Saturday, July 21, 2012

Spectrum Noir Christmas in July Blog Hop

A few members of the Spectrum Noir team have gotten together to celebrate Christmas in July!  We have an inspiration-filled blog hop today, along with a few great prizes!  If you have arrived here from Lis's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog so you don't miss a thing!

 I used the brand new Mulberry Wood's "Purr-fect Christmas" (from Crafter's Companion) for my focal image today.  Since I'm a bit of a cat nut its fitting :)  And these 3 little kittens are just so darn adorable decorating the tree!

I kept two of my kitties gray, because most of my cats are gray, but I've always had a love for Ginger colored cats so I gave that a try on the center one.

Tip #1: For the tabby look I started with my lightest color all over (TN1) then did small zig-zaggy lines in my darkest color (TN5).  I then went back in on both sides of those like with my medium shade (TN2) and blended into the dark.  I went over the whole cat agin with TN1 but wanted to leave some distinction for his stripes.

I also went back in and made the snowflakes white with  Signo Uniball pen.  My papers are "Merri-mint" from American Crafts and the sentiment is from another new CC Mulberry Wood's set called "Wish Upon a Star".

Spectrum Noir colors used: 
Trees: JG6, JG2, JG1, LG4, LG2
Left kitten: BG6, BG5, BG2, BG1
Center Kitten: TN5, TN2, TN1
Right Kitten: IG5, IG3, IG2, IG1
Box: EB4, EB3, TN5
Star: GB3, CT2
Ornaments: CR10, CR8, D6
Sky: IB1

We hope you've been checking out the Spectrum Noir blog - it is full of great tutorials, techniques, and other projects from our design team.  If you haven't been over there, go take a look!  Before we get to the rest of the hop today, let's have a little fun.  How about a prize?  Spectrum Noir is going to award one lucky winner two sets of six markers, a pack of Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White card stock (perfect for coloring!), and an adorable stamped called All Wrapped Up, from the new Mulberry Wood line.

Entering to win is easy.  Leave a comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post telling us your favorite Spectrum Noir color combination you saw while hopping with us this week (please comment no later then Friday, July 27 at 6:00 PM GMT).  A random winner will be drawn using and posted on our blog at 9:00 AM GMT, Saturday, July 28, 2012, so be sure to check back with us to see if you have won!  The lucky winner will have one week to claim their prize or a second winner will be chosen. 

Now, hop on over to the next amazing blog and check out what  Louise  has to share!  In case you get lost along the way, here is the entire hop order:

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Christmas in July!  Have fun hopping around to see all of the inspiration from our team, and good luck winning the prize pack!


  1. fab card love the ginger cat
    hugs linda xxx

  2. super cute!!! LOVE the marking on the tabby!

  3. Adorable! Love how you colored all the kitties! TFS!

  4. Super cute! Love the stripes on the kitty.

  5. This is SUPER CUTE!!! I'm with Kristine... LOVE the stripes on the kitty!!! BRILLIANT!!! ;)

  6. You really have made a great job of this one, I love this stamp and your colouring in is just fab. It is great to see what you experts can do. Thank you for the ideas. xxx

  7. So, so, cute! Love the image and especially the little striped cat!

  8. Cute card, love the mint green for a fresh look to match the snow x

  9. So how you made the striped kitten.

  10. I so love those kittens! Fantastic card!


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