Friday, June 15, 2018

Copic Coloring and Ink Blending - A Blog Named Hero Summertime Fun Challenge + Hero Arts Road Trip

Hey folks!

In today's video we're kicking off the A BLOG NAMED HERO Summertime Fun Challenge! I'm going to show you how I create a scene using the Hero Arts ROAD TRIP Stamp Set on an envelope. I'll show you how I use ink blending to save time, then how I finish off my scene with Copic's.

Our oldest daughter is getting ready to move in to a place of her own, however she's a young'n and longs to go to camping with her peeps instead of packing and moving. Adulting is hard! So to let her know I recognize the struggle and because this months CHALLENGE theme is perfect, I made her a little housewarming gift.


You can watch the video on how I made my cards HERE. You can also click on the thumbnail link below.



I used the We R Memory Keeper ENVELOPE PUNCH Board to make my envelope. If you've never used these punch boards be sure to check out the VIDEO. Two things to keep in mind when using this punchboard folks. The board lists the card dimensions. Not the finished envelope. You also need to line up the previous score line to the guide. Not on the measurements.

I made mine in 4"x4" because of what I plan to put on the inside. However, you could make you envelope in whatever size you need. Just keep in mind how you're going to need to lay out your scene and how much ink blending and coloring you would like to do.


I love the Hero Arts ROAD TRIP Stamp Set. It's so sweet and simple. The images are perfect for easy coloring too. I wanted to minimize some of the coloring today however and ink blending is a great way to do that. While this isn't a large canvas it would still take quite a bit of Copic coloring without it.

After I stamped my images, I masked off the mountains with Simon Says Stamp MASKING Paper and ink blended the sun first. I used Grafix ACETATE that I had die cut with a small Hero Arts Circle Die from the Infinity CIRCLE Die Set. I chose Hero Arts BUTTER BAR and DANDELION Inks.


For the sky, I used Hero Arts SOFT SKY and SUMMER SKY Inks and the grass was ink blended with SOFT LEAF. I talk about this in the VIDEO, but nothing fancy here folks. I simply needed the ink on the paper. This creates a base coat for my Copic coloring.

I had planned to do Copic Coloring on the sky and the sun, but even with simple ink blending I felt they were good enough to stand on their own.

Even though I stamped all of my images including the trees in Hero Arts INTENSE BLACK Ink, I wanted to add a little bit of color on those as well. So I did some very quick and loose coloring over them with green Copic's. I have all of my color choices in the thumbnail links below folks.


Stippling can be one of the easiest things to do. It is a lil time consuming, but I always enjoy the look when it's done. It's also a really groovy way to fake the look of grass.

This is also where the ink blending come in handy dandy. Since I already have a base of color down. My stippling doesn't have to be super perfect or solid. I talk more about this and how I chose my colors in the VIDEO.

That's it!

Be sure to head over to A BLOG NAMED HERO to participate in the challenge folks. You will also want to see what the rest of the Team has to share! They are amazing!


I hope you enjoyed my project today! DISCOVER more projects on my Youtube Channel. Do be sure to subscribe if you haven't and also tap that notification bell so you don't miss any future videos. As always Thanks So Much for stopping by!

Until next time.

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