I’ve always loved watching cardmakers and artists use Copic sketch markers with such precision to create beautiful images. I admire them so much but felt intimidated to try them for my cards. Also, Copics were over my budget, when I first got started, so before jumping on the bandwagon, I went with less expensive alcohol markers to practice. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know that I bought the Axiaya alcohol markers and how much I love them, also I own a set of Studio 71 markers. However, there’s a difference between them and Copics.
The Axiaya markers have a bullet tip whereas Copics and Studio 71s have a brush tip and so coloring with them can differ. There are times depending on what you’re creating that you might choose between the two types of tips. After awhile of making cards with different markers, I decided to start saving up to buy Copics. Happy to say, I bought sets 1 – 7 of the blending trios to get started on my journey to improve my coloring.
I loved coloring books when I was a kid, I found it therapeutic and I could just get lost in my Crayola sets. And, today I feel the same way although I’ve traded my Crayola crayons for markers! Coloring is one of those exercises that I can forget about all my problems and just be a kid having fun.
So to begin with these cards, I decided to use my favorite flower stamp set, “Beautiful Flowers” by Simon. It’s a large stamp that goes right off the page or you can hone in on a specific part of the stamp, color that and trim off the rest. I’ve done that technique before too. But for these cards, I wanted to show off as much of the cluster as I could.
Also, I’ve moved from Neenah Solar white 110 lb. cardstock (I still love it!), but I wanted to save some $ so I’ve been using Accents 100 lb. white cardstock and I have loved it. Plus, it’s less expensive, comes in a large ream so I’m not having to replace it very often.
For all my cards, I used a combo of 5 colors for the petals: (R14, R17, R35, R59 and RV69). I stamped the image on the cardstock with Gina K. “Obsidian” Amalgam black ink one of my favorite inks for copic coloring. Then, using the flicking motion from lightest color (R14) on the bottom of the petals, I worked my way blending the other colors up to the center of the flower ending with the darkest color (RV69).
I colored one petal at a time and then went back in with more blending for my 2nd layer really putting more pressure on the areas where I thought the shadows would be.
For the bud, I used RV66 and V05 and for the leaves, I also went with two colors (G99 – Copics and BG3 from my Studio71 markers) because I don’t have that exact color in my Copics collection yet.
After I finished all the coloring, I used the coordinating die to cut out the flower. I did remove a couple of leaves as they ran off the card base. I set that aside and worked on my card panels and bases.
Waffleflower Crafts has an entire line of pattern paper that’s 80 lbs. and it’s wonderful for card panels or bases. The one I chose for these cards is a two tone with half a solid color and the other half stripes. To create some variation, I chose one red and one orange. Then, with some heavweight (130 lb.) cardstock, I die cut the diagonal frame and glued it on top of my pattern paper.
With that same cardstock, I die cut the word shadow (“Celebrate“) 6 times total, 3 for each card and then the letters I die cut on red cardstock. I added foam squares to the back of the flower clusters and adhered them to the front of the card and then I glued the sentiment and added a secondary sentiment strip from Simon.
I was pretty proud of myself afterwards, cause this was possibly the most complex card design I have ever made and I was able to make two of them! I normally stick to making easy CAS cards for mass producing but I love this design so much that I think I’ll make it again in other colors. But before I do that, I’ll need to buy more Copics!
List of Supplies:
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- Simon Says Stamp “Beautiful Flowers” stamp set – https://bit.ly/32QRVG1
- Simon Says Stamp “Beautiful Flowers” die – https://bit.ly/30KD8db
- Gina K. Designs Black Obsidian Amalgam Ink – here >> https://bit.ly/36iMxeA or here >> https://shrsl.com/2ae1n
- Copic Blending Trio Sets – https://amzn.to/30PymLF (this link has all 7 sets)
- Studio71 Alcohol Markers – https://amzn.to/2D1kLIR
- Waffleflower Crafts Half-Half Lines Unicorn Paper Pad – https://shrsl.com/2ejao
- Sunny Studio “Frilly Frames Herringbone” die set – https://shrsl.com/2ejas or here >> https://bit.ly/2CN1OtH
- Pinkfresh Studio “Essential Words” Dies – https://shrsl.com/2ejav
- Simon Says Stamp Reverse “Send Happiness” Sentiment strips – https://bit.ly/2CDL8Vz
- Gemini Jr. Die Cutting Machine – https://amzn.to/2ZQMy89
- Accents 100 lb. white cardstock – https://amzn.to/2XiH9oY
- 130 lb. heavyweight white cardstock – https://amzn.to/3gdPAsJ
- Simon Says Stamp “Schoolhouse Red” cardstock – https://bit.ly/3276G7p
- Hero Arts Hues Sampler cardstock – https://shrsl.com/2ejay
- Teflon bone folder – https://amzn.to/2VcfC8
- Scor-buddy Mini Scoring Board – https://amzn.to/3dsamCB
- Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer – Simon Says Stamp – https://bit.ly/2Jb0L7V
- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat – https://amzn.to/2lawwDO
- Assorted Envelopes – https://amzn.to/2S3Z6Up
- Foam Squares – https://amzn.to/3f0G37x
- Simon Says Stamp Craft Glue – https://bit.ly/2WwWFwE
- GlueGuider Pro Tape Runner – Bought mine on eBay, but it sells at Hobby Lobby >> https://bit.ly/3iv0Xhp or Amazon >> https://amzn.to/3dVVjkL Refill cartridges here >> https://amzn.to/2VMerLX