Making acetate embellishments using Copic Markers

Hi everyone,

Here is the card we made at the workshop I ran out Southern Stationery a while ago which was focussed on learning how to colour with copic markers on acetate (Scroll down for further instructions).  The card design itself is really simple to let the butterflies take centre stage.  The background was created using a Hero Arts Stamp – Envelope Pattern.  This stamp is just great for creating a little extra texture and interest.  The butterflies are the stamps from the Kaisercraft Tigerlily Collection and the sentiment is from the Hero Arts clear set – Everyday Sayings. The cardstock is bazzill.  The copic markers used were W7,RV06 and BV08.  The Kaisercraft pearls were coloured using my RV06 copic marker to make the pink match the butterflies.TIP: When colouring pearls strips like this it is important to be careful not to colour the glue strip as well as the pearls as it will show up when you use it on your project.



Creating Acetate Embellishments Using Copic Markers  

Stamp image on to acetate using Stazon Ink.  I used the Fiskars stamp press and like that it ‘pop’s up off the acetate which I think helps to get a better stamped image.  NOTE: It will take some time for the ink to dry.  When the ink has dried, turn the page over and start colouring.  REMEMBER Stazon ink will interact with the copic markers so you need to colour on the REVERSE side.  You will not be able to blend colours like you can with blending card, rather this technique is about applying colour.

The brighter colours tend to work best for this technique but you can certainly use the lighter colours for a more subtle effect.  I tend to apply colour by using the broad tip end of the marker, using strokes to apply the colour and don’t go over the same area very much.  It is best if you work fairly quickly. (The pink and the purple butterflies were created using this way of colouring and the two-tone butterfly was created using the technique described below)

Another way I apply colour is by dabbing the brush tip onto the section I am colouring and the ink tends to pool a little on the paper.  Both these techniques don’t give really smooth even colour as the acetate is not a porous surface, but I still like the effect and think it is fun to experiment.  You can then cut out your image and make your card.

If you make a mistake or don’t like the effect you have achieved – just remove the colour using an alcohol gel ie hand sanitiser.  Just make sure your acetate surface is clean from the alcohol gel before having another go at colouring with your markers.  TIP: alcohol gel can also be used to remove your Stazon ink before it dries if your stamped image is not as crisp as you would like it, as it can sometimes be a bit tricky stamping on acetate.

So have fun playing with these ideas and if you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

Bye for now


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