Creating Background Shadows with Copics
Hello there my cardmaking peeps! Today I’m going to show you a few steps when creating my background shadows with Copics. I love doing this little dot technique. You can add so many different colors and textures in the background. Although I didn’t go out of the lines on this image .. my little dot background covers up those little mistakes perfectly!!! 😉
- White Flowers – N5, N3, N1, N0
- Purple Flowers – BV0000, BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04
- Background – B00, BG0000, B91, B93, B95, N5
So, in this next photo you are going to see some blue dots. I started with B00 and added just a few dots then filled in the area with BG10 and a little BG0000. When you first start with the dots, remember it’s in no particular place or area. Just as long as it is along the top right area of the flowers. I’m going to make this background very blue and I want this area to be the lightest, as if this is where my light source is coming from. So everything under the flowers is going to be darker.
Then in the next photo you will see I added the following color of dots, B93 and B91. Notice the B93 are more directed under the flower, creating the shadows.
I guess I got a little carried away in my next photo. If you are familiar with my Copic Classes you wont be surprised at my going over board with the dots! As you can see the more colors you add the more the colors start to blend together. The colors I added next are B95, N5, as well as B91, B93. Once I have the shadows as I want them I will then start pulling the lighter colors, B00, BG0000 and start going around the outer part of the darker area… this really pulls it all together. Especially because I’m having these flowers centered and the main focal point of my card. If these flowers were just going to be in a corner of the card I would darken that corner more.
Can you see how I can totally get carried away with the Creating Background Shadows with Copics .. and the whole dot thing!
I hope all that made sense. 🙂 That being said I’m putting more Copic Videos on my to do list.
This BV color combo is probably one of my favorite Copic color combos. I did want to add a couple white flowers. In order to create something ‘white’ you have to shadow in grey. I use the N family when creating that crisp white look. So, I used N3, N1, N0 and then I go back and deepen some of the areas with my N5, or my “Make it POP”! After I add the N5, I’ll soften it up with the N1. If you go over the N5 with N1, say in creating a fold in the flower, you are pulling the N5 deeper into the fold with the N1 blending it out, giving you a soft natural looking, defined fold.
My number 1 tip when ‘coloring white’ – You MUST leave white space!!!!
We aren’t coloring grey flowers, just shading the white flowers. so don’t forget to leave that white space.
I topped my card off with a sentiment ‘Hello’ die from Lawn Fawn. I just adore this die and can’t wait to get more!!
I hope you enjoyed my card and mini Copic Tutorial on Creating Background Shadows with Copics.
Do you color backgrounds behind your stamped images or do you leave it white?
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