Floral Images Can Sparkle!

Add sparkle to your floral images with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. This tutorial will share how to design a fun and easy reverse “z fold” card to display your colouring. It will also create a card base showing embellishments in detail.

Watercolour the images similarly:

To begin with use two identically matched stamps to create a front and an inside image for your z fold card.

The stamps are different sizes to add detail and interest to the project. Apply your stamps to Rock-a-Block (or preferred) stamping mounts.

Then apply VersaMark clear ink to the stamps and print images onto watercolour card.  Sprinkle with Embossing Powder and set with a Heat Tool.

Creating shaped images:

In addition the images can be cut to the shape/size that you require, as can be seen.

Colouring the petals:

First add the Aquamarine marker to the bottom of the petals, this is the darker pigment. Then add the Moonstone over the Aquamarine before this dries.

This will blend the colours and create a colour gradient from dark to light. Apply the pigments straight from the pens to the stamped images.  Shake the pens well before use to disperse the pigment.

Colour the flower centres:

Next Harvest Moon pigment adds a deep orange glow to the base of the floral centers. Working toward the edge of the centers add the Moonlight marker to blend, shape and lighten.

Colour the leaves:

Finally a soft green tonal effect created for the leaves and stems. Blending the Peacock Blue and Soft Jade markers in like manner.

Completed coloured images:

The coloured stamps side by side so that matching colour palette displayed, as shown above.

Display your images:

As can be shown adding a sprinkle of sequins over your colouring increases the visual impact .   Mounting onto co-ordinating mats adds further sparkle and definition.

Create the z fold card base in detail:

Start with a piece of A4 card.  Score at 7.5cm and 15cm on the longer length.   Cut 3 pieces of matching designer papers 1 piece 14cm x 20cm and a further 2 pieces measuring 6.5cm x 20xm.  

Apply to designer papers to each white panel as shown in the picture.

Instantly adding depth to your card base:

Extra depth and definition can be added to your card base with the addition of another layer of  mats and mounts.

Cut 3 white mats measuring:  1 x 13cm x 18.5cm

2 x 6cm x 18.5cm

Cut 3 layers of designer paper:  1 x 12.5cm x 18cm

2 x 5.5cm x 18cm

As can be seen the addition of the mats and layers across the project lifts the card to another level.

Adding your reverse z fold detail across the bottom of the card:

Next cut a strip of A4 white card of a depth to fit the die cut of your choice and a strip of designer paper.  Here the white card is 5cm deep and the paper is 2cm deep. Fold the strip in the same manner as the card base scoring at 7.5cm and 15cm.  

Reversing the z fold strip, with the longer panel attached to the card front. Attach the smaller panels on the inside of the card.  

Additionally apply die-cut detail and designer paper to the card strip and add to the bottom of the card.

Decorate the finished project:

Finally apply the coloured panels to the card base.  

Further decorate with die cuts and detail including flowers or ribbon to create a uniquely individual creation!

In conclusion a closer view of the finished stamp, demonstrating sparkle detail. All in all a creation full of glimmer and shine!

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Tutorial credit: Laine Webb


Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers:  Moonstone, Aquamarine, Moonlight, Harvest Moon, Peacock  Blue, Soft Jade.
Larger Stamp – Everlasting Love – Leonie Pujol
Smaller Everlasting Love stamp from free set including in Crafter’s Inspiration Magazine Issue 13
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card, Sheena Douglass Stamping Card, Coredinations Card
Sara Signature English Country Garden Designer Papers 12 x 12
Various Crafter’s Companion Cutting Dies
The Big Score Board
Ribbon, sequins and flowers are from personal stash

Custom Made Gift Box

Finished Gift Box

Want to create a quick & easy-to-make thank you gift box? Use Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to make a stunning topper for a gift box perfect for not only a thank you gift, but to use throughout the year.

To color the image:

Gift Box step 1

Coloring the petals:

First, stamp or print the image of your choice onto alcohol marker coloring paper.

Then starting with the lightest Spectrum Noir Illustrator shade Daffodil color the petals.

Second, use the blender pen to fade out the Daffodil creating a smooth blend.  If pigment bleeds remove with the blender pen.

Gift Box Step 2

Third, add further color detail to your petals.

Color one flower on the outside of the petal with Flame Red. Blend in the lighter shades Vintage Pink and Pink Lace. The fine nibs create small strokes of color build up.

Extra definition is  given with small dots of True Black where areas of deep shade would exist.

Gift Box Step 3

Fourth, tone and depth detail has been created on the petals with Mango.

Start from the central stem section of each petal and blend with Sunshine.

Gift Box Step 4

Finally, color all the flower petals in the same manner.

Use the markers to create dramatic petal detail.

Color the center of the flower shown with the True Black marker.  Add small highlight details with white gel pen or leave the areas uncolored.

Gift Box Step 5

Coloring the leaves & stem:

The leaves and stem of the tulips are next.  Here the light is coming from the right of the image and the marker color gradient reflects this.

First, start with the darkest marker shade Green Gray.  Lighten the color gradient using Pear Green, Pale Citrus, Moss Green, Olive Green, Khaki.

The lightest shade used is Chartreuse.  Apply using the palette blending method or the Blender pen.

Gift Box Step 6

Second, the rest of the tulip leaves and stems are colored with the same markers.  Add extra color detail with a light flick of Sand to the edges of the Chartreuse and blend.

Third, small strokes of white gel pen added create areas of light and detail.

Gift Box Step 7

Finally, to make the image pop add an outline coat of Gray Green.  Blend to create a light shadow with the Blender Pen.

Gift Box Step 8

Mount the image on gold mirror card.

Gift Box Step 9

To make the gift box:

First, cut a piece of card to form the cover of your box.  Card measures 6.5” wide and 12” long and is double sided Centura Pearl.

Score card at 5.5” and 6.5”.

Gift Box Step 10

Second, make the inside of your box by cutting a piece of card measuring 8” x 7”.   Score round all 4 edges at 1” and create 4 tabs cut on the diagonal.

Gift Box Step 11

Third, apply Collall Tacky Glue to each of the 4 tabs and attach each tab to a scored box side.

Gift Box Step 12

Fourth, attach a strip of double sided tape across the middle of the inside of your box cover and add a length of ribbon.

Leave enough ribbon to tie a large bow at the side of your box construction.

Finish by adding the colored topper to the gift box cover.

Insert the box base into the box cover and glue to secure.  Tie a bow on the side of your box construction and your project is complete.

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Tutorial credit: Laine Webb


Image – Power Poppy
Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: Daffodil, Blender Pen, Flame Red, Vintage Pink, Pink Lace, True Black, Mango, Sunshine, Grey Green, Pear Green, Pale Citrus, Moss Green, Olive Green, Khaki, Chartreuse, Sand.

Quick and Easy Festive Coloring!

Christmas is rapidly approaching.  Here is a quick and easy coloring to bring some festive cheer.  The image is colored with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils.

Stamp or print the image of your choice onto Neenah Classic Crest Card, or the card of your choice.

Starting with the skin create shadow on the image with the Saddle Brown pencil.

This is used under the hat, round the eyes and nose and as a base color for the hair.  Peach and Peony brings color and tone to the cheeks and lips and all are blended with the Cream pencil creating a smooth color flow.


Depth and shade are added to the hat of the infant and to shape and add detail to the bears fur.

Short pencil strokes create the illusion of fur and texture using the Smoke pencil.  Deep shadow is added under the brim of the hat with the Pewter pencil.

Warm highlights are added to the cheeks, ears and paws of the bear with the blending of Peony and Mulberry pencils.


Shadow and definition is created in the hat and suit of the infant  and the fur of the bear with the Black pencil.  This also adds a roundness to the bear.

Slightly longer pencil strokes are used to apply the color.


Strong red tones and shades are added to the suit and hat of the babe and the bow tie of the bear.  Here Raspberry, Carmine, Cherry Red, Poppy and Rose Red have been used to create a color gradient, working from light to dark areas, where the light would be reflected by the clothing.

A further application of Black pencil into the folds and hollows of the image really makes this ‘pop’ with color.


Areas of deep shade, created with the Black pencil,  are blended and softened with the use of the Smoke pencil.


A background is created with the use of Denim Blue and Shamrock.


This quick and easy coloring is complete.  White gel pen detail is added to the eyes and to highlight white areas as required.  The image is mounted onto Core’dinations card and onto the front of a card.  Sequin detail is added.

Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils used:

Saddle Brown, Peach, Peony, Cream, Smoke, Pewter, Mulberry,  Black,  Raspberry, Carmine, Cherry Red, Poppy, Rose Red, Denim Blue, Shamrock.
Digi Stamp – Beary Merry Christmas – Mo Manning.
Neenah Classic Crest Card
Core’dinations Card
Sparkle detail to hat.

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

Add Sparkle to Your Festive Candy Canes!


Add some festive color and glow to a candy cane image with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. A quick and easy Christmas make full of shimmer and shine!


This is a digi stamp which has been printed and left to dry.  The Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens have been applied directly to the printed image.  Start with Hearthside the darkest shade, blend out with Red Berry to create a smooth flow of color.


Next Solar Red is applied and blended into the Hearthside and Red Berry. Solar Red is a lighter shade of red and a small area of white has been left in each section to indicate where the light would be hitting the object and to create some shape and definition.


To color the alternate sections apply Sterling Silver to the areas of deepest shade on each side of your candy cane.


Using the Crystal Clear pen blend out the Stering Silver towards the center of the candy cane.


Add definition to the leaves with Holly Leaf.


Blend out the Holly Leaf with Emerald Green to create a variegated leaf.


As your image is colored you may notice that small parts of the stamp have been missed.  Here the central part of the middle candy cane.  Color this with your red shades.  The ribbon is colored using Moonlight and shade is added with Sand Dune.


Soft Jade has been used to color the background and to make the image ‘pop’.  This is blended out with the Crystal Clear pen.


Showing the sparkle pen detail on your finished colored image.

Mount your colored image onto your Christmas Card base.

Materials used:

Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens used:  Red Berry, Hearthside, Solar Red, Sterling Silver, Crystal Clear, Holly Lear, Emerald Green, Moonlight, Sand Dune, Soft Jade.

Image:  Candy Cane Classic – Power Poppy

Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card, Coredinations Card, Designer Papers.



ColourBlend Pencils on Vellum!


Create a soft and delicate coloring with your Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils on Vellum Paper.


Stamp or print out the image of your choice onto Neenah Classic Crest Card. Cut a square of vellum paper to cover the stamped image, attaching to the image with low tack tape.  You will see the stamped image clearly through the vellum layer.  Choose the base colors for your rose.  Here Pink Blush, Antique Rose and Sorbet have been used.


Starting with the deepest of your base pencils color the image with the Antique Rose, creating areas of shade as indicated by the shape and shading detail of the stamp.


Next the mid tone Sorbet has been used to further color the petals and to blend the Antique Rose layer.  The pencils produce beautiful color transitions, blending well on the  vellum.


Pink Blush further blends and colors the petals.  A band a color has been created across the petals to indicate light hitting the flower.


White is used across the band of light creating a smooth transition of color between the pink and the white pencil.


Deeper tone, shade and detail is created on the petals with the use of Geranium. This pencil is used around all of the petal outline detail and folds.  The Geranium is blended into the Pink Blush with the Sorbet.


Next color the leaves.  Pistachio has been used to create natural areas of light on the leaves.


Peacock Green pencil colors the outside edges of the leaves and the veins and shadow in the middle of the leaves.

The mid tone pencil Shamrock is used to blend in the Peacock Green and Pistachio areas.


The coloring is complete. Remove your vellum coloring from the stamped Neenah layer and you will see your soft and delicate coloring, ready to be mounted onto a project or card.

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Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils:

Essentials:  White, Pistacchio.                                                                                                                                                             Primaries:   Antique Rose, Sorbet, Pink Blush.
Naturals:  Shamrock, Peacock Green.
Florals: Geranium.

Image – Rose and Chamomile – Power Poppy
Neenah Classic Crest Card
Crafter’s Companion Printable Vellum Paper
Core’dinations Card
Black Matt Card                                                                                                                                                                                 Brads to attach vellum layer to Neenah card.

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

Fruits of the Season


The nights are drawing in and autumn is upon us.  The focus is now on shades of orange and yellow and we know that the year is on the turn!  This tutorial looks at coloring some fruits of the season.  Here delicious, shiny apples have been colored and shaded using Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils.


Print or stamp the image of your choice onto Neenah Classic Crest Card, or your preferred card stock.  If printing use a draft, grayscale print and leave your image to dry before coloring. This stops your printer ink bleeding into your pencil color.

For this coloring the outside of the apples are highlighted using the Cherry Red ColourBlend pencil.


Decide where the light would be hitting your apple to create definition and shape to your coloring. Here the light is coming in from the right and almost center of the image.  Starting with you darker red shades move the color towards the center of you apples working from darker shades to lighter.

ColourBlend pencils used:  Cherry Red, Poppy, Rose Red, Carmine, Flame Red.

The pencils are blended into each other and blend easily. This creates a smooth color gradient for your fruits.

You may choose to use your favorite blending method to blend the pencils. The Spectrum Noir free online coloring course (week 3) features several fabulous pencil blending techniques.  You can sign up for the free online coloring course here!


Here a yellow highlighted area has been created with the Citrus pencil to define the center of the apples. This is blended into the red areas with Flame Red.


The black pencil further defines the outside of the apples and where deep shadow occurs.  This would be into the dip where the stalk emerges from the front apple and on the bottom of the second apple in the dip where the blossom would have formed.


A selection of green pencils have been used to color the leaves. Darker shades being used in the middle of the leaves and areas in shadow, working out to lighter shades.  Again the pencils are blended into and over each other to create a smooth color blend.

The pencils blend easily.

Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils used for the leaves:  Lemongrass, Avocado,  Pear Green, Shamrock and Amazon Green.

The Spectrum Noir Blender pen has been used to remove small dots of color from the center of both apples and create a focused highlight.


The apple blossom was colored with Sorbet and Antique Rose.  The small blossom leaves with Amazon Green.  The stem with Walnut.

I was not completely happy with the color gradient between the yellow center of the apples and the outer red areas. Some further blending was added with the Clementine between the red and yellow areas and it produces a pleasing color blend.


A very light application of Denim Blue creates some sky detail and highlights the apple image.

The completed coloring, mounted in autumnal shades.

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I had colored another version of this image, printed onto kraft card.  The same pencils were used to color the image with the addition of Oyster, Snow Peach and Vanilla to bring lighter/white shades to the Kraft card.

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Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils:

Primaries:  Flame Red, Carmine, Antique Rose, Sorbet, Denim Blue.
Shade and Tone:  Driftwood, Oyster.
Naturals:  Lemongrass, Clementine, Shamrock, Avocado, Amazon Green, Pear Green, Walnut.
Florals: Poppy, Rose Red, Cherry Red.

Apples in Season – Power Poppy – Digital Stamp
Sentiment is a Crafter’s Inspiration Magazine previous issue freebie
Neenah Classic Crest Card
Core’dinations Card
Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Classiques – Lattice Corners
Black Matt Card
Ribbon, flowers and sequins are from my stash

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

ColourBlend Pencils on Kraft Cardstock

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Coloring on kraft cardstock is fun and using the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils produces a subtle, soft effect when applied.



For this project (which I have used Neenah Desert Storm kraft for) we will look at coloring the skin and hair of the image using the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. A digital stamp from Tiddly Inks has been printed onto the kraft cardstock using a draft setting.  

The Ginger pencil has been used to add areas of shadow and depth of color as shown in the picture. Some extra detail has been added to create the nose and eye sockets.


A warm rosy glow has been added to the cheeks with the Antique Rose pencil.


The shaded area on the skin is extended with the Cider pencil. Blending solution has not been used for this coloring as the pencils easily blend themselves and each other.  

The Antique Rose and Ginger layers have been blended using the Cider pencil. The pencil is applied with a light touch and a smooth round direction.


Further definition is added with the Spice Brown pencil round the area of the hair, and to accentuate the nose and eye sockets.  

Also in the areas of deep shadow on the arms and legs.  

The Cream pencil is applied over all of the colored layers to further blend and to add highlight to the areas of skin which catch the most light.


This image has thick hair which has been drawn with many layers and areas where light and shade can be created with your pencils.

Starting with the Ginger pencil, hold the pencil in an upright position and apply the color pigment using sweeping flicking strokes. Leave areas of the hair where the light is reflected uncolored.


Add interest to the color blend with the Russet pencil.


The Auburn pencil is used to create depth and shadow and applied near the hair parting and in the deeper layers of the hair.


Lighten the color blend by again applying the Ginger pencil.


A layer of shine is added with the Cinnamon pencil and Daisy is used to color highlights in the areas of hair which are uncolored.  The Black pencil redefines the outine and layers of the hair and is used in areas of deep shadow, at the parting and under the face of the image.


The coloring is completed with the coloring of her dress, shoes and cake. The background is also created.

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The completed coloring is mounted onto a layer of Core’dinations cardstock and  Crafter’s Companion kraft cardstock.

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!

Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils:  
Skin and hair:  Ginger, Antique Rose, Cider, Spice Brown, Cream, Russet, Auburn, Cinnamon,  Daisy, Black  
Clothes, cake and background:  Velvet, Sea Urchin, Pink Violet, Daisy, Cherry Red, Sea Foam, Stone, Black

Tutorial Credit: Laine Webb

Building a Stamped Image Using Masks

In this tutorial we will look at building an image using masking to add detail to your design. For this project clear stamps have been used, this helps to see where you are placing an image.

The masks are stamped onto scrap or copy paper. Post-it notes are useful for mask work as they have a glue strip to attach the mask to your stamped image.


Mount your stamp onto your Rock-a-Block stamp mount (or other acrylic block). Ink using Versafine Ink, or the ink of your choice.  

Stamp the image onto the mask paper.


For this coloring three concentric flower stamps have been used.

Stamp the two smaller flowers onto your masking paper.


Fussy cut the three flower masks.

Cut on the outside of the black stamped line so that the masks fully cover your images to be stamped over.


Ink the larger flower and stamp onto the watercolor card of your choice. This will form the basis for your design.

When stamping you may find it useful to place a fine foam mat under your project. This will help the stamp to sink into the card and for the ink to adhere.  Here watercolor inking techniques will be used.

The ink required needs either to be water resistant and hold the image, or water soluble which can be blended into the image and provides a softer outline for your coloring.


Apply the largest mask over this flower. Attach the mask.  


Stamp two of the smaller flowers over the larger stamped mask. Here you can see the overlapping of the stamps on the mask.

The effect you are trying to create is flowers growing naturally.


Add further masks and gradually begin to build up your image, using flower stamps and leaves.


Your image is stamped and ready to color. Trim the project to the size that you require.


Color the image with the medium of your choice.  Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens have been used to color this design.  I hope you have found this tutorial useful.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens: Cosmos, Pink Garnet, Moonlight, Spun Gold, Emerald Green, Holly Leaf, Peacock,
Leonie Pujol – Entwined Stamp – Beautiful Bloom
Tsukineko Versafine Ink Pad – Onyx Black
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card
Stampendous sentiment
Sara Signature – Together Forever – 6” x 6” paper pad
Gray card for mounts and shaped card base from my stash.

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Tutorial credit: Laine Webb


‘No-line’ Coloring Technique


‘No-line’ coloring is a fun technique for creating a softer image with your Spectrum Noir markers. This tutorial will share with you some tips and tricks for achieving this look.


Here a stamp has been mounted onto a Rock-a-Block stamping mount and inked using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and London Fog.  This will enable you to compare the results achieved when coloring an image in both of these inks.  London Fog is a paler pigment and will produce less obvious lines as the image is colored.

Stamp the image on the card stock of your choice.  Here Neenah Classic Crest Card has been used.The skin of these sweet images have been colored using Spectrum Noir markers FS2, FS4, FS6, TN2, to create depth and contour.  On the lighter image Spectrum Noir marker IG10 is used to add depth to the eyes of the figure.


The hair of both figures is colored using Spectrum Noir markers CT2, GB2, GB3, GB4, GB6, GB7. You can see in the picture above, that a much softer effect is being created on the image on the right, as there are no heavy ink lines in the hair.


A closer look at both of the figures so that you can compare the hair color.


The dress and tights of both images are colored using Spectrum Noir markers BP1, BP2, BP3, blended with PP3, PP4, PP5 to create a color gradient. 

Spectrum Noir marker PP3 has been blended into the cheeks of both figures with FS2 and small white dots have been added to the cheeks and dress of the image.


A more detailed look at the figures. On the image on the right you are creating a soft, almost watercolor effect.


Next to be colored is the rabbit in the image. Spectrum Noir marker EB2 EB3 are used to color the fur. 

The pigment is applied using brush nibs to create the effect of fur and more depth and definition is added with the use of Spectrum Noir Blender applied to the rabbit fur with a terry cloth. 

Shadow is added to the tail of the rabbit with Spectrum Noir marker IG2.


The colored images have been cut with an oval die cut. 

You can see the much softer effect created with the use of the lighter ink pigment. Using a even lighter ink pigment will further remove the lines from your image.


Background detail has been added with Spectrum Noir IG2 and the Blender pen to create the ground detail. 

Sky is added with Distress Ink, a sponge applicator and a scalloped die cut.


The coloring is complete. The images are mounted onto mats of Coredination card and are ready to be added to a card or craft project.  I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  This is an easy technique and you can clearly see the differences produced by varying the color of your stamping ink.


Spectrum Noir markers used:
FS2, FS4, FS6, TN2, IG2, IG10, CT2, GB2, GB3, GB4, GB6, GB7, PP2, PP3, PP4, BP1, BP2, BP3, EB2, EB3
Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Re-fills – Blender
Stamp – Gorjuss – I Love You Little Rabbit
Tsukineko Tuxedo Black and London Fog Menmento Ink Pads
Neenah Classic Crest Card
A small piece of terry cloth

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

Focus on Folds

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This tutorial looks at coloring with the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolor pencils.  There are various ways to use this coloring medium.

For this project we will apply the pencil color directly to an image and disperse the color with a moist, but not to wet, paintbrush.


This is a digital image printed onto watercolor paper.  The image is given a light coating of clear embossing powder immediately after printing and heat embossed to seal the ink lines. Decide where the light will be hitting your image.

For this coloring this would be from the front and slightly to the left of the image.

Starting with the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Hyacinth pencil, apply a thin layer of color to the areas where you wish to create the most color and depth.


Using a moist paintbrush which has been dipped in water and dried lightly on a piece of paper towel (kitchen roll), spread the areas of color towards the center of your pleats.

The pencil pigment moves easily with the added water.  If you need to lift some areas of color, add more water to your brush, apply to the area and dab with dry kitchen roll.


Apply Hyacinth pencil to all areas of the dress and shoes as shown in the picture.


Repeat the process to spread the pigment using your almost dry paintbrush. This is high quality pigment and requires the slightest moisture to assist with spreading and blending.


To create extra depth and definition to the folds add Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Wild Ochid.

This is a darker color pigment and will add shade and tone to your coloring.

Spread the pigment from the edges to the center of each fold and the top of the dress using your moist paintbrush.


The final shade for coloring the dress is Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Aubergine.  Apply to the image as shown in the picture and disperse pigment with your moist brush.

You can then adjust any areas of color as your require by moistening you brush, applying this to the area and dabbing with paper towel (kitchen roll).


Apply Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencil – Straw to areas of skin in shadow and spread pigment using your paintbrush.


Extra shade and tone is given to the skin with the use of Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencil – Ginger, applied directly to the image.

Use where the crease lines and shadow would naturally be on the skin. This in worked into the image gently with your moist paintbrush.


Warmth is added to the skin with the use of Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencil – Coral.

This is applied to the cheeks, under the eyebrows, lightly round the hairline and where the knees would be.

Again blend with your moist paintbrush.  You will see the skin of the image looking more rounded and appear to rise from the background card.


Light strokes of Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Clay pencil are added to the hair area and blended with your moist paintbrush.


Beautiful rich color and tone are added to the hair with Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Cherrywood, applied directly over and blended into the Clay.

Cherrywood is also used to color the ribbons on the parcel.


Bright Green Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pigment is applied to the parcel area and blended with your moist paintbrush.


The background detail is created with Spectru Noir AquaBlend Skyblue and Cherrywood.

Pencils are applied directly to the card round the image and blended with your moist paintbrush.

Your coloring can now be reviewed and any areas of color and light added with pencil or removed with your moist brush and paper towel (kitchen roll).


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Cut, mount and decorate your image as required.  Here you can see the smooth blending on the areas of her dress and skin.  These pencils are a delight to work with.  Enjoy your coloring!

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

List of materials used:

Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolor pencils – Hyacinth,  Wild Orchid, Aubergine, Straw, Ginger, Coral, Clay, Cherrywood, Bright Green, Sky Blue.
Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Card.
Image is from A Day For Daisies – Fashion Presents.
Coredinations Card for Mat.
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Card for card base.
Sequins are from my stash

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb