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Copic Glimmers - combining Copics, Distress Ink and Shimmer!

This is probably the Copic technique I am most proud of (this one is all me baby - actually an original idea!) amazing what you can come up with while playing with quality products! I will do a YouTube clip for this as it's a little involved, but here are the basic instructions.  I entered this technique in the 'Favourite Copic Technique' challenge over on Copic Creations: Challenge No 47.

What I used: In dreams 2 for blog

Copics used:

  • Bird: C9, E47, RV19
  • Stamped Flowers: RV19, Y19, G17
  • Prima Flower: RV19 & Y17
  • Copic blender - I have a blending marker dedicated to messy techniques like this which stain your marker and send the tip shaggy!

What I did:

  1. Stamp images using Versamark ink onto white card and emboss with clear embossing powder.
  2. Stamp over embossed images with script stamp inked with green Bamboo Leaves Memento ink (carefully wipe excess ink off embossed bird with tissue or baby wipe).
  3. Colour on top of embossing powder with copics and leave for 10 mins.  Go off the edges in some areas as this will result in darker coloured areas and provide 'highlights' with will enhance the stamped images.
  4. Use a blender pen to scrub the colours off the embossing powder and onto the card - scrub from centre of image out (like the rays of a sun).
  5. Once colour is off the embossed images, use the chisel tip of the blender to scrub at the edges of the coloured areas to lighten.
  6. Using an applicator tool and foam pad, apply Distress ink to the white space between images and a little over the edges of each colour.
  7. Spray entire image with shimmer spray and leave to dry.
  8. To finish this card off, I cut a small panel from the centre of the piece, stamped on this in coordinating permanent dye ink, mounted onto green card and then adhered it back onto the original card in the same position.  
  9. Use Copics to colour flower and enhance petal edges with stickles glitter glue.  Glue flower and leaves onto top right corner of panel.
  10. Colour chipboard vines with Copics and add a touch of Diamond stickles - adhere to card front.
  11. Mount completed panel onto coordinating green card.

Here are a few close-ups so you can see the sparkle & the gorgeous colour ....

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YouTube-TV OK this next card uses the same technique,  I've used a couple of extra colours for more of a pink/purple tone and I've changed the Distress Ink and the glimmer spray I used. 

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  • Yes card from Officeworks (used to be called Nopa - this is wonderful smooth card and Copic safe)
  • Distress ink pad: Milled Lavender
  • Stamps: Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) clear stamp sets - Urban Grunge, Urban Chic &Flights of Fancy
  • Clear embossing powder (I used StampIt Super Fine)
  • Stazon Ink Pads: Jet Black
  • Bazzil card: Purple (2 different shades)
  • Prima: Leaves, Roses & Gardenia
  • Stickles: Stardust
  • Distress ink foam applicator (to apply ink)
  • Memento ink pas: Bamboo Leaf, Grape Jelly and Lulu Lavender
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz: Desert Moon Purple Sage

Copics used:

  • Bird & Branch: C9, E47, V17 & Y19
  • Stamped Flowers: RV19, V17, Y19, G17
  • Prima Flower: V17, V12 & V99
  • Pearls: YG67
  • Copic blender

Here are a few close up shots so you can drool over the beautiful purple colour.....

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You can see this technique from start to finish in the clip below:


 I hope this gives you some new ideas and opens up a whole new way of using your copics.