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


Custom Made Gift Box

Finished Gift Box

Want to create a quick & easy-to-make thank you gift box? Use Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to make a stunning topper for a gift box perfect for not only a thank you gift, but to use throughout the year.

To color the image:

Gift Box step 1

Coloring the petals:

First, stamp or print the image of your choice onto alcohol marker coloring paper.

Then starting with the lightest Spectrum Noir Illustrator shade Daffodil color the petals.

Second, use the blender pen to fade out the Daffodil creating a smooth blend.  If pigment bleeds remove with the blender pen.

Gift Box Step 2

Third, add further color detail to your petals.

Color one flower on the outside of the petal with Flame Red. Blend in the lighter shades Vintage Pink and Pink Lace. The fine nibs create small strokes of color build up.

Extra definition is  given with small dots of True Black where areas of deep shade would exist.

Gift Box Step 3

Fourth, tone and depth detail has been created on the petals with Mango.

Start from the central stem section of each petal and blend with Sunshine.

Gift Box Step 4

Finally, color all the flower petals in the same manner.

Use the markers to create dramatic petal detail.

Color the center of the flower shown with the True Black marker.  Add small highlight details with white gel pen or leave the areas uncolored.

Gift Box Step 5

Coloring the leaves & stem:

The leaves and stem of the tulips are next.  Here the light is coming from the right of the image and the marker color gradient reflects this.

First, start with the darkest marker shade Green Gray.  Lighten the color gradient using Pear Green, Pale Citrus, Moss Green, Olive Green, Khaki.

The lightest shade used is Chartreuse.  Apply using the palette blending method or the Blender pen.

Gift Box Step 6

Second, the rest of the tulip leaves and stems are colored with the same markers.  Add extra color detail with a light flick of Sand to the edges of the Chartreuse and blend.

Third, small strokes of white gel pen added create areas of light and detail.

Gift Box Step 7

Finally, to make the image pop add an outline coat of Gray Green.  Blend to create a light shadow with the Blender Pen.

Gift Box Step 8

Mount the image on gold mirror card.

Gift Box Step 9

To make the gift box:

First, cut a piece of card to form the cover of your box.  Card measures 6.5” wide and 12” long and is double sided Centura Pearl.

Score card at 5.5” and 6.5”.

Gift Box Step 10

Second, make the inside of your box by cutting a piece of card measuring 8” x 7”.   Score round all 4 edges at 1” and create 4 tabs cut on the diagonal.

Gift Box Step 11

Third, apply Collall Tacky Glue to each of the 4 tabs and attach each tab to a scored box side.

Gift Box Step 12

Fourth, attach a strip of double sided tape across the middle of the inside of your box cover and add a length of ribbon.

Leave enough ribbon to tie a large bow at the side of your box construction.

Finish by adding the colored topper to the gift box cover.

Insert the box base into the box cover and glue to secure.  Tie a bow on the side of your box construction and your project is complete.

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Tutorial credit: Laine Webb


Image – Power Poppy
Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: Daffodil, Blender Pen, Flame Red, Vintage Pink, Pink Lace, True Black, Mango, Sunshine, Grey Green, Pear Green, Pale Citrus, Moss Green, Olive Green, Khaki, Chartreuse, Sand.

Coloring Fair Skin


This tutorial will share how to color fair skin with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

For this example the following markers are: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, and TN2.


The first step is to add in the shadow details with the darkest marker in the blend, FS9. The shadows will be around the sides of the face, under the hair, under the chin, on the outer edges of the neck and around her necklace.

At this point you can also draw in a nose if you’d like.

I’m coloring this as if the light source was to the right so the shadows will extend further on her left side since it farther away from the light source.


Next take the FS4 and slightly overlap the previous color to get a smooth blend.

Extend the FS2 a little further out from the shadow areas but be sure to leave some white space for the lighter colors.


Now add the FS2 just slightly overlapping where the FS4 ended and blending even further out from the shadows.

Repeat the step above with TN1, but this time extend the color over the rest of the face.


Add some blush to the cheeks with CR2.

Start at the outer edge of the face and lightly extend it over the cheek area.


Lightly blend the CR2 out with the TN1 until you are happy with the amount of blush on her cheeks.


Repeat the FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1 blend on the rest of the skin areas. You can go back in and deepen any shadow areas that have blended out too much during the first coloring.

To add the freckles I just made tiny dots on the cheeks and around the necklace with TN2.

Stay tuned for part two of this tutorial, all about coloring red hair!

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Skin: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, TN2
Hair: TN7, TN6, OR1
Jewelry: GB9, GB7, GB4, Clear Sparkle Pen
Shirt: BT5, BT4, BT2
Eyes: DG2, CG1, LG2
Background: GG2, GG1, Blender Pen

Colourblend Pencils on Kraft Card


Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils look amazing on kraft cardstock. This tutorial will share a great tip on how to brighten the vintage tone that results in coloring on kraft cardstock and also helps with blending! The white pencil (found in the ColourBlend Essentials tin) can be used to color the initial layer, which gives a whole different effect to the end result.

Design team member Nicky shares her process below:


I printed the tags from the free Spectrum Noir online Adult Coloring course download from week three (see the course here), on to kraft card from Crafter’s Companion. This is a lovely recycled card that has quite a rough finish, but it’s not too thick that it doesn’t go through my printer.

You could also try Neenah Desert Storm if you wanted, it has a smoother finish (it’s all down to personal preference).


Start covering the petals with the white pencil. Try and keep and even pressure at this stage, as you don’t want to fill the tooth of the card too quickly.


Next, starting at the top of the petal use Peony from the Florals set, covering about a third of the petal.


Take the Mulberry pencil from Essentials and blend the next third of the petal (remembering to take the first color back over), blending the two colors together.


Now the last color on the petal is Boysenberry from Florals. Again fill the last portion of the petal and then take the Mulberry over the top to blend the edges. 

You may have to repeat this if the color isn’t quite as strong as you would like it.


Color the leaves in the same way, starting with the white pencil. I used Avocado (Naturals), Sage (Essentials) and Verdigris.


Another thing you can do is to use the white pencil like a blender! Try going over the top of the colors and watch the colors blend seamlessly together.

The rest of the tag is colored with the following: White (Essentials), Lemon (Primaries), Tangerine (Floral), and Cherry Red (Floral).


Why the need for the white pencil in the first place? It helps to fill in the ‘tooth’ of the card a little bit so that when your colored pencils go smoothly over the top, you’re not using so much of the pigment that’s in them.

You are also eliminating the need to press hard or do layer upon layer in order to achieve a vibrant finish. The picture above demonstrates the same image colored the exact same way but one is with the White pencil underneath and one without.


To make my tag into a card I also printed the Week one download onto the same Kraft card, trimmed it down to fit a 4″x6″ card blank, then drew around the tag in the position I wanted it.

There is no point coloring the whole sheet or anything that will be covered!


I then used all of the same colors to finish the backing card:

White (E), Peony (F), Mulberry (E), Boysenberry (F)
White (E), Avocado (N), Sage (E), Verdigris (S/T)
White (E), Lemon (P), Tangerine (F), Cherry Red (F)

Tutorial credit: Nicky Hayden

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Creating Faux Enamel Embellishments


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


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


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.


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


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


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 Light Blonde Hair

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Hair color combinations are one of the most popular tutorial requests we get here at Spectrum Noir! Did you know we have a whole section on the site dedicated to coloring hair with markers and/or colored pencils (see it here) and a downloadable hair chart featuring our alcohol markers you can grab for free as well (get it here).

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This tutorial will feature coloring light blonde hair with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers TN2, GB2 and TN1.

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The first step is to add the darkest color, TN2, in the shadowed areas of the hair.

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After all the shadowed areas are finished, add some tiny flicks extending from the shadows toward the highlight area.

Using less of this color will leave a lighter color, if you want the hair to be slightly darker, just add a little more of this color.

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Repeat this step with GB2 extending a little further into the highlight area.

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Repeat the above step one more time with the lightest color TN1 extending the rest of the way into the highlight area. If you fell you’ve lost some of the depth in the shadow areas you can go back in and add a little more TN2 in those areas.

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Other Spectrum Noir Markers Used: BT3 BT2 BT1 CR2
Image by Bugaboo Stamps, printed and colored on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock.

Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

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!):


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.

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

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

Want even more inspiration and ideas?

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Sign up for our FREE eight-week coloring course! Click here to sign up.

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Watercolor Layering Stamps

Watercolor Layering Stamps Lori Barnett Watermarked

This tutorial will show you how to use Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers with a set of layering stamps.

Layering stamp sets are super popular these days. The images are stamped progressively, creating a dimensional layered look. The results are stunning!

You will be amazed at how quick and easy it is to build color and detail. And by stamping on watercolor cardstock, the images will have added dimension from the texture of the paper.

Pic1 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

CLEAR STAMP TIPS:  Before using new clear stamps for the first time, ink the stamps and stamp each image a few times on a piece of scratch paper. This “primes” the stamp.

Various types of ink react differently. Sometimes ink will “bead up” on the clear stamp surface. By priming the stamp, the inks will usually grab on to the stamps surface better.

You do not need to prime the stamps before each use, just once when they are new. Staining is normal with clear stamps. Some inks/colors stain more than others.

Thoroughly clean the stamps after priming, before starting your project, and after each use.

Pic2 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

1. Working with the brush nib, color the first bird stamp with the Topaz Spectrum Aqua marker. Do this by holding the marker parallel to the stamp, placing the widest part of the brush nib down on the stamps surface.

Using a Mini Mister or other water mist botte, lightly spritz the stamp with water. One spritz should work.

Pic3 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

2. Stamp the image on a watercolor cardstock panel.

STAMPING TIPS: When stamping the images, hold and lightly press the stamp down onto the paper for several seconds. This will allow the ink plenty of time to soak into the watercolor paper.

Be sure to press around the block to get all the areas of the image stamped. The more water that is spritz on the stamp, the more chances of having ink puddles when lifting the block.

Simply dab the area with the corner of a clean paper towel to lift the excess ink off the paper. Alternatively, you can just leave the puddles to soak in. It really is personal preference.

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3. Color the second bird stamp with the Gold marker. Spritz and stamp on top of first image.

Pic5 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

4. Color the third bird stamp with the Marigold marker. Spritz and stamp.

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5. Color the eye and beak stamp with the Charcoal marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic7 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

6. Color the feet stamp with the Boulder marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic8 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

7. Color the branch stamp with the Chocolate marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic9 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

8. Color the first leaf stamp with the Olive marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic10 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

9. Color the second leaf stamp with the Leaf Green marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic11 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

10. Repeat the process to stamp two additional leaves.

That’s all there is to it! After inks have dried completely, trim or die-cut the panel as desired.

Pic12  Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

Experiment with different Spectrum Aqua Marker colors! You could also try double stamping portions of the image. Simply stamp the same layer again with the same color, or with another color. Just make sure to clean off  the stamps before coloring more marker ink on them.  The colors you can create with layering are endless.

Here are more color combinations to give a try. Which is your favorite?

Golden Bird (tutorial colors)

  • Bird – Topaz, Gold, Marigold
  • Eye/Beak – Charcoal
  • Feet – Boulder

Blue Bird

  • Bird – Aquamarine, Teal, Navy
  • Eye/Beak – Black
  • Feet – Charcoal

Pink Bird

  • Bird – Blossom, Rose Pink, Scarlet
  • Eye/Beak – Boulder
  • Feet – Boulder

Purple Bird

  • Bird – Purple, Wildflower, Orchid
  • Eye/Beak – Black
  • Feet – Charcoal


Pic13  Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

Have fun creating your own masterpiece! 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 Aqua Markers
  • Hero Arts Bird Layering Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Misc Colored Cardstocks
  • Mini Mister or spritz bottle for water
  • Linen Background Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders Die
  • Frayed Burlap Distress Ink Pad
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive


Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Color Clothing Folds with Spectrum Noir Markers


Red is a very popular clothing color and it is very easy to create dimensional looking clothing folds when coloring with Spectrum Noir markers. This video tutorial will take you step by step through creating beautiful clothing folds using the red colors DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7 and CR5.

Project details:

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers:
Skin – CR4, FS9, FS5, FS1
Hair – EB8, EB3, TN3
Dress – DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Suit – IG10, IG6, IG5, IG4, IG3, IG2
Shoes – True Black, IB10, IG8, IG6, IG5
Eyes/Shirt – TB5, TB3, IB3, IB2
Ring Box – TB5, TB3, IB3, IB2, IG10, IG6, IG3
Lips – DR3, CR7, CR5
Leaves – JG6, JG3, CG4
Flower – BP7, BP5, BP3
Digital Image – “The Proposal” from Scrapper’s Delights
Corner Dies – Die’sire Edge’ables Beautiful Bouquet die set
Background floral prismatic paper from Sara Davies Signature Collection Together Forever
Edges airbrushed using Spectrum Noir marker True Black

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Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Coloring Blue-Gray Hair


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

IG1, IG3, IG7


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Repeat this step once more with BGR1.


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.


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!

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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