Saturday, March 11, 2017

To Copic or to Zig plus......Weekly Prize Announcement - A Day Late For A Good Reason

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It's a question I am often faced with.  Do I Copic or do I Zig?  They are both wonderful mediums with which to color.  When I get a stamp set like this beautiful Kind Soul set from Wplus9 I can normally choose one or the other but in this case I opted to Copic color one and do some cheerful no line watercoloring with the Zigs on another.  I was so excited to finally have the time and the inspiration to participate in The Daily Markers 30 day color challenge.


one 4 1/4" x 11" 100lb cardstock folded in half to create an A2 card top folded card
one 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" 100lb cardstock folded in half to create an A2 side folded card
two 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" 100lb cardstock for the Copic coloring and embossing
one 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper for Zig coloring

The process for both cards is quite straightforward.  I colored the Copic card using 3 colors for each flower.  I started by coloring the whole flower in the lightest color.  Then I used the flicking technique to create some depth and dimension from the middle, darker parts of the flower outward.  I accented the centers of the flowers with my Uni-Ball Signo White Pen.  I used two colors of green to color each of the leaves and finished by stamping the sentiment that is included with the set in Onyx Black Versafine Ink.

I started the Zig card by stamping the image with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  It's a nice light shade that is easily covered up by the bold, beautiful Zig colors I chose to color these flowers.  With the Zig coloring I drew around the outline with a very thin line of the Zig marker color and then flicked in some color in the areas of the flower that I wanted to appear darker.  I blended the color out with my favorite watercolor brush dipped in water.  

The real trick to no line watercolor is to never color 2 petals next to each other at the same time.  I would color a petal and then skip a petal and so on so that the colors would have plenty of time to dry.  This ensures that the colors don't run together.  

After the petals were all colored and completely dry I added accents with the same marker except this time I did not blend them out with a wet brush.  I then let this dry before adding some white accents with the Uni-ball Signo White Pen.

I didn't want this second card to look too much like that first card so I decided to fussy cut the right edge of the image to place it on an embossed background.  I used the We R Memory Keepers Next Level Woven embossing folder, an absolute fave, to create said background.  Nothing fancy here I just attached the colored image onto the front of the embossed cardstock.

I grabbed a Happy out of my pre-stamped and die cut stash from the Happy, Happy, Happy Stamps and Dies from Lawn Fawn and finished off this card with Wishes created with my Dymo label machine.  Gotta love it :)

I hope this inspires you to bring some of your stamps to life with color very soon :)

Please check below for a list of supplies used in today's cards.

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This should typically be a Friday post but we got an offer on our house yesterday and were wrapped up in dealing with that.  So excited to not have to show the house anymore.  Now we can look forward to our new home.  Yay!  

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This week's prize will have the lucky winner hopping to make adorable Easter cards.  The Easter Blessings set from Art Impressions includes four adorable mischievous bunnies guaranteed to make anyone smile.

  1. V04, V12, V25, Y13, Y15, Y18, YG03, G14, RV11,  RV14, RV17 Copic Markers, Imagination Int'l
  2. May Green, Persian Green, Violet, Lemon Yellow, Pink Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Zig
  3. Signo White Gel Pen, Uni-Ball
  4. Antique Linen Distress Ink, Ranger
  5. #6 Silver Black Velvet Watercolor Brush
  6. Happy, Happy, Happy Stamps and Dies, Lawn Fawn
  7. Kind Soul Stamps, Wplus9
  8. Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Tsukineko
  9. Label Makers, Dymo


  1. This is gorgeous! I love the vibrant colors!

    1. Thank you for commenting. So glad you enjoyed :). It inspires me to make more :)

  2. This is gorgeous! I love the vibrant colors!

  3. I love both cards. I'm just starting to do water color, it's not as easy as it looks but I keep trying, lol.

  4. Beautiful cards! I love my Zigs and I love your card with Zigs.

    1. They are so fun to work with :). Thanks. so much for commenting

  5. Love the comparison of the copic and zig coloring. Both of the cards are gorgeous.