Hi Everyone! It’s Debra here from Texas. Spring is in the air and I wanted to create a card that celebrated the beautiful weather we are beginning to see here at home. One of my favorite techniques to use with Elizabeth Craft Designs products is coloring with Copics over the Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. It’s the first technique I learned and one that I love to teach. To create this card I started with a free digital image of the hot air balloons that I found on the internet. I downloaded it and printed it out on regular white cardstock in the size I wanted for my card. In this case, even though I am coloring with Copic markers, the printer ink and paper don’t have to be Copic friendly because they will be completely covered with the glitter before being colored with the Copics.
Once you have chosen your image the instructions are as follows:
Cut a piece of double sided adhesive the same size as the image you want to color. Peel off one side of the release sheet. Place the image face up on your work surface and lay the sticky side of the tape down over the image. Smooth it well before flipping it over. Peel off the remaining release sheet. Carefully holding the edges of the image, completely cover with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter, brush off and then polish with your finger to bring up the shine and set the glitter into the adhesive. At this point you are ready to color. Note: if you look closely at the picture you can see fingerprints in the right side of the glitter image. Because I was planning to cut it out, I wasn’t too careful to avoid touching the tape. This is a perfect example of what it looks like if you do, so be careful handling images you don’t plan to cut out!
To color your image with Copic Markers remember that the glitter is a non porous surface so the ink will sit on top and not soak in. As a result it takes very little ink to cover the glitter. For this image, I layed down a small amount of color and spread it out with my Colorless Blender. You have to be careful not to linger you marker tip on the glitter as the alcohol could dissolve the adhesive if it sits to long so I work quickly in short strokes. Since I don’t have outline stickers to keep the color from running outside the lines, I was careful to color up to the edge but not cross over. You can use your colorless blender to remove small mistakes. Color the ink with the blender pen and then quickly dab it with a paper towel. That usually does the trick for me. Once you are satisfied with the image cut it out. I went back and colored the cut outer edges of the image with the same color of each part of the image to take away the white edges of the cardstock. It makes it look more finished and hides any uneven trimming.
The balloons needed a little bling but I didn’t have anything in the right color. I turned to my favorite trusty embellishment, Transparent Glitter Dots. The gold and the silver can be easily colored with Copic markers to customize them perfectly for your project. I colored mine and added them to the large balloon. I added the negative strips I had left on one sheet of red Glitter Borders to the smaller balloon. They are great for detail work because they can be re-positioned easily to adjust if you need to.
Here is a little close up of the details. To finish the card I used Studio Calico Storytime paper on the base, inked with Broken China distress ink on the edges. I cut out clouds using white Velvet Adhesive Sheets and the clouds from the All Seasons Tree die. I love the texture of the velvet in contrast to the glitter. The sentiment was printed on my computer and also cut with the cloud die. The balloons are on pop dots.
If you haven’t tried coloring on the Silk Microfine Glitter with Copics before I hope this inspires you to give it a try. It’s so much fun!
Thanks for stopping by!
Copic Markers: Y08, YR15, R46, E57, Yg13, BG32, BG49, 0
Broken China Distress Inks
Studio Calico Storytime Paper