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:

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

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

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  3. What a beautiful image - lovely colouring.

    Toni xx

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  4. What a lovely image coloured beautifully!!

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

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  6. This is a really gorgous image and beautifully coloured xx

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

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  8. this is lovely and the colouring is beautiful xxx luv maria

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  9. 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)

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

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  11. Such a gorgeous image Enfys and beautiful colours. TFS

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  12. 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

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  13. So pretty! The coloring is lovely.

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  14. 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

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  15. It is a beautiful card
    Hugs Gheaxx

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  16. 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

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

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  18. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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

    Marjorie from TX

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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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.

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  24. 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.

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

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

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  27. 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

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

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  29. 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.

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  30. 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.

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

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  32. 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!!

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

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  34. 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

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  35. Beautiful colouring Enfys, and a lovely image.

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  36. 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.

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I love reading your comments, thank you for taking the time
Enfys x