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Monochromatic Magic: Marie’s View

A Moment to Remember

By: Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 5.5” X 4.25”

A Moment Lasts for all of a Second, But the Memory Lives on Forever.  As we grow older, we begin to remember and cherish those special moments that make up a lifetime - our lifetime. I hope this card will inspire you to remember some moments in your life that have become cherished memories!

Timothy Digital Image (Sugar Nellie)

Timeless Rubber Stamp by Theresa Momber (Gina K Designs)
Pure Luxury Kraft cardstock (GKD)

Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock (GKD)
Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss cardstock (GKD)
Cryogen (Curious Metallic)
Copic Alcohol Ink Markers (Too, Inc.)

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo (Ranger, Inc.)
Computer, printer and software to edit picture size

Paper trimmer
Scor-Buddy (Scor-Pal)
Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Nestabilities Rectangle die (Spellbinders)
Nestabilities Deckled Edges die (Spellbinders)
Jumbo Sponge Daubers (Tsukineko)


  1. Cut and prepare the card and layers.
  2. Cut Pure Luxury Ivory card stock at 5.5" in the landscape orientation.  This will make two cards.
  3. Score and fold at 4.25".  This will create a 5.5" x 4.25: card that will fit a standard A2 envelope.
  4. Cut base layer Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss Cardstock at 5.25" x 4"
  5. Print digital image with a laser printer.  If you do not have a laser printer, heat set the image before coloring in order to prevent damaging your Copic marker nibs.
  6. Print a second image on a piece of copy paper (in order to save your precious Cryogen).  Determine where you want your light source to come from.  Draw your light source on the copy paper to use as a guide.
  7. Skin Tones:  (Copic Markers E02, E00, E000, R20)    I like to start coloring my images with  the skin.   I have selected a light set of blending buddies for the skin tone on my little boy. Use E03 for the shadow areas.  Using the flicking method of inking, apply E00.  Repeat lightly with E000 flicking toward the lightest part of your image. Lightly apply R20 over the cheek area and blend E000 over the top and edges to allow for a smooth blend.
  8.  Hair and Clothing:  (Copic Markers E47, E45, E43, E41, E40)  Apply E47 to the areas you want to be the darkest.  Using the tip to top method, touch E45 to E47 and gently blend out a little using the flicking method.  Repeat the process for the remaining colors.   Be sure to start with a small amount of your darkest color.  You can always go back and darken the image.  It is hard to repair if you get carried away with the dark color in the beginning!
  9.  Train: (Copic Markers W3, W1, W00)  Apply W3 for your darkest, shadow area and blend out with your W1 and W3.   The "W" coordinates great with brown tones.
  10.  Cut the focal image with your rectangle Nestabilities die.  Turn over and use your embossing mat and an a, B and B plate to emboss the outer edges of your focal image for a beautiful finish.  Cut your focal image mat with a Nestabilites Deckled Edges die.   Lightly sponge Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the Nestabilities die  to create a very small frame for your focal image.  Use a W3 Copic marker, apply a base under the image to ground the boy.
  11. Stamp clock images on the Kraft cardstock with Tim Holtz Vinage Photo Distress Ink.  Genty sponge the edges to give a vintage look.
  12.  Stamp the sentiment and layer with some of your leftover card stock.  Sponge the edges to allow it to blend with the rest of your card.  Apply your layers for a completed monochromatic card.

Thank you for visiting this tutorial on monochromatic coloring with Copic Markers. It is one of my favorite  techniques.   Take out those Copic markers and have a wonderful time playing around with monochromatic coloring.




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4 Responses »

  1. Marie,
    WOW, I have to say you did an outstanding job with your image. I love Sugar Nellie images and you bring them to life so wonderfully. Your coloring is stunning. Just love your card.

  2. how sweet... when I grow up I want to color like this....

  3. Very nice card! Thank you for great instructions on how to get the results.

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  4. An absolutely lovely, beautiful card.