Monday, 19 October 2015

Alcohol marker tutorial for October

Good morning all today i'm going to direct you to my tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog, where I will be showing you how I made this...!

This is one of my favourite Sara Burrier stamps, I love ALL of her images they are all stunning.
Now i'm going to be mean and not give anything away about how I made that background with the Alcohol markers (yes you read that right!)
So head on over there right now, here's the link!
When you have taken a look why not pop back and leave me a comment below, I love to read all your feed back,
thanks for popping in today
Happy colouring
Nicky x

Monday, 12 October 2015

Happy WALKING DEAD day!!

Well everyone in my house is oober excited as its the UK Season 6 premier of the Walking Dead tonight!!!

I know its not everyone's cup of tea but it grew on me really quickly, I don't know how because I am the biggest fairy on the planet! I hate the dark, anything remotely scary or loud, gory or frightening in any way!! so to find I love such a horrific programme as this is beyond me, but I do, I've even been catching up on previous seasons in the last few weeks!  I love the human side of the stories, and yes I do hide behind my fingers occasionally!

To mark such an occasion I couldn't help using one of Mo Manning's latest digi stamps called Zombies, I love that too! so much so I made this before work today...

Its such a fun card, I thought I would surprise my Son when he came home from school with it.
He loved it too!
It doesn't have a background so I drew that in myself, it was originally bigger and there was another fence post, which would of made it look like a gap in the fence leading to a big metal gate...but it didn't fit the card so I cut it down! Do you ever do this?
Here's the Spectrum Noir colours I used:
Flesh: DG1, DR7, CR7, GB11
Clothes: EB1, EB2, BG4, BG6, BGR3
Trees/Grass: DG1, DG2, CG4
Sky: BT1
Zombie colouring seems to suit my sketchy style of colouring in, I still have the odd day when I can't blend! Do you have those days? you can always check out all the step by step tutorials on the Spectrum Noir blog, and the talented design team is always on hand via Facebook to answer any questions you may have.
Thanks for popping by today...
Happy Colouring!
Nicky x

Sunday, 4 October 2015

October- my favourite colour!

So its October already! I can't believe just how quickly this year is flying past, but it does mean its my favourite time of the year, Autumn or fall if you are from across the pond, which is of course the most appropriate word for the season! You see its the colours, I just love all the different shades of deep greens turning to reds and oranges, and the cold misty mornings that warm through the day, get me being all poetic! talking of poems I found this on the interweb thingy!

 Isn't it great!
Now its a new month of course it does mean that there is a new challenge at the Spectrum Noir Facebook page, and here is my contribution for this month...
The theme is to use Orange and or Grey! (and anything Spectrum Noir of course!)
I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to colour this Polkadoodles image of the scarecrow and pumpkins, I purchased one of those bundle deals where you get lots of different elements and then I used my graphics program to create my picture.
He is definitely too cute to scare those naughty birds away from the pumpkin patch!
The colours I used are:
Scarecrow - BG1, BG2, BG4, CR7, CR10, OR1, Blender, BG4, BG6, BG8
Acorns - BG4, OR1, OR2, BG6
Pumpkins - BG4, BG6, OR2, CR10,
I used spiced marmalade distress ink around the edges of the picture to give a soft autumnal glow.

Why not check out the other design team inspiration board and enter your project to be in with a chance of winning a prize, all the details can be found HERE!
Good luck I know you are all awesome so ...
Happy colouring
Nicky x

Friday, 2 October 2015

Lost marbles!

OK, I appear to have completely lost my marbles! they were last seen drifting into the ether with my mojo, if you happen to stumble across them at any time feel free to return them...!

Honestly I do not know what is wrong with me at the moment, I completely forgot to blog my challenge card for September, I don't know where the month went, so my apologies for that, here it is better late than never!

It's using wet and dry embossing at the same time!
I used Versamark on the top half of Nordic embossing folder, inserted red card, ran through Cut 'n' Boss, then used white powder and heat embossed to create the background.
Reindeer is coloured with Spectrum Alcohol markers onto Neenah Desert storm card in the following colours: Fur - EB1, EB2, GB8, GB10
Antlers - FS4, FS5, EB2
Lights - OR2, LG2, TB4, CR8
Pencil 001 for highlights 120 for shadows.
Sorry you can't enter the embossing challenge anymore, but the new challenge for October will be up very soon on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page and I will be sharing my make on Sunday ( off to schedule my post right now!).
Thanks for putting up with me today
Happy Colouring
Nicky x