Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rainbow Thanks on Tan Stripes

A die-cut "thanks" with Copic coloring.  I like the soft, weathered "country" effect of all the colors together.  The Copic colors look muted and a bit uneven (in a nice way) on the letters cut from fine linen (tan) card stock.

My inspiration came from Nichole Heady's recent "Thanks All Ways" post, where she used a rainbow of Copic colors on kraft.  Click here, then scroll about 1/3 of the way down through her post to see her card.  Thank you, Nichole!  

Card details:
  •  Card stock is Papertrey Ink fine linen (tan), ripe avocado (green), ocean tides (blue green), and stripes from the fine linen pattern pack.
  • Dies are Papertrey Ink chevron stripes border dies (for the ocean tides edge) and block alphabet upper.
  • My Copic colors - similar to Nichole's in effect, but not all the same colors - are R08, YR07, Y38, YR95, BG75, and B66.  In real life, the orange (YR07) looks less red. 
  • Technique:  Die cut the letters on a strip of card stock, and save all the pieces, including the little triangle from the "A."  Cover the back of the negative cut with scor-tape, and now you will have sticky tape in the letter openings.  After coloring each letter, place it back into the negative cut.  Note, the "H" and "S" look somewhat symmetrical, but there is a top and bottom, so be careful when placing them.  Press down firmly to adhere.  Then remove the scor tape backing to adhere it to the card base or layer. 
  • Technique:  For more on how I line up my letters for die cutting, click here.  It's not perfect, but it's the best method I've found so far. 
Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (192)

2 comments:

Alex Wells said...

I came across this page from Googling "muted colors copics". I've been trying to get that weathered color from my Copics for a while now. Did the colors mute naturally on the tanned linen card stock? If so, I might have my answer!

Cindy O said...

Alex, thanks for your comment. Yes, the effect was just from using the Copics on the PTI Fine Linen card stock.