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.


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.

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.


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


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

Tile Stamping with Spectrum Sparkle Noir Pens


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

Smacking Acetate with Spectrum Noir


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


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.


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


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


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.


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

Leave your acetate sheets aside for the ink to dry.


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.


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

Coloring Candles with Spectrum Noir Markers


Candles are such a fun and easy image to color with Spectrum Noir markers. Here, I have used a stamped image from Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive Peace stamp set from Crafter’s Companion. The Spectrum Noir colors used for this tutorial will be DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7 and CR5. The goal is to make the candle darker on the left side where the shadows will be, and lighter towards the right side where the highlight, or light source reflection, will be.



Begin by coloring the shadow areas with DR7. Some of the shadow areas are already defined in the image. In addition to those areas, trace around the leaves as well, as the leaves will be casting a shadow onto the candle and we want to capture this shadow using the DR7 marker.


Using the red DR6 marker, color over the DR7 and continue coloring towards the inside of the candle. This adds a second layer of shadow areas, a touch lighter than the darkest DR7 shadow area.


Next, using the DR3 marker, color over the DR6 marker and continue the color in towards the center of the candle on the left side, up towards the center of the candle from the bottom, and just along the right edge of the candle on the right side.


Using CR7, color over the DR3 and again extend the color from the left side towards the right side of the candle, from the bottom up towards the center, and just along the DR3 that is on the right side of the candle.

You will notice with this step that some of the darker colors already put down may become a little diluted when coloring over them with the lighter reds. Don’t panic! In the end, we repeat the process and the colors will really pop with the second layering.



To fill the remaining highlight areas, use CR5 to color over the CR7 and extend it to fill the remaining white areas.


Repeat the sequence of colors right over the top of the existing color. Use DR7 in the shadow area, extend it out a bit with DR6, continue to extend that out with DR3, then use CR7 towards the highlight and, finally, CR5 for the remaining highlight area. With the second layer of color, the red shadows and highlights have some really good dimension to them.


Color in the remaining image and you have a completed coloring all ready  for your festive projects.

Stamped image from Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive Peace stamp set.

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.

Color list:

Candles – DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Leaves – JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Flames – CR5, OR2, CT3
Flowers – IB2, HB3, HB2, PP4

Creating Festive Sparkle with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

Adding some sparkle and shimmer to your creations just got easier with the addition of the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to the Spectrum Noir family.

For this card I have used two stamps from the Sheena Douglass ‘A Little Bit Festive’ collection. The image, background, and detail are created using the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and extra shimmer and glitter has been added, with the use of various glitters and gilding wax.

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The robin image from the stamp set is mounted and stamped onto the watercolor cardstock of your choice,  here Versafine Ink has been used.  The ink dries quite quickly and then you are ready to color.

Lay down the first layers of color to his bright chest and head,  starting with Sparkle pen ‘Moonlight’ and then an over-layer of ‘Harvest Moon’.

These pens have a very fine flexable nylon brush and are ideal for use with the ‘flicking technique’.  Hold your pen close to the nib and with a quick ‘flicking’ action add fine lines of color detail. The ink is applied straight from the pen to the image here and has a rich pigment, with lots of sparkle.

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To increase the depth to his bright red chest use Sparkle pens ‘Solar Red’ and ‘Red Berry’, using the same flicking motion.


As these pens are water-based they are very flexible when using. If you find you have added to much pigment to your coloring this can be easily removed by adding a touch of water and blotting up the excess with some tissue.

You can then reapply your color detail as required. If you color over the lines of your image, this can be removed with use of water and tissue.

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When you are happy with the color of his breast and head you can go on to coloring the feathers.

I have used ‘Smoked Quartz’ for this.  The pigment in this pen is really rich, dark and very shiny.

For this layer I applied the marker to my palette and watered down lighly and applied to the image using a fine nib brush. A second layer of more intense pigment can be added to create shadow where required.

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For this coloring I wanted the robin to be sitting on a tree branch.  I added some ‘Smoked Quartz’ and ‘Inspired Violet’ to the palette and blended these together to draw the branch.

I went back with some of each of the pigments to create depth and detail to the branch.

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The background for the image was created using ‘Aquamarine’  The pigment was again added to the palette and applied with a moist paintbrush all over the background.

As you move outward from the image add more water to the ink, so that the color area becomes lighter.  When you have colored your background, scrunch some tissue or paper towel/kitchen roll, dip this lightly in water and apply to the sky area of your image.

This will create your cloud detail.

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The finished colored main image. Some clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle medium was added to the branch to blend the color and to add further sparkle detail.

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To decorate the card, the holly stamps from the set were used.  These were also stamped onto watercolor card.  A layer of  ‘Moonlight’ ink was added to the outside areas of the leaves.

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Next ‘Soft Jade’ was applied to create some color tone. To color the leaves the Spectrum Noir Sparkle inks were added straight from the pens.

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Definition is created with a layer of ‘Emerald Green’.

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Shadow and tone are created with ‘Holly Leaf’ used in areas of shade and to create central definition on the leaves.


To create the colors for the bright holly berries ‘Solar Red’ and ‘Red Berry’ were used.  Light detail was added with small areas of white gel pen as show above.

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The finished image and holly detail added to a card.  Here you can see the sparkle detail, caught by the camera, particularly on the chest area of the robin and on the holly leaves.

Other glitter mediums were added to the image to add to the fun festive sparkle.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens used: Moonlight, Harvest Moon, Solar Red, Red Berry, Smoked Quartz, Inspired Violet,  Aquamarine, Soft Jade, Emerald Green, Holly Leaf,
Stamp Set – A Little Bit Festive – Sheena Douglass

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.

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

Sepia Coloring using Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils


This tutorial will focus on using Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils to color with a sepia-toned effect. Coloring with sepia tones creates a wonderful nostalgic feeling in a piece of artwork.

For the clothing (and landscape as well), I chose the following colors: 100, 094, 090, 088, 008.

Always use a light touch with the pencil coloring throughout the tutorial until reaching the “burnishing” stage, which is when we will use a light-toned pencil to do a final blending and smoothing of the colors.


I have tamped my image on watercolor cardstock. To begin, use pencil number 100 to add a touch of color in areas where darker shadows would appear. Here I have added shadows around the arms, sleeves, neck line, and shorts as well as some of the landscape elements that would have shadows cast onto them.


Next, using pencil number 094, color over and then extend past the previous coloring out towards the white areas.


The third layer of color will be created using pencil number 090. Repeat the process by coloring lightly over the first two layers of color and extend the 090 past those out into the white areas.

You can see that the white, or “highlight” areas are getting smaller as we add more color.


Using pencil number 088, color using the same procedure as the previous two steps, filling in most of the remaining white areas of the objects that are being colored.


When you have completed the first four layers of color, repeat the entire process using the same four colors (100, 094, 090, 088) in the same order, coloring over the top of the existing coloring.

This will add more vibrancy to the coloring as the layers of color build up. You can see in my picture here that I have done the second layering of all four colors on the shirt, but not yet on the rest of the image.

SepiaStep6Once you are happy with the way your shading looks, the final step will be the burnishing. Using pencil number 008, color over the areas that you have completed, pressing a little harder to blend the colors together and smooth out the texture of the paper that still shows through.


For the hair coloring, I used the same four colors – 100, 094, 090, 088 but then used 005 for the burnishing. Also, instead of working darkest to lightest, I reversed the sequence and worked lightest to darkest.

To begin, use pencil number 088 to draw in “strands” of hair by drawing some lines in the open areas.


Next, using pencil number 090, draw in more lines in some of the remaining white areas.


Repeat the process of drawing in lines, this time using pencil number 094, in more of the white areas that are left. Some of these lines can cross over strands that have already been drawn in.


Take the darkest color, pencil number 100, and draw in lines only where the shadows would be. For this image, I followed the artist-drawn lines that were part of the stamped image.


Repeat the entire process of coloring the hair, beginning again with the lightest color (088) and working your way up to the darkest color (100) until the hair is mostly filled in.

Some white areas left are desirable to give the effects of highlights, so it isn’t necessary to have it completely filled in.

When you are happy with your hair coloring, use pencil number 005 for the burnishing.


Finally, we have the skin tones. For these, I used pencil numbers 089, 088, 006, 005.

Use pencil number 089 and color only in the shadow areas.

In the photo above, I have colored in at the edge where the arms and legs meet the clothing, as well as the undersides of the arms and legs and wherever other elements in the design would be casting a shadow on the skin.

SepiaSkinStep2Next, using pencil number 088, color over the first layer of skin color and extend the 088 out past that layer into the white areas a little bit.


The final layer of skin color will be colored using pencil number 006. Color over the first two layers of color and extend the 006 out into the white areas.


Using these same three colors in the same sequence, color another layer over all of the skin areas to build up the color and create vibrant sepia skin tones.

When you are happy with your skin tone, use pencil number 005 to burnish and blend the colors.

I hope you will give this technique a try! 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.

Tutorial credit: Fiona Robertson

Die Cut Stencil & Spectrum Aqua Markers

I’m going to show you how easy it is to make your own stencils using metal dies, and how to use the Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers with them.


For this tutorial I have used metal dies from Sheena Douglass, available at Crafter’s Companion and other retailers.

Start by die cutting the stem from the Victorian Floral Bluebell dies.

You will need to have a fairly large piece of cardstock and cut it in the center. Don’t throw away the cut piece as you will need it to finish your card.


Next cut the bluebell heads, again in the center of a piece of cardstock, remembering to keep the cut pieces (you will need to cut a few more later).


I also cut a large shaped die cut piece from watercolor cardstock and added a little washed out color with a brush.

Using Spectrum Aqua markers:

1. scribble some Bud Green and Moss onto a glass mat, tile or plate,
2. dampen a piece of make up sponge, squeezing as much water out as possible,
3. pick up some green from the mat, place the stencil of the stem on top of the background piece , then sponge through the stencil.

Make sure you don’t move it, otherwise you will have a ‘halo’ effect. Repeat this step with both colors.


Next, flip the stencil and repeat as before.


Now you can add the bluebell heads, one at a time, in the same way as the stems, but use Heather and Teal.


When all dry, I used a Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencil (055)to define some of the stems.

This isn’t essential but it sharpens up the images slightly. You can also use the same pencil to add definition to the flower heads.

I used the pencil through the stencil, this way it accentuates the roundness of the flowers.


As there will be a little ink left on the palette and in the sponges, cut a larger die cut shape from watercolor cardstock and sponge around the edges using up all the inks.

Try not to leave too much white showing.

To make it into a card, use the large shaped die and using a fine liner draw around the outside edge in the centre of a kraft card blank.


Next mount the sponged piece of cardstock.

I also used a white gel pen at this stage to add a second line around the outside of the card shape, then I placed the die back over the shape and drew around the inside, directly onto the sponged card.

It’s up to you whether you do this step. Repeat using the stencilled piece and die, this time just drawing around the inside.


Next I mounted the stencilled piece with foam pads onto the center of the previous piece.

I finished the card by coloring the saved die cut pieces in the same colours as before: Bud Green, Moss, Heather, and Teal, cutting a few more of the bluebell heads to add fullness, and added a white gel pen highlight to each one.

Then I mounted it onto the front of the card with Collall 3D Glue Gel (you could use foam adhesive dots or tape). I couldn’t resist adding a bow and gem to really finish the card off.


I hope you will give this technique a try! 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.

Tutorial credit: Nicky Hayden has been working in the craft industry for 11 years, and has been designing cards for Spectrum Noir for over a year.

Adding a Confetti Shadow Around Objects Using Spectrum Noir Markers

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In this tutorial I will show you how to add a confetti shadow around objects, using Spectrum Noir markers. Adding a confetti shadow around a colored image helps frame it and can make it pop.

I used the City in the Sky stamp by Sheena Douglass, and used the confetti shadow to add a sky and some greenery around the city.

You can also use it to frame a stamped image of a person or some other things and maybe use some of the same colors you already used in the image to tie it all together.

If you add some gray shades instead of the blues I used you can make a rainy sky or some bright colors for a sunset. The possibilities are endless. Here’s how to do it.

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I started by coloring in the city using different shades of grays. I used the lighter shades for the foremost buildings and some darker shades for the ones in the back to make them appear to be in the background.

This stamp is great because it has some shadows sketched in so it’s easy to see what sides to apply the shading to. I used BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, GG2, GG2, IG1, IG3, IG4 for the buildings.

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When doing a confetti shadow I always start with my darkest color, in this case starting with CG2.

Depending on how hard you press your marker to the paper you can get small or larger dots. I make larger dots closer to each other closest to the image and where there’s shadows and then I space out the dots more and try to make them smaller going out from the image.

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The next color was DG2 and i did the same thing again, more and larger dots close to the image and smaller and more spaced out further out.

It might look a bit weird but it will all blend together in the end. It sometimes helps to move away from the image and squint a bit to see how it will look.

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The last shade for the greenery was LG2. I filled in all the areas that looked empty and spaced the dots out to fade out the shadow.

I left it like this and started on the sky but after adding the sky it looked a bit pale so I added more dots as a final touch, starting with the darkest again and working to the lights, adding more shadows where needed and filling in empty looking spots.

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Adding the sky is the same process again starting with the darkest shade, TB3, and adding dots close to the buildings and around the clouds.

You can already see the background take shape.

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I added TB2 as the middle tone and filled in where needed and fading out towards the edges. Depending on the amount of dark and light dots you can make the shadow look darker or lighter using the same markers.

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And lastly I used TB1 to fill in all the spaces. After this I sometimes go back with my darker markers and add some shading if it looks to light. It’s easy to go back and deepen the shadow but it’s harder to remove it.

You can add some dots with the blender pen to lighten it up a bit if needed but it is always best to start light and darken it up if needed.

I hope you got some inspiration to try adding confetti shadows around your images. I like to keep the number of shades to about three so it doesn’t get too busy and confusing but that’s a personal preference and this is a technique that is great for experimenting and playing.

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Tutorial credit: Maya Isaksson