Hi friends! How’s your summer going? In my neck of the woods, kids are gearing up to start school in less than two weeks. Two weeks! Remember when we didn’t go back until after Labor Day?
I don’t have kids, so I’m sending myself back to school. Sorta. I signed up for a couple of online card classes, including Sandy Allnock’s mini Copic course Underwater Scenes. This is a great class for creating, well, underwater scenes, which is perfect for summer card making. And while it’s specific to Copic markers, you can really use the techniques you learn and apply them to other mediums.
Today I have a card to share using techniques from this class, specifically illustrating the surface of the water. The class involves no stamping, which can be intimidating. But you can definitely add stamped images to enhance your scenes. In this case, I used the BB Mermazing stamp set from My Favorite Things to add a sweet mermaid floating along the surface of the water.
First, I stamped the mermaid using grout gray ink onto a panel of Gina K 120lb white cardstock. PS This cardstock is no joke, you guys. The surface of the paper is slick and Copics just apply and blend like butter. Plus, with the 120lb cardstock, there is no bleed-through. None. Zilch. I covered this panel with ink and when I flipped it over, I saw nothing. So it’s great for single layer cards.
Ok. Anyway. 🙂 Then I sketched and colored in my water, gradually building up darker color towards the bottom. I didn’t worry too much about perfect blending. I added bubbles along the surface and underwater, the latter using the colorless blender. I definitely need to practice making bubbles, particularly along the surface. I got a little heavy handed with my blue markers. All the colors I used are included in the supply list below.
Next, I colored my mermaid. Before I worked on her skin, I very lightly sketched in her eyes – I started with drawing small circles around the dots from the stamp and then sketched in the eyelids. Then I very carefully added color to the new irises. the rest of the eye details were done with colored pencil, as were the details in her hair. I got into a little trouble when I tried to dull the color below the water’s surface. Her skin kinda turned into a hot mess. So I improvised and added some foamy waves along her mid-section using a white gel pen and smudging the wet ink with my finger. I love to use pencil on Copic – you can only get so detailed with the markers, so the pencil really adds a lot of depth.
Once everything was colored, I added the sentiment. I thought it might not stand out enough from the deeper blue, so I added highlights with my white gel pen.
And that’s my card for today. If you’re interested in creating cards with colorful scenes like this, I highly recommend exploring Sandy’s classes. She really has a way of making the techniques more approachable and manages to pack in so much useful information!
For your convenience, I’ve listed the supplies I used to make this card below. Affiliate links are used when possible at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog!