Thursday 28 June 2018

30Day Day 28 - Love, Laugh, Live

At this point of #thdailymarker30day I was really looking for a new way to colour. I had a bit of time last night to watch some YouTube videos and man, was I ever inspired!

First, Jennifer McGuire did this 4-corner background technique here.

Next, Sandy Allnock showed that you can use Copic Various Ink on Neenah cardstock here.

I started with the stamping technique from Jennifer which is really quite simple. Today's stamp for colouring is Simon Says Stamp Centre Cut Flowers, so I used that rather than a square background. I found that marking my grid worksurface helped me with positioning. I also had to move the stamp after I did 2 corners so that it would work for the other 2 corners.

I had a cool-looking stamped panel to colour. I trimmed it down for a square card (to cut out a smudge).

Then I decided to try out Sandy's method. I was a little worried that I would just ruin the panel and have to start over, especially when I poured the Colourless Blender solution over the panel and immediately I could see the pencil marks (and finger prints) on the back through the panel.

I decided to Play Without Panic and keep going. Hey, it's just paper, right? And later, as the paper dried, it became opaque again.

I pulled out a couple of Copic Refills and immediately left big blobs of unmoveable colour. But I didn't panic, just kept working (notice the final placement of my BIG, BLACK Simon Says Stamp sentiment! LOL!) ...adding more Colorless Blender, and working like you would with alcohol inks.

Once I was relatively happy with it, I set it aside to dry. I helped it along with my heat gun, too - no problem there. Then I just coloured in the leaves, flowers and berries with Copics as usual, adding some highlights with a white gel pen.

Here's a video - because I did this last night, the lighting is not ideal, but I was excited to show you how I made this pretty card!


  1. Cool technique. A lot like Kelly Latevola's under-painting with Distress Oxide inks and copics.

  2. What a gorgeous outcome Ardyth - love the soft background that resulted.

  3. I love how this turned out Ardyth and its amazing how handy our sentiments and bits and bobs can come in when it comes to hiding things that go wrong with alcohol inks. Its so much fun experimenting with this medium isn't it. Now I need to go try this. I haven't played on plain cardstock so should be interesting. I hadn't heard of that mat Sandy was talking about before and cant find over here, if I wait for one to arrive I will forget what it was for so I will improvise.

    Your card looks wonderful in the colours you have chosen and the flowers you did and I was amazed to see you just pressing your card down on the stamp in each corner, I swear if I tried that each time I would end up with sections with errors, pressed too hard, not hard enough etc. Your card turned out perfect.


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