Party With Bamboo

I have another favorite of mine to show you.  It’s one of the stamps from the brand new Bamboo range again, this time in bright and cheerful colors.

To create the ombre effect on the shoe I have mixed two color families together, coral and dark red. The pens I used are:

Red parts of the shoe – CR4, CR8, DR5 and DR7
Grey parts of the shoe – BGR1, BGR3, BGR5 and BGR7
Tan parts of the shoe – TN1, TN3, TN7

Bamboo – BG1, BG3, BG5 and BG9
Butterfly – BT2 and BT4
Flower – CT1, CT3, GB5

Shadow around design – HB2

Give this fun technique a try!

Meet Bamboo

I’ve shared a sneak peek of an upcoming release at Crafter’s Companion, and colored him with my Spectrum Noir pens.

Take a look at my finished card:

And here is how the list of pens I used:

Bear: BG1, BG3, BG5 and BG9 (CR1 and PP2 for cheeks)
Blender to soften edged on white fur
Flower: DR5, DR2, PP3 and PP5
Butterfly: BT2 and BT4

You can create so much shading with just a few pens!

One Layer Christmas Cards

If you are like me, you are always hurrying around, and you have left your Christmas Cards to the very last minute!

Fear not, here I will show you how to make a simple one layer Christmas Card, super quick, so you can make them in batches, and rattle through them in no time at all.

You will need:

– Card base cut to 4 1/8 wide by 7 inches long, this needs to be your colouring card, I’ve used Neenah
– Embossing folder for top of card (I have used an old bauble one I’ve had in my stash for a very long time….
– Strawberry Kisses Mistletoe Mwah Stamp
– Spectrum Noir pens
– Dries clear glue
– Crystal Glitter
– Optional – a lining for your card, depends on how much of a rush you are actually in!

Step 1: Emboss your chosen design at the top of the card blank

Step 2: Stamp your chosen image at the base of the card under the embossed design (I have used Memento London Fog ink as I didn’t want a harsh black line, because the majority of the card will be white)

Step 3: Color the image.

For Snow, I have used: Blender, IG1, IG4, IG6 and IG8 for the darkest shade to add definition behind her ear under her ribbon and on her chin; PP5 and FS8 for cheeks and ears (I want her really blushing having a cheeky kiss under the mistletoe I think it’s cute); and GB5, CT2, CT1 for the ribbon.

Next, color Pup.  I have used: Blender, TN1, TN2, TN4 and TN7 for the drk shade as for snow above; DR7 CR10 and DR2 for the collar; GB5 and CT2 for the tag.

Finally, color the Mistletoe – I have used: DG2 and DG4 for the ribbon; BT7 and IB3

Step 4: Outline Snow and Pup to make them pop from the base card.  Trace around both with BT1.

I have then grounded Snow and Pup using BT4, BT2 and BT1, because I want to maintain a frosty feel to the card, and it will get glittered soon.

Step 5: Make the baubles pop.  Outline your embossed design on the left side only.  This will give your embossed deign more of a pop from the card base.

Step 6: Add a thin layer in small amounts of dries clear glue to the baubles.  I use an old paint brush for this, then add crystal glitter to really make the baubles sparkle.

Also add highlights of glue to the ground below snow and pup and again add glitter for a really Christmassy sparkle.

Step 7 : The inside!  Because you have colored directly onto the front of the card, the colored ink will have bled through to the back.

If you are ok with that, great, but if you are like me it makes you twitch a bit!  I have simply embossed two more white panels with the same folder as the front and I’ve glued these inside.

I hope you have enjoyed this look at how I make quick Christmas cards, and are ready to try some of your own!

Introducing the Spectrum Noir pen system

Spectrum Noir pens are a must-have for any serious crafter who likes their coloring — especially rubber stamping enthusiasts!

The markers are alcohol-based, acid-free and fast drying, which means they won’t bleed. Spectrum Noir marker pens are available in 168 colors which can be mixed on the surface, or layered over each other for professional blending.