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Technique: Feather leaves

CR00383 square

I like heat embossing and I like Copic colouring, but they don’t get on too well together. With the possible exception of clear embossing powder, the usual advice is that colouring over embossing powder will damage your nibs. But I wanted to be able to use the two together, so it was time for an experiment.

In hindsight, this is a pretty obvious technique, and I’m wondering why I didn’t think to try it sooner. I’m sure someone else must have done this before, but I haven’t seen it anywhere.

  1. Use the MISTI to stamp the feathers in a light Copic-friendly ink and leave the stamps in position.
  2. Colour them with Copic markers.
  3. Put the card back in the MISTI and stamp the feathers again, this time using Versamark.
  4. Heat emboss as usual.

I fussy cut the feathers out and popped them up on a black card base, which contrasts nicely with the bright Copics and the liquid platinum embossing powder.

A flower in the middle, some white dots around the edges, and a scattering of clear droplets provided the finishing touches.

CR00383 detail


  • stamps:
    Wow! – flights of fancy
  • inks:
    Memento desert sand
  • pens:
    Sakura soufflé – white
  • embossing powder:
    Ranger – liquid platinum
  • Copic markers:
    blue-violet – B04, BV04, V09
    green-blue – G09, BG07, B05
    yellow-green – Y19, YG25, YG09, G19
    red-orange – Y38, YR07, R17, R29
    violet-red – V17, RV19, RV29
  • embellishments:
    Pretty Pink Posh – clear droplets – 4mm
    Pretty Pink Posh – clear droplets – 6mm
    paper flowers
  • paper and card:
    Papermill Direct – plain – black
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
  • miscellaneous:
    foam squares

CR00383 display

Another catch-up post; this card was originally made on 8th March 2017 as part of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

5 thoughts on “Technique: Feather leaves”

    1. Thanks! So satisfying when experiments turn out to be pretty cards as well. It was a bit of a lightbulb moment – obvious once you know it – and I thought I’d share it in case others found it useful.

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