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Touch Twin Markers & More Challenge – Life’s a Beach!

There’s another fab challenge going on at Touch Twin Markers & More Challenges at the moment.  We want to see some beach themed projects where you have used a colourless blender pen in some way!

Since I just got some of the fantastic stamps from Impression Obsession in stock over at Quixotic Paperie, I couldn’t resist stamping one up for this challenge.  So perfect, and it was a breeze to colour!  Love the detail on these images – stamp in your usual black or dark brown ink and you can colour very quickly as all the shading detail is there already.  OR if you fancy a bit more of a challenge, you could go for the No Lines technique and stamp in a light ink so you can build up the detail using your markers/pencils/etc – I did this last year with one of the Halloween stamps.

Impression Obsession Stamps available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Make it Colour Blending Card and coloured with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.  I layered with a scrap of Graphic 45 paper and Kraft cardstock.

I used the colourless blender pen to help create the texture on the sand.

Impression Obsession Stamps available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

In other news, make sure you hop on over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps blog and check out the new release previews.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a sneak peek of one of the new Annie Rodrigue stamps that are being released.

Susana Loves Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Hope – Dream Tag

I may have mentioned a few times now that I love the latest stamp release in the Susana Loves Stamp range from SCACD Stamps.  Well, I’m going to say it again!  This release has definitely helped renew my creative spark and has had me delving into the supplies I have long been neglecting while obsessing over markers and colouring!  Once upon a time, I used to play with things other than line art and pens, and I’m enjoying exploring that again and learning some new techniques.  Lucky I reorganised my room so I can actually find all the relevant stash!

In case you missed it, here’s a link to my previous post, which shows off the first make featuring some of the new Susana Loves Stamps – Blank Canvas Collection – stamps.  You may have noticed in my Project Organisation post that my little “Be” tag book is hanging on my die storage drawers, as a constant reminder!

Today I’d like to share my favourite so far, a tag featuring one of the shells from the Susana Loves Stamps – Elements Collection stamp set (also available in the Shells Set without the other elements).  I stamped the shell with Versamark clear embossing ink onto a tag cut from Make it Colour Blending Card, and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then covered the tag in Distress Inks using a blending tool.  I used a few different colours to create the water and sky.  To give the impression of waves, I used a Ranger Acrylic Paint dabber in “Snowcap” very lightly in the area where the blue and orange tones meet.  Pretty cool, no?  I finished off the tag with some gold mica flakes for a gorgeous sparkly sand effect, and added some printed twill ribbon across the middle.

Susana Loves Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

I always feel calm and somewhat hopeful when looking at the sea, and this tag seems to convey some of that.

Susana Loves Stamps - available at www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk

Hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by and checking out something a little different!  I’m enjoying “mixing it up” here, and perhaps inspiring you to do the same!


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Make it Crafty Digi Release Hop – Under the Sea!

The hop is now over and the prize draws have closed.  The winner of my giveaway was Leanne!

If you’re already on today’s Make it Crafty Release Hop you should have hopped over here from SANDIE’S BLOG.  If not, pop on over to ALYCE’S BLOG and get started!

Today I can share one of the projects I mentioned in my last post!  Hooray!  The project I’m sharing today has been a welcome distraction while I battle with Project Get Organised and Project Clearout, as I’m sure you can imagine. 

I am thrilled to be joining in the Make it Crafty hop today.  Thanks for having me girls! When Zoe emailed me with the details, I was just a little bit excited.  A brand new artist joining the already awesome Make it Crafty team, AND an underwater themed release. HELLO!  Needless to say, today’s project won’t be the only one you see from me with the new images – there’s a dolphin scene in there with my name all over it!

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Another reason for my excitement was that this release provided the perfect opportunity to play with a technique I’d read about late last year, but simply didn’t have the time to try out.  So, thanks Zoe!  I enjoyed a very fun evening getting messy, exploring a new technique and using some of the much neglected products in my stash. 

I found this technique to create a cool underwater effect in a book I bought last year, which features Copic Markers, but I simply used my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers, and you could use whichever brand of alcohol based marker you prefer!  Some will produce better results than others, but the principles are the same.  I printed my image on my favourite colouring cardstock – Make it Colour Blending Card, which definitely passed with flying colours during this colouring session!

For the people on the Touch Twin Markers & More FaceBook page who wondered whether anyone actually uses the chisel end of markers – this is just one of the instances in which they come in very handy indeed! 

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After printing the mermaid digi (changing the transparency so that it printed out with slightly less bold lines), I covered the whole image with three markers GY166, BG179, PB185, working from top to bottom and starting with my lightest marker.  At this point it doesn’t matter if the lines are sketchy and messy.  Then, using a pipette, I sprinkled Isopropyl Alcohol (you could also use colourless blender) over the whole piece, creating a bubble effect.  Then, once it had all dried, I started working on colouring the image (full colour list below).  After colouring the whole image, I used Masking Fluid to create some coral shapes at the bottom, allowed that to dry and then painted over the entire piece with Liquitex Glazing Medium mixed with some Golden Fluid Acrylic in Cobalt Teal.  PHEW!  Here’s a close up pic that shows the effect beautifully:

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The technique I used can be found in this book: UK READERS: Shojo Wonder Manga Art School: Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers US READERS: Shojo Wonder Manga Art School: Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers.

To save any further waffle, here’s a full supplies list!

Make it Crafty – Mermaid Lola Digi

Make it Colour Blending Card, Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 23, Microbeads, Glass Bubbles, Make it Crafty Lasercut Chipboard.  Core’dinations cardstock. Golden Fluid Acrylic – Cobalt Teal, Liquitex Glazing Medium, Isopropyl Alcohol or Colourless Blender Solution. Distress Ink Pad – Peeled Paint (used on the chipboard leaves).

ShinHan Touch Twin Markers used:

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Sea background: GY166, BG179, PB185  Skintones: YR132, YR133, R139, B182, BG3 Eyes: B63, B67 Tail: PB183, PB185, BG3, BG5, B182 Hair: BR107, BR97, BG3, BG5 Top: R136, R139, BG3


Well done for bearing with me this far!  As a reward (haha!) I am giving away the gorgeous Mermaid Lola digital image I used in my project.  All you have to do is  leave me a comment on this post and a winner will be announced on Monday 7th May! 

You can win more fantastic prizes by commenting on the other blogs in today’s hop, PLUS there are THREE Prizes up for grabs for commenters over at the Make it Crafty Store Blog.  The hop finishes on Sunday 6th May and winners will all be announced on Monday 7th May. 

MORE CANDY! If you check out THIS POST Zoe has another awesome prize pack up for grabs, available to people who subscribe to the blog via email.  Make sure you don’t miss out!

Your next stop on this fabulous hop is TRACY’S BLOG and I know she has something gorgeous to show you!

Full Hop List
Alyce – http://kitandclowder.blogspot.com/
Julie – http://www.stampwithjulie.com/
Delphine – http://delphinesplace.blogspot.com/
Barbara – http://forgottenscraps.blogspot.com.au/
Sandie – http://sandieshores.blogspot.com/
Elaine – special guest – http://quixoticcards.com/blog/
Tracy P – http://crafteezee.blogspot.com.au/
Debbie – http://www.debbiepsplace.blogspot.com/
Jane – http://janesboxofcolours.blogspot.com/
Zoe – http://makeitcrafty.com/crafts-blog/zoes-blog
Store Blog – http://www.makeitcrafty.com/store-blog/category/featured-products