Faux Copper Patina Card two Ways


Glass mat or media mat

Sticky Mat (Stick & Stamp Mat-Brutus Monroe)

Cardstock in Aqua/Turquoise color range (3 3/4”x 5”)

Gel pen (I used a Teal shade but Gold, Bronze, or Copper could work too)

Clear embossing powder (Icicle-Brutus Monroe)

White embossing powder (Alabaster-Brutus Monroe)

Embossing reinker or pad (FSJ)


Heat Tool (Heat It-Ranger)

Stencil (Grand Greenery-Simon Hurley Create)

Brown water reactive ink (Grrr-Simon Hurley Create)

Spritz Bottle

Foam squares (Icrafter)

Tissue Tape

Liquid Glue (Bearly Art Glue)

Gold Foil paper (FSJ)

Metallic brown layering weight cardstock

White A2 card base.

Butterfly Dies (A Pocketful of Happiness)

Pennant Dies (Die’sire)

Stamping Platform

Stamps (A Pocketful of Happiness)

Black ink (Raven-Brutus Monroe)

Kraft cardstock (Lunchbag-Brutus Monroe)

Step 1:

Center aqua cardstock onto sticky mat. Place stencil over the top, securing it to the mat by the overhanging parts of the stencil. Use a gel pen to trace the design outlines of the stencil then go around again this time creating a jagged outline. Remove stencil and heat set gel ink.

Step 2:

Using the edge of an embossing ink pad or using an embossing ink reinker and a toothbrush, add strokes of embossing ink across the aqua panel leaving some areas dry.

Step 3: 

Option A-Add a very light layer of white embossing powder over the embossing ink. Brush a good portion of it off following the strokes with the toothbrush. Heat. Repeat the process again using clear embossing powder in place of the white still leaving some areas dry.

Option B- Add clear embossing powder over the embossing ink. Use a toothbrush to remove a bit of the powder using light brushstrokes. 

Step 4:

Using brown ink and a media mat or glass mat add ink to the mat and spritz with water to create a small puddle. Smoosh the aqua panel, embossing side down into the puddle several times. Add ink directly from the pad to the edges of the panel (make sure there is no unset embossing powder residue as you don’t want to spoil your ink pad). Spritz with water to soften any hard lines. Allow to dry.

Step 5:

Stamp sentiments onto kraft cardstock using black ink. Die cut or cut into pennants. Adhere to the card using foam squares.

Step 6:

Die cut butterflies and glue the layers together.

Step 7:

Center and adhere the aqua panel to the gold foil cardstock. Add the layered panel to the metallic brown cardstock.  Add the butterfly to the card using foam squares. Adhere the layered panel to A2 cardbase. Add embellishments.

A tutorial video for these cards can be found on my YouTube Channel


Coloring with Karin Markers

Hello friends! Shannon here to give you my first impressions and a few tips on using Karin markers. 

First off, I want to let you know that a lot of the info this post includes I got from the brochure that conveniently came with the markers. 

Karin markers are either dye based or as in the case of the neon colours, are pigment based. These react beautifully with water and also work amazingly well with the blender pens (which contain a blending solution). 

I tried using the four suggested ways from the brochure:

1. Touch tips. I touched the tips of two markers to create a blend. This is a fun way to create a transition from one color to another.

2. Touch a blender and a marker tip together, Same concept as the first way except you stay within the color of the marker and just gradually get lighter until it fades out.

3. Paint on a non-absorbent surface (glass mat or acrylic block works great for this). Then use the blender to mix your color and apply to your project.

4. Paint on a non-absorbent surface (see above). Use a blender to create a transition from full color and fade out. 

I found these markers very user friendly and I love that I can get a watercolor look with a bit more control. 

For this card I used the Floral Sentiments stamp set. I stamped it with Raven ink onto watercolor paper. Aqua Pigment paper is amazing and would definitely be my first choice. Because I stamped on watercolor paper, I used my stamping platform so that I could get a solid image. I heat set that with my heat tool.

I started by coloring the largest and smallest flowers with Soft Peach 1. This will create a highlight color.

 I then went in with Soft Peach 2 not going all the way to the edges of the petals. This is the main color of our petals. 

Next I used Rose Pink in the crevices and shadows to create depth.

I used the blender to soften the edges and blend out the colors a bit. (check out the video tutorial to see how I accomplished this)

For the other two blooms I used the same colors in the same order but added burgundy at the darkest points. I blended from the lighter end of the petals inward.

I used lime and olive greens for the leaves and cool aqua for the background. To see how I colored these and finished out the card, check out my YouTube video.

Supplies for this card:

Karin markers- Soft Peach 1, Soft Peach 2, Rose Pink, Burgundy, Lime Green, Olive Green, Cool Aqua, Blender

Water Brush

Aqua Pigment Paper

Not Your Mamas cardstock

Sea cardstock

Black twine

Enamel dots


Circle dies