Have you ever heard of Copic markers?
I’d had my eye on them since I saw them in my local Archiver’s store. But they’re not exactly cheap, so I had hoped to buy some up slowly, but then my dear sister and my parents went in on a bunch of them for my birfday.
Update: my brother would like me to point out that he also got a couple of these markers for me. Specifically the colorless blending marker and the black one. Forgive me for being so remiss in failing to mention this at first. Thank you.
So anyway. I made these cards a little while ago to try them out. Let me show you how they work.
I started out with a simple stamped image that I could add color to. I like to use clear stamps because I can see exactly how they will be oriented and have more control over them overall. In this case, I used a large mat that has foam on the corners so you can position it easily and then press down when you’re ready. If I remember correctly, my family gave this to me for another birthday– the birthday when I revealed to my extended family that we were expecting Little Man.
This is the card before using Copic markers. It’s ok, but nothing special.
I first used a dark blue to color one area.
Then a light blue to color right next to it. The markers have a chart that tells you which colors work together.
The third step is using the colorless blending marker to blend the two colors into each other.
This takes a little bit of time to get them blended nicely, but I like the effect. I found that this particular ink I used on the stamp bled a little, which was kind of annoying. I used these again later with other stamp pads and didn’t have the same difficulty. I’m also not sure if it would have made a difference if I had let the stamped image dry overnight before using the markers.
I made two of these, using different colors and coloring the flowers as well. I like how they turned out. Simple, yet they catch your eye.
I also put a little stamp on the back of the envelopes. Because I’m an overachiever like that.
Anyway. I think the markers are pretty cool, and they make a nice statement. They also make my card-making just a little bit easier. :)
Note: This is not a paid promotion of Copic markers; I was not compensated in any way for telling you about them. I just think they’re cool. I’m sure Copic markers has never heard of me. :)