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Stamping with Copic Markers

Stamping with Copic Markers – Mother’s Day Card

Yes, stamping with copic markers is possible. And it’s a lot of fun. And at the price we pay for these babies, it’s important that they pull double duty!

Stamping with Copics

On this Mother’s Day card, I stamped with distress ink and copic markers…and I love how it turned out. I’ll show you how I did it, step-by-step.

Stamping with Copic Markers – Step by Step

Step one for me is stamping the background. This way, if I mess up on the big stamp (or a repeated image) I won’t have ruined my card. I used Scattered Straw Distress Ink for this project.

Scattered Straw Distress Ink Background

Step two is to color the stamp with copic markers. I use the chisel tip…if for no other reason than to finally have a reason to use it! Actually, I use it because the colors may bleed a bit and I don’t want to ruin the brush tip (though you should clean it off on a piece of scratch paper if it picks up another color).

coloring with the chisel tip

Step three is to mist the stamp with various ink. The markers have long since dried…so it needs to be remoistened (see notes below). I filled a mini mister with the blender solution. 

mist with varius ink

Step four is to stamp the greeting and other elements. In this case, I stamped Happy Mother’s Day in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Walnut Stain Greeting

Last step is to distress edges and/or embellish as desired. The card at the top of this post has distressed edges (using a blending tool). The card below does not. Both cards have gems and ribbon (attached with Zots).

embellish your card

Stamping with Copic Markers – How It Works

Stamping with copic markers is a little different than coloring with water-based markers such as marvy or tombow. Copic markers are alcohol based and they dry very quickly. Once you finish coloring a stamp you’ll need to mist it with various ink (0 colorless blender solution) to moisten the ink. Then you can stamp away.

Since stamping with copic markers requires a mister, the stamped image may look more blurry…giving it a watercolor look. So I wouldn’t use this technique on an image that I want to have a crisp clean line

.misting mistakes

In the photo above, you can see several cards I made and wasn’t happy with. I didn’t mist the stamp evenly, so parts of the image are more “water colored” than others.

Stamping with Copic Markers – Supply List

  • Stamps: Composer’s Dream by Stampabilities; Big Winter Queen Anne by Fred Mullett; Happy Mother’s Day by Hero Arts
  • Inkpads: Distress Ink – Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain
  • Markers: RV34, YG63, YG23, B24
  • Paper: White Georgia Pacific; generic for all other colors
  • Embellies: gems, ribbon
  • Other: blending tool, Zots

Butterfly Gift Wrapping

Butterfly Gift Wrapping

I needed gift wrapping for the butterfly cards I showed you yesterday. Here are a couple different ways I packaged them up.

butterfly gift bags

The first and easiest way to give these butterfly cards as gifts is in little card bags. I picked up the bags at Xpedx. I created the tag myself. To punch holes that deep on the tag/flap, I used a cropadile. These card bags hold three cards and three envelopes each.

Not sure the photo shows it, but I did stamp some flowers on the top tag/flap to give some added interest.

butterfly gift box

The gift box holds a set of 7 cards. Obviously the card itself was the inspiration for the design of the box. I created the box after I had stamped all 7 of the cards. After all, one needs to know all the dimensions of a stack of 7 cards & envelopes before making a box.

Butterfly Gift Wrapping – Supply List

  • Stamps: Composer’s Dream by Stampabilities; For a Special Friend by My Sentiments Exactly!; Layered Flowers by Hero Arts; thank you by Stampin’ Up
  • Inkpads: Onyx Black by Versafine; Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw and Tumbled Glass by Ranger
  • Paper: generic
  • Other: corner rounder
  • Embellies: ribbon by Creative Impressions; gems

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
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