Card Cafe Thursday: building a scene with copics!

Card Cafe Thursday: building a scene with copics!

With summer upon us, I’m always excited to create summery scenes for my summer themed stamps.  Today I’m going to show you a quick and easy scene to create using your warm and inviting beachy images and Copic Markers.  Now if you don’t have any Copic Markers or an air brush system, don’t fret!  This same scene can be created using some ink and an ink blending tool using exactly the same techniques.

Let’s get our beach on!

I started my card by die cutting a large oval by Spellbinders from smooth white cardstock.  I stamped a cute little beach house from Taylored Expressions (from a “Day in Paradise” stamp set) in black ink onto a piece of white cardstock, coloured it in using my Copics and fussy cut it out.  I then took some fun cloud cutting files and created a little cloudy mask from simple copy paper.  Copy paper works well because it’s thin and is more flexible at sticking over the lumps and bumps of a die.


I always have scrap paper lying around for just this kind of messy occasion, so I grabbed some scrap paper from my pile.  In this case, it was a piece of paper from an old Ikea product instruction manual (reduce, reuse, recycle baby!).  I grabbed a few sizes of Post-It-Notes to hold my die in place so it wouldn’t move around on me.  I then used a large Post-It-Note and tore a straight but soft edge off of the sticky edge.  This will become our watery seaside horizon line.


Next I took my copy paper cloud mask and sprayed it with a little repositionable adhesive.  This stuff is a wonderful tool for sticking in place all those handmade masks that you create either by hand cutting, die cutting or machine die cutting!  I sprayed it lightly on the back in the area around my cloud shapes and then stuck it to my pant leg a few times to remove the full tackiness of the adhesive.  This makes it easier to remove from your surface later and allows it to release from the surface without pulling up any pieces of your cardstock up.


I applied the sticky cloud mask to the upper third of my white oval shape and then airbrushed some light teal coloured Copic (BG34) over top of the cloud negatives (photo A below).  Once removing the mask, I air brushed a very light coat of the same light teal colour above the horizon mask (photo B below).  Once the mask is removed, you can see the light shade of green across the oval (photo c below). 

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I took the same soft horizon Post-It-Note mask and stuck it right over top of the soft teal cloudy sky that was just created (see below).  I used another piece of scrap paper to ensure the sky was completely covered.  You don’t want to spray or apply any ink to this area now.

I loaded a light greyish blue shade of Copic (B91) into my air brush to begin the creation of the wavy ocean in my seaside scene.


I again torn another soft, relatively straight edge from a large post-It-Note and applied just slightly below the horizon mask.  I sprayed a soft layer of blue Copic between the 2 masks to create the first layer of water (shown below in photo A with the mask lowered).  I moved the mask slightly lower, sprayed another layer of blue Copic again (shown below in photo B with the mask lowered).  Again, the mask was repositioned and another soft layer of colour was added (below in photo C). I decided that 4 layers of waves were enough (below in photo D).


I took a large Post-It-Note again and hand cut an arch to create a sandy beach line.  Make sure to save the piece of sticky curve that you cut off – you’ll need it!  I again used the same bluish grey Copic and sprayed it above my curved mask to create the remainder of my salty sea.


Remember I told you to save the piece of that sticky piece above your curve?!? Now you’ll use it to mask off the sea you just created.  I placed a scrap paper over top the curved water mask to ensure that the sea and sky were covered.

Next I applied a relatively even layer of a medium sandy brown Copic colour (E42) over the entire bottom third of the oval (shown below in photo A).  Then I took my dark brown Copic (E44) and loaded it with the brush tip in my air brush.  This position, with the brush tip pointing out, creates a splatter effect with the marker instead of a fine mist.  I added some dark brown Copic splatters (photo B).  For the final photo below, photo C, I warmed up my sand a bit with an even coverage of a warm orange colour (Copic YR61).


And volia… a beach is born…


All of these steps can be done using your ink pads and an ink applicator!  Just remember, Post-It-Notes are your friend!

I added some subtle sparkle to my waves and clouds using a Wink of Stella brush, stamped a sentiment at the bottom of my scene, popped my little beach house up on some foam adhesive and applied my little sea scape to my nautical inspired card front…


Supplies:  Stamps: Taylored Expressions;  Patterned Papers: Stampin’ Up! ~ “Maritime”;  Cardstock: Bazzill;  Die Cut Shapes:  Spellbinders ~ Classic Oval & Elegant Ovals Nestabilities, ;  Inks: Copic Markers, Memento;  Twine: Darice;  Brad Base: My Mind’s Eye;  Tools: Silhouette Cameo, Copic Air Brush, Krylon “Easy Tack” Adhesive;  Digital Cut File: Silhouette Online Store “6 Clouds” by Lori Whitlock;  Pen;  Wink of Stella by SIG.

I hope you have enjoyed my easy beachy scene creation tutorial today!  I hope you’ll give creating your own beachy back grounds on some of your paper creations this summer.

Happy stamping and masking everyone!

~  Allison Cope





  1. Kathleen Spaeth July 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Wow Allison that was a lot of work! Your Card is so pretty, and Summery, but my head is spinning from the Copic Airbrush Fumes!! Might I suggest you purchase the Sizzix Magnetic Platform, to hold your Nestabilities Dies down, instead of you having to use so many Post It Notes. Also, once you make a Mask (for all the Airbrushed Parts) it must get easier right?

  2. barbara macaskill July 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Love this! So pretty! TFS!

  3. Michelle Price July 11, 2014 at 12:32 am

    This is such a fabulous card!

  4. Marsha Bouters July 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Very cool effect.

  5. Kristen V July 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I love this card and the colors you used are beautiful together!

  6. TracyM #6773 July 13, 2014 at 12:31 am

    WOW wow WOW
    DELIGHTFUL card – LOVE the scene you have created!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your tutorial too … more for me to learn and try 🙂

  7. Chelle K July 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    That’s so pretty. Love it. I have copics but not the air brush. I wonder if the Tim Holtz spritzer would work with this technique?

  8. Shannon White July 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Wow!! Very Cool BG Scene!! Love it! 😎

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