Wild at Heart on HSN Wednesday, May 2nd!

Crafter’s Companion is coming back to the Home Shopping Network on Wednesday, May 2, with lots of fabulous new crafting goodies! Among them are the new Spectrum Noir AquaTint watercolor paint pens. They are gorgeous colors in a new styled pen that includes a bristle brush, perfect for brushing and blending the watercolor ink.

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Also coming are some beautiful new stamp sets, including this Wild at Heart stamp set, which was stamped here as a second-generation stamp (first stamped on a separate sheet and then stamped on the actual watercolor cardstock for a lighter impression), and then watercolored with the AquaTint pens. For portions of the image, I first scribbled the watercolor ink on an acrylic block and used a Crafter’s Companion waterbrush to pick up the color and apply it to the image. For the darker portions of the flowers and leaves, I colored directly on the image with the AquaTint pens. The floral border die is an oldie but goodie Die’sire Edge’ables Floral Dance die.

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Tune in to HSN Wednesday, May 2nd for all the new products and demos from Crafter’s Companion!

Trick or Treat – A Spectrum Noir Coloring Tutorial

Halloween is quickly approaching, and I’m here to help get you prepared for those last-minute Halloween cards, or if you’re on top of your game there, you can use this fun technique for your scrapbook pages of those little trick-or-treaters, or for lots of other projects too!

Check out this fun tutorial on the Spectrum Noir website for learning how to color computer generated, stamped or even hand-drawn text to look like candy corn. It will add such a fun element to your project!

Project details:

Spectrum Noir Markers – GB7, CR7, OR2, OR1, CT2, IG2, Blender
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker – Harvest Moon
Computer Font – Freya
Clip art/Design program – Sure Cuts A Lot
Bat cutout – Brother ScanNCut

Spectrum Noir March Challenge – Use a Sketch

Spectrum Noir has their March challenge up and running. You can choose to enter any Spectrum Noir project for top honors, or follow our challenge theme of Use a Sketch.

My challenge inspiration features a Spectrum Noir Colorista butterfly colored with Spectrum Noir Colorista markers. The sentiment is from the Crafter’s Companion Destinations Life is a Journey stamp set.

Follow this sketch for your project layout and get your entry in for your chance to win!

Tutorial – Create a Sunset with Spectrum Noir Markers

I have a new tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog for creating this gorgeous sunset background, and it is very easy!

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Click HERE to follow along with the step by step tutorial.

I would love to have you share your creations using this tutorial on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page!

Project details:

Spectrum Noir markers: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2
Spectrum Noir UltraSmooth Premium White Cardstock
Acetate
Paper punch
Brads
Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps used: Stampscapes Lakeside Cabin and Stampscapes Pine Row

Merry Christmas!

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Just a quick note to wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Card details:

Sara Davies Signature Collection Traditional Christmas Decorative Bauble die set
Sara Davies Signature Collection Traditional Christmas Peace & Joy stamp set
Sheena Douglass Festive embossing folder, inked with Marvy Matchables Jungle Green and Yellow Green, edge airbrushed with Spectrum Noir JG6
Memories dye Ink for stamping
Spectrum Sparkle markers Onyx Black, Starry Sky, Holly Leaf, Spun Gold, Sterling Silver, Crystal Clear
Gemini diecutting machine
Crafter’s Companion White Pearl and Shimmering Red cardstock
White 5×7 card base
String or floss
Pop dots
Small paper punch
Tape

Seasons Greetings

Brrrr, we’re currently under a winter storm warning here in the US Midwest, snow is falling and baby it’s cold outside! But it also makes for the perfect time to wrap up in a blanket, watch a little TV, and do a little coloring with my Spectrum Noirs!

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I just love this adorable penguin digi from Scrapper’s Delights! He’s called Penguin Willie North Pole, and he was so much fun to color!

I found some fun, festive candy cane patterned paper in my stash, and paired it with some Sara Davies Signature Collection Festive Wonder Snowflake Trio and sentiment Season’s Greetings diecuts. The border diecut framing the coloring was made using the Die’sire Decorative Dies – Enchanted Spring border die. All diecutting was done with the Crafter’s Companion Gemini machine. I added clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker over the sentiment for some winter shimmer.

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Project Details:

Digital Stamp is Penguin Willie North Pole from Scrapper’s Delights

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers on Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Cardstock
Penguin black – IG10, IG8, IG6, IG4
Feet/Beak – CR7, OR3, OR2, OR1
Chest – DR1, CR7, OR2, OR1, CT3
Face/Belly – IG2, IG1, Blender
Scarf – DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5, JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Digital stamp – Penguin Willie North Pole from Scrapper’s Delights
Snowflake dies – Signature Collection by Sara Davies – Festive Wonder Decorative Metal Die – Snowflake Trio
Signature Collection by Sara Davies – Festive Wonder Decorative Metal Die – Season’s Greetings
Die’sire Decorative Dies – Enchanted Spring border

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Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker – Crystal Clear

Spectrum Noir December Challenge

The new monthly challenge is up over at Spectrum Noir, and you can once again enter either an Anything Goes category, or follow the monthly them for a chance to win $30/£30 in Spectrum Noir or Spectrum Aqua products! The theme for this month is Clean And Simple (CAS). Couldn’t get any easier, right?!?

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My challenge inspiration is a stamp from Stamps Happen called “Lavender Flower Fairy”, and I’ve colored it using my Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils on Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock. One stamp, one coloring, Clean And Simple! 🙂

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Project Details:

Rubber stamp – Stamps Happen Lavender Flower Fairy
Colored with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils on Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock
Stems/Leaves – Ivy, Grass, Shamrock, Citrus
Blue Dress/Butterflies – Pebble, Atlantic Blue, Petrol Blue, Royal Blue, Denim Blue, White
Skin – Rose Peach, Eggshell, Cream, Linen
Flowers – Blackberry, Cranberry, Carmine, Antique Rose
Fairy Wings – Denim Blue, Bumblebee, Saffron, Daffodil, Tangerine
Sky – Royal Blue, Reef Blue, Denim Blue, Bumblebee, Lemon, White

Garden Gate

The new ColourBlend pencils from Spectrum Noir are Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I created a little garden scene using some new stamps I got at the Scrapbook Expo in the Stamps By Judith and Heather booth and colored it with my ColourBlend pencils.

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Crafter’s Companion will be bringing the ColourBlend pencils to HSN on Wednesday, October 5th.

Tune in for some fabulous deals on these and more new products from Crafter’s Companion!

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Project Details:

Pot, Planter, Gate, Stems, Ivy Branch, Bird in nest, Dots Stamps from Stamps by Judith and Heather
Colored with ColourBlend pencils
Spectrum Aqua markers for stems in pots (Evergreen) and dots around outside (Teal)
Sentiment stamp from Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Phrases stamp set
ColourBlend colors:
Woodgrain – Bark, Walnut, Paprika, Yellow Ochre
Leaves – Alpine, Amazon Green, Grass
Flowers – Blackberry, Velvet, Mauve, Antique Rose
Pots – Grape, Peach, Nectarine, Rose Red
Bird – Twilight Blue, Royal Blue, Denim Blue, Petrol Blue
Ground – Sage, Cinnamon, Saddle Brown, Maize, Smoke

 

Grand Entrance Mixed Media Canvas

I just love the new mixed media dies from Crafter’s Companion, and I used them, along with some other Die’sire dies, some paints and my Spectrum Noir alcohol and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to create this fun canvas.

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I used some homemade texture paste and some Sheena Douglass stencils to add some texture to the canvas, then I airbrushed over the canvas using a variety of colors of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I added a little bit of dimensional paints in random spots for more texture. For the birds, branch, leaves and butterflies, I took some cardboard from a snack pack box and, using my Gemini diecutting machine, I diecut it with the Mixed Media dies. I then painted the diecuts with acrylic paints and added a coat of clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.

The birdhouse was stamped from the Twit Twoo stamp set and colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. I added a few more leafy diecuts, and finished it with the gorgeous Create A Card Grand Entrance iron gate die cut. I added the Art Anthology Lava Stone Effects texture paint around the edges to transition it onto the canvas.

This was a really fun piece to create, and I can’t wait to get it framed!

If you want some tips on how to apply Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to  your diecuts, check out this tutorial on the Spectrum Noir website:

Sparkle Up Your Diecuts

Project details:
Homemade texture paste
Gemini diecutting machine
Sheena Douglass Distress Grid stencil
Sheena Douglass Graphic Equalizer stencil
Art Anthology Dot Matrix stencil
Background Airbrushed with Spectrum Noir markers
TB7, TB5, PL3, LG5, LY3, CG3
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Twit Twoo stamp set, colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers Blue Topaz, Moonstone, Moonlight, Smoked Quartz, Pink Champagne, Harvest Moon, Clear
Die’sire Mixed media dies:
Graceful Butterflies die set and Tweet Tweet die set (painted with acrylic paints)
Branch Out dies (airbrushed with Spectrum Noir markers EB7, EB5, EB3, JG6, JG3, LG5
Regular dies:
Sheena Douglass Hedgerow Corner die set
Die’sire Create A Card Grand Entrance gate die
Die’sire Classiques Wildflower Trio die set
Artist’s Loft Acrylic Paints
Art Anthology Dimensional and texture paints

Verity Rose Sunbeam

I just love the Crafter’s Companion Verity Rose collection, and this Sunbeam character is simply adorable!

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Colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils, and finished with a touch of Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker, she’s the perfect fit for these coordinating papers and envelopes from the Verity Rose collection. The Verity Rose flamingo and sunflower diecuts were colored with Spectrum Aqua markers, and also finished with Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.

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Project Details:

Verity Rose
Verity Rose card blanks
Verity Rose Mini Coloring Book – Sunbeam Character
Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories die set – Flamingo and Sunflower
Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories stamp set – Flamingo and Sunflower
Verity Rose 6×6 envelopes
Verity Rose Luxury paper pad
Crafter’s Companion Pink Pearl shimmering cardstock (for Flamingo)
Sunbeam Character image colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
Hat – 054, 049, 051, 048, 045
Skin – 030, 029, 009, 008, 004
Orange Hat Trim – 025, 022, 020, 017
Flower – 022, 020, 015, 013
Hair – 089, 015, 017, 013
Shell – 071, 070, 066, 082, 078, 080
Ice Cream – 025, 029, 008
Cone – 89, 015
Sunflower diecut colored with Spectrum Aqua markers – Amber, Moss, Fawn
Flamingo diecut colored with Spectrum Aqua Rose Pink
Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle added to shell, sunflower and flamingo