Spectrum Noir Blog Hop – The Colour of Summer



The DT have had a great time sharing their ideas and tips and techniques with you over the last few weeks and to celebrate the success of the blog  Spectrum Noir is going to award one lucky winner with a full set of 72 Basic Spectrum Noir Pens!  Yes, that’s right…all twelve sets of six pens each.


Entering to win is easy.   Leave a comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post telling us one fun new thing (tip, trick, interesting combination of colors, etc) you learned about the Spectrum Noir markers while hopping with us this week.  A random winner will be drawn using random.org and posted on our blog at 9:00 AM GMT, Saturday, June 23, 2012 so be sure to check back with us to see if you have won!  The lucky winner will have one week to claim their prize or a second winner will be chosen.

How about a bonus chance to win?  If you add our blinkie to your blog and mention in your comment that you’ve done so, you will be entered into a second contest to win

$25.00 or £25.00 gift certificate to be used on any Spectrum Noir product at Crafter’s Companion US or UK websites

To add the Blinkie, simply download the code from the downloads section on the Spectrum Noir Blog and  place it prominently in the sidebar of your blog.


Do not forget to let us know in your comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post  that you have added the blinkie to your blog!

Now, hop on over to the next amazing blog and check out what Danielle has to share!  In case you get lost along the way, here is the entire hop order:

Thanks for joining us today, and best of luck on winning a 72 piece set of Spectrum Noir pens (and maybe even a gift certificate)!


98 thoughts on “Spectrum Noir Blog Hop – The Colour of Summer

  1. Never done a blog hop before – this is all a little bit exciting! Loved the way Leanne showed how to colour coordinate the embellishments on her yellow card – that was a great money saving tip, thank you!

  2. I’ve had a lovely hop around the DT blogs (Jennie doesn’t seem to have arrived for the hop yet – I’ll try her again later). What fabulous creations.

    Yellow is not a colour that I would normally use as the main theme but these pieces have shown me how wonderful it can look. The tip about using glaze to ‘heighten’ the colour was interesting and I will give that a go.

    Thank you for a fab hop.

    Toni xx

  3. hi all have made a comment on most of your team where there was a place to comment. could not find 2 to comment on but did look. seem yellow is in by the cards. yes i have some of the pens. saw them when they came on create and craft with leann,and started to collect them.i like the fact that you can blend the colours together with no lines,great,. i did hear that threr will be some more colours but not seen them yet,suppose you will have them on create and craft soon. love crafter companion craft things. glad i could take part in the hope,hope it goses well love bluebell-flowerwoodx

  4. Oh wow, wow, wow, I have my fingers, toes and everything else crossed! Fabulous Tips and Samples from the Design Team, I’m off to Colour some ribbons with my Spectrum Noirs but first I’m going to add a blinkie to my blog. Thank you for all the great tutorials and for offering such a fabulous prize. Donna x

  5. I have a good look through the DT samples and I must admit I really LOVE all the yellow cards. I would never dream of using yellow so boldly but the girls have once again inspired me. I loved the colour combo Marcea used for her ‘hair’ on her digi image. Love the few pens I already have and I use them as often as I can.

    Thanks for all the inspiration girls.

    Marie xx

  6. The blog hop was amazing! Beautiful creations and ideas. I love that you can use the markers to color your embellishments in any color you desire which I think is fabulous! I always found it difficult to match my embellishments with the colors I wanted but now, I won’t have this problem:-P

  7. These are all lovely. I have never blog hopped before or used Speccies. I love the way they look so easy to blend.

  8. Loved the blog hop – crammed full of talent and inspiration . Particularly liked Wendy’s tips on using the blender pen to correct mistakes and add texture – would have loved to add the blinkie to my blog but , alas, am technically incompetent! xxxx

  9. Great projects by the girls 🙂 I have a few of these markers, and I love them ♥ I would be thrilled if I’d be so lucky to win them all 🙂 I love that they coordinate so well in colours, and they are so easy to blend together!
    Loved the tips about colouring up embellishments to match the rest of the card 🙂
    Thanks for the hop, I’ve added the blinkie to my sidebar too!
    Hugs, Lena Katrine

  10. Oh, I have learned so much. I am new to using alcohol pens and I love it so far. I like the tips on coloring with reds, and how to color hair. Thanks for a chance to win, and please keep the tips and tutorials coming.

  11. What an amazing blog hop beautiful creations by the DT and all the gorgeous yellows, the effects you get from the spectrum noir is stunning, the tips I liked along the hop was to do decoupage from a stamped image something I have not thought about doing, and changing the ribbon pins and pearls to the colour you require.
    Fantastic, I have managed to place the blinkie on my blog, thank you for the hop and a chance of winning these amazing pens.

    Hugs Julie x

  12. I loved the blog hop. I think my favorite post had to be about adding textures using the blender pen. I just love the effects that can be obtained with that technique! I can’t wait to try it!

    Thanks so much for the beautiful projects and hard work that went into this hop. ~Great job, everyone!

    Boxer Brats Scraps

  13. what a inspiration Try yellow a few months ago (spring time and really like the finish :sunny bright . in those dreadfull day we are having it really cheers us up.)but I never realise that theglazing cool give us such a colors intensite.one to try for sure
    thank for the beautifull inspiration given throug your demo .(which I could share my yellow cards :daffadhil but it was decoupage)

  14. First, I’m thrilled to have found you through Marcea’s blog this morning!! I would LOVE to have your markers to play with – thanks so much for the chance to win this amazing prize!

    I found several tips along the hop that were very helpful: I loved the aqua and yellow combination that Angelique used on her card. Also the effect that Danielle got by using a clear glaze pen over her finished design was wonderful! And lastly, the tip that Jennie B gave us about using blending fluid/marker was very helpful to me, a novice in using alcohol inks .

    Loved seeing ALL the yellow today!

  15. What a great bloghop, stunning creations, loved them all. I especially like Marcea’s tip on colours for hair. Will certainly have a go at that. I am gradually building up my collection of pens.

    I have posted the blinkie on my blog.

    Pam x

  16. wow all the cards were stunning,it just shows no matter what image,digital or stamped you will sdtill get brilliant result with flawless blending and no lines

  17. I have had a lovely time hopping around the blogs. I must admit I am not a fan of yellow – or should I say I wasn’t – the projects using it here are gorgeous. I particularly love Jennies use of the yellow and lime green – really fresh and summery! Thanks for the hopping. C

  18. how fabulous
    I really enjoyed looking at the DT work now im so jealous as my colouring is soooooooooo bad lol mind you I only have 6 SN pens (the essentials pack) so to win the full set would be fabulous and would enable me to practice along with Leanne in the dvd which I have as I was lucky enough to win it.
    I will not be able to buy any more pens|(or any crafty stash) for some time now as I have just this week been laid off and have to sign on and try to find a new job :(:( so fingers crossed lol could do with some good news x
    I have added the blinky to my blog http://hbkjbj.blogspot.co.uk/

  19. forgot to say tip picked up that I love is using pens to change ribbon/brads colour to suit your requirements lol

  20. What an inspiring Hop love how Jacque Coloured her pearls to match in what a time saver loved all the inspiring cards and must make a yellow one they look brillant. I’ve added in your blinkie to my sidebar and thanks for the chance to win such fantastic markers 🙂 hugs Nikki C

  21. OMG Fantastic journey I’ve just had, so many beautiful cards!!! Loved reading all the hints and tips, so difficult to choose just one, will go with Leann and colouring in flowers using Speccies, fabulous idea!!!!! Have added the blinkie to my Blog – Yey!!!!
    Good luck everyone, what an awesome prize! 🙂
    Debbie x

  22. I enjoyed visiting all the team members sites and seeing all the awesome creations. I’m new to the Spectrum Noir markers (only have the pink and purple sets) so I love all the tips I read today. Would love to win all the sets! I’m trying to figure out how to add the blinkie to my site.

  23. I have never heard of these markers before! They look wonderful!!! Everyone has done a wonderful job, and this is a great bloghop. So glad that you did this hop, so I could learn of these fantastic markers. Love all the tips and help from the blogs….Thanks so much!!! Hoping I win, so I can play with them!!!! I LOVE to color! Hugs! Leah Ann

  24. This was fun! Great tip from Linda about using decopage with rubber stamps. I think I might try that with my digis too!

  25. Oh my gosh…I would LOVE to win some Spectrum Noir! I have been hearing about them online but have never had a chance to give them a try myself. I absolutely loved everyone’s hop projects with all the great techniques. I liked Taylor’s tip to start with the darkest color along the edges and switch to lighter toward the center. Then color over everything with the lightest color…to blend !

  26. I just finished the hop and all of the projects are so amazing. The tip that I loved the most was from Leann who used her pens to color the embellishments she used, so they would match her stamped image. What a great idea! Thanks so much for the chance to win some Spectrum Noir pens! WOW!

  27. I just bought the ” yellow ” set for a friends B-day. How lucky for me that this is the color choice for the blog hop. Had a great time seeing every ones beautiful work. I liked learning how to get different texture looks and how to color embellishments to match your projects. I would LOVE to own the 72 piece set. Thanks for the chance.

  28. All of you have really inspired me. Can’t wait to get these markers. Really enjoyed learning how to color embellishments and about the glaze on top of alcohol markers. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. This blog hop was so much fun. I had no idea how beautful the pens color the images and embellishments. Thank you for all the inspiration.

  30. Had a great time hopping around all the blogs, and seeing all the wonderful cards. Had a few problems getting the Blinkie onto my blog, but got there in the end. I love the tip anout colouring the embellishments with the pens. Thank you for that and the chance to win this fab candy.

  31. Thanks for the fun blog hop and of course the chance to win thenSpectrum Noir pens. They look fantastic and I would love to win them! All the DT projects and tips were fantastic, but I especially found the dress coloring tutorial useful. Also, I never really thoght of coloring my embellishments (ie ribbon and pearls) tomcoordinate with a project. I am definitely going to try that. Thanks again and I will be coming back to your Challenge blog often! xxDenise

  32. Wonderful inspirations from the wonderful Design Team!
    My favourite card was the Strawbrry Kisses by Linda.
    The tip for colouring your ribbons to get the perfect colour to match the images is brilliant.
    The Spectrum Noirs Blog is brilliant idea.

    I have added the Blinkie and have my fingers crossed xxx

  33. i was looking at all the blogs.. so amazing how evry one did his own version of a yellow project!!
    and i had one made too.. a few days earlier !! also made with my spectrum noir markers..
    and i am even busy now.. coloring yellow birds.. i will upload later..
    the tips i found on the blogs.. and i am certainly gonna use them.. are…coloring pearls.. coloring ribbon.. and coloring ready bought flowers..
    i use my spectrum noir markers all the time now.. they are so easyyyyyyyyyyy to use.. and the colors are so wonderfull..
    i knowwww i have to complete my collection.. one way or the other to have them all.. they are so addictive..lol..
    thanks for the showing of all different ways to use them and for the opportunity to win this !!!

  34. I am enjoying this blog hop! I find that I NEED these markers! I LOVE the idea of being able to heighten and enhance what I have colored with glaze pens! Thanks for the opportunityto win!

  35. I love alcohol markers. What a great idea gel pens and markers together just wonderful. Can’t wait to give it a try. Love all the projects and had a nice time doing the blog hop. Thanks

  36. I think I am a convert! I have been wanting to get into colouring with alcohol markers for a while, but I was intimidated by both the price and the technique required. Seeing your Design Team’s projects made me re-think those ideas and finally decide to go with Spectrum Noir pens! 🙂 BTW I did put your blinkie on my page!! 🙂

  37. An amazing thing I have learned about Spectrum Noirs are that you can customize your embellishments. Who knew you could just buy white buttons and color to your hearts content!!!

  38. I have been colouring with my spectrums basically just stamping and then colouring the images in. I have been picking up colour combos for skin, fur, hair and generally in the colour themes. I love the way that by using these pens on embelishments everything matches in! Any tips for helping to choose the papers to compliment and image would be so useful. I am so intimadated by patterned paper that I only tend to choose one then colour my image to tone with the colours.

    Can I also just thank you all for your ideas and your time to show how to get the best from these pens. This is my favorate resource by far. Thank you so much xx

  39. Never done a Blog Hop before and was really intrigued with it! Will go back later when I’ve more time and really study them closer and side track from them to more tutorial links. I used to use ProMarkers but Leann converted me to Spectrum Noir – tried one set first and found them so easy to work with that I invested it the complete range. I find it much easier now to graduate colour in my pictures and even my 6 and 7 year old grandaughter are getting the hang of shading, though I do have to supervise them with my precious pens!
    So far I’ve learnt a few things from the blogs one being using a glaze over the top ~ Doh! Why had I never thought of doing that? – I’ll certainly be trying that out later.
    If I’m lucky enough to win the pens they’ll be given to Poppy & Lily (my grandaughters) so that they’ll have their own set to use when they’re crafting with me.
    Keep up the great work

  40. What fun I had on your blog hop! I saw some amazing creation and pick up some great tips along the way. The first one I plan on trying is the clear glazing pen to enhance the colors. I have colored pearls with my markers before but not ribbon, so I will be trying that also. Thank you for the opportunity to win these fantastic markers! I would also like to say that Crafters Companion is amazing!

  41. Fabulous! Loved the use of the yellows, and tht tips about coloring some embellishments to match. Thank you all so much for the inspiration and information. Just starting out, and would love to own a complete set. Thanks and good luck to everyone. BethAnn M.

  42. I discovered that on Linda’s blog you can pick up a little German language. lol. Yellow isn’t just for summer but can be added to autumn images as well. Would love to win the speccies as I’ve admired them for some time but, being disabled (might as well play sympathy card, lol), I can’t afford the whole set.. I watch the tutorials as it’s the next best thing to owning them.

  43. I love alcohol markers pens,not got many of them,winning these would be great.No top tips but keep using them and get better each time you use them

  44. Firstly, can I say what a wonderful array of creations I have seen in the Blog Hop. They are a credit to you and also to Spectrum Noirs. I have enjoyed all the different images used and the ideas but my favourite tip was the colouring for the dress. I love seeing what colours have been used but unless I see a diagram I am not sure what colour to use where. I have a few sets of Spectrum Noirs but would love to be in with a chance of winning a full set as I’d put them to good use in my cards that I make to sell to raise funds for different charities. I have put the blinkie on my blog. Best wishes, Kym xxx

  45. My favorite tip for using these markers is to custom color your embellishments!! I love this! I am always looking for just the right coordinating color to go with my papers and stamped images! Thank you for an amazing blog hop and giveaway. I would be so happy to win this set!

  46. I LOVE these pens….such awesome possibilities…. I never knew so many things other than cards could be colored with these alcohol wonder pens. If I don’t win, I will definitely purchase within the next few months…sorry, but my new grand daughter comes first. I can think of all the wonder scrapbook pages and cards I will be making for her with these awesome pens…thank you for creating such an awesome product.

  47. I love the way that you can make any colour look as if it is behind glass by adding the “blender” pen to the original colour. Great work guys! Thanks. xxx

  48. I would love the chance to win these pens they look awesome. not done a blog hop before so here goes….

  49. I got my first 4 packs of Spectrum noirs last week and ever since than, I’m totally in love with those markers! I think they are amazing and so easy to use and I’m really thankful for creating this blog, so I can find and learn useful tricks and tips for coloring 🙂 The most interesting thing I’ve learned from you guys is how to color your own flowers. I usually get only white or pale pinks and now with my Spectrum noirs, I could make my own colorful flowers 🙂 Thanks for everything and for the opportunity to win this amazing prize! 🙂

  50. Hello, thank you for a fantastic blog hop…I have loved every part of it..
    Really wonderful creations from the DT.. They have really showcasd Yellow… I can not wait to give it ago..
    Thank you to all of you for the great useful tips. My fav I think is being able to co-ordinate your embellishments to the colours of you image.. I will be doing this from now on…
    Thank you also for the chance of winning these fab pens.. I am new to the Spectrum Noirs so winning these would be very usefull.. but either way I have enjoyed the hop, all of your blogs are so inspiring..

    Hugs kelly

  51. First time ever doing a blog hop, I really learned a lot. I would love to win these markers so I can try all the tips I learner about. The coloring is amazing and I love that you can shadow with markers! I have only been making cards for a year now and would love to make cards with these markers, so much you can do!! Thank you for the opportunity to win the markers, the blog hop is such a good idea! Thank you crafter’s companion, you’re awesome!!! 🙂

  52. I just discovered Spectrum Noir markers a few weeks ago – I am so glad I did! The blog hop was great, some awesome inspiration! My favorite tip was using the markers to color embellishments like pearls and brads, I did not know that they would work on non-porous materials. Thanks!

  53. What a great blog hop, all the DT are such wonderful artists., they have inspired me to use yellow – my least favourite colour. My favourite tip was Leann’s – I was blown away by how the spectrum noirs could be used on all those varied embellishments – both porous, non-porous – very practical – I only need to purchase white from now on in, cheers Linda

  54. Wow. I’ve seen some wonderful blogs today – stopped and had a look round the other posts on them too as they were all new to me. One tip that really stood out for me was Daniell’s advice that glazing the coloured image intensifies the colour, and the way she has used it just on certain areas makes brilliant use of that.

    I’ve never added a blinkie so I’ll give it a go tomorrow and pop back here if it works!

  55. This was a wonderfully creative hop. All the DTs showcased how well these markers blend and how you can use them not only to color a stamped image, but also to color a digi stamp, ribbon, pearl accents, and flowers. I’m so happy I found this site and have the chance to win the markers. I don’t have any yet, so would love to get some. My favorite tip(s): 1) the use of glaze to give pop to the color and 2) to shade yellow use brown or golden brown. Sorry I didn’t write down the name of the DTs who gave those two tips.

  56. I loved the hop. My favorite tips were from Jennie. 1. Add a clean paper towel or absorbent paper under your image when correcting it or if correcting does not work, cut it out. I need to remember these tips as I have thrown away perfectly good colored images because of ink bleeding outside the lines. Thank you for the opportunity to win these markers.
    Michelle A.

  57. I’m sorry but I pulled the tips from Jennie’s previous blog post. They still would apply though right?

    Thanks again,

  58. What a fab blog hop – all the yellows look so summery! The tip I enjoyed most was to decoupage the image up – that was amazing. I also love the way DT members coloured their embellishments with Spectrum Noirs too.
    I would so much love to win the full set of pens – keeping my fingers and toes crossed.
    Just about to put the logo on my sidebar.
    Love, Andrea xx

  59. All the samples were really lovely and some great tips. The best tip that I learnt was Jennies’ to use brown when shading yellow.

    Thanks for the chance to win the pens, Joan

  60. Love all the cards made using the markers….learn to color the embellishments to coordinate with the pattern paper on the card or project , just a great ideas now just need the markers and some white pearls,ribbons and rhinestones. thank you. for sharing your ideas.

  61. Wow, an amazing blog hop, it has really inspired me to try spectrum noirs, my favourite tip from the hop was on leann’s blog, about using multiple colours on the flowers then use blender at the tips and hold down to swoosh the colours together, whilst I’ve altered things I’ve not used multiple colours on flowers this way, will certainly be doing so now. Thanks for the bright cheery yellows too and colour combos. Nice to see something different x

  62. Awesome Blog Hop! Loved the tip Jacqui shared regarding coloring Ribbon and Bling. Great tip! Beautiful
    Combination of colors too! Love that Card! Thanks, Jacqui !!!! Hugs!

  63. What an amazing hop it was. I really fell in love with Spectrum Noir pens and love to try them out. All the images was so beautifully colored. I loved the tip of coloring yellow tones without any yellow at all 🙂 And also coloring your own embellishments (pearls, ribbon, sharm…) I do it a lot.
    Thanks for all this inspiration!
    Eret xx

  64. Wow a fab hop I think the best tip I learned was changing the colour of white ribbon and pearls to match what you are colouring.

    Sorry I tried to ad the blinkie,I didn’t know how to.


  65. Wow! I have never done a blog hop before! What fabulous cards. I loved the zingy yellow – really brightens up a grey day. I really liked how Leann put a shadow of grey around her image. It seemed to pop off the page. I didn’t realise that I can use my speccy noirs to colour pearls and seam binding like Jacqui. Thanks so much ladies for all the hints, tips and inspiration.

    Lorraine x

  66. Never tried these pens, but after seeing all the amazing cards, I think I will be investing after all x many thanks for the inspiration x

  67. The DT are amazing. The colour yellow is not one I would think to use as a main colour but every card is so special. I love Linda’ s decoupaged image. I would never think of stamping for decoupage. Suzanne came up with colouring pearls with your pens if you can’t find colours to match.
    i’m still trying to do more colouring now I have a set of pens – But to win this prize would be LUSH!!!!!!!!!

    I’ e added the blinkie to my blog. Sx

  68. I’ve enjoyed learning how to color hair. I think that it’s the hardest thing. I’d love to try out these pens since Copics are so expensive!!

  69. Thanks for a great blog hop, I enjoyed it so much more than watching the blooming football !!!!
    There are some beautiful sunny cards, all that yellow brightens up the dreary weather we are having at the moment.. I picked up a great tip on colouring ribbon/seam binding with the same colour pen to match the colouring of the image.
    I’m going to attempt to put your blinkie on my blog, I’m a beginner so fingers crossed ……

  70. I really liked how radiating light was effected. I think that it takes a lot of practice to make the colors look so natural. Gosh, I hope that you pick me so I can learn to use the pens in person.

  71. I adore the ideas from Leann and Jaqui’s blogs about colouring in your ribbons, flowers and pearls to match your design – I will now never be without matching embellishments – Thank you so much everyone for your great ideas and tutorials.

    I’ve posted you blinky on my blog – just need to get more colouring done to improve my techniques

  72. I loved how you could color seem binding and the flat backed pearls can be colored so they are the right color of embellishment. I am really liking seeing what can be done with these markers and I shall have to buy some if I don’t win any. They look like they are so much fun to use.

  73. WOW, I just loved this Blog Hop What a fabulous job all the DT did on their projects!!
    I was so thankful to learn the “Steps to colour a Dress” on Jennie’s blog, just the tutorial I needed!!
    This blog hop came at the right time!!
    And thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize….Awesome!!
    I have posted your blinky on my blog!!

  74. Hi, I love to colour my embellishments like pearls and crystals with my spectrum noirs. I also love to make different patterns with the blender pen for backgrounds

  75. Stunning work must get my pens out again and try all the tips I have found out along the way ,maybe I may get as good as you girls as I had lost my way with the pens

  76. I love all the different projects by the DT. Great cards and great tips. I really like 2 tips I saw – one is to color your embelishments to match. I’ve done it 1 time on ribbon but never on brads, or the pearls. Great idea. My second was the tip to “shaddow” the images w/ a pale gray. Love it. Thanks for the great hop.

    I also added the Blinkie to my blog. Thanks again,

  77. I’m still pretty new to alcohol markers and really enjoyed this hop – I learned so much! My favorite tip is from Jennie — shade yellows with brown or golden brown. I have to try this! ‘Course, I would LOVE to try it with a new set of Spectrum Noir Markers! Thanks for the chance to win!

  78. well i must say i am stunned by the tips and tricks that you can do with Spectrum Noir markers at the moment
    i use promarkers and as money is a little tight i have not been able to splash out on these brill pens so would really love to win a set so that i could do so much more with my card making sorry i dont have a blog of my own yet but i am working on my sister to help get started on creating one thank you for the chance to try and win
    it would be a nice early birthday present to open a box with spectrum pens inside

  79. I loved the blog hop, so many ideas. My favorite tip/technique was the blending tips that Jennie had on hers. They were very helpful.

  80. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO SO very much for choosing me in your top 5 you have made my day, my week & even my year lol. Congrats to all the other girls your cards are btaueiful. Take care all.Hugs Vicky xx

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