No-Blend Shading with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers

Create gorgeous effects with shading

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate shading into your coloring? This tutorial will show you several ways to add shading without blending when coloring with your Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers.

For each step of the tutorial, the area in reference will be highlighted with a blue circle. The Colorista marker colors used for this tutorial are Leaf Green and Pear Green.

Learn the technique

Begin by coloring a base layer of Leaf Green. It’s perfectly fine if some areas end up a little darker than others, this will add some natural shading. Let this area dry for a few minutes.

Proceed to color alternating sections of the leaf with the same color, Leaf Green. This second layer will build upon the first layer and will become much darker. If you wish to, you can let this dry and and then color over these areas again to make them even darker.

For the next leaf, begin by coloring alternating sections with a base layer of Leaf Green.

Color in the remaining sections using Pear Green. This will give the illusion of shading while adding a pop of color at the same time.

The final shading method will again begin with coloring a base layer of Leaf Green.

Using Pear Green, color on top of the Leaf Green in each alternating section. This will create a deeper shade of green with a mixed hue of both colors. Have fun playing with different combinations of colors layered on top of each other to see what new shades you can create with your Spectrum Noir Colorista markers.

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Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Project Details:
Spectrum Noir Colorista Exquisite Florals Premium Marker Pad with colourable glitter
Colorista Markers
Leaves – Leaf Green, Pear Green
Flowers – Rose Red, Nectarine, Gold

Creating a Sunset with Spectrum Noir Markers


Creating a beautiful sunset background is quick and easy with Spectrum Noir markers! This tutorial will show you how to do just that, by hand. You can then use whatever stamps you’d like for creating a scene – no additional colorign needed! This technique is great for making quick scenes, multiple cards, or for highlighting a silhouette image.

The following colors are used in this example: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2


Beginning with the CT4 marker draw the shape of a half sun.

Blend from CT4 at the outside edges to CT2 in the center.


Add CT2 to the outside edge of the sun then extend color out a little further with CT4.


Using GB5, fill in a rectangle shape surrounding the sun just up to the edge of the CT4.

This shape measures approximately 7″ x 3″. You can make yours any size that will suit your project.


Add TN5 over the top of the GB5 at the outer edge on three sides.


Add OR2 over the top of the same 3 sides extending the color past the TN5 as shown above.


Repeat the process using TN3 extending in past the OR2 a little bit.


Next color with OR1 over the whole background up to the point of the CT4 yellow.

Use the OR1 to blend the background colors together, keeping the stroke direction of the coloring horizontal.


Use the CT4 marker to blend the edge of the background into the CT4 around the edge of the sun.


Use GB5 to do a final blend of the background colors all the way up to the edge of the sun, again keeping the coloring strokes to a horizontal direction.


The final piece will look similar to this. Each one will be unique!


On a piece of acetate, stamp some scenery elements using Staz-On Jet Black ink. Use stamps that are reversible so that the stamped acetate can be turned upside down to have the ink on the underside. This will help prevent the stamped image from being scratched after assembling. Trim the acetate and the sunset background to the same size, attach the acetate (stamped side down) over the background using brads.

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Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Project Details:

Spectrum Noir markers: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2
Spectrum Noir UltraSmooth Premium White Cardstock
Paper punch
Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps used: Stampscapes Lakeside Cabin and Stampscapes Pine Row

Easy Frames with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers

Framing your coloring can have a very simple, yet profound, impact on your project, and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers will kick your framing up a notch by adding a beautiful shimmery a sparkly border.


For this tutorial you will need a scrap piece of cardstock (cut to a length a bit longer that the longest edge of your coloring), a colored image, and a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker. Spectrum Noir Sparkle Red Berry was used for this project.

Place the scrap piece of cardstock to the inside edge of your trimmed coloring. This will be the thickness of your border.

Here, I have lined it up approximately 1/8″ in from the edge, but feel free to change the dimension to the thickness that will suit your project.


Holding the cardstock in place, color along the edge of the trimmed image. Remove the cardstock strip and allow to dry.


Repeat the process on all sides, allowing to dry in between coloring each side. Quick and easy, and such a WOW statement with all that sparkle!

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Project Details:
Ornament stamp – Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive EZMount Christmas Bauble Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers – Spun Gold, Sterling Silver (for Ornament), Red Berry (for frame)
Die’sire Edge’ables Christmas Only Words – Wishing You A Merry Christmas die
White Uni-Ball Signo gel pen

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Layered Backgrounds using Spectrum Aqua Markers


Spectrum Aqua markers are the perfect medium for creating stunning layered background papers for your papercrafting projects.


Begin by scribbling various colors of Spectrum Aqua markers on a large acrylic block.


Spritz water over the acrylic block. Take a piece of high gloss cardstock, lay shiny side down on top of the acrylic block, carefully lift paper, dragging slightly to pickup of some of the color across the page.

Lay paper flat, color side up, until dry.


There will still be color left on the block, and it will yield much prettier results than it looks like it would!

Spritz the block again, repeat the process with a new piece of high gloss cardstock, this time dragging a little bit more across the block to pick up more color.


You will probably be able to repeat the process one more time, achieving three different backgrounds ready for some stamping.

My first laydown of paper is on the left, the second one in the middle, and the last one on the right.

You will notice how they get progressively lighter, as there is less color left on the block each time.


Begin with the first colored background. This will be the most vibrant colored background.


Ink up a pattern stamp using Spectrum Aqua marker Crimson. Spritz water over the entire stamp, then stamp onto the background paper.


Choose a second pattern stamp (chose a floral stamp for this one) and stamp over background using Staz-On Jet Black ink.

Trim down, and this first background is finished and ready for a project.


Choose a background pattern stamp for the second background paper. I have chosen a script one that gives pretty full coverage across the paper. Color the stamp with Spectrum Aqua Sepia.


Stamp the pattern (script) stamp over the second background paper. Do not clean the stamp yet.

Next, a tree background stamp was stamped on top using Staz-On Jet Black ink. This second background paper is finished and ready for a project.


Before cleaning the pattern stamp (script) from the previous step, spritz the stamp with water and stamp over the third background paper.

Since this paper is already lighter in tone, the lighter coverage of remaining Spectrum Aqua Sepia on the pattern stamp pairs with it quite well.


Ink up a pattern stamp to top off this third background using Staz-On Jet Black ink. Here, I have inked up some areas darker than others to give a vintage effect.


Stamp over the third background paper, trim down, and this one is complete and ready for a project.


It is so quick and easy to create custom backgrounds using your Spectrum Aqua markers. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and would love for you to share with us your custom backgrounds you create using it!

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Project Details:

Spectrum Aqua markers: Navy, Bud Green, Gold, Crimson, Sepia
Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock
Crafter’s Companion UltraClear 5″x7″ Acrylic Block
Small water spritzer bottle
Staz-On Black ink
Stamps used:
Honeycomb and Script Bkgd stamps from Justrite Papercraft
Tree Branches and Vine with Flowers Bkgd stamps from Seaside Stampin’ Ink

Tutorial Credit: Jodi Clark

Spectrum Noir Colorista Glitter Paper – Coloring Lilies

We’re joining in on another blog hop today, to get ready for the exciting launch of our new Colorista range of adult coloring products in the UK!

Check out this fabulous video tutorial, then read on for all the hop details (and see how to win more prizes!):


Spectrum Noir’s new Colorista line of adult coloring goodies offers several different paper finishes, including the beautiful, shimmery glitter paper. Certain parts of the design are pre-finished with a shimmery glitter that can be colored on, and the Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol makers are the perfect companion for these papers. Learn more about Colorista by clicking here!

This video tutorial will show you how to color beautiful flower petals using the Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers on the Colorista glitter paper.

The Colorista glitter pads add just the right touch of glittery goodness to your Spectrum Noir colorings.

Project Details:

Spectrum Noir Colorista Pre-Printed, Pre-Glittered card base
Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers
Pinks – Rose Red, Hot Pink, Blossom
Greens – Forest Green, Leaf Green, Pear Green
Yellows – Gold, Canary, Lemon

Now for the blog hop fun! Want to win an assortment of Colorista goodies? Make sure you leave a comment everywhere you go… the winners from each blog will be announced on the Crafter’s Companion & SN Facebook page on the 9th Sept & the overall winner will be announced by Sara LIVE on Hochanda at the top of the hour on launch day! Be sure to join in on the Watch Party fun by clicking here.

In the US? Don’t worry, you can watch Hochanda online or on catch up at

Crafter’s Companion UK
Laine Webb
Lis Murphy
Nicole Bretherick
Jodi Clark
Alexia Misso
Giovana Smith
Spectrum Noir (you are here)
Annie Wills
Jo McKelvey
Bianca Shervington
Lori Barnett
Dana Warren
Sara Davies

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Color Clothing Folds with Spectrum Noir Markers


Red is a very popular clothing color and it is very easy to create dimensional looking clothing folds when coloring with Spectrum Noir markers. This video tutorial will take you step by step through creating beautiful clothing folds using the red colors DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7 and CR5.

Project details:

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin – CR4, FS9, FS5, FS1
Hair – EB8, EB3, TN3
Dress – DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Suit – IG10, IG6, IG5, IG4, IG3, IG2
Shoes – True Black, IB10, IG8, IG6, IG5
Eyes/Shirt – TB5, TB3, IB3, IB2
Ring Box – TB5, TB3, IB3, IB2, IG10, IG6, IG3
Lips – DR3, CR7, CR5
Leaves – JG6, JG3, CG4
Flower – BP7, BP5, BP3
Digital Image – “The Proposal” from Scrapper’s Delights
Corner Dies – Die’sire Edge’ables Beautiful Bouquet die set
Background floral prismatic paper from Sara Davies Signature Collection Together Forever
Edges airbrushed using Spectrum Noir marker True Black

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker Keychain


Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers color beautifully on ink jet printable shrink film. This tutorial will show you how to make a sparkly keychain using shrink film and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.


Using StazOn ink, stamp an image on the printable (textured) side of the ink jet printable shrink film.


Color the image using Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers on the printable side of the shrink film. Don’t panic if the color goes outside of the lines a little, it won’t be very noticeable once the material has been shrunk.


Trim the design down to a fun shape. Using a paper punch, punch a hole at the top. The sparkle may not be very noticeable for some of the colors at this point, but the sparkle will pop during the baking process.


Bake the shrink film per manufacturer’s directions. Here, you can see how the sparkle really shines after the baking process.

After the film has cooled, seal it with a couple light coats of Crafter’s Companion Spray and Seal varnish.


Insert a keychain and the project is complete.

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Project details:

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers – Blue Topaz, Moonlight, Inspired Violet, Emerald Green, Pink Garnet, Harvest Moon, Red Berry
StazOn Jet Black ink
Between the Lines stamp set from Stampology
Ink Jet Printable Shrink Film
Crafter’s Companion Spray and Seal varnish
Paper punch, keychain

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Coloring Small Flower Petals with AquaBlend Pencils

The new AquaBlend watercolor pencils from Spectrum Noir make it so quick and easy to turn designs into watercolor masterpieces!


This tutorial will show you step by step how to color small flower petals.

Tip: For the flower petals shown in the picture, the AquaBlend pencil colors used are Hickory, Carmine, Ruby and Strawberry. If you prefer to color flowers using a different color scheme, pick four colors from the same color family: a dark shade, a light shade and two medium shades.


Using either a water brush or a paint brush dipped in water, apply water to the petals in the image.


While the paper is still wet, using the Hickory (or darkest) pencil, color from the base of the petal outwards about a third the length of the petal.


Using the Carmine (or next shade lighter) pencil, color from the base of the petal outward, going over and extending past the Hickory color just a bit.


Next, using the Ruby (or next shade lighter) pencil, repeat by starting at the base of the petal and color outward past the first two colors. This color will extend about two thirds (2/3) the length of the petal.

Tip: If the paper begins to dry, rewet it slightly using either a waterbrush or paintbrush dipped in water. Be careful not to blend the colors too much yet.


For the last color, Ruby (or lightest color), start coloring from the outside edge of the petal inwards towards the base of the petal.


To prepare to watercolor the image, dip the paint brush in water, then dab some of the excess water onto a paper towel. If you are using a water brush, lightly tap it on a paper towel to take off any excess water.


Beginning at the outside edge and stroking towards the base of the petal, brush the water over the coloring to blend the colors together.


While the coloring is still wet, reapply the Hickory color from the base of the petal outwards about one third the length of the petal.


Lightly use a water brush or wet paint brush to blend the base color out, being careful not to over-work it with too much water.


Water-colored flowers make a beautiful addition to your crafting projects.

Project details:

Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Watercolor Pencils
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock
Inky Antics Flower Chick HoneyPOP stamp set
Flowers – Hickory, Carmine, Ruby, Strawberry
Leaves – Pine Green, Parakeet, Bright Green
Chick/flower center – Sorrel, Chrome, Orange, Pineapple
Beak – Carrot, Strawberry
Shirt – Cherry, Ruby, Petunia, Watermelon
Ground – Cherrywood, Oak, Sorrel
Sky – Sky Blue

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Spectrum Noir Sparkle on Diecuts


Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens make it so fun and easy to take your diecuts to the next level. This tutorial will show you a quick technique to add a burst of shimmery color to your diecuts.


Choose the diecuts that you would like to add some Sparkle to. For this tutorial, the Sheena Douglass Wild Rose flower dies were cut from Crafter’s Companion shimmering cardstock (availabel in the US).


Pick a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen that is darker in color than your chosen diecut paper.

For this dark red paper, Spectrum Noir Sparkle ‘Smoked Quartz’ was used. Using a flicking motion, brush lines from the outside edge and going in toward the center of the diecut.


Repeat the line flicking technique on all sides of the diecut.


Pairing Spectrum Noir Sparkle ‘Inspired Violet’ with this rose colored cardstock really makes the edges pop. With a flicking motion, brush the Sparkle from the outside edge going in towards the center of the diecut.


For a lighter shade of pink cardstock, the ‘Pink Garnet’ is the perfect companion. Repeat the flicking process on all sides of the diecut.


For the white diecuts, Spectrum Noir Sparkle ‘Cosmos’ was used. On the center of the flower, only the tips were colored with Cosmos.


Allow the diecuts to dry.

Then, using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear overlay pen, color over the entire diecut to add a final layer of shimmery sparkle.


Sentiment dies are also a great candidate for adding Spectrum Noir Sparkle to. This ‘Thank You’ diecut was coated with a Clear overlay pen.


Assemble your diecuts and add them to your project.

Tip: You can color Spectrum Noir Sparkle onto diecuts that have already been added to your project as well. Just brush it on your diecut and allow to dry.

Sheena Douglass Wild Rose flower dies
Bebunni Floral Cottage Lace border die
Die’sire Classiques Only Words Thank You die
Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers Smoked Quartz, Inspired Violet, Pink Garnet, Cosmos, Clear
Crafter’s Companion shimmering cardstock – Candy Red, Rose Pearl, Pink Pearl, White Pearl, Black Pearl

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Coloring Grass with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils



Coloring grass in an image is a quick and easy process with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils. This tutorial will teach you both a technique and a color combination for coloring grass.


Step 1: Using pencil number 043, draw random vertical lines across the grass portion. Make some of the lines curve to the left, some curve to the right, and some more straight up and down.

This would mimic actual blades of grass which bend in different directions.


Step 2: Repeat the process using pencil number 046. Try to draw some of these lines in between existing lines of 043, but also draw some that overlap the existing 043 lines.


Step 3: Using pencil number 044, draw in more lines using the same random technique.

Again, it is desirable to fill in spaces in between existing lines, but also draw some to overlap the existing lines.


Step 4: Repeat the process using pencil number 047. This will be the last color of the color combination for grass, but it will not be the last layer.

Proceed to step 5 for further instruction.


Step 5: Repeat steps 1 through 4 in sequence to fill in remaining gaps and build up layers of color.

Tip: It is optional to color blades of grass falling on top of the image; you can stop the blades of grass at the edge of the image if desired. However, once the image is colored, due to the waxy blendable nature of the pencils, you will not easily be able to layer blades of grass on top of the image at that point.

If it is desired to have blades of grass extending up around the bottom of the image, it is best to color them at this point, prior to coloring the image. They will remain visible after coloring in the image, as shown in final project sample.

Project details:

Bebunni Floral Stamp set
Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Vintage Floral stamp set
Die’sire Classiques Chantilly Lace die
Die’sire Classiques Delicate Butterfly die
Die’sire Edge’ables Fancy Borders Floral Dance die
Crafter’s Companion Green Envy, White Pearl and Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock
Ranger Archival Magenta Hue, Chrome Yellow
Spectrum Noir Blendalbe Colored Pencils
Grass – 047, 046, 044, 043
Bunny body – 117, 114, 113, 112
Bunny ears/belly – 034, 031, 029, 005
Flower – 085, 017, 015, 013, 020, 097
Stem – 053, 051, 049, 046
Sky – 065, 064, 002
Strathmore 500 Series cold press watercolor card

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark