Coloring with Spectrum Noir!

Ok, it’s been a while. I just never seem to find time to craft enough,  I’m so busy coordinating everyone else’s crafting! 🙂

But this week…well, this week I just had to jump in. The good folks at Spectrum Noir have been very good to me and the rest of the Stampendous Design Team. So when we had a chance to play with their super talented Design Team, well, I just had to play, too.

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For this project I pulled out my Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. I love using alcohol markers, but I always have to be so fast to make sure they don’t dry before blending. It’s kind of “hectic”, and I don’t always have time to finish a project, so I just don’t start one. But with colored pencils you can leave the images partially colored and return to finish at any time later. Even when you blend them as you can with these pencils.  And there’s a complete set of these great pencils up for grabs! Plus all the blending accessories you’ll need. Just be sure you enter the Rafflecopter giveaway over on the Stampendous blog. (there are lots of other prizes, too! Be sure you leave a comment here to be entered for some cute House-Mouse Stamps and a Spectrum Noir gift certificate!)

My project features the Stampendous Asian Umbrella Set. This darling parasol is just wonderful, and all the accessories that go with it are so much fun. I wanted a card that reminded me of those 1940’s MGM musicals where the chorus pulls away a series of umbrellas, or fans, or parasols leaving a dancing and singing Vera Ellen or Rosemary Clooney to do her stuff. This gatefold card does just that… with all the glitz and glam of a 1940’s musical, too!

Asian Umbrella by Laura Weed

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Stampendous Asian Umbrella Card by Laura Weed

Here’s the list of who’s hopping today. Scroll below the list if you want more “tutorial” kind of detail. Be sure to leave a comment!!

Stampendous Blog

Laura Weed (you’re here)

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

Spectrum Noir Blog

stamping I started by stamping my parasols on Mixed Media White Paper. I used Onyx Black VersaFine ink from Tsukineko.

pencilsPencils and accessories at the ready! Pencil sharpener, Gamsol, paper stumps, and sandpaper bar for cleaning the stumps. Ooooh…the goodness! And don’t worry. I won’t be breaking the tips on my pencils, I put soft foam in the bottom of the cute little buckets.

colored pencil I used colored pencils, trying for at least two shades of each color. The spaces are small, but it was really easy.

gamsolThen I dipped the stump into the Gamsol (that’s hopefully how you do it, it worked anyway) and as I rubbed the colored pencil, it became a lovely, blended, watercolor look. I have seen this technique a million times, but this is the first time I’ve done it. I was thrilled with the results.

background close up I stamped all over my light pink panels with VersaMark Watermark Ink and the three-flower background design in the set. Then I embossed with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder for a shiny, glittery look. This is soooo much better IRL!!

closeup glitterHere’s a closeup that kind of shows the glitter. I stamped and colored the inside panel as well, then trimmed out a greeting for the front panel. I added Multi Crystal Glitter everywhere with a glue pen. Hope you’ve enjoyed it!

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Authentique and Stampendous Blog Hop

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Hi Friends,

This week the Stampendous Design Team is sharing some terrific projects using Authentique Papers on their blog posts. The kind folks at Authentique sent a lot of great patterned papers for the team to use on a big Blog Hop in October plus in the the Spring themed Stampendous October Catalog. The gals kindly took a few days out to make some other great projects, however, because this paper is just too fun not to use on all kinds of things.

I don’t get to blog with the team very often (I don’t usually have time to make anything) but our hop was looking kind of weak for Thursday, so I put together this fun card featuring Stampendous Lovely Garden Jumbo Stamp Set and the matching Lovely Garden Cutting Dies. I’m so excited that we finally got to make dies at Stampendous. I’ve been wanting them for years. And these are just gorgeous!

I decided to do the flower and leaves in various black and white Authentique papers. Then add the butterfly in a beautiful lettuce green that has tiny butterflies on it. Add some May Arts Jute Twine and coordinating Bazzill paper, and you’ve got a quick and easy card that really pops.

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I added some white colored pencil to the center of the smaller flower for just a bit of definition in the petals. They were a tad hard to see on such dark paper. But I really love the contrast.

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So did I mention there are prizes?? Yep, you could win a bunch of fun Authentique papers plus a $20 Stampendous Reward Card to spend on our website! How? Just comment on as many blog posts this week as you can. Each comment is an entry to win! We’ll draw one winner using Random.org on Monday, so you have until Sunday, August 17th to comment. You can find the posts for the week here:
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY
Be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog tomorrow when several of the Design Team will have additional projects to post!! Thanks for stopping by!

 – By the way, for those who care about this sort of thing, I made this card in the Stampendous offices using paper supplied by Authentique for our use and lots of other cool stuff given to us to use in our Graphics Department. So I didn’t buy any of it, but I wouldn’t use it if I didn’t love it either. Life is way too short to craft with icky stuff!