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Copic Flowers Step-by-Step

Copic Flower

Hi All!

I saw a video by Sandy Allnock where she colored some white flowers. She’s such a wonderful artist! I attempted to use similar colors on my flowers today, but I tried to make the coloring more methodical. I walk you through four basic steps (petal base, petal tip, highlight, blend), and I color each flower the same way. My colors are darker than hers because my background is white. She has some really good tips in her video, so I encourage you to check it out.

Here is a closer look at the detail in my flowers:

Copic Flower

I also used my Sunny Studio Vintage Jar set. I wish the jar had three stamps instead of two, so I added an extra step with some simple Copic shading.

Enjoy the video! I’ll be back Friday with the first installment of the new series!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Flower panel 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches 10.5 x 13.7 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic sketch markers used: jar and table (W3, W1); flowers (E40, E43, E44); stems (G99, G82, E40)

Vintage Jar
Vintage Jar
Altenew Floral Motifs
Altenew Floral Motifs
Artful Flowers
SSS Artful Flowers
Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke
Always Artichoke Ink
Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Ink
Early Espresso Ink
Soft Sky
Soft Sky Ink
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Antique Linen
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Cardstock
Early Espresso Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 6:09 am


    This was quite an elegant card. I loved the neutral tones and its simplicity. I agree Sandy Allnock has good videos and I especially like her approach to the use of coloured pencils. But your overall sense of design is hard to beat. And your ability to explain what you are doing is far and away the best I’ve seen. Full marks! ?

  2. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 8:01 am


    This was beautiful! Sometimes it’s hard to remember to that flowers don’t always have to be loud and bright. Very realistic with all the details you added. Thanks for sharing with us!!

  3. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 1:51 pm


    Oh my gosh!! Love the neutral colors on this flowers Darlene, I’ve never really thought of coloring flowers in this shades but now I totally will do this.
    I love Sandy Allnock, I met her when she was the coordinator for the Operation Write Home, which was an organization dedicated solely to sending boxes of handmade cards to all the Troops Overseas so they can keep in touch with their families.
    I sent bunches of cards periodically for about 2 years, it was really something that made me feel like I was contributing to helping this brave men and women on the front lines.
    Thank you for another fabulous video, love that jar, it looks so real with the beautiful light reflections.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  4. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 3:39 pm


    Beautiful card, I love the soft neutral tones.

  5. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 3:53 pm


    i so impressed with your coloring the jar of water! Lovely picture.

  6. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 3:58 pm


    So look lovely. Thank you for another great tutorial.

  7. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 4:06 pm


    I love this card, great video.

  8. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 4:11 pm


    I love everything about this card. Like everybody else I love the neutral tones and the simplicity of it. Thanks Darlene.

  9. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Carol Mac

    Darlene, I was so happy you filled in those 2 blank spots on the top flower…I was thinking it the whole time you were coloring it! It is amazing how that jar looks like it is filled with water with a bit of dirt floating around that you would have putting cut flowers from the yard, don’t you think? That’s how it appears to me anyway. I bought my first 6 copic markers AND the colorless blender as per your suggestion! This is a great lesson that I will try with one of my flower stamp sets. Thanks for the great instructions! ?

  10. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Kim Bears

    Darlene…that card is just stunning!!! Can you think of any other trios of Copic colors that you could do that technique with? Just curious…

  11. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Kim Bears

    Darlene…that card is just stunning!!! Can you think of any other trios of Copic colors that you could do that technique with? Just curious…thanks.

    • wrote on March 10th, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Kim. Looking at my chart…. maybe W5, W3, and either W1 or W0. For color, RV19, RV13, and RV00. I’m pulling a dark, a lighter medium, and a very light. Hope this helps!

  12. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 10:13 pm


    Beautiful and elegant! Thank you for a great video, showing us how you coloured these flowers!

  13. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    What an elegant card! This is one of those expensive cards you can buy at the card store but I’m sure a lot of people don’t. I love you’re coloring but I don’t have any of these color Copics. I wish I could afford to buy all the Copics so I could have all the colors and then I could do this and other things. Someday.

  14. wrote on March 9th, 2017 at 10:08 am


    Beautiful card and loved the technique too.

  15. wrote on March 9th, 2017 at 1:55 pm


    Beautiful Card ~ love the softness of the flowers. I only wish I had these colors. What other colors would you suggest?

    • wrote on March 10th, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I would suggest using a dark color, a lighter medium color, and a very light color. Some examples would be W5, W3, and either W1 or W0. For color, RV19, RV13, and RV00.

  16. wrote on March 9th, 2017 at 3:55 pm


    Gorgeous Darlene…I ordered the Vintage jars..had to have them. So realistic.
    Love the Vintage colors.
    Your coloring is perfection. I do not have these flowers, but I bet I can find something in my stash! Thanks so much for posting this video.
    Hugs, Dee in Oklahoma

  17. wrote on March 9th, 2017 at 4:12 pm


    Forgot to mention this Darlene…try rubbing alcohol to remove the ink stains on your Stamp a ma jig plastic. It works for me. It may work for you, don’t know what kind of inks..but try it anyway.

  18. wrote on March 9th, 2017 at 4:15 pm


    When you were coloring the first flower, all I could think of was that the colors would be perfect for coloring/shading dogwood blossoms. Other than the middle & tips of the petals not being a reddish hue, that’s what that particular flower stamp reminds me of. Love watching you color, and it is amazing how even more realistic the jar looks after you got through adding your little touches with the inks & markers. Great color palette, too–gives the image kind of a vintage look. 🙂 ~ Andrea

  19. wrote on March 10th, 2017 at 10:56 am


    Darlene, this is another beautiful card. You make coloring look so easy. By far one of my many favorites. Thank you so much for teaching us!

  20. wrote on March 10th, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Brenda L.

    What a stunning card Darlene! I love how you did those flowers and that jar looks so real! Hugs, Brenda

  21. wrote on March 15th, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Sara K

    Wowser, that is incredibly beautiful!! The use of neutral colors is quite startling!! Your talents & creativity seems to have no boundaries. Thanks for a great video.

  22. wrote on May 18th, 2017 at 5:27 pm


    Stunning card! I can watch you color for hours – you are really amazingly talented!

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