Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Copic Three Dimensional Flowers Tutorial

I want to share with you how I created the three dimensional flowers that were on a wedding card from the last post. To create each flower I used three of the large flower shapes from the Spellbinders Flower Creation die and the Wizard Die Cutting and Embossing Tool. If you don't have this die you could also use punches, pre-made die cuts, or cut flowers freehand.

Step 1
As you can see in the picture I started out with white cardstock. All of the coloring for these flowers was done using the Copic sketch markers and the Copic ABS (air brush system). I started with the lightest color first, Barium Yellow (Y00). Start at the center of the flower using the brush tip, to do these strokes I lightly push down on the marker and pull up as I am coming out to the petal.

Step 2
For step two I did the same thing using a darker color, Chrome Orange (YR04).
Step 3
This was also done with a darker color, Cadmium Red (R27). I know this might seem like you are doing the same thing over and over and just covering up the lighter color with no results or maybe you are thinking why not just put the darker color on instead of doing all of these layers. But the great thing about working with the Copic markers is they blend and layering several colors will give you depth in you project.
Step 4
Using the same color as in step #3 lightly air brush over the entire flower.
Step 5
Using the Warm Red ColorBox ink and a sponge in all the edges of the petals. I wanted to use a slightly darker color to add more depth to the flowers.
Step 6
Using the Colorless Blender (0) and doing the same stroke as in step # 1 I pulled some of the color from the petals. Doing this lightens it up a tad and it also makes the faux veins of the flower show up more.
Step 7
This is the darkest color and the last color that will be added to the flowers, Lipstick Red (R29). Starting all the way in the center of the flower do the same stroke as in step #1 but do it with a slightly lighter hand. This will help to make finer lines.
Step 8
Since these flowers are three dimensional you can see the back side a little so I would recommend lightly airbrushing the back of each flower.
After you have all of the flowers colored then you will layer them. Glue dots work great for doing this. Make sure the petals are layered so you can see the petals on the bottom layers. Once you have this done then bend (fold) the petals to the center of the flower. You can also use the end of a small paint brush to curl the ends a little. For the center of the flower I used a larger circle brad and covered it with dimensional pearl paint and then added a pearl flower. Here is a tip**If you would like to keep your flowers popped up put a tiny bit of clear silicone behind each petal. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial with the Copic markers and doing the three dimensional flowers. I encourage you to give this a try!! If you do I would love to see your designs, so please leave a link to your blog or online gallery in the comments. Also if you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you have a wonderful day and where ever you are I hope there is sunshine!!



  1. How yummy are those flowers? Beautiful!!!

  2. Great tutorial!! You wouldn't happen to know the name of that die you used would you? I'm always buying new spellbinder dies. And that one looks like I would use it a bunch.

  3. For one I'm totally speechless Heidi cause that's just down right GORGEOUS hun! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  4. You did such a stunning job with this, Heidi! The tutorial is perfect!

  5. Those are fabulous! TFS, loreen

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  7. Heidi, these flowers are drop dead gorgeous.....I have just bought the Copic and ABS and can't wait to use them, now I know what I will on....keep up the good work

  8. Incredible. Thanks for all the time that took to post.

  9. Oh Heidi fabulous tutorial. Thanks for this. The card is so elegant. Stunning work.

  10. WOW! What a fabulous tutorial!! Thanks so much for that! I've always wondered about those copic markers!! Now I know! Such a stunning card as well! TFS! ;)

  11. Breathtaking card, just absolutely beautiful! Great job!

  12. Thanks for sharing how you've done these. They're great!

  13. Awesome tutorial! Those flowers are just stunning! TFS!! :)

  14. Great tutorial, Heidi, and gorgeous card!

  15. Design Frames are a wonderfully versatile die set that you've used to make absolutely gorgeous projects!
    MollyK. Barry


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