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Little Bird Ellie

Written by Monica Edwards. Posted in Anything But a Card

Hi everyone today I am sharing a post that is extra special to me I created an altered tea light lantern with a Paper Nest Dolls image which I am super excited to say will be available in the MarkerPOP store!!  My project features Little Bird Ellie and I added some handmade flowers I made, with some bling and lace!
I had such a great time making this and it has been so long since I have made my flowers I forgot how much I enjoyed making them.  I guess I need to make a video showing how I made these huh?!!


  • Copics Used:
  • Hair: E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
  • Dress: BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04, BV11
  • Ribbon: R81, R83, R85
  • Flowers: Y18, YR08, RV29


I hope everyone enjoyed my post and thanks for stopping and welcome The Paper Nest Dolls!

Learning Copics with MarkerPOP! – 3 Techniques in 1 Video!

Written by Samantha Peyton. Posted in Tips & Tricks, Tutorials

Hey everyone! Samantha here!

I’m back again with another Learning Copics with MarkerPOP! video. Well this video is jam packed full of good Copic info for you! If you’ve missed any videos in this series, you can always catch up with my Learning Copics playlist, here.

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My main purpose of this video was to introduce you to a neat way to use Colorless Blender, but there were two other cool tricks shown in this video too.

I ended up having technical difficulties and so I ended up showing you a quick cheater method for how to fix your mistakes.

And also, there was a big jump in the colors of markers I wanted to use, so I also showed a quick palette technique.

Watch on Youtube

Supplies Used:
Memento Full Size Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black
X-Press IT Blending Card Paper Bright White 8.5” x 11” 25 Sheets
Copics: YG02, YG04, YG07, colorless blender (zero)
C.C. Designs Rubber Stamp – Swiss Pixies Olivia’s Brella

And that’s all for this week’s lesson! I hope that you enjoyed it & it gave you some ideas for using those colorless blenders. Have a great day!


Welcome, baby girl! + Videos

Written by Kelli Cortes. Posted in Eye Candy (Projects), Tutorials

Hi, everyone!  Kelli here today to share a baby girl card with you along with a couple of videos!  I made a baby boy card using the same stamp a little bit ago and I wanted to make one for a baby girl.  You can click HERE to see the baby boy card.

I stamped the Magnolia – Little Trumpety with Bow stamp in StazOn ink onto some Tim Holtz – Watercolor Paper.  I watercolored her with my Tim Holtz – Distress Markers in the following colors:
Body – Pumice Stone
Toenails – Frayed Burlap
Inner Ear and Cheek – Tattered Rose
Bow – Picked Raspberry

I made the background using my Distress Markers as well.  I made it while I was playing around with my markers but I kept it to use on a later project.  I thought it was perfect for this card.  Basically, you scribble color onto your craft sheet, spray it with water from a Mini Mister and then blot your watercolor paper into the puddles.  If you dry it with your heat tool and blot it into the puddles again you will get different colored spots over the first layer.  I think that second step is really what makes the background stand out.

I stamped the ‘Welcome,’ part of the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn – Milo’s ABCs and the ‘baby girl!’ part using Sally’s ABCs.  The patterned paper that they were stamped on came from the Lawn Fawn – Hello Sunshine 6×6 paper pad.

I added some Studio Calico – Gold Dots, Lawn Fawn – Hello Sunshine Sequins, My Mind’s Eye – Sweetest Thing Dots, and some rhinestones coming out of her trunk.  Then, to finish everything off, I added some Spica Glitter Pen in Clear to the elephant’s bow.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!  :)

The first video I have for you is the coloring of the elephant.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

The second video shows the process of putting the card together.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

Distress Marker Welcome Baby Girl Elephant 1 Distress Marker Welcome Baby Girl Elephant 2 Distress Marker Welcome Baby Girl Elephant 3

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Light Skin Combo and Light Source

Written by Marie Gamber. Posted in Tutorials


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Hello everyone! Marie here with another mini video and step tutorial for you!



I shared a basic color combo for light skin tones on the tutorial, Angels Among Us.    Today, I am adding one more color to the combo to provide a darker cast shadow and darker skin combo.   It is amazing how different the combo will look by adding just one more marker!

CombosE11E00E000E11, E00, E000

This is the combo we used in Angels Among Us.

Light Skin Tone High ContrastE21, E11, E00, E000
I will add a “sandwich” of E11, E21 and E11 for high intensity

And now look what a difference is is when we add just one more color in a “sandwich” technique! The contrast has really increased!    It is a way to add contrast and really expand your Copic Combos in an economical way.


Shadows and Shading Book: A Beginners Guild to Lighting Placement by Marianne Walker.

I  also want to introduce you to a wonderful book that is helpful for understanding “Light Source and Shadows”. Consistent light source and accurate shadows are very important when coloring and image. It’s fun and easy with a few tools.   This wonderful book comes with acetate guides that can be used over and over.



Paper:  X-Press It Blending Paper (X-Press) Stamp: World Traveler (Little Darlings) Copic Alcohol Ink Sketch  Markers (.too Corp) Copic Colorless Blender (.too Corp) Copic Opaque White Ink (.too Corp) Copic Black Multiliner 0.03 (.too Corp) Memento Black Tuxedo Ink (Tsukineko) Crafter’s Companion Adhesive 

Copic Markers Used:  Skin tones: E21,  E11, E00, E000 Hair:  C3, C5, C7, C9 Clothing: BV000, BV00, BV2, G11, G20, G24 Shoes: C3, C5, C7 Luggage: C0, C1, C3 and black multiliner accented with G20 and G24

Background: Watercolor Wash


This is an example of using the radial light source guide. The sun is shining from your upper left hand side. The area where the line first touches the image will be the highlight. Area where the line leaves the image will be the shadow side. This can be stamped on scratch paper and the light guide can be placed next to your work for reference.


E000 is my base coat. It is the lightest of my color combo. A smooth light application will allow the other colors to blend  easily.


The mid-tone, E00 was applied from the outer edge of the shadow and gently flicked inward towards  the highlight. E000 was appled in the same manner.  Flicking lightly from the outer edge of the E00 towards the lightest part of the face.

mp041614ffSuzanne Dean, Color Me Creative Classroom, often talked about a “sandwich”. A sandwich is when you place a darker color in the middle of your shadow colors. For high contrast, I used a sandwich for my areas that had cast shadows or areas that were blocked from the light source. I applied E11 to the area. I colored over the same area with the E21. I then applied E11 on top. The E11, E21 and E11 became a sandwich for my cast shadows. The higher the first number  on a Copic Marker, the more gray will be in the color. For example,  E11 is brighter.  E21 ahas more gray.   Grayer tones make great contrast colors or cast shadows. The color really increases contrast in a dramatic way so I used it very sparingly for cast shadows.


The areas were blended with E00 and E000.


A touch of E91 was added to the cheeks. This little World Traveler has been spending a lot of time in the sun! If I did this again I would use R20 for my blush to the cheeks. In my opinion, the E91 is too light for the darker skin  tone.

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This is my finished card!

I hope you will come back for another mini-video and step tutorial next week!


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