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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Digital Stamps and Copic Markers? Can They Work Together?

You bet they can.
The first thing you want to do is get a good quality glossy card stock. I use either Neenan Solar White card stock or Bazzill Smooth White card stock.  You are going to need to test out how your printer ink interacts with the Copic Markers.  I found that one of these two things work well  Printing out the image and heat setting the ink with my embossing gun, or spraying the printed image with a sealer.  Our new printer requires that I spray a sealer onto the imagine to keep the ink from smudging, bleeding and running.

First I printed out two copies of the image that we are using today. You can get this wonderful flower basket here. Before I printed them out I put a border around the image, this is going to become part of the card we will be making today.  I took it outside and sprayed it lightly with the Grumbacher sealer , and gave it a few minutes to completely dry.  Once that was done, I rough cut out one of the baskets (we will be using this as a layer on the finished card)

After the sealer dried I went and fussy cut one of the baskets out as well as the framed image. I will be using my Crayola colored pencils and Gamsol to color in the basket.  Crayola colored pencils work great with the Gamsol, because it breaks down the wax evenly causing the colors to blend beautifully.
Lets look at the steps I took with the colored pencils and Gamsol.

I hope you can see how I used multible layers of colored pencils and Gamsol to create some depth of colors and hopefully make the wood in the basket look realistic.

Now lets check out what we can do with the Copic Markers.  Always choose a smooth glossy card stock because this allows the the ink to be pushed and blended.
Let's take a look at how I did this.

As you can see here I colored the flowers in with my Copic Markers. The colors I used were YR 09, YR 02, G03, Y02, Y11,  E11, E07, and E49.

I then used brown, burgundy and clear Stickles to fill in the inside of the flowers. 
While this was drying I printed out my background paper using the same image but much smaller and in a light sepia tone, on a patterned paper. Can you see how I used the same image in a completely different way?  After that was printed out (I did not need to seal it because I already had the color tones that I wanted.) I cut it down to size and started to build my card.

The first thing I did was to glue the ribbon onto the fussy cut part of the basket.I then attached that to the Copic Marker colored flowers basket. Now my Image was done. I cut it out of the rough cut at the border line and then attached it to the base of the card that was wrapped in ribbon.
This is the finished project!
I hope you like it and please check out the other ways in which you can use this stamp at

See you soon!


  1. What a wonderful card and a great tutorial! I learned something new about the spray.

  2. Hi Grace, So glad I could pass on some tips.


  3. Fantastic tips Hun thank you for sharing with us
    Love Janice