Making Sunset Backgrounds with Copic Markers

copic background sunset cards

Sunsets and scenes are so much fun to make with Copic Markers.  If you’re a Copic expert, I’m sure you’ve done this a million times, but I’m fairly new, and I was amazed!  My Mom had these great stamps with Canada Geese on them.  We’re in Wildlife Country, USA, so ducks, geese, and other wildlife are very popular here. 

I saw some tutorials on Pinterest using stamp pads to make backgrounds, and I thought…..Oooh I bet I could do that with my Copics.  We have the most beautiful sunsets here in Maryland, and I have a wonderful view of them from my front yard.  I chose marker colors that imitated the bold yellows, oranges, pinks, and purples of the dusky sky.

I started at the bottom with the lightest colors making horizontal strokes.  Then I added a darker shade, overlapping it with the lighter colors.  Each time I changed colors, I worked on blending it into the previous color.  Because the purple is so bold, it didn’t blend well with the other colors, but I kept playing with it and layering on more ink until I got a sky that I liked.  My blending isn’t perfect and I wish the colors had bled into each other a bit more, but I still like the look.


copic background sunset birthday card geese

When I was finished, I stamped the trees and geese in black.  I used a black marker to make it look like a mountain at the bottom of the tree line.  I had trouble finding paper that matched my sunsets.  These are more masculine cards, but the colors that matched best were purples and oranges. 


copic background water goose birthday card

I wanted this Canada Goose to look like it was in a field with the sky behind it.  I layered shades of green on the bottom and blues on the top.  The goose and cat tails are from a Stampin’ Up Set called Wetlands.  Since the goose is larger, and I wanted the background to show, I kept the layout simple with just a small punched edge at the bottom.


copic background sunset goose card

I wanted this goose to look like he was standing in the grass with a golden sunset behind him and a little bit of water in front of him.  It didn’t turn out like I planned, but it still looks neat!  If you haven’t tried this, I hope you will.  It’s very therapeutic, putting all those gorgeous colors on paper.  I think it actually help me to understand how colors blend as well, so it was good practice.


copic sunset background goose birthday card

Here is another variation of the same technique.  The purple and orange blended a little better on this card.  What I like best about making sunsets and backgrounds with Copic Markers is that no two will ever be the same!  Also, once you choose colors that work, you can’t really mess it up.

copic sunset background geeseI’m entering these cards into the following challenge:

{PIN}spirational Challenges


  1. FAB cards Pam! I love this technique & will have to give it a try…TFS!!!

  2. Wow…..just wow!!! These are really awesome!!! Please come to my house and teach me!! Beautiful cards, Pam! :)

  3. Oh these are a vision! What a lovely pairing of cards, each one so unique and beautiful with the shading and lovely sunsets – amazing work! ♥

  4. Pam these are just gorgeous! I love the silhouette against the stunning sunsets you created. Such great card designs.

  5. Lovely cards. Thanks for joining us at {PIN}spirational 100th Challenge.
    Keti (DT)

  6. Beautiful cards! The background looks like watercolors. Thanks for playing with us at {PIN}spirational Challenges!

    Nance, DT

  7. Carole

    Oh my gosh! Pam, these are absolutely stunning!!!!!

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