Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Copic Colorless Blender Techniques

I took some time today to play with a new (to me) technique I've wanted to try.  I watched a video recently on how to do a bleaching technique with Copic Blending Solution, stamps, markers, air brush, etc.

The card above is my finished product, the Spellbinders Labels 14 is where I used this technique.  Instead of pulling out my air brush I used BG13 & BG15 markers.  I was in a hurry, I needed to clean up and fix dinner for my family.  It's a little streaked but I like the overall effect.

Here's a picture of the right way to do the technique.  Air brush with your markers BG13, BG18, BG72 onto a sheet of card stock.  Spritz your stamp with Copic Colorless Blender and stamp on the air brushed card stock.  I held my stamp down longer than I would have if I were using ink.  Be sure to clean off your stamp after each time you use it for a clean impression.  

One of the reasons I brought out my air brush system today is I was working on finishing my card and couldn't find a matching button to go on the tag I'd made.  Do you ever have that happen?  I used a small piece of foam tape to hold my button down to the paper I air brush on and sprayed it with several coats of BG13 and let it dry.  This works so much nicer than using a marker to color the button and dries much quicker too.  Another thing I tried today was using the BG13 marker to outline the edge of the Spellbinders tag, I went over it several times to make it darker.  I like the way it looks and think I'll try to remember to do this more often.

The stamps I used are actually rubber and acrylic stamps.  The dragon fly is by Stampendous, the flourish is by Kaiser Craft & the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  The dragon fly is colored with Copic markers BG13, BG15, BG18, BG23, V15, V17, T5, T3.  My layout was to accommodate the largest Spellbinders Labels 14 die, I also used a Spellbinders Oval and tag die.  The white panel is embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and I added straight lines in the center with my Scor-Pal.  

I hope you enjoyed my mini tutorial and are maybe inspired to try this Copic technique yourself.

We also have a new challenge starting today at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps, our theme is "Try A New Technique".  There are lots of great tutorials on the OWH Stars & Stamps blog for your inspiration too.  I hope you'll join in and play along in our challenge there.

One last thing today-  I want to THANK YOU for visiting my blog.  Monday, May 23rd was the 4th Anniversary of starting my blog.  I did some homework Tuesday and found that I've had 34,026 visitors in the last 12 months and about 11,000 each year before that.  Which means my blog has really taken off in the last year, wow!  So... thanks for visiting and leaving encouraging comments, it means a lot to me.

Mad For Markers - Coloring Embellishments
The Outlawz - Copic Colorless Blender Technique
Tellen's Place - Anything Goes
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Color My World
Make It Monday's - Anything Goes
The Spotlight Challenge - Try Something New
A Spoon Full Of Sugar - Things With Wings
Crazy Amigo Challenge - Insects


Nancy M said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!! What a nice accomplishment! Very pretty card, too! Have a wonderful rest of your week. Off to get the brakes fixed.

Scrappychick said...

Very cool Jan! The card turned out gorgeous!!

Misty said...

Happy Blogaversary! And WOW! Jeepes! thats great! If you were looking and could only choose 1 Spellbinder set, which would it be? (I won an Amazon GS)
Hummer Hugs,
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

grandmalee said...

Congrats on your blogoversary and all of the hits during this time!

Love the card and the mini tutorial! Even though I don't have Copics, I always try to learn all that I can about them when I can in case I every get lucky and get some in the future.

NanaConnie said...

Beautiful card!! Such great color choices. I really like the embossed background. Love the idea of this technique but I think it's still beyond me since I don't have all the equipment I'd need to do it. Thanks for the "how to" instructions. I will try this one in the future.

Jen M said...

Fabulous card! It turned out beautiful - and congrats on your blogaversary! :)

fionalawlor said...

Gorgeous card! This technique looks fab, and makes a really beautiful card :)
Thanks for playing along at The Spotlight Challenge.
Fiona x

Donna Hanley said...

Jan, your card is beautiful. I think your technique looks terrific as does your coloring. Your dots/stripes background look great also. Thank you for sharing. I'll have to try this technique. it's new to me. I also have to get working on my card for this challenge tonight. Just couldn't get to it today.

Linda said...

Congrats on the anniversary and the beautiful card. You got some serious toys there to work with!

Carol L said...

WTG on such a fabulous year of blogging, but it comes as no surprise! You share so much learning information here, that I'm like a magnet, always checking to see what you're up to! This card is just fabulous and what I wouldn't give to own an airbrush system :) You're a lucky girl :)

Riet Harikini said...

Love this dragonfly card.

ThePurplePlace said...

This is a great card a technique that is brand new to me! I'm going to try and find the video and maybe I can use it to create something new for the Midweek Throwdown!

I love the colors you chose and it looks like FUN!

Anonymous said...

Could you please tell me the date and time of this class?????? ha ha Love the card and I think we really need to do a class for this one!!! Please. Miss visiting with ya, diane clark, lake havasu city

Desert Rose Stamper said...

Oh Jan your cards are oh soooo beautiful. You always use such wonderful colors. I get so inspired seeing your work. Thanks.

Shannon White said...

Wow! Miss Jan this is sooo Gorgeous, love the colors you used, some of my favs! Thanks so much for the wonderful technique, I'm definitely going to have to try it out.. Congratulations on your Blobaversary! 8-)


Andrea6760 said...

Hi Jan,

Thanks for sharing the colorless blender technique. Although I do not have an airbrush system, I will give it a try on a smaller piece just using my markers as you did in your original card and use it to mat a tag or sentiment. I really like the color on color effect it gives.

I also wanted to congratulate you on 4th blogaversary! How wonderful that your blog has grown so much. I know that I did pass along your blog info to a few of my 'dog lover' friends when Maxine was ill and although they are not crafters, I know they really enjoy your blog! I'm wishing you many many more years of increased visitors and appreciate the card inspirations and technique tutorials!

Anonymous said...

This is a great card, and well done for trying a new technique. Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight. xx

Michelle said...

Hi Jan

Wow, this is fabulous!! Such a great effect!

Thanks for the great little tutorial too.

Thank you for linking up to Mad For Markers and Make it Monday with this fabulous creation.

Michelle :-)

Susan said...

This card is beautiful Jan. Can't wait to try out the technique when I get my ABS! Thanks for joining in the colouring embellishments challenge at Mad for Markers.
Susan xxox

Audrey said...

beautiful! Thanx for playing!

Ashlee said...

Wow this looks fantastic I must give this technique a go, thanks for joining us at mad for markers :-) from ash

Kerrie said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.... your card is gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

Ellen Taylor said...

Fantastic background! tfs