Friday, July 27, 2012

Skin Chart

One of my all time favorite things to color is people.  I love the color variations in skin and hair and then add to that the depth of light and shadow.... I LOVE IT!!!  So it was no surprise that people were the first images I colored when I first received my new Spectrum Noir Markers (Click HERE for my first project post).  Since then I've done a couple of hair and skin charts, but I thought it would be nice to do just a BASIC skin chart to feature on Spectrum Noir's blog today.  So here it is, I get to share it with all of you!!!

Please don't judge me on my coloring skills for this... I typically ALWAYS color the skin first so that when I color outside the lines, the hair/clothing/etc. will hide the fact that I can't stay in the lines.  hahahahahahahaha!  The top row is light skin and the bottom row is medium to dark skin.  Hope this gets everyone's wheels turnin!!!  More INCREDIBLE color charts are soon to be available on the Spectrum Noir website.... stay tuned for that!!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Spectrum Noir Blog Hop: A Christmas In July!!!

Ok, you know you want it!  Today is Spectrum Noir's Christmas In July blog hop!!!  You should be landing here from Louise's awesome blog!  Did her project ROCK, or what!?!  If you're just now joining in on the fun, you will want to start at the beginning of the hop so you don't miss anything! Here's the lineup:

 Be sure to leave some blog love for each of the designers along the blog hop because one lucky "hopper" is going to score TWO SETS of six markers, a pack of Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White card stock (perfect for coloring!), and an adorable stamped called All Wrapped Up, from the new Mulberry Wood line.  WHEW... that is A LOT!!!

To be eligible to win, be sure to leave a comment on Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post telling us your favorite Spectrum Noir color combination you saw while hopping with us this week (please comment no later then Friday, July 27 at 6:00 PM GMT).  A random winner will be drawn using and posted on our blog at 9:00 AM GMT, Saturday, July 28, 2012, so be sure to check back on the Spectrum Noir blog to see if you have won!  *The lucky winner will have one week to claim their prize or a second winner will be chosen.  Okie Dokie, here's my Christmas In July project:

I got a jump on my holiday gift list with this stamped candle that I call Warm Winter Wishes.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color this adorable image from the new Crafter's Companion, Mulberry Wood, Giving set on tissue paper that I then trimmed and "melted" onto the candle.  The softened wax makes the tissue paper disappear and all you're left with is a beautifully hand-decorated candle!!!  The markers color BEAUTIFULLY on tissue paper and stamped candles make the perfect gift.... everyone will be amazed you made it yourself!!!  Here is a close up of this cuter-than-cute image:

The colors I used were EB3, EB6, EB8 and TN4 for the log.  TN1, TN2, TN3, TN7 and TN8 for the moose.  DG1 and DG3 for the trees.  IG1 and IG3 to add some shadowing to the snow and CT4, CG4, IB3 and CR9 for the lighted bulbs.  Once the candle was finished, I added liquid applique for the snow and Stickles to make the bulbs SHINE!!!  The sentiment was created by me on my computer.  Yeah... I'm now super excited for Christmas!!!  I think I might make a few more of these to give away!!!

Welp, that's it for me today.  You're now off to see Wendy's awesome project. Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Christmas in July!  Have fun hopping around to see all of the inspiration from our team, and good luck winning the HUGE prize haul!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Halloween in July

With everyone gearing up for their "Christmas in July" projects, I decided I needed a Hallowe'en in July project!!!  Here she is:

The image seen here is Simply Betty's The Oval Portrait... isn't she GORGEOUS??!!??  I am absolutely over-the-moon for this image!  I call it The Witching Hour for obvious reasons and think it's the PERFECT image for Hallowe'en in July (Oh how I wish it were Halloween).  To color her I used the following Spectrum Noir markers:
Hair:  EB1, EB2, EB3, GB8
Skin:  FS1, FS2, FS4 (Lips:  DR4, DR7)
Dress:  PP4, DR1, DR3, DR6, DR7, IG1, IG3, IG6, IG10, Blender
Foliage:  CR5, DR7, DG1, DG4

Here's a close up of her uncolored and then colored:

I love, love, love this image!!!  I'm not done with her yet, after a conversation with "Simply Betty", I've decided that I NEED to copy her COFFIN BOX.... check it out HERE.... I know you'll want to copy it too!!! 

That about does it for today, stay tuned for the upcoming Spectrum Noir Christmas in July Blog Hop taking place July 21st.  It is going to be a big deal with another HUGE prize give away.  Do you like the reds and greens that you see here?  Well the "hop haul" includes the Green Starter Set, the Red Starter Set, a Crafter's Companion paper pack and a Crafter's Companion stamp!!!  That one's gonna be fun!!!  So mark your calendars.... you won't want to miss what the Spectrum Noir design team designs for a Christmas in July!!!

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