Thank You Card

Hi everyone,

Today I decided to play along with a different challenge blog – Addicted to CAS and the theme was rainbow which is always fun.  You can check out the challenge here .

I haven’t done any copic colouring on acetate for a while so decided to pull out my markers and acetate to create a colourful card.  I used one marker at a time and started with the blue and then worked my way down the acetate with the other colour, overlapping the colours just a little to get a tiny bit of blending.  When you are using copic markers on acetate it is important to remember that you are not going to get the same blending that you get on a porous surface like paper.  I made sure I scribbled my marker onto some scrap paper to get rid of any excess colour that was on the marker tip.  After I had completed my background I remembered that I think this technique works best with the chisel tip end so if you decide to give this a go yourself, it is worth trying out different marker tips to see what works best for you.

When the copic colouring had dried (which doesn’t take long) I turned the acetate over and stamped the frame and sentiment using stazon ink as I think this is best ink to use when stamping on acetate.  I added a frame using a CD marker and then adhered to some white card to keep with CAS look.  A small metal flower added some interest but kept the design simple.

If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.  Thanks for stopping by,


PS If you are interested in more info about using copic markers and acetate I have a category on the side bar.




Supplies: White card, Acetate, Hero Arts – Congrats, Black CD Marker, Black Stazon, Prima Sunrise Sunset Metal Flower, Copic Markers – B28, BV17, R89, YR68, YR15


Card featuring Copic Marker Acetate Background

Hi everyone,

Todays card features a copic marker background on acetate.  You can have loads of fun experimenting with copic markers to create backgrounds (just make sure you have ink refills if you are going to do this a lot, keeping in mind that backgrounds on acetate will use less ink than paper as the paper absorbs the ink and the acetate does not)  You can create backgrounds by colouring in layers of colour like todays card. You can get a little bit of blending but not like you can achieve on paper. I think these backgrounds look really striking with white textured cardstock but also could look great with newsprint or text backgrounds.  I stamped the flowers on the front on the acetate after the background had dried.  The rest of the card was fairly simple with washi tape used to create the look of patterned paper on the card base.

So have FUN and EXPERIMENT with colours, effects, using alcohol gels, different Stazon inks and stamping on acetate!

Thanks for visiting my blog.




Supplies: Acetate, Hero Arts and Sizzix Stamp and Die Cut – Garden flowers, Hero Arts – Sending Smiles, Copic Markers – B28, B05, B02, Black Stazon Ink, White and Black Bazzill Cardstock, Hambley – Washi Tape, Black thread – We R Memory Keepers, Blue Flower, Tiny Attacher.

Tigerlily Acetate Butterfly Card

Hey Everyone,

I am back with the last butterfly acetate card for now.  This one features the papers from the Kaisercraft Tigerlily collection 6×6 paper pad.  The butterfly on this card was created in the same way as described in the post below but with an extra step of removing some of the colour using alcohol gel (I use hand sanitiser ie Aquim or other brand of your choice).  This is a great way of  ’fixing’ any mistakes or just giving the embellishment a different look.  The colour on this butterfly is much more subtle as quite a bit of the colour was removed but I have other butterflies where I have removed only a little bit of colour which I also like.  So once again, have fun and experiment!  These acetate embellishments look great over text backgrounds and don’t forget that you can use other shapes too, like flowers, clouds etc.

I have one more card to post that will show you a technique for creating a copic marker background on acetate.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.



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


Find Joy Tag with acetate butterfly

Hey everyone,

If you have been checking my blog for a while you would know that I love my copic markers, so I love trying out different techniques for using my markers and figuring out how I like to do things.  The idea for colouring with copic markers on acetate has been around for a while I think and if you google it you will find some other people’s ideas on how to do this technique too.  This week I am going to show you a few projects that I have made using my copic markers on acetate.  This tag was made using some Hero Arts stamps (Find Joy Clear set, Friend definition background stamp) and some Kaisercraft stamps (TigerLily Collection), along with distress inks (weathered wood and evergreen bough) and some calico shine. Plus lace and a few staples. Oh and my BG49 Copic marker!


The basic technique is to stamp your image using Stazon Ink onto acetate and then let the ink dry.  Turn the acetate over and colour on the other side.  You don’t normally use Stazon Ink with copic markers but Memento tuxedo black ink is not suitable for this technique and since the ink and the markers are on opposite sides they won’t interact.  Make sure you let the Stazon ink dry before you turn it over otherwise your image will smudge.  The most important thing to remember is to colour on the OTHER side, so that your copic markers don’t interact with the StazOn ink and leave a big mess.  If you forget and accidentally colour on the same side, the ink will smudge and your image will be ruined and you will need to ‘colour off’ the ink off your copics and hopefully the ink won’t leave a stain! You may end up with a darker patch on your marker but if you scribble the marker enough I have found that it didn’t effect the colour that came out of the marker permanently, but I think you could ruin your marker if you weren’t careful.  Yes I coloured on the same side even though I knew I wasn’t meant too, so do make sure you are really careful as it is easy to make this mistake.  I put a small sticker dot on the side I stamp now, so that I don’t make the mistake again!  Using copic markers on acetate is actually a really fun technique and has loads of potential so have a go and experiment!

If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by.