Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Essentials By Ellen, General, Stamping

Simple Copic Coloring for a Clean Masculine Card

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Emily Leiphart here today with a simple birthday scene featuring woodland critters and heat foiled stars. If you don’t like to color or shy away from Copic markers, have no fear. I tend to use the same few colors so my investment is in the reinkers rather than a large collection of colors. Let me show you how!

This card features the Starry Skies Stamp Set and Essential Stars Hot Foil Stamps from the latest release. If you already have the Essential Stars Dies, then the new hot foil stars will complement your collection nicely.

To start this card, I stamped all of the images from the Backyard Party Stamp Set. When I use several critters on one card, I try to keep their colors neutral and very similar. I used all of the same warm browns for the critters and the same cool browns for the tree trunks.

When I use shading to add dimension and shadow to my images, I always select Copic markers in groups of three. I color the entire image with the lightest shade, then add the medium and darker shades to create shadow. To finish, I go back over the entire image with the lightest shade to blend it all in.

After I die cut the images using the coordinating Backyard Party Dies, I arrange them on the card panel along with the stars which I heat foiled using Speckled Prism Hot Foil on Pitch Black cardstock. I love the shimmer and the way it reflects different colors, depending on the angle!

I wanted the stars to look like floating balloons for the animals so I secured some silver thread to the back of each star and attached them to the animals’ paws with a tiny dab of glue. Then I let the ends of the strings hang loosely.

To create a special effect for the stars, I used the starburst stamp from the Starry Skies Stamp Set behind the two larger stars and stamped the sentiment in the same color, Sage by Catherine Pooler. I hope you enjoyed this fun, easy idea for a clean and simple masculine birthday card.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!


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  • Reply Christine - Dances With Hooves Paper Design August 31, 2022 at 6:35 am

    LOVE THIS! I love coloring with alcohol markers but usually avoid it for masculine cards as I couldn’t figure out how to not make it “girly.” This is SUPER inspiring and helpful – and gives me a TON of ideas using the woodland stamps I love so much! Thank you SO much for sharing!


  • Reply emilyleiphart August 31, 2022 at 8:33 am

    Thanks so much, Christine! I’m so happy to hear that you love this idea!

  • Reply Maureen R August 31, 2022 at 9:43 am

    Super cute!!!!!

  • Reply emilyleiphart September 1, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Thanks so much, Maureen!

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