Monday, January 26, 2015


Good morning crafty friends! I hope your weekend was full of fun. I got out my Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils and had a great time coloring this House-Mouse image...

I found THIS tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog that I wanted to share. It shows how to create a soft focus on your image, which will make it "pop" and stand out, and how to ground your image. In the tutorial, Lis shows you how to do this using Spectrum Noir Markers.  I'm did the same thing using Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. Same great results!

The pencils I used along with blending solution and paper stumps:
  • Soft Focus 061, 068
  • Ground 113, 104 

Without adding this shading, the image would just look flat on the paper. This technique gives the image if it's actually lifted off the page!

See how great it looks! That mouse is ready to jump right off the card! LOL! I added a little googly eye for even more movement and fun. I also wanted to color over the frog with my clear gel pen...but I couldn't get that sucker to work for nuttin'! UUUGH! For the sentiment I stamped little mouse foot prints and heat embossed the sentiment in white.

This technique, and many many other great ideas are available on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

Here's the other pencils I used to color with:
  • Mouse Skin 005, 009
  • Mouse Fur 087, 103
  • Frog 044, 058, 059
  • Turn Key 112, 117

Also, if you're a House-Mouse fan, don't forget to check out the current challenge we have going on right now over at the House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog - Make it Masculine. I made my card "dude" friendly ;) Well...OK...I did add a couple rhinestones.
 He's just gonna have to deal with it.  hahahaha

Have a ribiting good day!

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Bending Solution
Spectrum Noir Paper Stumps
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
VersaMark Ink
Memento Luxe Pear Tart Ink
Ranger Archival Olive Ink
House-Mouse Stamp - Giddyup
Stampabilities Sentiment
A Muse Stamps- Grass, dotted scallop
Googly Eye
Lime Rhinestone Stickers - A Muse Studio
White Embossing Powder
Black Twine
Decorative Scissors
Dies from Lawn Fawn and MFT
Colored Cardstock from A Muse Studio
Heat Embossing Tool
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Foam adhesive


Barbara Thompson said...

This is so cute!

Lorraine A said...

super cute card Lori :-) I love the google eye and CAS design, FAB :-)

Lols x x x

Snoopy said...

Oh, Lori this is absolutely adorable. That googly eye on the frog is such a perfect touch.

Snoopy :D

Heather said...

Hi Lori, a gorgeous card - I love your design and gorgeous colours!!! Your beautifully coloured image is adorable, brilliant colouring and the fun one google eye cracks me up!!!!

Heather xx

Beth Brovold said...

Oh my word this is just so cute...I love the google eye on your froggie!! Fantastic card Lori...your colouring as always is fabulous!! Have a wonderful week!!!
Take care,

Christine said...

Awww how cute is this?...fab design great image & it..

smiles Christine x

Sally said...

So cute.. Love this one Lori xxx