As this year comes to an end, I reflected upon some of my favorite techniques I tried over the year and wanted to try this one again: Copic Direct to Rubber Background <== Click to see another example of this technique). While I did the original technique back in March using the Copic Airbrush System, it's just as easy to accomplish the same look with just the Copic markers!
I used Copic T7 to ink the entire rubber stamp. I like using the chisel end of the marker -- the broader surface covers the stamp a little quicker and is less likely to damage the brush tip. You don't need to be concerned about the color looking a little streaky at this point -- this technique is very forgiving and how the stamp is colored won't matter in the end! Be sure to also ink all of the flower details.
Then, fill a Mini Mister with Copic Colorless Blender Solution and spritz the stamp. Hold the mister further away from the stamp, for a finer mist. I sprayed closer to the stamp, to achieve this water drop effect. If you look closely where I sprayed more solution in the center of the stamp, the effect is lighter because the Blender Solution diluted the color of the T7 more -- just like it would if you used the Blender marker over T7 marker colored directly on paper.
After spritzing with the Blender Solution, be prepared to stamp the image VERY QUICKLY, because the alcohol-based solution will evaporate and dry quickly!
Using the gray marker, I think this looks like the poppies are blooming in a snow storm and I love the dimensional effect! Next, I colored the poppies with these Copic markers and Black Atyou Spica Glitter Pen:
I trimmed the image, leaving a white border and adhered it to a Memory Box Licorice Notecard. The lovely sentiment is from Hero Arts' Poly Clear-Essential Messages. It was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto more X-Press It Blender Card and the corners were rounded with the Corner Chomper.
I love how this ended up looking a little like a colorized black and white photograph! I hope you'll give this or YOUR favorite technique from this year a try over the last few days of the year! ~ Sharon
Stamps: Hero Arts Clings-Poppy Background & Poly Clear-Essential Messages,
Paper: Copic X-Press It Blending Card; Memory Box Licorice Notecards & Envelopes,
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black,
Copic Markers: R24, R29, R39, G24, G28, T7, Black Atyou Spica Glitter Pen; Copic Colorless Blender Solution,
Accessories: Ranger Mini Mister, Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper,
Other: Narrow red silk ribbon