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!