Creating Backgrounds with Sparkle Inks

About Sparkle Glitter Inks

The Sparkle Glitter Inks from Spectrum Noir are perfect for the crafter or colourist who wants to experiment and get messy. Their shimmering vivid colours will dilute and blend almost endlessly, for a range of easy-to-achieve artistic effects that are simply stunning! These Glitter Inks take inspiration from the much-loved Sparkle Glitter Brush-Pens, so each colour of ink has a matching pen. However, you receive 30ml in each jar, which is over four times the amount of the 7ml pens, so you'll have plenty of ink for all of your projects.

The fluid colours of the Sparkle Glitter Inks are infused with a perfect sheen of dazzling glitter. Their high pigmentation can be watered down to offer an exciting range of sparkling gradations and blended colour effects, so creating seamless transitions between colours is simple.

A single colour can be applied with almost limitless range, thanks to the high intensity pigment in this product. This means that a little goes a long way and coverage is greatly increased for knock-out colour payoff. With the added glitter running throughout, you'll be left the most beautiful and eye-catching artwork.


Try Sparkle Glitter Inks

Design Team member Angela created an easy to follow step-by-step using the glitter inks to create a fun background. Try it yourself and be sure to share the results with us by tagging #spectrumnoir on Instagram, posting on our Facebook page or in our colouring community, or sharing on Pinterest.

Gather Your Supplies:

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Ink: Aquamarine, Amethyst, and Pink Garnet
Spectrum Noir Harmony Quick Dry Ink: Black Noir
Royal and Langnickel Wash brushes
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card pack
Crafter’s Companion Enchanted Christmas Luxury Glitter Cardstock- Black
Crafter’s Companion Enchanted Christmas Sparkle all the Way stamp
Crafter’s Companion Enchanted Christmas Fantasy Forest Stamp


Step 1

Cut a piece of watercolour paper down to 5.5” x 5.5”.

Step 2

Used Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Ink in Aquamarine, Amethyst, and Pink Garnet and the Royal and Langnickel Wash brushes to put drops of each colour on your work surface..

Top tip

  • A glass cutting mat works perfectly for this, as they clean up easily and won't get stained or damaged.

Step 3

Spritz the cardstock with water. Place it face down onto the ink.

Step 4

Continued to smoosh the cardstock in the ink until satisfied with the blend. There's no wrong way to do this bit, just have fun and experiment!

More top tips

  • Use gloves or keep baby wipes around to clean your hands and surface.
  • Use shampoo at the end to wash my hands as it can help get the colour off of your fingers.

Step 5

Allowed to dry overnight. Alternatively, use a heat tool to speed up the drying process.

Step 6

Cut down the watercolour cardstock to 4” x 5.25”. Save the extra piece for a future project.

Step 7

Stamp the silhouette stamps directly on to the Sparkle Glitter Ink background using Finesse Quick Dry ink in Noir Black.

Stamp a sentiment on a piece of scrap white cardstock using the same ink. Mount it and the Sparkle Glitter Ink background on black glitter cardstock base for a bit of extra sparkle.


Step 8

Finish the card as desired.

More ideas

This is such a fun and versatile technique! Try using different colours for a completely different result. Or you could try our Aquatint inks for a project without sparkle & glitter.

Try it yourself and be sure to share the results with us by tagging #spectrumnoir on Instagram, posting on our Facebook page or in our colouring community, or sharing on Pinterest.