Brusho with MFT Space Explorer

Today is Day 3 of the 30 day coloring challenge and I am still with it. This is so much fun!

Today I have created a pair of cards with a background created with Brusho color crystals. These are fairly new to me and I may have applied too many crystals. The colors are so vibrant I keep forgetting less is more. But then, space is pretty dark, isn't it?

I am a big fan of sparkle and shimmer, so after I shook out the paint crystals onto Tim Holtz watercolor paper, I spritzed the paper with Psst Shimmer Sparkle. It's difficult to see in the photos, but it adds a lovely shine to the paper.

I added the stars with a white pen. The spacemen and planets were colored with Copics.

I love these little guys and will be sure to use them again and again. I think next I will try to create a moon for them to be standing on.

        STAMPS: MFT Space Explorer
        PAPERS: Tim Holtz Watercolor, MFT Smooth White, After Midnight, Timber Green
        INKS: MFT Licorice Black Hybrid, Brusho Color Crystals, Psst Shimmer Sparkle spray, Pitt Artist Pen-white, Copic markers
        DIES: MFT Space Explorer, MFT Rounded Rectangle Frames, MFT Blueprint 27

Copic No-Line Coloring

Day 2 of the 30 Day coloring changes and I pulled out the Copics today.  I have always admired the no-line coloring I have seen and decided there was no time like the present to give it a try. I had just gotten a shipment of the new Penny Black stamps and dies from their Bliss catalog. Love....

I chose the Awaken cling stamp for my project and for a first attempt I was pretty pleased. It took forever, but it could have been because I was watching a few episodes of The Crown on Netflix at the same time.

To do justice to the image, this card is 5" x 7".

It feels nice to be coloring something spring-like. Are you tired of the grayness of winter too?

Here's a close-up:

This is definitely going to become a favorite technique. There is nothing like sitting and happily coloring to improve my mood.

STAMPS: Penny Black Awaken and Happy Thoughts (Sentiment)
PAPERS:  Xpress-It Blending card; MFT Green room & whip cream
INKS:  MFT grout gray hybrid & chocolate brown dye; Copic markers:
          Flowers: Y32, YR12, YR15, YR16, YR18, YR21
            Stems: YG13, YG17
            Sky: B000
            Centers: E27, E59
OTHER:  28 Lilac Lane Spring Butterfly sequins

30 Day Coloring Challenge - Coloring with Pencils

Today is Day 1 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge on Kathy's The Daily Marker blog. I'm not sure if I can keep up, but it's a great incentive to play.

Today I decided to try my hand with coloring with colored pencils. I just got a great set of Prismacolor Premier pencils that I haven't had a chance to use.

I made this cute card to send to my daughter. As a first attempt with the pencils, it didn't come out too badly, but I learned afterwards I would have more success with layering the colors on a paper with more tooth. Another lesson learned. I will be back at the coloring board soon for another attempt with the pencils. I definitely like them and want to improve.

STAMPS: Newton's Nook - Pug Hugs
PAPERS: MFT Smooth White & Biscotti; Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine
INKS:  Prismacolor Premier pencils; Memento Black Tuxedo; MFT Cherry Crisp
DIES: MFT Blueprints 14; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles
OTHER: Glossy accents; Nuvo crystal drops