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Copic Pattern Play

Let’s get our Copic coloring on with a bright and cheery one layer pattern play card. This card features Lawn Fawn Thanks a Latte Stamp Set from their latest release. If you love coffee as much as I do, then this set is for you!

Copic Coloring for Beginners

I started by randomly stamping both of the coffee cups, on an A2 sized Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb card front with my MISTI™. I used Altenew Permanent Black Ink which is alcohol marker friendly.

Tip: Start in the center and work your way out. Your first stamped image should be one of your focal points. Stamp off the page to complete the pattern paper feel. 

Copic Markers

Once the Copic safe ink was dry I started coloring with the markers below. 

Green: YG21, YG23, YG25, YG17 (23 & 25 are too similar, eliminate one)
Red: R22, R24, R29
Blue: BG10, BG13, BG49
Brown: E33, E37, E59

There are many different techniques for Copic coloring. No one way is the right way or wrong way. It’s important for you to test out different techniques until you find the one that’s just right for you.

For smooth surfaces, I find I have the best results when I put down 2 layers of base coat with my lightest color. Then I map out my shadows with a mid-tone, leaving a highlight area. Next, I come in with my darkest color about half the distance of my mid-tone.

Copic Coloring for Beginners

I come back in with the mid-tone. If I get a harsh edge or watermark (see video), I know the ink has dried quicker than I brought the mid-tone back in. So I either need to work faster, color smaller areas, OR put down more base coat to start.

If I do get a harsh edge, I cover the whole area with a coat of mid-tone to get the paper juicy, do circles over the harsh edge, then come back in with the darkest and back out to mid-tone and lightest colors. 

It takes a little trial and error at times, but the payoff is so worth it!!

Once the cups were done, I chose 3 coordinating dye inks to stamp the smaller images. I used Altenew Bamboo & Heart Beat Mini Cube Crisp Dye Inks and Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue Premium Dye Ink. I colored the images with the same Copic color combinations.

Copic Coloring for Beginners

I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and clear heat embossed it. I felt the small images needed a little something something, so I coated them with a VersaMark marker and clear heat embossed them twice. This gave them a raised shiny appearance like Sprinkles embellishment. Love how they turned out!

I popped the panel up with fun foam, attached it to an A2 sized 110lb card base and called it done. I hope this design inspires you to create your own pattern play card! Go on and get creative and Breathe · Ink · Inspire.


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