Copics & Heat Embossing featuring Laurel Burch’s Wild Horses by Stampendous

We had another great class at The Queen’s Ink this week. As usual, I scheduled more coloring than we could possibly get done during class time so everyone left with homework. But we did manage to hit the highlights so I’m hoping that everyone is able to complete their cards and that they are happy with the results.

You’ll notice that this (and many) of the Laurel Burch images that I color include gold heat embossing. Frankly, I just love the look of it with these images, but heat embossing and Copics are a tricky combination. The usual advice with Copic markers is Copic first, everything else after to ensure that the marker nibs are protected from cross contamination with other products. Generally, that’s good advice. I’ve seen some card makers suggest things like using a Copic marker to color over white gel pen or glue (and then they wonder why their nibs become hard and gummed up).

When it comes to combining heat embossing and Copics, there seems to be two extremes – either it doesn’t hurt the markers or don’t combine them at all. The usual explanation for the latter stance is that the alcohol in the markers erodes the plastic in the embossing.

Last November, I taught a similar Laurel Burch class and we used a somewhat tricky, but Copic safe method. We first stamped the image on X-Press It paper with Memento Ink using a stamp platform, colored the image, and then put the image back in the stamp platform and restamped it with Versafine to heat emboss it. This YouTube video from Stephanie Klauck illustrates what I mean. This method works for me 99% of the time, but if you’re not careful with the stamping, the original lines won’t get covered by the embossing.

But a few weeks later, Michele Houghton of Copic in the Craft Room released a YouTube video where she embossed first with gold embossing powder and then colored the image. When asked, she said that she never had a problem with damaging the marker nibs. In the comments she says:

My experience has been that the embossed lines do not effect the nibs. What I do see and you will see this in the video is that the lighter colored markers pick up the darker colors of ink from the surface of the embossed lines. It acts like a  resist or plastic so the lighter marker picks up the ink, I just scrub that off to the side. Neat [sic] the end I purposefully go back and pick up the rest of the ink with my Colorless Blender and scrub it off as well so the gold shines through. I watched for any of the embossing to shift or to be picked up and I just did not see any movement.

So I checked my Copic certification materials which indicates that clear embossing is Copic safe. This made me wonder about the whole “alcohol erodes the embossing” statement. If this were true, wouldn’t clear embossing powder be just as susceptible to erosion as any other? Maybe so. Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts — whose blog is often my go-to source for Copic information — lists all heat embossing as one of the ten ways to kill a Copic nib (see #8).

Since Amy’s 2015 article, Brutus Monroe released an embossing powder said to be alcohol marker safe. This seems to be a word of mouth claim since I’ve not found it on their website or in the product descriptions, but it was confirmed in a voice message to me from their customer service.  A YouTube video from Ellen Hutson also indicates that it’s alcohol marker safe. When I tested it, I found some minor smearing still occurs if you run your marker over the heat embossing (I tested with Y02). Your results may vary. I noticed that Brutus Monroe has its own line of alcohol markers so perhaps there’s something different about the Copic ink formulation that affected my results.

In class, I presented all the information that I had compiled and allowed my students to choose which method they wanted to try. Most stuck with my original double stamping method, but a couple did go with the version that was heat embossed first (those students were cautioned to avoid coloring over the embossing).

This time, we used Memento ink in Angel Pink to alleviate the issue of the black stamped lines showing if the second stamping was off a little. It did make the coloring more challenging since everyone was used to coloring with a black lined image. However, the embossing worked perfectly and everyone had the opportunity to experiment with layering colors and ink blending.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. 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. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It by Copic; Bazzill Cardstock in Mexican Poppy
Stamps
: Laurel Burch Wild Horses (*) by Stampendous
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder
Copics:

  • Horse #1: B00, B02, B63, B66
  • Horse #2: BV02, BV13, BV17
  • Horse #3: YG03, YG17, RV52, RV55, RV63, Y02, Y15, Y19, R32, R35
  • Horse #4: YG03, Y02, Y15, Y19, R32, R35
  • Horse #5: RV52, R32, R35, R37, Y15, Y19
  • Horse #6: B00, B01, B02, B63, B66, YG03, YG17
  • Background: B79

Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle by Stampendous

I’ve amassed a rather large collection of Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous so I’ve been slowly working my way through them, either coloring them on my own or using them in classes with my students. The image featured here – Leopard Jungle – was one that I used yesterday in my Copic class at The Queen’s Ink.

I decided that I didn’t want to always teach a traditional coloring class – one where the majority of the card was either colored with Copic markers or technique driven (how to color wood, how to color water, how to add texture, etc.). Since I’ve been exploring mixed media, I decided to include my students on my journey. Luckily, they’ve been enthusiastic about joining me on this path.

I’ve also amassed a stockpile of stencils, Distress Inks pads, and jars of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and managed to use a little of each in this card! I used Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock as the base and blended Distress Oxides from bottom to top using Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple. For blending, one of my students recommended the Nuvo Blending Sponges, which I find much easier to use than the round Ranger Mini Blending Tool. After the inks were dry, I used a palette knife to apply Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the stencil. This added a smooth, shimmery background with just a hint of color.

The image was stamped on Copic X-Press It paper and colored using the markers listed below. I kept the coloring fairly simple since there was already a lot going on visually between the image itself and the stenciled background. Once the coloring was completed, I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the stenciled base using Thin 3-D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives.

Stay tuned – the Laurel Burch Mermaid is coming up next!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. 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. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle by Stampendous
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Tribal Shapes by Hero Arts
Embellishments: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl
Copics:  Y32, Y35, Y38, E07, E21, E23, YG06, B02 (leopard); BG14, YG06 (fronds); E07, Y38 (tree trunks); B01, B02, B04, B66 (flower); V01, V04 (flower)

May Art du Jour at Queen’s Ink featuring Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps

Join me at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, May 8th 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, May 8, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30PM

Here’s what I’m offering this month! Both cards feature Laurel Burch stamps by Stampendous. I will have markers on hand for you to share, but if you would like to bring your own, here’s the list of colors: RV29, YG06, YG07, Y15, Y19, BG11, BG13, B00, B04, B66. Just be sure you mark them with washi tape or some other identification.

Hope to see you there!

Rowhouse Greetings | Flutterbye by Stampendous! Laurel Burch

Rowhouse Greetings | Indigo Cats by Stampendous! Laurel Burch

Flutterbye – Thinking of You

Still playing with my new Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous. They’re fun to color and are bright and cheery on a gloomy day. The hardest part (at least for me) is picking the colors and deciding where to place them. Since I used so many colors, I’ve added this color map to guide you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Color map - Flutterbye by Stampendous (Laurel Burch)
Rowhouse Greetings | Color map – Flutterbye by Stampendous (Laurel Burch)

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Bazzill Cardstock in Admiral; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Flutterbye by Stampendous; Floral Greetings by Stampendous
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics  A by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Uniball Gel Pen in Impact Gold
Copics: YG06, YG09, G09, RV02, RV04, RV06, V15, BG02, B01, B04, B60, B63, B66, Y02, Y15, Y19, YR15, YR16

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

Blossoming Feline

I’ve been eyeing the new Laurel Bush stamps by Stampendous and I finally broke down today and bought some. The style and the colors are out of the norm for me, but that’s exactly why I wanted to color them. Although I have to admit that having a household of cats was certainly a determining influence as well!

Laurel Burch’s style is very distinctive as is her color palette. Stampendous has developed a Copic Marker Coloring Guide for this line of stamps which I used for guidance, but substituted when I needed an expanded selection to create some of the blending. Since it was my first, I followed an illustration of the original to practice her style, but it is truely an image where anything goes!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Bazzill Cardstock in Admiral; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Blossoming Feline by Stampendous; Floral Greetings by Stampendous
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Dotted Dies by Avery Elle
Embellishments: Uniball Gel Pen in Impact Gold
Copics: B02, B04, B06, B26, V15 (cat’s body); B02, B04, B06, YG06, G09, V15 (cat’s face); Y15, YR04, YR09, V15, V28, BG01, YG06 (flowers); YG06, YG09 (leaves); V15, YR04, YR09, YG07 (butterfly); Y02, Y15, Y18, YR09, colorless blender (background)

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