Create an Outdoor Scene

This tutorial will share how I created this fun camping-themed outdoor scene. My husband and I enjoy camping and doing things with the kids outdoors, so I thought this was the perfect idea behind a sweet card to give him.

I started with a simple piece of the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock cut to 4×5-1/4. I usually use this size for all of my card panels I create.

It’s a little smaller than the card size, which is 4-1/4×5-1/2 folded down. It leaves a nice thin border all around my main panel.

Create the Night Sky

I started off applying ink with a craft sponge in a swirling motion. This will create my night sky.

After I apply the lighter blue, I come in with a darker blue and craft sponge blending them together. I go back and forth using the lighter and darker blue to blend them until I achieve the color I like for my night sky.

It did dry a bit darker than what you’ll see above, which is exactly what I wanted. Keep in mind that I’m going to cover up the bottom portion so you won’t see the uneven color at the bottom.

Since this is a night sky, I applied some spray mist in white and flicked that on to my night background. I dotted on some larger “stars” with the end of the nozzle wand.

Open up the bottle and load the end of the nozzle wand with the paint. I tap on that to flick the dots on to the background. Let this dry completely before moving on.

Colour the Clouds

The next step is to stamp the clouds and the camper onto the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.

Tip: As you can see, I used a piece of scrap that I had in my stash. It helps to keep smaller scraps of the cardstock in your stash for small images like these.

After I stamped them, I used a glitter pen and lighter grey color from my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to create the depth in the clouds.

Use Spectrum Noir Markers to Palette Blend

For the green on the camper overhang, I chose two different greens. The darker of the two is quite a bit darker, so this is where the palette blending method comes in handy.

  

Take your darker color and use the broad end to color a swatch onto an acrylic block.

What you’ll end up doing is taking your lighter color and picking up that darker color from your block and use that to blend together on your paper.

As you can see, the green isn’t as dark as it actually is if you were using the color straight from the marker.

I did this for the brown on the door and the aqua for the top of the camper.

It’s a great way to blend your colors!

I colored in the chevron pattern and the remainder of the little elements on my camper with the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

Next, I cut out the clouds and camper leaving a thin white border around each of them.

All the elements are complete, and I can start to assemble the card.

I freehand cut the green hill at the bottom of the card. I glued that down and will use the foam adhesive to adhere the clouds and camper the card. The sentiment was stamped off the side to allow placement for the camper. I laid it out before I stamped the sentiment to maker sure it was going to fit where I wanted it

And here is the finished card again:

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Supplies:

  • Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: GG1, CT2, GB5, DG2, DG3, IB1, FS5, CR1, BGR1, GR5, BT1, BT5
  • Memento Ink: Nautical Blue & Tuxedo Black
  • Versafine Ink: Onyx Black
  • Mister Huey’s Spray Mist
  • Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
  • Sweet Stamp Shop, Campout Stamp Set

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.

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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

Sparkle Pen & AquaBlend Pencil Techniques

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Looking for new ways to use Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and AquaBlend pencils? This tutorial that will do just that! Create a super sparkly Halloween Trick or Treat card while learning a couple different ways to use your coloring tools. Supplies are listed at the bottom of this post.

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1. Die-cut card base from kraft cardstock. Use an anti-static pouch to treat the card front before stamping. This helps prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

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2. Stamp the image(s) onto card front, using Versamark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.

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3. Gently squeeze a few drops of Onyx Black and Sterling Silver Sparkle pens on the pad of ink blending tool.

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4. Swipe the ink blending tool across the card front several times until covered. If you run out of ink to finish swiping, squeeze a couple more drops of Sparkle pen inks on the ink blending tool.

TIP: It’s best to start off the edge of the paper, to avoid  a blob of ink color in one spot.

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5. The embossed images resist the Sparkle pen ink, which creates an amazing shimmer background. Set aside to dry.

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6. Treat a panel of kraft cardstock with anti-static pouch. Stamp image onto panel, using black VersaFine ink (or other black pigment ink that can be embossed). Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool. Color the image with Sunshine, Carrot and Parakeet AquaBlend pencils. Color spider eyes green, but leave the bodies uncolored.

TIP: You don’t need to fully color the pencil in each area of the image. What you are doing is laying down the color and then blending it out in the next step.

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7.  Use Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to wash over the colored areas over for an immediate blended “Sparkle” effect. (Moonlight pen over yellow areas, Pink Champagne pen over orange areas, Emerald Green over green areas.) By using a colored Sparkle pen to watercolor over the AquaBlend pigment on kraft card stock, the colors are more vibrant and full of sparkle.

TIP: Let each color dry before moving on to the next. This will prevent the colors from blending together. If you want to speed up the drying process, just heat for a quick second with the heat embossing gun after each color.

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8. Color the spider bodies with Onyx Black Sparkle pen.

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9. Treat a panel of Yellow Pearl Shimmering cardstock with anti-static pouch. Stamp sentiment, using black VersaFine ink (or other black pigment ink that can be embossed). Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool. Die-cut sentiment with circle die.

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10. Assemble card as follows: Trim image panel as desired and adhere to orange cardstock panel. Attach to card front with dimensional foam tape. Attach sentiment with dimensional foam tape. Embellish with a few star sequins.

We hope you give these Sparkle pen and AquaBlend pencil techniques a try. Experiment with different color combinations and papers. Most of all, have fun creating!

Don’t forget to share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see your coloring projects!

Supplies used for this tutorial and card project:

  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
  • Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils – Primaries Set and Florals Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock – Yellow Pearl
  • Crafter’s Companion Halloween Trick or Treating EZ Mount Rubber Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Create-A-Card Die – Ruth Die Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Essentials – Circles Die Set
  • Orange Cardstock
  • Ink Blending Tool & Foam
  • Die-cutting Machine
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive

ColourBlend Pencil Resist

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I wanted to share an easy, and versatile technique using Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. I have used a stencil in the below video, but this can be used if you want to freehand a pattern or image.

It also works with a number of different mediums, including Spectrum Aqua Markers or Spectrum Noir AquaTints.

I hope you enjoyed the video! 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!

 

Supplies-
Spectrum Noir Colorblend Pencils
Spectrum Aqua Marker- Black
Simon Says Stamp Large Dot Stencil
Friend Die- Simon Says Stamp
Hello Die & stamped sentiments- Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Hello
Postage stamp die- Memory Box
Heart Die- Tim Holtz

Tutorial credit: Tracy Freeman

Spectrum Noir Colorista Glitter Paper – Coloring Lilies

We’re joining in on another blog hop today, to get ready for the exciting launch of our new Colorista range of adult coloring products in the UK!

Check out this fabulous video tutorial, then read on for all the hop details (and see how to win more prizes!):

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Spectrum Noir’s new Colorista line of adult coloring goodies offers several different paper finishes, including the beautiful, shimmery glitter paper. Certain parts of the design are pre-finished with a shimmery glitter that can be colored on, and the Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol makers are the perfect companion for these papers. Learn more about Colorista by clicking here!

This video tutorial will show you how to color beautiful flower petals using the Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers on the Colorista glitter paper.

The Colorista glitter pads add just the right touch of glittery goodness to your Spectrum Noir colorings.

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Project Details:

Spectrum Noir Colorista Pre-Printed, Pre-Glittered card base
Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers
Pinks – Rose Red, Hot Pink, Blossom
Greens – Forest Green, Leaf Green, Pear Green
Yellows – Gold, Canary, Lemon

Now for the blog hop fun! Want to win an assortment of Colorista goodies? Make sure you leave a comment everywhere you go… the winners from each blog will be announced on the Crafter’s Companion & SN Facebook page on the 9th Sept & the overall winner will be announced by Sara LIVE on Hochanda at the top of the hour on launch day! Be sure to join in on the Watch Party fun by clicking here.

In the US? Don’t worry, you can watch Hochanda online or on catch up at www.hochanda.com.

Crafter’s Companion UK
Laine Webb
Lis Murphy
Nicole Bretherick
Jodi Clark
Alexia Misso
Giovana Smith
Spectrum Noir (you are here)
Annie Wills
Jo McKelvey
Bianca Shervington
Lori Barnett
Dana Warren
Sara Davies

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How To Make A Custom Stencil

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I find out that almost every time when I’m starting a new project I also need to create something especially for it. That’s how I thought of making my own custom stencil and I’m going to share it with you.

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Step 1: You have to create a pattern with your dies- chose the size of the dies and the distance between figures.

I decided to try a small and big pattern. For perfect stencil you’ll need to lined the dies shape with marker first.

Make it on the back side of the dies because it’s easier to stick it with tape.

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Here is my acetate sheet ready for work.

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Step 2: Start cut the shapes. At the end clear the acetate sheet with cloth dampened with alcohol to erase all the tracks of the marker.

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And here it is your stencil in two really effortless steps!

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Make a base for your card by using watercolor techniques.

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After the AquaTints dry, lay the mask and make the design you like.

Use white structural paste and color it with AquaTints. That way you may have any color you like.

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And after some decoration your complete card will be done !

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Spectrum Noir AquaTints Inks list:
06, 21, 26, 30, 24 – Bright & Primary sets

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!

Here’s the list of what you’ll need to make you stencil:

  • piece of clear or colored acetate sheet / I think colored one is much more easy to use for that purpose/
  • small dies – I choose Diamond Press dies because they are perfrect size
  • fine point permanent marker
And the rest of the list for the card:

Tutorial credit: Mila Popova