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

4 thoughts on “Coloring Mediums for Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Part Two

  1. Just wondering with the brush tip pens, should these be stored with the brushes up or horizontally like the nib pens?

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