Copic Marker Tutorial ~ Mice Tag

Sunday, August 08, 2010


I designed this little tag with the idea that it would be darling to place on a 'pillow present' for someone special ... I hope you like it as much as I do!

I used these Copic markers from The Angel Company ~ Caboodles Set A.  R81, R85, B91, B95, YG93 and YG95.  In addition ~ I used my W1, W3, W5, W7 and my Colorless Blender.

My goal was to try and achieve a 'softer' look so I stuck to only 2 colors each from my pinks, blues and greens ... mostly because I have a tendency to really use color boldly.

TIP:  You don't HAVE to use Copics in 2's, 3's, or even 4's.  Use as many or as few markers as you'd like!

And of course ... you have to have them all sitting there ... looking pretty while you work!  {smiles}


I stamped my image on our Caboodles Cardstock using my Tuxedo Black Memento ink.


Next, I took my W1 ~ which is this luscious warm gray and colored the image as you see here.  I wanted to lay down a 'base coat of color' so that the colors I added would be more muted.  My goal was country-ish, homie-ish, comfort.  (I know ... those aren't really words ... but you get what I mean ... don't you!).

After I laid down the color I continued to add color on top of this like I normally would.  I spared showing you that here because it was all basic and very similar to the post just prior to this one.  And remember ~ click on any image and it will show a larger photo in your browser. 


I wanted my sheets to be ... I hate to say bland ... but that's what my daughter would call this color ... bland.  So I used my W1 again and colored as shown below.


Next I added some shading with my W3 and then went back over with W1 to blend.


This next image is one where I used the W1 and then used my blending pen to lighten and soften my lines.  I've placed an arrow on the image because you can see that ever so gently my ink began to feather.  Sometimes that happens when using the colorless blending pen ... especially if it's juicy.  So use caution!


Here is the image after adding more highlights with W5 and W7. 


I wanted to try and make little 'white mice' this time.  I hadn't attempted that yet so this was the perfect opportunity.

I used my W1 and inked my mice as shown.


Then I gently softened it up with my Colorless Blender.


Put all of the steps together and this is what I ended up with.


This was an EASY image to cut out so I HAD to take advantage of that and then I pop dotted the little sweeties onto my tag!  And for a touch of sophistication I stamped our Damask Backgrounder onto my cardstock with VersaMark ink.  I also used the 'back' side of the cardstock because the flip side has texture.  I used a piece of jute and off-centered my eyelet. 

TIP:  Before you attach the mice ~ attach your jute or ribbon and then hold up the tag.  Place the mice where they look cutest on the hang tag.  So easy!

Happy Paper Crafting!


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  1. Mischelle--I love it! These mice are really starting to grow on me. :o)

  2. Too funny - my daughter always critiques me too! This turned out super!

  3. can you please contact me... I am the Regional Copic Certification instructor and have something I would love to discuss with you... you can email me or call me. 909-222-7018