Tip-to-Tip Marker Blend

A great feature with Spectrum Noir markers is the ability to blend colours together. The “Tip-to-Tip Marker Blend” technique is easy to learn and gives amazing results. With this method, you can easily colour a darker marker shade that will gradually fade into a lighter marker colour.

Before you start

Like any other colouring or blending technique, you will want to practice. This tutorial shows how to apply dark green marker to the tip of a light green marker, then colour with it. The end result is a beautiful green ombre effect.

Tip-to-Tip Blending is also a great way to colour small areas that regular blending techniques would be difficult to do. Try this technique using the fine bullet nib to colour with.

The Tip-to-Tip Technique

To begin, open the broad chisel nib end of your CG3 marker. Then, using the fine bullet nib end of the CG4 marker, touch it directly to the chisel nib of the CG3 marker as shown in picture.

Hold it there for about three seconds. As shown in the sample picture, the darker ink will begin to transfer on the nib of the lighter marker. The longer the marker tips are touching, the more ink that will transfer to the lighter marker.

You will be colouring on to the paper with the lighter coloured marker.

Before you start colouring, think about where you want the darkest colour. That is where you will begin colouring. The darker ink will transfer to the paper first, and then begin to fade to the lighter ink colour.

This spot was coloured by stroking the marker back and forth. Try colouring several “green ombre” patches, following the same process of adding dark marker colour to the light marker nib, and colouring back and forth.

Will it hurt my markers?

Tip-to-Tip blending does not ruin or cross-contaminate Spectrum Noir markers. Simply scribble onto some scratch paper until the darker colour comes completely off.

This can also be done anytime during the coloring process, if you applied to much dark. When you are finished colouring, always remember to clean the marker nib by scribbling onto scratch paper until it returns to the original ink colour.

Make a project

Now that you have some nice green ombre patches of colour, die-cut some shapes to use on a project.

When die cutting the four hearts, position the bottom tip of the heart in the darker green area.

Use the hearts to make a 4-leaf clover. Notice the nice fade from dark green in the centre to lighter green.

The little “pocket” was die cut from black cardstock and will be used as a pot. What a great way to stretch your supplies!

More ways to use this technique

Here’s another version that was made into a note card.  The blending possibilities with your Spectrum Noir markers are endless with the Tip-to-Tip Marker Blend technique. Try using the Blender marker for a fade from colour to white. Alternatively, try using markers from different colour families, such as red and yellow. Have fun!

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

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Supplies used to complete these projects:

  • Spectrum Noir Markers – CG3 and CG4
  • White Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Little Angel Signature Collection by Sara Davies – My First Outfit Die Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock – Black Pearl
  • Gemini Die cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Sequins and Rhinestone
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Foam Blending Tool
  • Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs

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

 

Coloring Fair Skin

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Add some blush to the cheeks with CR2.

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

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

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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

Creating a Sunset with Spectrum Noir Markers

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Creating a beautiful sunset background is quick and easy with Spectrum Noir markers! This tutorial will show you how to do just that, by hand. You can then use whatever stamps you’d like for creating a scene – no additional colorign needed! This technique is great for making quick scenes, multiple cards, or for highlighting a silhouette image.

The following colors are used in this example: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2

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Beginning with the CT4 marker draw the shape of a half sun.

Blend from CT4 at the outside edges to CT2 in the center.

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Add CT2 to the outside edge of the sun then extend color out a little further with CT4.

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Using GB5, fill in a rectangle shape surrounding the sun just up to the edge of the CT4.

This shape measures approximately 7″ x 3″. You can make yours any size that will suit your project.

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Add TN5 over the top of the GB5 at the outer edge on three sides.

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Add OR2 over the top of the same 3 sides extending the color past the TN5 as shown above.

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Repeat the process using TN3 extending in past the OR2 a little bit.

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Next color with OR1 over the whole background up to the point of the CT4 yellow.

Use the OR1 to blend the background colors together, keeping the stroke direction of the coloring horizontal.

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Use the CT4 marker to blend the edge of the background into the CT4 around the edge of the sun.

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Use GB5 to do a final blend of the background colors all the way up to the edge of the sun, again keeping the coloring strokes to a horizontal direction.

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The final piece will look similar to this. Each one will be unique!

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On a piece of acetate, stamp some scenery elements using Staz-On Jet Black ink. Use stamps that are reversible so that the stamped acetate can be turned upside down to have the ink on the underside. This will help prevent the stamped image from being scratched after assembling. Trim the acetate and the sunset background to the same size, attach the acetate (stamped side down) over the background using brads.

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Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Project Details:

Spectrum Noir markers: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2
Spectrum Noir UltraSmooth Premium White Cardstock
Acetate
Paper punch
Brads
Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps used: Stampscapes Lakeside Cabin and Stampscapes Pine Row

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 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

How to match the wrapping paper with your card

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In this tutorial I’ll show you a quick and easy way to make a beautiful gift set.

I love to match the wrapping with the card on which I write the birthday wishes on. That’s why I always keep a pack of simple kraft paper in my stash because it’s very easy to be modified.

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One of the easiest ways to make it colorful is to take a stencil (or two) and to apply different patterns.

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I usually go with some acrylic paints which I apply with a makeup sponge.

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Then when I make the card I stick to the same color scheme (kraft and green) to color the central image.

Here I used my favorite Spectrum Noir markers to color the trousers in khaki with EB1, EB2, GB8, and GB11.

For the brown coat I used TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5 and EB3, EB7 and added the contrast blue-green vest (BT4, BT9; GT2, GT3) and scarf (BT2, BT4; GT1, GT2).

Then I stenciled the same patterns on the designer paper on the background and added some more hexagon shapes using Crafter’s Companion dies to unify the whole set.

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Wrapping and tying with a simple brown string and it makes a stylish gift for one of the boys in your life, don’t you think?

Tutorial credit: Kalina Pavlova

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