A Way With White: COPIC Marker Tutorial

size: 4-1/4”x5-1/2”


  • Cardstock: Prism Stormy Dark, Imagination Int’l. X-Press It Blending Card, Stampin’ Up! Real Red
  • October Afternoon Papers, 8”x8”: Report Card, Schoolhouse
  • Sheer navy organdy ribbon
  • White string

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil


  • My Favorite Things Stamps: à la modes Blue Without You, Pure Innocence Little Firecracker
  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Dog Tag, Simply Scallops Small, Star Border
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: E000, E11, E15, E18, R24, R59, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y19, B0000, C00, C1
  • Sakura Pens: Glaze 3-D Clear, White Soufflé
  • Prismacolor Brown Colored Pencil
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots


  • 1. Make navy top-fold card.
  • 2. Cut a 4”x5-1/4” blue star paper panel; adhere to card.
  • 3. Cut a 4”x2-3/8” red dot paper panel and a 4”x2-1/2” navy cardstock panel. Adhere layers together, leaving narrow blue border at top and bottom.
  • 4. Die cut two scallop borders from navy cardstock. Adhere first border behind bottom edge of red/navy panel; trim ends flush. Offset scallops of second strip and adhere behind bottom edge of first; trim ends flush. Adhere panel to card as shown.
  • 5. Stamp black image onto Blending Card; trim to 2-1/8”x3-3/4”. Color image with markers. See Figs. 1-3 to color pants. (see photos)
  • 6. Using clear pen, dot buttons on pants. Dot shirt and bow with white pen; dots will at first appear clear but will dry opaque. Let dry completely.
  • 7. Add ground with brown colored pencil.
  • 8. Mat stamped image on navy cardstock; adhere to card.
  • 9. Die cut one dog tag from white cardstock; stamp black sentiment. Die cut short strip of star border from red cardstock; remove three tiny star cut-outs and adhere to tag.
  • 10. Tie ribbon into bow around card. Tie tag to bow with string; secure with foam dot.
  • Tip
  • 1. Colors used to add shadows to white areas will depend on the project. Use light blues and cool grays for bright projects; try warm grays and even skin tones for warmer-hued projects.

by Michele Boyer

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