Copic Bleed Technique

by Kathy Racoosin

Let alcohol ink bleed through a coloring book page for a bonus colored sheet.


  • Cardstock (alcohol marker compatible, white Neenah Classic Crest used here)
  • Coloring book with thin pages (Pocket Posh Vintage Designs used here)
  • Alcohol markers (Copic Markers and Copic Various Ink used here)
  • Other pens (Uni Ball Signo Gel White pen, Memento Tuxedo Black marker and Sharpie Fine Tip black marker used here)
  • Clips to hold papers together
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: die cutting machine, scrap cardstock in blue and black, Simon Says Stamp “Smile Circle” and “Stitched Circle” dies, Ranger Glossy Accents, scissors, foam tape, Post-It note paper, paper piercer, cloth rag)


  1. Step 1

    Select a coloring book with thin pages, or print a coloring page on text weight paper. Cut cardstock to fit behind the coloring area.

  2. Attach the cardstock behind the selected page with paper clips. Mark off any areas that will not be colored.

  3. Step 2

    Start coloring using a Copic marker or a “juicy” marker that will bleed though the page. (Do not move the cardstock under the page.)

  4. Keep coloring until all the white spaces are colored.

  5. Step 3

    Take a peek to see how the “bleed-through” is working.


    Check for open areas.

  6. Step 4

    Add more color as needed.

  7. Admire your coloring and the bleed through design.

  8. Step 5

    Trim both of the panels to size.

  9. Step 6 (Optional)

    Enhance your coloring with some white gel pen accents.

  10. Use a fine tip marker like a Sharpie to trace over the lines or to darken any faded lines in the coloring.

  11. Step 7

    Prepare the panels for card fronts.

  12. Embellish as desired.

  13. Step 8

    Complete the cards.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Copic Bleed Technique. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Oh, Kathy, this is brilliant, and I LOVE this wonderful technique! I love both cards and so love your creativity...and too! Thanks for doing this special video for us here at SCS! And I'm looking forward to my first 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Thu Oct 6, 2016 at 12:34 PM
What a fabulous idea!
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 2:56 AM
I would have never thought to do this - how creative (and unique!)
Dawn McCloskey  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 6:01 AM
Wow! I love this techbique and can't wait to try it!
Robin Perry  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 6:46 AM
I think this is great! I am going to give it a try. Really nice job!!!
Pam Zia  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 8:06 AM
Brilliant idea, Kathy!
Greta Hess  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 8:12 AM
Wow, this is usually my "doh" moment because I've ruined an envelope/paper underneath my coloring!! Great way to do two cards at once, love it! Thanks Kathy!
Kathleen Koban  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM
Fascinating! I'm not a copic color person, but this was lovely! I've never been satisfied with my coloring I've done so decided before I invested further in alcohol pens to use other mediums. I like how you trimmed the card to match the design.
Renie  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 10:21 AM
This is a great tutorial and something I would like to try. Thanks for all of the tips on how to make 2 cards at once. Good ideas!
Betty Mell  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 10:35 AM
Oh, wow!!! I love this technique! I always wonder how to go about coloring thin coloring pages because I don't always want to use pencils. Awesome!!!!
angela bode  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 12:37 PM
Wow thanks so much ladies for the lovely comments. I am so happy that you like the technique and I will be checking the gallery to see if you give it a try. smile
Kathy Racoosin  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 1:14 PM
Oh Oh Oh be still my beating heart, I've just got to try this, will have to steal a coloring page from my daughter though I spend all my time coloring in cards so doing coloring pages seems a little pointless lol
Margaret (Marg) Mortimer  |  Wed Oct 19, 2016 at 2:55 PM
What a fabulous tutorial, and Kathy is amazing! What a brilliant idea to use our coloring pages and books, and I LOVE that you get two cards for a single effort! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Thu Oct 20, 2016 at 10:21 AM
This is such a striking technique - and it yields two cards!

Thank you for sharing.
hope mitchell  |  Thu Oct 20, 2016 at 8:33 PM
Die Technik ist so schön. Einfach und doch voller Wirkung. Danke für diese Anleitung.
Liebe Grüße Beate
Papierkram/ Beate  |  Tue Oct 25, 2016 at 11:18 PM

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