Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New baby in town - Vicente!

Hello everyone, it's Sandra from Portugal!

So this is happening: I am going to be an auntie, again! J
Vicente will arrive in less than a month and I prepared this postcard as a welcome gift for him and his parents, using a digi from Little Miss Muffet – "baby sent from above".

Because I am remodelling my craft room (again, it’s a never ending story), I couldn’t find any paper that would match the image nicely, so I decided to create a cloudy blackround using Copic Various Ink BG70. It’s really fun and easy to do.

First, I printed the digi on some masking paper from Inkadinkadoo and fussy cut the star and the basket with the baby and teddy. I placed those items over the card’s image to protect it. Then I die cut some clouds using  Kaisercraft’s “Decorative Clouds” die, but you can cut and create your own clouds! 

I then placed some BG70 ink on a craft mat, grabbed it with a makeup sponge and daubed it around a cloud over the card. I repeated along the card using differente sized clouds and different placements. This is the finished background:

This card was really quick to do. I coloured the big star with Y02/04/06/08:

To colour the basket, I used E31/33 and 35.
It’s difficult to properly shade the basket without colouring the stars’ strings as well. No worries, I just coloured it and then I used the “magic” colourless blender to push some ink away and prepare it to be coloured in a different colour. I forgot to take the photo before I started colouring the strings, sorry.

I then coloured the strings with E81/84/87. And the stars using Y02/04/06/08 again.

I added the string's cast shadows with E35, after mapping them with E33:

Vicente is a portuguese boy’s name, my sister-in-law is welcoming a boy so I decided to colour the teddy in blue tones: B41/45. And I coloured the baby’s pyjamas and teddy’s bow in G09/12/14.

For the baby’s skin I chose peachy colours: YR000/01, E01 and E93 (cheeks).

I trimmed the card and framed it using a patterned paper from DCWV’s Nana’s Nursery collection, and some blue cardstock from Bazzill.

Well it looks pretty flat, doesn’t it? Wait, there is still one thing missing: a layered big star to add some dimension to the card. I printed one more image, coloured and fussy cut the star then glued it to the card using foam squares. 

It looks better now, don’t you agree?

Here is a list of all the Copic material used:

Sky: BG70 Various Ink
Stars: Y02/04/06/08
Pajamas: G09/12/14
Teddy: B41/45
Basket: E31/33 and 35
Basket rings: T1/3/5
Strings: E81/84/87
Skin: YR000/01, E01 and E93 (cheeks)



Friday, April 21, 2017

See the flowers smiling...

Hello everyone! It's Delphine here today to share a flowery scene :) I created my scene using two Make it Crafty images called, Evelyn and Rose Garden, which I combined in Word. I started by colouring the sky.

As you can see, I decided to add grass, a tree and bushes to fill the background a little. For the sky, I used BG000, BV20, C0, 1 and for the greenery B39, YG01, 03, 17, 67, T5 and T9. Next I coloured the rose bushes to finish the background, and then the skin of my character, as you can see in the next picture.

The rose bushes are G21, 24, 28, YG01, the roses and leaves are BG75, 78, T5, R35, 37, 39. I coloured the ground using E50, 51, 53 and the stones are E18, 04, 07.
For Evelyn's skin, I used E0000, 000, 00, 11, 13 - R20 for the lips and B45 for the eyes. Next step, the rest of my character:

I coloured the dress first and finished with the hair - saving the darkest part for the end to avoid dragging colour into light areas. The apron is C0, 1, 3 and the blue is B02, 04, 16, 18, 39. And I gave her black hair - I really like colouring black hair - with 100, C7, 9 and BV04 for the highlights. 
To finish off the card, I simply added a Hero Arts sentiment.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


There are a lot of grayscale colouring books available. You can compair this to an oilpainting technique called "grisaille", which is a term for a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or an another neutral colour. It's often used as an underpainting for the original coloured oilpainting. 

I used this lovely digital drawing by Alena Lazareva. I made the print lighter than the bought version , in word you can find this option in colour correction. 

Add a layer of E50 first.

Add BV00 and BV000 for some extra shading. This may look a bit much now, but after adding more layers of E colours you will see that the BV will blend in smoothly. 

Add some more E00 and W1 for more depth and warmth. Blend them all together with the E000 and E0000. 

Than I hopped over to the leaves. I used the YG 06,17,25 and 67. I started with the lightest colour, the YG06 first, than the darkest YG 67 and blend them all together with the middle tone green, the YG17. In the end I thought the leaves look to blue-ish green so I added some YG25, which is more yellow. 

Now I go back to the hair. Start using the darkest colour first, the V09. Than use the  V06, 05 and 04. 
Use these colours for the roses as well. 

The hair doesn't look nice this way. So use the V0000 now and blend all layers together. 

After using the V0000 the hair looks much nicer and all the colours are blended together. 

Now back to the dress.
 I used the V01 for tracing the pattern on the dress. Use BV00, 000 and W5 and 3 for defining the shades a bit more. 

Use E34, 35, 37 and 39 for the ropes and trunk. I used E34, 35 and 37 for the ropes. E35,37 and 39 for the trunk.

Now I am ready for the next steps. Copic work is done, time to make a background. 

After cutting out my image and glue-ing it to my page I decided to add some coloured pencils for more shades and making the eyes look better. 

And this how the finished page looks. I found the quote on the internet.

see you again in May


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Angelina and her crazy hair!

Hello everybody Copic Lovers!

Franz here today with a brand new CAS card that I made for my dear collegue Cristina, who turned a new year a few days ago....

Cristina has lot of problems with her hair in the morning and she never likes it when she arrives at work!

So, I thought that the lovely Angelina from Mo Manning with her balloons and her crazy hairstyle was just perfect for her birthday!

I coloured her funny hair with one of my favourite colour combos: E21, E25, E29; I started with the darkest one using the dark to light technique, I left some little white areas that I coloured up at the end with the lightest marker: E21.

Since Angelina is a little girl, I coloured her skin in quite light tones using my usual skin colour combo: E0000, E000, E00, E11 and R20 for cheeks, but I've been light with the darkest marker E11, so as not to weigh her lovely face down.

For her dress I have chosen one of my favourite colour combos ever: the red one! I used: R000, R20, R27, R35, R37 and R59...lot of markers for a so little space, right?!! Well, I wanted to give lot of contrast and depth to the dress :)

If you want to achieve this result, you have to be careful and start with R27 or R37, not with the darkest marker, blend with the lightest ones and then start again (and again!) with R59 with very little touches to add depth and blend again with the other colours.

You have to do this several times as long as you're not satisfied with the result and you have to be very light handed every time!

I hope that my tips could be useful :)
Have a lovely day everyone!
Lots of hugs,


Copic Markers:
Skin: E0000 E000 E00 E11 - R20 for cheecks
Hair: E21 E25 E29
Outfit - Red: R000 R20 R27 R29 R35 R37 R59
Outfit - White: W1, W3, W5.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

You make me happy when skies are grey...

Good Morning everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the Easter break, 
it's Sue here today sharing a rainy day card with a great Copic technique.
I thought I would try a technique with Copic refills and stencils that I have used previously with Distress Ink pads and stencils!  I am really pleased to say that the technique works really well with Copics!

I have put together a tutorial to hopefully show you how you can also achieve such a fun background.
Here are the goodies you need.  You can see that the first thing I did was to colour and cut out the beautiful Stamping Bella Tiny Townie - Rachel loves the Rain.  Make sure you put her somewhere safe while you get inky with your background!
It is important to work swiftly with this technique because the ink dries quite quickly so open all of your refills before you start and tip some colourless blender into your spritzer bottle.
Randomly dab some rows of tiny dots of ink from the Copic refills onto your mat so that you have covered an area roughly the same size as your stencil.
Working quickly, give the ink one fine spray of colourless blender and press the stencil onto the inky mat.
Place the stencil 'ink side down' onto your piece of card
and gently tap the stencil all over with a piece of tissue paper.
Carefully lift the stencil away from the card, this is the effect you will see - isn't it pretty!
Finally, clean your work surface and stencil with some Copic Cleaner.

Here is my finished card.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  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

Copic Marker Colour Combinations
Skin V20, E00, E000, E0000
Hair E50, E31, E33, E25
Clothes RV95, RV93, RV91, BV29, BV13, BV02, BV31
Puddle W5, W3, W1
Grass YG67, YG63, G21

Copic Marker Refills for Background
B91, BV11, R81, 0 Colourless Blender

Other Ingredients
Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Rachel Loves The Rain Stamp and Die from Dies To Die For
MFT Paper 6 x 6 Pads - Roses All Over & Hearts and Stripes from Dies To Die For
Die Namics Stitched Rectangle Frames from Dies To Die For
Make It Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
 Memento Ink pad in Black
White Posca 1mm Pen
Stix 2 Foam Pads
Thank you for popping by.
Happy Copic colouring!
love from

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happiness is Homemade

Hi everyone! 
It's Sandie here today with a sweet card I made featuring Tiddly Inks Bake Me Some Love digital stamp

To create shading on the white coat and hat, I applied a very small amount of C3, then went over it and dragged it out a little with C1, and finally faded it all together with the colourless blender. This way I have no sharp contrasts between the greys and the white. 

To colour the bowl I used R81 and colourless blender. I find that colourless blender is a great way to move colour and give highlights to specific areas of the image. 

All Copic Markers used: 
Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E50, E53, E33
Hat/Coat/Ground - C1, C3, 0
Shoes/Pants - C5, C7, 100
Spoon - C33, C35, C37
Bowl - R81, 0

Other products used are:
Card - Papermilldirect
Papers - Echo Park Happiness is Homemade
Cutlery Die - Magnolia
Enamel Dots - CC Designs. 

Thanks for dropping by. I hope my post inspires you to be a little bit creative today. 

Friday, April 7, 2017


Hello Copic lovers

Here is Juanita again from Switzerland.

Sometimes I don't know what to draw, then I take a look on Pinterest
and then I get my inspiration.
This time I saw a squirrel and then I searched for trees. 
This is what came out!

 First I started with E40 and coloured the whole head.
Then I took E97 and started flicking in the direction from the fur.

Then  I go in with E31 and do the brighter parts.

 Then with E07 the darker parts.

With E79 I did  the eyes, the dark shadow parts and  a little bit of fur.

I used R01 for the paws, the ear, around the eye and nose.

Then I flicked in small strokes,
everywhere I thought needed some more colour.

 The acorn is coloured with  E13 - E15 - E19 - E27
The eye with E79 - W10 - B91

I started the tree with W1, 
just do it like you feel it, don't consider to long, do it quickly.

Do the same with E81 and E44,
 don't tremble with the Copic, you can't do it wrong.

Go on with E55.

And E59.

I used E89 - E87 - E44 - E43 for the inside of the tree.
With Opaque white, I added highlights and the beard of the squirrel.

And this is the finished card.
I hope you like this sweet little squirrel!

Here one more time are the colours I've used

Squirrel: E40 - E97 - E31 - E07 - E79 - R01
Eye: E79 - W10 - B91
Acorn: E13 - E15 - E19 - E27
Tree: W1 - E81 - E44 - E55 - E59
Inside Tree: E89 - E87 - E44 - E43

I wish you all a nice day and see you next time!

Hugs Juanita