Monday, 1 October 2012

Cards GAlore Challenge " Have a MICE day"

 Hello everyone

It is time for the new challenge over on 

This month's challenge is
"Anything goes"

For all the details pop over on the challenge blog.

As part of being on the Cards Galore DT we have all been asked to do a tutorial. This month it's my turn. Ive never done many tutorials, so was a bit scared and unsure what to do, but as we got images from our Sponcer, Meilens Design, I decided to make a simple Promarker tutorial.

Simple Promarker Tutorial

 I am by far an expert in using Promarkers, but over the time I have learnt a few tricks to make my image look a bit more realistic.
Its all about light, when you colour.
Constantly keep in mind where the shadow and highlighted areas will fall on what ever you colouring.
A good exercise to do, is to simply sit...
Sit and look at an object. Look at where the lights falls, what is in shade, and how much difference there can be in the colour on your object.

To become good at colouring, there is only one thing to do...
There is no other way. Stamp/print out a full sheet of images and then just have a play.
Dont worry if you only have a few colours. Shading can be made easy by simply adding layers of the same colours to a small area.
Give it a go, and good luck.

I always make my light come from right to left, so it means my colours are always a bit heavier on the left side of my image, but keep in mind things that are shadowing things below itself.
To make your image a bit heavier, just add an extra layer of the same colour..

Start by colouring the mouse in "cinemon".
Dont worry about leaving white areas at the edges, as it will look realistic when finished.

On the lines made to be his fur, use light strokes of "cocoa".
I have left the ones on his back white still.

Colour in his ears and tail with 2 coats using "blush"
I have left the right side of his ears white, where the leaf meets his ear.
And also the outer line of his tail.

Cover everything you have coloured so far, in a coat of "blush"
This will blend all together so you wont get any harsh lines.
Still leave your white bits, but make them a bit smaller this time.

Colour his cheeks in 2 coats of "pale pink"

Colour the cherry in 2 coats of "Dusky Rose"
Again, leave a bit of white near the edges.

Colour the cheery's stem in "Cocoa" and the leaf in "Fresh Meadow"
I have left the edged og the leaf white.

Go over the fur bits again using "Cocao" again using light strokes.

Go around the mouse with the "Light grey" to create a shadow behind him.
It will make him stand off the page a bit.
make the lines around his feet and tummy a bit thicker.
Go over your grey with the "Blender" to avoid harsh lines.

And that is it.
Here is what I did with the image after colouring in:

 To make the image more life like, I added a bit of background colours using my chalks.

I hope you like it and Thank you for stopping by, and now that you are at the pc anyway, why not pop over and join the fun in our FACEBOOK group.
We would love to see all your crafty creations..
Big Hugs, Marleen xxx


  1. Thanks for your grateful informations, this blogs will be really help for Tutorial.

  2. Åhhh hvor er den mus SØD :-) Super kort.

  3. Hi Marleen, this mouse is so cute. Great tutorial on the colouring. Love this DT piece.

  4. Great tutorial Marleen and I love your card, as Angela says, great Dt piece :) x

  5. What a great card love the background, cute image, and always great to get a tut with it too! Thank you for sharing xxx

  6. What a stunning card and a brilliant idea on your tutorial xx

  7. Great tutorial - lovely card

  8. I love this little mouse and the tutorial is great too ;o) xxx

  9. Divine and a great step by step too!

  10. Great tutorial and the card is so sweet xx

  11. Thanks for the tutorial, great card x

  12. great card and a fantastic tutorial i have pinned this page to my laptop so i can come back to it later and have a go :) emma xx

  13. Gorgeous card love the mouse he is so cute lovely colouring xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  14. he is gorgeous hun, love him far to cute xx