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Hi everyone!  Marie here,  and I am  a new member of the iCopic Design Team.  I feel honored to be a part of this wonderful Copic community!   I am always inspired by the wonderful cards that I see and amazed with the gorgeous, creativity  that all of you bring to our community each and every day!   Thank you for having me - I feel very humbled!   I know this will be a great journey, and I am looking forward to getting to know you.

Tuesday is always Tuesday Tips & Tricks over here at ICopic Lover.  For my first design team card, I used a  cute little image from Wild Rose Studio called Milton with Barrow. Isn't he just the cutest little guy?  I used Copic Alcohol Ink Markers  for my focal image.   Copic Various Ink Refills were used to show you a quick and easy tip for making a product that looks similar to Flower Soft.  It is important to have a back up in case you run short on supplies  or need a specific color to coordinate with your special project!

Here is me planning out my light source.
The image was stamped with Tuxedo Black dye ink by Tsukeniko on Cryogen paper from Curious Metallic, Inc.   My highlights will come from the right side.  I selected this side because I wanted attention drawn to the flowers.  I also made the flowers at the top the lightest in order to be consistent with my light source.

These are the Copic markers I used to color Milton.  E59 will be the darkest of the shadow area.  E31 will be the highlight.   E31 and E50 will be used around the nose.

The bear was colored with E31 in order to avoid having any white spots.  The darkest shadow area was colored sparingly with E59. A dotting method was used to apply the color in order to achieve texture in the fur.   E25, E35, E33 and E31 was applied.  The majority of the image was colored with  E35 and E33.  R20 was added to the inner ear and the little pads on the bottom of Milton's little foot.    E31 was lightly applied over the top of the R20.  The muzzle area around the nose was colored with E33 and E50.

These were the Copic markers I used for the scarf, wheel and barrow.

The scarf was colored with YG13 and YG01.   For the wheel I used  C0, C3, C5 and C7.  The barrow was colored with E29, E27, E44 and E31.  I just selected some colors to  use on the flowers in order to get a feel for where I wanted to use my texture.   There was no need to shade the flowers because they  were covered with colored styrofoam.  Adhere the layers of the card at this time.  This step needs to be done before applying the texture to the flowers. 

Tip of the Day:  Add texture to the flowers.  Sometimes I want to add Flower Soft to add texture.  If I do not have the correct color of Flower Soft on hand, I take two pieces of styrofoam and rub them together to create fine granules.  A drop or two of  Copic Various Ink Refills  color the styrofoam with the appropriate color.   You only need to make the amount you need.  No storage and no waste! 

This is a sample of the styrofoam I colored with Copic R17.   It is important to allow the styrofoam to throughly dry.  Flower Soft Adhesive or Elmers Glue was applied to the  image, one color at a time.  Gently press the styrofoam down and allow to dry.  This process can be repeated with as many colors as you choose to use.  Just think... this can be coordinated with all your Copic markers!   You just have to add a drop or two  of any Copic Various Ink Refill to the styrofoam granules  and thoroughly mix  together.  For my card, I wanted to be consistent with my light source.  The styrofoam  texture will not reflect light well  so I chose to trick the eye by positioning  my brightest color  at the top where the light source would shine.

This is the finished card.   I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  So play with the  Copic Various Ink Refills and see what creative projects you can come up with! Thank you for stopping by!


Oh my Godness, this is fantastic!!
Thank you so much for showing this, the flowers looks just wonderful!
Hugs from Jill

Wow, thanks for the great tutorial. I really appreciated the steps you took to color the bear. I am new with Copics, so this is very helpful.

Great idea about the "faux flower soft"!!

Congrats on being chosen for the new design team - well deserved! Love your project and can't wait to see more.

Wow - love the gorgeous texture this adds Marie! The color is so vivid and just perfect! Gorgeous!

Love this Marie!! It turned out so perfectly too!!

Great idea! Love how it coordinates with the colors you have already used!

This is darling, as well as a fabulous tutorial. Congrats on joining the team!!!

Great tip and fabby card! Looking forward to seeing your creations!! :)

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