Simple Yupo Paper + Copic Markers
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Simple Yupo Paper + Copic Markers


– [Jennifer] Hello, and welcome, this is Jennifer McGuire, and I hope you’re having great week. Today, I’m going to share with you some fun techniques using yupo paper. Back in my Favorite Crafty
Things video, from last year, I mentioned that I
really liked yupo paper. But I haven’t used it in the videos, so a lot of people are
asking what I do with it, so today, I’m going to
use it with copic markers. You can use it with many other products, but copics is something that many people are often looking for a new use for. I also have some tips
for making shaker cards, and creating an embossed window, and also for heat embossing on acetates, so I have a lot to share with you today. I’m using some new
products from Hero Arts, from their My Monthly Hero Kit, and I’m hoping that you like them, they are so much fun to play with. Now the yupo paper that I’m using today, is from Tim Holtz and
Ranger, and is white. Now this is a synthetic surface
that feels like plastic, it’s super smooth and very strong, it’s almost impossible to tear. And it has such a unique surface, that’s unlike anything else I have. So it’s really fun to use on cards. It’s non-porous and water resistant, and you can do water
coloring on it, actually, but what I like to use
on it is alcohol inks. Now I know not many
people have alcohol inks, so I thought I’d show you what you can do with copic
markers, on this unique paper. So I’m going to use copics today, if you don’t have copics, you can use any kind of permanent marker. I’m going to go ahead cut
all my pieces in half, and show you some of the fun things that you can do with copics on yupo paper. Now if you watch, since this is a very
smooth, synthetic surface, the ink kind of moves around on it, as opposed to like absorbing, when you use regular paper card stock. So you can see how it moves around here, so I can scribble colors on, and then blend others with it. You can kind of erase
color, and put new color on. So you could really stamp
with a permanent ink, and then color with copic markers. However, I find that
kind of hard to control, I’d rather do coloring on regular paper. But with yupo paper, you can take advantage of the fact that, these alcohol ink markers move
a little bit on the paper. And do some really cool techniques, and that’s what we’re
going to focus on today. These don’t take much effort, which is one of the reasons
that I really like them, and you can also get more
out of your copic markers, find a new way to use them. Now again, today I’m
using my copic markers, you could instead use your
little alcohol ink bottles, and drip it onto the surface. Or you can use your copic reanchors, that’s what I’m showing you here. I’m putting some drops of
copic rankers onto the paper, and you can see how it
moves on the yupo paper. It kind of bleeds out, and does some really cool effects. Now I kind of am just
doing some scribbling here, nothing fancy, but check out how, when you put one drop of copic
ranker on to another drop, it really does some neat things. And when you let this dry,
the results are fantastic. So remember, on yupo paper, you can use alcohol ink in little bottles, or copic reanchors or other things. But today, I’m just going to focus on the copic markers alone. You can also use alcohol, rubbing alcohol, either from a bottle, for
from little swabs like this, to make those inks move on the yupo paper. I’ll show a little bit with this later on. There are other things
that you can use on yupo, so I encourage you to check those out, there are many YouTube videos out there. But again, let’s just
play with copics today. So here I have a piece
of white yupo paper, and I’m just going to go back
and forth with a copic marker. If you’re interested in the colors I use, I link those below in
my YouTube description. Now if you notice when
I go back and forth, since this is a very
smooth synthetic surface, it’s not regular card stock, it doesn’t absorb in and kind of even out, and give you solid looking results. You can see that back and
forth motion in the results, but it does kind of blend into each other, and kind of become a little
more solid over time. Now the fun thing is, you can go back over the other color, and blend it in with no problem at all. And check out this fun
result that you get. Now I like to go back and
repeat the whole process, to really make it even more intense, and to have more of those
variations in the coloring, so that it’s not perfectly blended, but instead, you get this
really cool looking result. And remember, this is
a very smooth surface, so it has a very different look to it than most card stocks. The one on the left I did a while ago with some softer colors,
and I think it’s absolutely beautiful the results you get. But I’m going to kind of zoom in here, so you see how this ink moves on the yupo paper a little bit more. This time, I’m using the
chisel end of my copic marker, I usually don’t use those, but since I’m trying to
apply a lot of color at once, it’s perfect for this technique. So I just went down and put
a bunch of different colors, and then I went back and
repeated that on top. Now I wanted to show what happens when you take an alcohol swab
and touch it to the surface. Watch how it starts to move. You could use a cotton swab
and some rubbing alcohol, but really, all I had in my house were these little alcohol
swabs, and it worked great. And I just held it into
the tip of some tweezers. So when I put this rubbing alcohol against my copic markers,
and it makes it move, and that’s the cool effect that you get. You can also use your colorless blender, zero copic marker, you can
also use that to do this, or the reanchor for that. But I don’t have one, so instead, I’m just using rubbing alcohol. And check out the really
cool movement that you get, and you can go back over
areas if you want to. So now I’m just kind of
continuing to do this until I’m really happy
with the final results. And it kind of looks like a, I don’t know, maybe like a granite, or stone looking background, but this really cool rainbow result. And if you’re not happy with
the results on the yupo paper, you could take an alcohol swab and just kind of go over the
whole thing back and forth, and basically start all over again. Here’s one that I did earlier
with some softer colors, and you can see the look
you get when it dries, it’s really cool. So let me show you even more techniques that you can do very
quickly with copics on yupo, again, I’m starting the same way, where I’m scribbling lots of color down, to kind of create a
rainbow on the background of my white yupo paper here. But this time, I’m
going to take a regular, rubbing alcohol swab, and I’m going to just wipe back and forth, over this surface, and it kind
of moves that ink even more, and creates even more variation, that is such a beautiful look. So I’m just taking that alcohol swab, and just wiping across a few times. This can allow you to
make colors blend more, or remove some of the color, but since I’m just doing a little bit, it really adds to the variation. Absolutely beautiful, very smooth looking, because we’re using that yupo paper. Now for this example,
I started the same way, I went back and forth with
my marker several times, and this time, I’m going
on top of it with dots. I’m using the sharper point
of my copic marker here, the brush tip, and I’m just putting tiny
dots all over the paper. Again, when you put the dot on the paper, it kind of halos out a little bit, and blends into whatever is next to it. So I’m moving onto the next color, being sure to overlap,
where the two colors meet, that helps to give that blended look. And we end up with this unique look of all these tiny dots overlapping, and giving the look of texture. But this doesn’t take much effort, or thought, or technique at all, you just kind of overlap
them in between each color, and look at that gorgeous look. The fact that this is smooth, and looks like plastic, is really cool. So here are bunch of the
backgrounds that I created today, with yupo papers and copic markers. I’m going to turn those into cards now, but encourage you to try yupo, it’s very inexpensive, you can use it with any
permanent pens or alcohol inks, and there are many things
you can do with it. I know many people use
water color on it also. Now if you find that the alcohol ink dries kind of sticky on the surface, you can just rub your
anti-static powder tool over it, and that will remove the stick, and you’ll have a great result. So now that I have some colorful yupo paper backgrounds here, I wanted to turn those
into simple shaker cards. I’m using a new stamp set from Hero Arts, this is part of their Hero Arts, My Monthly April Card Kit. It’s a fantastic set. Now when I first got this, I wasn’t sure, but once I
started playing with it, I was in love, because
it feels like those days of playing with paper
dolls, or fashion plates. You kind of pick what dress
you want with what top, with what hairdo, and you create your own
little stamped image. This is another stamp set that’s now available from Hero Arts, with some other great images
that I’ll be using today. I also really like the
sentiments in this one. Okay, so now it’s time to create that stamped acetate window, for the front of our shaker card window. Now I wanted to heat emboss on it, so I needed a heat resistant acetate. I encourage you to try
what acetate you may have, or recycled clear plastic, and
test it with your heat gun, and see if it holds up. If it doesn’t hold up to the
heat, for heat embossing, you can just stamp on
it with stays on ink, and that would work also. If you are going to heat emboss, be sure to use your
anti-static powder tool, or the powder will stick
all over the acetate window. So after rubbing it with
my anti-static powder tool, I stamp the shirt of one of the dresses, from the Hero Arts Monthly
Kit, with VersaMark ink, and then I added Hero Arts
white embossing powder. You just want to be sure to knock off any of the extra powder, or it really will show
up on this clear window. Now what you see me doing here is, allowing my heat gun to
heat up for a long time, I have it on, it’s just sitting there, while I get other things ready. Then I bring that super hot
heat gun to my image here, and then I heat emboss it. The less time that heat
gun is on that acetate, the less warping we will get. So I have the top stamped now, and it’s time to stamp the pants too, you could do a skirt,
or whatever you want. But I’ve put a piece of
thin card stock down, this is like masking a gap along my image, that I can add a sentiment later. I wanted to leave a little
spot there for my sentiment. Now the reason I’m not
stamping these all at once, and heat embossing them all at once, is that it’s hard to see
what you stamped before, on this clear, without heat
embossing it in between. So it’s best to do one at a time, it adds a little bit of time, but it’s definitely worth it. So once I’ve heat embossed
my little person here, I put a crown on the top of it also, it’s time to add the
sentiment in the middle. I decided to use the You Go Girl image from this Hero Arts,
Dare to Dream stamp set. This is a great stamp set with
very encouraging messages, now it is a stacked sentiment, with each word on top each other. But I carefully cut them apart, so that I could make the
sentiments sit next to each other, and fit in this little gap along her legs. So I’m just going to use my little grid, work surface here, to make sure
that I stamp that straight, right along the middle of the image. Again, I use my anti-static powder tool in between each of these steps, making sure that we have
a clean image every time. Once I’m done with all
of my heat embossing, I’m just going to take a dry cloth, and wipe away the excess
anti-static powder that’s on this, so I have a nice, clean window. Now it’s time to create the
window for our shaker card, I’m using the Hero Arts
nesting rectangles die set, I really like this die set, because it has so many
rectangle dies in it. I pick the rectangle die
that was the best fit for my stamped image. I’m going to use that
the cut from the center, of a piece of four inch by 5
1/4 inch, white card stock. This is going to be the front of my card. I’m going to cut a window
from the center of it, so that I can add my
shaker card behind it. I’m using a T-ruler, to make
sure that I get it straight, because if this is even slightly tilted, it will really stand
out on the final card. I’m going to run that
through my die cut machine, you can use any die cut machine for this, and I end up with a nice die cut window. But I wanted to do something else to this, I wanted to emboss a
frame around that window, this is a really easy technique, it’s hard to see in the photo here, but I’ll show you in
the video in a moment. I’m taking that same rectangle piece, that we just die cut from card stock, and I’m putting a piece of
white craft foam behind it, that’s slightly smaller. I’m going to lay that down
onto my cutting plate, and pop that same
rectangle die into place, it pops in like a puzzle piece, into that already die cut card stock. Now when I run this through, it’s going to cut my craft foam, and it’s going to press that rectangle die into the card stock, leaving
a little bit of an impression. So I’m going to go ahead
and pop out the center of my craft foam here, and I have a fun craft foam frame I can use to create the shaker window, and I have this impressed little frame around our little window. This is just a great way to add a little bit of interest to a shaker card, and very easy to do. Okay, so now we have all of our pieces ready to create a shaker card. I have my white card stock frame, for the front of the window, I have my stamped acetate, I have a background for my shaker window, and the dimensional craft foam frame that we can put in between, so that we can have some little
bits inside to shake around. Now for this, I like to
use super strong adhesive, you don’t want your
shaker card to fall apart, you can use whatever your
favorite adhesive is, but I really like this double
sided tape from Be Creative, I’m using the narrow version, so that I can put it into tight spaces. So here, I’m putting adhesive
around the inside edge, of our card stock frame. So this is the piece that
will be topmost on our card, I like to overlap on the corners, just to make sure it’s nice and secure. Now I’m going to use my grid background to make sure that I put this straight, over that stamped acetate piece, that’s the front of our shaker window. Now I’m putting some double
sided tape on both sides of our craft foam window frame, this is going to go behind that, and allow us to have some dimensions, so the pieces can shake inside. Now you could just use any
double sided foam tape, for the sides of the shaker window, but since we die cut this
craft foam piece anyways, to create that dimension,
or that embossed rectangle around our frame, I
thought we might as well go ahead and use it. So now I’ve adhered this to the back of our card stock frame, adding some sequins on the inside. The sequins I’m using here
are from Pretty Pink Posh, I like them, because they don’t
have a hole in the center, they just look like
floating little crystals. I also have my background
trimmed down and ready here, this is one of the yupo
backgrounds I created, and I adhered a few sequins
onto the background, using a strong adhesive. These will kind of hold
some of the sequins in place in the background, so that
all your sequins don’t kind of fall to the bottom of
the card when you stand it up. So now I’m going to put this down onto the back of our little craft foam rectangle piece here, and flip it over. And there we have a shaker card panel, all we have to do is
add this on to the top of a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch white note card, and we’re ready to go. Now because I glued some of those sequins in place on the background, the sequins don’t all fall to the bottom, and some of them even get caught up on those sequins we glued down, so that you have them kind of floating everywhere in the background. But they do move around freely. Now I end up creating many shaker cards using those colorful
yupo paper backgrounds. Be sure to head to my
blog to see all of them, but before we go, I did
want to show one more thing. You can also heat emboss
directly onto the yupo paper, if you wanted to. So this card will be a lot
faster to put together, since we’re doing the
shaker portion of it. I have the colorful yupo paper background, and I’m stamping with
VersaMark ink, all the images, and adding white embossing powder. After I let my heat gun get good and hot, I’m just carefully bringing
the heat to the yupo paper, to heat emboss. Now the yupo paper will
start to warp a little bit, but actually, if you lay it
down on your work surface, it’ll flatten out fine, you
don’t have to worry about it. This is actually a pretty good surface to heat emboss on, if you’re careful. And that smooth background really is cool. So now I can go ahead and
add my sentiment once again, I had just masked off a little area there, for the sentiment, and now I have white heat embossing on that
yupo paper background. I just trimmed it down, and added it to white note card, very simple, and fast to create. But those yupo colored backgrounds, really add a lot to it. So there you have ways to use
yupo paper with copic markers, and create shaker cards, with an embossed rectangle window. If you want to see more
videos that are similar, you can check those two
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100 thoughts on “Simple Yupo Paper + Copic Markers

  1. Love this! but when I use alcohol inks on yupo paper it wipes off after it dries….don't know what I'm doing wrong!!

  2. Thank you so much for doing these videos. I love ideas for my kit. I can't wait to try this 😍😘

  3. This is great Jennifer…I've had yupo paper in my stash forever and never used it. Awesome cards too! TFS

  4. Not only do I look forward to the Hero Arts kits every month, but also to see what you will do with it. You always think out of the box and inspire us to do the same. I've never used yupo but now I might! Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are so beautiful that I just linked to Hero arts and bought both the kit and the extra stamp set!!! I just want to say that I know the Tim Holtz yupo paper is heat embossible, but not all of it is. I used the non-Tim Holtz brand and the whole piece melted pretty quickly. Very sad!!! πŸ™‚

  6. I love watching your videos Jennifer. You inspire me to try new ideas every time I craft. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  7. These are fabulous backgrounds, I love them. A beautiful job on them. Another great use for Copic markers!

  8. Love how the background looks . So many ideas and so little time. Thanks for showing us these wonderful techniques.

  9. I did a "playing with alcohol inks" workshop once, we also used yupo paper. One technique we did was make a dark background with alcohol ink, let it dry for a bit. Then use a stamp, and quickly while it away to make a ghost image.

    I'm actually very surprised it's inexpensive for you, because here in the Netherlands it's relatively pricey.

  10. Beautiful technique on Yupo paper! I just ordered the girly-girl kit and am looking forward to playing with it soon and being inspired by your video. Thank you! πŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ‘‘

  11. Thank you so much for ideas on using this month's Hero Arts kit. When I saw the kit reveal today, I was…well…disappointed. I do not naturally gravitate towards the style of images in the kit and was at a loss as to how I would use them. Thanks for the rescue! I REALLY like the cards that you made. The images, heat embossed on acetate, look great and I love that you made shaker cards with them. Thanks, too, for the information on yupo. I had been wondering what it was and how to use it. Have a good day, Jennifer and thanks again.

  12. As always, a great video, Jennifer. I've been wondering about Yupo paper, so the video gives me some great ideas for using it. Thanks!

  13. Great video. Thanks for all the awesome ideas you share. Where would I find the list of Copic colors you used in your video? I'm sure it's here somewhere, and I'm missing it. Thanks so much!

  14. Love the tips for embossing the frame and gluing sequins onto the background.Β  I was so disappointed with the one shaker card that I made, because everything just sat at the bottom of the card, that I never made another one.Β  Gluing some to the background will really make a difference.Β  TFS!

  15. Jennifer this technique is completely new to me. I never knew about this paper…I love your cards and their special effects..thanks Jennifer…love it.

  16. Please recycle Yupo properly. Despite having "paper" in its name, it's actually plastic. We all love crafting but it seems unfair to let our hobbies, which as much as we like them are not essential, polute the earth

  17. Now I know what Yupo Paper is! I have seen it many times, but had no idea what it was.Β  I really like the shaker cards too.Β  Thanks so much.

  18. Hi! Love this & new Hero Arts stamps. They are so classy!!! I looked on your web site and could not find this answer. Maybe someone knows & will share. Re: Coptic Markers. I have none. I want the Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Can anyone recommend Copic Numbers for me please??? I like bright colors. Thanks in advance.

  19. Can't wait to get my monthly kit!!! Absolutely love what you've done with it. I got the ballerina die as well!!

  20. I love using this paper. I found out about it from Tracy Dutton of Lavinia Stamps…she uses it with alcohol inks and blending solution and the outcome looks great! TFS!!! Blessings!!

  21. These really turned out nice, and I'm totally loving that HA stamp set – I LOVED playing with Fashion Plates growing up! Thanks for another great video Jennier πŸ™‚

  22. Wow, awesome technique! The cards are amazing, love how different all the backgrounds turned out and how fun it looks to play with. I was on the fence with the card kit, you definitely changed my mind! Are the Copic's and embossing powder the only mediums that work well with Yupo, I heard you mention water coloring? I wonder how the oxides would work with it. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring.

  23. I never heard of Yupo paper.Β  Your backgrounds you created on this paper were beautiful.Β  I enjoyed all the techniques you shared.Β  Thanks!

  24. Unbelievably cool. Never heard of yupo paper but I'm looking forward to playing with it soon. Thank you again.

  25. Really enjoyed the technique. Reading the comments about photo glossy paper, could you rub the alcohol swab over first then use the markers? Just wondering?

  26. I started using alcohol inks quite a while ago. I saw a gentleman light the ink with fire. I have not done that as I tend to be a bit cautious. This would need to be done outside. They recommend you use 91% isopropyl alcohol. This is done on ceramic tiles, but I am still cautious when working with dangerous things. I think I will just watch others use fire and alcohol inks. I'll use a coffee straw as does June Rollins.

  27. I finally made the decisionΒ  to order Yupo Paper as I don't seem to be able to get xpress card anymore . I loved your video I have had Copics for 8 years and still not confident with them As I am an alone crafter so never been to a class , I loved the background techniques you used , Love love love your cards…

  28. Love this. Who makes the retractable x-acto knife you are using? It looks like my kind of x-acto knife if you knew my luck with those things. πŸ™‚

  29. Thanks for another great video Jennifer, I have Yupo paper and alcohol markers so I will definitely give this a go.

    Incidentally, can any of you lovely crafters help me? I appear to have contaminated my white embossing powder which is a shame as I had quite a large amount in a container similar to Jennifer's. I have ordered some more but I don't really want to waste what I have already. Does anyone have any ideas of how to salvage the contaminated powder? Thanks 😊

  30. May I ask where would I purchase Yupo paper? I have checked out JoAnn, Michael's and Hobby lobby to no avail. Thank you in advance for the information, Jennifer. I really enjoy and appreciate your video inspiration! Sincerely Katz Baugh (John is my hubby)

  31. Such a chic looking technique which works so well with the lovely stamps!! You always inspire me…
    Could we use Tombow markers?

  32. I just enjoy your videos so much. I am a visual person but once I get inspired I am able to go in my own direction. I have been so motivated by you and using all my things….thank you.Β  Little tip when using acetate and embossing powder, if you have unwanted embossing powder after you heat set it you can use a blending stump to remove unwanted embossing powder. Little pressure rubbing it and wipe away any smudge, has saved me many times. Thank you Jennifer for the inspiration it coming, I have so much to use πŸ™‚

  33. Thanks for very useful tips on how to heat emboss the acetate. Shaker cards are one of my favs to do, and I could not figure out how to do that. πŸ™‚

  34. I remember using glossy cardstock with alcohol inks several years ago (who am I kidding, more like 10-15 years ago! Ha!). I still have a lot of glossy cardstock and I think I'm going to bring it out and play. So much easier with copics. We also used sponges to make interesting patterns. This was a wonderful refresher for me. I see some interesting backgrounds in my future! 😊

  35. Wow…I never knew how best to use this yup of paper. I just order the Hero Arts April set… Can't wait to try this technic with my copics. As always you are the QUEEN of Technics!

  36. I was wondering what Yupo paper was used for. I recalled That you spoke about it before but couldn't remember exactly how to use it! Thanks for the refresher! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  37. You can get the same effect using photo printing paper… thats what ive been using as its cheaper then the "branded" stuff
    Branded = 25 sheets for (approx) Β£13 photo paper 50 sheets for Β£4

  38. I am not sure if I can get Yupo papers here in Tasmania (unless I go online and pay heaps of shipping fees) could I substitute Yupo papers with glossy photo papers?

  39. You mention that Yupo is really inexpensive. Where do you recommend buying it as I find it very pricey. I've started experimenting with photo paper and have had some comparable results with some brands. I'd like to get Yupo too though. Thanks.

  40. This is an enlightening vid, but no way Yupo is "very inexpensive." The individual sheets are over a dollar apiece on Amazon.

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