I hope you had a nice holiday weekend! We’ve received a lot of questions on the Copic Marker Scrapbooking web submission form lately asking for help putting together Copic papercrafting projects.
Hopefully, this post will help trouble shoot some of that for you.
Here are a few of the most common problems:
– I can’t find paper/embellishments to match the image I’ve colored.
– My embellishments don’t fit and my card won’t come together right.
– The individual elements of my card just don’t jive together.
There is a simple solution to all three of these problems: Work backwards! Most Copic centered projects don’t jive well together because the crafter colors the image first, and then looks for supporting elements to match. By flipping it around, and matching your coloring to your embellishments, you stand a much greater chance of getting the results you want!
Here’s how it goes… the first step is to select the image you want to color. Then, select the card you intend to place it on, and the embellishments you would like to use with it. Here are the embellishments I chose for my “Tiny Dancer” card.
Next, I decided which shade to color her tutu. I picked the purple out of my background paper, and then tested several Copic shades to see what matched up. I used BV11, BV13, BV17 for her dress and shoes.
From there I chose complimenting colors for the rest of the image. Her hair is E23, E25, E29. Why did I choose brown hair over blond? Because the twigs of my flowers are brown, as are the gem embellishments I had planned to use.
I colored her wings YR30 and YR31, to pick up the gold glitter on the flowers, and also because I chose to use a buttermilk atyou Spica pen to glitz her up afterwards. Her skin is E00, E21 and shadowed with BV20.
Here’s the finished result:
You do not have to have an extraordinarily large collection of Copics to match your embellishments (but of course it always helps!). If you have basic colors, you can tone them down using light grays (C1, C3, W1, W3, N1, N3) to match your accents.
Once you have red, blue and yellow blends, you can pretty much match any shade you want. If you have a blue green background, and don’t have any BG copics, color the desired portion of your image blue. Then blend some green in. See where I’m going with that? Use the colorless blender pen to fade reds into pinks in areas. Copics are very versatile, your possibilities are endless! You can even color on or airbrush your embellishments with Copics to get the color you desire!
Here’s the tiny dancer fairy that Kathie drew! What creative color combo can you come up with for her?
For more information on Kathie, and more of her designs and freebies, visit her blog Beary Wishes.