Copics, Watercolors & Scallops

I’ve been struggling with the decision if I should jump on the Copic craze. I saw this tutorial No Copics... No Problem that Julie posted on her blog, Paper Pleasing Ideas. Julie demonstrates how to achieve the Copic shading look by using Stampin Up Markers. I have yet to try this, but it looks like a technique I would like.

After seeing the tutorial I was pretty adamant that I wasn’t going to give in until I ventured over to Jeanne’s blog (Inky Paws). I saw all the wonderful cards with Whipper Snapper critters that she’s been making… and of course she colored them in with Copics… ugh, that was it. The next morning I was off to our local art supply store (Meininger) with my list in hand. I was planning to buy them individually like Julie Ebersole suggested on a thread over at Splitcoast.

I had about 25 Copic markers picked out and then I started doing the math in my head. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy them. I put them all back and bought Derwent Watercolour Pencils instead. The funny thing is… I rarely use the markers I have now! I have entire sets of Stampin Up, Tombows and Close to My Heart markers that I had to have. I’m okay with my decision, I CAN live without Copics!

This is one of the cards (Fancy Pants) I made using my new Derwent Watercolour Pencils. I still need a lot of practice using them. My blogger friend Dina uses Derwent Pencils and her watercoloring is absolutely beautiful… this is one of her cards.

I used a corner rounder punch to make the scalloped border. Here are a few great tutorials from fellow bloggers to get you started:
Using SU Slit Punch
Scalloped Circle Video Tutorial
Slit Flower Frame

Thanks for reading.

Stamps: Fancy Pants (Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities) ~ Paper: Blush, Garden Green (CTMH), Patterned (CTMH), Watercolor Paper ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Derwent Watercolor Pencils, Spring Moss Grosgrain (SU), White Gelly Pen (Sakura), Waterbrush, Hole Punch, Corner Rounder Punch


  1. I think it looks great, very cute, great coloring.

  2. That's great coloring girl!!! It's
    seems that as soon something comes out we have to have it...I have to limit myself cause like you said,the SU markers then something else and so on and so on.
    Your card is awesome anyways!!!

  3. This card is just soooooooooooo cute! I love it! you should be a card designer for the house mouse company! you do such awesome work!!
    Racey - SCS

  4. Great card - super ADORABLE :) I've been going back and forth on the Copic decision too. So far I haven't purchased any but ... we'll see how long that will power will hold on!


  5. Such a cute card - these little guys are adorable!

  6. What a fabulous card!! Your coloring looks perfect to me!

  7. luv the bunny he is just beautiful...and love your new blog!!!!

  8. OMG! This is just too cute! I just love your cards. TFS :0)

  9. Jovi, I read with interest about your decision to forgo getting the Copics. I too have been debating. I love my Tombow markers and have taken watercoloring with Tombows so I am getting twice the bang for my buck with my tombows, i.e. marker pens as well as watercolors.

    All of that to say, your card is darling and your watercoloring is beautiful. Save your extra pennies for fun things for your motorcycle...your current tools for coloring are serving you very, very well!

    Jennifer :)

  10. Ahhh, that bunny is so cute. Love those scallops. What a fun card.

  11. This card made me smile. :) I is so sweet.


  12. Adorable card, love the red lips;o)

    Great colorjob!

  13. Michelle (MilwaukeeMommy)November 8, 2007 at 7:26 AM

    I feel your pain, Jovi. The artist at my LSS ~~ the one who does the samples for Whipper Snapper ~~ uses Copics & does such an excellent job. I took her Copic class & it was so much fun. But, being a poor girl, I just couldn't afford to buy a whole lot of them. So I went with the Ciaos ~~ a less expensive Copic marker than the Sketch. And Eclectic Paperie has a great price on them, just in case you ever want to try one or two!!