Let’s learn how to color a variegated yarn heart with Copic Markers —but first I need to ask: are you ready to start writing “2020” yet!?!? Yikes!

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I bought the You Warm My Heart stamp set by Paper Rose what feels like eons ago – and I have so many ways I want to color it! Watch out on Instagram for a short video with another idea! (I’ll link it at the end of this post once that goes live!)

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I wanted to keep this looking soft, which meant not using a black ink…so I put the stamp in my Mini Misti, and stamped it second-generation in grey ink. That means I inked the stamp, put in a scrap piece and stamped lightly, then followed that immediately by stamping on the piece of Neenah I wanted to color on; that made it lighter, which worked out great for this. I then let it DRY COMPLETELY – CP inks aren’t generally considered Copic-safe, but if you stick to a light color and let it air dry (heat setting will warp the paper so just give it an hour to dry.)


With most coloring, I put down the main color first – whatever the base color of the yarn is – then adding a dark and medium to add dimension. In this case, thought, it’s just the opposite. Since I want to have consistent shading across all the variegated colors, I put the greys down to shade FIRST – rather than trying to shade each strand of yarn individually. Here’s where I put my shading, in case you want to try it once you get the stamp set:

I used neutral grays for the shadows but in all honesty – you can use whatever you like. If you’re using all warm colors, you can even use warm greys! I used the light E colors for the wood table.

For color selection, I found I startled myself with colors that were stronger; that made sense when I realized yarn is a natural fiber, so the strong bright colors will be a little jarring.


To complete my card and still keep it simple so as to feature the coloring and not embellishments – I trimmed the colored panel to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and popped it on some dimensional adhesive. I then stamped the sentiment in the same grey as I had stamped the image, and cut a banner edge with scisssors and popped it up too.

So if you were coloring yarn, how would you color it? Would it be variegated yarn or a single color? In Copic Markers or another medium? Let me know in the comments what your plans are, maybe I’ll try that sometime!


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