Thursday, 23 July 2015

Schools out for summer!

Go on admit sang that post heading right???
So here in England its officially the summer hols woohoo, no early mornings sorting lunchboxes and PE kits! But i'm still on the go juggling just as many other balls so to speak,  and i'm sure lots of you are just as busy this time of year, which leads me onto my question...did you enter the Summer themed challenge over on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page yet? well you still have a week or so to go but why not do it today, I have a little inspiration for you...

Summer to me says the annual holiday, and this Saturated Canary stamp reminds me of my younger days when I used to travel abroad for two weeks to catch the Mediterranean sun, alas now it means packing the car up and going camping for a week, I will warn you before we go so you can get wellies and umbrella's ready!!!
For a change I used my Spectrum Alcohol Markers, I don't use them enough lately as I am so in love with my pencils but needed to challenge myself.
The colours I used are:

Skin - FS1, FS4, GB2, EB2, 009, 089, 091
Hair - EB1, GB8, GB10, 110, 120
Top - CR7, CR9, DR2...
Skirt - GT1, GT2, 120
Suitcase 1 - LG1,LG2, LG4
Suitcase 2 - EB1, GB8, GB10, 120
Handbag - GT1, GT2 120

Of course I couldn't leave my pencils out and if you look at the list there are a few added in for depth, and these are the numbers at the end of each list.
Have a great summer, all your regular Spectrum Design team will be around on Facebook, so pop in and chat anytime show us what you are working on!
Happy colouring!
Nicky x

Friday, 17 July 2015

Happy Friday!

Morning all, looks like today is going to be a lovely sunny day here in the south east, but wouldn't you know it would be as I am in work today!!!

I thought I would share a card that I made for my Sons 20th Birthday, (yes 20!) he loves music and his favourite thing to do at this time of year is travel to festivals! he is quite fortunate that we live so close to Reading, only 30 miles, so it makes birthdays easy, we just help pay for his ticket!

I coloured the image, from Mo's Digital Pencil, with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers directly onto Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, the colours I used are:
Skin - FS9, FS3, FS8, Hair- EB6, EB7
T-shirt- TB3, TB5, TB9 BG1
Hat- CR7,CR9, DR2 & 001 pencil
Jeans - IG3, IG5, IG7...
Messenger bag - EB6, EB7
Rucksack - IG1, IG2
Coat - BG6, BG7, BG9 & 001 pencil
Guitar case - BGR2, BGR3 & 001 Pencil
Scarf - IG1 IG3
I used my white 001 Spectrum Noir pencil to give some highlights on the clothes and guitar case, just to enhance the picture slightly, and I can report that he loved the card, and is indeed looking forward to good times!
Thanks for popping in today, I would love for you to leave me a comment or two, I love the feedback and it can help with future projects, also if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask x
Happy Colouring!
Nicky x

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Making your own custom colour ink pads.

Would you like to be able to make your own temporary ink pads?
If you are intrigued follow this link to the Spectrum Noir blog to find out how I made my own ink pads from foam and Spectrum Aquatint inks.


You will also find the instructions on how I made this super bright and funky card too!

Happy Colouring
Nicky x