Saturday, 24 March 2018

NUVO It Girls hit London, Paris and New York

Hello lovely friends! What a beautiful Saturday morning it is! The sun is shining and that always makes me happy :)I've been updating the look of my blog and just realised this was never published - yikes!
So albeit late, today I'm sharing four cards designed using some of the new Nuvo Alcohol Markers. There are 9 new packs of three - Pebble Beach, Cookies & Cream, Palma Violets, Indigo Ink, Aquamarine, Irish Clover, Honey Amber, Apricot Ombre, and Coral Reef - and you can buy them 

These alcohol markers were really fun to use and blend really well. I created my own backgrounds and then used some really cool stamps from Tonic Studios as the focal point. 
My first two cards I used Neenah Kraft Card, which is awesome with alcohol markers! The sand coloured card is a soft colour and gives your markers a different look which I love. 
card 1 - floral flourish,  was stamped and masked several times using Delicate Detail Floral Flourish Stamp
To make: 
  1. Cut out a tent fold card base 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches in the Neenah Kraft card. 
  2. Cut out 5.25 by 4 inches Neenah Kraft card and stamp and mast the largest floral flourish stamp. 
  3. Colour in the image with your new Nuvo Alcohol Markers - Irish Clover, Coral Reef and Honey Amber
  4. Add green glitter to the leaves
  5. Add green and red sequins
  6. Stamp a hello sentiment
  7. mount onto your card base with foam pads for some dimension. 
I added a private message inside but you can just see that the inside is also stamped and coloured. Finishing touches like stamping and colouring inside is something I personally love to do. It's not about quick and easy cards, it's about making something personal and meaningful for friends and family. 

Card 2 
Card 2 was made using a few other branded stamps and watercolour pens to make the background. 
My poppy and letter stamps aren't branded and of course I threw the packaging away but they were some of the first stamps I bought so may have been from Hobby Craft about 2 years ago. 
I then went and dropped a pen on my card which made a scribble - so I decided to run with it and mad lots of random scribbles. I  used  my Zig Clean Colour Pens and stamped over it and hoped for the best. Think I would have preferred a cleaner image but it still works. 
The image was stamped onto Neenah Sand craft card and measures 3.75 inches by 5 inches. I positioned her just off the page and then coloured her in with my Nuvo markers. Once completed, I stamped another image and cut out with newspaper to make a mask and cover her whilst I make the background. 
Once the background was completed and dried, I removed the mask, and the image was still perfect. To finish the card I coloured the border with the Nuvo Green pens for a perfect match, stamped a hello and added gold and green sequins. 
Ideas don't just magically appear to me and I need to feel products, stamp images and cut paper before I start formulating ideas. Initially, I used some newspaper style card to have a stamp and play. Now I know this card isn't 'finished' nor is it very pretty but...this is part of my process and I would never have come up with the above card if I hadn't had a play first.
To crafters out there who instinctively know what they are making, my hats off to you! And no, I haven't thrown it away as it may inspire future designs - but I keep most of my stinkers in a separate box that says - 'the ugly project box'. 

My next tag card nearly went into the ugly card box too! The It Girl image is lush and she reminded me of a London city girl. I had a black and white digital image of London Bridge I knew would be perfect. After resizing it to fit nicely on the tag I choose, I printed off a couple copies and scribbled on them with my Distress Crayons. The scribbled background goes perfectly with the image and so went with muted colours for my stamped image. 
What I realised after I had printed, coloured and cut my tag was I had used the wrong size tag for the piece which said 'London'. I had already spent a couple of hours on this project and didn't want to have to redo the entire thing, plus the second lot I had made for prep! Aaaargh....
You can see that the larger tag says London with the larger part of the bridge. I made do my using some cheese cloth as a bit of a cover and layered the tags in black instead of my white. 
 I then added a little more distress crayon over the smaller tag to make it pop and to make up for the lack of sentiment. You can also see that the above and this tag below is slightly different. When we make samples, we have to make two of everything (prepping). When you're colouring this is nearly impossible to recreate 100% but I think they both look great. 
Now that my tag has been designed, I work on the main image again using Neenah craft card and Nuvo Alcohol Markers. I went for browns and reds and added some dots and white accents with a white gel pen. 
She was fussy cut and added to the finished tag. I did use a Nuvo watercolour pencil for her skin on this card and a black fine liner for the bag straps but the rest was using Nuvo Alcohol Pens. The reason I used the watercolour pencil was that the kraft card is already sandy so it was just easier to use the pencil. I love how her blouse turned out. 
The assembled tag
 And then made into a card. It was so much fun making this, even with the blip along the way! I added a couple gold sequins as a little bit of bling and to tie in all my cards with a minor commonality. 
 My last card came from inspiration from my favourite magazine - Vogue! I've been buying Vogue magazines since I was 13. Fashion magazines are an awesome place to find inspiration for cardmaking but today I looked to make a card like the cover. Vogue is fashion and arty and trendy and my next stamp fit the bill perfectly as she looks like she belongs on the cover - where is exactly where I've put her! This is my favourite of the 4 and I love the edgy look it has and think it's perfect for the cover of Vogue magazine. Now you'd have thought I would have gone square - but this is just inspiration and there are no rules. 
This is a DL card and I made the background using distress oxides and a few background stamps by Tim Holtz and Craftwork Cards. Once I had a a single layer down I then popped my A4 piece of mixed media card in the printer and with Word - I simply printed out VOGUE onto my inked card. I then cut to size and carried on inking up for a textured and industrial looking background. The colours were chosen to match the Nuvo Alcohol Markers I used on my It Girl. She was coloured and fussy cut out before being added to the finished card. Some Nuvo Drops and sequins were added to complete the look. 
DO you have a favourite? Here is a photo of my It Girls whom I hope all have an edgy modern look.
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading another mammoth blog post! I can't believe I had this in draft for the last couple of weeks but it's better late than never. 
Did you buy these stamps and pens when they were released?
I'd love it if you left me a comment to let me know what you think. And I'd love it even more to see what you've made with these products. :)
Drop me a comment and let me know. Do  you have a blog? Be sure to add it in the comments so I can come and visit you. 

All the best and see you next week! 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx


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