Spellbinders | Just Add Color collection by Stephanie Low. Dramatic Florals & Background with Copic Markers. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula. Congratulations Greeting Card

Spellbinders | Just Add Color! Dramatic Florals with Copic Markers. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway)

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m thrilled to have you joining me today as we celebrate the release of a stunning “Just Add Color” rubber stamp collection from Stephanie Low & Spellbinders. More about the blog hop & giveaway below, but first, let’s talk about these stamps and things you can make with them.

Spellbinders | Just Add Color collection by Stephanie Low. Dramatic Florals & Background with Copic Markers. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula. Congratulations Greeting Card

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The “Just Add Color” collection is just that – it is full of beautiful hand drawn outline florals we see all around us. There are 10 red rubber stamp sets in this line, each it’s own flower or a grouping of flowers as well as some mandalas, too. These can be used separately or combined together with a little bit of masking to create stunning floral arrangements (there’s tons of inspiration on the Spellbinders blog using these, too; be sure to take a look). There are no coordinating dies available for these stamps, so if you want to cut them out you’ll have to fussy with scissors.

VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, 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

I started making my card by creating masks for the images I was planning to use. I stamped flowers onto masking paper and cut them out with the help of detail scissors. Next, using a mini MISTI stamping tool, I create a large floral arrangement by stamping images, masking them and adding additional images in the background.

Spellbinders | Just Add Color collection by Stephanie Low. Dramatic Florals & Background with Copic Markers. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula. Congratulations Greeting Card

Images were stamped using Spellbinders Cave Black ink by Jane Davenport, this is an alcohol marker friendly ink, similar to Intense Black by Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts, it works beautifully with alcohol markers or watercolor mediums and doesn’t bleed from either.

Spellbinders | Just Add Color collection by Stephanie Low. Dramatic Florals & Background with Copic Markers. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula. Congratulations Greeting Card

Once my stamping was done I started coloring. I used Copic markers for this project today as I often consider them a speedy way to color. I’ve said this a million times – I’m not whiz when it comes to Copic markers or any coloring medium for that matter and I just do basic coloring without giving it much thought.

I typically have the base of the leaves or petals darkest as this is where you’d normally see most of shadows in nature and keep the tip or the center of the leaf or petal lightest and use my medium marker color to transition between the two. If I feel I need to I often go back to the darkest areas and intensify them even more to have darker, deeper shadows on my projects to set the mood.

I used the following marker colors for both of the cards I’m sharing today:

  • G99 dark, G94 medium, YG03 light.
  • RV23 dark, RV10 medium, RV00 light.
  • RV14 dark, RV13 medium, RV10 light.

Spellbinders | Just Add Color collection by Stephanie Low. Dramatic Florals & Background with Copic Markers. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula. Congratulations Greeting Card

To create a dramatic effect on this card I also colored a background. For this I employed a BG09 marker. It’s a new one in my collection and I picked it up specifically with background coloring in mind. I love to create bold, dramatic cards and using a dark background is one way to do it. I also love to have bright vibrant colors on my projects and if I start with a dark background I’m not always able to achieve that, at least not with every kind of coloring medium I like to use. If I color with Copic markers I opt for a white or light background and simply color it in using my preferred color.

Coloring a background on a card takes some time and it also takes a lot of layers, especially with Copic markers. The key here is to take it slow and one layer at a time, I think, and to keep coming back to the background to add more saturation and more ink to get desired effect. This will use a lot of the ink from your marker, so be ready. Copic markers are expensive, you might not want to use up your marker ink to color a background. Perhaps use a cheaper medium in that case.

Once my coloring was finished I stared working on a sentiment for this card. I decided I’d foil one using Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System and Glimmer plates. After foiling my sentiment in matte gold foil I cut it out using a banner die from the February Glimmer Kit and added on to the card.

To finish this project I die-cut my colored panel using pierced rectangle die and foam mounted it onto an A2 white card base. I also added some gold thread and embellished this project with a few sequins from my stash.

Spellbinders | Just Add Color collection by Stephanie Low. Dramatic Florals & Background with Copic Markers. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula. Congratulations Greeting Card

I made another card using same supplies and almost identical floral arrangement. This time I went with a white background with woodgrain texture. You can see how big of a difference a dark background can make. I love both looks, but sometimes prefer the dark one. Which one do you like more? Let me know in the comments below.

Spellbinders | Just Add Color collection by Stephanie Low. Dramatic Florals & Background with Copic Markers. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula. Congratulations Greeting Card

BLOG HOP

Spellbinders
Stephanie Low
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Lea Lawson
May Sukyong Park
Janette Kausen
Therese Calvird
Justine Hovey
Virginia Lu
Jacquie Dean
Kelly Latevola
Emily Midgett
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GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, February 24th 11:59 pm EDT. Winners will be announced on Spellbinders blog in the blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

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!

Spellbinders Large Peonies Cling Rubber Stamps
Spellbinders Large Peonies Cling Rubber Stamps
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Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles
Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles
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Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Hot Foil Plate
Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Hot Foil Plate
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Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System
Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System
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Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
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Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month Club
Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month Club
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Glimmer Hot Foil - Matte Gold
Glimmer Hot Foil – Matte Gold
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Jane Davenport Squid Ink Cave Black
Jane Davenport Squid Ink Cave Black
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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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Hero Arts Decorative Woodgrain Cardstock
Hero Arts Decorative Woodgrain Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper
Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper
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Judikins Eclipse Art Masking Tape
Judikins Eclipse Art Masking Tape
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Copic Sketch Marker RV14 Begonia Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV14 Begonia Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker RV13 Tender Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV13 Tender Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker RV10 Pale Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV10 Pale Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker RV00 Water Lily
Copic Sketch Marker RV00 Water Lily
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Copic Sketch Marker RV23 Pure Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV23 Pure Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker YG99 Marine Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG99 Marine Green
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Copic Sketch Marker G94 Grayish Olive
Copic Sketch Marker G94 Grayish Olive
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Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
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Copic Sketch Marker BG09 Blue Green
Copic Sketch Marker BG09 Blue Green
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DMC Metallic Gold Embroidery Thread
DMC Metallic Gold Embroidery Thread
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Simon Says Stamp Sequins Girl
Simon Says Stamp Sequins Girl’s Best Friend
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Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
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Tonic Spring-cut Fine Tip Detail Scissors
Tonic Spring-cut Fine Tip Detail Scissors
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Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
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Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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101 Comments

    1. Love these two cards! That dark background really makes the image stunning. Several layers, you say? Congrats on your patience! TFS! kReN@afourthlife

    1. I really love the darker background of your first card but I’m not sure I would use all my ink to color it when I probably could find a suitable cardstock instead. Of course, for a very special recipient, I guess I would color the background too!!!

    1. I’m drawn to the dark one. Both are beautiful. You always inspire me.

    1. Lovely cards – especially love the dark colored background, really sets off the florals! Just beautiful!

    1. I love both cards but, I do like the one with the solid background better.

    1. I can see how the darker background really makes the color of the flowers pop! You’ve chosen such a pretty color combination. As someone who loves to color and is always looking for stamps with images I can color, this collection looks ideal for me. And I would love to see you make some of the boxes. I’ll be getting that die to make some shadow boxes and would love to see more on how you make them. Thanks, Yana and hope you trip to China is going well. Safe travels.

    1. Gorgeous cards, Yana. I’ve always loved Spellbinders dies, but I’ve recently purchased a few of the cling stamps and they stamp beautifully. It’s tough to pick a favorite, but I think I prefer the white background.

    1. Dear Yana
      your creations are beautiful. I just cant say that I like the other better as I hv fallen in love with both cards. The floral collection Just Add Color is beautiful. Thank you for teaching with love and care. I would love to own all of them one day. Tc stay blessed always. Love and Hugs from Sri Lanka

    1. Although I like the dramatic dark background I love the gold embossing on the second card!

    1. Yana, I LOVE BOTH of your cards! The darker background makes me think of Tapestry & it is RICH! The lighter background is just as elegant with the gold embossing & LOVELY lightly colored flowers! GORGEOUS WORK!!!! 😉

    1. I don’t think that my comment “took”. I love the way the teal makes the flower stand out!

    1. Both cards are absolutely gorgeous! I prefer the one with the dark background the best! Great inspiration!

    1. I love the dark background in this case – really makes the colours POP.
      Both are beautiful!

    1. Love both versions, but am partial to the florals on the white background. I prefer softer colors and love the gold embossing. I recently got my Glimmer Hot Foil Machine and know I’ll be using it more and more. Thanks, Yana, for another wonderful tutorial.

    1. Just beautiful! Two cards…and two videos…that was awesome! I love your work….I am a follower on YouTube…..I so enjoy seeing what you come up with….Lovely as always..thank you so much

    1. I love how the dark background makes your flowers shine bright a real feast for the eyes.

    1. Great job, love the gold embossing, the two very different color combos and Thanks for sharing this new release!

    1. I love the colors you chose for both cards. I’ve always admired your coloring skills and do not disappoint with these either.

    1. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. I love your coloring. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Your cards are so lovely!! I really love your coloring and blending particularly the second one. Gorgeous!!

    1. Two very different but equally beautiful cards. You are so talented. I look forward to your posts for inspiration!

    1. Just beautiful. Love the vivid colors so thanks for the tip on how you got it. TFS

    1. You did a great job of coloring the flowers and leaves. You made them have depth.

    1. These are both beautiful; my eye is drawn to the teal background. I love how moody and intense it makes the floral design! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

    1. Beautiful cards. I was drawn to the richness of the dark contrast of colors on your first one. I love adding gold thread to my cards. Yours adds just that extra something.

    1. I really like the dark background of the first card. It helps the flowers really stand out. I also like the pastel color of the second card. Nicely done!

    1. love how you created two of the same card, but they look so different with the darker background – very nice idea:)

    1. You do such great work! Thanks for sharing. I love them both, but am favoring the dark background slightly, I think. Nice.

    1. Well Yana, I love deep rich colours, but I think this time I like the white background as the card just speaks of peace & delicacy to me. Both are gorgeous!

    1. Yana your videos and samples this week are so inspiring. I love both cards equally although the first one really caught my attention and I had to see how you did it. Beautifully coloured and shown. Thanks for always showing alternatives and great examples. Love your blog!

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