Saturday, 9 July 2011

Cute n' Cuddly @ Sweet Stampin & Promarker Fine Nibs! :)

This weeks theme at Sweet Stampin is Cute n' Cuddly (chosen by me! :) and our wonderful sponsor this week is the awesome Di's Digis.  Now I love any image with a 'shroom' on it, and as soon as I saw this cute digi (King of the Castle) I knew I wanted to just colour it in!  I really hope you find time to join us this week and also visit the rest of the DT's sweet creations.

Now to colour this image, I used for the first time my brand new ProMarker Fine Nib attachments.  I dont usually do reviews on my blog, as I dont consider myself any expert or critic at all, but these have really got me buzzing, and I am seriously thrilled to bits with them!!!! :)

I am definately not the worlds greatest colourer, nor even a very confident one, so I love my ProMarkers because they are quick, easy and I am always happy with the results.  I do however struggle with adding fine details and often feel that I could have always added a little more.  A lot of gorgeous new digi stamps seem to be getting more detailed too, so I was desperate to move my colouring onto something a little more advanced.

These tips are available in packs of 3 (I bought mine direct from Letraset) and they come complete with a new cap and literally just click into place.  It takes just a second or two for the colour to come through, and they are also easily detachable again so you can access the standard nib instantly.  You can see the difference in the line thickness here, and the inkflow is excellent.

Now I bought several of these sets as I would prefer to have them individually on my PM's, and know I will use them a lot, but you can swap them over easily within a similar colour group, and I would advise just cleaning them by attaching to your blender pen to clear the colour before swapping.   But I will say, I was so impressed I ordered more packs today, as they are in my opinion incredibly innovative and what my PM's and I have been waiting for :)

Colouring this picture was the first time I used the nibs, so they were an instant hit for me.  They enabled me to give the Kitties some fluff and fur in a way I have never been able to do before, and also you can get into really tight areas easily.

Like I said, I am definately not the worlds best colourer, but this really didnt take me long at all, and I felt in control of the ink and the pen the whole time, so in my opinion - THEY ROCK!! :)

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Paper Sundaes - Stitching
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi
Creative Craft Challenges - Pretty Blossoms
Simon Says Stamp - A Stitch in Time
Charisma Cardz - Flowers
Totally Gorjuss - Summertime

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, good luck to everyone in these challenges, and have a great weekend!


Denise and Louise said...

Awww such a cute card. Love that image and your colouring is perfect. Got my fine nibs this week to and I agree, they are fantastic and really reasonably priced. No more shaky hand when having to colour small details :0)
Denise xx

Faye said...

Oh what a fantastic card, love all the details and super cute image. Fab colouring too. xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

ooo what a cute image and colored perfectly.
beautiful card alison, with great details.

greetings karin

Olga said...

love all the details with punching, flowers, layers, cute image and your coloring is always perfect in my book,

Suzilou said...

Gorgeous card Alison, love the image so very cute. This is the first time I have heard about these nibs for the promarkers, only just started using the chisel end lol and now they have an even finer nib!

Hope you are having a fab weekend, Saturday afternoon again already, have been into town though and done some work in the garden so at least been busy :) xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Alison, can something be too cute?!! Such a beautiful card and your colouring looks perfect. Thanks for telling us about the nibs! xx

Fiona said...

gorgeous card Alison, love that cute image which you have coloured absolutely beautifully!! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week.


Pops x said...

Such a gorgeous creation sweetie, fab design and colours, hugs Pops x

Di said...

WOW!!! Boy oh Boy i have just come across this by chance and how excited i was to see my piccie colored and done so perfectly!! this is stunning I LOVE IT and please may i use it in my store?
Pretty please???
Big Hugs Di xxxx

Paula said...

I had to laugh for I too love mushroom images - those little flowers at the base are wonderfully coloured - they glow! I do like your fur colouring (I ordered some of these nibs from Joanna Sheen yesterday so it's great to see your enthusiasm over them). Love your pearl embellishing of that frame & the butterfly ehind the rose is a lovely touch too. The stitching on the 'Hi" tag is picked up beautifully with your stitched edges too.
Paula (PEP)

coops said...

fantastic card alison.your soft colours and details are gorgeous and i love the sweet image :D
the new nibs are brilliant aren`t they.i need lots more now.good tip to put the nib on your blender, thanks for that :D

xx coops xx

Deb said...

Oh wo this is just stunning Alison, love the sweet image and the pretty frame around it,
Happy crafting, Debx

mamapez5 said...

I love this image. It is so cute. I was interested to read about the nibs for PMs. I went with the copic markers in the end because I prefer their brush tip for colouring in, but you have certainly got a good effect with these nibs. I have a few PMs as their colours are more vibrant than copics, so maybe I'll have to get some new nibs now. Kate x

D K Crafts said...

Hi Alison. Gorgeous card. Love the cute image and it is coloured beautifully. Haven't tried promarkers yet but thanks for the advice. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Donna

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie totally gorgeous card I sooooo love the flowers they are lush & I also love the cutie image hun.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Theresa said...

Hello Alison, this is darling. The coloring is flawless. I love the flowers. I won some from blog candy and I am so looking forward to using them. Love the DPs and the colors. Another beauty!!


Amanda R said...

Love your card, that butterfly with the flower in the center really caught my eye and I think your coloring is great! Thanks for playing along this week at Paper Sundaes!

Marion said...

Hi Alison,
A gorgeous card and awesome colouring of this cute image. The nibs look superfine and a great idea for those tight corners. May get some to try out. Thanks for the info.

Steph said...

What a stunning card!! I adore the colours you've used and that frame is just beautiful. The thin nibs look fantastic, I wish copic would do the same cos I find them too big for small images! So glad to be on the design team this month for Sweet Stampin! x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Alison, This card is sooo sweet,love the colour combo with the papers, and all the dtails. You always colour your images beautifully and this info about the nibs is great, I think it will make a big difference for fine detail.
Avril xx

xGemmax said...

Absolutely gorgeous hunni, love all the yummy embellies and beautiful papers too...Love it!!
hugs and xxx

Paul at Letraset Ltd said...

Thanks for the review Alison! We're delighted that you like them and we'll be visiting your blog regularly now :)

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Alison :-) the image is adorable and all the colours and embellies are lovely ,,,, not surprised Di wants to feature it in her store !! beautiful !! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Diane J said...

Such a gorgeous card xx

Mina said...

its brilliant to see you back Alison, I hope your 100% well now...your card is fab and I hate to disagree with you but I think your a fantastic you know if those nibs would work with Aquamarkers?
Mina xxx

Spyder said...

Fantastic card, toooo cute for words!. I'll have to lookout for those fine nibs!

Teresa said...

Brilliant card Alison.
Teresa xx

Scrappy Scatty said...

What a fabulous card love the cats
thank you for joining us this week at Charisma Cardz
Love Jan

Heidi said...

What a cute card!
Love the image:)
Beautiful colours and design.
Hugs, Heidi:)

Debbie said...

Alison - tut tut - after seeing this I just spent $18 at that digi shop - you should be on commission :) The cat images will be great for the cards I make to raise money for the Cats Protection League. Love this card xx


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