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

Thanks

  • 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
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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