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

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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