Thursday, January 30, 2014

You, me and the moon

Hello dear all Copic friends,

Cinzia here, to share with you a new card I made for Copic Marker Europe blog.
This time I used a digi image by Mo Manning called “Owl Moon”, I love owles and these two ones embraced under the moon are super cute… aren’t they? ;)

The gorgeous image is called “Owl Moon”, the sentiment is from “LOTV”, the papers are Maya Design from the last "Vintage Autumn Basics" collection, the dies are Magnolia Doohickeys “Vintage Tag”, Spellbinder “Circle Large”, “Circle small” and “Circle classic scalloped ” and Go Create Frilly die

Here is a close up of the colored image:

And now a close up of the bottom of the card and of the closed card

Copic Markers:

Owles: E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59
Moon: YR0000, YR000, YR21, YR31
Branch : E450, E41, E43, E44, E47
Sky: RV000, RV91, RV93,

I was going to ink the image with blues palette, but in the web I found this image which I'm totally fond of… and all the colours of my card changes.

And I like to think that the real bear and the drawn owles could share a pink sky and the same magic moon…

Thank you very much for your visit.

Enjoy the rest of the week!!! J

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Barbara feat. Zeolith - Colouring Nature

 Hello dear Copic Fans, 
today would have been my turn (Barbara) to show you something inspirational, but I hurt my right hand and am not able to colour, so I want you to meet one of our talented guest-designers at the Copic Marker Deutschland Blog:
She is a genuine artist, because she skethes the images herself. She made a very nice tutorial about natural colouring and I want to share it with you: 


 Today, I show you an image that is much more reallistic as the ones you know me for, but so I can show you how versatile Copic Marker are.

For drawing the image I did not use Multiliners, because they would have made too strong a contrast. That's why I used a very fine pencil. Take care to use a very hard pencil, because it produces less abraison and does not spoil  the Copic nibs so easily.

I use R08 as basic colour for the feathers, it is a strong orange-red tone.
As usual, I just work it out roughly. You don't have to be afraid to do so, it will be blended later to a smooth surface.

 As second colour I use R46, a strong colour, and blend both reds together.
 I add some accents with R46 and will work them out later.

Now I use W3 and W5, they are great to soften the red and give more dimension. I work on the single feathers this way:

Add W5 to the tipps ad blend it with W3. So you create a soft blending.
I used W3 and W5 for the darker parts of the beak and the feet. 

On the second picture I added an even deeper shadow with W7 and W5.
So the bird is finished, now I have to colour the twig it is sitting on. To make them look as realistic as possible, I work the other way round. 
So I start with the darkest parts and blend them with lighter tones. I use E44 and E43 as basis and blended with E42. Then I add E70 and E71 to the  thinner twigs. For the leaves I only used E70 and E71.

The berries were coloured with the same Copic Markers as the feathers, but without the greys. The background is B91 and C00. 
On this ACEO card I use additional colour pens to work out the single feathers with black and the twigs with brown.

I finish with some white dots for a snowy touch.

So here comes my card!

Material used:

Feathers: R08 / R46 / W3 / W5 / W7
Legs: W3 / W5
Twigs: E 44 / E43 / E42 / E70 / E71
Leaves: E70 / E71
Background: B91 / C00

Hopefully I encouraged to to try realistic colouring of animals!
Best Wishes Zeolith!

Adorable tutorial, isn't it? I only contributed the translation, but as Zeolith is guest of my team, I am a bit proud, too.
Big Hugs

Saturday, January 25, 2014

don't miss a moment of MAGIC

Hi my name is Miranda and I live in the Netherlands. 
I was really thrilled when Diny asked me to join this wonderful team on the Copic Marker Europe blog. 
I love to make art journalpages, mixed media projects and cards. 

For today I have made an art journalpage with my airbrush and copics. You can make wonderful backgrounds for all kind of projects just using your airbrush, copics and some masks.  For the first layer I have been using Dutch Doobadoo masks. For the second layer I stamped with the copics. Just colour your stamp with copics and add a little activator.  The image, by Rick St Dennis and flowers are coloured with copics too. 

Used colours:
Y15, YR16, YR18, RV04, RV14, RV17, R19, R35, V17, E00, 
E02, E13, E34, E57, G14, BV00, BV25

Next month I will show you in a phototutorial how I make backgrounds like this. 

see you next month

have a fabulous day

Friday, January 24, 2014

Winner of Challenge 24

Hello Copic Fans,

It's me again, Barbara/Kreativmonster,
for the Copic Marker Europe Blog Challenge. 
CAS seems to have been a real challenge for you! But there have been many beautiful entries inspite of this!
   And now, here comes the winner of 
Challenge 24, "CAS Clean & Simple", it  is....

#43 Astrid

Congratulation, Astrid! Please send us an email to 
with your request for 3 Copic Sketch markers.
CME team

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Copic Markers on washable Textiles - Baby Onesies

Hi Copic Lovers,

Have you ever coloured with Copics on textiles? And what if it's not only a decorative piece of textile, but one that should be washed from time to time?
So, today I come up with a project where I've used Copics on a Baby Onesie (cotton).
I've coloured, washed, dried and ironed it to show you that it not only looks super cute, but really works well. It's so easy to create lovely little personalised gifts for new borns.

You need:

Baby Onesie
(best, if allready washed off the chemicals of textile production)

in the colours of your choice

stamp of your choice

thick cardboard
(to put between the onesie)

Copic Markers


Put the cardboard into the onesie (between front and back side) to prevent stamp and copic bleed through. Make sure your stamp is well inked. Don't use Staz-On ink, as it'll ruin your markers! A lot of other inkpads are water based, so they're useless for this kind of project.

Let dry the stamped image, before colouring it. You can fasten up that process by ironing it (use a thin cloth or tissue on top of the image to protect your iron). Blending your Copics is not that easy on textile as they are on paper. You can easily control the amount of colour. Start softly and if you need to intensify the colour, go over it twice and more slowly to let the fiber suck up the colour. But be careful to prevent bleeding it over the lines. Better keep a thin distance to your line and wait if it's running out to the lines after a while. Otherwise you can add a little more colour.


Here you can see the details... and now I use again my iron to dry it up completely.
Again using a protection for your iron. Then I left it resting over night.

I recommend you to wash it by hand. That's a much softer treatment.
If you want to wash it in the machine, I'd recommend you to turn it inside out, so the image will not be rubbed by other textiles.

rince it well and then hang up to dry.

softest would be drying on air instead of putting it into the tumbler.

Under the head of the turtle and under the carrot you can see it ran out of the lines.  Happened, because I seemed to use a bit to much colour. So take another chance to practise until you "feel" how much it needs :)

At the moment I have found out no fixing method that prevents/minimises washing off or bleaching (as Copics are alcohol based and react to sunlight). There are many different textile colours on the market with each their own fixing sprays. But it should be tested how they react with Copics and Memento ink. I see less problems using a fixing spray if you're creating textiles for adults. But I'd be rather carefull if textiles are in touch with sensitive baby skin. If someone allready has good experiences with some fixing spray, let us all know and share your ideas placing a comment right below :) THANK YOU!

In another tutorial comming up soon I'll show you how to create such textile gifts using your Digi-Stamps :)

So, have fun trying it & see you back soon!
Creative Greetings,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Hello copic fans,

It's my turn today (Wenda) to show you a card, I made one with a digi from Kenny K. Downloads, the Birthday card is for a man, I love this digi's to make a mans card.

The text "Cowboy" I made with the Silhouette.

The colors used are:
Hair :  E37 - YR24 - Y26 - Y15 - Y21 - E50
Skin : R22 - R20 - E11 - E00 - E000
Blue : BG09 - BG07 - BG05 - BG02 - BG01 - BG000
Yellow : YR27 - YR24 - YR23 - YR21 - YR20
Rope : E49 - E47 - E44 - E43 - E42

I hope you got new inspirations to make your own cards.
Have a nice day.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Hi Everyone,

My card today is made using one of the CHA sneek peaks by Little Darlings Rubber Stamps by Saturated Canary, called Yuki.  The papers are also from LDRS, Petals and Lace and the sentiment is also a CHA release, so lots of new items on this card.

Copic Recipe:
Hair: E25, E43, E47, E50
Skin: E00, E000, E0000, E11 and R20, R22 for blush
Pink dress: R00, R01, R02
Green: YG67, YG63, G20

I also went over the shaded areas with W3, W1 for more vintagey look

Hugs Tracy x

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Challenge - new Rules!

Hello Copic Fans,
It's me again, Barbara/Kreativmonster for the
Copic Marker Europe Blog Challenge.

Before we start our new challenge, I have to announce some changes:
We are honestly thankful, that many of you shared your creations with us, even though your entries were not eligible for winning our prize.
We are supported by Holtz OFFICE SUPPORT GmbH, the importer of Copics for Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. They can only send the markers to winners from within these areas.
Lately, there have been so many entries that do not meet this criteria, and it has taken so much time to sort through them. We are very sorry, but please understand that
we have to ask you to enter this challenge ONLY if you are living in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Here is our new challenge for you:

As there are only 4 weeks until Valentines, it is the perfect subject, isn't it?
Here are some inspirational projects from our talented DT-Ladies:



So now, it's your turn! Show us your work, and you can win
3 sketch markers of your choice.
Please be aware that only entries from those living in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are possible.
To enter visit our Challenge page and enter your link in Mr Linky
before the end of 18th February 2014.

We are looking forward to see your creations!
for CME team

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Yellow & Blue

Hello, dear Copic-Fans!

After all those Christmas-cards I was in the mood to use different colours and so the January Challenge  "Yellow & Blue" at Make it Crafty was just perfect! The image is Lilli Faye - of course from Make it Crafty.

On the background I used my airbrushsystem and two stencils, so I was absolutely sure that the colours would match the image. The area around the image has been airbrushed, too.

Fairies need blig-bling and so I used Stickles 
Golden Rod, Diamond and Midnight Blue:

The image is very versatile, I can imagine looking her beautiful
 in autumnal colours, too.

I used these Copic Markers:
Skin: E50, E51, E01, E02
Hair: Y0000, Y32, Y35, Y38, T4
Wings: B0000, B000, B00, T0
Dress: B12, B14, B16
Shadows: T1,T2, T3, T4
Background: B12, B14, Y32, Y35, Y38

Maybe I inspired you to use this colour-combo - let me know!

Big Hugs

Monday, January 13, 2014

Biker Baby

Hello all Copic friends!
Kjersti here with some inspiration for you.

 I have made a birthday card with this little biker from Mo Manning.
The DP's are Maja Design and Kort & Godt, and the paper in the 
background is made by using aluminium tape & black acrylic paint. 

Colours used:
Skin: E11,E21,E00,E000,E95,E93
Grey: C7,C5,C3,C1,C00
Yellow: YR27,YR24,YR21
Blue: B39,B37,B34,B32

I hope you have had a great start on the new year, 
and have fun with your Copic colours!
Hugs Kjersti