Creating a galaxy effect with Spectrum Noir Aquatints

Hey ! I hope you are all well ? 
No video today ! but I wanted to share with you a couple of cards that I made for a tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. 
All things sky and galaxy are bang on trend at the moment, and I LOVE it. I am a huge night time person and could speak hours watching the night time sky…I know I am strange. 
I have seen a few people saying how they love the galaxy effect but its hard to do….and it really isn’t!! 
Back in the day ( I sound old!) I used to paint….not well, but it was my crafting back then and one of things I could paint over and over was night skies & Galaxies. So if I can do it, then anyone can and I encourage you all to try it.  
I created the below cards using Spectrum Noir Aquatints, but a lot of mediums work well, especially waterbased ones such as water colour paints.
 I did two different effects with these, the bottom one was using just one layer of colour and one layer of black, the top one was done using two layers of colour and one layer of black. 
Once this one was dry I used Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars die (all links and supplies are listed below) to die cut the main panel and then adhered that too some Silver Glitter card. I then heat embossed the sentiment in Silver onto some black cardstock and using foam tape I added this to the card. I then added some Silver Sequins Stars from Pretty Pink Posh. 
This one I tried something totally different and it was a NIGHTMARE to photograph. I used white embossing powder on the main panel to emboss the sentiment and then using silver embossing powder I heat embossed the same sentiment onto a strip of Vellum, I then adhered it so that it was slightly higher and gave a 3Dish look, I LOVE how it turned out in RL, it is just one of those effeects that gets lost a bit when you photo it ! I then just added some of the die cut stars from the other card, and a couple of the Stars from Pretty Pink Posh. 
I was going to go with black card bases, but decided on white to make it pop that little bit more. 
If you want to check out how I made these and the Aquatint Colours I used then head on over to the blog to check out the tutorial which can be found here
Thank you so much for stopping by today. 
I hope you have an amazing day. 
Happy Crafting 

Penguins in Paradise Shaker

Hey lovelies, I hope you all had a nice weekend with plenty of crafting. 
I got a few crafting projects done and also some family time, so all in all it was a good weekend. 
I have a fun card to share today, I have also created a video tutorial for this card over on the Spectrum Noir Blog it shows a simple way to colour black and white objects using your Ice Grey Spectrum Noir Markers, so head on over to the blog to check that out if you get chance. 
I honestly cannot help smiling whenever I see this little dude and although the set comes with lots of sentiments I thought this one best suit this cool penguin…lets be honest he is pretty dam cool…that face !!
I wasn’t going to make a shaker card, but you guys all know me and sequins by now I just have to try and add them somewhere so a shaker seemed perfect for that. 
The sequins were in the Simon Says Stamp May card kit along with the paper & card used, but I also added some extra sequins I had from Pretty Pink Posh and some really old ones in my stash. 
I added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to his rubber ring and then added some glossy accents on top, as well as his beak and feet just to finish him off.
I do have the matching die set, but decided to fussy cut him as I didn’t want the white around the edge.
When I do another card with this guy I might do some paper piecing on his rubber ring, or maybe add some stripes. I also want to do another shaker with one of the other penguins in this set but with one of the Pretty Pink Posh Storybook dies…if you haven’t checked them out then do, although be warned you will probably be like me and want them all !!!
Thing I love most about this card was other than the the colouring nothing else was really planned and I honestly had SO much fun creating it. 
I do hope it makes you smile as much as it had me. 
I hope you all have a great day, thank you for stopping by. 
Happy Crafting 
Supplies list 

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 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