Color a Butterfly with Copics

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Summer is such a great time to use those butterfly stamps and embellishments. I want to show you how I used a paint swatch as inspiration for coloring a butterfly with Copics. So, find your favorite butterfly stamp, and let's get started.

Coloring Your Image

I used a paint swatch to choose my Copic colors. Matching my Copics to the swatch, I decided to use these colors for my butterfly: Y21, Y26, Y28. You can use any paint swatch for your inspiration but save it because we will use it on our creation too.

I began by stamping my butterfly three times onto X-Press It paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I knew I would want to play to make sure the colors were as I wanted them so I stamped the image several times.

To begin coloring the butterfly, I used the darkest Copic color (Y28) on the edges of each wing.

I then added some Y26 next to it. This is repeated in each of the four sections of the butterfly as are all of the steps in coloring the butterfly.

And lastly, I blended the entire wing with Y21 going over all of the other colors. You can see how it gets lighter towards the body of the butterfly and how beautifully everything blends.

After repeating on each wing, here is how the entire butterfly turned out. I cut it out and added Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles to the body.

I then attached this to a card and included the paint swatch I had used for color inspiration. It was fun to use an old paint swatch I had on hand for this card. Coloring the butterfly using the same colors really enhances the look. Here is how my card turned out:

papers:  Memory Box Valise, Memory Box kraft notecard, X-Press It cardstock

stamp ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Ink Black

stamps:  Memory Box Make Me Smile B1765, Memory Box Cocoa Bean Butterfly C1714

Copics: Y21, Y26, Y28

embellishments: Memory Box Classic Scallop Die, Distress Stickles Frayed Burlap, burlap from A Million Memories, misc. paint swatch, sewing machine

So, grab something colorful to inspire you, and have fun coloring those summer butterflies and turning them into cards. Enjoy!


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