Tuesday 16 July 2013

Practice makes Perfect...

Hi everyone! I hope you are well. 

I was very excited today as I received some goodies in the mail.

I found a brand new blog that has inspired me to keep trying to use my Alcohol markers. It is specifically for the Spectrum Noir pen range. I didn't have any Spectrum pens but after a quick online shopping spree, I now own some!

The blog is Spectrum Noir and I have spent so much time checking out the tutorials that I felt that I would give it a go and enter my first challenge over there.

I actually had some crappy alcohol markers... I wont mention which ones. I have always been amazed by what people can do with colouring and blending. That's actually what sparked me to start up the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog. The very first challenge that we had was called 'Make your Mark' and is dedicated to using your markers. 

So, back to my story... I ordered a few sets of the markers and now realise that I just have to keep saving to purchase some more. They are actually very reasonably priced.

Here is my card that I have made using my markers for the first time -

I had a few practice runs and I have made mistakes on this one but as they say - Practice makes perfect. I had the most trouble with her skin tones. I ordered the Skin Tone set of markers but will need to order the Pale Hue set (I think) to compliment the range.

The stamp is from Penny Black called Betsy Bluebell.

Here she is uncoloured -

I even wrote down the colours as I was using them! 

Skin - FS2, FS3, FS6, TN2
Hair - TN2, TN7, TN8
Blue Balloon - TB1, TB2, TB3
Red Balloon - DR1, DR3, DR5
Pink Balloon - PP1, PP3, PP5
Dress - PL1. BP2, BP6
Grass - DG2

Now, I'm not sure if I have used the right shades together (especially for her skin and dress) but I could only make do with what I had. Once I add to my collection, I will be able to follow some of the tutorials using the colours they specify.

One thing that was a bummer is my BP2 pen is basically dry. None of the other pens had any trouble. I am going to have to contact the people I bought it from and see what to do.

The current challenge running over at Spectrum Noir that I would like to enter is 

I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges


Tuesday Throwdown - ANYTHING GOES
Created with Love - ANYTHING GOES
Make it Monday - ANYTHING GOES
Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute and Cuddly
Lexi's Creations - For a Friend

Thanks so much for looking xx


  1. You know how I struggle with colouring and am pretty new to it but you have done a fabulous job with this. I was checking out how you did her hair-it looks great, and the skin is perfect. Perhaps I need to invest in some of these as I don't seem to be doing so great with mine x

  2. Great colouring - love how you've shaped the balloons. I work with these pens and we always open new packs before they leave the shop and check for and replace dry pens. If you are buying more ask if you can check them in front of staff!

  3. Gorgeous image and design Kylie,
    Thank you for joining us at Lexis Creations.
    Hugs Julie xx

  4. Love your coloring. Cute image. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Created with Love Challenges.


  5. Love the image such a cutie!! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our ANYTHING GOES Challenge!

  6. your card is so incredibly sweet!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi (GD this week on lexi's creations challenge)

  7. Stunning card Kylie, love the image and it's shaded beautifully! I've just treated myself to some Spectrum Noir pens as well:)
    Val x

  8. I think you did a great job coloring this image with your new pens. And the paper with spots makes a decorative frame for the image and really stands out beautifully from the white background. Cute CAS card!

  9. What a gorgeous card - you've coloured that cute little image perfectly. Go you! Looking forward to catching up in person really soon, but bring your winter woollies. x

  10. hello Kylie
    I think she has a lovely complexion .fabulous colouring ..Thanks for sharing this pretty card on Make it Monday

  11. How cute! The coloring is just perfect too!! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

  12. Fabulous card you have coloured her beautifully with your new pens! Thanks for sharing with us at Lexis! Susan x

  13. Great card! I think you did a wonderful job of coloring. I also use Spectrum Noir pens and have accumulated their entire collection. Along the way I have also come up with a pen or two that is dry. I emailed the company that I ordered them from and got no answer. If you find out what to do, please let me know!

    Thanks for joining in with us at Tuesday Throwdown!

  14. What a sweet card and your coloring is fabulous! Saw you on MIM and had to pop over for a closer look!
    Katherine xx

  15. Your creationis so beautiful with it's bright and cheerful colors. This is sure to bring a smile to any face. Thanks for sharing.

  16. very cute, from Jennie at spectrum Noir!


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