Friday, 25 July 2014

Graph'It Marker Challenge - Hot Colours With An Optional Extra Of Airbrushing With A Straw!!!

Good morning. It's challenge time again over on the Graph'It marker blog and we want to see your hot colours. In addition this week we've had a go at airbrushing with a straw! I have to be honest and say that I almost didn't join the airbrushing part of this challenge as it made me go "Eeekk". However, I'm glad I did, as it has given me lots of inspiration for future projects. I'm not thrilled with this one but I literally ran out of puff not to mention time! I really hope that you'll give this a try and enter the challenge - remember we have a fabulous Graph'It Marker prize and you don't even need to use GI's to enter!

Anyway, onto my offering for this week. I decided after much panicking that I'd try my hand at graffitti but on a small scale. So I created some simple stencils using a graffiti font from Dafont and a very basic bomb. I then taped them in position and started airbrushing with a straw........EPIC fail!!! Nothing, not one single drop of ink landed on my page. So I dug out my aerosol air dusting cannister which proved a little too powerful and sent ink everywhere. Finally I found a solution when one of my fellow GI teamies Claire C suggested using an empty biro case - thanks Claire :)

When I removed the masks the images didn't really pop and I was more than a little disappointed. So after a bit of a sulk I decided I'd see what would happen once I outlined them with black ink - best move ever, the images came to life and popped right off of the page. Once I was completely happy with the background I ran it through an embossing folder to give the appearance of a wall.

I was going to use a printed backing paper, but again it toned the graffiti down too much, so I decided to create a random spray painted effect background using the straw technique again.

Finally I coloured the boy image from the Pretty Tuff CD added some dimensional glue and mounted him onto the card.

Graph'It Markers
Airbrushing: 8150, 5245, 1180, 7155, 9909
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4135, 4170
Trousers/Hat: 9100, 9103, 9909
T-Shirt/Shoes: 5210, 5245, 9501
Pretty Tuff CD

If you do decided to give this a go, please let me know, I'd love to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:


  1. This is amazing Claire! I love it.

  2. wow What a great technique...when I have enough puff I might give it a go - I have used GIs as water splats using my mount block and the mix it fluid but not tried this yet!!! I love yours, so vibrant :)

  3. Wow this is stunning Claire x

  4. Oh wow Claire love the affect of your airbrushing it looks great maybe one day if I'm brave enough I'll give it a go
    Jenny x

  5. your card is soooooo cool Claire! i love the colours you "air brushed" with it looks like real graffiti!
    have a great weekend!
    hugs xx Cara xx

  6. The background is amazing! Fabulous card Claire!

  7. This is fabulous, love the colours and great image.
    Linda xxx

  8. Claire this is just awesome ! I love everything about it
    Hugs Sus xxxx

  9. I can just imagine the inky mayhem that was caused with this one. SO much fun though - love it :D

  10. This is fabulous, love the bright colours, well done on the airbrushing! xx


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