Papercrafting designer Sharon Harnist, one of our Design and Education/Instruction team members, is back with us this month to share a scrapbook project that utilizes several of the new 2012 Copic colors and tips for scrapbooking with Copic products.
Hi, I’m excited to share with you several ways I use Copic products in my scrapbooking, for wonderful color coordination! No fear… as soon as the alcohol base of the Copic dye ink evaporates (which is almost immediately when it hits air), the color is safe to use in your scrapbooks!
1. Either make your own color coordinated background papers to use in your scrapbooking, or you can customize pre-printed papers. Here, I used new 2012 Copic RV52-Cotton Candy to airbrush this black & white patterned paper to coordinate with all the pinks I used.
I use this little trick quite often — most frequently to change a white patterned paper or embellishment to ivory, if the rest of my project is cream or ivory colored. E50-Eggshell is my frequent go-to ivory color.
2. It is quick and easy to color coordinate chipboard pieces for your project:
Here, I used a mid-toned R55-Hollyhock to color the chipboard letters, arrow and heart to coordinate with the darkest shade of pink in the paint chip I used (and a shade darker than the airbrushed background paper). You can color test the markers on the reverse side of your chipboard, to see which color will best match your project. The color appears darker when it goes on, but as the color dries it will get a little lighter.
3. To “paint” the scalloped trim around the chipboard heart, I used Copic’s Opaque White with a small paint brush:
4. Add some shimmery fun to your scrapbooking with Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens! To further enhance the colored chipboard pieces, I used Pink glitter pen on top of them — solid on the arrow and swirly doodles on the heart. You can also use them for journaling!
Here, I colored white pearls with new 2012 R56-Currant — it came closer to matching the colored chipboard. Frequently, you will need to use a darker color than you think, to color a clear or white embellishment so always try your color first! Here’s how the pearls look on the page:
6. The flower embellishment is hand-made from coffee filters! To custom color the white filters (I used the junior 2-4 cup size), I misted the filters with Copic Colorless Blender Solution (placed in a spray bottle/mister) and while they were still wet (I have 2 filters laying together in the left photo below) I dropped Various Ink Refill onto the stacked filters (I would have used RV52 or RV55 refill, but I haven’t ordered these new Refill colors yet! So I used the closest color I had on hand, RV63). Keeping the filters stacked lets the top filter soak up more color, while the bottom filter remains a shade or two lighter, for a nice multi-colored final look).
Having the filters wet with Blender Solution first, helps to distribute the color — lighter in some areas and darker in others. I like the splotchy two-toned affect! Next, blot the filters with scrap paper or a paper towel and allow to dry.
To finish the flower: I stacked the two filters together and starting at the outside edge, began cutting a spiral circle inward towards the center of the filter, keeping the size of the spiral about the same size (about 3/4 of an inch):
Next, I used locking hemostat pliers to grab hold of the outside edge of the spiral (right photo above) and began to roll the spiral towards the center. Once you reach the center (which now becomes the bottom base for your flower), you can unlatch the pliers and loosen the flower to your liking. Secure with the spiraled flower to the center base with Glue Dots or hot glue.
I tried a little different technique with the coffee filter leaf — First I airbrushed the filter with new 2012 Copic color G46-Mistletoe (left photo above), and then spritzed it with the Colorless Blender Solution. This yielded a more mottled affect. Next, I folded the colored coffee filter into a triangle/cone shape (the fold is on the lower left in the photo below) and just cut the right portion into the leaf shape. Leaving one side folded and uncut let the leaf fan up once it started drying, for a nice dimensional effect!
7. I love using the Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 12-pack of colors for journaling – they are waterproof and archival pigment ink that match standard Copic marker colors!
Here, I used Black Multiliner SP 0.3 to journal directly on the white cut edge of the glossy photo paper.
You can find more Copic papercrafting inspiration from Sharon here:
Copic Color Gallery: http://www.copiccolor.com/Shar
Love U 8-inch Page Supplies:
Copic Sketch Markers: RV52 (airbrushed black/white background paper, RV55 (chipboard), R56 (pearl swirl), G46 (coffee filter flower leaf)
Copic Various Ink Refills: RV63 & Colorless Blender Solution (coffee filter flower)
Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen: Pink
Copic Multiliner SP 0.3: Black
Paper: Echo Park Yours Truly 6×6 patterned paper; Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight Black Onyx cardstock
Tools: Copic Airbrush System;
Accessories: Copic Opaque White, Ranger Mini Mister; Maya Road Love mini chipboard & Patti mini alphabet chipboard sets; Zva self-adhesive pearls; paint chip sample from home improvement store