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Winter Fairy with Spectrum Noir

Hi everyone, today I would like to show you how you can create this cute and fun Christmas card.

Step 1:

I started my project by stamping the Whimsy Stamps “Winter Fairy” image onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using black ink and then I heat embossed using clear embossing powder. This way my lines stay black and crisp.

For colouring today’s image I’m using the Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers in combination with a waterbrush.

For the hair and the bird I used a combination of Terracotta and Chocolate, adding several layers until I’m happy. For the fur on the fairies coat I used a combination of Flint (for the lighter parts) and Charcoal (for the shadow parts). I put the marker directly on the paper and wash out the colour with my waterbrush. I always have a paper kitchen towel on hand if I want to clean my brush or make area’s lighter (dab the wet paper with the kitchen towel, do not rub!). Wait for one layer to be dry (or dry with you heat tool) before adding the next one.

Step 2:

For the red parts of the coat I used a combination of Flame Red and Sepia, again adding multiple layers until I’m happy. For the skin I used a combination of Peach and Spice.

Step 3:

For the green parts I used a combination of Fern and Evergreen. You see how I most always use a combination of a lighter and a darker colour to give my image depth and dimension? If you don’t have that many markers yet you can also use one colour and add multiple layers, then it’s really important to keep your highlights as light as possible (with the really light markers creating darker shadows is not easy though).

For the remaining parts of the image I used Jasmine, which I also used on her wings in combination with Tulip.

Step 4:

I also used Tulip and a light hand in combination with lots of water to colour around the image. When the colouring is done I added some highlights back in using white gel pen and I also added some Stickles in “Diamond” onto the wings using an old brush (wash out well afterwards) to give them some sparkle, and let that dry. Next I fussy cut the image.

You can find all of the Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers that I used on today’s project in the following sets: Essentials, Nature, Floral, Botanicals, Brights and Earth sets.

Step 5:

Now that my focal point is ready I can work on my background panel: for this I die cut a rectangle panel from watercolour paper, two sizes smaller than my card base. Onto this panel I stamped my sentiment, which is from the Stampin’Up “Tin of Tags” stamp set.

Next I applied some Spectrum Noir Midas ink in “Blush” over a stencil (TCW720s) using a stencil brush and a light hand. This ink is very pigmented so you don’t need much! This ink also stays wet for a longer time and this is why I was able to apply some JudiKins embossing powder in “White Diamond” over parts of the ink to create a nice snowy background effect.

After that I went over the design in the centre where the fairy would be with a light hand and some Spectrum Noir Water-Reactive Ink in “Winter Rose”.

Step 6:

I die cut a slightly larger rectangle panel in a matching dark green/teal colour and adhered both panels together using liquid glue. This combination I adhered to a crème coloured linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. And to finish my project I now only have to adhere my cute fairy image on top also using one millimetre thick foam tape.

Detail picture:

And that is it for today’s project! I wish you a creative day!

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