Monday, January 12, 2015

Coloring Cute Critters

I have mentioned before that I enjoy coloring. I find it very relaxing and also rewarding because I can make an image look exactly how I want it to. I try to do some coloring on all of the cards that I make. I use Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, which I love, I have the whole set of 168. I do have a few Copic markers, and I wish I could afford more but I just can't justify spending that much on markers. Maybe when I win the Lotto. I have no complaints about the Spectrum Noir at all. There aren't near as many as there are Copics, but for the coloring that I do, the Spectrum Noir are perfect. I also like that they come in 6 packs by color family and also in 24 packs. I started out by getting four 6 packs online at JoAnn crafts. They were on sale for 8.99 a pack. Then I found the 24 packs on sale for 29.99 here at Consumer Crafts. They have amazing sales, I lucked out and got the remaining eight 6 packs for $5.00 on their Black Friday Sale!! I have also found that the Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock works best for coloring with these markers. (That took quite a bit of trial and error to figure out.)

This is how I store my markers....
My sweet husband cut some 2" PVC pipe into 6" sections for me. I used my hot glue gun to glue them together. They're not all glued together, just rows of 3 and 5, I didn't want it too permanent because I'm not sure how I want them stacked yet. This works for now. 

Here are the images I am working on right now. These will go on my Valentine's cards and tags. This stamp and die set is the Cute Critters set from My Favorite Things. I am going to make some shaker cards, regular cards and gift tags. I like to prepare quite a few of the images and then just sit and color. Sometimes I sit in my craft room but most of the time I grab the colors I need and sit at the kitchen counter where I can see the t.v.

I have seen so many coloring tutorials on YouTube and so many different ways to color. I have tried to follow other people's instructions and it just didn't work out for me. I ended up just making up my own way and guess changes every time I sit down to color. Sometimes I start from dark and go to light, sometimes it's the other way around. It's just one of those "go with the flow" things. These are the colors I used:
Light areas :IG1, IG3, IG5
Dark areas: IG4, IG7, IG10

GB8, GB9, GB10
Flower: Christmas Red Wink of Stella Brush Tip Glitter Marker

Head/Body: TN2,TN3, TN4, TN6, TN9
Eyes/Tail: EB2, TN2 

 I am nowhere near qualified to give a tutorial on coloring, however, sometimes I have a hard time finding the right color combinations so I thought this would be helpful. I will be back in a few days to share part 2 of my Valentine's Day cards with you.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This is awesome. Just want I need and super cheap and easy. Thanks so much for posting this.

  2. TFS! Just purchased all the set of Spectrum from Consumer Craft.. Great deals!

  3. Are you still liking your marker organization? I am looking for ideas.

  4. Excellent idea I am going to copy it.