Wednesday’s Card: Lots o’ Copic Coloring

Copic Flowers
Copic Flowers (markers)

Good morning!

The stamp I used this week is actually a solid silhouette stamp – you know, the kind that is a shadow and stamps all one color. I saw this technique awhile back I think by Jennifer McGuire on Hero Arts, but I searched and couldn’t find it! I stamped the image in a very light color (Antique Linen), then used Copics over it. You can use this technique on pretty much any silhouette stamp – think of the possibilities!

I also used gray and a colorless blender to create the shadows behind the flower – it really added quite a bit of dimension.

One of my blog readers (shout-out to Nancy Cotter!) pointed me to this book: Copic Coloring Guide. It has some pretty good basic information, and it’s not too expensive. It doesn’t tell you which colors to buy, but it does give a lot of examples using various colors. If you are thinking about getting into Copics, this is a great read, plus you can check out my Copics – Where to Start? post.

Have a great week!!


Other Supplies:

  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers (see photo above)
  • Spellbinders Labels Seven
  • Inkadinakado Polka Dot Background Stamp
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Antique Linen and Walnut Stain
  • ATG Gun
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  1. Debbie Flaherty says:

    Hi Darlene,
    Your coloring just amazes me. Beautiful work.
    I would like to start a collection of Copic markers but don’t really know what colors to start with so as to be able to shade right etc. There are so many to choose from.
    Could you give me some pointers. I would appreciate any advice you might have. I’m a retired great Grammie and now have the time to do my crafts, mainly cards…
    Thanks so much for your time… I look forward to seeing your next card.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Thank you Debbie! Click My Favorite Things in the top menu and then Copics. There’s some info and links there on getting started. Good luck!

  2. Absolutely beautiful Darlene! You are a master at Copic colouring! Just beautiful!

  3. This is a great tutorial, thanks so much!

  4. Fabulous idea and wonderful video tutorial! I’m inspired to try this technique!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer Ferrell

  5. Saw your card on Craft Gossip. What a great way to use Copics on solid stamps. I will have to dig out my (unloved!) solid stamps and colour them in.

  6. Just got back from vacation, what a lovely card to return to. Working my way through my emails and your cards are my first picks to watch. Ordering that book today from Amazon.

  7. My favorite ~ coneflowers ~ done BEAUTIFULLY! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Stunning card. I never would have thought to color in the solid stamp images! And I love the added white pencil coloring technique! Now I’m going to revisit all my SU sold stamp sets!

  9. Darlene,
    That stamp is one of my favorite Stampin Up images. I’ve not yet started collecting any Copic markers, nor do I have any Spellbinders products, but your design really makes me want to start!! I loved what you did. It is gorgeous!

    Thanks again for sharing your talents.

  10. Such a fabulous technique! I am seriously in love with your card and the coloring! It looks so much like a beautiful painting.

  11. Darlene, you are an artist! Honestly, this flower that you painted could be framed and hung on the wall. I cannot believe all the wonderful shading that you do. You are truly an inspiration to all.

  12. Love how you coloured this image!

  13. What a beautiful card Darlene! You achieved so much dimension! Thanks for the tip on using solid stamps differently!

  14. Really beautiful. Another technique to add to my arsenal.

  15. Darlene, You NEVER disappoint. The card is Beautiful!!!

  16. Hi Darlene
    another fab card, i was enchanted to my screen whilst you were colouring and i love the die tip tfs
    huggs Amanda

  17. So cool. Your colouring is so good!

  18. Debbie Baker says:

    What a beautiful job on the coloring! I love this card. And what a good idea on the Spellbinders! Thanks for sharing!
    Ciao db:)

  19. Great idea!!! I don’t have Copics, but I bet you could do the same with Prisma colored pencils. Going to give it a try!


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