A Beginner’s Copic Card Tutorial
Would you like your hand-stamp images to have shading and dimension like fine art? If you would, then one option for achieving this result is copic markers. From this copic card tutorial you’ll be introduced to the technique of working with copic markers.
If you are unfamiliar with copic markers, then click here to go to the copic markers introduction post.
I made design choices for this tutorial with the beginner in mind. The stamp image had to be beginner friendly. That is why I chose a large single rose stamp with shadow detail. A large single rose is beginner friendly because it is easier to see the detail and to color it in. It is also a budget friendly approach to working with copic markers. This way you only have to invest in three markers vs. three markers for each of the colors used. This can add up. Black ink is typically used in this type of card project. I chose a ink color that is closer to the flower color than black. I have found it to be a more forgiving color choice for beginners.
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- Stampland Chicago Antique Rose 2511-26
- Cardstock White
- Decorative Cardstock plus coordinating solid
- Colorbox Dye Ink Putty
- Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
Coloring Tip: The end image should be dominated by the dark and light shades. This is how you create dimension
- Copic panel: cut a 3″ square from white cardstock. Ink up image and stamp on panel.
- Choose three shades of a color for your rose–light, medium and dark. Take the lightest shade marker and apply a base coat to the entire flower.
- Apply the dark marker to one petal at a time. Take your cues from the stamp details. The darker areas go on the inside. So any area where the petal is going towards the center of the rose. Also, apply a little bit of the dark marker to the outside edge of the petal.
- Apply the medium. Decide which areas you want to be highlights. These areas you won’t apply additional ink from the medium shade marker.
- Cut the following: cut 4 1/2″ X 9″ rectangle for the card base, cut a 4″ square from the decorative paper, and a 3 1/4″ square from the solid cardstock color.
- The folded card base is a 4 1/2″ square. Score the base accordingly and fold.
- Assemble card using the paper glue. First center the decorative paper on the base and glue into place. Repeat the process with the 3 1/4″ square and then with the copic panel.