My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

Hi everyone! In this video, I will show you how to create a Copic colored & heat embossed floral card on a dark background. I like my cards to be simple, yet dramatic and I often achieve that drama with the help of dark-colored cardstock. I also love to color with Copic markers as I find coloring with Copics to be quick and efficient. It’s one of my favorite coloring mediums.

My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

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CARD DETAILS

As you may know, coloring with Copic markers or any other alcohol markers is not possible on dark cardstock due to the nature of that coloring medium. Yet, on this card, it looks like I colored the flowers directly on the background. I achieved this looks with the help of a simple trick I’ll share with you today.

My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

I started by stamping a beautiful floral cluster from MFT Floral Focus stamp set. On my finished card, the image is heat embossed and colored with Copic markers. It’s best to never color with your Copics over something that is heat embossed as you run the risk ruining you marker tip. Yet, I still love the look of a simple Copic colored image and heat embossed outline. I often forgo the rule of not coloring with Copics over heat embossing and I just try to be very careful, but not everyone is like me and you might not want to do this. So I’ll show you a workaround so that you can still have this look, but not have to color with Copic over heat embossing.

My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

My plan is to stamp this image twice, first in black alcohol marker friendly ink and then in clear embossing ink and heat set with embossing powder. But, I’m not stamping the image twice right away. First, I’m stamping it in black Copic marker friendly ink on white cardstock.

The trick is to use a MISTI stamping tool for this (or similar tool). Once you stamped the image, do keep the stamp in the MISTI and do not remove it. It’s important to keep it as this will allow us to heat emboss the same image in the same spot on the same piece of paper later.

My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

The next step is coloring! You can color however you like, using whatever colors you prefer. I’ve been enjoying using subtle shades of pink with some lively greens so those are the colors I’ll be coloring this with. The pink colors I used are RV34, RV11, RV13, and RV00. To color the leaves I used YG03, YG17 and YG63 colors.

Before I move to add the heat embossed outline I let the ink dry on my panel. This is a crucial step and you want to make sure to either give the panel some time to dry or zap it with a heat tool. Next, I’ve placed the panel back in my mini MISTI with the stamp positioned as it was before and heat embossed the image over it.

My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

So there you have it – a workaround the heat embossing and Copic coloring. You color first and heat emboss your image later. It’s a bit more work and there’s always the risk that the image will not match up, but it’s well worth the effort in the end.

I cut the cluster out with the help of a coordinating die. I mentioned I love to use dark backgrounds for my projects. I picked a dark blue-green one for this card and my plan was to foam mount the cluster over it. The cluster hoverer, because it was colored on white cardstock has a white outline to it. The cluster on my finished card doesn’t have any visible outline and thus it blends with the background and just looks a lot better. It looks as if it was colored on the background itself.

My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

This is easily done with a simple trick that requires just a bit more coloring. I’ve looked through my Copic collection and I have picked a marker that matches in color to the background paper. I used this marker to color the white outline of my die cut. If you are afraid to color next to the heat embossing you might want to color it before heat embossing and even before you die cut the cluster. I’m okay coloring next to the heat embossing so I don’t mind.

I foam mounted the die cut onto the panel, going outside the edges just a bit. For a sentiment for this card, I picked one that reads Sincere Thanks and heat embossed it in same embossing powder on same color cardstock as my background. The sentiment comes from the Bitty Thanks & Gratitude stamp set. I trimmed it to a skinny strip and foam mounted to the card overlapping the floral cluster just slightly.

My Favorite Things | Copic Tips For Dark Backgrounds. Video

Finally, I created an A2 white card base, I trimmed the front panel to 4 1/4 x 5 1/4”,  added it to the card base with the help of foam adhesive. You can skip the foam adhesive and use regular adhesive if you’d like to keep the card on the flatter side. Finally, if you want to add something a little extra to the card you can embellish it with your favorite dots or drops or gems.

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!

My Favorite Things Floral Focus Clear Stamps
My Favorite Things Floral Focus Clear Stamps
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My Favorite Things Floral Focus Die-namics Mft1554
My Favorite Things Floral Focus Die-namics Mft1554
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My Favorite Things Bitty Thanks and Gratitude Stamps
My Favorite Things Bitty Thanks and Gratitude Stamps
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Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting Machine
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 Lb Desert Storm
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Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape Roll
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder
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Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Copic Sketch Marker RV00 Water Lily
Copic Sketch Marker RV00 Water Lily
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Copic Sketch Marker Rv34 Dark Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
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Copic Sketch Marker YG17 Grass Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG17 Grass Green
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Copic Sketch Marker YG63 Pea Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG63 Pea Green
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Copic Sketch Marker BG09 Blue Green
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Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
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Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
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6 Comments

    1. Wow! This is gorgeous!! I don’t own Copics but I did get your point of coloring and heat embossing later! Thank you for the workaround 🙂 Also, initially I thought you had colored the flowers on the blue cardstock! Great effect by coloring the diecut borders <3 <3

    1. AMAZING! love that background cardstock color! and the pinks go perfectly with it! STUNNING!

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