Yippee for Yana: Outline Letters into Solid with Copic Markers

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday and welcome to the latest edition of Yippee for Yana with the always awesome Yana Smakula! Be sure to read on and watch the video for more information and enjoy!

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Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula and I’m excited to bring you another episode from my by-monthly “Yippee For Yana” video series! In today’s video I’m showing how easy it is to turn outline stamped letters into solid with the help of a black Copic marker!

Outline Letters Into Solid With Copics

I started working on my card by stamping “Friend” using letters from the Stitched Alphabet set. I am a big fan of various alpha stamps and this set simply tops my list these days!

Next, I used Modern Anemones stamps from WPlus9 and added a floral design in the background. I didn’t mask the letters, only masked some of the flowers to be able to add additional stamped leaves a flower buds.

After my stamping was done I used a black Copic marker and colored in each of the letters. Because I planned to color them in right from the start I didn’t do any masking and allowed other images overlap them. The stamped lines that overlap the letters aren’t visible in real life (you might spot them in my photos, but that is only because I upped the contrast to help the design pop. but you can’t see those in real life).

Outline Letters Into Solid With Copics

Next, I colored flowers and leaves using grays, pinks and greens. I am not an expert when it comes to coloring using any medium, I certainly enjoy coloring, but I have yet to learn a lot so the coloring here is rather basic.

Once my coloring was done I adhered my panel onto an A2 card base and added a white heat embossed sentiment that together with the stamped “Friend” in the background reads “It takes a long time to grow and old friend”. Finally I embellished my card using Nuvo drops in Carnation Pink and Bubblegum Blush.

I hope you’ll give this a try. Have fun stamping!


Outline Letters Into Solid With Copics


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!

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  1. Beautiful card! I liked that you said you aren’t an expert at coloring, although I think it looks great! I struggle with coloring–sometimes good, sometimes not so good.

  2. Beautiful card, I don’t normally like alpha stamps, I prefer dies but I do love the stamps used on your card!

  3. I really like what you did with the letters of the word FRIEND. The addition of the floral images makes it very feminine. Beautiful.

  4. Well im also rubbish at courting in too lok. Thankyou Yang for sharing your talent. This really is a gorgeous card and because I have most of the items you used, I’m going to try and make one Similar tomorrow. X.

  5. Hey Yana – Yippee for a lovely creation there – I am terrible at coloring and color challenges – I keep on keeping on– but honestly – I need lessons – I think you did a fine job! TFS

  6. That’s a great card. Love how you interpreted your inspiration illustration. While watching, I was mentally cataloguing what letter stamps I have kicking around :)

  7. A great and beautiful card. I love how the letters of the word “friend” are staggered on the card.

  8. Beautiful idea and I will be trying this. I thought you die cut the letters. I love that you colored the letters and kept it a flat card. Beautiful.

  9. Yana, this card is exquisite! I think you nailed it with your shading on the white flower. Love your idea for stretching the lettering stamps – you come up with some really fabulous ideas.

  10. Simply gorgeous!! I love this idea for outline letters & I think the flowers in the background are the perfect addition!

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