You can make this super simple and fun thinking of you card using Copic markers, a digital download image, and some patterned paper in a snap!
If you find yourself a little pressed for time, but you want to send a hand made card to let someone dear know that you are thinking of them, this is the card for you. The image is simple and very easy to color. I used Copic Markers. But you can use whatever coloring method is your favorite. In fact, I think I'll color this image again soon using Prismacolor Pencils. I love how quickly I can color with Copics, but especially for furry little animals I enjoy how much texture and "fuzziness"(for lack of a better word) I can get with Prismacolors.
“This is super quick and easy, but it's still hand made and shows you took time to make it yourself.”
I like to use warm grays when I'm coloring something warm-blooded. I'm pretty sure it was Sandy Allnock that dropped that nugget of wisdom on me as I was watching a YouTube video of her coloring with Copics. I remember thinking, "Well, that makes sense. I'm going to remember that!" I could watch Sandy Allnock or Kathy Racoosin color and paint all day. I may or may not do that sometimes when I'm supposed to be working. But let's keep that between us, okay? I always have Sandy's Hex Chart handy when I'm using my Copic Markers and I highly recommend it.
Copic Markers in W0, W1, W2, W3,W5, N1, N2, and R30 (or whichever colors you love or already own)
Patterned paper. I used My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots 6X6 Paper Pack
Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock (or the Copic friendly card stock you love)
Art Glitter dries clear glue with a precision tip
Xyron Tape Runner
I started out coloring the mouse with warm gray Copic markers. His body is mainly W3 with highlights and shadows in the other warm gray family. His tummy is W0 and W1 with the center left white from the card stock. His ears and rosy cheeks are R30. I just blended the colors so that the image has nice dimension without hard lines between the colors. Yes, he's a cartoon-ish mouse, but I wanted him colored semi-realistically. I used a fine line Copic Multiliner in black to add some extra details and make the mouse look a little extra fuzzy.
Once I was happy with the coloring, I used my Brother ScanNCut to quickly fussy cut out the image. I chose patterned paper from My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots 6X6 Paper Pack and stacked it on Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock I colored with Copic markers to exactly match my mouse. This makes for a very simple, quick card. You could embellish this so much. But I was going for speed and simplicity while still creating something hand made. It also helps me remember that taking even a short few minutes to color something for someone else is good for my soul too.
Here is a quick video tutorial if you have less than 5 minutes!
So grab your colors and create some joy in your heart, then send it to someone else!