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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Color Stretch

Hey there!  Samantha here with this week's Tuesday Tips and Tricks segment.

Today my trick is stretching your Copic colors! On my card for today, I colored in her outfit using TWO pink copic markers: RV10, and RV32. I just varied how much of the darker color (RV32) I used on each part of her outfit to make each part look lighter or darker than the rest.

You can tell that her shoes and dress look darker than her stockings, sleeve, and wing. I got so much out of stretching these two markers.

This is a great trick to use when you are just starting out, or if you don't have a huge collection of colors to choose from. You can really get a lot of use out of each marker just by varying how much light or dark you use.

Sometimes when you have fewer colors to work with, you have to think outside the box.

  • The little girl is from CC Designs, called Swiss Pixie Sweetheart Birgitta.
  • I colored her in with the following Copics from
    • RV10, RV32
    • E000, E00, E01, E30, E31, E35, E37, E49, E57, E27
    • YG00, YG05, YG25, YG61
  • The sentiment is from the SP and Company Mini Card Creations II stamp set.
Now, what colors have you stretched out? We would love to know how you colored in some great variety using only a very few markers. Leave us a comment below!


    oh what a pretty card - and such a good idea to talk about how to stretch you Copics - so many think you have to have every color to color well - when I started I use one color and put down MORE color where I wanted a shadow. It worked quite well - finally I was able to build up my collection and started with two to color and shade and now three!!! I love Copics!

    So cute, I just love that stamp! :)

    adorable....great tip...I do that too! Such a happy little card! :)

    ok, first of all that card is CA-UTE!!! 2nd, I totally love your coloring. What a fab idea and I love her hair. Thanks for sharing what colors you used. 3rd, LOVE LOVE LOVE the grass and dirt!!!! Seriously, rocks.

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