Saturday, 27 June 2015

Fun background using Spectrum Aquas.

Earlier this month I shared a great tutorial on the Spectrum Noir blog "making a splash background"
and in the tutorial I mentioned picking up the excess ink from the mat onto some scraps of watercolour card and ribbon, Well...this is one of those scraps!
It was quite an uninspiring piece until I remembered that I had seen a tutorial on the Spectrum Noir blog all about using bubble wrap with the markers, so thought I would follow the instructions given by Laine in her post and added some 'bubbles'!
I then die cut it into a tag shape, and on a second piece of those soak up pieces, stamped flowers from Shenna Douglass' Wild Rose briar stamps and die cut them with the co-ordinating die set. I shaped them and layered them up in pairs to add dimension.

You can follow Laine's instructions here.
There are lots of tutorials and inspiration on the Spectrum Noir blog and Facebook pages.
I hope you have a great crafty weekend,
Happy colouring!

Nicky x

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Splash background technique.

If you would like to know how I created this ultra fun background, please follow this link to the Spectrum Noir Blog

You will need your Spectum Aquas in these colours:
Peacock Blue
Red Violet
Sea Green
Bud Green
Watercolour card
Kraft card
Spay bottle ( with a trigger)
Happy Colouring
Nicky x

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Time for a new challenge!

Its June already! the time stealers have been at it again!
So if its June that means there is a new challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page, and if you love all things sparkly and glitzy this is the challenge for you!

All you have to do is colour something with any of your Spectrum ranges, and then use any kind of bling of sparkle to finish your creation, then upload it to the FB page and you're in with a chance of winning some vouchers!

So what did I make...?

I absolutely love this image from Aurora wings, and thought she would be perfect for this challenge. Although I don't usually do bling, I couldn't help go a little bit OTT with this, I even glittered the whole of the background embossed card!

I used a combination of Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers and Spectrum Noir blendable pencils.

Here's the list:
Skin - FS2, 004, 006, 008, 009, 089, 120
Hair - EB1, EB2, 084, 087, 119
Eyes - 061, 052, 055
Lips - 023
Roses - CR7, 023, 025, 033, 083
Mask - 085, 093, 110, 111
Background - 055, 054

I hope I have inspired you to give it a go, we on the design team love to see all your creations,
Happy Colouring

Nicky x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Another sneaky peak!

Happy Sunday, hope your weekend has been fab, its such a shame its over so quickly, but Monday morning will get off to a cracking start at 8am tomorrow, with the launch of the latest new range from Crafters Companion on Create and craft.

Flights of Fantasy by Morgan Fitzsimons is a Double CD-Rom packed full of all sorts of crafty goodness including backing papers, design sets, toppers, card companions and Digi stamps and all new Spectrum Noir Companions.

Here is a card I made with the Spectrum Noir Companions ready for the launch, and keep your eyes open while you watch the show as you may see a few of my creations including this one!

I have coloured her with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers & Spectrum Noir blendable Pencils:
Skin - FS2, 006, 008, 009, 089, 120
Hair - 095, 106
Skirt - PP2, PP4, PP5, DR1, DR6, 106, 001
Bodice/Hat - LG2, LG4, 047, 052, 120
I printed the backing paper from CD1, and then popped it back into my printer and over printed the companion design, in order to get a patterned flower backing, then printed the same companion sheet onto Neenah card, coloured it as above, then fussy cut it out and stuck it directly over the printed flower.
I hope you are going to love the new range as much as I do, I have a few more cards to share over the next week, some of which you can see on my face book page, just type in Nicky's colouring in again and it should take you straight to my page.
Enjoy the shows, happy colouring!
Nicky x