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16th Sep
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DIY Cupcake toppers

I love cupcakes. Doesn’t everyone? What makes cupcakes even better are some fun cupcake toppers. I’d like to show you a quick and easy way to make your own party cupcake toppers using just a few supplies. You’ll need: A few colored images cut with a circle punch or die Ikea Visionar paper decorations (they - Read full post [...]

10th Sep
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Challenge Winners: August 2014

Have you played along with our September challenge? This month our theme is ‘Friendship‘ and we would love to see what you create! You could win top honors like Card 0f the Month or a mention in our Top Three, or you could win the randomly drawn prize of $30/£30 in Spectrum Noir products! We - Read full post [...]

9th Sep
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Quick and Easy Grays

I posted a card a while ago all colored  in grays, but I used about six or seven different shades.  I liked it so much and had loads of positive feedback I thought I would re-create the effect using one a Sheena Duuglass stamp. I’ve only used 3 shades from the Cool Grays (or Ice - Read full post [...]

8th Sep
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Colored Pencils on Vellum

Have you tried coloring on vellum? Crafter’s Companion International Inspiration design team member Mary Dawn did, and she had stunning results! Here’s what she shared about her card: “I stamped my flowers and stems onto cardstock vellum with StazOn. Once dry, I colored right over the stamped image with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. There’s - Read full post [...]

4th Sep
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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 - Read full post [...]

26th Aug
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Fur Tutorial Using Spectrum Noir Pencils

I’m going to show you how to create two different textures using the Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils. Technique No 1: Fur Start by coloring Bebunni’s face with 114, hold the pencil around half way down and use small circular motion to give a smooth all over color. Darken the shadows around the edges with 115, and - Read full post [...]

25th Aug
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Lily with Watercolored Background

We had to share this card from Crafter’s Companion International Inspiration design team member Swarup Murthy here on our blog. It’s absolutely stunning! To create it, Swarup used her Spectrum Noir markers: OR1, OR2, OR3, GB2, GB4, EB4, EB2, EB5, GG5, DG3 And she shared this about the process: “I just kept layering and blending - Read full post [...]

22nd Aug
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Layered images and mixed coloring

In this tutorial I will show you how to make multi-layered images and to have a lot of fun mixing different coloring techniques. First be sure to pick a simple image without intricate and crisscrossing layers. In my example I used Heart Fairy Framed from DBS which easily could be separated in 5 overlapping strata. - Read full post [...]

21st Aug
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Faux Watercolor with Spectrum Noir Markers

Hi everyone!  I have a technique to share with you called Faux Watercolor with Spectrum Noir markers. It’s super fun and the results are amazing! Just like real watercoloring, you will get unique results every time. With a little practice, this coloring technique is really easy. Make sure you read through this whole tutorial, as I’ve - Read full post [...]

19th Aug
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Meet Jenn Cochran

We have got one more fabulously talented colorist to introduce to you! We’re pleased to welcome Jenn Cochran to our team! My Name is Jenn. I am a card making, coloring, stamp loving , paper hoarding, ink smearing, glitter throwing, glue globbing, good ol’ Colorado girl! I author Jax Bean Stalks blog and also own - Read full post [...]