Butterflies with Copic Markers

Butterflies with Copic Markers

When I saw that the Hero Arts butterflies came as digital files, I couldn’t resist! They look great colored tone on tone and with multiple colors. All of these cards are birthday cards, but would be great for spring, get well, or thinking of you.

butterflies colored with copics

Lest you think it a shame that the right side of the butterfly is cut off, don’t worry. I’ve used that on the inside of the cards!

inside the butterfly card

Let’s take a closer look at each of these cards and a couple more that I couldn’t resist coloring. Some photos will make it easier to see the music score background I stamped behind each butterfly. I did distress the edges of the background papers, but that, too, is difficult to see.

I printed this large butterfly on Georgia Pacific paper on my toner based printer. This would not work on an inkjet.

full color butterfly

I adore the rich hues of this butterfly.

blue butterfly

One of the first butterflies I colored was this blue one. I searched Google images and found a photo of one that looked very similar to the one I’ve colored here.

green butterfly

Is there such a thing as a green butterfly? I don’t know but I think it’s cute!

orange butterfly

I’ve seen more butterflies with orange…does one such as this exist in nature?

pink butterfly

This was the second butterfly I colored. I love the coloring next to the veins!

purple butterfly

Again, I don’t think this color butterfly exists, but after coloring so many others, I couldn’t resist creating a purple one.

yellow butterfly

Last but not least is the yellow butterfly. When I had finished coloring all the others, I realized that I wanted a yellow butterfly. So here it is.

Come back tomorrow to see what gift packaging I made for these.

Butterflies with Copic Markers – Supply List

  • Stamps: Flutterbies Vanessa by Hero Arts digital image; Happy Birthday by My Sentiments Exactly!; Composer’s Dream by Stampabilities
  • Inkpads: Onyx Black by Versafine; Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Spiced Marmalade
  • Markers: Copic (listed below)
  • Paper: white is Georgia Pacific; other colored paper is generic
  • Other: corner rounder punch
  • Embellies: gems

Copic Markers Used:

  • Butterfly Body: W0, E57, E77
  • Blue Butterfly: B000, B12, B23, B24, B29
  • Green Butterfly: YG03, YG06, YG17, YG67
  • Orange Butterfly: R02, YR15, YR16, R05, R37
  • Pink Butterfly: RV10, RV34, BV29, R59
  • Purple Butterfly: BV000, BV04, B63, BV08
  • Yellow Butterfly: Y000, Y06, Y15, Y17, YR15, YR16, R05
  • Multi Colored Butterfly: Y17, YR15, YR17, R05, R37, R59, B000, B93, B97, YG03, YG06, YG17

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards

Ranger makes Color Wash, ink in a spray bottle. By misting color wash over various stencils onto water color paper, you can create your own beautiful decorative paper. I learned this technique from Fred Mullett. He calls this technique “Elegant Mess”. I agree it’s both messy yet artistic. If he teaches a class in your area, I encourage you to take it. The class is fun and Fred is casual and funny.

color wash by ranger

The color wash paper is used for both the focal image and background! What makes it work for both is using a mix of paper. You need some  that has a lot of white and some that doesn’t have any white.

This paper also has some mica flecks on it. We splattered MicaColor on it.

butterfly left

To create a focal image like the butterfly you can draw it, use a punch or find a stamp that has an easy to identify shape (and create your own template). For this card, I used a stamp and made my own template.

For the background, I simply picked a section of color wash paper that I thought was pretty. Likewise, I selected a piece of paper that I thought would look nice as a butterfly and cut it out. I embossed the birthday greeting in gold.

elegant mess

The photo above illustrates what the card would look like if you use a mostly white background and a colorful butterfly. Same elements, yet a totally different look. This time the birthday greeting is stamped in black ink.

masculine birthday card with color wash

Above I attempted a masculine card. Dark colors seem more masculine at times. And nature can also be masculine…if the stamp isn’t too cutesy.

two hearts

You can create a ton of cards using the water color paper. Here I attempted to create a valentine card. I don’t really like how it turned out. So, this technique does take an eye for design.

hearts on panels

Again, I don’t really like how this turned out. But it gives you another idea of how color wash can be used.

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards – Supply List

  • Stamps: butterfly – Hampton Art Stamps; Rose Leaves – Rubber Stampede; birthday wishes – My Sentiments Exactly!
  • Inkpads: Crushed Olive & Forest Moss- Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Tuxedo Black – Memento; embossining pad
  • Other inks: Color Wash – by Ranger (all their colors); Stargazer MicaColor – by Artquest
  • Paper: water color paper 90lb.; various scraps
  • Other: gold embossing powder; circle punch; ribbon; gems, stencils (random)

Distress Ink Background and Distressed Flowers

Distress Ink Background and Distressed Flowers

Distress Ink makes great background paper. In fact, Tim Holtz Distress Inks are not just for grunge. On the contrary, they can be used to create elegant cards as well!

distress ink backgrounds and distressed flowers

These cards use the sentiments “Best Wishes” and “For a Special Friend”. You’ve got to love that they can be used for most any holiday: birthday, thinking of you, wedding, get well soon….

Distress Ink Backgrounds

I love creating backgrounds with Tim Holtz Distress Ink for two reasons: 1) I love the splattered look, 2) You don’t have to have a specific color of cardstock…you can make your own and it will match the rest of the card!

purple flower distressed card

To create the background, drag a stamp pad (Dusty Concord) across white cardstock until it’s solid purple. Then sprinkle/mist with water. The bigger the water droplets, the bigger the spots. Play with it until you find what you like.

On the next card, I did the same technique using Spiced Marmalade. If you look at the right side you can see that the orange wasn’t colored quite as solid. I like the white paper peeking through.

orange flower distressed

To create the distressed flowers, I first inked the pedal (Spiced Marmalade), misted lightly with water, then stamped on the paper (I did this for all three flowers). The misting is optional, it simply  makes the image less crisp. I then stamped leaves. This is actually two stamps. One stamp is the leaf background. I inked that (Peeled Paint), then stamped on a scratch paper then stamped next to the flowers. I then stamped the leaf vein stamp with full strength Peeled Paint.

After the stamping is done, I used a blender tool and added green (Peeled Paint) and orange (Spiced Marmalade).

The greetings are stamped using Versafine black because it really leaves a vivid impression. Layer with paper, add gems and ribbon as desired.

Now, although the stamps I’ve used are retired (I purchased at a garage sale), any stamp that is an outline of the flower and leaves would most likely work. In fact, that’s precisely why I purchased these – to make a card using this technique! Check your cupboard, you may have something that will work for this project!

Distress Ink Backgrounds – Supply List

  • Stamps: Flowers – Stampin’ Up (retired); sentiments – My Sentiments Exactly!
  • Inkpads: Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint; Onyx Black – Versafine
  • Paper: White cardstock – Georgia Pacific; brown – generic, green – The Paper Store
  • Other: spray bottle
  • Embellies: silk ribbon – Creative Impressions; gems
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