I’ve been a super fan of Alex for ages and I’m dying to meet her in person! Until then, I’m over the moon excited to collaborate with Alex Syberia as a Guest Designer for her new release! Eep! Join me to Copic color her fresh digital stamps.
YouTube Tutorial | Copic Candy Cupcake
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Candy Cupcake & Sketched Peony Stamps
When I opened these files I gasped. Just look at all those petals and yummy frosting folds to color!! I have a lot of project deadlines in February, but I pumped the breaks on all of them to color these images.
Large images, especially flowers, are my jam. There is more opportunity for color blends with large images. Digital stamps give me the freedom to blow up the images and to overlay them without masking. I’m mask avoidant, surely there’s an ICD-9 code for that affliction.
I’m learning to compose a digital scene in Photoshop by trial and error. Therefore, I’m not able to clearly walk you through how I set up my scenes.
What I can share is that I like to drop in a subtle background texture when possible. The wood panel you see here is a digital pattern paper (link below). I used it to create a wall and left blank space at the bottom to suggest a white table.
Adding a background texture like this eliminates the need for me to color a background which is a huge time saver!
I also used various fonts to create the sentiments and then matched the color to the markers I intended to use. This also took trial and error as the printed output didn’t match what I was seeing on screen.
Copic Marker Colors
BV02, BV04, BV08 | cupcake wrapper, swirl lollipop
RV63, RV66, RV69, V06 | peony, heart lollipops
E31, E23, E25, E29, E49 | frosting, Pirouline
C00, C1, C3, C5 | drop shadows
Guys, I’m telling you Alex’s images bring out the best in my coloring. These clematis flowers are gorgeous and they’re already arranged for you!
Instead of using a digital pattern paper or adding texture to the background, I added vertical and horizontal black lines to ground the image. Clematis is a climbing flower and I wanted the lines to suggest lattice.
I love designing with black and these bold lines and sentiments really speak to me. Adding black makes your coloring pop off the page.
Copic Marker Colors
B91, BV02, BV04, BV08 | blue-violet flower
RV63, RV66, RV69, V06 | red-violet flower
YG21, YG23 | stamens
YG23, YG63, YG67, G29 | leaves
Beautiful Heart Stamp
This heart wreath looked so welcoming I decided to create a Welcome Home card with a warm color palette.
This time I added a homey brick background. I didn’t take the time to add a white background to the heart wreath image. Take a look at the close-up and you can see the bricks show through the flowers and leaves.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the Copics I used. The best I can tell you is the R20, YG60, and YG90 color families, a yellow and two browns.
A huge thank you and big crafty hugs to Alex for inviting me to guest design today. Thank you for joining me too!!
I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I did. Be sure to check out the rest of Alex’s spectacular new release! Let us know your favorite stamp down below.
If you’re intimidated by digital stamps, I can relate. Alex’s images propelled me into the world of digital because I wanted to color them so badly. Give it a whirl, you may enjoy a new challenge!
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