These copic markers are making me search my paper stash for bright patterns to use on cards.  I can definitely see that I am not a lover of bright colours. (I knew that but seeing literally thousands of sheets of paper and hardly anything bright really puts that in perspective!)   However, I did manage to find some Basic Grey paper with lots of bold blue tones and I made sure to choose my paper BEFORE colouring my image today. (though, don’t hold me to that…if my mojo wants to colour an image first and then figure out what to do with it I’m not going to stand in its way!)

Today’s card was coloured in a hybrid manner.  I used copics on everything but the cat.  The cat was coloured using prismacolour pencils and OMS.  I’m a big fan of hybrid colouring.  It’s easy to get stuck on one medium (my favourite being watercolouring at the moment) and this way you get to use more of your tools.  It would be a shame to ignore all the supplies I have just becase I have a preferred method of colouring.

Let’s end the lecture and move on to the card:

I tried to get a little creative with my copic colouring (I’m still learning) – not sure how I feel about that flower pot.  If I get more markers I will seriously have to start surfing for guidance.

I used Neenah Solar Crest cardstock- which is recommended for Copics.  It’s a coated paper so my pencils and stubs glided nicely over the paper too but I did find it was a bit different than the paper I usually use for pencils.  It took away a lot more of the pigment when I blended the colours.  That’s not a bad thing but it’s a bit of a learning curve…I think I could get used to using pencils with this cardstock.

I also unearthed a cuttlebug folder that I’ve never used…the line of buttons on the blue strip.  I thought it would go nicely with the patchwork style paper and I didn’t want to use a real button on this card because I’d already done that on the last 2 cards I made.

I think it turned out really cute and I think I’ll keep the pencils in easy reach and get some use out of them for a while.