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Let’s Get Coloring! Craftin Desert Divas Designer Challenge!

Hey lovelies!
Today I’m taking part in the Craftin Desert Divas Let’s Get Colouring Designer Creative Challenge! Where some of the CDD design team are sharing tips and tricks on how they colour their stamped images, so be sure to head over to the Craftin Desert Divas blog post where each designer is highlighted!

I decided to use alcohol markers to colour my image today, when I first started card making just over a year ago, I found using alcohol markers really intimidating as I had never used them before! I’ve found though that practice really is the key to finding how you like colouring with them! If like me you’re using Spectrum Noir markers, I would definitely suggest making a swatch sheet of the pens you own, it’ll make it easier for you to see which colours would likely go together! Today I’ll be sharing how I find it works best for me with the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

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I always start by stamping two of the image I want to colour, that way if I make a mistake I have another one ready! Today I’ll be colouring this adorable bunny chasing the butterfly from the brand new Brighter Days set from Craftin Desert Divas.
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My general rule of thumb is to start with my darkest shade, blend it out slightly with my medium shade then finish by blending in my lightest shade. For the bunny’s face/ears/hands I used: IG5, GG2 & GG1.
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Moving on to the clothes, I stick to the same rule of darkest > lightest but for the yellows and blues I only use two of each shade. For the yellows I used: GB3 & LY1 and for the blues I used: GT2 & IB1. If you don’t have a medium shade and the two colours you have are too far from each other to blend, you can try touching the tip of your dark marker to your light one to create a medium shade!
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I used TN3 to colour my net, as it’s such a thin area there isn’t need for much shading on it. For the bunny’s little squirrel friend I used: TN5 & TN3 for the darker area of his fur and for the lighter areas I used: TN3 as my darkest and TN1 as my lightest. For the butterfly I blended an orange marker: OR2 and a yellow: LY1 for the main part of the wings, the dot details and the butterfly’s body were coloured using IG5. I coloured the inside of the bunny’s mouth using IG5 too, and then used CR9 and CR4 for their tongues.
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I then added some rosy cheeks using a pink coloured pencil, and added dotting details and highlights using a white permanent chalk pen.
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I fussy cut my image out and set it aside while I assembled the rest of my card.

I started with my background panel by die cutting a panel using the largest of the Crazy Stitched Frame Dies from heavyweight white card stock. I splattered it with distress ink by laying some ink down on my craft mat and diluting it with water before picking it up with a paint brush, to splatter it I simply held the brush above my panel and tapped on it lightly. I used peacock feathers and mustard seed on their own, then mixed them to create the green splatter. I set that aside to dry while I worked on the “grass” the critters are running on.
I cut another piece of white card stock using the largest of the Crazy Stitched Frame Dies, then cut the stitched border across it using a die from the Shake It Up Dies set. I then took mowed lawn and blended it on my card stock using an ink blending tool before setting it quickly with a heat tool so I could move on to embossing my sentiment. I prepped my grass panel with my powder tool applicator, stamped my sentiment “Sending HUGS” from the Wishful Thoughts stamp set with Versamark ink, coated it with white embossing powder and set it with my heat tool.
I adhered my grass panel to my splattered panel using double sided tape and popped the bunny up with double sided foam tape at the right side of the panel. I created my card base and cut down some yellow spotted patterned paper and adhered it to my base using score tape, before backing my entire panel with double sided foam tape and adhering it to my card base.

CDD DT Coloring Challenge July 18

Thanks for stopping by lovelies! ❤
Remember to head on over to the Craftin Desert Divas Blog to check out what the other Design Team members have created!

xo

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Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Sprinkled With Love Card Using Some Odd Girl “Sweet & Salty”!

Hey lovelies! ❤ I’m back with another card using the Sweet & Salty stamp set from Some Odd Girl, I personally love this stamp set as the images are such a great size for a focal image! The weather has been heating up more and more lately as summer creeps in, what more perfect time for ice cream?!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I created my card base using heavyweight white card stock, and cut a panel of patterned paper from the Pink and Main “Be Brave” 6×6 paper pack to be slightly smaller than my card base. I chose the colourful triangle paper because it reminded me of bunting used for summer parties, how appropriate! I cut some strips from white card stock, I prepped one of the strips with my EK Success Powder tool so the embossing powder would only stick to the area I stamped. I stamped my sentiment “Sprinkled With Love” in Versafine onyx black ink, coated it in Papermania clear embossing powder and set with my heat tool. I then adhered the strips across the patterned paper using double sided foam tape, being careful to line them up with the edges of the patterned paper.

I stamped my ice cream cone images using Ranger Archival jet black ink as I planned to watercolour them this time around. My favourite flavour of ice cream is mint, so I felt I had to put that front and centre! I decided to go with chocolate and vanilla for the other two so they weren’t all competing too much on the card. Once they were dry I fussy cut them out by hand and adhered them together first using my regular tape runner, then adhered them beside my sentiment on my card!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ This was such a quick card to make, probably one of my quickest! I love how simple yet colourful it is at the same time, and I think it’s perfect to send to a loved one in summer! What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream?!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Some Odd Girl “Sweet & Salty”

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

Pink and Main Be Brave 6×6 Paper Pack

INKS:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Papermania Clear

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

I Miss You Friendship Card Using Distress Inks!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Sharing another quick and easy card with you today, perfect to send to those you may not see every day!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I cut a panel from white card stock and picked which distress ink colours I wanted to work with (colours used & links will be listed at the end of this post!). The sun was shining so it only seemed right to go for some red, yellow and pink for that summery feel! I placed the inks directly on to my glass craft mat and sprayed with some water, then smooshed my panel on the surface to pick up the colour remembering to dry between each layer for a textured feel. When I was happy with how  it looked I splattered it with some gold metallic watercolour paint from my Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” palette and set aside to dry.

I created my card base and top panel using white card stock and rounded the corners with a corner punch. I then cut some black matte paper larger than my top panel and rounded the corners for a cohesive look and adhered to my card base. To finish my top panel I die cut the stitched heart window with Lawn Fawn’s Outside In Stitched Heart stackable dies.

For my sentiment I decided to go with the “I Miss You” stamp from Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”. I treated some black card stock with my EK Success powder tool, stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Altenew Pure White embossing powder. I cut it down in to a thin sentiment strip and adhered it across the back of my stitched heart using my regular tape runner.

To finish the card I backed the stitched heart panel with foam tape and adhered it to the ink smooshed panel, then adhered it to my card base using my regular tape runner.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ Do you prefer simpler cards or cards with a lot of colour and images? Let me know in the comments below! ❤

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”

DIES:

Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Fossilized Amber Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White