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Coloring a Cheetah Print Background

Hi there! For today’s card, I’m going to show how to color a background print with Copics. I wanted some type of animal print background behind my little zoo, but instead of using patterned paper, I tried my hand at drawing and coloring a Cheetah print.

First, I searched images for Cheetah print on Google to help me choose the Copic colors to use. I cut a piece of 100 lb. Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″. I chose this over white cardstock as it would be easier to color the entire piece with the brown and gold colors and I wouldn’t have to worry about streaking.

I then drew my pattern on the cardstock with a Copic multi-liner pen. Notice that I left a small portion of each shape undrawn. This will allow my gold tones to blend into each other just like a real Cheetah print.


I filled each shape with YR23.

Then, I colored along the inside edge of each shape with E79. I softened the edges of the E79 with the YR23 and then colored the rest of the background with YR21.


I stamped and masked my animals from the Gerda Steiner Designs Go Wild! and Party Animals stamp sets using the MISTI. In a stacked design like this, you want to stamp the top image first (in this case, the toucan) and mask/stamp your way down from there.

I colored my zoo with Copics and then fussy cut around the outside of the entire image of animals. I matted the animal image on dark brown cardstock and adhered it to the cheetah print background piece with dimensional adhesive to make it stand out more from the busy print.


I stamped the sentiment on a 1″ x 4″ piece of patterned paper, adhered it to the bottom of the cheetah background piece and wrapped/adhered a piece of ribbon at the top of the paper piece.


Just love these quirky little animals!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!