Stamping with Copic Markers featuring Penny Black Brush Stroke stamps

Good morning friends! Lately, I’ve been playing around with different techniques to extend the use of my Copic markers.  Afterall, when you have 358 markers lying around, you start looking for different ways to use them.

I love the Penny Black brush stroke stamps, but most tutorials for this stamp line rely on watercolor techniques. While I love the look of watercolor, I find the process frustrating because I can’t seem to control ink with a brush the same way that I can with a marker. So I’ve been looking for ways to use Copic markers with this line of stamps.

A few months ago, I came across this article from Marianne Walker, who is the North American Product Director for Copic Markers. She showed a method for coloring directly onto rubber stamps with Copic markers, lightly misting the stamp with colorless blender to reactivate the ink, and then stamping the inked image onto paper.  Gina Krupsky (Gina K. Designs) posted a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers for a similar method, but used rubbing alcohol instead of colorless blender.

So I decided to give it a try and today’s cards are the results of my experimentation. I used my Misti so that I could stamp multiple times if necessary to get the effect that I wanted. I used Copics to color directly onto the rubber stamp. Once the image was colored, I lightly misted my paper with colorless blender and closed the Misti to stamp the image. You need to keep the Misti closed for several seconds to allow the ink to transfer. If the image wasn’t clear enough, I lightly misted the stamp and stamped the paper a second time and this was usually sufficient to get a clear image.

I had very different results, depending upon the paper. I got the best results – or at least the results I was looking for – using Spectrum Noir’s Ultra Smooth Card Stock. This paper produced a crisp, clean image. I found that using Copic’s X-Press It Blending Card produced a looser, blurrier effect – a little more impressionistic than I wanted.

And here are the results:

Rowhouse Greetings | Garden Gems by Penny Black
CARD 1: Garden Gems by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: Garden Gems by Penny Black
Inks: Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black
Dies: Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Water Lily Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: R32, R35, R39, Y03, Y17, Y67, Y35, Y38, 0

Rowhouse Greetings | Belle by Penny Black
CARD 2: Belle by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Mixed Media Cardstock by Ranger – Dina Wakely; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: Belle by Penny Black; Spiritual Snippets by Penny Black; Indian Wheel by Penny Black.
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black; Distress Oxides by Ranger in Twisted Citron, Broken China, and Fossilized Amber
Die: Belle Cut Out by Penny Black; Large Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Water Lily Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: R32, R35, R39, Y03, Y17, Y67, 0

I should note a few things:

  1. The background of Card 2 was created with Distress Inks and heat embossing. The technique described above was only used for the floral image.
  2. There seems to be some debate whether or not alcohol can damage rubber stamps. I rinsed my thoroughly with water to remove an alcohol residue and they appear to be surviving my experimentation just fine.
  3. Some people are particularly sensitive to the odor of alcohol. Be sure you are working in a well-ventilated area and follow any necessary medical precautions, particularly if you have any respiratory issues.

Want to see more? Splitcoaststampers has a whole gallery devoted to cards using this technique.

Please note: All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

September Art Du Jour Project Details

Yesterday was my last Art du Jour at Queen’s Ink for this year. I’m away next month and the store has a different format for this event in November and December. So I wanted to take time today share the details on yesterday’s cards.

For my first card, I used the Skeleton Lady stamp by Stampendous. Unfortunately, it’s a retired image, but it’s an oldy but goody that’s perfect for a Halloween card. The stamp includes the entire scene so you can pull the card top together with just a little stamping and coloring. Initially, I stamped the image with Memento but the result wasn’t as crisp as I wanted. For my second attempt, I stamped with Versafine. Since Versafine is not Copic safe, I quickly covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it. This gave a glossy appearance that enhanced the overall appearance. I scribbled (literally!) some color on the image with my markers as a color wash. I used the Antique Frames die set from Penny Black to create the deckled appearance on the edges and paired it with a paper from Authentique.

For my second card, I used the simple, but lovely Grateful stamp set by Avery Elle. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The acorns were stamped with Memento. Of course, even though there were only two acorns to color, I still managed to use six markers. The E markers were used for the acorn cap; the Y markers for the body.

Hope you enjoyed these projects. Thank you to everyone who joined me for Art du Jour this year. It’s been fun getting to know everyone and I’ve learned a lot from each and every one of you!

Although I won’t be participating in Art du Jour until January, I will still be offering monthly Copic classes at Queen’s Ink. Be sure to check my teaching schedule to stay informed on upcoming classes.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Nightfall Five by Authentique
Stamp: Skeleton Lady by Stampendous
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Antique Frames by Penny Black
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: RV63, RV66, B63, B66, Y35, E30, E33, BG000, BG01
Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Penny’s Paper Doll Family by Graphic 45
Stamp: Grateful by Avery Elle
Ink: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: Y21, Y26, Y28, E33, E35, E39

September Art du Jour at The Queen’s Ink – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Join me at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, September 11th for Art du Jour! Kate, Kim and I will have a variety of make and take cards, tags, and ATCs to help you build up your stash at this open house style event. We’ll be on hand from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM so stop by on your lunch hour, on your way home from work, or stay all day! Work at your own pace and relax! Projects are $3.00 each and new projects are available each month.

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone(301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30PM

This will be my last month at Art du Jour for the rest of the year. I’ll be away most of October and Queen’s Ink has special workshops planned for November and December in place of the usual Art du Jour format. So here are my last two Art du Jour cards for this year, featuring images from Stampendous and Avery Elle.

Hope to see you there!

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous

Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle

It’s time for August Art du Jour!

Join me at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, August 7th for Art du Jour! Kate, Kim and I will have a variety of make and take cards, tags, and ATCs to help you build up your stash at this open house style event. We’ll be on hand from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM so stop by on your lunch hour, on your way home from work, or stay all day! Work at your own pace and relax! Projects are $3.00 each and new projects are available each month.

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone(301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30PM

This month I’m offering two cards featuring stamps by Penny Black. Hope to see you there!

Rowhouse Greetings | Softly by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Softly by Penny Black

 

Leaves Plate No. 4 by Red Castle Stamps

I’m here today with a card featuring one of the red rubber stamp sheets from Red Castle Stamps. These stamp sheets, exclusively available at The Queen’s Ink, are deeply etched and create a clear, crisp impression. Subject matter ranging from antique images of cats, leaves, and vases to classic art, the Gibson Girls, canaries, alphabets, snowflakes, dominoes, textures, prayerful expressions, and more.

To inspire you, I’ve put together a simple, but elegant card featuring an image from Red Castle’s Leaves Plate 4. I used the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp the image on watercolor paper with Versamark ink. Since the stamps are unmounted, I set up the stamping plate as if I were using a clear stamp and adhered the stamp to the plate with a low-tack double-sided tape.

I recently acquired a set of the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens and decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to try them out. I dabbed a little color along the vein lines of the leaf and blended it out with a damp watercolor brush. Once the ink dried, I fussy cut the leaf and mounted it to the card with foam tape for added dimension.

The design papers are from the Bountiful Collection by Authentique. I selected a sentiment from Penny Black’s Heartfelt stamp set and used Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia to coordinate with the autumn tones of the card.

Hope my project has inspired you! And remember – these Red Castle Stamps are only available in limited quantities. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! So don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to stock up on a high quality stamp.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Watercolor Paper by Strathmore; Bountiful One (*) and Bountiful Six (*) by Authentique
Stamps: 42031 – Leaves Plate 4 (*) by Red Castle Stamps, available exclusively at The Queen’s Ink; Heartfelt by Penny Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A & B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder by Ranger
Inks: Versafine in Vintage Sepia by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens (*) by Tonic Studios in Red Apple, Fresh Green, Lemon Zest, Spiced Ginger

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased.