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-

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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
Clear Embossing powder
Black and pink Pigment ink
Spectrum Noirs –

Happy Crafting 🙂

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Globecraft & Piccolo Canvas

Morning everyone, it is Tuesday which means some Globecraft & Piccolo inspiration from me. 
I have been creating with some of the new release this week, and have created a mini canvas. 
This was so fun to do. I coloured the canvas using Distress inks and then stamped along the bottom using Tall Grassy Flowers Stamp, i then dabbed adhesive fluid across the grasses and sprinkled a mix of Mermaid Tears Embossing enamel & Aged White across and heat set, I then took two of the new 3D Enamel Gels  and randomly dotted them to give them the look of flowers. 
The birds are from the Lil flowers, Leaves, Birds & Bows set and I have given them two coatings of UTEE in White and then rubbed some gold wax over them. 
The sun is from one of the new Piccolo Sets, Spring Accents, I did something slightly different with the sun.I cut it so it would fit in the corner  & then used my black Spectrum Noir and Coloured it so it was all black (including the edges), I then gave it a thin layer of 3D Enamel Gel In Daffodil Pearl, whilst it was still wet I sprinkled some Aged White over it and heat set, I then took the 3D Enamel Gel In Daffodil Pearl and put another layer on and waited 5-10 mins before wiping some of the gel away…I really love effect this has given and will certainly be using it more in the future. 
I hope you like my mini canvas, don’t forget to check back each day for some wonderful creations from the rest of the fab team. 
Items used- 
Mini Canvas
Distress Inks
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Sheena Douglass CAS

Morning everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend with lots of crafting 🙂 
Over at Crafters Companion Blog they are having a Clean and Simple Challenge, I thought some of the Sheena stamps I had would be perfect…What do you think…
I made a 6×4 card blank and then cut a smaller piece of Watercolour card, I coloured it by taking Distress inks (colours are listed below) and pressing them down onto my craft sheet, I then gave them a spritz of water and pushed the watercolour card down onto it, the thing i love about this technique is you can get some many different effects by just playing around with the distress inks whilst on the craft mat. 
Once Dry I used Sheena’s A little bit sketchy Falling Feathers set and did some second generation stamping using Versafine ink pad. 
I then stamped the sentiment (again second generation) and mounted the sentiment and the stamped panel onto some black cardstock, and then stuck them onto the card.
I do hope you like my card, I really enjoyed making it. 
Items used-
6×4 card blank 
Ranger Distress Inks in – 
Broken China 
Squeezed Lemonade
Mowed Lawn
Water Spritzer 
Black Card Stock in my stash 
Black Versafine Ink Pad 
Craft Sheet
I would like to enter this into the following challenge- 
Happy Crafting 🙂 

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Visible image

Morning everyone ! 
Well today is the day ! Visible image are on your screens again, and with some gorgeous new stamps (trust me you NEED these stamps) Mark will be on at 10am & 4pm TODAY on Create and Craft 
Not to be missed… Sky channel 671 / Freeview 36 / Freesat 813 / Virgin 748 
OR download the Create& Craft App.

I wanted to share with you some the samples I made for the show using the new stamps.

Elegant Emma set 

 Items used-
Elegant Emma Set
6×6 Scalloped Edge card Blank
Crafters Companion Neenah cardstock
Spectrum noir pens & pencils -FS9,FS8,FS5,FS4,FS3
Sewing Machine
Distress ink-Tea Dye & Vintage photo

Items used- 
Once upon a time Stamp set 
Mens Collage stamp
Crafters Companion Watercolour card
Distress inks
Brown card from Papermilldirect
Gold Pearl WOW Embossing powder

More than words, Sympathy Set 

Items used-
More than words Sympathy set
Black Versafine inkpad
Cream hammered card & Black card from Papermilldirect
Ribbon & Pearls are from my stash

More than words- Thank you set 

Items used-
More than words Thanks so much set
Dot stamp from Debonair Bradley
Grunge Polka dot Background stamp
My minds eye Kraft card
Dylusions ink in Calypso Team
White Distress stain for stamping
Versafine for stamping

Debonair Bradley set 

 Items used-
Debonair Bradley set
Crafters Companion Neenah  card
Papermania & KaiserCraft Paper
Versafine Ink pad
Spectrum Noir Markers in FS9,FS5,FS4,FS3

More than words- Congratulations set 

Items used-
More than words Congratulations set
Border Punch
PapermillDirect Card
White card is Crafters Companion Neenah
Versafine Ink pad
Tea dye Distress ink

More than words- On your Wedding Day set 

 Items used-

 More than words On your Wedding Day set
Papers are Prima Fairy Belle
Ribbon and Pearl Button are from my stash
Sewing Machine
Tea Dye Distress ink

I have used Elegant Emma, Debonair Bradley & More than Words Wedding day for this card. 

 Items used- 
Elegant Emma Stamp
More than words Wedding Day
Debonair Bradley Stamp
Distress inks
Spectrum Noirs –
TN1, EB1,EB2

Don’t forget the current Challenge where you could win £20 to spend on Visible Image Stamps.  
Also head on over to the Visible image Facebook Group   to join in chat with fellow crafters & show us what you have been creating with your Visible Image Stamps 🙂

Hope you all have a lovely crafting weekend 

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Globecraft & Piccolo Bubble frame

Morning everyone, it is Tuesday, which means Globecraft & Piccolo day from me
Have you been and checked out the new Spring release ? there is some fantastic items in the release, so if you haven’t checked it out, then what you waiting for ! 
Onto what I have been creating this week. 
I have used one of the fab Bubble Frame kits, the one I have used is the new French Oval Kit, and it is beautiful ! 
I wanted to go with a vintage/shabby style with it…
What do you think ? I was really happy with how it turned out. 
On the actual frame I have painted it with Off white paint, and then used a Crackle glaze, once dry I used Distress stain, which i rubbed all over and then buffed off. 
The edges of the frame and French oval I rubbed some gold wax. 
Inside the Bubble I have used the new Stacey’s stacking flowers, which are brilliant and so versatile ! I used Aged White Embossing Enamel & Copper Kettle Embossing Enamel on the flowers and trimmed them so they sat around the edge of the frame, I also “lifted” some of the petals to give some dimension to them.
I have also used one of the butterflies from the Butterfly Accents set and one of the flourishes from Medium Flourish Accents set, i embossed these using Bahama Aqua Embossing Enamel
Here is a closer look at the butterfly…
You can also see the crackle and the beautiful frame better in this picture. 
I hope you like what I have been creating this week, don’t forget to check back everyday and see what the rest of the team have been creating, and why not head on over to our Facebook page and share what you have been creating too. 
Happy crafting. 
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Visible image Book with a sneeky peek….

Morning everyone 🙂 Well it is Saturday which means Visible Image day for me.
Now for those on the Visible image Facebook Group   you would have seen that NEW VISIBLE IMAGE STAMPS LAUNCH on Create & Craft TV!
 10am & 4pm on Saturday Feb 22nd! 
Mark will be back on your screens with some awesome demos! 
Not to be missed… Sky channel 671 / Freeview 36 / Freesat 813 / Virgin 748 
OR download the Create& Craft App.

On to this weeks make from me. This is going to be one of the samples on the show. 
Like most little girls I used to love Fairytales, so i decided to use the stamps to make a book, and here it is…

This is the outside of the book, I have used Once upon a time Stamp Set (list of all items used are at the bottom of this post) 

This is page one which Features the lovely Emma…and another stamp from one of the new stamp sets that will be featured on the show

Pages 3 & 4 which feature BradleyBricks from Max RocksBelieve SetHearts are from Harley Set

Page 5 Features Ink splats and Create with your soul

 Page 6 features BradleyEmma. & Chandelier set…The Rose is from the new Beautiful Emma Set that will be on the show 🙂

Page 7 features one of the new totally gorgeous More than words  sets that will be premiering on the show…you cannot miss these sets, this is the Wedding Day set which comes with the rose.

Page 9 Features Live your dreams and Hearts are from Harley set

Page 10 features Once upon a time Stamp Set and the rose is from the new Emma Set which will be on the show.

I hope you liked my book…I cannot tell you enough how much you need to tune in and see how gorgeous these sets are.
Other items used are-
Spectrum Noir pens in following colours –
FS3,FS4,FS5,FS9, CR3 
Crafters Companion Water Colour Card 
Mica Powder
Versamark Ink pade
Kraft Card
Bronze Embossing powder
Silhouette Cameo
Distress ink
Wooden Heart is from Globecraft & Piccolo 

Make sure you check out the Visible Image Blog  every day from now until the show for more sneeky peeks at the fantastic samples the rest of the team have been creating, and also don’t forget the current Challenge where you could win £20 to spend on Visible Image Stamps.  

Hope you all have a lovely crafting weekend 

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Morning everyone, I do hope everyone is safe with this awful weather. 
Now those who are on my Facebook page would have seen me saying how fantastic the new Spectrum Noir pencils are…I truly love am in love with these pencils !! 
Spectrum noir challenge  is currently Masculine, so I decided to to make a card and enter…and here it is…
I have used the image Dare from Mo Manning, the sentiment also comes with the image, I decided to go for a travel feel to the card…and of course had to be vintage ! 

Here is a closer look at Dare…I have used the pencils to give definition on this image and I cannot believe how fantastic they blend….I have not even used blending solution ! I really think these will take your colouring to another level and cannot recommend them enough…I was very silly and only got the Essentials set, but I will be purchasing the other sets. I know currently these are only available on Create & Craft, But I *think*  they will be released elsewhere around April time. 
Here is a list of colours and items used- 

Kraft Card 
Paper is from my Stash and Papermania All Aboard 
Image & Sentiment Dare Mo Manning. 
Cogs cut on Silhouette Cameo and embossed using Globecraft & Piccolo Copper Kettle
Crafters Companion Neenah Card
Spectrum Noir pens used- 
GB1, GB2, TN1 
Spectrum Noir Pencils used- 
Thank you for stopping by, happy crafting x 
I would like to enter this into the following challenges- 

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