Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ho Ho Ho... Spectrum Noir Holiday Challenge

I have been wanting to participate in the Spectrum Noir Challenge this month and have been so busy.  I finally sat down and started playing with reds today and wow... I just love how the Spectrum Noir Reds blend so nicely on the Crafter's Companion paper!  JUST LOVE it!    I did several red images tonight!

I have colored this image several times but it has been over a year since I played with it and my hands were itching to play with it again! I just love the Karen Medler images by The Peddler's Pack.

Sorry that I didn't take step out pictures of the image, I guess I will have to get that done!  Here are the colors I used.

Reds:  CR8, CR10, DR1, DR5, DR7
Flesh: FS2, FS3, FS6, TN2 and a bit of CR5
Gray BGR1, BGR2
Blue: TB2, TB3, TB5 and I added a bit of IG2 & IG4 to add a bit of gray tint around the edges.
Letter: EB2, & blender pen.

Be sure to join the challenge for a chance to win wonder prizes!  All you have to do is make a new holiday card..... yes ANY holiday!  Check it out here

I am going to be ready to mail my cards early this year... they are half done... Whew Hew!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Christmas Wish & Strawberry Kiss

Image by Crafter's Companion - Strawberry Kiss Collection

How would you like to have a downloadable tutorial & sample image to practice your coloring skills?  Today, begins the start of free "Color-A-Longs" being posted weekly on the Spectrum Noir Website.  Here is a sneek peek at this weeks project.

How does it work?  You go to www.Spectrumnoir.com and click on downloads, then you will see the Color-a-longs.  All you have to do is click the download button next to the one you want to color and you will have your very own color tutorial with a sample image.  You will be able to color-a-long and practice your coloring skills.  *note that some of them might have a separate download for the free sample image*  Complete images are available for purchase at Crafter's Companion.

Soon there will be videos added to our color-a-long program.. and guess who will be hosting the videos?  Yep! Yours truly, a few videos are done and waiting to be uploaded, so stay tuned!  Here is a picture of the finished card made with the same image in this week's color-a-long.  

I followed the instructions in the Color-A-Long except I added a few extra steps for that extra punch!  I added IG6 under my darkest red on the sides of the pot and deep center of the flower petals.  I also added a layer of CR10 in the center of the pot and on the tips of the petals.  That little bit of CR10 really brightened my highlight.  Red Glitter paper, a few red rhinestones, embossing folder, and die cut snowflakes finish the card. 

As you know, kitties and my allergies don't do well, but this little girl is perfect.. she is cute and cuddly and does not shed!  The perfect kitty!  I really think she is adorable and very simple to color!

Colorful Hugs,