Watercolored Three-Tier Gift Box

This watercolored gift box set uses just one Spectrum Aqua Marker. An easy to make project that is sure to impress!

How to watercolor the box lids

First, trim two sheets of 8 1/2” x 11” Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock as shown in picture.

Then apply anti-static powder to each panel, if desired. On the three lid panels, use VersaMark ink to stamp flowers. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. On the left-over scrap panels, stamp and heat emboss more flowers. These extra flowers will be used to embellish the boxes.

Next, to watercolor the box lids, color Kingfisher Aqua marker randomly around the flowers.

After that apply a wet watercolor brush to an uncolored area, and then work the brush into the ink color. The ink will begin to flow into the wet areas, and you can continue to brush the color around as desired. The goal is to create a watercolor background around all the flowers.

How to watercolor the flowers

First, color the flower centers, and then blend out with watercolor brush.

Next color the flower embellishments with the Kingfisher Aqua marker in the areas you want darkest.

Then apply a wet watercolor brush to uncolored area, working the brush up to the ink. The ink will flow into the wet area and create beautiful watercolor flower petals.

Finally, set aside the panels to completely dry. Once dry, trim out all the flowers from the scrap panels and add a pearl to the centers. These will be used to decorate the boxes.

How to make the lids using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

First place the lid panel onto The Boxer Board with one edge butted up against the “Box Lid” sidebar. Score at the 1″ line. Repeat this on all edges of all three panels.

Next cut a small v-shaped notch in each of the corners, where the scored lines intersect. The first cut should be along one of the scored lined, and the diagonal line should be cut from the excess corner piece. Fold and crease along each of the scored lines and adhere the corner tabs to form the lids.

How to make the box bottoms using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

Start by creating the bottoms using three panels of white cardstock (measurements below). This time butt them up against the “Box Bottom” sidebar to score the lines. Cut corner notches, crease, and adhere the same way as the box lids.

Box bottom cutting and scoring measurements:

  • Large box bottom – 11 1/2” x 11 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Medium box bottom – 9 1/2” x9 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Small box bottom – 7 1/2” X 7 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/4” Box Bottom score line. (Note: The side tabs may need trimmed off a bit on this box bottom before adhering.)

 

Finally, assemble the boxes by stacking on top of each other, adhering together if desired.

Tie ribbon around the stack and embellish with cut out flowers.

 

Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Supplies used for this project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
  • Spectrum Aqua Marker – Kingfisher
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Groovin’ 60’s Collection – Bloomin’ Sixties EZMount Rubber Stamps
  • The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Score Board
  • Watercolor Brush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Gun
  • 12” x 12” White Cardstock
  • White Pearl Stickers
  • White Ribbon
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Adhesive

Easy Frames with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers

Framing your coloring can have a very simple, yet profound, impact on your project, and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers will kick your framing up a notch by adding a beautiful shimmery ahttps://www.spectrumnoir.com/?p=15170&preview=truend sparkly border.

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For this tutorial you will need a scrap piece of cardstock (cut to a length a bit longer that the longest edge of your coloring), a colored image, and a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker. Spectrum Noir Sparkle Red Berry was used for this project.

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Place the scrap piece of cardstock to the inside edge of your trimmed coloring. This will be the thickness of your border.

Here, I have lined it up approximately 1/8″ in from the edge, but feel free to change the dimension to the thickness that will suit your project.

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Holding the cardstock in place, color along the edge of the trimmed image. Remove the cardstock strip and allow to dry.

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Repeat the process on all sides, allowing to dry in between coloring each side. Quick and easy, and such a WOW statement with all that sparkle!

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Project Details:
Ornament stamp – Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive EZMount Christmas Bauble Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers – Spun Gold, Sterling Silver (for Ornament), Red Berry (for frame)
Die’sire Edge’ables Christmas Only Words – Wishing You A Merry Christmas die
White Uni-Ball Signo gel pen

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Building a Stamped Image Using Masks

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In this tutorial we will look at building an image using masking to add detail to your design. For this project clear stamps have been used, this helps to see where you are placing an image.

The masks are stamped onto scrap or copy paper. Post-it notes are useful for mask work as they have a glue strip to attach the mask to your stamped image.

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Mount your stamp onto your Rock-a-Block stamp mount (or other acrylic block). Ink using Versafine Ink, or the ink of your choice.  

Stamp the image onto the mask paper.

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For this coloring three concentric flower stamps have been used.

Stamp the two smaller flowers onto your masking paper.

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Fussy cut the three flower masks.

Cut on the outside of the black stamped line so that the masks fully cover your images to be stamped over.

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Ink the larger flower and stamp onto the watercolor card of your choice. This will form the basis for your design.

When stamping you may find it useful to place a fine foam mat under your project. This will help the stamp to sink into the card and for the ink to adhere.  Here watercolor inking techniques will be used.

The ink required needs either to be water resistant and hold the image, or water soluble which can be blended into the image and provides a softer outline for your coloring.

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Apply the largest mask over this flower. Attach the mask.  

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Stamp two of the smaller flowers over the larger stamped mask. Here you can see the overlapping of the stamps on the mask.

The effect you are trying to create is flowers growing naturally.

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Add further masks and gradually begin to build up your image, using flower stamps and leaves.

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Your image is stamped and ready to color. Trim the project to the size that you require.

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Color the image with the medium of your choice.  Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens have been used to color this design.  I hope you have found this tutorial useful.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens: Cosmos, Pink Garnet, Moonlight, Spun Gold, Emerald Green, Holly Leaf, Peacock,
Leonie Pujol – Entwined Stamp – Beautiful Bloom
Tsukineko Versafine Ink Pad – Onyx Black
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card
Stampendous sentiment
Sara Signature – Together Forever – 6” x 6” paper pad
Gray card for mounts and shaped card base from my stash.

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Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

 

Creating Landscape Backgrounds with Refill Inks

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Spectrum Noir Alcohol refill inks can be used in many creative ways, like this quick and easy landscape background panel on glossy cardstock.

Just a few drops of ink will go a long way, so you can make multiple panels at the same time! Change up the ink colors for any season or landscape settings.

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1. Add a few drops of DG1 refill ink on pad of ink blending tool.

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2. Swipe the tool across the glossy cardstock panel. You may need to swipe a couple times in order to cover the desired area.

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3. Using a clean pad, add a few drops each of IB1 and DG2 refill ink to the pad of ink blending tool. Add a few drops of Blender fluid refill ink on top of the inks.

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4. Swipe the tool across the glossy cardstock panel, slightly overlapping DG1. Swipe a few times in order to cover the desired area and achieve the desired took.

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5. Using a clean pad, add several drops Blender fluid refill ink to the pad of ink blending tool.

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6. Begin tapping the ink blending tool on the green area of the panel. Wait about a minute for panel to dry and  see how it looks.

If desired, add additional drops of Blender fluid refill ink to the pad and continue tapping until desired look is achieved. NOTE: For this project, no tapping was done on the blue sky area.

With Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink refill inks, the creative possibilities are endless! Be sure to check out all the other fantastic tutorials using refill inks here on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

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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!

Supplies used for this tutorial and card project:

  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Re-Inkers – DG1, DG2, IB1, Blend
  • Spectrum Noir Markers – DG2, CG2, DG3 (Grass/Leaves); CT4, GB3, GB7, Blender (Flowers)
  • High Gloss Cardstock (for this tutorial, Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock was used, and is available in the US only)
  • White Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Decorative Metal Die – Country Fence
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Decorative Metal Die – Daisy Border
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies – Floral Delight Metal Die Set – Ink Bloom
  • Crafter’s Companion Bebunni Floral Collection EZ Mount Rubber Stamp Set – Bloom & Grow
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Olive
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Stickles Glitter Glue – Orange Peel & Yellow
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Tool
  • Diecutting/Embossing Machine
  • Heat Embossing Tool

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.

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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.

Coloring Mediums for Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Part Two

This is the second part of the tutorial exploring the various types of paper and card that can be used to color with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.  The focus will be on the use of the Vintage Hues and Metallics pen sets.  In part one of the tutorial we looked at using Vellum, Stamping Card, Centura Pearl, Parchment, Canvas and Kraft Card.  Here we will look at some other coloring cards and materials.

Watercolor Card

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Watercolor card is an idea medium for the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. They can be applied directly to paper from the pen, or painted onto a mat or palette and applied with a dry or wet paintbrush. You can also apply a light coat of water to your image before adding the pigment with your paintbrush.

Here a stencil has been used to mask some of the card, a light coating of water has been added and Sand Dune has been added to a palette and painted over the stencil with a dry brush.

The butterfly image is a Sheena Douglass stamp applied to watercolor card with embossing ink and covered with Stampendous Fran-tage  embossing powder in shades of blue. The butterfly has been painted lightly with water and Sea Breeze, Sage, Teacup and Powder Blue have been applied to a palette and then to the image.

Some fine detail was added to the image  directly from the pens, when the ink was dry and a light final coat of Crystal Clear Sparkle pen was added to the body of the butterfly and the background.

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A closer look at this lovely image and sparkle detail.

Acetate/parchment:

In part one of the tutorial we looked at using the pens to color parchment.  For this project I have incorporated one of  the parchment/stencil project created, this has been mounted onto a bookmark.

A mermaid image was stamped onto an acetate sheet and cut to size.  The mermaid stamp was not colored, the color and sparkle created for the background shines through the acetate layer.

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Extra detail and dimension have been added to the image with the use of Sheena Douglass seashell stamps.

These have been stamped onto linen textured card, painted straight from pen to image using Sand Dune, Biscuit, Sea Breeze and Teacup.

A light coating of Crystal Clear sparkle has been applied and some definition created with the Metallic pens, Spun Gold and Sterling.  The ‘hello’ sentiment has been die cut from linen textured card and painted with Spun Gold metallic pen.

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A closer view of the sparkle detail on the seashell stamps and on the parchment background.

Black Matt Card:

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For this project a digital stamp was printed onto black matt card, colored with pencils and fussy cut.

The image has been molded to shape and attached to backing card with dimensional glue.

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A coat of Crystal Clear Sparkle pen has been added to the image and is reflected as it catches the light!

Linen Textured Card

This sweet project has been created on Crafter’s Companion Linen Textured Card – White.  This card really takes watercolor well, as long as you don’t oversaturate the card and gives a lovely effect.

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Here the image has been stamped with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  The leaves have been painted with water and colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens, Macaroon and Sea Breeze.  A wet toothbrush has been used over the painted surface to create a water splatter effect.

The background has been painted with Sparkle pen ‘Teacup’.

Glossy Photographic Card

A fun and easy project to create.  An oblong of glossy photographic or any glossy paper/card is stamped and embossed to create detail.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens have been painted onto a sheet of plastic or acetate and spritzed lightly with water.  The glossy paper is dragged or dipped into the ink medium.

A random color and sparkle effect is created.

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Here Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers Sand Dune, Peony, Fig, Boudoir, Peackock Blue, Teacup, Ocean Wave and Hearthside have been used.

Black Shiny Card:

A different effect can be created using the same stamp on an alternative base medium.

Here Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Sparkle Stamp set – Floral Delight has been stamped and heat embossed on shiny black card.

The stamp has then been colored with Spun Gold Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  The background has been painted with Black Sparkle pen.

Both the image and background are full of shimmer and sparkle detail.

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I hope you have lots of coloring fun exploring all of these options and share your creations with us on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens used:
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens, Vintage Hues, – Sage, Peony, Fig, Boudior, Peacock Blue, Hearthside, Sand Dune, Ocean Wave,  Sea Breeze, Teacup, Macaroon,  Biscuit.
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens – Metallics, – Black, Spun Gold, Sterling

Stamps used:
Sheena Douglass – All of a Flutter
Crafter’s Companion Words to Inspire – Set 1
Ocean’s Gift Rubber Stamp – Sugar Nellie
Sheens Douglass – Sea Shells
Sunflower Digital Stamp – Power Poppy
Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Sparkle Stamp set – Floral Delight
Stamp-It Australia – Time to Dream – Imagine

Mask
Gears and Clocks – Tim Holtz Mask

Stamping inks used:
Clear Embossing Ink
Versafine Ink – Onyx Black

Card and paper used:
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card, Linen Textured Card, Coredinations Card, Black Centura Pearl Card,  Matt Black Card, Photographic Glossy Card from stash, Acetate sheet from stash.
Die cut sentiments are from Crafter’s Companion.

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

Confetti Background using Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils

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I’m going to show you a fun technique using the brand new Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolour pencils.

Start by creating a mask. Stamp your chosen image onto some watercolour card. Stamp a second image onto some copier paper, cut out, and use some two way glue on the reverse and leave to dry. This will be a mask when you do the background.

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Choose some bright pencils (here I used Red Berry, Banana, Bright Green, Regal Blue and Elderberry). 

Start by putting a line of pencil around the outside of the shape and using a damp, good quality round brush, drag the pigment into the shape.

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If you want to deepen the color, wet the brush (but wipe it on some kitchen paper so it’s not too wet_, then take some pigment from the tip of the pencil and darken around the edge.

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When they are all dry, cover the image with the mask, and dampen the area around the image.

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Taking a craft knife scrape the pigment from the pencils over the wet card around the masked off area. Use the same pencils, so that there is a connection between the background and the image.

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Now  spritz the area with a little water.

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You can add more scrapings of pigment if necessary.

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Dry the whole thing off with a heat tool and remove the mask to reveal your confetti card.

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You can repeat the above process if you want a heavier background coverage, but I left mine quite light.

I also made a couple of small pieces for the sentiment panels.

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Make sure when doing this technique you are using good quality watercolour card, as this really makes a difference to the finished look! I love Crafter’s Companion watercolour card, in my opinion it is one of the best available.

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I hope you give this great technique a go when you get your pencils, you won’t be disappointed!

Tutorial credit: Nicky Hayden

Coloring Grass with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils

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Coloring grass in an image is a quick and easy process with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils. This tutorial will teach you both a technique and a color combination for coloring grass.

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Step 1: Using pencil number 043, draw random vertical lines across the grass portion. Make some of the lines curve to the left, some curve to the right, and some more straight up and down.

This would mimic actual blades of grass which bend in different directions.

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Step 2: Repeat the process using pencil number 046. Try to draw some of these lines in between existing lines of 043, but also draw some that overlap the existing 043 lines.

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Step 3: Using pencil number 044, draw in more lines using the same random technique.

Again, it is desirable to fill in spaces in between existing lines, but also draw some to overlap the existing lines.

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Step 4: Repeat the process using pencil number 047. This will be the last color of the color combination for grass, but it will not be the last layer.

Proceed to step 5 for further instruction.

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Step 5: Repeat steps 1 through 4 in sequence to fill in remaining gaps and build up layers of color.

Tip: It is optional to color blades of grass falling on top of the image; you can stop the blades of grass at the edge of the image if desired. However, once the image is colored, due to the waxy blendable nature of the pencils, you will not easily be able to layer blades of grass on top of the image at that point.

If it is desired to have blades of grass extending up around the bottom of the image, it is best to color them at this point, prior to coloring the image. They will remain visible after coloring in the image, as shown in final project sample.

Project details:

Bebunni Floral Stamp set
Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Vintage Floral stamp set
Die’sire Classiques Chantilly Lace die
Die’sire Classiques Delicate Butterfly die
Die’sire Edge’ables Fancy Borders Floral Dance die
Crafter’s Companion Green Envy, White Pearl and Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock
Ranger Archival Magenta Hue, Chrome Yellow
Spectrum Noir Blendalbe Colored Pencils
Grass – 047, 046, 044, 043
Bunny body – 117, 114, 113, 112
Bunny ears/belly – 034, 031, 029, 005
Flower – 085, 017, 015, 013, 020, 097
Stem – 053, 051, 049, 046
Sky – 065, 064, 002
Strathmore 500 Series cold press watercolor card

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Smacking Acetate with Spectrum Noir

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In this tutorial we will look at the ‘Smacking Acetate’ technique.  Colorful results can be achieved using various media and acetate.

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For this project I have used Spectrum Noir markers GT2, GT3, PP2, BT4, Bt6, BT8, two small sheets of acetate, approx. 4” x 7”, some rubbing alcohol (alternatively you can use Spectrum Noir Blending Solution) and a pipette.

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Apply strips of marker color from each of your selected Spectrum Noir pens to your acetate sheet using the broader end.

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Add a few drops of your blending solution/rubbing alcohol to the marker color to mix and spread the color.

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Smack the two pieces of acetate together to spread the ink. Apply the pieces to each other several times, to mix the color and create the effect you want.  

This technique can also be used on glossy paper and other medium of your choice.

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You will have created two colored pieces to decorate or use as you wish.  

Leave your acetate sheets aside for the ink to dry.

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For this project I have cut a piece of stamping card to the same dimensions as the acetate and stamped a Sheena Douglass Butterfly image and sentiment onto the card.  

You can also stamp directly onto the reverse side of your colored acetate sheet.

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Apply one sheet of your colored acetate to the top of your stamped image, to create a soft color layer.

The finished card with acetate panel and stamped image.  This is a fun technique and I hope you will give it a try.

Materials List:

Spectrum Noir markers:  GT2, GT3, PP2, BT4, Bt6, BT8
Acetate sheet
Stamping Card
Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Couuntry Cottage – All a Flutter A6 Stamp Plus sentiment from A Rosy Outlook Stamp Set
Tsukineko Versafine Ink – Onyx Black Ink
Core’dinations Card
Centura Pearl A4 for card base
Small brads

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

Creating Fur Effects With Spectrum Noir Markers

In this tutorial I will show how to use Spectrum Noir markers to create fur texture on stamped images.

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There are two main ways to do this: by flicking motions or by using the blender pen to ‘move’ the base color to create a textured look.  

I will concentrate on the first for this tutorial but I have done a little comparison to show the effects.

For the fur we will be using EB2, EB3 and EB7.

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Start with EB2 and start to make flicking motions from the outside edge inwards to the center as above.

I started with the lightest color so that I can map out where the darkest shadows are. This way if I get a bit wrong or want to change it, I can always go over it!

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Hold the marker close to the nib and as upright as you can. This will mean you can control the flicking motion easier.  

Flick with a smooth motion starting on the edge and lifting off at the end.

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With EB7, flick around the image as above, and add solid lines where the deep shadows will be in your image.

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Here’s a close up of the neckline, a solid shadow.

You will notice that the flicks aren’t all going to the very edge in places! This is totally fine as more strokes will be added and will fill in these gaps as you go.

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With EB3, go around again, flicking in between the EB7 strokes

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And then go around again flicking with EB2.

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Then starting with EB7 again, go back around the image with all the colors to deepen the image, adding extra detail such as out from the eyes to add character and you’re done!

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I added BT1 in dots to his belly and FS8 blended out with FS6 in his ears.

I promised a comparison…  Well here is Bebunni again, but this time I have used the other method!

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You can see that I have used EB7 in the darkest shadows, then EB3 for most of the fur with EB2 blended to the very lightest areas.  

This makes a more solid look, like a Teddy Bear!

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I then used the EB2 and the Blender pen to dot all over the image to create texture.

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Both images were colored with exactly the same marker colors and it is surprising how different they can look using the different techniques!

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Both final cards are made with the same papers too!  I love the versatility of the Spectrum Noir range!

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Bebunni colored with the flicking technique…

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Bebunni colored with the Blender pen dotting technique.

My final list of supplies for BOTH cards is:

Image – 2 Bebunni Rubber Stamp Sets by Crafter’s Companion
Spectrum Noir Markers:
Bebunni: EB2, 3, 7, FS6, 8
Flowers: PL5, BP7, PP3 (blended on acetate); GB9, 10;
Leaves: DG3, CG2, CT1 (blended on acetate)
Crafter’s Companion Neenah Solar White card
Sheena’s Stamping Card
Scoremaster (to score card to fold)
Downton Abbey 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap, Bundled Sage
Collal All Purpose Glue
Collal 3D Glue Gel
Flowers, flat back pearls and lace from my stash

I do hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I will be back soon with a video tutorial, if you have any ideas for  future tutorials by the design team you can always leave a comment here or on the Facebook page

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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 Pinterestso 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.

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.