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Coloring with Copics

Hello everyone!  I would like to showcase some of the best copic paper there is on earth!  Oh yeah!  It’s that good!  And of course, you can find it at the Paper Temptress store!  My personal favorites are X-Press It Blending Card, Cryogen WhiteHeavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Cardstock. and  Neenah Solar White.

The first paper I’m highlighting is X-Press It Blending Card.  It’s a bright white paper that is very smooth so that copic and other alcohol ink markers glide very well along the surface.  The smooth texture of the paper allows the ink to mix and blend when you are adding in your shading or combining two colors as I’ve done in the photo below.  As you can see, the X-Press It is even brighter than the white paper it’s sitting on.   This paper isn’t especially thick so the ink will bleed through the paper some and of course the more layers you color, the more it will bleed through.  You will need to adhere it onto other cardstock when making a card.  Don’t let that steer you away from using it though.  It’s about the same thickness as the Heavenly White 80 lb.  I really enjoy using this paper.

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This next project is one I made recently.  I have been taking some copic coloring classes over at Kit and Clowder and this is one of the projects I made in the class!  I used Cryogen White as my base and printed the digital stamp onto it.  I wasn’t happy with my first try at the hair so I reprinted the stamp and colored it up and cut it out.  Funny story is that I printed it onto  X-Press It Blending Card instead of Cryogen!  hahaha!  After I cut it out you couldn’t tell that it was different paper than the background because the background had so much detail.  I popped the mermaid and dolphin up onto pop dots and did the same with the little fishies.  I also put Crystal Effects on the bubbles so it gives them a more fluid and 3-d  effect.

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You may be able to see the crystal effects on the bubbles in the image below:

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The last paper that I’m highlighting is Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Cardstock

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I colored the girl, Tilda, below onto Heavenly White 80# and paper pieced her dress.  I cut her out and popped her up on pop dots.  You can read the blog post about this card here:  I Give You My Heart.

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(ps: I colored this image before taking the copic coloring classes at Kit and Clowder.  I’m learning so much! )

Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Cardstock is also very smooth and works well with alcohol ink markers.  One thing that’s great about Heavenly White  is that is comes in 3 thicknesses.  There’s the original Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Cardstock , Heavenly White 100# Extended Archival Cardstock, and Heavenly White 120# Ultrasmooth which is thick enough that it will not bleed through the back.

If you are having a difficult time trying to decide which cardstock you will like the most then you could try the Copic Sampler Pack. This package includes 2 sheets of
COPIC X-Press It
Cryogen White
Heavenly White 80#
Heavenly White 100#
Heavenly White 120#
Neenah Solar White 80#
Neenah Solar White 110#

It’s all a personal choice as to which cardstock you choose to use with your Copics and other alcohol ink markers but in my opinion, you won’t find anything better than these!  So head on over to the store and stock up on your favorites today!

ps: I did not post about  Neenah Solar White soly for the reason that I have not used it in quite some time and I don’t have any on hand or I would have posted something using it.  This in no way suggests that it isn’t a perfectly good cardstock.  Afterall, Patricia only stocks the best!

 

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