Tuesday, 2 August 2011

OMG - I am sooooooo excited!!!!!!

After all this time, I've finally cracked it and I can add shading to my images using alcohol markers!! Woo hoo!!! I've had promarkers for absolutely ages but no matter what I tried, I never seemed to be able to add any depth to my images but then Crafter's Companion have brought out some new markers - Spectrum Noir and being as the price of them was so reasonable, I thought I'd give 'em a try and see if I could work with them any better than I do with the PMs and I am sooooooooooo happy with the results!!
There's a new challenge over at Shopping Our Stash today and it's 'Vellum, Violet and Violins', so you can use a combination of any or all of those things. I managed two outta three and loved this challenge cos purple is a fave colour of mine!! Here's my card (click to enlarge if you want to see the shading a bit better):

Ingredients:
Image - The Greeting Farm coloured with Spectrum Noirs.
Papers - Purple card from stash embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and Papermania Vellum.
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:

And I think that's about it for now! I hope you like my card and I would really appreciate your HONEST opinions on my shading and any other comments you might have. Don't forget to join in with our challenge! Bye for now (I'm off to colour some more LOL!!).............xx

31 comments:

  1. I think your shading looks great & I love all the violet & fabulous border punched piece you used. Great card!!

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  2. Marie, this card is just so gorgeous!!! And I wish my shading was even a tiny bit as good as yours!! It looks great.

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  3. Hi Marie, I think you have cracked the SN colouring dear, this is really well coloured, blended and shaded, and you have chosen two of the hardest colours to work with Mauve and Brown. Carry on hun
    Hugs Jac xx

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  4. Well hun...me thinks you have cracked it..!
    Gorgeous shading...and yep browns are so hard to do...and the hair is lovely and lush..and the purple with all the fabulous tones...it's spot on Marie..!

    I have bought some too...well Steve did for my B'day...so I have to wait boohoo... :o(

    I found using my pencils have really helped me too..and using white spirit (crafters)..to blend...I getting some super results..!

    I was cream crackered from my trip yesterday..the heat and peeps...but we had a lovely trip...and I hope I see you soon..

    biggest of hugs Vicky xx

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  5. wow..this looks great Marie.... love it! great shading.
    Hugs
    Tracy

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  6. stunning card marie.your shading of the sweet image is fabulous hun and i love the deep purple colours and fab design :D

    xx coops xx

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  7. Gorgeous card Marie and the image is beautifully coloured. I have been pondering about these new pens and everyone seems to highly rate them, so may have to invest. LOL. Hugs, Claire x

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  8. congrats on finding the perfect coloring medium. im thinking about trying those prismas, lous fault,lol. but i have no ide what im getting myself in to, still learning with my copics.
    a beautiful card hun.your coloring looks amazing!
    hugs!

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  9. Hun these colours are lovely!! The purples are great and the image is so nice!! I'm now your 153rd follower!!xx

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  10. This is fab sweetie, gorgeous work Hugs ♥ Pops ♥ x x x

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  11. OMG, OMG, OMG - this is sooooo pretty Marie! Love that border, love that colour, love your shading!!

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  12. Good for you Marie,your colouring hee is brilliant! Ive seen the Crafters companion offer and wondered if the pens were any good, now I know. Xxx

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  13. So lovely Marie :o) Your colouring looks fab, glad you're enjoying your pens. Love all those layered borders too. Lisa x

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  14. You have done a brilliant job it's a lovely card.
    Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator Crafts.

    Julie xx

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  15. This is sooo pretty! Those markers look fabulous too! What a great price!

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  16. Beautiful card Marie and such pretty layering with the lace borders...gotta mention your colouring...go you with your new pens, look like you cracked them already :) Donna x

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  17. Beautiful. Thankyou for joining in over at Paper Creator Crafts xx

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  18. I think you have indeed 'cracked' it. Your shading is lovely. Great card. Thanks for joining us at the Incy Wincy Challenge this week. Annette xx

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  19. Hi Marie,
    This is absolutely gorgeous. I might need some of those pens myself. By the way some of those Maja papers are on sale at Dies to die for.
    Hugs Teresa xx

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  20. very pretty card, thanks for joining in with the fun at paper creator`s crafts

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  21. Girl! Your shading looks fab!!!! Love all the purples and, oh my, I totally love the way you did the layered borders on top and bottom! CUTENESS!
    Hugs, Dena

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  22. Well you got depth now and it's gorgeous coloring. Adorable image and beautiful card. Have a wonderful weekend! "Love & Hugs" Carol

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  23. Gorgeous colouring on a beautiful card. Love the purple tones! Thanks for joining in at Anyone for Anya this week.
    Susan xxox(AFA DT)

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  24. Amazing! Love the coloring, but the intricate background is breathtaking! So pretty--like, wedding pretty! Thanks for joining us at Anyone for Anya this week! :)

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  25. Ohlala, what a fab card!! Love the motiv, your colouring and the layering with the lace. Must have been quite a job?

    Thanks for joining the Monochrome challenge at Kreative Stempelfreunde :)
    Hugs, Nina.

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  26. i think its colored just lovely! you always make the prettiest cards...whatever markers you use! have a lovely day hun!:)

    xo

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  27. Hi my sweetness gorgeous card your colouring is fab I was thinking of trying those pens but to be honest I love my copics now I've given PM's to Craig for fishing etc they colour line etc to blend in with background around them so fish dont see it lol.
    Hope you are ok shug cus you've not been posting for the last week hun. E-mail me if ever you need to talk shug.
    Take care.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

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  28. This is lovely Marie. Do you know that you colour so well and your cards are really beautiful that they always seemed to have depth to me :)

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  29. So much beautiful purple and wonderful punch work...the scallops add so much!

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  30. Such a lovely image and wonderful colours, Shirley G.x

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