Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Flexmarker Hair Combos

I’m always asked at demonstrations “what colours do you use for blonde/brown/red hair?
But because I’m always experimenting with colours, the answers are usually different all the time. Now that we have Flexmarkers, we have even more colours to experiment with! So I’ve spent this afternoon trying out some new hair colour combinations. I’ve selected colours for a brunette, a blonde, and a redhead as well as 3 wilder colour combinations.
flex hair
By using flicky strokes – yes that is the technical term – you can achieve a more realistic, textured effect to the hair, so you don’t need to worry about blending the shades too much.
I used the “Double Take” digital image from Saturated Canary for my sample chart, printed onto Diamond White card from The Papeterie
 I hope these colour combos inspire you to experiment with your FlexMarkers and ProMarkers, we’d love to see how you get on in the comments!
Debbi x

Flexmarkers - Skin & Fair Hair

Another quick video tutorial, this time featuring the new Flexmarkers

Materials List
Flexmarkers: Rose Peach, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Nutmeg, Light Fawn & Buttercup
Diamond White cardstock from The Papeterie
Seasons Greetings - Sassy Stamp from Sugar Nellie

Ultra Fine Nibs/Promarkers - Skin & Boys Hair

Hi there, I've done a quick video tutorial showing colouring skin and boys hair with Promarkers and the ultra-fine nibs available separately.
Materials List:
Promarkers: Burnt Orange, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Walnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan & Almond
Ultra Fine Nibs
Diamond White cardstock from The Papeterie
No. 1 Fan - Simply Sassy Stamp from Sugar Nellie

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Aquamarker Tags

As much as I love my Promarkers and Flexmarkers - there are some things that they just can’t do – and this is where the Aquamarkers come in ready to try out a whole host of different crafting techniques.
I decided not to use the Aquamarkers for traditional water-colouring, I thought I’d try to show a few quick and easy techniques that you can use on cards, tags, altered art projects etc.

Materials List:
  • Letraset Aquamarkers: Mediterranean, Sunburst Yellow, Fern Green, Flame Red, Gold Ochre, Mahogany, Puce, Cranberry, Royal Purple, Storm Blue
  • Letraset Metallic Marker: Silver
  • Embossing Ink pad and Clear embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz “Attic Treasures” stamp set
  • Tim Holtz “Mini Papers Rosettes” die
  • white card
  • seam binding
  • buttons and rose cabouchon, foam adhesive letters
stamped tag
I stamped my background stamp with embossing ink onto a plain white tag, then covered with clear embossing powder

embossed tag
I then used a heat tool to melt the embossing powder so that it appears glossy…

Next up, I took 2 Aquamarkers - Mediterranean and Sunburst Yellow - and scribbled with the large nib onto a non-stick craft sheet. I also added a wee bit of Silver Metallic Marker.

Then I spritzed the colour with water to make it a bit more dilute and fluid.

I placed the tag face down onto the colour and swished it around to make sure the whole tag was coloured, which also further blends the colours. You can also just press the tag down onto the colour and lift it straight up for a different effect. I used a heat tool to dry the tag, but you can also just leave it to dry naturally.

As you can see, the embossed areas resist the colour, so it remains white. Next I used a Fern Green Aquamarker to ink up the same background stamp and stamped directly onto the tag, overlapping the embossed area.

I wanted all my trims and embellishments to match the colours I used on the tag, so I scribbled some more of the Mediterranean and Sunburst Yellow Aquamarkers onto the non-stick craft sheet, spritzed it with water, then swirled around some seam binding and dried it with a heat tool.

I attached a strip of double-sided tape near the bottom of the tag and stuck a length of the seam binding to it, ruffling it as I went. Then, I used the remainder of the seam binding to tie onto the the top of the tag.

I die cut some rosette strips from white card, coloured these in the same way I coloured the tag and then attached them to the tag with a button. And as Fathers Day is coming up this weekend I added the word DAD in foam adhesive letters

Here are some close-ups of the details.

I made another couple of tags using the same techniques but different colours
I hope you’ve been inspired to have a go at these easy techniques – we’d love to see how you get on

Friday, 1 June 2012

LE Summer 2012 Colours

So I got some new Gorjuss Girls stamps for a demo I’m doing soon, and when I saw this one, “Awashed”, I knew it was just crying out to be coloured in the gorgeous (pardon the pun) ProMarker Summer Limited Edition colours.
Awashed Card - Summer Limited Edition Colours I’ve used Island Lagoon on her tail (with Marine for shading), Pink Lobster for her hair (with Rose Pink for the paler shade), and both Tequila Sunrise and Summer Sun for the shell she’s holding.
To give more texture to her scaly tail, I used the Blender by just touching the nib onto the coloured area randomly like in this close-up…
 close up of blender on tail
I also used the Island Lagoon to colour the fancy cut border and to edge the card. Colouring trims and embellishments with your Promarkers are a great way of ensuring everything colour-matches perfectly.
Supplies used:
  • ProMarker Limited Edition Summer 2012 6 Set
  • Letraset Promarkers: Marine, Rose Pink, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush
  • Gorjuss Girls stamp “Awashed”
  • Diamond White  and plain white card from The Papeterie
  • Hero Arts stamp set CL383 Antique Engravings
  • Memento Dewdrop inkpads in Summer Sky, Pear Tart and Lulu Lavender
  •  Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ironwork Accents
  • Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder Lines & Circles

Summer 2012 Limited Edition Colours

 Just like I did with the Spring colours, I've put together a wee chart to show where these Limited Edition colours fit in with your existing promarkers...

If you want to see the equivalent Spring chart, you can find it here.
Now, I need to get cracking with a lovely summery project to show them off :)
Debbi x