Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Patter Cross

So, are you scared to try Copic Markers? If so, I thought today I would show you an easy way to start using them, one where it is okay if you ‘mess up' because chances are you will not even be able to see it.

Choosing a Stamp
Intricately drawn stamps are really a great way to play with Copics. These stamps usually have shading on them already, and you can use that shading to your advantage. I chose this new stamp called Bunny Retreat by Inkadinkado.

See all of the shading already on the stamp? Inkadinkado makes many intricately drawn stamps like this that are perfect for a Copic beginner.

Choosing Copic Colors

Before choosing my Copic colors, I picked out my paper. I knew I wanted to match the green leaves to the green in my paper. I chose the Prima Sparkling Spring 6" x 6" paper pack[K1]  and stamped the image using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy.

Now, this paper and this ink are not ideal for Copics but I really wanted to use this paper for my bookmark. I love pink and I loved the little flowers at the bottom of the paper that makes it look like the bunny is standing in the flowers. Use your papers to your advantage too. For more information on choosing papers and inks for your Copics, please see my two articles here:

I had to color gently on this paper but it worked. I even messed up in my green Copic color choices so I had to go over the leaves again with other colors. Here are the Copic colors I used:

Copics: YG11, YG61, YG63, G21, G40, RV00, RV11, E55, E81

I colored with the darker markers first in the darker shaded areas and down the center of the leaves. I then blended the green with my lighter shades. The bunny body is colored with Copic E81 and the darker shading done in E55. I thought those colors went beautifully with the stamp ink color I used.

Putting It All Together

Once my image was colored, I trimmed the paper to 2 ¾" and matted it with two other papers. I then sewed around the edges and added an eyelet with tulle to finish. Here is how my bunny bookmark turned out:

I hope you liked today's little project. So, find some intricately drawn stamps, grab your Copics and have fun!