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

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!

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

Spectrum Noir Colorista Glitter Paper – Coloring Lilies

We’re joining in on another blog hop today, to get ready for the exciting launch of our new Colorista range of adult coloring products in the UK!

Check out this fabulous video tutorial, then read on for all the hop details (and see how to win more prizes!):


Spectrum Noir’s new Colorista line of adult coloring goodies offers several different paper finishes, including the beautiful, shimmery glitter paper. Certain parts of the design are pre-finished with a shimmery glitter that can be colored on, and the Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol makers are the perfect companion for these papers. Learn more about Colorista by clicking here!

This video tutorial will show you how to color beautiful flower petals using the Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers on the Colorista glitter paper.

The Colorista glitter pads add just the right touch of glittery goodness to your Spectrum Noir colorings.

Project Details:

Spectrum Noir Colorista Pre-Printed, Pre-Glittered card base
Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers
Pinks – Rose Red, Hot Pink, Blossom
Greens – Forest Green, Leaf Green, Pear Green
Yellows – Gold, Canary, Lemon

Now for the blog hop fun! Want to win an assortment of Colorista goodies? Make sure you leave a comment everywhere you go… the winners from each blog will be announced on the Crafter’s Companion & SN Facebook page on the 9th Sept & the overall winner will be announced by Sara LIVE on Hochanda at the top of the hour on launch day! Be sure to join in on the Watch Party fun by clicking here.

In the US? Don’t worry, you can watch Hochanda online or on catch up at www.hochanda.com.

Crafter’s Companion UK
Laine Webb
Lis Murphy
Nicole Bretherick
Jodi Clark
Alexia Misso
Giovana Smith
Spectrum Noir (you are here)
Annie Wills
Jo McKelvey
Bianca Shervington
Lori Barnett
Dana Warren
Sara Davies

Want even more inspiration and ideas?

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Sign up for our FREE eight-week coloring course! Click here to sign up.

Don’t forget to share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see your coloring projects!

Using AquaBlend Pencils with Stencils

Maya Isaksson Spectrum Noir AquaBlends tutorial1

If you like the hand drawn look but don’t feel confident enough to draw on your projects this is a great way to make it look like you have hand drawn your images. Use your stencils, die-cuts or an electronic die-cut machine to make your own stencils to use as guides.

I have put together a video to show how I did this technique using Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils together with a stencil, a die cut and a stencil I made using my electronic diecut machine.

Here are more of my finished projects.

Maya Isaksson Spectrum Noir AquaBlends tutorial2

Pencils used: Spinach, Parakeet, Aegean Blue, Opal Blue.
Die by Winnie & Walter

Maya Isaksson Spectrum Noir AquaBlends tutorial3

Pencils used: Bright Green, Verdant Green, Aegean Blue, Opal Blue.
Stamp by Lawn Fawn and die by Winnie & Walter

Supplies for first card shown:
Pencils used:Petunia, Papaya, Rose and Pineapple.
Stamps by Mama Elephant

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 coloring!

Tutorial credit: Maya Isaksson

Tile Stamping with Spectrum Sparkle Noir Pens


This tutorial will show how to use small shapes as tiles, stamping an image and then blending with the beautiful Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.


Materials used:

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens, Spring/Summer 12 set – Cosmos, Moonstone, Pink Champagne, Clear
Diamond Press – Die Cutter
Diamond Press Starter Pack Stamp Set – sentiment used
Diamond Press Nesting Dies Collection
Sheena Stamping Card
Crafter’s Companion Co’redinations Card – Pastels
Collal All-Purpose Glue, Collal 3D Glue Gel
Sheena Douglass stamp Set – A Little Bit Sketchy from Crafter’s Inspiration Issue 7
Clever Cut Paper Trimmer

I just love the simplicity of this design and with the Diamond Press system being so user friendly I can see lots of variations on this theme!

Share a card or other project you make using this tutorial with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua) or on Twitter (@SpectrumNoir)! We’re also on Pinterest so tag us there as well for a chance to get re-pinned to our Colorist Creations board! Please feel free to leave your comments below, we very much appreciate reading them.

Tutorial credit: Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more on her blog.

Basic Blending & Correcting Videos – PRIZE!

Completed card using yellows instead of Corals.

Hello Everyone,

Hello, I am Jennie Black.  I am excited to announce our next big step in educating our customers & viewers!  Not only do we have a wonderful blog with tons of educational tutorials put together by our amazing design team,and we recently updated our accreditation program, added Color-A-Longs and now we are introducing educational videos!

I just love Crafter’s Companion and Spectrum Noir, they are developing such an amazing program  to educate their customers.  It’s my saying all over again… if we teach you to use our products, we are sure you will love them just as much as we do.

For my first two videos, I used the little girl from our Moreheads Collection – Raindrops, you can purchase the stamp set here for USA.  or here for the UK.  Until your new stamp set arrives, hop on over to the downloads section of our blog and download a free sample image, so you can Color-A-Long with me.  Now you probably understand why I called them Color-A-Longs.  download here:

Today’s videos include:


Correcting mistakes with Spectrum Noir Blender Pen

Future videos to include:

  • What to buy first
  • How our packaging system works
  • How the Spectrum Noir Number and Letter system works
  • Shading and Highlights
  • Adding dimension to your images 
  • Pleats and folds
  • Light source
  • Storage suggestions
  • Compatible paper & stamping inks
  • Refilling a pen with ink & replaceable nibs
ENTER TO WIN! One stamp Mulberry Wood’s – Winter Wishes stamp set, one set of six markers and a sample paper pack will be given to one random winner.  All you have to do is leave a comment or suggestion for a technique you would like me to video. Winner will be selected by random org and  will be announced here on our blog on Saturday Sept 22, 2012.
I look forward to seeing all of your comments and suggestions!
Have a COLORFUL day!
Jennie Black




Tutorial by: Jennie Black