Unwind and Color – IPC 173


Hello and welcome back!

There is still time to join the Inky Paws Color Challenge! You have until the end of the day Friday, May 13, to link up your project for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

For today’s card, I decided to play around a little bit with Copic blending – specifically, blending colors in different color families. With the challenge colors being bubblegum pink, lemon yellow, lime green, and orange, I thought it would be perfect for this technique. 

When it comes to blending colors from different families, there are a few things to remember:

1. The color wheel is your friend – Rainbow order is the easiest way to blend colors, because the colors naturally work together. So for this blend, I went from pink to orange to yellow to green. However, when it was time for the pattern to start again, I did not blend pink and green. Why? Pink and green (really, red and green) are complimentary colors, meaning they look good together because they are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Though they look good with each other, when two complementary colors blend, they create brown, so I avoided laying those colors on top of each other.

2. No matter what colors you are blending together, if you are using Copics, there is one easy trick that will make your colors blend seamlessly. Every Copic marker has a name and a letter and number on the cap. The first number listed on the cap refers to the saturation of the color. Generally when mixing colors, you aren’t going to want to use a marker with a high first number and one with a low first number (i.e. don’t use a Y9_ and a YR2_). Though that number is important, you really want to focus more on the second number, as it tells you how light or dark the color is. To help your colors blend, it is easiest if your markers all have the same second number. Let’s say you wanted to go from a dark blue to a dark green – you could use B39 and G29.

Taking these into consideration, let’s look at the colors I used:

RV02, RV04, YR04, YR07, Y17, Y13, YG23, YG17

As you can see, the first numbers range from 0 to 2 and the second numbers, when transitioning to a new color, are the same.

For the rest of my card, I used the following products:

Newton’s Nook Newton Unwinds Stamps and Coordinating Dies

Newton’s Nook Kitten Beach Stamp Set

Newton’s Nook Frames and Flags Die Set

Gina K Key Lime Ink Pad

Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink

I hope you learned a little something about Copics today, and I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!