Welcome to the very first Spectrum Noir Blog Hop! This week our entire design team has come together to start off summer with a grand celebration of Yellow – the color of summer! If you have landed here from Danielle’s blog, you are hopping in the right direction. If not, pop over to the Spectrum Noir Blog so you do not miss a single stop!
Yellow really is the colour of Summer, and I was thrilled to get that chance to make a beautiful bright and summery card for this Hop. I have used one of my all time favourite stamps for this, which is this super cute Strawberry Kisses, Together stamp.
I’ve coloured Snow and Pup and the little boot all with my Spectrum Noir pens, I’ve only used the basic sets of 6, so you can see what beautiful results you can get without having to buy the whole set straight away.
The Boot has bee coloured using the yellow set, I used CT1, CT2, CT4 and GB5, using the darker colours towards the outside to give the boot a really rounded shape and shine. The sole, cuff and roses have been coloured using the pink set, PP3, PP5 and DR3, for the leaves I have used the green set, DG2 and DG3. Snow (the kitten) has been coloured use cool grey’s IG1, IG2 and IG 4 with PP1 for her cheeks. Pup (the puppy) has been coloured using the essential set and pale hues set, EB1 and EB2 with a little GB8 from the brown just a round the edge for depth, and again PP1 for his cheeks. I have outlined the ehole image to make it “pop” with the warm greys’s BG1 and then created a shadow under the boot using BG1, BG 2 and BG4 to ground it.
I really wanted my embellishments on my card to match in with the coloured image…….. so I coloured every single one of them with my trusty Spectrum Noir Pens! …… REALLY!
The flowers, Ribbon, Pearls and hat pin where all white when I started! – for the Flowers I started by covering lightly with CT1 and CT2, then using PP5 I dabbed in little speck of pink towards the edge, finishing with just the tips in DR3. I then took the chisel end of my blender pen, and held it against each petal of the flower for a couple of seconds, the ink from the blender pen soaks in and “smooches” them all together. To colour the ribbon I simply lie it flat on a heat proof craft sheet, and drag the chisel tip along the ribbon, for this ribbon I used GB5. The small yellow flowers where tipped with CT2 and CT4.
The hat pin and pearls where again both white, using the bullet nib of GB5 I simply coloured in circular motions, before I removed the pearls from the backing strip, and holding the pin in my hand. I think that they look so rich and pearly, you would never be able to guess that they started off white and where coloured with a pen! Ok so now onto the really FUN STUFF!
We are excited to announce that our new Spectrum Noir website and blog is up and running. If you have not had a chance to check out all of the great tutorials, tips, suggestions and samples our design team has posted, today is a great day to take a peek. Before we get to the rest of the blog hop, how about we add a bit more excitement? Spectrum Noir is going to award one lucky winner with a full set of 72 Basic Spectrum Noir Pens! Yes, that’s right…all twelve sets of six pens each.
Entering to win is easy. Leave a comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post telling us one fun new thing (tip, trick, interesting combination of colors, etc) you learned about the Spectrum Noir markers while hopping with us this week. A random winner will be drawn using random.org and posted on our blog at 9:00 AM GMT, Saturday, June 23, 2012 so be sure to check back with us to see if you have won! The lucky winner will have one week to claim their prize or a second winner will be chosen. How about a bonus chance to win? If you add our blinkie to your blog and mention in your comment that you’ve done so, you will be entered into a second contest to win a £25.00 gift certificate to be used on any Spectrum Noir product at Crafter’s Companion (the US or UK site). To add the Blinkie, simply download the code from the downloads section on the Spectrum Noir Blog and place it prominently in the sidebar of your blog. Do not forget to let us know in your comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post that you have added the blinkie to your blog!
Now, hop on over to the next amazing blog and check out what —Angelique— has to share! In case you get lost along the way, here is the entire hop order:
Thanks for joining us today, and best of luck on winning a 72 piece set of Spectrum Noir pens (and maybe even a gift certificate)!
Goof Luck and Happy Colouring 🙂