Holiday Card Series 2019 – Day 22 – Plaid Pattern with Copics (Mail Art)

Happy Friday! Today marks Day 22 of the Holiday Card Series for 2019! For today’s video, I actually have a mail art envelope for you all. While not a card, I thought the technique of drawing a plaid pattern using Copics would be something fun for future cards!

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

I started out by drawing a grid using a pencil and t-square ruler on a red envelope. Then I took a medium gray Copic marker and colored in the initial stripes in each direction. Then I darkened the intersecting areas with a dark gray marker. To finish off the pattern, I added a more narrow stripe between the thicker stripes.

For the recipient’s name and address, I used a size 2 Prado watercolor brush and white gouache.

Then I used a gold paint pen to add thin pinstripes to the plaid pattern. I did this step last because the gold paint repels the white gouache, so I need to letter the address first.

I also added my return address on the flap of the envelope with a white Gelly Roll pen.

I finished the envelope with postage stamps, and then coated the envelope with a thin layer of Distress Micro Glaze to protect the envelope from moisture.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll see you all on Monday for Day 23!


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

Paper Source Red A7 Envelopes
[ PPR ]
T-Square Ruler
[ SSS ] : Paper Mate Clearpoint…
Copic Markers
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Pilot Permanent Paint Markers, Gold…
Holbein Gouache in White
Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 2
*Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen, 10 Bold
Pentel Aquash Water Brushes (Assorted…
Vintage Postage Stamps
[ KWR ]
US Postage Stamps
[ USP ]
Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze
[ SSS ]
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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