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Friday 8 January 2016

Winter Blues and a Tutorial

Good morning my lovelies, Friday at last! I always find this time of year a bit of a drag but the weekend is here so I'm a happy bunny! We've got a fab challenge over at Graph'It Colouring Challenge and our theme is 'Winter Blues'. We've got some fab prizes up for grabs too, one lucky winner will receive a prize from East Wind (wow some fab images to choose from!) and another ill receive some gorgeous Graph'It Goodies from Cult Pens! I've used this fab East Wind image for this canvas, she's called Magnified Star and I really enjoyed colouring her. I've also used my GIs and glossy card to create the background, if you've got a min scroll down as I've done a tutorial on this easy technique!


I've printed the image out on Ultimate Graphic 160gsm card from Polkadoodles, coloured her and cut her out to layer up over my background. For a full list of all the colours used pop over to the challenge blog.

I've done a quick to tutorial to create this background using my Graph;it Markers and glossy cardstock. I love colouring but don't have a lot of patience for colouring detailed backgrounds that take hours and hours but I do love this technique.  You'll need an assortment of Graph'It markers (or whatever alcohol markers you have), a blending mat (or you could use a glass cutting mat or a nonstick craft sheet) and some Mix'It Fluid. You're best to choose pretty dark shades of the colour you're using as the Mix'It Fluid will soften the colours.

Firstly scribble your markers on your blending mat in a random pattern

Spritz lightly with Mix'It Fluid

Swoosh your glossy card through the inky mess on your blending mat and repeat, mopping up the ink to fill in any white areas

Here's my A4 sheet

Next drip your Mix'it fluid onto the background using the inside of the spritzer bottle

Add some larger drops with a paintbrush handle

Leave it to dry to create a lovely sky effect

I've distressed the edges with black soot distress ink and then added some stencilling with black archival ink

To add some stars or snow just splatter your scene with ink from a White and Silver Graph'It Shake pens

and your background is finished, ready to add your image or perhaps stamp a sentiment. I've added a sentiment using one of my favourite stamps from Indigo Blu, stamped in versamar and embossed with WOW Mercury Grey EP, its my favourite at the minute as its a lovely warm sparkly silver! The sentiment isn't showing up too well in the pic but it reads: Courage, strength and determination, that's what little girls are made of.

I'm entering this project in the following challenges

Creative Knockouts: anything goes
Fab'n'Funky: Something new  (new image)
Live and Love Crafts: Something new (new image)
Simon Says Stamp: something new (new image)

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


  1. What a wonderful project Claire. She is just fabulous. Great coloring.
    Hugs Flo x

  2. Wow I am totally blown away by this you clever lady!!
    Hugs xx Cara xx

  3. Oh my word!!!! This is amazing!!!

  4. Wow this turned out great, love the image and your beautiful background too. Thanks for the tute, I'm going to give that a try.

  5. Gorgeous background and a technique I am yet to try! The image is very cool too.

  6. Wowwww, that looks fantastic. I like it very much.
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Hugs Carola

  7. Love the background, the whole card looks great, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxx

  8. Wow, what an amazing card ! Love your background you created and your colouring is fabulous !

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  9. Absolutely FANTASTIC. Love this very much.
    Wonderfully illustrated also.
    Happy New Year too :)
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Don't forget, we will be holding the "Champion of Champions" DT Challenge for all winners from each and every category from these monthly Challenges in March 2016.
    Hope you keep entering each month.
    Annette DT Leader

  10. This is so awesome I need some mixing fluid love this to bit would frame and hang in my room

  11. This creation is beautiful thank you for joining us at the WWODTC
    Michelle DT

  12. This is such a great project. I love the colours and the image is just spot on. Claire, I learnt so much about backgrounds from just reading your post. Thank you very much for that :-). Also thanks for joining us at the WWODT challenge blog. Good luck with your entry.

  13. Stunning project....Thank you joining us @ Fab n Funky this week....Joolsx

  14. Hi, This is stunning! Fabulous creation! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Thanks so much for joining our 1st January 2016 "World Wide Open Design Team" Challenge. We hope to see you again next month and good luck!
    Hugs, DT Natalie Z.

  15. Wow! This is gorgeous! Awesome tutorial too. Thank you for showing us how to create this background. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Looking forward to see you again soon.
    WWO DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}

  16. Wowzer I just love everything about this x

  17. Loving your tutorial and your amazing creation is brilliant. Thanks for joining us at Creative Knockouts on our Anything Goes Challenge.


  18. Wow fabulous Claire, I love the image, which is coloured perfectly and the fabulous background Thank you for Playing along with us at WWODTC, Good Luck
    Kevin xx

  19. Claire, this is just so awesome...I love it, great techniques that you have used to make the most amazing card. Thanks for playing with us at MAWTT. Claire DT

  20. Canvas is amazing, great image and I loved reading your tutorial for the background.
    Diane Louise x

  21. this is amazing !
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting with an attitude!
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom

  22. I love your card so much! Great background!

  23. Fun image and a very cool card, your background is awesome! Thanks for playing with LLC in our January challenge; hope you can jon in this month as well!

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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