Friday, March 11, 2011

Let's Experiment

Copic Instructor, Suzanne Dean, creator of Color Me Creative Classroom encourages her students to EXPERIMENT. Well I decided to take today and just experiment with Copics and have fun! No pressure - if it doesn't turn out... you will understand. We must take risks and try new things in order to grow. I have a lot to learn and I am willing to share my successes and my "not so good" experimental journey with you! Alright, Suzanne is probably saying... "Don't show them ALL, Marie"!! LOL. She has a copy of my very first image I colored with Copics ! I cannot believe that I first held a Copic marker in my hand about one year ago!

Card Base 5.5 in. X 8.5 in.
Score and fold at 4.25 in. (This makes card for a 2A envelope)
Base Layer 5 in. X 3.75 in.
Focal Image Layer 4.75 in X 3.5

Focal Image: Digital Image by Digi Doodle Shop “St Paddy Birdie”, Backgrund image from Stampscapes, Inc called "Naure sheet #1". Sentiment GKD clled "Spring Hilidays"

Copic Markers : Y0000, Y00, Y02 Y04, Y06, YG63, G20, W3, Colorless Blender
(For background wth airbrush system: R03, B00, B03, E33, E93)

Prisma Pencil: PC1003

Card stock : GKD Pure Luxury White, Cryogen Paper for focal image.

Ink : Memento Summer Sky, Paris Dusk and and New Sprout

Embellishments: Green Rhinestones

Tools: Scor-Pal or Scor-Buddy, Paper Cutter (I use Fiskars), Scissors (Tim Holtz helps reduce pain for those with arthritis!), Quickie Glue Pen, Adhesive,large sponge daubers,
Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fancy Labels”

Tip of the Day: Did you know you can Color you background wth a Copic Airbrush System and still sponge with your Mimento Ink Markers in order to give more depth?

I know red is to be the most difficult color but I struggle with yellow. So I decided to color this image by Digi Doodle Shop called "St. Paddy Birdie". It has a lot of yellow space for my practice.

Coppics: Y0000, Y00, Y02, Y04 and Y06. I think I needed to add a little more shadow, I added YR 20. I decided to practice adding a Prisma Color Pencil to give a little more texture.

I listened to a wonderful tutorial by Suzanne Dean in her Class 3 series. She discussed using Copic markers to give the effect you are coloring with "Distress Ink". I just had to try it. YG63, G20, W3 and Colorless Blender. I used this technique on the hat and clover. I used C7, C5, C3 and C0 along with my Colorless Blender for the band around the hat.

I airbrushed my background with B00, B03,E93,R03, E33 and E93 Copic markers and then added more depth by sponging the outer edges with Paris Dusk and Pear Tart Memento Ink. I watched a tutorial on using a Copic Colorless Blender on a stamp to achieve an interesting background effect. This was a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers. I tried the technique and realized I needed to use a more solid image. It is a great technique and I will try it again... but it got lost on this background. I lightly stamped the image again with New Sprout Memento Ink.

I mounted the image on Gina K Pure Luzure "Pure White" 120# Cardstock. I cut out my focal image and adhered it to the facal backbround. I added gree rhinestones for a little "pizazz".

I hope your enjoyed this tutorial. Please stop back soon.

Hugs and Smiles,


  1. Looks like your practicing is paying off, Marie.

  2. WOW!!!! GIRL you did a wonderful job... Yellow is hard to work with and you did the colors perfect. Just love your card.


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