Creating Background Shadows with Copics

Technique Tuesday Flower Card - Creating Background Shadows with Copics

Creating Background Shadows with Copics

Hello there my cardmaking peeps! Today I’m going to show you a few steps when creating my background shadows with Copics. I love doing this little dot technique. You can add so many different colors and textures in the background. Although I didn’t go out of the lines on this image .. my little dot background covers up those little mistakes perfectly!!! 😉

I colored these gorgeous flowers from Technique Tuesday with my Copics:

  • White Flowers – N5, N3, N1, N0
  • Purple Flowers – BV0000, BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04
  • Background – B00, BG0000, B91, B93, B95, N5

Technique Tuesday Flower Card Creating Background Shadows with Copics

Creating the Shadows

So, in this next photo you are going to see some blue dots. I started with B00 and added just a few dots then filled in the area with BG10 and a little BG0000. When you first start with the dots, remember it’s in no particular place or area. Just as long as it is along the top right area of the flowers. I’m going to make this background very blue and I want this area to be the lightest, as if this is where my light source is coming from. So everything under the flowers is going to be darker.

Technique Tuesday Flower Card - Creating Background Shadows with Copics

Then in the next photo you will see I added the following color of dots, B93 and B91. Notice the B93 are more directed under the flower, creating the shadows.

Technique Tuesday Flower Card - Creating Background Shadows with Copics

I guess I got a little carried away in my next photo. If you are familiar with my Copic Classes you wont be surprised at my going over board with the dots! As you can see the more colors you add the more the colors start to blend together. The colors I added next are B95, N5, as well as B91, B93. Once I have the shadows as I want them I will then start pulling the lighter colors, B00, BG0000 and start going around the outer part of the darker area… this really pulls it all together. Especially because I’m having these flowers centered and the main focal point of my card. If these flowers were just going to be in a corner of the card I would darken that corner more.

Can you see how I can totally get carried away with the Creating Background Shadows with Copics .. and the whole dot thing!

I hope all that made sense. 🙂 That being said I’m putting more Copic Videos on my to do list.

Technique Tuesday Flower Card - Creating Background Shadows with Copics

This BV color combo is probably one of my favorite Copic color combos. I did want to add a couple white flowers. In order to create something ‘white’ you have to shadow in grey. I use the N family when creating that crisp white look. So, I used N3, N1, N0 and then I go back and deepen some of the areas with my N5, or my “Make it POP”! After I add the N5, I’ll soften it up with the N1. If you go over the N5 with N1, say in creating a fold in the flower, you are pulling the N5 deeper into the fold with the N1 blending it out, giving you a soft natural looking, defined fold.

My number 1 tip when ‘coloring white’ – You MUST leave white space!!!!

We aren’t coloring grey flowers, just shading the white flowers. so don’t forget to leave that white space.

I topped my card off with a sentiment ‘Hello’ die from Lawn Fawn.

Technique Tuesday Flower Card- Creating Background Shadows with Copics

I hope you enjoyed my card and mini Copic Tutorial on Creating Background Shadows with Copics.

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Create Background Shadows with Copics

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Cindy

    Thank you for taking the time to show us a step by step tutorial on dot backgrounds! I am going to try it this weekend!

    1. Mindy Baxter

      Hi Cindy!!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed my little mini tutorial. I would love to see your finished project!

  2. aileen

    Thanks so much for these step by steps, it makes it so good. I will have to send your link to my girlfriend, she and I did the online copic colouring class but have so much more we need to learn and this has made it so much easier.
    I love the card you ended up with and that beautiful flower. I don’t have that one but have another of their small flower groups so will try that.
    Such a beautiful card.

    1. Mindy Baxter

      Hello Aileen!
      I’m so glad this tutorial helped you out! I would love to see how yours turns out, too! Thank you for stopping by. xx

  3. ~DEANNE~

    Pretty card!! Thanks so much for participating in our OPEN-MINDED CRAFTING challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  4. Annette

    I love how you have colored your Flower Stamp it is gorgeous. Beautifully illustrated on your blog also. Great work and lovely card.

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge #02 and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT Member

  5. kath

    beautiful card and a great way to create shadows around your flower…thanks for joining in the fun at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge…hugs kath xxx

  6. Migdalia

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Stunning job!
    Thank you for joining us over at Crafting By Designs
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  7. Rebecca wong

    I just love your card so much, thanks for the tutorial.
    Btw, kindly please mentioned you are inspired by which song as our challenge theme for The Crafter’s Cafe is Inspired by a song.
    Thank you so much for sharing in The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge. Can’t wait to see your projects again.
    Rebecca, DT

  8. Marlene

    A beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Creations Challenge. Marlene DT

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