Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A colouring sort of day.......

I found this clear stamp sitting around that I had totally forgotten about, so spent a happy hour colouring it with ProMarkers. It's a huge stamp, so no room to do anything other than mat the image with red, glitter the snow,  and add a sentiment by Craftwork Cards. I have learnt that in the US, the Cardinal is the bird associated with Christmas and the Robin heralds Spring. For USA friends, we don't have Cardinals in the UK, but a lot of little Robins hopping around, so you will see them on UK Christmas cards 


Don't forget, scroll down to leave a comment to win the colouring tutorial CD, and of course the Promarkers

I am busy working on Easter cards! Magazine work is a funny old world, Christmas in July, tick, New Year cards, tick...........now on to the bunnies and Easter eggs. I am often asked how I go about doing commissions. The magazines are quite specific about what they want, obviously  the cards have to fit in with the rest of the articles in the magazine that month, it wouldn't do to have three features all on the same subject. So when the commissions come in, I spend a couple of days just thinking about it, I carry a notebook around with me and jot down ideas as they surface. Then I get to work. Sometimes the ideas work out perfectly straight away, sometimes (quite often!) it just doesn't work in practice, so it's back to the drawing board. I am usually given at least a month before the deadline, but I put other stuff to one side and crack on with the commission, otherwise I lose sleep over it, and that will never do. So cards made, I write the text and supplies list, pack them up and mail. Done and dusted until the next lot of instructions arrive.  I always enjoy a challenge......

See you tomorrow x




37 comments:

Caroline said...

This is gorgeous Enfys love the image which is coloured beautifully and the layout is fabulous. Caroline xxx

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

I totally agree - this image is gorgeous! Lovely coloring, especially the booth - nice shadowing! Love that you popped the holly leaves!

misteejay said...

What a beautiful image - lovely colouring.

Toni xx

Karen said...

What a lovely image coloured beautifully!!

nannapat said...

Beautiful image and your colouring is perfect. You must be so well organised to be able to fit everything in Enfys! Pat x

kanda said...

This is a really gorgous image and beautifully coloured xx

ribenaruby said...

I love the scene on this stamp..beautiful garden image! Super colouring, nice to read your post. Ruby x

crafting maria said...

this is lovely and the colouring is beautiful xxx luv maria

Jackie said...

Perfect colouring as usual.Maybe if I win the Promarkers and CD I will be colouring like you! (I doubt it but it's worth a try)

Eret said...

Gorgeous card, Enfys. I love the snow and your coloring is fantastic!

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Such a gorgeous image Enfys and beautiful colours. TFS

Carol said...

I love this card Enfys ... love that stamp too ... that sweet little image is just so adorable.

Thanx for sharing your lovely work with us!

Hugz,
Carol

Debby said...

So pretty! The coloring is lovely.

Maryellen Webber said...

I loved today's Christmas card,
the coloring is great! Thanks for
sharing the info on the commissions you do, I've wondered about how you go about getting your submissions done.

Hugs,
Maryellen

Ghea said...

It is a beautiful card
Hugs Gheaxx

Sandra H said...

Hi Enfys, Oh this image is just fabulous and the colouring is done to perfection! you have great inspiration to take from l always love calling by your blog your so talented!! x

snappy scrappy said...

So pretty...love the soft colours! Lee-Ann :)

Debbie (from Sugar Land) said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Marjorie said...

Beautifully done Enfys. Your beautiful coloring is what got me started using Promarkers.

Marjorie from TX

Anonymous said...

Just love all of your cards. I look forward to seeing your post each day. Lady Jane

Susan said...

Beautiful job, En. I think we're fine over here with using a robin on Christmas cards! Especially when they are colored so beautifully!
Thanks so much for the chance to win!
Sue Brailey

Carol Tro said...

I just love all kinds of birds. Didn't know the UK doesn't have cardinals. Your coloring is great!!
Thanks for showing all your cards.

Maureen R said...

Another wonderful job on your card. I am hoping to eventually get my colouring up to your level but have a long way to go yet.

Maureen R said...

Another wonderful job on your card. I am hoping to eventually get my colouring up to your level but have a long way to go yet.

marlene kiley said...

wish I could get this stamp, the old shoe is so cute!! Love your coloring.

Vee said...

I just adore Robins on Christmas cards so Christmassy and its fits the bill!!! perfectly, such lovely colouring.
Vee xx

Nanette said...

Very pretty card...TFS!!!

Jessica said...

Lovely card En. I often wonder what kind of forest critters and birds you have in the UK. We also have Chick-a-dees in the winter. Do you have them. I think they are the sweetest little things.
TFS Hugs, Jess

Craftychris said...

What a lovely image and your card looks fabulous! You sound so organised with your commissions - thinking of Easter now is scary! xx

MizMaryAnn said...

Your card is so beautiful. Interesting about the robins in the US and in the UK being so different. I would have such a hard time working with deadlines. I spend hours staring at the wall trying to come up with an idea for a card. I don't know how you do it.

Melissa said...

Love the coloring(I printed out your coloring tutorials and keep them handy). I love birds and didn't realize that cardinals are only here.

Jan Lynn said...

I love anything with birds on it. I collect all sorts of bird items. The colors on your stamped image is just beautiful.

Patty said...

Love your card! Cardinals are stunning here in the US in the winter..at least they are in our backyard!! We are semi bird watchers, and my husband told me (don't know if he made it up) that their feathers brighten up in the winter months. I'm thinking he's right from what I've observed the last year!! They just look so brilliantly outstanding especially against the snow covered trees! I'm going to send you a few of my amateur pictures taken of them outside my kitchen door!! Sorry for the extra long post!!

BethanyR said...

LOve the card...I love all your cards and coloring...thanks for the inspiration.

Renee said...

Oh what a beautiful image & gorgeous coloring! Another little note on the birds....UK robins are different than our Canadian robins (or US) Ours are bigger than your adorable little ones. I have had the pleasure of enjoying watching both!
Hugs, Renee

Glennis said...

Beautiful colouring Enfys, and a lovely image.

Marianne said...

Amazing colouring. Love the image. The fun thing about working at Easter cards may be that you forget about dreary UK weather for a while LOL.