Sunday, June 25, 2017

Copic and Chipboard

Hello everyone! Delphine here today to share a Copic project, with a Gorjuss stamp and chipboard in Copics - because you can colour chipboard with them and add a very "matching" touch to your card. The stamp I used is called Heartfelt.

Since I knew I wanted to use an oval frame chipboard, I started by colouring the background making it oval, using YG05, 03, 01, 00. I then coloured my Gorjuss skin in E04, 11, 00, 000.

For the dress, I wanted colour to pop as for my background and went for red, using a little bit of T5, then R39, 37, 35. I also coloured the heart in RV66, 55, 02 and made the underskirt black.

Next I did the hair with my favourite black combo - 100, then C9, C7 and BV04 for highlights. 

The frame I picked is a Make it Crafty Chipboard frame called Delicate Love Oval Frame. What I really like about those frames is the colour of the chipboard - a cream colour on which you can use and blend Copics.

I coloured the hearts first with the same reds I used for my image, then coloured the black with my 100 Copic and added tiny touches of gold with a paint pen. 
I die cut my image with an MFT oval die, added glue on the back of my frame to frame my image. I put my framed image on foam for a bit of dimension and that was it. 

Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11
Hair: 100, BV04, C7, 9
Red: R35, 37, 39 (+T5)
Pink: RV02, 55, 66
Background: YG00, 01, 03, 05

Thank you very much for your visit, have a great day! Hugs,
Delphine xx

Thursday, June 22, 2017


It has been a while since I last journalled....but finally I found some time to play. 
For this spread I used the lovely toadstools by Mischief Circus. And of course I coloured my toadstools with my Copic Markers.

I normally start with the light colours. 
Add a thin layer of YG03 and YG05.

Blend the 2 layers together with the YG03. 

For some more depth add some YG07 and YG09. 

Now I start colouring the rest of this cute toadstool. I used orange for the stem. Start with YR04, add YR07 and YR09 and blend the colours together with YR04. 

For the finishing touch I decided to use some blue as well. Start with BG01 and add more depth with BG05 and BG09.
I have coloured all the toadstools in the same way. 

I used quite a lot of colours, but I wanted a cheery and bright page, so I picked out a large set of happy colours.
All the colours I used are:

Make a background with Dylusions inks and stencils.
At this point I decided to add some more depth using coloured pencils. I really love the combination of Copic Markers and coloured pencils. They really blend well together.
One half of the toadstools....

And the other half....

And this the finished spread...
In the end I added some doodles too, using Copic Multiliners.
Have a lovely day


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Party like a pirate!...

Hello everyone...

It's Sue here today with a card made with some Copic coloured die cuts.
This card was really good fun to make, I enjoyed colouring it and adding texture to the background with Colourless Blender.

Here's a tutorial to show you how I made the sky, sea and sand background - it was very straightforward so I hope you'll try it too!
Here are the ingredients I used for the first part of the background - the sunset.
The Copics I used here are Y35, Y38, YR04, YR09 and Colourless Blender refill.
Take a piece of card measuring approximately 15cm x 12cm and colour across the top of the card with YR09. This doesn't need to be too precise and you can use the broad tip of the marker (I love using that - after all we don't get to do so very often)!
It doesn't matter if it looks a bit streaky as sunsets often look like that.
Repeat this with YR04...
then Y38...
and finally Y35.
Fix the Rays stencil on top of the Copic coloured sunset and stick it down with masking tape.  Pour a small amount of Colourless Blender into a spray bottle.
Spray the card and stencil with Colourless Blender - about four times should be fine.
Carefully remove the stencil and you will see that the Colourless Blender has lightened the colours leaving behind the stencil shape.
Set this aside.
These are the ingredients for the next part of the background - the sea.
The Copics used here are B18, B16, B02, B01 and Colourless Blender refill.
On another 15cm x 12cm piece of card colour horizontal bands of colour darkest to lightest, as shown. 
Pour a small amount of Colourless Blender into a small pot.
Dab the Colourless Blender over the Copic coloured card with a sponge, you will see the texture of the coloured background starting to change straightaway - I love this - it's like doing a magic trick!  The sponge gives the Copics a bubbly texture which is perfect for water!
With the Ocean Waves dies cut the card and set aside.
Here are the ingredients for the final part of the beach background - the sand.
The Copics I have used here are E33, E31 and E30.
Colour a piece of 15cm x 12cm card in exactly the same way as you did previously with the sunset and the sea...
Using a small piece of towelling or flannel dab Colourless Blender over the Copic background, tiny little dots will appear which are perfect for the texture of sand.
Using the Scenic Safari Dies cut the coloured card and start to assemble the beach scene.
Once the pieces are glued together and cut down to measure 14cm x 11cm the beach scene should look a something like this!
You can see the texture and patterns that the Colourless Blender has made in the Copic Colours, I think it looks really effective - I hope you do too!
It would be great if you could try this technique and show your cards to us at 
Copic Marker Europe on Facebook.
To find us just follow the link
To finish the scene I have added some images from the 
My Favourite Things stamp set - Party Like A Pirate along with an MFT die cut frame and a star charm.
Copic Markers Used -
Hair E19
Skin E04, R11, R00, E000, E0000
Clothes, Blues, B99, B97, B93, B91, 
Reds, R39, R37, R35, R32
Greys W9, W7, W5, W4, W2
Browns E27, E25, E23
Thank you for popping by, 
happy Copic colouring

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A tree house – and different colouring techniques for foliage

Hello everyone, it’s Sandra from Portugal.

Today I am bringing you a lovely tree house postcard, and some alternative techniques to colour foliage.

The image is a digistamp from Just Ink lined called “Tree House”.

I am a super messy colourist, jumping from one section to another before completing the first, but I will try to show you how I coloured this image.

I started by drawing and colouring the ground with YG01/03/23 and then colouring the sky with BG000.

I had to go over the sky a few times to make it evenly covered.

Then I had to decide how to colour the foliage. There are several techniques we can use but the most common are stippling, scribbling, and smooth colouring. 

Let me elaborate a little bit on each:

Smooth Colouring

Smooth colouring is a well known technique. It is quick and easy to colour the bush and gives you a perfect finished look. You might want to choose carefully your markers so you can easily achieve a nice blended gradient. Also you’ll get smoother results if you colour quickly between layers, not allowing the ink to dry in between layers.


Stippling is a nice and quick way to build dimension just by layering random dots, or tiny tiny flicks, on your image.  In order to avoid a blended result, don’t choose markers too closed together in colour tone. I like to layer the base first (that's completely optional) and then start stippling from light to  dark. But you can try yourself and find out what works best for you. In the picture above I used YG01/03/05/23/17. I just added random tiny flicks, darker and closer together where it's further away from the light, and lighter and more spaced where I wanted the highlight. 


Scribbling is another technique that adds dimension. It is a bit messier, in my opinion, and requires that you control well your copic nib in order to get a very fine line and an harmonious finished work (try grabbing the marker closer to the nib).  As with stippling, don’t choose markers too close together in colour tone, to avoid a blended outcome. You’ll get better results/thinner scribbles if you scribble faster and holding your pen straight vertically, but you may find it harder to control the outcome. In the picture above I used YG01/03/05/23/17. I just scribbled randomly, darker and closer together where it's further away from the light, and lighter and more spaced where I wanted the highlight.

Both stippling and scribbling are very common and useful techniques to colour also curly hair, scales and even fur, please try it! 😊 To get crispier results, allow the ink to dry between layers, otherwise you’ll end up with a blended result, and will lose dimension. If this happens, jut repeat all scribbling or stippling again, only this time, allowing for drying time. Also know that different base layers will get you different results for the same combos (see further bellow).

Eventually, I chose to colour the foliage by stippling because I thought it would better match the loose leaves on the lower branches.

To add some dimension and the illusion of distance I coloured several “tree bushes” in different combos: brighter and lighter for the foliage upfront and duller and darker for the foliage that, in my perspective, would lay a little bit behind or further away from the light source.   
I set the tone with the base layer. So, if we label the bushes 1, 2 , 3 , 4 and 5, the base layers used were YG61 for bushes 1, 2 and 3, YG01 for bush 4 and YG00 for bush 5 (this last one was a huge mistake if you ask me, because it toned the bush too yellow, and I had to spend extra time to disguise it with the remaining combo).

The other markers I used for stippling, (yes, I know, as always I overdo it) were:

Bush 1 and 3:
YG21/23/25/63/67, FGY02, and G46/99 

Bush 2 and 4:
YG21/23/25/17,  FGY02,  and G07/29

Bush 5:
Same  as above but with less YG07 and with no G29

I immediately coloured the tree branches with E53/55/57 and the lower leaves (G46 on the left and YG07 on the right) to  get an idea of the finished “ensemble” and this is what it looked like:

Notice how you can get different results just by changing the base layer colour. Bushes 2 (YG61) and 4 (YG01) are an example of it.  Tweaking the colour combos just a little bit also results differently, see Bushes 1 and 2, for example.
Isn’t this fun? 😁

I then finished colouring the tree with the same combo, and the house foundations with E33/35/37.  I added a cast shadow behind the tree using YG17 (closer to the tree) and YG23, and coloured the ladder steps with E33/35.  

It took me some time to decide on how to colour the house. I took some inspiration from Pinterest – girl tree houses.
After drooling over a bunch of them (and dreaming with some of them just for myself), I finally decided to colour this house in lavender tones, so elegant!

So, I picked BV25 and BV29 for the roof, and V20/22/25 for the walls.  I coloured some details in E33 and E35 to make a connection with all the brown in the remaining drawing.

And finally decided on E40/41 for the door, window frame and shades. I coloured the door knob with BV25/29, the glass with B000, and the plant on the vase with YG03/05.

As a last minute detail, I also tried to add a cast shadow to the ladder, but I missed it so much, that I disguised  it behind some grass I coloured with YG17/23, FGY2 and G19. I also toned down the fence on the left using W0 and then going over with E41 again. I think it looks better now. And, that flower vase was missing some flowers!! So I added some tiny pink dots with a gel pen.
I am pretty happy with how it all turned out! :)

What do you think?

Copics used:
Sky: BG000
Ground: YG01/03/23
Grass: YG17/23, FGY2 and G19
Tree trunk: E51/53/55
Tree foliage: YG00/01/07/17/21/23/25/61/63/67, FGY02, and G07/29/46/99
Ladder: E33/35
House foundations: E33/35/37
House roof and door knob: B25/29
House walls: V20/22/25
Glass windows: B000
Brown details on house: E33/35
Fence and house door: E40/41 and W0

I hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting and bearing with me, in such a long post. 😉

Hugs from warm and sunny Portugal,