Quick & Easy Coloring with Markers


Quick and easy cards are fun to make, and easily achieved with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers! This tutorial will show how to color an image with markers in just a few steps.


Stamp your image on white cardstock (here, Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth, available in the US) with a fade-resistant dye ink (I’ve used Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black).

Begin by coloring the bunny using:

Bunny: IG1, IG2, IG3, IG4, IG5
Ears/Tummy: FS2, FS3, CR3, TN1

Start with the darkest tone (on the bunny, that’s IG5) and work toward the lighter shades. Once finished, go back in with the dark and mid-tone colors to add more shading as desired.

Repeat the process for the ears and tummy.


Color the flower petals the same way, flicking the darkest yellow tone from the flower center outward to the petal tips.

Petals: GB5, CT4, CT3, CT2


Complete the image by coloring the flower center and stem with:

Flower Center: OR2, OR1, GB5
Stem/Leaves: LG2, LG3, LG4, LG5

Now you’re ready to add the image to a card!

Stamps: Bebunni ‘Brighten My Day’ (Crafter’s Companion)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Paper/Card: White (Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth); Gray (Bazzill); Black (Recollections by Michael’s); Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn)
Misc: Cupcake Insert die – Flag, Delicate Flower die, Lace Bloom die (Crafter’s Companion); Self Adhesive Pearls

Tutorial Credit: Taylor Usry

Inspiration from our Video Coloring Guide


The Video Coloring Guide from Spectrum Noir has some fabulous digi-stamps on it as well as loads of useful coloring tips! This card features our Turquoises marker pack, as well as Greens. It was colored with BT7, BT5, BT4, CG2, DG3, CG1.


This is one of my favorite images from the DVD – isn’t she pretty? Coloring her is so fun. I focused on using the Pale Hues, Browns, Yellows and Cool Grays. I used:

skin: FS2, FS3, FS6, TN2
lips: TN2, FS3, FS6
eyeshadow: IG6, IG4, IG2
hair: GB10, GB8, EB5
flowers: CT1, IG1, FS6, FS3, OR1, GB5, CT3
leaves: CG1, CG2


And to color this gorgeous image I concentrated on the Purples set, using PL2 and PL4, palette blended (never tried that technique? Watch our fabulous video here: http://bit.ly/1mVFmvP); the stems were colored with JG6, DG3, and CG2.

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers will be featured on two shows on the US shopping network, HSN, on Tuesday, October 7th! Sara Davies has flown to the US from the UK to demonstrate the markers live on air!

HSN show times

Coloring Inspiration for HSN

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers will be featured on two shows on the US shopping network, HSN, on Tuesday, October 7th! Sara Davies has flown to the US from the UK to demonstrate the markers live on air!


This card, the gorgeous poppies from our Video Coloring Guide, features the Reds and Greens packs of markers. It was colored with DR7, DR5, R1, CR10 and DG3 & CG2.


This card showcases the Pale Hues, Yellows, Cool/Ice Grays and Browns sets. It was colored with:

skin: FS6, FS3
hair: GB5, CT4, Ct2
dress: PP1, IG1
hatbox: TN8, TN7, EB8, CT4, GB5, CT1, EB2


And this card highlights what you can do with our Pinks, Blues, Warm/Brown Grays, and Essentials sets of markers. It was colored with:

tree: BG6, BG8, EB7
rocks: PP3, BG2, BG1
ground: EB1, BG1, TB2
mountains: BGR1, BGR£
sky: TB3, TB1

Make sure you watch Sara if you can!

HSN show times

Witchy Shoes


I’m going to share a quick and easy way to use a small image to make a big impact! This how-to was inspired by the recent ‘Layered Images and Coloring’ tutorial.


Start by stamping your image on patterned paper. Using your darkest hue (CG3) color around the very edge.

Gradually work inward, using lighter shades (CG2 and CG1).

Remember that patterned paper may blend differently than smooth cardstock, so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect!


Next, stamp your image two times on smooth white cardstock. For this card, I’ve used a newly released image from Crafter’s Companion US called ‘Best Witches’. I planned to create lots of dimension which is why I’ve stamped it three times in total.

Color the legs on one image using OR1, OR2, OR3, CT2 and CT4.

On the second image, just color the shoes using IG4, IG6 and IG8. Add color with PL2, PL3 and PL$ (not pictured) and a gold gel pen.


Complete your image by fussy cutting first the legs (shoes included) and then just the shoes. Attach each layer to the patterned paper base using foam dimensionals.

For interest, I adhered the tops of the legs directly to the base, then dimensional foam farther down to make it appear the legs were really coming out of the image!

Try using a small image to create big impact on our next project!

Creating a Cloud Background


One of my favorite ways to enhance a card is to create a cloud-filled sky in the background! This tutorial will show you how easy it is to do that.

The markers and pencils used on this card:

House exterior: BT2, BT3, BT4, BT 6, BT7, HB1, HB2, IG1 + 51, 53, 54, 62, 112, 78
Roof, Dress: BP1, BP2, BP3, BP4 + 30, 31, 32, 36, 41
Shutters: GT1, GT2, GT3, LG3
Windows: LY1, LY3, GG1 + 11
Door: GB1, GB2, IG1 + 004
Ground: EB1, EB2, BG2, BG1, BG4


Step 1: For this card, I wanted the clouds to be on the base part of the image, behind some houses I planned to add later.

I stamped the sidewalk image, colored the road as desired, and lightly traced with a pencil the outline of where my popped-up houses would go, all as a guide for where to place my clouds.


Step 2: Using die-cut clouds and starting a the bottom of the image, I applied ink with a sponge. Begin on the die, pushing the ink out toward the cardstock.


Step 3: Continue the sponging process, working toward the top of the cardstock. I use different sized clouds for visual interest.

Move the clouds around to create the desired effect.


Step 4: Continue working your way up the card stock. You will begin to see the clouds you’ve created as you go!

Tip: You don’t have to do this with only blue ink. You can create all sorts of different colors for a sky! Here is one I made quite awhiel ago, for a fun autumn card:


The markers used on this card:

Overalls: EB1, EB2, GB8
Shirts: TN1, TN2
Hair: EB5, EB8, GB10
Skin: FS9, FS4, FS2 (cheeks: CR3)
Wagon: EB7, BG4, BG3
Tires: IG4, IG2, IG1
Straw Bales: GB1, GB4, GB7, GB3

I hope you give this fun technique a try! It’s a great way to enhance your colored images, and really set them off!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

I created a winter evening scene that’s perfect for this time of year! I colored the village with:

scarf: DR2, DR4, DR5, DG2, DG3, CG2;
nose: OR1, OR2;
arms: BG4, EB7;
broom: GB8, GB10, GB11;
village: TN2, TN3, GB3, GB6, EB2, EB1, BG1, BG2, BG4, BG6;
snow/snowman: IB1, BGR3, BGR1
cheeks: FS1

Have a very Merry Christmas!

A ‘Magical’ Giveaway

Crafter’s Companion released four enchanting new stamps, drawn by the talented Sheena Douglass this week!  They are perfect for coloring with Spectrum Noir pens.

Here are three cards I made using the different sets:

On this card, I used these markers:

Browns: TN3, TN4, TN6
Oranges: OR2, OR3, CR11
Greens: EB1, EB2, BG4
Labels: TN1, TN2, GB4
Corks/Tops: EB3, EB7
Shading: BG6, BG4, BG4

Check out this tutorial from Jennie Black, too. It has great tips for coloring cylindrical images like these bottles!

On this card, I used these markers:

Tree: TN2, TN4, TN7
Leaves: DG2, DG3, GG2
Door: TN3, TN5, TN6, TN9
Walkway & Stones: BG2, BG4, BG6

And for this card, I used:

Grey books: BG2, BG4, BG6
Yellow books: GB4, GB6, GB7
Turquise Green books: JG3, JG4, JG5
Pages: EB1, BG1, blender
Shading under books: TN1, TN2, BG6, BG4, BG2, BG1, blender

Crafter’s Companion has generously agree to let us give away FOUR of these new ‘A Little Bit Magical’ stamp sets!  We will choose four winners, who will be able to choose their favorite set to win.  All you have to do to enter is take a peek at the stamp sets (seen here on the Crafter’s Companion US website: http://bit.ly/1f4N5Bw and here on the Crafter’s Companion UK website: http://bit.ly/1bSFMNw ) and leave us a comment below letting us know which one is your favorite!

We would love for you to share this competition on Facebook, so your friends and family can enter.  And if you don’t already like our Facebook page, please do!  You won’t want to miss the great inspiration, projects, tips, and community we have over there!

Good luck! The competition closes on Tuesday 27th August and winners will be announced on the blog Thursday 29th August (and notified via email).



Terms and Conditions

To enter the competition users should leave a comment below. Only one comment per user will be entered in the competition.

The winner will be chosen at random from all eligible blog comments that are left on this post by midnight of the closing date – 27th August 2013.

In event of any dispute the judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Only one entry is permitted per household.

The winners will be notified by email and via blog post.

The four prizes each comprise the winner’s choice of one stamp set from the Sheena Douglass Magical stamp range. No cash alternatives will be offered.

Competition is open internationally to entrants who are over 18 years of age.

This competition is not open to employees of Crafter’s Companion and their affiliates, agencies, suppliers, sponsors and members of employees’ immediate families.

Crafter’s Companion shall not be liable for any loss, damage or liability caused by matters relating to this free prize draw.  This competition is being run by Crafter’s Companion, 11 Collingwood Street, Coundon, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8LG.

Winter Blues Challenge

A new challenge was posted today on our Challenge page!

This month our theme is the “Winter Blues” – create any card or project with the color blue on it, use your Spectrum Noir pens to color your image, and you can play along with us!

Have a look at this darling tag, colored by Ruby Montes:

Head over to our Challenge Page to see all the details (including the prize you could win), and to add your project!  Happy coloring!

Spectrum Noir In Print

We are so excited to have spotted Spectrum Nor pens in two different magazines recently!

The Winter 2012 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today features Spectrum Noir pens on their Top Ten Most Wanted Wishlist!  You can see the entire article online here.

We also noticed a great feature on the pens in the latest issue of the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine!  You can find information about the magazine on their website.

Have you seen Spectrum Noir pens in print lately?

Color Focus: Pale Hues

The Color Focus for this week is the Pale Hues.

Be sure you take a look at all of the tutorials covered so far: BluesYellows, Purples, Browns, Turquoises, Pinks, and Warm Greys.  Each one shares how to color a complete image with just the six pens included in the set; downloads are available for each tutorial as well.

Six different light shades make up the Pale Hues set.  They include TN2, FS2, FS3, FS6, PP1, and EB2.  The pens come from the Tan (TN), Flesh (FS), and Earth Brown (EB) color ranges.

These pens allow you the flexibility to use them on their own for numerous applications, or combine them to create a fabulous pastel image.

I began by coloring the bear with TN2.  I was not concerned about proper coverage or blending in my first step.  Once covered I went back, working from the left side of the bear, and began to lay down more color.  You can darken the colors significantly by simply adding more layers of the same shade.

I used a small circular motion when coloring, to add texture.

I repeated the process several times – always beginning on the left side of the bear and coloring toward (but not all the way to) the right side.  I alternated between the small circular motion and a quick, flicking one To provide texture quickly and easily.

I used just two different pens on the flower petals, PP1 and FS6.  I colored each petal first with a layer of PP1.

I went back and colored from the flower center toward the edge (but not all the way) with PP1 again.  Then I used FS 6 to add a bit more color closer to the base of each petal.

I repeated this process on all of the flower petals; the centers are colored with FS2 and FS3.

I finished coloring my image by adding EB2 to the flower stems.  On its own EB2 is a much browner color.  Once I added a few layers of it, especially when contrasted directly with the pale hues, it took on a greener hue.

I completed the card by adding coordinating paper and buttons.

I hope you are inspired to get your Pale Hues out and color! We encourage you to share your work over on our Facebook page.

Happy coloring!