards my sister made using skull stamps. She’s in a “phase” right now where all she is making is skulls. As I’ve mentioned in the past, her husband is fascinated by skulls. So, naturally, she has started taking an interest in them as well. So I will highlight skull cards over the next few days.

If you like skulls, you’ll be glad you stopped by. If not, just hang in there because I’ll have some very fun cards to showcase after we finish up with her skull cards.

tone on tone skull card

tone on tone skull card

This was the first card my sister created. She opted for tone on tone with blues and blacks. I love tone on tone so love the feel of the card. She was in a slight bind to try to figure out what greeting to put with the skull. She opted for: “Don’t worry, I’ll come back some day” which was originally a quote from Frosty the Snowman. She found it quite entertaining to put it on a skull card.

Skull stamp is from Inkadinkadoo
Word stamp is from My Sentiments Exactly
Swirl stamp is from Hero Arts
Ink on the skull is a gelly roller glitter pen

Masculine Birthday Double Slider Card

A Masculine and Feminine Double Slider Birthday Card

A while back my neighbor stopped by to do some stamping while her husband watched football. She and I collaberated on the following two double slider cards, also known as grocery bag slider cards. She selected the paper and I gave suggestions on how to lay them out.


Masculine and feminine double slider birthday cards

I must confess that I never would have selected these papers…but I love them! I think they are fun…and dare I say cute. Here are some close ups.

Handmade Masculine Birthday Card

Here is a close-up of the stamped boy birthday card. I say boy, but really I think it’s appropriate for a man, as well. My mom’s comment, “it’s too modern”. Maybe that’s what appeals to me about it.

 Masculine birthday double slider card

Homemade Feminine Birthday Card

Here is a close-up of the stamped girl card. Which again could be used for an adult. No extra comments from the peanut gallery on this card.

feminine birthday card in reds and brown

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