Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sweet Thoughts Card


Spring is just around the corner, and you can almost smell those flowers. Okay, I'm dreaming, but this card is too cute for words.


I used the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils to color this sweet image in. I like how you can see the texture I was able to create on the flower petals with coloring. The shadows underneath are easily achieved with a light hand and some blending solution and blending stumps.


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SUPPLIES USED:


Bebunni Floral Collection, Sweet Friend
Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Artist's Coloring Pencils: Linen, Peach, Pistachio, Sage, Black, White, Denim Blue, Smoke, Pewter, Vivid Pink, Pink Violet, Mulberry
Spectrum Noir Blending Solution
Spectrum Noir Paper Stumps
Memento Luxe Ink, Wedding Dress
Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Spectrum Noir Colorista Hello Card


I love the look of white on white with a pop of color, so today, my card will feature those elements. It's a very simple and clean layout and I just love it!


I used the Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers today to color the flowers in to give them a real pop of bright color. I yearn for spring, so this is my way to get reminded that it's really not THAT far away. Not like I'm counting or anything...


Clean layouts like this are great for bold elements. It really draws your attention to the cluster of flowers. And the embossed background adds just a simple textural element as well. Plus, who can go wrong with a few sequins sprinkled on?



Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to visit Crafter's Companion for all the great Colorista products and much more.

SUPPLIES USED:

Spectrum Noir Colorista Stamp Set, Elements 1
Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Aqua Markers: Bud Green, Gold, Begonia, Fawn, Sunset, Sepia, Evergreen, Spice, Sunflower, Marigold, Olive, Topaz, Blossom, Red Violet, Heather, Rose Pink, Orchid, Burgundy
Shimmering Cardstock, Silver Starlight
Embossing Folder, Hessian
Versafine Ink, Onyx Black

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thanks Big Time



Another watercolor card coming at you today. I found inspiration from Lori's blog post for stamped watercolor backdrops and knew I wanted to replicate that! It's such a stunning look.

I did my own spin on it and used a stamp to actually stamp over that pretty background. It's very subtle, but I love how this came out!


I'm always in need of thank you cards, so these are ones I create often to keep on hand.


I kept the remainder of the card really simple to make that background really stand out. I wish you could see the sparkle from the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens! It's so pretty. 

SUPPLIES USED:


Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Moonlight, Soft Jade, Moonstone, Harvest Moon, Starry Sky
Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass
Memento Luxe Ink, Wedding Dress
Stampin' Up, A Word for Your Stamp Set
Hero Arts, Time to Stamp
White Embossing Powder


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hearfelt Wishes

Today is a simple card up on my blog today showcasing the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils. It's so easy to color and blend these together even on paper that's a bit rougher in texture than the usual Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock I use!

 

It's such a sweet image, too! I hope you enjoyed seeing my card today. Supplies are listed below as always. Please visit Crafter's Companion to see more inspiration!

SUPPLIES USED:

Moonbeam Meadow Everyday EZMount Stamp Set, Hugs & Kisses
Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Artist's Blending Pencils: Copper, Paprika, Yellow Ochre, Amazon Green, Avocado, Bark, Snow, Duck Egg, Citrus, Rose Peach, Fuschia, Fireweed, Cider, Daffodil, Ginger
Spectrum Noir Blending Solution
Spectrum Noir Paper Stumps
Teresa Collins Memories 6x6 Paper Pad
Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic 6x6 Paper Pad
Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black
Versafine Ink, Onyx Black

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Shower Card






I have a baby shower coming up this month and I wanted to create a fun and whimsical card for my friend and their joyous celebration. I decided a giraffe would be adorable for this occasion. Complete with a pink hair bow of course. I don't have girls, so when I can, I create fun and girly things!



I used a fun floral paper for the background on top of a pink card base. I grabbed a fun Polaroid-inspired die to use to showcase my little giraffe. I popped up the giraffe with some foam adhesive to give some dimension.

This time, I colored with my Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils. They are creamy and so great to color with. If you used the blending solution and paper blending stumps, you can achieve such great dimension!


Thanks for stopping by. Please be sure to visit the Spectrum Noir blog for more inspiration from the other talented design team members! 

SUPPLIES USED:


 Lawn Fawn, Hello Baby

Avery Elle, What's Up Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn, Octopi My Heart Stamp Set & Lawn Cuts 
Lawn Fawn, Say Cheese Lawn Cuts 
Stampin' Up, Chalk Talk Framelits Dies
American Crafts My Girl 6x6 Paper Pad
Memento Luxe Ink, Morocco
Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black
Versafine Ink, Onyx Black

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Create Boldly



For this simple card, I used a variety of pretty papers and a simple layout with a bit of pop from the rhinestones. The layers of diecut edges are soft against the dark, bold colors of this card. I love how these layered pieces look together.


The sentiment is subtle. It says Create.

As you can see on the interior of the card, I've glued in a white panel. This is what I do for cards I create with a dark card base. This allows you write your greeting inside without having to find a white gel pen, or one that would show up inside.

 Thanks for checking this out! Swing over to Crafter's Companion to see more designs.

SUPPLIES USED:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Spectrum Noir Monthly Challenge February 2017


There is a new monthly challenge over at Spectrum Noir for February!

The challenge theme* for February 2017 is:

ANYTHING GOES!

Color up ANYTHING you want using ONLY your Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (Next Generation or Illustrator), Sparkle markers, blendable colored pencils, watercolor pencils, Aqua markers, Colorista goodies, or AquaTint inks, put it on any card or project, and you can play along with us! Share your work with us, enter below and you'll be in with a chance of being chosen for our Card of the Month or Top Three spots!

*PLAY ALONG WITH OUR BONUS THEME:
Love & Friendship

Want to be in with a chance of winning $30/£30 in Spectrum Noir products? Create a project using our bonus theme, like our Design Team did, and you'll be entered to win loads of coloring goodies!

 

I'm a huge fan of watercoloring, so I grabbed my Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers to create this background.



I mean, come on! I've made this for my husband for Valentine's Day. I thought it was cute, but oh-so-true. Sap alert!


I had a blast creating this background. I mean, doesn't watercoloring look like a ton of fun?! Come on and join our monthly challenge and enter your project.


SUPPLIES USED:


Spectrum Aqua Markers: Rose Pink, Blossom, Begonia
Lawn Fawn, Octopi My Heart Stamp Set 
Stampin' Up, Valentine Defined
Stampin' Up, XOXO

Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black & Rosebud
Versafine, Onyx Black

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sweet Strawberry Greetings


Is it summer yet?! Yes, I'm wishing the winter away. I can't help it. These strawberries remind me of sweet summer days. Soon enough. Soon enough.

I found a technique on the Spectrum Noir website that I wanted to incorporate in this card. Here is the original post for Watercolor Stripes. I decided to do some striping, but I made mine into more of a plaid design to go along with the summer theme. Most tablecloths you think of for picnics are the iconic red and white gingham/plaid. I just used more of a pink palette. I wanted it a bit softer behind the big strawberries. It was so easy, and I'm definitely going to use more of this technique in future projects.


You'll draw lines, either freehand or with a ruler (I used a ruler for spacing) with your colored pencils and depending on how much water or how think you'd like your stripes is up to you! This was done on the Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock. It's THE best cardstock for watercoloring. I love it. I think I need to buy it in bulk...


I used 3 strawberries I stamped onto the watercolour cardstock and colored in with the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils. I used a water brush pen to move the color around and blend them.


I adhered them onto my striped background with some foam adhesive and snuck the sentiment in below. I scattered the sequins around to give it a little sparkle. I hope you enjoyed seeing my take on a technique from the blog.

SUPPLIES USED:

Best Wishes Naturalist Card

Today I have a card I designed with a very simple and natural feel to it. I love the Sheena Home Life Perfect Partners products a lot. They're so versatile! 


Isn't that such a simple, yet pretty palette? I love the hint of color the greens give this earthtone card. And this is a card that can be used for anything - a new job, engagement, retirement. 


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Smile It's Your Birthday Cake

Good morning! You can never have enough birthday cards on hand I don't think. These are ones I really try to make every month I craft and as you can imagine, I have a great stash of these already. 

So if you're ever wondering what kinds of cards are great to have on hand, here's a small list:
  1. Birthday
  2. Anniversary
  3. Sympathy
  4. Get Well
  5. Congraulations
  6. Thank you
That's just a start if you're stumped on what types of cards to create to have on hand. I hope that helps you when you sit down to create next time. 


The card I created today used my beloved Bebunni inside a piece of cake! How adorable is he? I simply love these images. I used colored pencils today to give him some life and I just love how realistic you can get with the shading in a soft looking manner. The Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils are just amazing for coloring these in. 




Take a hop on over to Crafter's Companion to check out the coloring options today. 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sown With Love for You Card


I have a fun card today that I designed for Spectrum Noir using, you guessed it, watercoloring! I told you that you'd be seeing more of this technique from me. I decided to use a garden theme for this card since I'm already looking forward to spring. Come on, groundhog! 


I used a couple sets from Sheena Perfect Partners Home Life for this garden inspired card. I just love how realistic you can get with using watercolors. I used the Spectrum Aqua Markers. They're just perfect. I love that you get a thicker tip and a fine tip to add details directly to your piece, such as the lines on the onion that you can see in the picture, and the veins on the leaves of the turnips. 


This technique is called no-line watercolor. I stamped the veggies in a lighter brown Distress ink so that it didn't make a crisp hard line that you can see. I was able to color over it with the watercolor markers to make it disappear. You just need the lines faintly there to know where and what you're coloring. It gives a real depth to your coloring. You can use this technique with colored pencils and markers, as well! Try it!


Check out more inspiration over at the Spectrum Noir website and blog today.

SUPPLIES USED:

Sweet Thoughts Card

Spring is just around the corner, and you can almost smell those flowers. Okay, I'm dreaming, but this card is too cute for words. ...