Make It Monday #45: Coloring Embossed Images with Copics

By December 12, 2011Make It Monday

Lisa Johnson's on deck today to show you some helpful tips for coloring directly on embossing powder with Copic markers. 


Still photographs of Lisa's project:



If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

–A new Make It Monday Challenge & video will go up every Monday morning at 9am EST.

–Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge.  Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and feature Copic color on heated embossing powder. 

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to our —InLinkz List HERE—

–You will have until 7am, Monday, December 19th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win.  And you can enter as many times as you like.

–We will be tweeting and posting on our Facebook page every night (between 5-9pm EST) highlighting a Featured Project.  These tweets/Facebook postings will just be a shout-out regarding projects that caught our eye.  The tweets/Facebook postings no longer have any special merit regarding the actual contest.

–One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday, December 19th, after 7am.  The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook.  The randomly selected winner will get to select a FREE Papertrey stamp set of their choice!

 Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your projects!

 Edited to add: Congrats to Diana L. (#30)! You're this week's random winner for the Make It Monday Challenge. Please send your stamp set choice and mailing information to Customer Service.


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Join the discussion 23 Comments

  • 1
    Marlena says:

    Thanks, Lisa, for the great technique and tutorial! To answer the question…for now I sit on the floor to craft. I have been hunting for “the perfect table” for months now. 😉

  • 2
    Annette H says:

    Ikea has a great table

  • 3
    LMcBurney says:

    Excellent tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us!

  • 4
    BeverlyBL says:

    I just love this card. So cute. The video was great, too. Thank you so much!

  • 5
    Karen H. says:

    Oh I had no idea I could do that! I love my Copics but obviously am no pro. I can’t wait to try this out!! Thank you Lisa!

  • 6
    DIANA L. says:

    Congratulations to Lisa for winning. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I look forward to these challenges every Monday morning. Super video. Is stand while I create and usually when I video tape also.

    Have a great week.
    DIANA L.

  • 7
    Greta H says:

    I love this card! I will be checking out the video as I’m not very good at using my Copics, so maybe I can do this technique!

  • 8
    Holly saveur says:

    STUNNING!!What a super idea Lisa..why did I not think off trying this…so great will def try it!
    thanks for this super video!

  • 9
    conil says:

    Never thought of using Copics on embossed images but I love this technique and this pretty card.

  • 10
    Mary Ann says:

    When I first started using Copics, I was told that coloring any embossed images wouldn’t work. Something about the embossed area would be ruined by the Copic ink. Obviously, that’s not true! Love what you did with this technique.

  • 11
    Karen says:

    This is a great technique. I would not thought of doing this and I will have to give it a try.

    To answer Lisa’s question, I’m a standing crafter. I feel that my work really suffers when I sit.

  • 12
    Robin Barwacz says:

    Great tip using Copics to color embossed images. Love that stamp,too. Hoping to get it for a Christmas gift…if not then I’ll have to buy it for myself. Ha!
    I sit when stamping but stand if I’m scrapping. Thanks for taking time to share. Stampers are such good eggs! Have a great week. Robin

  • 13
    Carol W says:

    What a delightful technique! With this stamp set, it looks like perfect embroidery with different colours of floss. In general, it reminds me a bit of “chalkboard” techniques, with the nice contrast of lighter shades on a black or dark background. I really like the precision you can get this way, though, with the raised embossing and fine marker tips. Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable tutorial.

  • 14
    Linda says:

    OMG what a great tip…I have been stamping for 20 years and now just wondered…why haven’t I ever thought of that…sure direct to paper and all over but never with my alcohol based markers. hugs

  • 15

    Hi, Mary Ann,

    Copic does not recommend using any embossing powder other than CLEAR with your Copics, actually. As long as you don’t see it starting to flake off and get into your nib, you’re probably okay. But embossing powders other than clear tend to do that if you color over the line very much. If you want the safest way to have a white EP on a dark card stock, you could stamp in a white pigment ink and then seal it with a clear embossing powder. That would give you, you the look of white embossing without any flaking. Hope that helps!

    Debbie Olson

  • 16
    Makalah says:

    This card is gorgeous! SO happy I have this stamp set on its way to me right now!

  • 17

    Great thisisireally nice!

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    *Suzanne* D. says:

    Perfection! This is such a beautiful set – it reminds me so much of the diecuts I have been seeing in the scrapbooking world, but now we can make as many as we want instead of getting only a handful per set! Love it!

  • 20
    Lori Kistler says:

    cute set! I always love matching dies.

  • 21
    Patty (skatermom) says:

    Thank you, Debbie for restating Copics recommendation about only using with clear embossing powders. I cannot wait to try this with white ink and clear powder!
    Great tutorial, Lisa! I love learning new techniques. I stamp sitting down, by the way.

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  • 23
    Julie in Edmonds says:

    What a GREAT idea! Never would have thought of that.

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