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Winter Sky Colouring Tutorial #1: Northern Lights Effect

Stamping Bella - Mo Manning Snow Pals Card & Video - www.markergeek.com

In 2012 I created a fun colouring tutorial for Some Odd Girl Stamps featuring their Winter Friends clear stamp set. I thought now would be a good time to repost that information along with some new inspiration. This time I’ve created a card and video featuring one of the new Mo Manning for Stamping Bella stamps.

So, if you’re looking for inspiration on creating beautiful backgrounds for Christmas and other winter cards using your markers keep reading!

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Make it Crafty - Lucy's Broken Dolly - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

19 Days Till Christmas! One of Those Days!

Make it Crafty - Lucy's Broken Dolly - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

There are only 19 days til Christmas!

The MiC gang thought it would be fun to have a ‘grown up’ advent calendar as we count down the days til Christmas full of inspiration just for us creative minds!  I am joining in today as one of the special guests.  As a former member of the MiC Gang and a UK stockist for the Make it Crafty range of products, I was thrilled to join in.

Each day a sneak peek will be revealed on the MiC store blog with a link for you to follow “to open the door”.

All you have to do is stop by the store blog each day to open the next door!

PLUS Zoe has Christmas Candy full of lots of crafty goodies that you don’t want to miss out on!


But what’s even more exciting is that you will have a chance to win the Make it Crafty goodies that I have played with today!!

By leaving a comment on this post you could win

Lucy with Broken Dolly rubber stamp & Round Leaves chipboard pack!

The comments will stay open until the 31st of December and the winners will be announced in the New Year on the MiC store blog. You can join us for all 24 days – giving you 24 chances to win some MiC goodies! If you join us late, simply go back to the start and catch up!

This is what I have created with my MiC goodies!

Make it Crafty - Lucy with Broken Dolly - www.quixoticcards.com/blog

As you can see I have used the brilliant Lucy’s Broken Dolly rubber stamp, along with Make it Crafty Round Leaves chipboard embellishments which I coloured with pencils (both also available direct from MIC).

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below before December 31st and stop by the Make it Crafty Store blog to ‘open the door’ to 24 other inspirational projects!

Thank you so much for joining us and we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful loving Christmas.

Getting Creative with Dies – From Diecut to Beautiful Coloured Image!

It has been another eventful week here!  Lots of order packing, house tidying and sundry everyday things, plus our dog had a minor procedure at the vet on Friday, so she is now recovering and needing a little extra care and attention.

Last weekend I finished sorting out my craft stash and storage (finally), and having revamped the desk in the corner into an area I can actually work in, I have a little area away from the distraction of the computer.  As soon as I had finished, I just had to test it out and have a little play, and in a minute I will show you the results!

Firstly, here’s a little pic of the recuperating Taika Pig.  As you can see, she’s not thrilled at being turned into a cone-head.  It’s for her own good though, so I’m not allowing myself to feel too sorry for her.


On to the crafty fun!

If you have seen my previous posts from the past week or so, you will know that Susana at SCACD has released her own collection of dies!  My last post – “Embrace – Create – Redefine” – shows one way you could use the gorgeous Dies by SCACD – “Uncaged Bird” die, by colouring the diecut with Twinkling H20s or another colouring medium.  This time I decided to play with my alcohol based markers and airbrush.

* Dies by SCACD are available in the UK from Quixotic Paperie OR in the US from Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design *

I used a mixture of ShinHan Touch Twin Markers and Copic Markers on this piece, and as I’ve experienced before, they worked beautifully together.  I was totally engrossed in playing so unfortunately I forgot to note down all the colours I used, but if you have any questions I will try to answer them!

Dies by SCACD available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Firstly, I ran the die through my Cuttlebug with some white cardstock.  I then took my chosen colouring paper – Make it Colour Blending Card – and with some repositionable glue, positioned the diecut on my paper.  The repositionable glue is an essential here, as otherwise the airbrush will blow the diecut around, and using fingers or masking tape to hold it in place might obscure some of the detail (and leave you with blue fingers).

Dies by SCACD available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

When happy with the positioning, I started airbrushing using Copic Markers in blue shades.  I used two or three shades to build up colour.

Dies by SCACD available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Dies by SCACD available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

When I removed the diecut, I had a beautifully detailed outline just begging to be coloured.  From this point I tackled it just as I would a stamped outline, working on a section at a time and building up colour and detail gradually.  The image below shows the results as I progressed.

Dies by SCACD available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Pretty cool, isn’t it?  A couple of the other dies in the new Dies by SCACD collection would also be perfect for this with all their beautiful detail.  Give it a go, and share if you do – I’d love to see your creations.

I haven’t had time to pop my finished image on a card yet, but watch out for that soon!  Hope you’re having a lovely relaxing Sunday!