Saturday, 6 November 2010

How to.... Penny Black Hedgehogs

This is the first of a series of 4 tutorials I'll be doing especially for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. I've been asked many times how to colour Penny Black images with promarkers, so this is how I colour the Hedgehogs...

First I stamp my image with Memento ink (do not use alcohol/solvent based ink like Stazon) onto smooth white card - I have used some from my local paper mill, alternatives are available from Stampin' Up, Craftwork cards etc. I will be using the following colours of Promarkers: Walnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan, Almond and Sunkissed Pink for the Hedgehogs.

 Using small, light, feathery strokes with the Cinnamon promarker, colour randomly over the hedgie's prickles

 I've repeated the same technique with the Cocoa promarker, randomly colouring tiny wee strokes all over his prickles.

 And again, I've randomly coloured wee strokes with the Walnut promarker

 For this stage, I have again used light feathery strokes with the Tan promarker to colour all over the area of the Hedgie with prickles, this softens and blends the colours, but be careful not to overdo it as we want to keep a textured look. I have also used the Tan promarker to lightly colour where the prickles meets the Hedgies tummy and face.

This is the point where I add his wee rosie cheeks - I've used Sunkissed Pink very lightly here - remember you can always add more layers if you want the rosy cheeks to be more obvious later.

 The next stage, I've used Almond promarker in small circular motions all over the tummy and face area - and have gone over the Tan edges before you get to his prickles, you can repeat this until you are happy that you have no hard edges left. If you want the rosy cheeks to be a bit more obvious you can add more of the Sunkissed Pink at this point.

 I wanted to give a bit more definition to his feet and front paw, so have added tiny touches of Tan promarker where I imagine the shadowy areas would be, then blended by colouring over the whole area with Almond again.

 I've coloured the other Hedgie to match - if you look closely though you'll see that I've blended a little less so that there is a bit more texture to his prickles.

 I coloured the whole of their umbrella with Denim Blue promarker - don't worry about getting a seamless result just yet.

 I used small light strokes to colour areas of the umbrella with Midnight Blue promarker to give a 3-d effect

 And then coloured over this with light circular movements with the Denim Blue promarker, moving the colour towards the middle of the panels.

 I repeated the blending until I was happy that there were no hard lines left.

 I coloured the parcels with Denim and Midnight Blues, and Poppy and Burgundy for the ribbon. I added Powder Blue promarker to the lower edges of the snow on the umbrella and just under the Hedgies' feet

 To soften the Powder Blue line I go over it and outwards with the Blender pen.

And this is my finished image (above), I've used a white gel pen to recolour the spots on the present and the dots of snow on the umbrella. (I find this much easier than colouring around them) and below is my finished card...

I'd also like to enter my hedgehog card into the following challenges...

Papertake Weekly - Cards for Men/Boys
Charisma Cardz - With Love @ Xmas
I Love Promarkers - Snowflakes
Patties Creations - Xmas card or creation


kath said...

thank you so much debbi for agreeing to do the tutorials for Penny Black Saturday...maybe now I can have promarker hedgies and loving your super cute card....big hugs kath xxx

Marja Sch said...

Thanks so much for the lovely toturial. Hugs Marja

jenny said...

Love this tutorial Debbi!! I always colour my hedgies in grey colours so I will definitely try these colours out :) They look fab!

Love your finished card too, gorgeous colour combo x

Jenny xx

joey said...

Hi Debbi

thankyou for the great tutorial on how to colour up these cuties! lovely card love your colour choice.

loftylass said...

Gorgeous card Debbie and a great tutorial (I needed this last week my hedgies didn't look a bit like this!!) Looking forward to more tips - I've just bought a Letraset air-gun for the Promarkers. Any chance of a tutorial for that in the future?

jojo79 said...

Great tutorial and fantastic card.


Kat said...

Beautiful card Debbi. Love the colours. Thanks for a fantastic tutorial. Very clear and easy to follow. I've been enjoying your tutorials on colouring hair too. I usually chicken out and do brown but now I can refer to your tutorials.

Kat xx

Macpurp said...

this was a great lesson, and I love your end product!

love teen x

akilli melek said...

thanks for the tutorial. I am thinking about picking up some promarkers when i get back to stirling in Dec. Should i get a special ink too? I was going to get some colours of Stazon, but from your tutorial I take it that i need to have a rethink.

~ Ali ~ said...

This is fab Debbie and a brill tutorial too. Thank you. Enjoy the rest of the evening.

Hugs Ali x

Tine said...

Hi. Lovely card using a cute image and the DPs are great for a male card. Good tutorial too! Thanks for entering our snowflake challenge this week at I ♥ Promarkers.
Tine :)

Karen said...

Great card Debbi, thaks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

Sandi said...

Debbi - so cute! Great step-by-step display.

We have a challenge that you fits your creations of Christmas theme, why don't you head on over and enter.
We have some BONUS prizes too!
There's a maximum of 2 entries.

☺ Sandi
DT Lead Team 1 for Pattie's Creations Challenge!

LindaS said...

Great tutorial. TFS. Beautiful coloring. Live your design. Thanks for joining Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.

Sandi said...

Thanks for playing in our challenge!
☺ Sandi
DT Lead Team 1 for Pattie's Creations Challenge!

Jen Leeflang said...

Thanks so much for taking part in Pattie's Creations Challenge. I love your tutorial and your card! JenLee (PC DT2 Lead)

Cleota said...

Great tutorial! Love the card with a cute image. Thanks for joining us at Pattie's Creations Design Challenges.

DT member, Team 2

Anonymous said...

Fabulous - thank you! xx

Suzilou said...

Thank you for a fab tutorial. I have had some stamps for a while now and still not mastered colouring them in with promarkers or copics, which has been down to the ink I have been using. I have now ordered myself a memento ink pad and can't wait for it to arrive! Love your card as well, hedgehogs are well cute xx

Pattie G said...

What a very cute card!
Thanks for joining us this week at Patties Creations Design Challenge.

WeirdCat said...

Gorgeous card and great tutorial,thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
Ruth x

nnalorac said...

Love your tutorial Debbi, the result looks amazing! Have had a bash at it after your look so easy demo! but lacking the colour ranges to get the right effect I think either that it's my child like colouring skills shining through. Not giving up yet. Adorable card. Carol.xx

Anonymous said...

Fab tutorial - thank you for sharing it with us. Your colouring is beautiful and a real inspiration x

nnalorac said...

Noticed my comments not appearing on your blog, haven't been barred!! Anyway, take 2! Love the tutorial Debby will give it a bash, sure won't look anything like this I can tell you now, lots of practise and more pens needed maybe!!!! Carolxx

Natacha said...

What a great card! thanks for joining us at Patties Creations Challenge Blog

☺ Natacha
DT member Team 2 for Pattie's Creations Challenge!

Lyse said...

Hi Debbi,
I did'nt know StazOn ink is not recommanded to use with Pro Marker, I'm very happy to learn that and I'll buy some Memento ink so my draw will not be messy anymore.
Thank you very much for your tutos.


Marianne said...

Thanks for the tutorial Debbi. Just what I needed. Lovely card, too. I do hope life and work will allow you to get crafty again soon!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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