Friday, June 4, 2010

Embellish your embellishments!

Hi everyone! It is Kylie here to share something interesting with you all!

Today I would like to show you how to embellish your embellishments with Copics. I wish I had known about this earlier, I have so much STUFF and in a rainbow of different colours, and had I known I could "Copic them" I would have one cupboard for my all white embellies and twice as many Copics!!

The list of things you can colour with Copics is endless. So long as they are not pre-dyed you can Copic them. If they are pre-dyed you may still be able to colour over the preexisting colour, but I would be hesitant as this existing colour may just melt with the alcohol in the marker and ruin the tip, so I stick to white, non-coloured items.

Below you can see a few different things laid out ready to customise - rhinestones, lace, ribbon, mulberry flowers, pearls.... the list is really endless. You can colour vellum, acetate and also shrink plastic! I have coloured white feathers before and that also worked quite well. It is best (as always) to have clean scratch paper under your work so you don't "wik" other colours onto your projects. And just like with different cardstocks, the colours show slightly differently on different surfaces.

I am using three different colours - RV 000, RV 21 and RV23

On these rhinestones I have used RV 23 so you can see the depth of colour you can achieve. Lighter colours work just as well, I just wanted to make sure you could see the result on the photos.

Next some nylon ribbon. I have used all three colours on this ribbon to get a bit more of a rainbow effect.

My favourite - flowers! See how you can use one marker to change a white flower into a pink one?

And you can use two markers to change it into a two tone flower. For this I first coloured the entire flower by touching the tip of RV000 to the flower I moved the marker around to soak the colour through the entire flower, then I used RV 21 and lightly touched it to the tips. If you find the colour too intense, just use your lighter colour again to dilute the intensity.

And now for the pearls! They give a nice result.

A silk hydrangea also works well. I coloured the edges with RV 23, then did another row of RV 21 just inside that line, and then coloured the rest of the flower with RV000

Mesh ribbon is the easiest of laces/ribbons to alter - you just lightly brush your marker tip across the ribbon and it takes the colour. There is no effort at all required for this one!

And now for my fully co-ordinated PINK mini easel card!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for all these wonderful tips.

Sharon said...

Great tutorial Kylie! Especially the pearls - I can never find them in pale pink!

Sharon x

Sue said...

Wow what great tips thanks for sharing hon.
Sue x

Kreativmonster said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I coloured flowers before, but would never have thought of colouring perls and rhinestones - what a great idea!