Tuesday, 2 February 2016

30 Day Colouring Challenge + The return of Sven, the Avery Elle Viking

Hello my fellow crafty chums! Another week goes by and finally January is over. I don't know about you but I find January a hard month to get through - I always seem to have so much on - but now we're into February and another colouring challenge is upon us and I get to spend loads of time colouring and crafting - all for fun!

Who else is joining in? I spend a ridiculous amount of time on Instagram during the challenge, so please join me there if you can and say hello. I love seeing what everyone else is doing and get loads of inspiration from all your posts.

Today's card is inspired by Kathy's first post - her amazing kaleidoscope card - and being desperate to try out my Polychromos on water colour card a la Julia Altermann. I coloured in Sven again. I can't seem to stay away from him - he's terribly handsome, suave and charming, just like my husband ;)

Polychromos pencils are amazing. They are even more amazing on water colour card. It's like a light bulb moment and I think I'll use this from now on.

You can see the colour better in this close up of hunky Sven.

I still have a lot to work on, but I like how his beard turned out and will be using these pencils a lot, so a worthwhile investment.

So onto the card itself. I took a 14.5 x14.5 cm card blank and covered it with some patterened paper I won in a giveaway from the lovely and talented Liz McGuire. I then took two white pieces of card slightly smaller than the card front, and using my circle dies, cut out a circle from the centre of each one - one bigger than the other. I fussy cut Sven out (there is a die that goes with it, but I like fussy cutting!) and stuck him in the middle, using multi medium matte glue and placed the smaller aperture on top with double sided tape. I then attached the larger aperture on top with foam pads for dimension. 

The heart I found in a pack of scrap booking bits that also came from Liz. I attached it with foam pads - had to be done!

I don't usually go all out for Valentine's Day, but I thought I might as well get into the spirit of things and have loads to choose from for my husband :)

[Supplies: Avery Elle Viking; Faber Castell Polychromos pencils; Ranger Archival Jet Black ink; WH Smith Water colour paper 12 sheets; White card blank; white card 250gsm; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large; Foam Pads; Ranger multi medium matte; Double sided tape; Paper pad and heart from stash]

I hope you're going to get involved in the challenge - it is a lot of fun and colouring is so relaxing. 5 minutes a day in a colouring book is all that is required :)

Don't forget the latest release for Clearly Besotted is due on Friday at 10pm - the pirates are on my list!

Have a crafty week and a very crafty colouring month! Thanks so much for reading :)

Edit: I noticed that this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is all about hearts, so I thought I'd link him up too :)


Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

That little Viking is just the cutest!!! You really showcased him wonderfully here!

kim @thisthatandthewholekaboodle.com said...

Super super cute card!!!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a great CAS design Ruth! Love that sweet Viking and your colouring is amazing! Have a great night! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Alanna said...

What a darling card Ruth. Your coloring is amazing and that Viking is just too cute.

Unknown said...

Oh I do love Sven! I must make sure to order this when its back in stock! :P Lovely card Ruth, I especially like the layering of the circle windows! :) x

LaurieC said...

Ruth, you have really been blowing me away lately!! Your cards and colouring have just been fantastic! Please keep sharing your awesome talent...hugsxx

Vicki Dutcher said...

HOW ADORABLE!! Your coloring is fun with the texture look

Aileen said...

hey babe love Sven the Viking. His beard is wonderful. Now you are making me think maybe I need to try these pencils. It never ends. Also love the layout of your card, the background everything about it truly wonderful. Keep it up and start posting week 8 if you want. I am ready to rock and roll.

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