greeting cards

Birthday: No-line bear

no-line bear

This card was created on 30th July: day 26 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

I loved the black-stamped version of this bear so I decided to be brave and make one of my infrequent attempts at no-line Copic colouring and try to recreate it using the same colour palette. For me, no-line either turns out nicely or is a complete and utter disaster, there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. Luckily this one turned out nicely.


I stamped the bear in a pale ink that would be easily hidden by the Copic marker and coloured it with the same colours I used for the previous version. The main difference when using the no-line technique is that you need to take more care to emphasise the shading at the edges where the stamped lines are; taking care that it doesn’t end up looking like you just drew the lines in with a marker. The balloon string was drawn in with a grey Copic multiliner, as were the dots on the present. The balloon was given a coat of Wink of Stella.

Rather than completely recreate the other card, I stamped the sentiment next to the bear and fussy cut over the top of them.

Then I raided my backgrounds box and found an old watercolour-and-salt experiment piece. I trimmed that down to size and mounted it flat on a blue card base (to match the balloon) and popped the bear panel up on foam tape.

no-line bear - detail



  • stamps:
    My Favorite Things – beary special birthday
    Create A Smile – mini birthday
  • inks:
    Memento – desert sand
    Versafine – onyx black
  • pens:
    Copic multiliner – cool gray – 0.3
  • Copic markers:
    bear fur – YR24, YR27, E37
    bear nose – W7
    bear muzzle – YR20, YR21
    bear ears – YR20, R20
    present – Y02, Y08, R24, R27
    blue balloon – B02, B04, B06, 0
    shadow – W00, W0, W2, W4
  • embellishments:
    Wink of Stella – clear
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Papermill Direct – plain azure blue
  • miscellaneous:
    watercolour/salt test panel

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