Kay says:

“I love working with different combinations of medium. One of my favourite combinations is using Copics with Distress inks.

When working with Copics and Distress inks I always begin by stamping and colouring my main imagery first. This enables me to stamp, stencil and add background colour exactly where I want it in relation to my focal points.

I was able to create a very textural look to the bobble flowers using the tip of my Copic markers, which was helped by my choice of working on watercolour cardstock. The cardstock has an open texture, which means that the alcohol ink from the Copics is absorbed into the cardstock quickly, drying swiftly.

Alcohol ink markers are normally used on smooth cardstock so that there is time to blend the colours before the alcohol evaporates and dries, but when wanting to create a textural look the opposite applies. The texture was further enhanced by flicking the fine tip of the Distress marker through the Copic colours. Dye-based ink does not interact with Copics so it will sit on top of anything coloured with alcohol and not blend into it.


Stamps Marion used...

  • JOFY for PaperArtsy: JOFY 38

Other materials...

  • Woodware: White watercolour card
  • The Crafter’s Workshop stencil: Mini Butterfly Meadow
  • Memento ink pad: Tuxedo Black
  • Distress ink pad: Old Paper; Frayed Burlap
  • Distress marker pen: Old Paper; Frayed Burlap; Dried Marigold; Broken China
  • Copic marker pen: R59; YR18; Y35; Y00; BV08; B16; BG13; G20; YG67; YG23; B000
  • Copic multi-liner: 0.5mm
  • Stickles: Platinum
  • Cosmetic sponge wedge
  • White opaque pen
  • Kraft card


Step-by-step… Colouring in Copic Markers and Distress Inks












1 On a tall watercolour panel, stamp images of bobble flowers and sentiment using black ink.   2 Using R59, YR18, Y35 and Y00, colour tall bobble flowers using fine flicking motions. Slightly overlap the colours.











3 Colour blue flower using BV08, B16, BG13 and G20 then flick down stems and add colour to tops with YG67, YG23 and G20.   Stamp background imagery around flowers using Old Paper Distress ink pad.











Using Butterfly Meadow stencil and Old Paper ink, add grasses to the base and butterflies to the top.    Lightly tint the panel using Old Paper and a sponge. Deepen around the edges of the panel with Frayed Burlap.











Add colour to background imagery using Y00 and B000 Copics. Add detail  to butterflies using Frayed Burlap and Copics.   8 Trace sentiment with Copics and shadow around main imagery with Frayed Burlap and Old Paper Distress markers.










Using the fine end of Dried Marigold and Broken China, add veining to the flowers before adding detail with a white opaque pen.  



To finish the project: Adhere the panel to a wider folded kraft card blank. Edge long sides with a 0.5mm black multi-liner and Platinum glitter glue and add dots to the butterfly trails.

This project first appeared in the December issue of Craft Stamper Magazine