Coloring Fair Skin Part Two

This is the second part of the coloring Fair Skin and Hair tutorial.

Part 1 of this tutorial can be found HERE.

Coloring Red Hair Tutorial

In coloring red hair we will be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers TN7 TN6 and OR1.

Start by applying the darkest color, TN7 in the shadow areas of the hair.  Once all the shadows are drawn in, add a few small flicks of color further into the hair area.

The more of this color you add, the darker the final hair color will be. In order to get a lighter red I used very little of the TN7.

Next add in some of the TN6. Follow the same flicking motion as in the previous step, leaving spaces between the flicks for the next color.

Finish the hair with OR1. Use the same flicking motion as before, filling in the leftover white space. Also try to the keep some space between the “flicks” to allow the color variation to show.

After finishing with OR1,  go back with the Tn7 and darken up the shadow areas if needed.

Other Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used on this project:  FS9 FS4 FS2 TN1 CR2 TN2 GG2 GG1 BT5 BT4 BT2 GB9 GB7 GB4 DG2 CG1 LG2

 

Creating an Ombre Sequin Look

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This video tutorial will show you how to get a sequin look with an ombre color pattern. Not familiar with the idea of an ombre pattern? It means “the gradual blending of one color to another” and usually moves from light tints to dark.

Check it out in this video:

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers used in this project:

Skin: FS9, FS5, FS2, FS1, CR2, CR1
Hair: EB8, EB6, EB3
Reds: DR6, DR5, DR3
Dress: IG8, IG7, IG6, IG4, IG2, IG1
Balloons: GG4, GG3, GG2, GG1, Blender
Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Creating Faux Enamel Embellishments

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This tutorial will show you how to make shimmering faux enamel embellishments to add to your projects.

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I’ll be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers BO1, BO2, BO3, YG3, and YG2 along with the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

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After I colored the image in completely, I went over the whole thing with the Sparkle Pen. I was pretty generous with the amount of sparkle I added here.

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I left this to dry before I went on to the next step.

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I coated the entire image with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight.

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The shine of the Glossy Accents make the shimmer even more visible and gives the flowers the look of an enamel embellishment.

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!

Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Coloring Mummy Wraps and Simple 3D Decoupage Tutorial

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to color the wraps on a Mummy with the EB markers and the Blender Pen. I will also show you a quick and simple way to add 3D decoupage elements to your projects to add just a little dimension.

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Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used:
Owl: EB7 TN7 TN5 TN3 TN2  Beak: Tn6 GB5
Wraps: EB2 EB1 Blender
Owl image is by Kitty Bee Designs.

Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Coloring Blue-Gray Hair

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This tutorial will show you how to color blue/gray hair. I will be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers in the following colors:

BGR1, BGR3, BGR5
TB2
IG1, IG3, IG7

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The image featured in this tutorial is “Grand Couple” by Some Odd Girl.  

Color in just the shadowed areas on the gentleman’s hair with IG7 (using very small flicking motions).

Tip: use very little of this color if you want the hair to be more gray than black.

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Repeat the same step as above with IG3 and extend the flicks a little further into the highlight section.  

Do the same thing again with IG1 and this time extend it all the way through the highlight area of his hair.

Leave some small bits of white between the flicks of the IG1 if you want the hair to look even lighter or shinier.

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Using the BGR5 color in the shadowed area of the lady’s hair with the same flicking motion used before.

Her hair is a little longer so the flicks are a little longer. Again just a little bit of this dark color is used so that her hair appears more gray than black.

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Add TB2 using the same flicking motion. Extend it from the shadowed area all the way through the highlight, leaving just a few small bits of white paper showing through.

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Add in BGR3, flicking toward the highlighted area and extending them a little further than the BGR5.  

Repeat this step once more with BGR1.

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You may see that some of the darker shadowed areas have been a little diluted by the other markers. If you want to darken them up again, just repeat the first step with BGR5.

You can use the same technique to color in the eyebrows as well.

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Since gray hairs often have an almost silver shine to them I added just a tiny bit of Clear Sparkle Pen to her hair just to give it that little bit of shimmer!

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!

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used on this card:
FS2, FS4, FS9, TN4
BGR5, BGR3, BGR1, TB2, IG7, IG5, IG3, IG1
CR7, DR7, DR6, PP5, PP4, PP2
DG3, CG4, CG2, LG5
GB6, GB4, CT2, TN7, GB10, GB8, EB2
Clear Sparkle Pen

Tutorial Credit: Mari Kocjanic

Tile Stamping with Spectrum Sparkle Noir Pens

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This tutorial will show how to use small shapes as tiles, stamping an image and then blending with the beautiful Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.

https://youtu.be/7Ax4SBGUFV4

Materials used:

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens, Spring/Summer 12 set – Cosmos, Moonstone, Pink Champagne, Clear
Diamond Press – Die Cutter
Diamond Press Starter Pack Stamp Set – sentiment used
Diamond Press Nesting Dies Collection
Sheena Stamping Card
Crafter’s Companion Co’redinations Card – Pastels
Collal All-Purpose Glue, Collal 3D Glue Gel
Sheena Douglass stamp Set – A Little Bit Sketchy from Crafter’s Inspiration Issue 7
Clever Cut Paper Trimmer

I just love the simplicity of this design and with the Diamond Press system being so user friendly I can see lots of variations on this theme!

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Tutorial credit: Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more on her blog.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Watercolor Floral

This step by step tutorial shows how depth and shading can be achieved when watercoloring with the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.

If you haven’t yet seen the pens, they’re the new glitter pens in the Spectrum Noir range, that contain a fine glitter micro-pigment. The flexible nylon brush tip means you can apply the colour to your projects accurately and without mess. There are 18 colours in the range, plus a ‘Crystal Clear’ glitter topcoat that can be used over other mediums too.

In this tutorial, just one pen is used to show that the Sparkle pens are not just for adding ‘sparkle’ but they can be used to colour an image start to finish.

Don’t forget you can pause and replay parts of the video or color along in real time.

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Once finished I added a little distress ink around the edges to focus the eye to the image and a simple raised frame. I just love the flowers in the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Rubber Stamp range and I think they are just perfect for note cards when we need to let someone know we are there.
Materials used for this tutorial:
Spectrum Sparkle Pens – Solar Red
Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Sparkle Stamp Set – Floral Delight
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm Watercolor Card
Embossing Powder – Stampendous Frantage Shabby Green
Paint Brush, Paper Towel, Craft Heat Gun
Sheena’s Stamping Card
Distress Ink – Blueprint Sketch
Basic Mat and Layer Die’s for frame
Collal Tacky Glue & Collal 3D Glue Gel

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Tutorial credit: Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more on her blog.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Landscaping Tutorial

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This step-by-step tutorial takes water color background to the next level using the brand new Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.

The Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens are water-based and blend effortlessly with the Spectrum Aqua pens, bringing another dimension to water color background building.

The intense sparkle of the pens is so hard to capture on video, but the finished result is just so beautiful.

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A corner punch is a quick and easy way to add a finishing touch.

Another tip is to use an off cut of card while you are working to brush some of the same colors used onto, this will give you a way of punching out some extra embellishments, here a simple plain Butterfly punch has been used.

Attach the Butterflies with Collal Tacky Glue for a quick strong hold.

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Refer back to the video as needed to see how the tones in the grass and the sky were achieved.  Play around with the arrangement of the colors to create different scenes.

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Save a few of the butterflies to use on the inside of the card, as another finishing touch!

I really hope you enjoyed watching my first video tutorial with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and I hope to bring you more in the coming months to share what these awesome pens can do.

Materials needed:

Style: A6 Watercolor Landscape with Sparkles
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens – Autumn/Winter 12 set
Holly Leaf, Starry Sky, Aquamarine, Olive Jade
Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers – Heather, Aquamarine, Moss, Leaf Green,
Crafter’s Companion Watercolor card
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black card
Sheena Stamping card
Collal All Purpose glue
½” Flat Brush
Silhouette stamps free on a magazine
(showing we can use what we have to get the most from the pens)
Butterfly punch

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Tutorial credit: Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more on her blog.

 

Gift Card Wallet with Spectrum Aqua

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Gift card wallets are a great way to use your Spectrum Noir products to make personalized gift card or store card wallets for the hard-to-buy for friends and family!

This tutorial will focus on completing the gift card wallet started in this video below, and seen in this blog post. Please do refer to it for more information and tips on creating this project!

Directions:

To make the gift card wallet for your A6 Spectrum Aqua scenes here is the guide:

1. Base: black card measuring 6 ¼” x 9 5/8”.

2. Score (long side to top) at 4 5/8” and 5”, fold, and burnish.

3. Cut three black cardstock mats measuring 6” x 4 3/8”.

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4. Adhere your front cover A6 Spectrum Aqua landscape scene (see previous video link above) to one black mat and one x A6 blank white piece of card (her, I’ve used Sheena Stamping Card) to the second using a wet glue (here, I’ve used Collall All Purpose Glue).

Note: Do not glue the second watercolor sheet yet to a mat.

Adhere to front and inside left of wallet

5. Take the third black mat and adhere to the right hand side of inside wallet.

6. Cut the final landscape A6 watercolor card and trim 1 7/8” up from bottom.

7. Adhere the large piece to the right hand inside mat.

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8. Cut a scrap piece of black card 4 3/8” x 2” and adhere the final small section of watercolor card.

9. Optional step: use a circle punch to make a notch in the centre or corner punch if desired.

10. Turn over and add red liner tape to bottom edge and both sides, remove tape backing and adhere (with un-taped edge to top) to inside right mat (your watercolor insert is now whole again).

11. Create a mat if desired to go in pocket to hold a photo or note along with the gift/store card.

12. Using a thin 2” strip of black card (with a matching small strip of watercolor card on top if desired) and crease at approx. 1” and 1 ¼”.

13. Using red liner tape, secure the one end to the centre back of wallet and cover with a 1” circle of black card (or square if desired).

14. On front add red liner tape to very top and bottom of a 1” circle of black card and adhere so tape is horizontal on the middle right hand side of front.

The thin black piece of card will now fold in and tuck under the front circle forming the closure.

15. Die cut chosen die (here, I’ve used Die’sire Christmas Classiques die), and add die cuts where desired to front (also covering the black circle closure) and both inside panels.

16. Alternative closure: an alternate closure can be created by adding ribbon under the front matted design and on the back cover so the wallet can be drawn together by a ribbon bow.

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.

Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more at http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

Complete Materials:
Spectrum Aqua Primary set: Aquamarine and Navy
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm watercolor card
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black Card
Sheena’s Stamping card
Big Score and scoring tool
Crafter’s Companion Red Liner Tape
Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray
Die’sire Christmas Classique die set (as desired)
Collal All Purpose and Tacky Glue
Paper trimmer
Flat end watercolor paint brush
Scissors
Circle punch
Hill mask (acetate or doeflex)

Featuring Creating Textured Fur with Spectrum Noir Brush Nibs

I am revisiting the Spectrum Noir tutorial ‘Creating Textured Fur with the Brush Nib’ on this card! Creating textured fur with your Spectrum Noir markers is lots of fun.

For this card I have used Spectrum Noir brush nibs to create the lovely soft fur detail on these cute puppies.

This is a digital stamp, printed onto the cardstock of your choice, using a draft printer setting and grayscale. The image was left overnight for the printer ink to dry.

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I wanted to create a black and a white puppy and the linked tutorial above is perfect for adding degrees of definition and color to your image.

Starting with your darkest shade IG5 and using your brush nibs, apply your color using a flicking motion. I hold the marker close to the nib and as upright as I can and flick the marker across the card using my wrist to create the movement.

Your coloring does not have to be to smooth as fur has texture, depth and tone. IG3, and IG2 are used next to develp your color layers and to take the fur from areas of deepest shade, into areas where light would be reflected by the image.

You can use your blending pen to remove any buildup of color, using the flicking technique to continue with the creation of fur. This sweet boy has a cute bow tie colored with Spectrum Noir TB1, TB3 and soft pink skin on the inside of his ears with PP2.

I wanted to create extra depth and definition for this image and finished with my Spectrum Noir pencil – 120.

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For the sweet lady the same markers have been used, but the blues have been replaced with pinks for her bow and collar.

The areas of darker pen color are there but have been much reduced to give the illusion of smoother white fur.

The background has been created using the dots technique and with Spectrum Noir markers – BT1, BT2, BT3. Under shadow detail for the pups has been added with the use of Spectrum Noir markers BG1, BG2.

Spectrum Noir markers: IG2, IG3, IG5, TB1, TB3, PP1, PP2, PP3, CR6 BT1, BT2, BT3, BG1, BG2.
Spectrum Noir pencil: 120
Image: Puppy Love from Tiddly Inks.

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Tutorial credit: Laine Webb