Pretty Pink Posh | Spring Tulips Copic Colored Greetings cards by Yana Smakula Featuring: Magnolia Flowers and Crocus Flowers stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh #PrettyPinkPosh #Cardmaking #Stamping #CopicColoring

Blending-Free Coloring with Copic Markers. Video

Hello, crafters! This video and projects show a different way to color floral images with alcohol markers without the stress of blending.

This coloring method reminds me of graphic-like coloring. Think about computer-generated graphics and limit that graphic to just a few colors. That image will have a clear transition between various shades of one color. So no gradual blending. Harsh lines that add color, define shadows and highlights.

You can use this coloring method with any images, I find that I like to use florals the most for this. The florals I am using today are all from Pretty Pink Posh, but of course, this can be applied to other stamps just as easily.

Pretty Pink Posh | Spring Tulips Copic Colored Greetings cards by Yana Smakula Featuring: Magnolia Flowers and Crocus Flowers stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh #PrettyPinkPosh #Cardmaking #Stamping #CopicColoring

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARD DETAILS

Begin this type of coloring by applying the lightest color to the entire image. When you color with Copics you typically saturate the paper with the lightest color or go back to the lightest color to blend all the colors together. While the paper is wet it makes it easier to blend the colors. When you color with alcohol markers in the usual way you also don’t color the entire image, you work in sections. You color one petal at a time as this allows the ink to remain wet long enough on that area to help you do your blending.

Pretty Pink Posh | Spring Tulips Copic Colored Greetings cards by Yana Smakula Featuring: Magnolia Flowers and Crocus Flowers stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh #PrettyPinkPosh #Cardmaking #Stamping #CopicColoring

Here, we don’t want any blending to take place. In fact, it is rather best if blending doesn’t happen. So color the entire image using your base color and even set it aside for a few seconds or minutes to dry.

Pretty Pink Posh | Spring Tulips Copic Colored Greetings cards by Yana Smakula Featuring: Magnolia Flowers and Crocus Flowers stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh #PrettyPinkPosh #Cardmaking #Stamping #CopicColoring

With the base layer of the ink dry add a darker color. Envision which parts of the petal would remain lightest, preserved those areas, and color the rest of the petals with a darker color. Repeat applying darker colors to create shadows on your image. Remember, we are not blending anything, we are simply applying a solid layer of color.

Copic marker colors used:

I used Pretty Pink Posh Magnolia and Crocus flower stamps in the same way but colored them using different marker colors to explore this technique a bit further. I did enjoy this coloring style and while I can’t say it will work for every image in my stash or that I will use it daily, it is something I plan to come back to often.

Pretty Pink Posh | Spring Tulips Copic Colored Greetings cards by Yana Smakula Featuring: Magnolia Flowers and Crocus Flowers stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh #PrettyPinkPosh #Cardmaking #Stamping #CopicColoring

It is up to you how many marker colors to use to color your image in this way. Depending on the image size and depending on the size of your marker stash you might want to use just 2 colors or if the image is big and you have a bit marker collection you can use 5, 6, or even more shades of one color. I would say don’t overdo it, just do simple coloring. This is what this coloring method is all about.

Since I was making these cards in early Spring I picked Happy Spring sentiment and stamped it in black. To add interest to the background I foiled the Polka Dot Border glimmer plate from Spellbinders from my Foiled Basics collection in various color foil on light gray cardstock.

Pretty Pink Posh | Spring Tulips Copic Colored Greetings cards by Yana Smakula Featuring: Magnolia Flowers and Crocus Flowers stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh #PrettyPinkPosh #Cardmaking #Stamping #CopicColoring

I trimmed my foiled panels to 3 3/4 x 5”, foam mounted it onto A2 white side folding card base. To add dimension to the flowers I used coordinating dies that and die-cut 4 layers from scrap white cardstock. I glued those layers together and glued them behind my colored flowers. This provided a solid layer of dimension.

Using cardstock to add dimension does make your card heavier, but it also makes it a lot more sturdy, there are weight and heft to it. That isn’t ideal for mailing the card, so if you plan to mail your project, maybe stick to using fun foam and foam adhesive squares.

Pretty Pink Posh | Spring Tulips Copic Colored Greetings cards by Yana Smakula Featuring: Magnolia Flowers and Crocus Flowers stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh #PrettyPinkPosh #Cardmaking #Stamping #CopicColoring

Finally, I used Pretty Pink Posh confetti in various colors (to match the foil used for the background) to embellish my card as I thought they complimented the foiled background dots perfectly.

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Pretty Pink Posh Tulips Stamp Set
Pretty Pink Posh Tulips Stamp Set
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Pretty Pink Posh Tulips Coordinating Dies
Pretty Pink Posh Tulips Coordinating Dies
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Pretty Pink Posh Crocus Flower Clear Stamps
Pretty Pink Posh Crocus Flower Clear Stamps
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Pretty Pink Posh Crocus Flower Dies
Pretty Pink Posh Crocus Flower Dies
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Pretty Pink Posh Magnolia Flowers Clear Stamps
Pretty Pink Posh Magnolia Flowers Clear Stamps
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Pretty Pink Posh Magnolia Flowers Dies
Pretty Pink Posh Magnolia Flowers Dies
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Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Jewels
Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Jewels
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Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold Confetti
Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold Confetti
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Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
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Spellbinders Polka Dot Strip Glimmer Hot Foil Plates
Spellbinders Polka Dot Strip Glimmer Hot Foil Plates
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Spellbinders Hot Foil Roll - Gold
Spellbinders Hot Foil Roll – Gold
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Glimmer Hot Foil - Rose Gold
Glimmer Hot Foil – Rose Gold
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Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System
Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System
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Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting Machine
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Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Gray Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Fog Gray Cardstock
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Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink
Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink
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Copic Sketch Marker Rv17 Deep Magenta
Copic Sketch Marker Rv17 Deep Magenta
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Copic Sketch Marker RV00 Water Lily
Copic Sketch Marker RV00 Water Lily
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Copic Sketch Marker RV10 Pale Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV10 Pale Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker RV11 Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV11 Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker RV21 Light Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV21 Light Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker RV34 Dark Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV34 Dark Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker Bv000 Iridescent Mauve
Copic Sketch Marker Bv000 Iridescent Mauve
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Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
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Copic Sketch Marker G94 Grayish Olive
Copic Sketch Marker G94 Grayish Olive
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Copic Sketch Marker G99 Olive Green
Copic Sketch Marker G99 Olive Green
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Copic Sketch Marker V12 Pale Lilac
Copic Sketch Marker V12 Pale Lilac
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Copic Sketch Marker V17 Amethyst
Copic Sketch Marker V17 Amethyst
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Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
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12 Comments

    1. Yana,
      I REALLY like today’s blending post. Such a more interesting look over regular blending.
      I’m going to try this today!
      Thank you….Beth

    1. I can’t wait to try this technique! Also can you tell me if the Spellbinders foil plates can be used in a machine like the Minc?

      1. thank you, Robin. To answer your question – no. The Glimmer machine and Minc are completely different and products aren’t compatible.

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