Today is part one of two – and it’s inspired by a card made by an awesome crafty peep! For a few months now I’ve been sharing techniques inspired by something sent in by one of YOU….and this month, it’s the fabulous Denise! Here’s the sweet card she sent in:


(Denise! Send me links to your social media, I’d love to share!)

Denise stamped everything onto patterned paper – and I love how it looks! But my problem arose quickly – I really don’t have patterned paper any more! Ack! I use it so rarely that there was none in my stash….so today it’s time to make some!

Copic coloring patterned papers

For these patterned papers – I started with plain ol’ white Neenah cardstock. For Denise’s beautiful card, she colored on top of purchased patterned paper, which is perfectly fine – but if you need to make some, like me, you’ll get good control over exactly the Copic colors you want on your card. You can match your stamped images perfectly! I inked up background stamps with dye inks, and started coloring. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Remember to keep an eye on your nibs; dye inks will break down a bit with Copic inks, and that means you may end up with a little on your nib, so scribble off on scrap paper if that happens. If you use dark inks, be sure not to go really light with marker colors or that could be a bigger issue with nibs.
Sandy Allnock Copic patterned papers

These are older background stamps – links are below if you want to try them. But I encourage you to get out your own background stamps and see what you can come up with to make them look like patterned paper; so many possibilities!

My next post will show you how to create the lovely chickadees you saw in the sneak peek in this video. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can see part 2 when it’s posted!


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  1. Stamps: Hero Arts, Looped Circle Background, Five Line Background
  2. Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 25 pk
  3. Inks: Wplus9’s Falling for Blue, Pumpkin Spice, Hayride, Hero Arts Green Hills
  4. Hex Chart
  5. Copic Markers:  BG07 BG45 YG61 YR27  YR14  E37  YR18  YG01  YG00  Y00  E41
  6. Zig Wink of Stella, Clear —-
  7. Ranger Glossy Accents —- Big bottleMini bottle