Many Copic users love to color flowers, especially for card making. In this tutorial by Sharon Harnist, you'll learn shading and blending techniques to create a purple iris.
I love coloring flowers any time of the year -- especially for birthday cards, so let me walk you through the quick, easy steps to coloring and making this greeting card.
1. To begin, I stamped the Iris flower with Memento Gray Flannel ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card. I like using this softer gray color for stamping, as it is less stark than black.
2. Using the lightest V12 color in my blending group, I colored the flower petals in the foreground (which would naturally be lighter).
3. Next, I used the mid-tone V15 in my blending group to color the flower petals in the background.
4. Then, since there is a bit of a color gap between the V12 and V15, I used my lighter V12 marker in my right hand to pick up color from the darker V15 marker (held in my left hand). I then added some shading on the lighter foreground petals.
5. Using the darkest V17 in my blending group, I shaded some of the mid-tone V15 areas of the background petals.
6. Using the 0-Colorless Blender, I reclaimed some highlights in the foreground petals by brushing away a little of the color along the tops or peaks of the petal folds, where they would naturally be lighter and/or where sunlight would be hitting them.
7. I colored the “beard” of the Iris (the tuft of short upright extensions growing in the petal midline) with Y13 (towards the insides of the beards) and Y17 around the outsides.
8. Moving on to the stem, I used my lightest YG61 to base coat everything that would be green. The reason I chose the YG61/YG63 for my V12/V15/V17 Iris, is that YG61/YG63 are directly opposite my V-blending group on the Copic Color Wheel and therefore, natural complimentary colors.
9. Next (I apologize for skipping around a little!), I decided to add some depth of color and a little shadowing to the lower foreground flower petals with a little BV00 on them.
10. Back to the flower stem – I flick/feathered E31 to resemble the tissue paper-like parts that sometimes form around the this bulb part of the stem.
11. Finally, I used my darker YG63 to add shading to the stem.
12. All of the Copic Sketch markers used for this flower.
To finish the Iris image for my card, I die cut it. While the Blending Card was still in the die, I airbrushed the outer edges with BG000 (being held in place on my work surface with washi tape), then stamped the birthday sentiment with the same Gray Flannel Memento ink I used to stamp the image:
Next, I mounted the colored/die cut Iris image with ½-inch X-Press It Foam Tape to a yellow postage die cut mat.
Then added both of the die cut pieces to a violet notecard with another layer of the foam tape.
Thanks so much for joining me today!
- Copic Sketch Markers (Flowers: V12, V15, V17, Y13, Y17; Stem: YG61, YG63, E31; Sky: BG000)
- Stamp Set (Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 8 by Melanie Muenchinger - Available February 13, 2014)
- X-Press It Blending Card Hero Arts Iris Notecard and Daffodil Layering Paper Tsukineko Memento Gray Flannel ink pad
- X-Press It Double-Sided Foam Tape
- Copic Airbrush System
- My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles & Postage Stamp dies