Month: March 2014

Visible Image Men’s Collage

Hello everyone, it is Saturday again which means some Visible Image inspiration from me. 
I wanted to make a all round male card this week, so I reached for Men’s Collage stamp and my gilding flakes. What do you think…..
I love grey and white together and think they are often overlooked as a colour combo so i decided to go with that colour. 
I stamped Men’s Collage stamp onto a piece of acetate using StazOn and then mounted it onto a double sided adhesive punch sheet. 
I then applied the flakes to the reverse, I used my black Spectrum Noir and run around the edge to give it a defined edge. 
I then mounted it onto some white hammered card, and then mounted this with some foam tape onto some grey card I had in my stash. 
I cut a card blank to 5.25 x 4, and rounded off the two bottom corners. 
The seam binding I had was a pale grey, so I took my IG7 Spectrum Noir and coloured the ribbon so it matched the card. Once Dry I stuck it too the card and finished off with a knot. 
I then mounted the stamped section onto the card using some foam tape. 
I then stuck this all onto the card blank…..and taa-da all finished. 
A nice simple, and any occasion male card. 

I added this picture because I wanted to show you just how brilliant the stamp looks with the acetate & flakes. 
Items used- 
StazOn Jet Black Ink pad 
Hammered white card from PaperMillDirect 
Spectrum Noir pens in True Black & IG7
Punch Sheet, Grey card & Seam Binding from my stash. 
Head on over to Visible Image Blog to check out this months challenge, which is Your Favourite Visible Image Stamp, you can win a £20 voucher if you enter. 
Don’t forget the Visible Image Facebook Group  to share your  creations, and chat to fellow crafters. 
Happy crafting 
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Spectrum Noir Hair Tutorial Pt 2

Afternoon lovelies…I hope you are all having a good Friday and are ready for the weekend ?

Firstly a huge thank you for the response to my Spectrum Noir Hair & skin tutorial that I posted yesterday, I received some lovely comments, emails & Facebook messages, so thank you all It really is appreciated and certainly made my day. 
Now as I mentioned Yesterday today I am going to cover a different technique using your Spectrum Noirs called Tip to Tip. Now i dare say some of you are wondering what on earth I am talking about…let me explain. 
Tip to Tip method allows you to blend two colours that you would normally struggle to get a smooth blend, or even be able to blend at all. On the chart I posted yesterday one of the colour combos is EB5, GB10 & GB2…now take a look at your Colour chart and you will see there is a big jump in colour between GB10 & GB2, now try and blend these two….End up with a big of a mess and not a good blend ? That is because they are too far apart on the colour scale between light and dark, but using Tip to Tip method that isn’t a problem. 
This method can be done in two ways. You can either do as the name sounds and put your markers tip to tip so that you transfer some of the ink onto the other nib. You then take the pen that you want to blend with, start in the area (in this case it would be taking GB2 & start in GB10 area) and flick outwards. This image shows 4 flicks, all have come from the same marker (GB2) but using the tip to tip method It allows me to change the colour. 
The second flick shows best why this technique is so fantastic, can you see the way the flick fades ? 
What this means is the gap between the colours which meant they couldn’t be blended is now filled due to the way it fades from one colour to the next. 
What is even more brilliant about this technique is you can use it to go between colour groups ! I have used this technique to go from purple to green seamlessly. 
Now I find this technique works better for me using the second method, which requires the aide of an acrylic stamping block, rather than taking the ink directly from the tip of the pen I lay the colour onto a block…

I then pick the colour up from the block using the other pen and then you are ready to blend, remember to start in the colour you want to blend from (in this case GB10) and flick into the area you want to blend into (in this case GB2)
This technique works well both ways, so play around and see which way works better for you. 
Now onto the hair combo using this technique.
First take EB5 and flick out from your darkest areas. 

Now take GB10 and flick out towards your lightest area.

Using the above method lay down some GB10 onto an acrylic block

Take your GB2 and pick up some of the GB10

Flick midway in the GB10 area outwards, pick up more colour when needed and continue until all your lightest area is coloured. 

Now go back in with your EB5 & GB10 to redefine your areas and add extra depth. 

Continue with the other areas until you are finished & happy.
And there we have tip to tip blending, this technique really allows you to take your colouring to the next level, let your creativity run wild 🙂

I have had a couple of people ask me if I would mind emailing them over the Hair & Skin chart i did yesterday, which of course I am happy to do. If you would like a copy then please drop me an email.
Happy Crafting

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All Dressed Up March image release

Hiya Dressies…where did February go ! 
But it being a new month means new release time 🙂 
And we have some AMAZING new releases for you, as well as some beautiful inspiration from the dressy girls. 

I have used the super cute A Time to Share  to make my card. 
As always I have coloured them using my Spectrum Noirs, I added some frantage around the image to try and look like rain/snow…not sure if the affect worked. 
The papers I used are Dovecraft Curiosity Corner. 
Make sure you head on over to the blog to check out some more inspiration from the rest of the team.
Don’t forget our current challenge theme is Clean and Simple ….these images would be perfect for the challenge theme, plus you are in with a chance of winning 3 images of your choice !
Also don’t forget to stop by our Facebook Group to share your All Dressed Up creations & chat to fellow crafters.
Also keep an eye out for more inspiration from the rest of The Dressy Girls throughout the month. 

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Spectrum Noir Hair & Skin chart and tutorial

Afternoon everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely day ? 
I recently received a lovely email asking me if I would mind going through a basic Skin & Hair tutorial for Spectrum Noir pens, so here it is 🙂 
Before i get started I just wanted to give anyone starting out with Alcohol markers some tips 
  • Use a decent card/paper…i cannot emphasis this enough, if you try to use copy paper or an uncoated paper you will end up with lots of bleeding…and well… a general mess! I use Crafters Companion Neenah card and it works perfectly for me. 
  • Always keep a scrap piece of your marker card next to you, I use this to test out colour combos, it saves wasting an image. 
  • Work in good lighting, I use a Daylight lamp and it really does make a difference. Not only will it show your colours “true” but I have also found that I no longer get headaches ! 
  • Practice really does make perfect, don’t be scared to play around with colours and techniques…but learn the basics first. 
I think one of the most common questions with regards to alcohol markers is what colours do I use for Skin Tones & Hair? The possibilities really are endless, but start simple and then once you have more confidence move onto your harder and more dramatic colours. 
Here is my basic skin combo which works well with most hair colours. 
With regards to everything but hair I ALWAYS lay a rough layer of the lightest colour, this does not have to be even, at the moment it acts just as a base. I have laid down a base of FS5.
Then whilst your base layer is still wet go in and add your darkest colour..in this case FS9, think about where the darkest area will be, because of the sweep of the hair there would be a shadow, so I have added mine there. 
Now take your medium colour FS4, what you need to do is blend the area between the light and dark, so work in tiny circles (or some people find it easier to use a gentle flicking motion) work along the edge where the dark meets the light colour. Now i bet you are thinking “this doesn’t look right”…DON’T PANIC. 
Take your lightest colour again and repeat the previous blending, but this time blend the medium colour into the lightest colour. 
I now go back in whilst he layers are still damp and add my cheek colour (FS8 in this case), and I also add a shadow line. 

Now if you are feeling confident and own the fab new Spectrum Noir pencils you can add even more depth by taking 119 and taking it along where you want your shadow area, I then go in and blend with 117 & 112. 
And there is your basic skin tone. 
Now onto a nice easy hair combo. Now with hair I work in a different way, because hair has texture and i like it look like it has different strands and colours. Also with hair I tend to only do one area at a time….if there is a lot of hair with different layers I tend to break it down into 4-6 areas, but with this image two is fine. 
So i always start with my darkest colour first (TN2)….with hair I tend to hold the tip near the darkest area and flick out towards the lightest area. 
Then take your medium colour (EB1) and flick over the top of the dark colours, but this time you want to do longer flicks so they go more into the lighter area. 
Now take your lightest colour and colour all your white area going lightly over the already coloured areas. 
I then go back in with my darkest colours and repeat the first 2 steps. 
Repeat the process on the rest of the hair, and there you have a nice simple hair combo. 

I hope you have enjoyed me sharing this with you, I will be back tomorrow with a more advanced hair technique where I will show you how to achieve a nice hair combo using Tip to Tip technique. 
I have also done a colour reference chart below showing some of my most used Skin and Hair colours, please feel free to pin it, but please note it is for reference only and not to be used for anything else. 
Thank you to Wendy at All Dressed up for allowing me to use one of her images from her Digital Image Three Little Party Girls

Happy Crafting 

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Globecraft & Piccolo Ruby red earrings

Morning everyone, it is Tuesday which means it is my turn to show you what I have been creating for Globecraft & Piccolo
One of my favorite sets Is
It is such a versatile set, and I do love those bows ! 
I am not a jewelry maker…in fact I have never made any, but to me those bows are screaming out to be made into earrings. 
I had some old broken up earrings and decided to use a little gem spacer with these. 
What do you think…
I instantly knew I had to use Ruby red slippers embossing enamel powder, and i am so glad I was right. 
This was such a simple and fun project and ideal if you are looking for some different earrings….and with all the different colours of embossing enamel just think how many different pairs you could have ! 
Items used- 
Upcycled Gem spacers 
Don’t forget to head on over to the blog to see the rest of the teams beautiful projects. 
Happy Crafting 
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Visible image new challenge…Your Favorite Visible Image Stamp

Hiya everyone….this is one of two Visible image posts for me this morning. 
It is new challenge time over at Visible Image
The theme is Your Favorite Visible image stamp and one lucky person will receive £20 to spend on fab Visible image stamps 
Here is my design team make for the challenge:

I have used Max Rocks Set, I love this set not only because of the fab Max, but also all the extra stamps that come with the set. 
I have used the Skulls from the set and created the main backing paper by stamping and then heat embossing with clear embossing powder, I then took the chains stamp and stamped them diagonally, and again heat set with clear embossing powder. 
The Sentiment I decided to cut out and then mount on 3D foam to give some dimension. 
The lovely Max has been coloured with my Spectrum Noir Pens and Pencils (list below)
Head on over to the Visible Image Blog  to check out what the rest of the talented team have been up to, and also check out the current challenge whilst you are there. 
Don’t forget the Visible Image Facebook Group  to share your  creations, and chat to fellow crafters.
Also don’t forget to check out the Visible Image website for the new fantastic range “More Than Words”, these stamps really are gorgeous and were written by Helen so are not verses you would have read anywhere else.

Items used- 
Max Rocks Set
Clear Embossing powder
Broken China Distress ink
Black and blue card are from PapermillDirect
Crafters Companion Neenah Card
Spectrum Noir pens and Pencils-
FS9,FS5,FS4,FS3
BGR4,BGR3,BGR2
IG4,IG3,IG2,IG2,IG1
TN8,TN7,TN6
TB3,TB4,TN5
LG5,LG3,LG2
119,118,112,95,91

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Visible Image, Molly

Morning everyone, where did the week go !! 
This is one of two posts from me this morning, Please check out the other post for details on the new challenge from Visible image 
I have been creating with the fab Molly Rules set this week…what do you think….
She is so much fun ! As always she has been coloured using my Spectrum Noirs. 
I went around Molly using Pickled Raspberry Distress ink and then sprinkled round some Vintage black embossing enamel and heat set.
I made a step card and then using Pickled Raspberry Distress stain I coloured some Neenah card and then stamped using the Heart & Skull from the Molly Rules set
I then cut a strip of black card for along the front step and stamped the barbed wire from the set and heat set with clear embossing powder. 
I took some tulle and made a bow and then stamped one of the skulls onto some pink card and cut it out, i then stuck this into the centre of the bow. The sentiment was then stamped onto some pink card . 
I love how funky this card is, so much fun to create.  
Don’t forget the Visible Image Facebook Group  to share your  creations, and chat to fellow crafters.
Also don’t forget to check out the Visible Image website for the new fantastic range “More Than Words”, these stamps really are gorgeous and were written by Helen so are not verses you would have read anywhere else.

Items used-
Molly Rules set
Crafters Companion Neenah card
Pickled Raspberry Distress ink & stain
Vintage black embossing enamel
Tulle
Clear Embossing powder
Black and pink Pigment ink
Spectrum Noirs –
FS9,FS8,FS5,FS4,FS3
IG9,IG8,IG7,IG5,IG4,IG3,IG2,IG1
BP7,BP6,BP5,BP4
BG7,BG5,BG3,BG2
Blender.

Happy Crafting 🙂
x

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