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Friday, 26 June 2015

Spectrum Aqua Markers

It has taken me some weeks to make these cards as I have been trying to finish off a scrapbook of our USA holiday last year.  It started off as one album and progressed to two albums!!  I shall take some photos of some of the pages soon but that is what has kept my blog a bit quiet.

Recently I entered a draw on the Craft Superstore Facebook page to win some Spectrum Aqua Markers.  Guess how excited I was when I found out that I was their winner.  I make my cards solely to sell to raise funds for different charities and therefore my cardmaking funds are very limited.  People in Blogland and Facebook are kind and send me things for my cards for charity but any challenge wins or giveways I win I put to that good use as well so to win so very much.

I've now had chance to have a little go with my Spectrum Aqua Markers.  I have done watercolouring on-and-off over the years.  I didn't get on well with pencils as I struggled with pressing down of the pencils when my hands aren't so good.  I got on OKish with my Lyra waterolour crayons.  Now what did I think of the Spectrum Aqua Markers  ..................... I LOVED THEM!!  I preferred to scribble on a white tile and pick the colour up with a brush.  What was fantastic was the tiny end on one end of the pen as that made it possible to get into tiny areas you might not have bothered before.  The other end was a brush which was perfect for scribbling on the tile but also perfect if you coloured directly onto a stamp and used it instead of an ink pad.  I've now bought myself the DVD to watch to learn what other things I could use them for but I am just so very slightly hooked!!

For all 3 cards below I have used various stamps I was given by a friend.

I scribbled various colours onto my tile, spritzed it with water, waited a few seconds for the colour to merge and then laid my card over the top.  I just get dipping areas it had missed on the card back onto the colours on the tile.

For the pink/purple card I then I scribbled various colours on my tile and added a little bit of water.  I then used a Dutch Doobadoo flower stencil and used a cosmetic sponge to use the watercolour through the stencil.

Then for all of the cards I used various Crafter's Companion Textures Stamps and directly coloured onto them with the Spectrum Aqua Markers and then stamped onto the background to add some depth.  Sometimes I would use the pen just as it was and sometimes I would spritz with water.
 This card and the one below are going to the Craft Superstore for having the giveaway and to Crafter's Companion for providing the prize. This card has been finished off with some die-cut shells/anchor, faux stitching, natural fibres and some real shells.
 This second card has been finished off with some die-cut shells, real shells, faux stitching and some stringed pearls.
This card has been finished off with a doily, die-cut sentiment, flowers, ribbon and buttons.

Yes, I know I need a lot more practice but I am pleased with my first try with these pens.  If anyone has problems with their hands like I do they are an absolute dream to use.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Create - Any mixed media/creative
Robyn's Fetish - Must add buttons, real or faux (pin/purple third card has buttons on it)
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Fantasy Stampers - Your favourite colour (well I am torn between turquoise blue as it reminds me of the seaside so the first two cards fit that colour scheme and then I also love purple so the second card has that colour scheme)
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of adding some wet or dry embossing
Ruby's Rainbow - At the seaside (the first two cards)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes (third card)
Moving Along with the Times - Sewing and stitching
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Spectrum Noir June Facebook Challenge - Add some sparkle or bling! (third card)
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Carole Robb Bisson said...

Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, on our 189th Challenge. We appreciate you very much.
Blessings, Carole

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kym all your cards are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Fantasy Stampers. Hugs Jackie DT

Wendy L said...

So gorgeous, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxx

chanya13 said...

Fabulous card with lovely colors and design. Love all embellishments. Thanks for sharing with us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge, Agnieszka DT

Rhonda Miller said...

Cute cards. Thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish.

Elizabeth Hart said...

Your cards are just adorable and fun too! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Creative Fingers Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Sylvia Meppen-Rentenaar said...

These cards are gorgeous Kym. You did a excellent job with the aqua pencils. It takes a lot of practise, but you will find out you will love them more and more. Big hugs, your friend Sylvia xxx

Karen C said...

These are all super sweet! Great coloring!! Thanks for joining us over at Incy Wincy Designs!
Karen C

Colette said...

These are so cute. I love the soft colours. Thank you for playing along with Incy Wincy this week, good luck. Colette - DT

Gayatri said...

Cute images. Beautifully coloured as well. Love the soft pastel colours. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes!

beatriz blazquez arrabal said...

Your cards are so cute!, thanks for join us at Creative moment challenge this time, good luck and hope to see you next time. Hugs Beatriz DT

Jacee said...

Such lovely designs Kym!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Ema M said...

Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
IDCB Owner

Helen said...

A great card - thanks for joining us at Penny's.

Helen x

Michelle said...

Wonderful cards!! Thanks for joining us @ Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Hope to see you again :)

Pollard Carole said...

Such a sweet card thanks for playing Crafty ribbons Challenge good luck Hugs Carole x DT

Helen said...

Me again, Kym!

Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky too.

Helen x