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! =)


Stamping Workshop

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Stamping Workshop – Four Cards – Four Techniques

I was invited to lead a stamping workshop for 48 ladies at a women’s retreat this past weekend. I had no information about whether the ladies had any stamping experience. So I needed to keep things simple, yet inspiring. What a great time….and a lot of prep work!

Four cards at workshop

Four distinct cards using four different techniques

The theme of the weekend was “The Sweet Life”. The images that were used to represent that theme included coffee, candy and feminine (such as lipstick, jewelry, etc). So, I taylored some of my cards to incorporate those images. The trick was to create cards that would keep the ladies at their tables (no stations) and that would be economical. Wow, that’s tough for a gal that likes her copic markers and lots of layers.

Stamping Workshop – Card #1 – Regular Stamping

coffee card in brown and daisy's

One of the favorites - coffee!

One of the favorites was this coffee card. It involves staight stamping and assembling.

I did add a bow using ribbon from Creative Impressions. It’s attached with a glue dot.

The gems really finish the card.

I went a bit untraditional with the greeting. Instead of framing the entire greeting with the gold paper, I just used small pieces to accent the left and right. It almost makes the greeting look like it’s enclosed in brackets!

Coffee Card – Supplies

  • Coffee stamps: TPC Studio
  • Paper: The Best of Kay & Company
  • Gold: The Paper Company
  • Brown: Reem from Xpedx
  • Ribbon: Creative Impressions
  • Gems & glue dots

Stamping Workshop – Card #2 – Embossing & Alternate Use of Punch

So sweet card in blue and pink and brown

So Sweet - baby or thank you card

I have seen quite a few cards lately using candy. Since the theme of the retreat is “the sweet life” I couldnt’ resist having the ladies make a sweet card.

I did not have a stamp with a candy verse, so I printed the words “so sweet” on my printer. I actually pre embossed everything because I only have one embossing machine (cuttlebug). I taught the ladies how to create rounded corners using a circle punch.

So Sweet Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: Studio G
  • Embossing: Cuttlebug
  • Pink Paper: The Paper Company
  • Brown and Blue: Reems from Xpedx
  • Ribbon: Creative Impressions

Stamping Workshop – Card #3 – Distressing

You're a Doll pink dress on white

You're a Doll - thinking of you or thank you card

Here is the card that’s the most feminine of them all. I created something similar to this for my sisters princess bridal shower. The ladies seemed to enjoy this one.

Again, I did not have a stamp that said “You’re a Doll” so I just printed it out on my printer.

My husband thought it too pink. And I really was beginning to question whether to bring it to the retreat. But it was one of the top picks of favorites.

To distress the edges we simply used sponges dabbed in distress ink.

You’re a Doll Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: My Sentiments Exactly
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Gems and Sponge

Stamping Workshop – Card #4 – Paper Piecing

Simple Happy Birthday

Simple Happy Birthday - Could modify for feminine or masculine

Ok, I must confess, I got this card layout from the Paper Crafts Magazine March/April 2010 issue. I love the simple design.

We used a bit of pink decorative paper on the bottom of the white strip and on the frosting.

A few of the ladies asked why we didn’t just use markers on the cupcake. Great question. My answer – to bring the pink from the bottom up to the top.

Yes, I suppose markers could work. Guess I just like to make things a bit more complicated!

Simply Happy Birthday Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: Studio G
  • Paper: The Best of Kay & Company
  • Rafia
  • Ink: Black Versafine, markers
  • Paper: Craft and White – reems from Xpedx

I Love Hang’n With You 3D Candy Box

I Love Hang’n With You 3D Candy Box

Here’s a little box I made at the spur of the moment for my hubby. I just happened to be at Target the other day so picked up some sour jelly beans for him. His favorite. I wanted to create something special for him, so I created this “I love hang’n with you” 3D candy box.

I love hang'n the monkey off stuff

I love hang'n the monkey off stuff

I used blue wood grain cardstock to create the top and bottom. The box measures 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 6″. I used acetate (write on transparency) for the middle section. To access the candy you simply slide off the top part of the box.

I usually use the monkey from Cuttlebug for baby cards. But love this monkey and love hanging him from things. Thought he would make a cute addition to this masculine package. And makes for a fun sentiment: “I Love Hang’n With You”.

Close up of Monkey and tag

Close up of Monkey and tag

Used Distress Ink to distress the tag and monkey. Otherwise I left it fairly simple. I did attach single trees on the other three sides of the box. I created the gift tag in Word and cut it into a tag shape with my paper cutter.

Supply List

  • Monkey Diecut – Cuttlebug
  • Tree Diecut – Cuttlebug
  • Paper – DCWV
  • Acetate – office supply store
  • Ribbon – Creative Impressions
  • Puffy Tape
  • Zots
  • Glue Pen
  • Craft Knife
  • Jelly Beans

Photo Card

Stamping with Princess – So Happy Together Photo Card

Let me tell you a secret: I don’t scrapbook! You want to know why? Because pictures intimidate me. Seriously. I struggle figuring out how to mix and match them with stamping elements! It’s the craziest thing.

But I wanted to make this card for my friends because I know that pictures are very important to them. I am constantly getting pictures of the family as I get email updates on how they are doing. Soooo…I set out to do the impossible and make a card with a photo!

So happy together, husband and wife sailing.

So happy together, husband and wife sailing.

To appease my apprehension with making a card with a photo…I decided to create a tone on tone card. My favorite! I think I’d make every card tone on tone if I stamped just for me. I can see myself happily making a tone on tone blog! Hmmmm…..

Close up of accents

Close up of accents

Anyway, as you can tell, there is no stamping involved in this piece. This is all papercrafting. I printed the photo and sentiment on my copier (toner based). Then used a marker and aqua pen to add some blue to the sky, water and sentiment. I drew the waves on a piece of scratch paper and when I found the shape I wanted I traced it onto the blue and cut it out. I added gems and ribbon and that was it! I love it. I especially love the two different sizes of gems I used for wave accents.

wave accent on the inside
wave accent on the inside

I couldn’t resist adding a bit of blue wave on the inside as well. It’s taped only on the very right and left…which allows the white paper to slide up and down as the card is opened and closed. The white typing paper is taped down on the top panel to cover up the assembly of the photo area.

I’d make a list of my supplies but I used all scratch paper I had on hand. So the only thing that I know for sure are the blue Gemstones which are from Hobby Lobby and the blue grosgrain ribbon which is from Creative Impressions!

So…I think I’m going to count this as a masculine card. I mean, with all that blue…surely it’s masculine! But with all the gems and ribbon…it surely counts as feminine, too! Can a card be both? I’ll have to ask my husband! =)