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!

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re colouring!

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

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