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

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)
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