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.

Hello Autumn! Featuring Penny Black

We had another great class at Queen’s Ink today. This was an intermediate level class and the class projects featured two Maurie Manning images from Penny Black. Supplies are shown below. Of course, I didn’t finish in the allotted time, but then, I never do!

Stay tuned for information on the next month’s Copic class at Queen’s Ink. We’ll have two cards featuring the Laurel Burch celestial themed stamps from Stampendous.

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.

Supplies

Paper: X-Press It Blending Card by Copic;
Stamp: Pumpkin Ride by Penny Black; Hello Autumn by Penny Black (sentiment)
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20, YR21 (skin); Y21, YR12, YR15, E15 (hair); YR21, YR15, YR68 (pumpkin); G20, G21, G46, YR21 (leaves); E15, E29 (stems); B0000, V20 (background)
Rowhouse Greetings | Hello Autum by Penny Black Paper: X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Pleasant Six by Authentique
Stamp: Hello Autumn by Penny Black
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Curved Stitched Die by Penny Black
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20, YR21 (skin); Y21, YR15, E15 (hair); G20, G21, G46, BV23 (coat); B63, B66 (pants); V20 (shirt); G20, G21, G46 (grass); Y21, YR15, E15 (leaf); E15, Y21, YR21, YR15 (rake); B0000, V20 (background)

New Class! Hello Autumn – Tuesday, September 18th at The Queen’s Ink

Join me at the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, September 18th for a new Copic marker class featuring autumn themed stamps from Penny Black.  We’ll make two cards in this class, with emphasis on coloring skin tones. Details are below. This is an intermediate level class. Experience with basic Copic ink blending is required. Other techniques taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!  CLASS FEE: $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • BV23: Grayish Lavendar
  • V20: Wisteria
  • YR12: Loquat
  • YR15: Pumpkin Yellow
  • YR21: Cream
  • YR68: Orange
  • Y21: Buttercup Yellow
  • G20: Wax White
  • G21: Lime Green
  • G46: Mistletoe
  • B0000: Pale Celestine
  • B63: Light Hydrangea
  • B66: Clematis
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl
  • E11: Barley Beige
  • E15: Dark Suntan
  • E21: Soft Sun
  • E29: Burnt Umber
  • E93: Tea Rose

OTHER SUPPLIES:  Please bring:

  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape

Rowhouse Greetings | Pumpkin Ride by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Hello Autum by Penny Black

Join Me TODAY for Demo Day at Photo Scraps!

Don’t forget – I’ll be at Photo Scraps today for Demo Day! I’ll have the two cards shown below and there will be projects from Beth, Karen, Lisa and Gina. Just drop in anytime after 11:00 and create as many Demos you want. Please remember to bring your own tape runner or other adhesive of choice to Demo Day.

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 | Critter Love by Penny Black Paper: Ultra Smooth Cardstock by Spectrum Noir; Purple Posies (*) from the Really Rainbow Collection by Lawn Fawn
Stamp: Critter Love by Penny Black; Happy Happy Happy by Lawn Fawn
Die: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embossing Folder: Dot Matrix and Gridlock Set 656649 by Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix – Texture Fades
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E93 (mice); R29 (heart); B000, BG10, V20 (envelope)
Rowhouse Greetings | Especially Micey by Penny Black Paper: Ultra Smooth Cardstock by Spectrum Noir; Purple Posies (*) from the Really Rainbow Collection by Lawn Fawn
Stamp: Especially Micey by Penny Black
Die: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embossing Folder: Dot Matrix and Gridlock Set 656649 by Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix – Texture Fades
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E93 (mice); E30, E31, E35, B91, B93, B97 (thread); C1, C3, C5 (thimble); C1, C3 (shadow)

Winter 2018: Garland Pixie by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Garland Pixie by Penny BlackOn a hot summer day, it’s hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about holiday cards, but here I am with my first of the season! A few years ago, I didn’t make enough and my husband secretly bought a box of cards at Hallmark to send to everyone on his list. Last year, I made sure that he had enough cards to send to his family and friends, but mine got shortchanged. It’s time to get rolling so that we have enough to send out this year.

I’ve loved this image ever since I first saw it as a digital stamp by Maurie Manning. It’s now available as a rubber stamp from Penny Black and that’s the version shown here.

I really experimented here with coloring her skin, layering a lot of different tones to create highlights as well as depth. After watching Sandy Allnock, I started adding violet to my skin tones (usually V20, BV00, or BV01). While Sandy starts with the violet tones, I added them a little further on in the layering because I found that works best for me.

The background combination of BG70, G20, G21 and V20 was mostly a happy accident. I started with BG70 and G20, but as I colored, I found that I needed to deepen the background in order to push it further behind the pixie. I also dabbed it with a piece of terry cloth dampened with colorless blender to add some texture and blend the colors further.

OK – one down. I don’t want to think about how many I have left to go!

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.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Garland Pixie by Penny Black
Ink: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, V20, Y21 (skin); R35, R46 (garland); G20, G21, G46 (clothing); C1, C7 (sash); C1, C3, BG70, G20, V20 (fur) BG10, BG70, V20 (wings); G20, G21, G46 (leaves); BG70, G20, G21, V20, 0 (background)