Happy New Year and video…

Happy New Year, fellow bloggers.  I hope yours is blessed and happy and fun and memorable.

I thought I would share a quick video after getting a lot of questions on how I colored these butterflies…


I did these very quickly with Copic Markers.  However, there is a big disclaimer here: The way I did the coloring here isn’t the “correct” way to use Copics.  And this video doesn’t go into details about the markers or even show a true technique.  It just shows how I quickly colored these butterflies.  Fast… with no big planning of colors… messy since I was cutting them out… etc.  If you are looking for “real” Copic Marker techniques, you can do a youtube search and get great help.  But, if you want to see how I did the butterflies above, here you go…

And here are the notecards I made for my mother-in-law with these butterflies.  All the cards are Hero Arts colored notecards turned inside out, so that the white is on the outside.  I embossed them all with Cuttlebug, Quickutz or Sizzix embossing folders.  I then used matching scraps and greetings from Papertrey Ink.  Simple and fun.  (Put on a good movie and color.  Take the colored butterflies to your son’s swim lesson and cut them out as you watch. The butterflies will be done before you know it. 🙂

123109 Butterfly Cards

Here is a close-up of one of the butterflies.  This also shows the tad bit of glitter I added with a pen.  Just the right finishing touch…

123109 Butterfly Cards 2 

123109 Butterfly Cards 3

123109 Butterfly Cards 1
Supplies: Hero Arts butterfly stamps, Papertrey Ink greeting stamps, glitter pen, Hero Arts notecards, Cuttlebug & Sizzix & Quickutz embossing folders, black pen for antennae, Momentos Black Ink, Nennah Paper, Copic Markers.

Kay and I spent the day today making cards for the Cards for Kids card drive.  Some of the kids could use some extra encouragement right now, so the more cards the better.  We also made cards to send to Winter, who is collecting cards for St. Jude’s.  Please check it out HERE.

Ok… off to make cookies with Audrey.  We plan to deliver them to some of Ken’s mom’s friends tomorrow.  Just spreading some smiles.


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118 thoughts on “Happy New Year and video…”

  1. These are beautiful butterflies….the few I have are too detailed or too small…and look awful when coloured…there’s just too much detail….interested to know what colours you used as they look so bright..I had better results with watercolour pencils……please if you are comfortable to share I’d love that. I should also say I have blown the monthly budget and ordered the Hero Arts set which will be available over here in the U.K in the not too distant future.

  2. I’m really loving the cards you use with your cuddle bug!! I’ve been looking in to buying one, but they are kinda spendy!!

  3. Thank you so much for this idea and video. I just made some for the first time today and cut them out in front of the TV. Fabulous and so much fun!!

  4. I LOVE all of your cards! I especially like this style of simple card design with a boldly colored focal. Will this technique work with less expensive markers? Any brand suggestions?

  5. What a great way to put together some quick, pretty cards! I have tons of butterfly stamps and can’t wait to get home and try it out! The colors you used are beautiful! Thanks for the video tutorial!

  6. Beautiful butterflies! I love the card set that you created as a gift. How clever to turn the cards inside out. Love the embossed fronts. Such a great way to add interest and able to keep the card simple. The colored butterflies just “pop” from the card and make such a statement. Thanks.

  7. Oh Jen, you have saved my life with this tutorial, ok maybe not saved my life, but recently I took a Copic Beginners class and I was the only one the teacher called out for perhaps needing to take the class again, and practice much more because she thought I just wasn’t getting it. I did get it … but I’m a visual learner and she did more talking than showing, so I walked away feeling like I still didn’t no how to blend. Watching your video helped me tremendously. It inspired me to buy the same butterfly set, and soem sets of copic pens from PTI … and then I just began to color in the same way you did. I’m proud to say … I can color, I can blend and my butterflies look gorgeous. Thanks for all your expertise and help with all the techniques you show.

  8. I’ve got to get some of those Copic markers! The Butterflies just jump(er-fly) right out at you! These have inspired me to want to make a bunch of these butterflies and suspend them on fishing line from the ceiling of my 3 granddaughters bedrooms! Or from a mobile! Or on the walls! LOL! Can’t wait to get started.

  9. Awesome cards, and now I want to try my hand at those copic markers as well! LOL.

    I was looking for these butterfly stamps but it seems the link in your post isn’t working for me.. could you help me out with a link to where I could find them? Or just with the Hero Arts stamp# or such so I can search for those. Much much appreciated!

    Happy New Year!!

  10. great looking butterflies…Wondering what you used for the Antenna? You did not cut around them, certainly.

    Jan W

  11. WOW!!!! that’s a lot of butterflies!!!!!!! they are all gorgeous!!! I have colored in images like that too really quick and easy!! and no point in staying inside the lines when your cutting it out 🙂

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