Hi, I'm Torrey. Welcome to Left Field, where creativity runs amok and imagination is ALWAYS more important than knowledge. Shoes are not allowed but ties are optional. This is a repository of snippets from my life out here in Left Field. One never knows what shiny bits of creativity will be found here... cards, scrapbook layouts, photography, poetry, recipes, ponderings, rantings and musings. It could be anything! Life in Left Field is always changing, always real, always ...interesting.

July 31, 2010

Playing with my Copics

What is a Copic, you might ask? Well, simply put, it's THE premier, top-of-the-line alcohol ink artist marker available (check out the link to their site on the left side of this blog). I was fortunate enough to be gifted a set by the generous folks at Copic --for my current secret project-- (Thank you Copic!!!)

I've been a little intimidated to use them...so I used them for the first time last night on this birthday card for a friend (Happy Birthday, Misty). These are not your "ordinary" markers. You use these like paint and paintbrushes. I laid out a palette of color swatches with my darkest markers on an acrylic block, then I picked up the color with the tips of my lightest markers and applied them to the paper. This way, I can achieve just about any shade I want and get a blended effect that mimics air brushing. So, this is my first try with the Copics. I know I need a LOT of practice, but hey, that's the fun of it.

To make this card: 
  • Stamp an image onto white cardstock (use Memento ink--it doesn't run with Copics
  • Color it in with Copics
  • Run it through a Wizard using an embossing folder (I used the DEboss side)
  • Stipple-brush brown ink over the top to "age" it
  • Stipple-brush brown ink on coordinating paper and paper-piece background
  • Embellish with ribbon and charm

Copic Markers
Memento Dye Ink (Tsukineko)
Distress Ink (Ranger)
Geisha Stamp (After Midnight Art Stamps) 
Cuttlebug embossing folder (Provo Craft)
Patterned Paper (Scenic Route, BasicGrey)
Foam spacers


  1. This is soooo you! I love the effect of the embossing on the image... I love seeing you create again! You're my inspiration, you know? <3

  2. You and Jodi... What a team
    You are both amazing. Love You.


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