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I am making it under the wire, yet again, for a Paper Craft Crew (#233) challenge. This week’s challenge is a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. I chose the middle, vertical column (shimmer, Shabby Chic, flowers) for my card. Here is the sketch:

This image is a digi stamp I purchased from Sherri Baldy’s Etsy shop. The purchase gave me two digi stamps of the cutest girl. I have a blog post featuring the other image here.

I had decided to try and make dread locks/ringlets on my girl after watching a YouTube tutorial on coloring with alcohol markers (sorry, I didn’t make a note of the video). I will do my best to note the markers I used, but this was one of those creative moments where I was creating and not paying attention to the details of what I used. Anyway, I’ll pull out my Spectrum Noir Hex chart and do the best I can (it will be pretty close).

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers were used on the girl and the flowers. The hair – IG10, IG2, BG6, BG3; skin – HB2, FS2, FS7, BG4, TN3, TN5; lips and cheeks – FS8; dress/headband/pants – LG2, LG3, LG5, LY`, OR1, OR2; eye – LG2, LG5; flowers – CT2, OR2, OR3; leaves – LG2, LG3, LG5; and, the blender pen was used throughout.

The base cardstock is SU! Pistachio. The images were stamped on Spectrum Noir cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The base mat is Pink and Main designer paper die cut with Fun Stamper Journey Persian Garden die, The orange mat is FSJ Creamsicle cardstock with a light green mat of designer paper from Heartfelt Creations Sweet Berry 12×12 paper pack (this explains all the flowers – I had to cover up all the strawberries on the mat – LOL), a Spellbinders die was used to create some FSJ Creamsicle swirls. Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen was applied to the hair and skirt to add the SHIMMER. FSJ Journey Glaze was applied to the flowers, skirt waist, skirt trim, and eye. Diamond rhinestones were added to the flower centers, and a triple bow from SU! lace Pistachio ribbon accented the card. Last but not least, everything is popped, popped, popped up. A lot of dimension is going on here.

It is a very busy card, but I like busy and it really yells Shabby Chic.

I really love the way this card turned out. It is one of my favorites.

Yesterday I had a Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker coloring class, which focused on shading clothing. I had recently ordered from Etsy a Sherri Baldy digi stamp (there were two images to my surprise and delight). I thought this would be a great image to practice clothing coloring. A color palette of blues and pinks was chosen. When she was finished, I knew I had to submit another card to the Fusion Card Challenge – Pretty in Pink Card Challenge.

She was so much fun to color. Here are the markers we used: Hair – base from roots to midway of hair GB11 then GB4 to the ends. TN3, GB 10, TN5, EB4, EB5 (dots throughout hair); skin – EB1, FS7, FS9 and FS8 for cheeks and lips; dress and headband- TB1, TB4, TB5; Pants – LY1, CT4; Flowers PP1 and PP3 and Blender throughout project.

The flowers are from the Heartfelt Creations – Botanical Rose. The base of the card is FSJ Whip Cream with FSJ Watermelon Fusion and FSJ Bubble Gum cardstocks as mats. The oval was cut from Heartfelt Creations Strawberry Fields 12 x 12 paper pack. The pearl accents are FSJ pearls and they were colored with Spectrum Noir PP2 marker to make them pink. A layer of Journey Glaze was added to all the flowers to make them shine and pop. And, finally the bow is SU! silk ribbon made into a double bow.

If you would like to order any products from Fun Stampers Journey, click here.

So excited to show off this Oldie But Cool truck in the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #232. I love the way PCC sketches inspire you to think outside the box. Here is this week’s sketch:

This card was created with a friend after a Make It party she had at her house. We went downstairs to her basement craft room. We were wanting to use our Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to color something in shades of red. We decided the Fun Stampers Journey Hit The Road stamp set was the perfect choice. As we began coloring, I can tell you several times I thought I had ruined my truck. But, as alcohol marker colorists know, you have to walk away and let it dry and voila it looks great. I did have to cut the truck out because I kept coloring out of the lines. You know, Mama said there would be days like this – LOL. Once we finished with the truck, the background came about by trial and error.

I began the background mat by wanting to stamp the route 66 outline stamp in FSJ Sour Lemon ink, but I used FSJ Electric Lime by accident (that’s where one of the errors came in). Instead of tossing the stamped background, I thought, “Why don’t I stamp the full coverage route 66 image offset and on top of the outlined route 66 image in FSJ lemon drop?” It looked great. Then, I made another error stamping the one way image and smeared some ink. Oh ho, that wouldn’t do. So, I thought, “Hmm, what would FSJ Huckleberry Fusion look like stamped on FSJ Electric Lime cardstock?” It looked great. Thus the one way stamped images adhered off of the stamped background mat. I finished the background stamping the gas pump in FSJ Candy Apple ink. The final touch was some splatters of FSJ Sour Lemon silk. I love this card! I hope you do too.


Supplies: Fun Stampers Journey supplies can be ordered by clicking here.

This week’s Freshly Made Sketches #274 card sketch is the perfect sketch to showcase Pink and Main’s Bear Hugs Stamp Set. Here is the sketch:

When I am creating a card for a challenge, I first look at the card sketch and then go through my stamps to determine which stamp would best fit the card sketch design. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I chose Pink and Main’s Bear Hug stamp set featuring an adorable boy with his teddy bear.

I stamped the images onto Spectrum Noir cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the boy and bear with my Spectrum Noir markers. Here are the color combinations: Hair – LV1, CT4, GB3, GB6, GB10; Skin – Fs2, FS3, FS6, TN2 and FS8 for cheek color; Shirt – LV1, CG1, HB3, HB2; Bear – TN2, TN3, GB6, GB10, TN6, TN9; Pants – TB2, TB3, TB8; Shoes – TN4, TN7, TN9. He turned out so cute.

I cut a FSJ Whip Cream mat to 5 1/8″ X 3 7/8″ and ran it through my Big Shot with a diagonal stripe embossing folder (SU!). I cut a small mat out of FSJ Denim Days and stamped the sentiment on it using VersaMark ink and embossed using white embossing powder. I popped the boy and bear image out using FSJ Medium Foam square. A simply adorable card.

Supplies:

Fun Stamper Journey – www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee
Pink and Main – www.pinkandmain.com
Spectrum Noir Markers – www.consumercrafts.com

Here is the post featuring the last of the three cards we made this weekend. I used the card sketch from the Fusion Interlocking Hearts Card Challenge. This design features Pink and Main Rain Frogs stamp set. This set is just too cute. Here is the sketch and the image of the stamps in the Rain Frog set:

            

The frog and umbrella, rain boots, and sentiment were stamped on Spectrum Noir cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The images were colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I will admit I didn’t write down the colors I used but I think I can give a good guess as to which ones I used.

The frog – DG1, DG2, DG3, DG4. The umbrella – TN2, TN3, CT1, CT4, DR1, BP5. The raincoat and raindrops – TB1, TB2, TB3, IB1, IB2. The rainboots – CT1, CT4, DR1, BP5, TB1, TB3, TB8. The words – BP5, TB2. The frog and rainboots were cut out using a Brother Scan n Cut 2. The sentiment was fussy cut. All images were popped up using FSJ Foam Squares. The base printed cardstock and the yellow with white polka dot banner were from a Pink and Main paper pack. Love the designs. The circle mat was cut using a FSJ pierced die from FSJ Whip Cream cardstock. The embossed mat was cut from FSJ Huckleberry Fusion cardstock and embossed with a We R Memory Next Leveling embossing folder. Both mats were die cut with stitched rectangle dies (one from Simon Says and the other from My Favorite Things). The banner was matted on a piece of FSJ Watermelon Fusion cardstock. Last but not least FSJ Journey Glaze was added to the raindrops and puddle as well as the toes of the rainboots.

So cute!

Supplies:

You may purchase Fun Stamper Journey products through my FSJ website – click here.

To purchase the embossing folder click here or Pink and Main click here.

This past weekend a very dear friend’s daughter, Paulina, celebrated her Quinceanera. I wanted to make her a very special card for her birthday using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, because I, my daughter and son, and my friend, Cheyenne, bought her 84 Spectrum Noir markers. Woo Hoo! I know she will make some incredible art projects using her markers.

I thought the Fun Stampers Journey Media Artist girl was the perfect stamp to create a card for Paulina. I stamped the image on SU! Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This is the best cardstock I’ve found for coloring with alcohol markers. It took me about two hours to complete the coloring. To get a smooth finish, you have to take your time and work coloring small areas at a time. I tried to video tape the process, but the battery gave out before I was finished.

Lest any of you think I just throw together cards with no mess ups or problems. I had to pull this card apart about five times before I was satisfied with how the card looked. I decided about the fourth go round to make a shaker card, and I think this was a great choice. Here is the first picture before I stamped the flowers onto the card.

 

After I took this picture, I decided to stamp the flowers that is part of the FSJ Media Artist girl stamp set onto the card using SU! Midnight Muse. Here is the final card.

I absolutely love this card and I hope you do too!

Supplies:

Fun Stampers Journey:
Stamp Set: FSJ Media Artist girl

Stampin’ Up!:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy
Ink: Midnight Muse

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen

Miscellaneous:
Sequins, Acetate, Stitched Oval Dies from Lawn Fawn

This past September three friends and I went to the Stamp Scrap Art Tour held in Duluth, GA. Pink and Main was one of the vendors at this show. The owner and illustrator for Pink and Main, Michelle Currie, was at the Friday night make-n-take, and we were able to complete an awesome card, purchase a discounted die set (only available during the make-n-take), and have a great time enjoying her company. We also had the opportunity to see her the next day while shopping for all sorts of goodies. My friend and co-crafter, Cheyenne, purchased their scarecrow stamp set and coordinating dies.

We spent a whole afternoon stamping the scarecrows and coloring them with our Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. We had a great time. Cheyenne ended up putting her card together that evening, but when I am tired I know better than to try to pull together something important. It usually spells disaster. I finally put mine together this weekend. AND, it is gorgeous.

When I saw the Paper Craft Crew #215 challenge today, I knew my Pink and Main Scarecrow card was the perfect match for this challenge. Here is the card challenge:

For our scarecrow card, we stamped the images on Spectrum Noir paper with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The images were colored with our Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. See the end of this post for the color combos. Several of the images are raised using black foam. I believe we used Lawn Fawn’s 6×6 plaid paper pack for the printed mat. The blue mat is SU! Bashful Blue (a very retired cardstock), the plaid mat is on FSJ Hazelnut cardstock and the base is a SU! paper (Cheyenne’s paper wasn’t listed but I think FSJ Orange Rave or Tangerine Fusion would work really well). The mini-clothes pin and twine are from Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ). Here is the card:

Spectrum Noir Color Combos (the ones I wrote down):

Jeans – TB5, TB2, TB4, GG1
Corn – CT1, GB9, GB6
Straw – CT4, GB6
Hat – Fl Yellow, TN3, FS1 and Color Burst pencils for crosshatch texture
Pumpkins – CT1, OR2, OR3
Corn stalks – can’t remember the lighter green but I did palette blending with the lighter one and DG3

Supplies:

Pink and Main – Scarecrows and dies, stitched rectangular (rounded corner) dies
Lawn Fawn – plaid paper stack
FSJ – Tangerine Fusion, Hazelnut cardstocks, Color Burst Pencils, twine, clothes pin
Inks and Markers – Memento Black, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Misc – Black Fun Foam sheets, fence die (bought a long time ago from My Favorite Things)

If you have been keeping up with my posts, you will know I have been offering classes on how to color with alcohol markers; specifically, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. We have learned the basics, moved on to skin coloring, and most recently, worked with hair coloring. This, so far, would be the most challenging technique to learn. After coloring about ten samples, I finally came up with a way that creates some gorgeous highlight effects on hair. If you go back and look at the Spectrum Noir – Skin Coloring post and look at the completed skin coloring class sample showing the range of skin tones we learned, you will see each girl’s hair is colored. The images looked so stark when we finished, I hurriedly added some color to their hair to even out the stamped images without taking the time to account for in-depth lighting and shading. Now, take the time to compare these previous images to the actual class images and you will see a huge difference in technique. The Spectrum Noir – Hair Coloring technique took two to three times the amount of time to create stunning highlight effects versus slapping on some color.

Before I show you the first sample, I want to detail the technique I used on all the stamped images. First, I consulted my Spectrum Noir hex chart and determined which colors I wanted to use for each sample used in the hair coloring class (light blonde, platinum, golden blonde, brunette, bright red, and black). Next, I lay out my color choices with the darkest color first, the lightest color next, the second lightest color beside the lightest color; then, a medium color (note: some choices only included three colors and sometimes certain hair tones might require more, but I think you get the jist). Contrary to how we started coloring in the basic and skin tone class, I start with the darkest shade first, adding the lightest highlight areas next making sure to leave white space (do not color all white space); then, moving from color choice to color choice as mentioned previously in how I set up the order of my markers. This order also helps to keep me from grabbing the wrong color and messing up my whole project by accident. I am working on making video tutorials for hair coloring.

Note: For both the skin and hair coloring classes, the student’s purchased Fun Stampers Journey – Media Artist stamp set. This is a larger stamp and great for learning how to manipulate the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers using shading and highlighting effects.

Sample #1:

Light Blonde –  Blonde hair is the easiest hair coloring effect. This is due to the makers having a high content of blending solution in them. The effects are more subtle and not so easy to create a hot mess):

Light Blond Hair

 

Sample #2:

Platinum Blonde – One of my friend’s has platinum blonde hair. This is a very hard color to recreate, because the shading can be minimal; but yet, you need shading to create depth and interest to your image. This hair color will be a project in the works requiring more experimentation until I get the color combination down to my liking.

 

Sample #3:

Golden Blonde – A very easy color combination with easy blending. But, yes there is a “but”, beginning with this darker shade and with all the darker shades, you do not want to pull or blend the darkest color(s) using your lightest color(s). You will want to make sure to blend out the darker colors with your medium tones into the lighter areas; then, use your lightest color(s). If you don’t, the high amount of blending solution in your light colors will act like a blender pen and pull color out of your dark shades. This will make your shading look mottled and blotched (not good).

 

 

Sample #4:

Brunette – Another easy hair color to create.

 

Bright Red – Yes, this is a very bright color, but I LOVE it (hmmm, I wonder why).

 

Sample #6:

Black Hair – By far the hardest hair color to create. It is important to create appropriate highlights when coloring black hair. This sample image has a lot of light hitting her hair. You will still need appropriate highlights even with minimal light; otherwise, the hair will look like a huge ink blob of black with no definition. Yuk! Several colors can be chosen for black highlights, grays, purples, and blue hues. If you will start to notice highlights on black hair in the real world, there are varying shades of light colors creating these highlight effects. Also, begin to notice where the light falls on on the hair with different hair styles. It took me three tries to come up with a black hair color, I liked. I did like the one before this one, but it had a lot of medium-light purple shading, which made her a great looking goth girl; but, for the class, I wanted to go lighter with the higlights. Also, this hair color takes three to four times as long to create. You HAVE to take your time, begin in small flicking strokes, blending and highlighting, moving on little by little to cover the entire hair area. If you go too fast, your darker areas will begin to look like black blotches. A special note here: I used the True Black almost at the very end of coloring the image. It is too easy to put too much black down and create a mess. It is used sparingly.

 

I will add more hair colors at a later time along with my coloring bloopers, and I will add some skin tones to my girls as well.

Supplies:

Fun Stampers Journey – Media Girl Stamp Set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Color: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

 

When I purchased my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I sent out an email letting my group of stampers know I would be providing classes on how to use these wonderful markers. The only requirement was they needed to purchase their own markers to use in class. I had four ladies sign up, and they went ahead and purchased all 168 markers through Consumer Crafts (they have the BEST price on these markers AND they offer 25% site wide regularly – just saying). We have had two classes so far, and I wanted to give a quick update about the progress of our Spectrum Noir alcohol marker colorist group has made as of this past week.

Note: These are NOT Copic markers and quite frankly, some of the YouTube reviews and compairsons do not do the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers justice. These markers fit into their own category; they are versatile; produce a great colored image; they are VERY affordable; and if you will watch the Spectrum Noir – Crafter’s Companion tutorials, you will have great success and produce outstanding papercraft projects. That being said, you can find Accreditation Coloring Download at www.spectrumnoir.com .  You can print this off on an inkjet printer and follow along with their YouTube tutorials to learn, to practice, and to turn in to them to receive accreditation as a colorist.

My first class was learning some of the basics. We covered Smooth Coloring, Basic Blending, Palette Blending, Dimension, Layers, and Florals. The class had a GREAT time and came away with a lot of hands-on practice (we colored two images).  Here are the two sheets we have completed so far (note: the second class was skin coloring; therefore, the skin on the girl is colored in on the second sheet):

I found it very hard to get a good picture. The heart on the first sheet is a deep purple color and in “real” life, you can see this clearly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second class focused on skin tones. I researched Spectrum Noir recipes for skin color on Pinterest and I took those color combinations and either used them, tweaked them, or came up with my own. The cost for classes two and three (skin and hair coloring) included a Fun Stampers Journey stamp called Media Artist (see below).

This image of the girl is a fantastic stamp to practice color combinations for skin and hair. I stamped six images of the girl onto Fun Stamper Journey Whipped Cream cardstock. Note: The quality of paper is important when using any alcohol markers. A lower quality product will increase bleeding of your ink color into areas you don’t want to be colored. Stampin’ Up! Whisper White is a great cardstock to use as well. You can also purchase specialty paper through Consumer Crafts for alcohol marker coloring.

We completed our skin tones, and we all made a few mistakes (that includes me). On my #6 girl, I used the wrong base color (I switched my colors) and she was so dark that her nose couldn’t be seen. I was able to correct this with the blender pen chisel tip and going over and over the image until I pushed some color through the cardstock to lighten up the image. You can tell because the coloring is a little mottled. I found that some of the lighter colors in the combo I chose could pull color out (acting like the blender) instead of creating a smooth blend. You will be able to see this in the next picture. But, that’s o.k. because we are all new to this type of coloring and there is always a learning curve when you learn something new.  I will be gong back and stamping more images and honing my skin coloring techniques to share with my group of colorists. Our next class will feature hair coloring. The image below has the hair colored because I decided to play around after class to see what I could come up with. These are not perfect hair colors, but I just felt the girl’s looked a little naked without hair color. Here is the sheet from class:

Once these classes are finished, our group should be able to scan and upload our accreditation pages to Spectrum Noir and receive their stamp of approval. I will, then, develop YouTube tutorials on how to color with the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I hope you decide to look into Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and begin to create outstanding colored papercraft projects.

If you have been reading my blog posts recently, it is very apparent I’m hooked on the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I just LOVE them and the awesome results I get from using them on my card projects. This week’s Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #207 inspired me to make a card out of C.C. Designs – Chameleon (You Color My World!) rubber stamp. I purchased this stamp through Impressive Ideas stamp store in Norcross, GA. Here is this week’s sketch:

He is trying to camouflage himself amongst the bright yellow, orange, pink background of the card mat. He’s just too darn cute. The base of the card is SU! Tangelo Twist card stock. The bottom mat was created from a piece of SU! Whisper White cardstock using SU! Daffodil Delight and SU! Tangelo Twist a sponge dauber and SU! Happy Patterns Decorative Masks. The top mat was created using SU! Whisper White cardstock and distressing the cardstock with Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade inks. I squirted the paper with some water and blotted it dry and then allowed the mat to sit and dry completely before adhering all the elements. The square scalloped frame in the left hand, bottom corner is from SU! Layering Squares Framelits using Glitter Cardstock Matstack purchased from Hobby Lobby. I gave the card a little sparkle and glitz by gluing some Craft Medley sequins to the card. The gold twine, wooden heart, and washi tape are all from Stampin’ Up!. Note: The wooden heart was colored using the Spectrum Noir marker BP4 and then covered with Crystal Effects.

The chameleon was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Ink and colored using Spectrum Noir Markers. Here is the list of markers I used: LV1, CT4, OR1, OR3, CR10, CG3, GB7, TN7, CR6, CR7, CR11. I added SU! dimensionals under him to add depth and dimension to the card. I just love him. He’s sending everyone hugs and kisses!

PCCCS207

I hope you enjoy this chameleon as much as I do.

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