Tutorial: How to use Digis with Copics and Distress Oxide Inks


Tutorial: How to use Digis with Copics and Distress Oxide Inks

 I’m using the Animal Balloons Digi Stamp from Rachelle Anne Miller. This digi stamp is also available in an actual stamp over at My Favorite Things. I’ve made a Slimline card and the dimensions are 7×8 1/2 and scored at 3 1/2.

I printed 2 digi stamp images for this card because I wanted to do a 3D technique on my balloons and I also wanted to use some ‘stencils’ and distress oxide in the background. I have colored my digi images with my Copic Markers.

Here’s a full list of what I used:

Bear – E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, R32, R30

Bunny and mouse- N0, N1, N3, N5, R32, R30

Pink Balloon- RV17, RV14, RV13, RV11, RV10

Peach Balloon – E97, E95, YR20, YR00, YR0000

Yellow Balloon – Y26,Y13, Y02, Y11, Y000

Teal Balloon – BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11, BG10

Green Balloon – G28, YG17, G21, YG11, G20

Purple Balloon – BV04, BV02, BV00, BV000, BV0000

Using Digis with Copics

I have 2 printed images and the image that is going to be placed on my card is 3 3/8 x 8 3/8. Set that image aside. The other image which doesn’t matter the size of the paper, you just want the images to be the same size. You are going to color the balloons. I’ve colored them with lots of detail using my Copic Markers. Once they are all colored you’re going to fussy cut them out and create a 3D look using a stylus. Here’s a tutorial on Fussy Cutting and my 3D Technique.

Distress Oxide Cloud Background with Digi Stamps + Copic Rainbow

Next, I colored my Animals with my Copic Markers with lots of detail on the image that is going to go on my card. Also, notice where my balloons overlapped– you want to add the color of the underlying balloon to give it a transparent look. If you want a fun way to really make your images pop you can check out this Step by Step Balloon Tutorial I did a few years ago.


Distress Oxide Cloud Background with Digi Stamps + Copic RainbowI am going to cover up the balloons with my detailed balloons, however I still colored the ones underneath with one of the lightest colors from the color combos above.

If you need help blending, check out my Flicking Technique Tutorial!




Cloud Background using Distress Oxide Step by Step

Every time I cut out a die and I don’t end up using it I always keep them in a little bin and when I need some ideas I pull out my bin and see what I already have. Well, I had these clouds already cut out and just decided to use them as a stencil for my background. I alternated the large and small border and also turned the cloud papers at slightly a different angle each time I sponged the distress oxide ink, this way the shape of the clouds wont be repetitive. See, how the majority of the blue distress oxide ink is on the stencil and it’s very faint on my card.

Check out this video for an idea of how I created these Distress Oxide Balloons in my background.

Distress Oxide Cloud Background with Digi Stamps + Copic Rainbow

I also used some Pretty Pink Posh Clear Gems scattered all over the sky.

To give my balloons that extra sparkle and finishing touch I Created a ‘Sparkle Effect with my White Gel Pen‘ <—–Video Tutorial! 🙂

Distress Oxide Cloud Background with Digi Stamps + Copic Rainbow

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you feel crafty and inspired and ready to create! Here are the supplies I’ve used on my card.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Sheryl

    What do you print it with, an Inkjet or laser printer?

    1. Mindy Baxter

      Hi Sheryl, I use a laser printer, it’s an HP Color Laser jet Pro M478f-9f. But, I have used an inkjet printer to print digis. Occasionally, I have had people tell me that the printer ink has smudged with the Copic ink. In any case, if you are worried about the ink running into your Copic ink – try heat setting your image for a few seconds before you start coloring.

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