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Rubber Stamps:  Blossom by Stampendous, Flourishes by Rhonna Farrer for Autumn Leaves, Cowboy Ransom Alphabet by Limited Edition Rubber Stamps, "You are" by Anna Griffin for All Night Media; Brilliance Pearlescent Ink in Coffee Bean; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Ice Blue; Classic Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip Inks by SU! (for the sentiment); Copic Sketch Markers; Colored Pencils by Koh-I-Noor; Patterned Paper by Basic Grey; Narrow Organdy Ribbon in Pale Blue; Antique Copper Spiral Clip by SU!; Copper Glitter Glue by PSX (retired, but, Stickles probably has a comprable substitute)

I’ve read where some artists combine colored pencils and alcohol markers, so I wanted to try this and see what would happen.

After stamping the blossom in Brilliance on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80 cover Stock, I heat set the ink, and then used colored pencils to lightly color the edges of the blossom.  I then used the chisel tip of a Porcelain Blue Copic marker, to blend out the colored pencil, and color in the petals.

I *love* coloring in large, open images, and this blossom is one of my absolute favorites for this.  I was amazed at how well the colored pencil blended out with the marker and allowed me to create some fantastic shading!  I don’t think I did too bad, for my first time and I kinda surprised myself!

The only thing that disappointed me, is that I didn’t heat set all areas of the image enough, prior to coloring, so you can see where the Brilliance ink smeared a tad.  Otherwise, no issues.


I’m not sure why I decided to use the chisel tip when I tried this, but, it worked wonderfully!

Ellen Hutson has done some extensive testing on which inks work best with Copics, which you can read up on HERE. She even has a great chart that let’s you SEE the results she achieved.  If you’re a picture person, like I am, take a look at it! In a nutshell, she’s discovered that two inks work exceptionally well with Copic:   Craft type pigment ink, such as Brilliance, or VersaCraft (formerly known as Fabrico) or Adirondack, by Ranger Industries, which is a quick drying dye ink. I have, of course, ordered an Adirondack in Pitch Black and in Espresso, because I’m impatient (hmmmm, you wouldn’t have guessed that, would ya’? *wink*) and would prefer to skip the heat setting step, if that is at all possible.

BTW, someone asked me if Copics dry quickly on glossy card stock.

They do indeed!  Like lightning–I was very impressed!

BUT!!!  And, you knew there was a "but", coming, right?  As I colored over every ink I stamped with on glossy, I had smearing issues, and it didn’t matter which ink I used.  Brilliance seemed to hold up the best, but, was still not impervious, probably due to the glossy surface the ink sits on.

After some thought, I tried embossing the images with Clear EP over Brilliance Black, to see if that made a difference, and made yet another discovery . . . which was that the markers actually dulled the embossing itself, and "etched" it off, if I passed the marker over the embossing.   Hmmmmmm . . .  definitely something to be aware of before you emboss a bunch of images you plan to color with Copics! 

So, this leads me to believe there is some sort of chemical reaction that is occurring between the alcohol-based ink and the plastic in the embossing powder (EP is a form of ground up plastic or resin–what kind of plastic, I dunno; but, plastic itself comes in all kinds of forms and, depending on that, will react differently, depending on what’s being done to it–I’m certainly not, and don’t claim to be a chem/sci expert!  *wink*)

I fell in love with SU!’s Wild West Alphabet set, but, it’s too big, really, for the cards I wanted to use it on, so I did the happy dance, when I found the Cowboy Ransom Alpha–I think it’s gonna be POIFECT!!!

"Boho West" on white.  Does it work?

  1. love your blue flower card!! Laurie

  2. Too stinkin DELISH! My gosh girl you rocked out this one…DROP dEAd GAWGEOUS!

  3. I love everything about this card. WOO HOO!!!!

  4. Thank you for the link – Ellen’s site is awesome. I don’t know how I missed all that delicious stamping talk up to now! And I am so grateful for the research on the copics – I had gotten frsutrated, but never even thought to use my trusty adirondack espresso – one of my oldest and most favorite pads. And those glitter copics over there – I am drooling all over my keyboard. Thank you – you girls keep us on the cutting edge of products and techniques, and I am grateful.

  5. FABULOUS, FABULOUS card!!! I love all the information you shared about you experience with the markers, paper and ink. By the time I can afford my markers I will be an expert in what they work on and with thanks to you gals doing all the testing!! What more could I ask for, beautiful cards and directions? LOL. Of course I will have to case, I mean immitate your card somewhat, maybe I’ll use lavenders instead of blues. LOL. TFS.

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