VIDEO: The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - Day 3: Copics Two Ways featuring Gerda Steiner Designs

Good evening, fellow crafters!  I hope you are all taking part in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge that started on February 1st!  If you aren't familiar with it, this is a fabulous challenge put on by Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker.  Kathy is a wonderful colorist and she is challenging us to spend at least five minutes a day coloring.  This is such a great way to force yourself to take a time out and re-center, even on those crazy, chaotic days where life just  throws curve balls.  Head on over to The Daily Marker to read all about the details and get in on some of the totally AMAZING giveaways!

Today, I just wanted to do some Copic coloring so I used an adorable digital image from Gerda Steiner Designs and allowed it to be the entire scene on my one-layer cards.  I printed the image twice on a sheet of 120lb Simon Says Stamp white cardstock and then created two A2 cards.  This cardstock is fabulous for one-layer cards with Copics - it is so thick that the marker doesn't bleed through to the back and your card stays nice and pretty!

Each card was colored using a different Copic technique - for the blue and yellow card I followed the same pattern I typically use for Copic coloring: saturate the image with the lightest shade, add the medium shadows, the darkest shadows, then blend out in reverse order.  I love to color this way and get good results (usually) but I've notice that there are some very talented colorists out there that prefer a different method.  So, for the pink and yellow card I tried putting down the darkest shadows first and then blending out to the lightest shade.

Ultimately, I think they both look about the same and I like the results, however, the second method of darkest first took a lot more work to blend.  For me personally, I think I'll stick with the lightest to darkest and back again method but it's always fun to experiment with new ideas!!

Hope you enjoyed these cards and video tutorial!  Don't forget to get your coloring in and post your projects to social media using #thedailymarker30day so we can all see your beautiful creations!  Happy coloring!  Bye!

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*SSS = Simon Says Stamp
*GSD = Gerda Steiner Designs


  1. LOVe your coloring and your video...awesome cards!!!

  2. Very nice cards Tara!! Coloring is super fun and you did a great job! :)

  3. Happy belated birthday! What a super generous giveaway. For my last birthday, I just celebrated with a family dinner out. Simple, but really heartwarming since even my niece and nephew who live up north flew in to help me celebrate. Big tight hugs, Kristina

  4. I think the sky is just great!I love both cards, very nice!

  5. I think the sky is just great!I love both cards, very nice!