How to Color Darker Skin Tones with Copics

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Good morning all, Michelle here with you today. I have my second installment featuring how to color darker skin tones with Copics on another beautiful image by Rubbernecker Stamps – you can see the first post here. This image is considerably darker than the first. I am OK with how the skin turned out, I have used this combo before with better results, but I LOVE how her hair turned out so I am sharing!


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  • Base the entire skin area with E21
  • Using a series of three more Earth Tones add shape to the face, E23, E25, E27
  • Blend the colors together going in reverse, E25, E23
  • After blending the edge of the E25 with the E23 slightly wash over the rest of the skin with E23
  • If needed bring back highlights with the E21
  • Use E04 and E09 to add fullness to the lips
  • Use YR24 and E23 to add a golden color to the pupils
  • Use a series of Copics in long squiggly lines to emphasize the direction and shape of the hair, this will also warm up and separate the solid black from the stamp E43, E47, E49, C9

Here is a closer look at the hair:

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  • Stamp the background image in a light gray ink
  • Color the rock wall with a variety of Copic natural tones adding texture as you go
  • Use a sentiment die cut to create 2 layers of a simple greeting
  • Use square nesting die cuts to frame the face and one size larger on patterned paper
  • Use rectangle nesting die cuts to cut the rock wall paper and a second patterned paper
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  • Attach the largest patterned paper to a card base
  • Use foam tape to pop up the rock wall paper onto the base
  • Attach both the square patterned paper and image onto the base
  • Using a liquid glue attach the 2 sentiments together off setting them just a bit
  • Use liquid glue to attach the sentiment to the card
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Below you will find links to the Rubbernecker products used on today’s card.

Have a Happy Colorful Day!

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Thank you for stopping by for today’s post! I have at least one more in this series and then I hope to get a video done with some more tips on how to color darker skin tones with Copics as well – stay tuned!

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