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

Floral Images Can Sparkle!

Add sparkle to your floral images with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. This tutorial will share how to design a fun and easy reverse “z fold” card to display your colouring. It will also create a card base showing embellishments in detail.

Watercolour the images similarly:

To begin with use two identically matched stamps to create a front and an inside image for your z fold card.

The stamps are different sizes to add detail and interest to the project. Apply your stamps to Rock-a-Block (or preferred) stamping mounts.

Then apply VersaMark clear ink to the stamps and print images onto watercolour card.  Sprinkle with Embossing Powder and set with a Heat Tool.

Creating shaped images:

In addition the images can be cut to the shape/size that you require, as can be seen.

Colouring the petals:

First add the Aquamarine marker to the bottom of the petals, this is the darker pigment. Then add the Moonstone over the Aquamarine before this dries.

This will blend the colours and create a colour gradient from dark to light. Apply the pigments straight from the pens to the stamped images.  Shake the pens well before use to disperse the pigment.

Colour the flower centres:

Next Harvest Moon pigment adds a deep orange glow to the base of the floral centers. Working toward the edge of the centers add the Moonlight marker to blend, shape and lighten.

Colour the leaves:

Finally a soft green tonal effect created for the leaves and stems. Blending the Peacock Blue and Soft Jade markers in like manner.

Completed coloured images:

The coloured stamps side by side so that matching colour palette displayed, as shown above.

Display your images:

As can be shown adding a sprinkle of sequins over your colouring increases the visual impact .   Mounting onto co-ordinating mats adds further sparkle and definition.

Create the z fold card base in detail:

Start with a piece of A4 card.  Score at 7.5cm and 15cm on the longer length.   Cut 3 pieces of matching designer papers 1 piece 14cm x 20cm and a further 2 pieces measuring 6.5cm x 20xm.  

Apply to designer papers to each white panel as shown in the picture.

Instantly adding depth to your card base:

Extra depth and definition can be added to your card base with the addition of another layer of  mats and mounts.

Cut 3 white mats measuring:  1 x 13cm x 18.5cm

2 x 6cm x 18.5cm

Cut 3 layers of designer paper:  1 x 12.5cm x 18cm

2 x 5.5cm x 18cm

As can be seen the addition of the mats and layers across the project lifts the card to another level.

Adding your reverse z fold detail across the bottom of the card:

Next cut a strip of A4 white card of a depth to fit the die cut of your choice and a strip of designer paper.  Here the white card is 5cm deep and the paper is 2cm deep. Fold the strip in the same manner as the card base scoring at 7.5cm and 15cm.  

Reversing the z fold strip, with the longer panel attached to the card front. Attach the smaller panels on the inside of the card.  

Additionally apply die-cut detail and designer paper to the card strip and add to the bottom of the card.

Decorate the finished project:

Finally apply the coloured panels to the card base.  

Further decorate with die cuts and detail including flowers or ribbon to create a uniquely individual creation!

In conclusion a closer view of the finished stamp, demonstrating sparkle detail. All in all a creation full of glimmer and shine!

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Tutorial credit: Laine Webb


Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers:  Moonstone, Aquamarine, Moonlight, Harvest Moon, Peacock  Blue, Soft Jade.
Larger Stamp – Everlasting Love – Leonie Pujol
Smaller Everlasting Love stamp from free set including in Crafter’s Inspiration Magazine Issue 13
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card, Sheena Douglass Stamping Card, Coredinations Card
Sara Signature English Country Garden Designer Papers 12 x 12
Various Crafter’s Companion Cutting Dies
The Big Score Board
Ribbon, sequins and flowers are from personal stash

No-Blend Shading with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers

Create gorgeous effects with shading

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate shading into your coloring? This tutorial will show you several ways to add shading without blending when coloring with your Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers.

For each step of the tutorial, the area in reference will be highlighted with a blue circle. The Colorista marker colors used for this tutorial are Leaf Green and Pear Green.

Learn the technique

Begin by coloring a base layer of Leaf Green. It’s perfectly fine if some areas end up a little darker than others, this will add some natural shading. Let this area dry for a few minutes.

Proceed to color alternating sections of the leaf with the same color, Leaf Green. This second layer will build upon the first layer and will become much darker. If you wish to, you can let this dry and and then color over these areas again to make them even darker.

For the next leaf, begin by coloring alternating sections with a base layer of Leaf Green.

Color in the remaining sections using Pear Green. This will give the illusion of shading while adding a pop of color at the same time.

The final shading method will again begin with coloring a base layer of Leaf Green.

Using Pear Green, color on top of the Leaf Green in each alternating section. This will create a deeper shade of green with a mixed hue of both colors. Have fun playing with different combinations of colors layered on top of each other to see what new shades you can create with your Spectrum Noir Colorista markers.

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Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Project Details:
Spectrum Noir Colorista Exquisite Florals Premium Marker Pad with colourable glitter
Colorista Markers
Leaves – Leaf Green, Pear Green
Flowers – Rose Red, Nectarine, Gold

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.

Creating Shimmer Sprays with AquaTint Inks


Stretching your craft supplies is always a great idea… everyone loves ideas to use things in an unexpected way! This video tutorial will share how to create shimmer sprays.

Tip: swap out the Christmas sentiment for a generic winter one and use these throughout the colder months!

Watch the video below showing how I make the sprays and also two cards using two different ways to use them, although there is a lot more different ways in which these can be used, and of course you can mix colors to create your own !

Don’t forget to give the sprays a good shake before using.

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Tutorial Credit: Tracy Freeman

Creating an Ombre Sequin Look


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

Quick and Easy Festive Coloring!

Christmas is rapidly approaching.  Here is a quick and easy coloring to bring some festive cheer.  The image is colored with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils.

Stamp or print the image of your choice onto Neenah Classic Crest Card, or the card of your choice.

Starting with the skin create shadow on the image with the Saddle Brown pencil.

This is used under the hat, round the eyes and nose and as a base color for the hair.  Peach and Peony brings color and tone to the cheeks and lips and all are blended with the Cream pencil creating a smooth color flow.


Depth and shade are added to the hat of the infant and to shape and add detail to the bears fur.

Short pencil strokes create the illusion of fur and texture using the Smoke pencil.  Deep shadow is added under the brim of the hat with the Pewter pencil.

Warm highlights are added to the cheeks, ears and paws of the bear with the blending of Peony and Mulberry pencils.


Shadow and definition is created in the hat and suit of the infant  and the fur of the bear with the Black pencil.  This also adds a roundness to the bear.

Slightly longer pencil strokes are used to apply the color.


Strong red tones and shades are added to the suit and hat of the babe and the bow tie of the bear.  Here Raspberry, Carmine, Cherry Red, Poppy and Rose Red have been used to create a color gradient, working from light to dark areas, where the light would be reflected by the clothing.

A further application of Black pencil into the folds and hollows of the image really makes this ‘pop’ with color.


Areas of deep shade, created with the Black pencil,  are blended and softened with the use of the Smoke pencil.


A background is created with the use of Denim Blue and Shamrock.


This quick and easy coloring is complete.  White gel pen detail is added to the eyes and to highlight white areas as required.  The image is mounted onto Core’dinations card and onto the front of a card.  Sequin detail is added.

Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils used:

Saddle Brown, Peach, Peony, Cream, Smoke, Pewter, Mulberry,  Black,  Raspberry, Carmine, Cherry Red, Poppy, Rose Red, Denim Blue, Shamrock.
Digi Stamp – Beary Merry Christmas – Mo Manning.
Neenah Classic Crest Card
Core’dinations Card
Sparkle detail to hat.

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

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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White Colourblend Pencil on Solid Stamped Images


This tutorial will show how you can use the white pencil from the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend range to add dimension and detail to solid stamp images. Solid stamped images are becoming very popular again and look great, but by using your white pencil you can really make them pop, especially if you are stamping onto kraft or other colored cardstock.

I often think this pencil is overlooked, and it shouldn’t be because it is a great little tool to have in your craft room and can be used in so many different ways!


For this all you need is your stamps, cardstock (I am using Neenah Desert Storm), Ink pads and your white pencil.


Stamp your image onto your cardstock and I give 5-10 mins to make sure it is fully dry.


Now take your white pencil, I always make sure it is nice and sharp, And go in where you want to add detail…for example on the flower stamp it shows line detailing but on this card it doesn’t stand out too well, so I will be adding the white pencil to those areas. As you can see below it really does make a difference.


This can also be used to lighten certain areas like on the leaf below, I decided i wanted the middle area to be the lighter area. This also gives texture and movement.


You can also add white around the image if you want to give more of a dimensional look.


If we look at the before and after images you can really see the difference.

This is such an easy way to add that little something extra to your solid stamped images, and you can also use your other Colourblend Pencils and take it to that next level.

Thank you for stopping by, I do hope you will try this technique out and don’t forget to share your creations with us.

Tutorial credit: Tracy Freeman

Add Sparkle to Your Festive Candy Canes!


Add some festive color and glow to a candy cane image with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. A quick and easy Christmas make full of shimmer and shine!


This is a digi stamp which has been printed and left to dry.  The Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens have been applied directly to the printed image.  Start with Hearthside the darkest shade, blend out with Red Berry to create a smooth flow of color.


Next Solar Red is applied and blended into the Hearthside and Red Berry. Solar Red is a lighter shade of red and a small area of white has been left in each section to indicate where the light would be hitting the object and to create some shape and definition.


To color the alternate sections apply Sterling Silver to the areas of deepest shade on each side of your candy cane.


Using the Crystal Clear pen blend out the Stering Silver towards the center of the candy cane.


Add definition to the leaves with Holly Leaf.


Blend out the Holly Leaf with Emerald Green to create a variegated leaf.


As your image is colored you may notice that small parts of the stamp have been missed.  Here the central part of the middle candy cane.  Color this with your red shades.  The ribbon is colored using Moonlight and shade is added with Sand Dune.


Soft Jade has been used to color the background and to make the image ‘pop’.  This is blended out with the Crystal Clear pen.


Showing the sparkle pen detail on your finished colored image.

Mount your colored image onto your Christmas Card base.

Materials used:

Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens used:  Red Berry, Hearthside, Solar Red, Sterling Silver, Crystal Clear, Holly Lear, Emerald Green, Moonlight, Sand Dune, Soft Jade.

Image:  Candy Cane Classic – Power Poppy

Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card, Coredinations Card, Designer Papers.