Let me preface this post by saying that I am a Copic newbie. I've only used them a couple of times & still have trouble with shading. However, I LOVE how forgiving they are. I totally thought I had ruined one of my cards by getting color WAY outside a line, but that colorless blender saved the day and allowed me to push it all right back in (it took about three times of pushing it back then letting it dry).
So, since I'm new to Copics, I only have a few colors so I wanted to see if I could use the same markers for more than one thing. Flower Soft to the rescue! I used the same Flower Soft stamp and Copic markers for all three cards (oh, 2 different greens), and just changed the Flower Soft colors I used with it.
I stamped my image using a Memento Black stamp pad. I colored all of the flowers on the stamped image with a YG07 Acid Green marker prior to gluing down my Flower Soft. That way, any places that show through look like foliage instead of seeing white. I used Fuschia Flower Soft for this card, which I think would be great for a Spring or Summer Wedding.
For my Fall card, I grabbed a sentiment stamp from my stash, but I stick with the "wish" theme. I can add a Happy Birthday to the inside and be all set.
For this card, I switched to a G99 Olive marker to color my foliage, and Autumn Flower Soft. After it was partially dry, I rubbed some of it off, and added in some Nut Brown to darken up the colors a bit.
This technique would look great with any of the Flower Soft outdoor "accessory" stamps, or similar stamps you may have in your stash. I love that these neutral Copic markers are made so much more versatile by using them like this!
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