Spectrum Aqua markers are the perfect medium for creating stunning layered background papers for your papercrafting projects.
Begin by scribbling various colors of Spectrum Aqua markers on a large acrylic block.
Spritz water over the acrylic block. Take a piece of high gloss cardstock, lay shiny side down on top of the acrylic block, carefully lift paper, dragging slightly to pickup of some of the color across the page.
Lay paper flat, color side up, until dry.
There will still be color left on the block, and it will yield much prettier results than it looks like it would!
Spritz the block again, repeat the process with a new piece of high gloss cardstock, this time dragging a little bit more across the block to pick up more color.
You will probably be able to repeat the process one more time, achieving three different backgrounds ready for some stamping.
My first laydown of paper is on the left, the second one in the middle, and the last one on the right.
You will notice how they get progressively lighter, as there is less color left on the block each time.
Begin with the first colored background. This will be the most vibrant colored background.
Ink up a pattern stamp using Spectrum Aqua marker Crimson. Spritz water over the entire stamp, then stamp onto the background paper.
Choose a second pattern stamp (chose a floral stamp for this one) and stamp over background using Staz-On Jet Black ink.
Trim down, and this first background is finished and ready for a project.
Choose a background pattern stamp for the second background paper. I have chosen a script one that gives pretty full coverage across the paper. Color the stamp with Spectrum Aqua Sepia.
Stamp the pattern (script) stamp over the second background paper. Do not clean the stamp yet.
Next, a tree background stamp was stamped on top using Staz-On Jet Black ink. This second background paper is finished and ready for a project.
Before cleaning the pattern stamp (script) from the previous step, spritz the stamp with water and stamp over the third background paper.
Since this paper is already lighter in tone, the lighter coverage of remaining Spectrum Aqua Sepia on the pattern stamp pairs with it quite well.
Ink up a pattern stamp to top off this third background using Staz-On Jet Black ink. Here, I have inked up some areas darker than others to give a vintage effect.
Stamp over the third background paper, trim down, and this one is complete and ready for a project.
It is so quick and easy to create custom backgrounds using your Spectrum Aqua markers. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and would love for you to share with us your custom backgrounds you create using it!
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 Aqua markers: Navy, Bud Green, Gold, Crimson, Sepia
Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock
Crafter’s Companion UltraClear 5″x7″ Acrylic Block
Small water spritzer bottle
Staz-On Black ink
Honeycomb and Script Bkgd stamps from Justrite Papercraft
Tree Branches and Vine with Flowers Bkgd stamps from Seaside Stampin’ Ink
Tutorial Credit: Jodi Clark