Posts Tagged ‘copics’

From December 1-12th we will be posting a different special each day in the store. All sale prices end Dec 31st. Please note in the comments to “Hold Box” If you would like your box held. *NO PRICE ADJUSTMENTS for items currently not on sale**

Day 1 – 30-50% OFF  all STAMPS
Stocking Stuffer {Bonus} 20-40% OFF all Copic Accessories
$4.75 Each

Day 2 – 20-45% OFF  all PAPER PADS
Stocking Stuffer {Bonus} 56% OFF all ARTISAN TAPE


Day 3 – 10-45% OFF  all RIBBONS & TRIMS
Stocking Stuffer {Bonus} 20-40% OFF all TONIC STUDIOS TOOLS (TIM HOLTZ)


Day 4 – 20-25% OFF  all SPELLBINDERS

Day 5 – 20-45% OFF  all SIZZIX
Stocking Stuffer {Bonus} 27% OFF all DISTRESS STICKLES

Day 6 – 10-45% OFF  all FLOWERS
Stocking Stuffer {Bonus} 10-45% OFF all BUTTONS


Day 7 – 20-25% OFF  all MISTS


Day 8 – 20-45% OFF  all PAPER PACKAGES
Stocking Stuffer {Bonus} 25% OFF SCOR BUDDY


Day 9 – 10-45% OFF  all INKS & PAINTS 
 Stocking Stuffer {Bonus} 25% OFF TIM HOLTZ TOOLS


Day 10 – 40-60% OFF  all RIBBON KITS 
 Stocking Stuffer {Bonus} 30-45% OFF BRADS


We still have 2 More Days of sales to come – so be sure to check back!

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Happy September everyone!! Well, this month it is my turn to show you how to do the brick wall technique.  This one is super easy….all you need are your copic markers and your colorless blender pen.  I’ve done the brick wall with my samples this month – but if you think outside the box – you can use this technique to add any sort of “texture” to your cards and backgrounds!!!  Check out what Ann did with her trees!!  🙂 

So as I was sitting down to do this tutorial, I came across this YouTube video, which explains this technique perfectly!!!!   As I don’t think I could explain it any better than Annabelle….please have a looksee at this ….and then lets see your designs!!! 

Brick Wall Technique by Annabelle

Here are my takes on this fabulous FUN technique!!

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Card #1

I used the feathering technique on the flower

Copics used: RV25, Y38

Card #2

I used the feathering technique on the butterfly

Copics used: RV02, B02

Card #3

Copics used: E21, E31, E33, E50, R20, R17, Y13, Y21, B93, B97, B00

Card #4

Copics used: E11, E31, E35, E33, E37, E43, R17, R20

Thanks for stopping by

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Hello everyone!! Well, this month the technique was feathering.  If you missed it….check out Ann’s tutorial here

I used the feather blending technique on all three cards this month.  I just love the look of this technique and the shades are amazing.  Try different colors to see what neat combinations you can come up with!!

Let us know if you have any questions!! Thanks for stopping by….happy coloring!!

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Copic Tips for August…….

Ann’s Copic Tip for August….

Things that will hurt your markers!

-White out or opaque white pens even when they are dry. They will leave residue on your marker

-Acrylic paints. They clog marker tips


-Untested inks or pens. They can stain your markers. Staz On ink is bad, it’s a solvent in and will not work. Use Memento (the best IMO), Tsukineko Brilliance (if it’s heat set), Ranger distress inks (test it first, with darker colors), Memories Dye ink (heat set it too)

-Solvents or oils

-Un-fired Clay and plaster

The rule of thumb (right out of the Copic certification book): “If it is something that smears when it gets wet and is opaque, STAY AWAY or test it first. If you must color over it, Airbrush your marker on.

Things that will not hurt your marker just make the tip look yucky

-Pencil or Colored pencils


Usually if you want to use another medium on your image it’s best to do the marker work first and then use the other medium (ie colored pencils) second.

Lisa’s Copic Tip for August……..

The best way to color with copics…..

Colour in small circles, keeping all your edges wet.

To give depth to an image, choose 3 markers within the same color family (B00, B02, B05 for example). Use the lightest (B00) for highlights, and start with this colour first. Add the next darker colour for the midtones (B02), then use your darkest shade for the shadows (B05).

For best results, it’s ideal to use only high quality paper, there are a number on the market and recently, Donna started a thread about a new paper revealed at this summer’s CHA. Avoid colouring over whiteout as this may discolour your nibs.
Happy coloring! 🙂

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Hello everyone – here’s a few things I worked on over the month of July:

My cards used the palette technique that was this month’s featured technique.  You can find more details HERE if you are interested:

You can find more details (colors used, etc) in the DT reveal thread.  You can also check out some of this month’s other creations in my gallery!  Thanks for stopping by….watch for Ann’ s reveals on the 25th!!

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Okay – so this month, Ann showed you the Direct To Paper technique. I think I probably use this technique more than any other – I just find it the easiest! 🙂

In my first picture – I used this method to color the watering can. I used the Warm Greys – W5, W3, W1. You can see how I used my darkest shade towards the spout and lightened it up as I went across.

In my second image, I used the Direct to Paper technique when coloring Tilda’s hair and skin. I used E35,E37 and E39 for her hair and E000,E00 and E11 for the skin.

For my third image, I use the direct to paper method and the Tip to Tip method on my little boy image! This is a crimped envelope card I made for my Dad for Father’s day – it will hold a gift card inside. If you’re interested, you can find the tutorial here: Crimped Envelope Card

I have posted the copic colors I used in the gallery at SNS, so you can check there if you are interested.  Also, just a note….all the ribbons used in these cards are from Savvy N Sassy of course!! 🙂 You and find those in the store! 🙂

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Ann’s Copic Tip for June…..

Pick a color and then “build” around it. That way you can keep gray scales the same if you want. I often pick all the colors I’m going to work with first and then color, usually starting with what my biggest area is to color. Then I pick colors to coordinate.

Lisa’s Copic Tip for June…

Digital Printouts….
Copic marker inks will not destroy lines printed out from a laser printer or standard photocopier. This is because they are toner-based devices and the toner is fused to the paper so the alcohol ink from the markers will not destroy it.

Inkjet printouts need to be tested because each printer uses slightly different inks. Testing a printer ink is the same as testing any other inks. Be careful not to get untested ink on the tip of your marker.

**this excerpt taken from the Copic Certification Student Manual 2010-2011.

Hope you find these tips helpful!!   Have fun coloring!! 🙂  Make sure you post your masterpieces to the Savvy n Sassy gallery!! 🙂

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Tip-to-Tip blending – this one is EASY – but these are gonna get harder….so lets start practicing!! 🙂

Tip-to-Tip Blending (select parts taken from the Copic Manual)

This technique really demonstrates one of the unique properties of Copic Ink.  Tip-to-tip blending is good for long, very skinny areas like flower stems, where you wouldn’t have enough room to get a blend using one of the other techniques.  Works for any color combination, though it’s easiest to learn with a light color and a dark color.  In tole painting this technique would be similar to “loading your brush”.

1.  Use your light color as your “brush”.  Carefully add a bit of the dark color to the tip.  This is the trickiest part of this technique as it is hard to figure out if you have applied too much or too little ink. 

2.  Start from the dark side of your object, and in one long stroke pull your brush across the shape.  your dark color should gradually fade into your light color.  If you need to darken or add more color apply in the same way.  In the same direction. 

This technique will not contaminate the tip of the other marker.  If you are working with the colorless blender you can also pull ink directly from the dirty barrel of the colored marker.   There’s tons of ink all over the edges of this marker.  Using the tip-to-tip technique takes care of this messy situation as you just color right from the barrel instead of the tip resulting in less waste of ink.


When Ann posts her images, you will see that she used the tip-to-tip blending technique on the cheeks in her images.  This really softens up the image as you are adding color and blending at the same time.  You don’t tend to get those harsh lines that way.

In my sample – I used the tip-to-tip method on my stem.   You can see how the stem is darker on the top closest to the flower and almost fades to white as I went down the stem.   I also used the tip-to-tip technique on the flowers, starting with using darker orange on one of my yellow markers.  

Also, I use the tip-to-tip technique when I don’t have a particular color that I want between two shades.  For example,  on my little gal’s boots,  I didn’t have one of the 0000 images to blend with, so I used the tip-to-tip technique with my blender pen and a darker copic to blend a lighter shade when fading to the lighter color.  By the way, if you note the bling on the bottom of this card – the bling was a gift in a goodie bag that I received and the gal had mentioned she bought it at the dollor store.  It was just plain clear rhinestones when I got it and I used my copics to color it to match my card!! Fun eh??

In my third image I used the tip-to-tip technique to again blend in a lighter color. This is really evident on the socks and on the top portion of her dress.  It just works really well in situations where you might not have the perfect “in-between” color. 

The copic colors I used will be shown in the gallery if you are interested.  Have fun with this technique and let’s see what you can come up with!!!  Looking forward to seeing your creations! 🙂  Also, don’t forget to check out the Copic Forum on the Message Board for tons of useful tips and techniques.  As well, its not too late to sign up for the Copic Club!!  C’mon and have some FUN!!! 🙂

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Hello everyone and WELCOME to the first official month of the COPIC CLUB!!!  Don’t know what that is???? Go here….NOW!! 🙂  You won’t want to miss out on this screamin’ deal!!!!  Here are my creations for the month.  I focussed on grounding this month.  The first card, I just grounded my image with a grey outline (I don’t have the pen in my bucket  below, but I believe I used W3 or W1 – either will work).  You may have to click on the picture to make it larger as it is a little hard to see the detailed outline!

For the second image, I grounded by shading in W5, W3, and W1 – I worked the darkest color closest to the image and worked my way out.  Then I went over it ALL with my blender pen to really get that smudged, worn in look.  Sometimes you won’t want to blend it so well and leave a darker outline – it all depends what look you’re going for.  We’ll have more on this technique in the weeks to come.

…and a close up of the image….

For my third card, I just cut around my image.  I did ground her a little on the bottom just so she wouldn’t look like she was standing in mid air.  Otherwise, I just mounted her on my card!

My challenge this month – as we are just getting started….was to have participants show me some blending.  Just simple stuff – light to dark using as many colors as you want – even ONE.  In the first picture, I used three colors YG01, YG03 and YG05. 

and in the second photo I used just one color – B23.  I also used a teensy tiny bit of the blender pen on the really light areas. 

My copic “TIP” for the month of April seemed to be known by EVERYONE but me…..but I had no idea.  As I’m sure you know – there are two ends to a copic sketch marker – the chisel tip and the brush tip.  I am FOREVER pulling the wrong end off instead of the one I desire.  Well, did you know….there is a grey circular RING around the brush end of the marker!!!  This sure makes picking the right end easier!!  It has certainly helped me anyway!! Tee hee!!!

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