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Hyper Realism with Copic Markers – Autumn Acorns by Julie Ebersole


This week, I picked a card I made HERE, but had never made a video for….and it was time! Especially with tomorrow being turkey day. This is a one-layer card, once again, and uses the same Autumn Acorn stamp set as that original card, just with a different colors and sentiment.

Please know that this is one of those cards that’ll be hard for the average person to do; I can teach techniques for trees or hair, but trying to make an object look like it’s shaded perfectly is tough. I studied for years, went to countless extra life drawing sessions and taught some myself, and it takes tons of practice. I always encourage trying things out – but don’t be discouraged if you find this challenging! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.

If you scroll through my blog and see something from a while back that you wanna recommend a “refresh” on, let me know!

This Thanksgiving Eve, I would ask one small favor: think about your list of friends, and one or two who are single. Pick up the phone and invite them to your Thanksgiving feast. A tip: don’t call and ask if they have plans; it’s awkward for the one stuck having to answer “no,” or if they just lied and said “yes” then they can’t back out of that to accept your invitation. Simply invite them for dinner. It’ll be appreciated more than you know.


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18 thoughts on “Hyper Realism with Copic Markers – Autumn Acorns by Julie Ebersole

  1. Glad to see that you are back home safe and sound. Love this card. I am thankful for my family!

  2. I am most thankful for…..that is impossible for me! So many blessings in my life this year! Hope you had a great year and have had many blessings too! I think your work with the cards for our military is fantastic and I hope to contribute starting in January. This 3D card you did is marvelous and I am so fascinated by what copic markers can do! Loved this video!

  3. Beautiful card. I really enjoy watching a true and gifted artist at work. I am thankful for all the blessings that God has given me. TFS

  4. Omigosh! I loved this card, and am so happy you made a video to go with it! Can’t wait to watch:)

  5. Sandy – thank you so much for that amazing tutorial. You make me really want to learn how to do that!! I know you said it isn’t easy….but I am going to work at it! It’s really awesome! I am thankful for my family and friends….but I am most thankful to just be here. I am fighting metastatic breast cancer….I am doing pretty good…..but I have learned that every day is special! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks again for all you share!

  6. Oh my goodness!! This card is STUNNING!! I would not even be able to attempt this and I have taken art classes. Shading realistically is a hard thing to do. I also love the way you created the orange border to the left. Such a lovely shade. Really, really awesome card!!

  7. I’m in awe 🙂 I know I will be back for more visits!

  8. LOve the card – you have so much patience! I am thankful that my mom is still around – she will be 91 in a couple of weeks. I feel blessed to be her caregiver, and hope she never has to see the inside of a nursing home. I’m also thankful that the Thanksgiving dinner will be at my niece’s house, so the mess won’t be here! lol Everyone have a blessed turkey day!

  9. Ohhh Sandy – again it’s a great video!!! And it is so relaxing just to watch you coloring!!!

  10. I am thankful for the amazing grace of God, for the amazing love of my family and the amazing inspiration you provide through your blog! Happy Thanksgiving

  11. Beautiful card! You are so truly blessed with talent! I am thankful for my husband and son. They are wonderful to me.

  12. W00-hoo!! Beautiful card and the shadowing you added made the images so lifelike. Love the colored panel on the left. I am grateful for a lot of things in my life but this is a blog comment and not a personal dissertation! In a nutshell (or in this case acorn shell) I am grateful for my peaceful and hatred-free Thanksgiving day. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Sandy!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving, Sandy. Thank you for sharing your talent and for your honesty. I could watch you color all day, and I have learned a lot.

  14. Fantastic card. I tried to view the video at the end on the left but I can’t get it to play. I’m thankful for being alive after going through a real hard time in July and August with a little health scare.

    1. That video hasn’t been posted yet; I had to switch order on some stuff…it’ll be here Monday. 🙂

  15. — Beautiful card. The colors are prefect. Have a great turkey day!

  16. Sandy – this is amazing! And I love that you warned us that going to college for an art degree is really the best way to learn how to do this sort of thing – but with your copious (ha) tips on copic coloring, perhaps I can achieve something better than I did before – and for that, I’m thankful…
    That having been said, I have all my stampin stuff packed up in boxes right now, and the day after Thanksgiving I will move to the next state, where my daughter, son-in-law, and two lovely little grandchildren live, just 2 blocks from my “new” house. I just HAVE to be closer to them, they grow up so durned fast… And the ability to do that is what I’m most thankful for this year!

  17. You have an amazing talent. Will watch your vid, have a go and then pretend I wasn’t going for hyper realism 😉 thanks for another fab demo

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