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1st Jul
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Back to Basics with Spectrum Noir Markers – Part One

For this two-part tutorial we will work through coloring an image from start to finish.  Focusing on coloring the skin, hair, clothes and background/detail, working with Spectrum Noir markers. This image is a digital stamp from Elisabeth Bell, printed onto Neenah Classic Crest card (in the US, you could also use our Spectrum Noir Ultra - Read full post [...]

29th Jun

Bokeh Technique

  • Posted by: on 29th Jun 2015 at 11:08am

I would like to share a fun Spectrum Aqua marker tutorial.  We will create a background for an image, using the Bokeh Technique, which takes its inspiration from photography. The term Bokeh comes from the Japanese word for blur or haze. In this tutorial we will produce a soft focus, slightly blurry effect with circles - Read full post [...]

26th Jun
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Aqua Clouds

I always try to find new ways to create cloud backgrounds for my cards, so I thought I would experiment with my Spectrum Aqua markers & Spectrum Noir blendable pencils. I kept everything the same as I usually do, except for my choice of coloring medium. Supplies needed: stamped image, cloud stencil, acrylic block, Spectrum Aqua markers, - Read full post [...]

24th Jun
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Making a Splash Background

Sometimes in life something special happens from a complete disaster! Recently I had completed quite an important piece of work and propped it up at the back of my desk. I moved on to making my own background papers for a different project, when I looked up at the first piece I had completely ruined - Read full post [...]

22nd Jun
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Blue Swatches & Color Combinations

In this tutorial I will give you some of my favorite blue combinations that can be achieved with Spectrum Noir markers and how they can be used with other colors to make a perfect match. I used a little girl’s image from Tiddly Inks and colored it in four different ways. On the picture above - Read full post [...]

19th Jun
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Meet Claire Simpson

We’re excited to welcome another talented colorist to our team! Say hello to Claire Simpson! My name is Claire, but you may know me as Clairebears! I am lucky enough to work part time which leaves me lots of time to craft. The earliest memory I have of crafting was making paper clothes for my - Read full post [...]

17th Jun
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You Make Me Happy

This tutorial will share some of my tips and techniques for watercoloring with Spectrum Aqua markers. For this technique I scribbled the color onto acetate and then spritzed with water so that it didn’t get too wet. I then lifted the color with a paintbrush . I stamped my image with a Versamark pad onto - Read full post [...]

15th Jun
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Creating Chalkboard Effect using Markers and Pencils

  • Posted by: on 15th Jun 2015 at 8:00am

I’m going to show you two different methods that I used to create a chalkboard effect: first, by coloring with the chisel nib, and second by airbrushing using the Craftwell eBrush. To begin, I took my IG10 marker and began coloring on watercolor paper. The texture of the watercolor paper helps give it more of a chalkboard appearance. - Read full post [...]

12th Jun
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Coloring House-Mouse with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils

This step-by-step tutorial shows how to color and bring life to an adorable House-Mouse stamped image using Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils, Blending Solution and Paper Blending Stumps. Coloring Instructions and Tips: Color images with pencil colors in order listed (full list at the end of this post) Start out light. You can always go - Read full post [...]

10th Jun

Bubble Fun with Spectrum Aqua Markers

  • Posted by: on 10th Jun 2015 at 8:00am

This is a fun technique for adding color and texture to your creations, using Spectrum Aqua markers and an inexpensive bubble blowing set.  You may prefer to make your own bubbles. A square of Crafter’s Companion watercolor card is cut to measure approx. 5.5” x 5.5”.  This will be the background for your card. Attach - Read full post [...]