Colouring Embellishments

Hello Everyone! How many times have you been crafting away only to find that you have no embellishments to match your amazing project! You never need to worry about mismatched embellies ever again when you have your Copics!  Because Copics are filled with an alcohol ink which can adhere to any surface you can colour buttons, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon or even wood! I haven't been able to cover every single type of surface in this tutorial but most materials fall into absorbent or non-absorbent categories so use the same processes when trying to colour your own embellishments.



First embellishment I tried was chipboard! This is an absorbent material, so the ink will absorb in and be quite dark when coloured directly from the Copic Marker. (Tip: with chipboard, you can add some X-press It Clear Gel Glue over the top for a glossy finish!)


Now cardmakers and scrapbookers love their flower embellishments and these can also be coloured directly from the marker, however you can also get fabulous effects by using the Copic Airbrush System as well! Take your flower and Airbrush and use a lighter colour and the chisel end of your marker to do a solid coverage first.


Then, take a darker marker and use the Super Brush Nib which will give a splatter effect. Presto - your very own custom flower for your project!


Other favourite embellishments for crafters are rhinestones, pearls and sequins - these are all non-absorbent materials so when applying ink direct from the marker, may be a little streaky.  You have to apply the colour evenly or work on smaller items. TIP - It is important to note that when working on non-absorbent products you need to use very dark colours otherwise the colour will appear very pale as it just sits on the surface and dries and doesn't absorb in.




Lets have a look at wooden products! Here is a wooden button - when coloured directly from the marker, the colour absorbs in and is quiet dark.


However, if you want to get a lighter coverage, try using the Copic Airbrush System.  These two buttons were coloured with the same Copic Marker - notice the left one is darker (applied from the marker) compared to the right one (airbrushed).


Let's have a look at a non-absorbent type of button.  The left one, once again is applied from the marker and the right one is done using the airbrush.  Sometimes the colour doesn't apply as well as you'd hoped (I tried to redo the left button - not a great idea), the great thing about using non-absorbent items means you can simply wipe off the colour using some colourless blender and a cotton ball and start over!


Of course everyone *loves* ribbon and there is nothing better than having the exact colour match for your project!  Here I've used a sheer ribbon, but you can use Copic on satin, grosgrain or any kind of ribbon! TIP - make sure you have clean scratch paper under your ribbon as the colour does go through.


Notice you can blend from one colour to the next on ribbon as well! 


As you can see, you can colour *SO* many different items to create your own custom embellishments by colouring directly from the Copic Marker or Airbrushing! You can also colour ribbons and flowers by using Various Inks, but we'll have to save that for another day!  :)  Below I've made a card, colouring the floral image and then colouring the ribbon, rhinestones and wood button to match my project.

Stamp Set - Chrysanthemums by JustRite Papercraft


Copic Colours

Image - RV00, RV32, RV34, G40, G43, G46, C3

Rhinestones - RV34

Ribbon - RV32

Button - G46


I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and have a try at creating your own custom embellishments using your Copic Markers!

Happy colouring!

Posted By Kathy

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