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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Spectrum Noir tutorial


I wanted to share with you how I coloured this little cutie using my Spectrum Noir Markers and my e-brush.

The image I have used is from Stampendous and is called Nosey Cat.  I stamped the image using black ink onto white Neenah cardstock.




Next I stamped the image again onto masking paper, I cut out the eyes and nose and stuck them on top of the image. I also added the masking paper around the image as I don't want the ink to go onto the white space.


Next, using my e-brush I gently sprayed the edges of the cat with IG2.


Next I sprayed on IG4 to the top of the head and top of the nose.


Next I sprayed with IG6, gently around the edges that I had already coloured.


Now next I stuck down another mask to cover up the image which I have just coloured, you will notice the eyes and nose are peeking through.  I coloured the nose using TN2 and the eyes with DG2.




Once I was happy with the shading I removed all the masks to reveal the image below.


The final addition is some white gel to highlight the eyes, I also went around the eye area with my black fineliner as some of the green had seeped under the mask.


And the final card!





Fi
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

***Fabby Candy Giveaway***

Hey everybody!

I thought I would post this now as I might forget by the weekend, so here it is, I have some fabby goodies to giveaway...you don't want to miss it!!



So what's included...

  • Gorjuss cardmaking kit (includes blank cards, decoupage, ribbon and gems)
  • 3 rolls of Gorjuss twine
  • 1 Pack of Gorjuss Bunting
  • 1 pack Gorjuss labels
  • 2 Gorjuss badges
  • 5 Gorjuss Rubber stamps
  • I tin of Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils
  • 1 pack of white watercolor card
  • 1 waterbrush
  • 1 black archival ink pad 
  • 1 Adhesive tape
The total value of this prize is approx £65.00....so it's worth entering!!

Thank you to Karen from Funky Kits for donating the cardmaking making kit and the Gorjuss bit and bobs.

Thank you to Taylor from Crafters Companion for donating those fab Spectrum Noir pencils and card.

What you need to do...


  • Add the photo to your side bar.
  • This giveaway is for my followers, so I don't want anybody applying unless they are already a follower
  • Add your name to the linky thing below.
This giveaway will stay open until the end of May when I will pick a lucky winner to win all the goodies.

Good Luck

Fi
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

A little krafty...


Hi folks....here's a wee quickie from me this evening!  

I have been busy playing with my new toy today, just trying to work out how everything works...


This has to be the most on the spur of the moment purchase I have ever made...just hope I have made the right decision!!

So onto the card, I actually made this the other night....and now I quite like it!!

This has to be one of the easiest cards to make, so first I die cut a piece of kraft card, I then stamped a few different stamps from the set called Water Blooms from Mama Elephant using a versamark stamp and then embossed with with embossing powder. Unfortunately this stamp set is out of stock but will be available soon. I then stamped some black spots. I aslo added black to the centres of a few of the flowers just for a little more detail.  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I added a die- cut scalloped strip and added some little pearls to this.


challenges:
Crafty Calendar - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
The PaperShelter - flowers everywhere
Simon Says Stamp - polka dots


Fi
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Stamping Bella Marching Chick




Good morning folks, and my first card as a DT member over at My Mums Craft Shop....I was actually gobsmacked that I was picked to join the team...yay!

The focus this month is Stamping Bella, Mama Elephant and Altenew products so I have gone for this little cutie from Stamping Bella called Marching Chick which I coloured with my spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils...ho I love them so much!

The papers are from My Minds Eye - My Story collection and are just gorgeous, I layered them onto pink card, added some lace and flowers, the leaves have been cut using my die-namics leaf die.

Hope you likey!


Fi
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spectrum Noir tutorial - wax resist using aquatints

Hi folks...here I am with my tutorial for Spectrum Noir, today I thought I would share how to make a background using aquatints with the wax resist technique...

First I cut a piece of wax paper and ran it through an embossing folder.



Next I sandwiched the wax paper between 2 pieces of watercolor card and gave it an iron...not too much but just enough to lift the embossed was onto the card.


Next I added a layer of undiluted green aquatint.


I then added some added in some blue aquatint.


Next I loaded my paintbrush with water and brushed all over the card to blend the colors together.


Next using a soft sponge, I rubbed the card to lift the excess ink off.



I die cut my frame and attached a piece of acetate and then I applied 3D foam all the way around the edges.


I added some pearls and sequins to the inside and attached the watercolored card to the back.


The finished card...




Pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog for more inspirational tutorials.


Fi
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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Spectrum Noir April Challenge


There's a new challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook Page, this months challenge is "pastel colours"...

I was a bit stumped at first on what to make as I don't really do much pastel however I forgot I had this cute little stamp from Sugar Nellie...so I stamp part of the image and coloured it with Spectrum Noir Markers, I then used a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to colour the wings....so pretty!

I cut and layered papers onto pink cardstock,i also die cut a daisy and leaves to stick to the corner, I also added a piece of ribbon and a few sequins to finish.




You can also pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog to find out loads of tips and techniques on using all your Spectrum Noir products.

pens used:
FS2, FS6, FS8, PP!, PP2, IG1, IG2, GB8,GB10


Fi
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hey Bud...



Good evening folks....thought I would share my wee card that I made today!

The stamp is from Satamping Bella and is called Hey Bud...isn't it cute?  I coloured the stamp with Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils, and they are just the best, love them so much! 

You can pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog to check out more cards made using all products from the Spectrum Noir range.

 I built up the layers of colour using a waterbrush, blending and shading...it's actually much bolder IRL! the papers are from The Sweet Shoppe, which I layered onto brown cardstock.  I added a wee piece of lace to one of the layers, and some flowers and a swirly leaf...oh yes nearly forgot...those teeny weeny pearls too!


challenges:
The Ribbon Girl - anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - swirls and pearls
Stamping Sensations - flower power
Fab 'n' Funky - flowers
Allsorts - wings




Fi
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

A little honeybear...


Hi everybody...hope you are all well!

I thought I would share my card I made today...the stamp is called honeybear from Stamping Bella which I coloured with Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils...love them!

I am still practising with these pencils but I have to say they are fab.

I stamped the image using archival ink, then gently coloured the image, I then took my paintbrush loaded with water to blend the colours. I added some doodling to the edges and layered onto black card. The background paper is from The Sweet Shoppe which I also layered onto black card. I added a piece of lace for something extra.

Aquablend pencils used: nutmeg, charcoal brown, hickory, sky blue, oregano, straw, pesto green. 

challenges:
The Ribbon Girl - any image
Simon Says Stamp - cute and cuddly
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
  Card and Scrap - lace


Fi
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

I'm so sorry...


Hi everyone, hope you are well!

I thought I would share my wee card I made using the fabulous new Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils, I have to say they are amazing!!  You can buy them from the Crafter's companion store...here!

The stamp I have used is called Gigi the Giraffe from Stamping Bella....isn't he just so cute?  I coloured the stamp using the pencils...they are soo easy to use.  Once I stamped the image I took the pencil to the card and just gradually added a bit of colour and then blended it with a wet brush...gradually built up the layers until I was happy with the colour.



Here's a close up of the coloured image....I don't normally add an extra close up but I am so impressed with these pencils that I needed to share the close up...I hope you likey!


Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog for more inspiration!


challenges:
The Ribbon Girl - spring/easter or anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Lace or ribbon


Fi
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Friday, March 04, 2016

Happy Birthday...


There's a new challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook Page, this months challenge is "show us your sparkle"...




You can also pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog to find out loads of tips and techniques on using all your Spectrum Noir products.

For my card I have used Spectrum Noir Aqua pens, I scribbled some ink onto acetate, spritx with water and used the ink like an ink pad and stamped the distressed balloons.  I then inked up the outline to stamp over the colour.  I then used another background stamp to make splodges.  I coloured the balloons with a clear glitter pen and then added some sequins.



Fi
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Friday, February 26, 2016

Spectrum Noir tutorial - Aquatints




Hi everybody...hope you are all well!

Today I am going to show you how to make a coloured background using Spectrum Noir Aquatints...this is something totally different for me but i thought I would give it a go.

First of all, I wanted to give the background a bit of texture so I painted some masking fluid on a stencil and I stamped this onto the card and left it for a few minuted to dry.



So I wasn't sure if I should cover the card in water first to dilute the color a bit but as I wanted it to look really bright I decided to paint the Aquatint directly onto the card, I brushed the pink Aquatint over the card, notice how it hasn't stuck to the masking fluid.


I repeated the above step using orange and overlapped a bit with the pink.


Then I added the yellow and again made it overlap with the orange.




Next I brushed out the colour so the lines weren't so defined, this doesn't need to be perfect.



I repeated the above step adding a bit more colour just to make it a bit more vibrant.


Next I stamped up some stamps and randomly stamped all over.  The stamps are from Crafters Companion and are called Journal Jottings.


I rubbed off the masking fluid with my finger, layered the panel onto black cardstock and added some sequins and glitter to finish off....hope you likey!


Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog for more inspiration and tutorials.

Fi
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 134



Good morning folks, hope you are all well!!

Well I actually have had this little tag made since the weekend, organised for a change!  I was stumped on which of the many Sugar Nellie images to use for my Sugar Bowl Challenge card and then I remembermed I had new dies that I thought would be perfect for this little gorjuss stamps.

So the stamp is called New Heights from the Gorjuss range at Funky Kits...which I coloured with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.


I hope you like it and pop over to the Sugar Bowl and check out the rest of the teams creations.


Fi
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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Wedding Wishes...



Hi folks...something a wee bit different from me tonight!

I have made this card for my friend's daughter who gets married next week...I can't wait!

Now Amy likes florals so I thought I would use some papers that I think she will like along with some flowers.  I watercoloured the hearts to match in and added some sequins and tiny hearts.  The banner was cut from the die-namics tag builder set.  I added the names using safmat...first time I have tried that!

Hope you like but I hope Amy likes!

challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Love is in the Air
Brown Sugar - Valentine or Love
Cute Card Thursday - In the Pink
In the Pink - love
Simon Says Stamp - have a heart
Inky Chicks - love or hearts



Fi
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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Hello...


Hi everybody, hope you are well!

I have been manically busy with work, learning new stuff and having to do homework too but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end.

I made this card a couple of weeks ago, the inspiration came from the lovely Lori's tutorial on watercolor backdrops. If you're looking to make a quick card then this is the way to go...so easy and yet very effective.

First I cut a piece of watercolour card to size, the brush over with water making it quite wet, next I coloured up one of the background stamps with Spectrum Noir Aqua pens, I actually used 3 different shades of blue but I guess you could go with the one, and stamped onto the wet card.  The card absorbs the ink but because its wet the colour moves around so there's no two stamped images the same...it's fab!  I then used a versamark pad and inked up some sentiments and embossed with white embossing powder.

I layered onto coloured card and added some sequins to finish.

challenges:
Allsorts - clean and simple



Fi
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Oooh....a little crazybird...


Today I am sharing how to colour a background and image using Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens with my new fabby stamps!

First I stamped my image onto Watercolour card using Archival Ink and then I left it aside for a couple of minutes just to dry off a bit.


I always like to colour the pens onto acetate and then lift the colour with a waterbrush so next I coloured some Bud Green onto acetate and lifted a small amount and coloured around the edge of the image.


I then repeated that step using Kingfisher to the top side of the image.


I then loaded the brush with water and blended the colour out so that both colours were meeting but not bleeding too much together.


I then coloured the tail using Orange and the beak using Fawn....I actually just used the fine tip of the Orange pen on the tail as I wanted it to be a bit bolder.


I then added more colour using the brush and still blending until I reach the required depth of colour.


For the background I used Magenta, Kingfisher and Fawn and again coloured onto acetate but this time I spritzed each block of colour and I stamped a background stamp into the ink and then onto the card....it leaves quite a splodge...I repeated this for all three colours.


I then added some background lines using the same technique.


Finally I added some tiny dots using a small background stamp....I think this just gives the background that little bit extra texture.


I cut out the bird and layered it onto the card, added some sequins and a birthday message.



Pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog for more inspiation from the team.

challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Create with critters
Deep Ocean Challenge - something new (stamps)
Sweet Stampin - things with wings
One Crazy Stamper - anyting goes



Fi
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