Hello my friends and welcome back to the craft room! Today I am sharing a technique I recently ran across on YouTube; Copic coloring on gray card. The very talented Therese from Lost In Paper shared this tutorial on YouTube: Yes! I Colored with Alcohol Markers on Dark Gray Cardstock! I was so intrigued I had to give it a try myself.
Copic Coloring The Flowers
I started this adventure with a piece of 110lb. gray Recollections cardstock from the Coffee and Cream paper pack. This card is extremely smooth and perfect for coloring with Copic Markers. The stamp set is AlteNew’s Adore You set and stamped with Amalgam Ink by GinaK Designs.
Choosing a color combination in any medium is always difficult. After trying a few different color swatches on a scrap pieces of card, I decided on pink. For the flowers I used RV13, RV17, and Y19 for the flower centers. I used the flicking technique to add some interest and texture to the petals. Lastly I colored the leaves with a combination of YG25, and YG63.
The Card Base
When I began this card it was going to be a regular A2 size. However, after thinking about it I decided on a mini slimline card. The card base is the same gray 110lb. base that I used for the flowers. The card base is cut to 6.25″ x 6.5″ and on the 6.5″ side it is scored at 3.25″.
The mat is a piece of Astrobright Eclipse Black 80lb card by Neenah that I purchased from my local stationary store and is cut to 6″ x 3″. The background paper is from the DCWV paper pad Silver Leaf.
The sentiment is from the Waffle Flower Peony Notes set and is stamped with Amalgam Ink by GinaK.
It typically takes me a long time to arrange floral images on a card. I have watched many crafters dry fit their creations and then piece by piece glue them down. Try as I might, it never works out for me, things shift and I lose my train of thought. I have used Press’NSeal a few times to keep my arrangements together while gluing them down. This time however, something went terribly wrong!! Everything was lined up and secured it with Press ‘N Seal, the glue applied to the backs of the images and placed onto the card.
When I slowly removed the Press’NSeal from the flowers, it started lifting up the top layer!!! WHAT???? I have never seen this happen before and was devastated! I pulled the rest of the flowers off of the card and put it away for the night. The next morning I surveyed the damage and made a few more flowers so I could finish the card.
The Finished Card
Thankfully, I was able to cover up the little rips to the background paper that occurred from the night before. If I wouldn’t have said anything, no one would even know there had been a problem and I’m thankful for that!
I don’t often add dimension to my cards with foam tape, and didn’t for this card. It doesn’t seem necessary to me in most cases. In my mind, the heavier card that I use offers some height as well as when the images are overlapped as they are here.
I am so happy with this little card, it turned out great. I am curious though, has anyone else experienced an issue with Press’NSeal like I did? I’ve used it before, a time or two, and the only other issue I’ve had was when it left a texture on flowers colored with Polychromos pencils. Let me know down in the comments if you’ve had issues, or what you do for perfect image placement on cards.
I hope you all have a fantastic week and I’ll see you in the craft room again soon!!
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