Tip-to-Tip Marker Blend

A great feature with Spectrum Noir markers is the ability to blend colours together. The “Tip-to-Tip Marker Blend” technique is easy to learn and gives amazing results. With this method, you can easily colour a darker marker shade that will gradually fade into a lighter marker colour.

Before you start

Like any other colouring or blending technique, you will want to practice. This tutorial shows how to apply dark green marker to the tip of a light green marker, then colour with it. The end result is a beautiful green ombre effect.

Tip-to-Tip Blending is also a great way to colour small areas that regular blending techniques would be difficult to do. Try this technique using the fine bullet nib to colour with.

The Tip-to-Tip Technique

To begin, open the broad chisel nib end of your CG3 marker. Then, using the fine bullet nib end of the CG4 marker, touch it directly to the chisel nib of the CG3 marker as shown in picture.

Hold it there for about three seconds. As shown in the sample picture, the darker ink will begin to transfer on the nib of the lighter marker. The longer the marker tips are touching, the more ink that will transfer to the lighter marker.

You will be colouring on to the paper with the lighter coloured marker.

Before you start colouring, think about where you want the darkest colour. That is where you will begin colouring. The darker ink will transfer to the paper first, and then begin to fade to the lighter ink colour.

This spot was coloured by stroking the marker back and forth. Try colouring several “green ombre” patches, following the same process of adding dark marker colour to the light marker nib, and colouring back and forth.

Will it hurt my markers?

Tip-to-Tip blending does not ruin or cross-contaminate Spectrum Noir markers. Simply scribble onto some scratch paper until the darker colour comes completely off.

This can also be done anytime during the coloring process, if you applied to much dark. When you are finished colouring, always remember to clean the marker nib by scribbling onto scratch paper until it returns to the original ink colour.

Make a project

Now that you have some nice green ombre patches of colour, die-cut some shapes to use on a project.

When die cutting the four hearts, position the bottom tip of the heart in the darker green area.

Use the hearts to make a 4-leaf clover. Notice the nice fade from dark green in the centre to lighter green.

The little “pocket” was die cut from black cardstock and will be used as a pot. What a great way to stretch your supplies!

More ways to use this technique

Here’s another version that was made into a note card.  The blending possibilities with your Spectrum Noir markers are endless with the Tip-to-Tip Marker Blend technique. Try using the Blender marker for a fade from colour to white. Alternatively, try using markers from different colour families, such as red and yellow. Have fun!

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

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 colouring!

Supplies used to complete these projects:

  • Spectrum Noir Markers – CG3 and CG4
  • White Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Little Angel Signature Collection by Sara Davies – My First Outfit Die Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock – Black Pearl
  • Gemini Die cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Sequins and Rhinestone
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Foam Blending Tool
  • Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs

Watercolored Three-Tier Gift Box

This watercolored gift box set uses just one Spectrum Aqua Marker. An easy to make project that is sure to impress!

How to watercolor the box lids

First, trim two sheets of 8 1/2” x 11” Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock as shown in picture.

Then apply anti-static powder to each panel, if desired. On the three lid panels, use VersaMark ink to stamp flowers. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. On the left-over scrap panels, stamp and heat emboss more flowers. These extra flowers will be used to embellish the boxes.

Next, to watercolor the box lids, color Kingfisher Aqua marker randomly around the flowers.

After that apply a wet watercolor brush to an uncolored area, and then work the brush into the ink color. The ink will begin to flow into the wet areas, and you can continue to brush the color around as desired. The goal is to create a watercolor background around all the flowers.

How to watercolor the flowers

First, color the flower centers, and then blend out with watercolor brush.

Next color the flower embellishments with the Kingfisher Aqua marker in the areas you want darkest.

Then apply a wet watercolor brush to uncolored area, working the brush up to the ink. The ink will flow into the wet area and create beautiful watercolor flower petals.

Finally, set aside the panels to completely dry. Once dry, trim out all the flowers from the scrap panels and add a pearl to the centers. These will be used to decorate the boxes.

How to make the lids using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

First place the lid panel onto The Boxer Board with one edge butted up against the “Box Lid” sidebar. Score at the 1″ line. Repeat this on all edges of all three panels.

Next cut a small v-shaped notch in each of the corners, where the scored lines intersect. The first cut should be along one of the scored lined, and the diagonal line should be cut from the excess corner piece. Fold and crease along each of the scored lines and adhere the corner tabs to form the lids.

How to make the box bottoms using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

Start by creating the bottoms using three panels of white cardstock (measurements below). This time butt them up against the “Box Bottom” sidebar to score the lines. Cut corner notches, crease, and adhere the same way as the box lids.

Box bottom cutting and scoring measurements:

  • Large box bottom – 11 1/2” x 11 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Medium box bottom – 9 1/2” x9 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Small box bottom – 7 1/2” X 7 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/4” Box Bottom score line. (Note: The side tabs may need trimmed off a bit on this box bottom before adhering.)

 

Finally, assemble the boxes by stacking on top of each other, adhering together if desired.

Tie ribbon around the stack and embellish with cut out flowers.

 

Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Supplies used for this project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
  • Spectrum Aqua Marker – Kingfisher
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Groovin’ 60’s Collection – Bloomin’ Sixties EZMount Rubber Stamps
  • The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Score Board
  • Watercolor Brush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Gun
  • 12” x 12” White Cardstock
  • White Pearl Stickers
  • White Ribbon
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Adhesive

Sparkle Pen & AquaBlend Pencil Techniques

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Looking for new ways to use Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and AquaBlend pencils? This tutorial that will do just that! Create a super sparkly Halloween Trick or Treat card while learning a couple different ways to use your coloring tools. Supplies are listed at the bottom of this post.

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1. Die-cut card base from kraft cardstock. Use an anti-static pouch to treat the card front before stamping. This helps prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

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2. Stamp the image(s) onto card front, using Versamark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.

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3. Gently squeeze a few drops of Onyx Black and Sterling Silver Sparkle pens on the pad of ink blending tool.

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4. Swipe the ink blending tool across the card front several times until covered. If you run out of ink to finish swiping, squeeze a couple more drops of Sparkle pen inks on the ink blending tool.

TIP: It’s best to start off the edge of the paper, to avoid  a blob of ink color in one spot.

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5. The embossed images resist the Sparkle pen ink, which creates an amazing shimmer background. Set aside to dry.

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6. Treat a panel of kraft cardstock with anti-static pouch. Stamp image onto panel, using black VersaFine ink (or other black pigment ink that can be embossed). Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool. Color the image with Sunshine, Carrot and Parakeet AquaBlend pencils. Color spider eyes green, but leave the bodies uncolored.

TIP: You don’t need to fully color the pencil in each area of the image. What you are doing is laying down the color and then blending it out in the next step.

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7.  Use Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to wash over the colored areas over for an immediate blended “Sparkle” effect. (Moonlight pen over yellow areas, Pink Champagne pen over orange areas, Emerald Green over green areas.) By using a colored Sparkle pen to watercolor over the AquaBlend pigment on kraft card stock, the colors are more vibrant and full of sparkle.

TIP: Let each color dry before moving on to the next. This will prevent the colors from blending together. If you want to speed up the drying process, just heat for a quick second with the heat embossing gun after each color.

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8. Color the spider bodies with Onyx Black Sparkle pen.

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9. Treat a panel of Yellow Pearl Shimmering cardstock with anti-static pouch. Stamp sentiment, using black VersaFine ink (or other black pigment ink that can be embossed). Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool. Die-cut sentiment with circle die.

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10. Assemble card as follows: Trim image panel as desired and adhere to orange cardstock panel. Attach to card front with dimensional foam tape. Attach sentiment with dimensional foam tape. Embellish with a few star sequins.

We hope you give these Sparkle pen and AquaBlend pencil techniques a try. Experiment with different color combinations and papers. Most of all, have fun creating!

Don’t forget to share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see your coloring projects!

Supplies used for this tutorial and card project:

  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
  • Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils – Primaries Set and Florals Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock – Yellow Pearl
  • Crafter’s Companion Halloween Trick or Treating EZ Mount Rubber Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Create-A-Card Die – Ruth Die Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Essentials – Circles Die Set
  • Orange Cardstock
  • Ink Blending Tool & Foam
  • Die-cutting Machine
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive

Watercolor Layering Stamps

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This tutorial will show you how to use Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers with a set of layering stamps.

Layering stamp sets are super popular these days. The images are stamped progressively, creating a dimensional layered look. The results are stunning!

You will be amazed at how quick and easy it is to build color and detail. And by stamping on watercolor cardstock, the images will have added dimension from the texture of the paper.

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CLEAR STAMP TIPS:  Before using new clear stamps for the first time, ink the stamps and stamp each image a few times on a piece of scratch paper. This “primes” the stamp.

Various types of ink react differently. Sometimes ink will “bead up” on the clear stamp surface. By priming the stamp, the inks will usually grab on to the stamps surface better.

You do not need to prime the stamps before each use, just once when they are new. Staining is normal with clear stamps. Some inks/colors stain more than others.

Thoroughly clean the stamps after priming, before starting your project, and after each use.

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1. Working with the brush nib, color the first bird stamp with the Topaz Spectrum Aqua marker. Do this by holding the marker parallel to the stamp, placing the widest part of the brush nib down on the stamps surface.

Using a Mini Mister or other water mist botte, lightly spritz the stamp with water. One spritz should work.

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2. Stamp the image on a watercolor cardstock panel.

STAMPING TIPS: When stamping the images, hold and lightly press the stamp down onto the paper for several seconds. This will allow the ink plenty of time to soak into the watercolor paper.

Be sure to press around the block to get all the areas of the image stamped. The more water that is spritz on the stamp, the more chances of having ink puddles when lifting the block.

Simply dab the area with the corner of a clean paper towel to lift the excess ink off the paper. Alternatively, you can just leave the puddles to soak in. It really is personal preference.

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3. Color the second bird stamp with the Gold marker. Spritz and stamp on top of first image.

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4. Color the third bird stamp with the Marigold marker. Spritz and stamp.

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5. Color the eye and beak stamp with the Charcoal marker. Spritz and stamp.

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6. Color the feet stamp with the Boulder marker. Spritz and stamp.

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7. Color the branch stamp with the Chocolate marker. Spritz and stamp.

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8. Color the first leaf stamp with the Olive marker. Spritz and stamp.

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9. Color the second leaf stamp with the Leaf Green marker. Spritz and stamp.

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10. Repeat the process to stamp two additional leaves.

That’s all there is to it! After inks have dried completely, trim or die-cut the panel as desired.

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Experiment with different Spectrum Aqua Marker colors! You could also try double stamping portions of the image. Simply stamp the same layer again with the same color, or with another color. Just make sure to clean off  the stamps before coloring more marker ink on them.  The colors you can create with layering are endless.

Here are more color combinations to give a try. Which is your favorite?

Golden Bird (tutorial colors)

  • Bird – Topaz, Gold, Marigold
  • Eye/Beak – Charcoal
  • Feet – Boulder

Blue Bird

  • Bird – Aquamarine, Teal, Navy
  • Eye/Beak – Black
  • Feet – Charcoal

Pink Bird

  • Bird – Blossom, Rose Pink, Scarlet
  • Eye/Beak – Boulder
  • Feet – Boulder

Purple Bird

  • Bird – Purple, Wildflower, Orchid
  • Eye/Beak – Black
  • Feet – Charcoal

 

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Have fun creating your own masterpiece! Don’t forget to share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see your coloring projects!

Supplies used for this tutorial and card project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers
  • Hero Arts Bird Layering Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Misc Colored Cardstocks
  • Mini Mister or spritz bottle for water
  • Linen Background Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders Die
  • Frayed Burlap Distress Ink Pad
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive

 

Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Creating Landscape Backgrounds with Refill Inks

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Spectrum Noir Alcohol refill inks can be used in many creative ways, like this quick and easy landscape background panel on glossy cardstock.

Just a few drops of ink will go a long way, so you can make multiple panels at the same time! Change up the ink colors for any season or landscape settings.

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1. Add a few drops of DG1 refill ink on pad of ink blending tool.

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2. Swipe the tool across the glossy cardstock panel. You may need to swipe a couple times in order to cover the desired area.

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3. Using a clean pad, add a few drops each of IB1 and DG2 refill ink to the pad of ink blending tool. Add a few drops of Blender fluid refill ink on top of the inks.

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4. Swipe the tool across the glossy cardstock panel, slightly overlapping DG1. Swipe a few times in order to cover the desired area and achieve the desired took.

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5. Using a clean pad, add several drops Blender fluid refill ink to the pad of ink blending tool.

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6. Begin tapping the ink blending tool on the green area of the panel. Wait about a minute for panel to dry and  see how it looks.

If desired, add additional drops of Blender fluid refill ink to the pad and continue tapping until desired look is achieved. NOTE: For this project, no tapping was done on the blue sky area.

With Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink refill inks, the creative possibilities are endless! Be sure to check out all the other fantastic tutorials using refill inks here on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

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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!

Supplies used for this tutorial and card project:

  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Re-Inkers – DG1, DG2, IB1, Blend
  • Spectrum Noir Markers – DG2, CG2, DG3 (Grass/Leaves); CT4, GB3, GB7, Blender (Flowers)
  • High Gloss Cardstock (for this tutorial, Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock was used, and is available in the US only)
  • White Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Decorative Metal Die – Country Fence
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Decorative Metal Die – Daisy Border
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies – Floral Delight Metal Die Set – Ink Bloom
  • Crafter’s Companion Bebunni Floral Collection EZ Mount Rubber Stamp Set – Bloom & Grow
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Olive
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Stickles Glitter Glue – Orange Peel & Yellow
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Tool
  • Diecutting/Embossing Machine
  • Heat Embossing Tool

Color Tinting Photos: Tips & Tricks

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Looking for a fun and unique way to use photos on a scrapbook page, greeting card, or other crafty project? Try color tinting b&w photos with Spectrum Noir markers.

Create amazing hand-tinted photos, simply by adding a dash of color to black and white prints! Whether you are looking to re-create a nostalgic vintage looking photo, or a bright and colorful masterpiece, this technique will deliver!

Things to know before you begin:

Select photos to print for your project. If it’s a color photo, have it printed in black and white. You may want to print a few photos in both matte and glossy finish to see which works best. Experiment to find which type of photo paper you prefer to color on.

The photos used for these projects were printed at a local photo center with a matte finish. It’s a good idea to always print extra photos so you can practice.

Always test the markers on a sample photo to check for ink smearing or bleeding. Different photo papers and inks may react differently.

The marker color tinting will not show up well on dark images or dark shadow areas. Your b&w photo should have lighter areas where you will be coloring.

Areas that are lighter or white will show colors the best. However, with larger white areas, you will notice marker lines.

Coloring Tips and Tricks:

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Test the marker colors in areas on the photo you will be tinting on a practice photo.

Notice how the same marker color PP2 looks quite different when colored over the whiter cluster of flowers as compared to the slightly darker cluster of flowers.

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Photos with large areas of light tones or white space will show more marker lines and look less realistic.

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Take a look at the bow of the headband. Because it has a large amount of white space, the marker lines will show more. This happens because the ink dries so fast on the photo paper, and overlapping wet marker ink over dry marker ink will leave lines.

To make them less noticeable on the bow, the Blender marker was used to create some detail with dots and outlines.

Marker colors used for the headband are BG4 and Blender.

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On this sample, the dandelions were and textured by adding dots on top of a colored area. Simply color tint the area and then add dots of color to it by tapping the tip of the marker on top.

The ink will spread out a bit and create a textured look. Add more dots with another color and the Blender marker until you get the desired effect.

The colors used on the sample are DG1, DG2, DG3 and Blender.

Using Spectrum Noir Markers for Color Tinting B&W Photos is a must try technique! The transparency of Spectrum Noir Marker ink allows details of the photograph to show through. Whether you are wanting to reprint an old cherished photo to add a bit of color, or get creative with some new favorite pics, Spectrum Noir Markers will do the trick.

See more tips using this technique over on the Crafter’s Companion US blog! Click here to visit.

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

Adding Texture with Blender Re-Inker

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Here is a quick and easy way to create texture on an image using Spectrum Noir Blender Re-inker and a piece of terry clothe. The blender solution pushes/moves marker color out of the way.  By adding some of the blender re-inker to a piece of cloth, and then pressing it on an image that is colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, the image will actually take on the texture of the clothe.

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1. Stamp and color image. If you only want certain parts of an image textured, color only those areas first. Once the texturing technique is done and the image is dry, finish coloring the rest of the stamped image as desired.

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2. Add a few drops of Blender Re-Inker solution to a piece of terry clothe fabric. The fabric should not be soaked wet, just a little damp.

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3. Apply the clothe to the image, using medium pressure, for about 2 or 3 seconds. Lift and repeat on the other areas of the image where you want the texture. As the blender solution dries on the marker color, the texture will appear as the marker color moves away and lightens.

TIP: If the marker color bleeds outside the stamped lines, you may be using too much solution on the clothe, or holding the clothe down on the image too long. Try using less solution or not holding it down as long.

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Supplies used on project:

  • Spectrum Noir Markers CT2, CT4, IB1, IB2, IB3, BT7
  • Spectrum Noir Re-Inker Blender
  • Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Yellow Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Simon Says Stamps Tiny Ray of Sunshine Stamp Set
  • Simon Says Stamps Baby Clothes and Crib Die Set
  • My Favorite Things Cross Stitch Rectangle Die Set
  • Natural Twine
  • Piece of old white wash clothe

Altered Designer Cardstock

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There are so many ways to use Spectrum Noir markers beyond coloring stamped images. Here’s a fantastic way to transform designer cardstock by using just a few marker colors.

In minutes, you will have altered the papers using this technique, and be ready to create a card!

Supplies:

  • Spectrum Noir Markers – CR4, CR8, DG2, DG3
  • Designer Cardstock (Crafter’s Companion 6×6 Paper Pad – Vintage Christmas Collection)

 

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Cut a strip from a sheet of the designer paper. Using the chisel nib of the CR8 marker, color over the paper strip. Next, use the chisel nib of the CR4 marker to color over the strip.

The lighter color marker will blend and smooth out any harsh lines from the darker marker. The entire strip of paper has been altered, giving it a fresh and vibrant red color.

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Cut a strip from another sheet of the designer paper. Using the chisel nib of the CR8 marker, color over the red patterned lines, as shown. Next, using the chisel nib of the CR4 marker, color straight over the same patterned lines.

Repeat the same process on the patterned lines next to the red, using DG3 and DG2. The pattern now has more color and will match the first altered strip.

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The altered paper strips are now ready to use for a card. As you can see, the original “vintage” color of the papers are now bright red and green. They match beautifully with with the Forest Green Shimmering Cardstock.

You can alter entire pieces, portions, or even small bits within a pattern. Coloring over designer cardstock (or even plain cardstock) with Spectrum Noir markers really extends the versatility of your paper stash!

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Additional supplies used to finish this card:

  • White A2 Notecard
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Christmas Only Words Metal Die – Christmas Blessings
  • Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock – Forest Green
  • Crafter’s Companion Nordic Christmas 6″x6″ Embossing Folder – Frosty Morning
  • Red and Green Glitter
  • Glue Pen
  • Adhesive
  • Diecutting/Embossing Machine

Simply Haunted Background

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Here’s a fun background that is quick and easy to create. If you are a beginner with the eBrush, this simple tutorial is just right to get you started. By switching out the colors and stamps, you can transform the haunted background into a winter scene and more!

Supplies:

  • Spectrum Noir Marker – Black
  • Craftwell eBrush
  • Wide Art Masking Tape  (or other low-tack stamping mask paper)
  • Circle Die (Crafter’s Companion)
  • White Cardstock
  • Sentiment Stamp (Stampabilities)
  • Tree Stamp (Hero Arts)
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Black Soot Distress Ink Pad
  • Vivid Green Embossing Powder (Stampendous!)
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool

 

Simply Haunted Background Step 1

Die-cut a circle from the re-positional masking tape. Stick the circle on the white cardstock panel to be airbrushed. The white panel for this card is 5 1/8″ x 3 1/2″ and the circle die used is 2.4″

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Place cardstock panel on a piece of scrap paper. This will protect your work surface from ink over-spray. Insert the chisel nib end of the black marker into eBrush. Begin airbrushing, until desired look is achieved.

TIP: Start by airbrushing onto the scrap paper, then move to the cardstock panel. This will help keep the airbrushing more even, each time you begin spraying.

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Remove the circle mask. If you plan on making more backgrounds, save the mask to re-use it.

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Use an anti-static pouch to treat the airbrushed cardstock panel before stamping and embossing. This helps to prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. Stamp sentiment and heat emboss with green embossing powder.

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Stamp the tree with Black Soot Distress ink. That’s it! Your simply haunted background panel is ready to be used for a card. Mat the panel on black cardstock and decorate as desired.

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Additional supplies used to finish this card:

  • Spectrum Noir Markers FS2, FS3, GB8, GB9, IG2, IG4, IG6, IG8, IG10, GB1, GB3, GB5, OR2, CT2, CT4
  • House-Mouse Halloween Stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Black and  Green Cardstock
  • Orange polka dot A2 Notecard
  • Fence Border Punch
  • Sequins & Rhinestones

Share a card or other project you make using this tutorial with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua) or on Twitter (@SpectrumNoir)! We’re also on Pinterest so tag us there as well for a chance to get re-pinned to our Colorist Creations board! Please feel free to leave your comments below, we very much appreciate reading them.

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist Lori Barnett No Watermark

‘Emboss Resist’ is a very popular technique with card makers. There are many different ways of using this technique to get fantastic designs. This tutorial takes the basic emboss resist technique one step further.

With just two Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, along with a few other supplies, you will be amazed at the added depth that is achieved without adding layers of bulk. Once you try this fun and easy “Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist” technique, you are sure to do it again and again.

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Trim a Piece of watercolor cardstock to 3″ x 5 1/2″ (or desired size).

Secure the panel to a hard board with low-tack tape, overlapping the tape on the edges of the cardstock about 1/8″.

This leaves a nice white border around the panel. Taping watercolor cardstock to a hard board also helps to reduce warping while the panel dries.

Use an anti-static pouch to treat the watercolor cardstock before stamping. This is an important step when doing the emboss resist technique, as it helps prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

Stamp sentiment image, using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.

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Scribble Aquamarine Aqua marker ink on an acrylic block.

Dip a wide watercolor brush into clean water and pick up some ink from the block.

Paint the ink on the watercolor panel, adding more ink and water as needed. Set aside to dry.

NOTE: It’s best not to dry the panel with a heat embossing tool. The embossed image will re-melt when heated, and any ink that might be on top will permanently set into the embossed image.

However, if you don’t want to wait for the panel to air dry, use a baby wipe or paper towel to carefully wipe off any ink on the embossed image, and then dry with with a heat embossing tool.

Be careful not to overheat the embossed image, as it may scorch or melt down into the cardstock.

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Once the panel is dry, treat it again with the anti-static pouch.

Stamp flower images, using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder.

Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.

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Scribble Navy Aqua marker ink on an acrylic block.

Brush a wash of clean water over the panel with wide watercolor brush.

This pre-wets the cardstock so when the navy ink is painted on, it flows easily.

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Pick up some of the navy ink from the block, and then begin painting and dabbing it onto the panel, picking up more ink as needed.

If there is excess ink in an area, or it puddles next to the tape, simply dab the area with the corner of a clean paper towel to lift the excess ink off the paper.

Set aside to dry.

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After panel is completely dry, use a baby wipe (or slightly damp paper towel) to gently wipe away any ink that remains on the embossed images.

Carefully remove the tape from the from the panel.

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The flower images will have the Aquamarine color under them, and the sentiment will be white.

This beautiful “Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist” panel is now ready to be used on a greeting card.

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist Lori Barnett No Watermark

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist Closeup Lori Barnett Watermarked

I hope you will give this technique a try! Share a card or other project you make using this tutorial with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua) or on Twitter (@SpectrumNoir)! We’re also on Pinterest so tag us there as well for a chance to get re-pinned to our Colorist Creations board! Please feel free to leave your comments below, we very much appreciate reading them.
Supplies used to make project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers – Aquamarine and Navy
  • Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things – Chalkboard Greetings Stamp Set
  • A Muse Studio – Mini Blooms Stamp Set
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Wide Watercolor Paintbrush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Hard Board
  • Low-tack tape
  • Clear Stamping Block
  • Baby Wipe or Paper Towel
  • Misc Cardstocks
  • Washi Tape
  • Blue Rhinestone Stickers
  • White button
  • Misc Ribbons & Twine
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett