New Year, new products, new inspiration…

Hello friends and welcome to our first post of the New Year!  I’m a bit holiday seasoned-out so I was glad to just pull out some new supplies recently acquired from the Love is in the Details store, and mindlessly play.  These FUN little birthday designs printed on watercolor paper were the perfect little canvases to play on….


…and these new watercolor pencils from Spectrum Noir were the medium of choice!


In case you’re wondering, how the various brands of watercolor pencils compare…because there are a few to choose from….I did this little color comparison sample.  As you can see from the photo, the Spectrum brand provides a thick and creamy coverage that turns to a beautiful watercolor tint.  Even better, they will be releasing more color collections, and having a bad case of Collect the Whole Set-itis, I will be needing all those colors.


Before I show you the cards that came out of this therapeutic coloring session, I wanted to show you how you can achieve a fun color blend.  I used two shades of blue pencils and a green and colored the block letters in thirds from top to bottom.  Then, using a water brush I colored the top color, then the bottom color and finally, colored the middle section, overlapping into the top and bottom so they would blend together.


I did the same for the rainbow CELEBRATE letters and presents on the card on the top left, and an orange/yellow ombre on the Birthday card on the bottom right.


Here are some close-ups of the individual cards.




This last card was colored with the new Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua-Wash brushes in the store.  They come in color sets of threes and I used the spring and summer color sets to paint the balloons and alphabets below.


Thanks for coming by today!  I’m really happy to be back with some new inspiration, not to mention, fun new products to play with and then tell you about!   Have a wonderful day!


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Critter cards…

Hi friends, I’m popping in today with a quick post to show you another of the card sets that are available in the store for you now.  They are all stamped and waiting for you to color them and make them into cards, similar to what I’m showing you here today.


I used Copic markers to colors these designs.  Copics are alcohol based markers similar to Sharpies, but where Sharpies have 24 different colors, Copics have 355 different colors!  I bet you didn’t even know there WERE 355 different colors!

Lori will be bringing in another line of alcohol-based markers that are very similar to Copics, called Spectrum Noir, and they provide the same beautiful blend-ability at a much friendlier price point.  And don’t forget, you can accomplish the very same kind of shading with colored pencils.  Your kids will give you permission to use theirs without a second thought.  Until they see what you can do with them.  Then they’ll want their pencils back to try some of this magical coloring too!


The stamped designs of these cards is such that you can simply color them up, and adhere them to a card front, or you can crop them and make a more elaborate card with mats, patterned papers and embellishments.  I left mine quite simple here because it’s the style I love best.  Just some coordinating Nuvo drop dots and I’m good.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on September 20, 2017

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