Create an Outdoor Scene

This tutorial will share how I created this fun camping-themed outdoor scene. My husband and I enjoy camping and doing things with the kids outdoors, so I thought this was the perfect idea behind a sweet card to give him.

I started with a simple piece of the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock cut to 4×5-1/4. I usually use this size for all of my card panels I create.

It’s a little smaller than the card size, which is 4-1/4×5-1/2 folded down. It leaves a nice thin border all around my main panel.

Create the Night Sky

I started off applying ink with a craft sponge in a swirling motion. This will create my night sky.

After I apply the lighter blue, I come in with a darker blue and craft sponge blending them together. I go back and forth using the lighter and darker blue to blend them until I achieve the color I like for my night sky.

It did dry a bit darker than what you’ll see above, which is exactly what I wanted. Keep in mind that I’m going to cover up the bottom portion so you won’t see the uneven color at the bottom.

Since this is a night sky, I applied some spray mist in white and flicked that on to my night background. I dotted on some larger “stars” with the end of the nozzle wand.

Open up the bottle and load the end of the nozzle wand with the paint. I tap on that to flick the dots on to the background. Let this dry completely before moving on.

Colour the Clouds

The next step is to stamp the clouds and the camper onto the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.

Tip: As you can see, I used a piece of scrap that I had in my stash. It helps to keep smaller scraps of the cardstock in your stash for small images like these.

After I stamped them, I used a glitter pen and lighter grey color from my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to create the depth in the clouds.

Use Spectrum Noir Markers to Palette Blend

For the green on the camper overhang, I chose two different greens. The darker of the two is quite a bit darker, so this is where the palette blending method comes in handy.


Take your darker color and use the broad end to color a swatch onto an acrylic block.

What you’ll end up doing is taking your lighter color and picking up that darker color from your block and use that to blend together on your paper.

As you can see, the green isn’t as dark as it actually is if you were using the color straight from the marker.

I did this for the brown on the door and the aqua for the top of the camper.

It’s a great way to blend your colors!

I colored in the chevron pattern and the remainder of the little elements on my camper with the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

Next, I cut out the clouds and camper leaving a thin white border around each of them.

All the elements are complete, and I can start to assemble the card.

I freehand cut the green hill at the bottom of the card. I glued that down and will use the foam adhesive to adhere the clouds and camper the card. The sentiment was stamped off the side to allow placement for the camper. I laid it out before I stamped the sentiment to maker sure it was going to fit where I wanted it

And here is the finished card again:

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  • Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: GG1, CT2, GB5, DG2, DG3, IB1, FS5, CR1, BGR1, GR5, BT1, BT5
  • Memento Ink: Nautical Blue & Tuxedo Black
  • Versafine Ink: Onyx Black
  • Mister Huey’s Spray Mist
  • Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
  • Sweet Stamp Shop, Campout Stamp Set

Creating Faux Enamel Embellishments


This tutorial will show you how to make shimmering faux enamel embellishments to add to your projects.


I’ll be using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers BO1, BO2, BO3, YG3, and YG2 along with the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.


After I colored the image in completely, I went over the whole thing with the Sparkle Pen. I was pretty generous with the amount of sparkle I added here.


I left this to dry before I went on to the next step.


I coated the entire image with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight.


The shine of the Glossy Accents make the shimmer even more visible and gives the flowers the look of an enamel embellishment.

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Watercolor Layering Stamps

Watercolor Layering Stamps Lori Barnett Watermarked

This tutorial will show you how to use Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers with a set of layering stamps.

Layering stamp sets are super popular these days. The images are stamped progressively, creating a dimensional layered look. The results are stunning!

You will be amazed at how quick and easy it is to build color and detail. And by stamping on watercolor cardstock, the images will have added dimension from the texture of the paper.

Pic1 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

CLEAR STAMP TIPS:  Before using new clear stamps for the first time, ink the stamps and stamp each image a few times on a piece of scratch paper. This “primes” the stamp.

Various types of ink react differently. Sometimes ink will “bead up” on the clear stamp surface. By priming the stamp, the inks will usually grab on to the stamps surface better.

You do not need to prime the stamps before each use, just once when they are new. Staining is normal with clear stamps. Some inks/colors stain more than others.

Thoroughly clean the stamps after priming, before starting your project, and after each use.

Pic2 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

1. Working with the brush nib, color the first bird stamp with the Topaz Spectrum Aqua marker. Do this by holding the marker parallel to the stamp, placing the widest part of the brush nib down on the stamps surface.

Using a Mini Mister or other water mist botte, lightly spritz the stamp with water. One spritz should work.

Pic3 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

2. Stamp the image on a watercolor cardstock panel.

STAMPING TIPS: When stamping the images, hold and lightly press the stamp down onto the paper for several seconds. This will allow the ink plenty of time to soak into the watercolor paper.

Be sure to press around the block to get all the areas of the image stamped. The more water that is spritz on the stamp, the more chances of having ink puddles when lifting the block.

Simply dab the area with the corner of a clean paper towel to lift the excess ink off the paper. Alternatively, you can just leave the puddles to soak in. It really is personal preference.

Pic4 Watercolor layering Stamps Watermarked

3. Color the second bird stamp with the Gold marker. Spritz and stamp on top of first image.

Pic5 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

4. Color the third bird stamp with the Marigold marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic6 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

5. Color the eye and beak stamp with the Charcoal marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic7 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

6. Color the feet stamp with the Boulder marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic8 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

7. Color the branch stamp with the Chocolate marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic9 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

8. Color the first leaf stamp with the Olive marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic10 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

9. Color the second leaf stamp with the Leaf Green marker. Spritz and stamp.

Pic11 Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

10. Repeat the process to stamp two additional leaves.

That’s all there is to it! After inks have dried completely, trim or die-cut the panel as desired.

Pic12  Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

Experiment with different Spectrum Aqua Marker colors! You could also try double stamping portions of the image. Simply stamp the same layer again with the same color, or with another color. Just make sure to clean off  the stamps before coloring more marker ink on them.  The colors you can create with layering are endless.

Here are more color combinations to give a try. Which is your favorite?

Golden Bird (tutorial colors)

  • Bird – Topaz, Gold, Marigold
  • Eye/Beak – Charcoal
  • Feet – Boulder

Blue Bird

  • Bird – Aquamarine, Teal, Navy
  • Eye/Beak – Black
  • Feet – Charcoal

Pink Bird

  • Bird – Blossom, Rose Pink, Scarlet
  • Eye/Beak – Boulder
  • Feet – Boulder

Purple Bird

  • Bird – Purple, Wildflower, Orchid
  • Eye/Beak – Black
  • Feet – Charcoal


Pic13  Watercolor Layering Stamps Watermarked

Have fun creating your own masterpiece! 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!

Supplies used for this tutorial and card project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers
  • Hero Arts Bird Layering Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Misc Colored Cardstocks
  • Mini Mister or spritz bottle for water
  • Linen Background Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders Die
  • Frayed Burlap Distress Ink Pad
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive


Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

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!

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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.

Adding Texture with Blender Re-Inker

Finished Project

Here is a quick and easy way to create texture on an image using Spectrum Noir Blender Re-inker and a piece of terry clothe. The blender solution pushes/moves marker color out of the way.  By adding some of the blender re-inker to a piece of cloth, and then pressing it on an image that is colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, the image will actually take on the texture of the clothe.

Blender Texture Pic 1 Lori Barnett No Watermark

1. Stamp and color image. If you only want certain parts of an image textured, color only those areas first. Once the texturing technique is done and the image is dry, finish coloring the rest of the stamped image as desired.

Blender Texture Pic 2 Lori Barnett No Watermark

2. Add a few drops of Blender Re-Inker solution to a piece of terry clothe fabric. The fabric should not be soaked wet, just a little damp.

Blender Texture Pic 3 Lori Barnett No Watermark

3. Apply the clothe to the image, using medium pressure, for about 2 or 3 seconds. Lift and repeat on the other areas of the image where you want the texture. As the blender solution dries on the marker color, the texture will appear as the marker color moves away and lightens.

TIP: If the marker color bleeds outside the stamped lines, you may be using too much solution on the clothe, or holding the clothe down on the image too long. Try using less solution or not holding it down as long.

Blender Texture Pic 6 Lori Barnett No Watermark

Supplies used on project:

  • Spectrum Noir Markers CT2, CT4, IB1, IB2, IB3, BT7
  • Spectrum Noir Re-Inker Blender
  • Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Yellow Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Simon Says Stamps Tiny Ray of Sunshine Stamp Set
  • Simon Says Stamps Baby Clothes and Crib Die Set
  • My Favorite Things Cross Stitch Rectangle Die Set
  • Natural Twine
  • Piece of old white wash clothe

Stamped Watercolor Backdrops

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Final Project Pic Group Lori Barnett

Watercolor techniques are some of the hottest coloring and stamping trends with paper crafters right now. This tutorial shows how to easily create a watercolor backdrop by coloring Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers directly on a single image, then stamping it on watercolor paper.

There is no mess with paint brushes or cups of water. Each stamped watercolor backdrop will be unique, just as if it was painted with a brush.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Final Project Pic Lori Barnett

All the card samples in this tutorial use the same stamp.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic1

To help the watercolor panel stay flat while drying, tape it down with low-tack tape to a hard board.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic3

Using a misting bottle, generously spritz water on the entire watercolor cardstock panel.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic2

The Spectrum Aqua Markers used for this card are from the Primary Set. Working with the brush nibs, color the bottom portion of the stamp with Aquamarine, the middle with Teal, and the top with Navy.

Tip: If any marker color transfers to another marker nib, simple scribble it off on a piece of scratch paper.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic5

Press the inked up stamp down onto the wet watercolor cardstock panel. Let it sit there for a minute or two so the ink has a chance to soak in.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic6

Lift off the stamping block. If the ink didn’t move and blend as much as you like, mist a bit more water onto the cardstock panel. Set panel aside to dry completely or dry with heat tool.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic7

Once the watercolor panel is completely dry, rub with ant-static powder. This helps to prevent embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. Stamp sentiment with Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. All the sentiments used for these cards are from My Favorite Things True Friends stamp set.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Final Project Pic Blue Lori Barnett

Follow the same process to make different colored watercolor backdrops. Make sure to clean any marker ink left on the stamp before using other colors.

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Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Final Project Pic Purple Lori Barnett

The markers used for this card are from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Wildflower, the middle with Heather, and the top with Orchid.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic8

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Final Project Pic Pink Lori Barnett

The markers used for this card are also from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Blossom, the middle with Rose Pink, and the top with Begonia.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic10

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Final Project Pic Green Lori Barnett

The markers used for this card are from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Sunflower, the middle with Meadow, and the top with Bud Green.

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Pic9

Stamped Watercolor Backdrop Final Project Pic Orange Lori Barnett

For this last sample, the stamp is turned vertical to create a taller backdrop image. The markers used for this card are from the Nature Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Topaz, the middle with Amber, and the top with Sunset.

Creating the perfect watercolor background can sometimes be a challenge. Using backdrop stamps with Spectrum Aqua Markers gives fabulous results. Give these color combos a try, or create  some of your own.

Supplies used to make projects:

  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers – Nature, Floral, Primary
  • Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Misc. Colored Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things – DC Watercolor Backdrops Set and True Friends Set
  • My Favorite Things – True Friends Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things – Diagonal Stripes BG Stamp
  • Stitched Edge Dies
  • Sequins
  • Twine
  • Spritz bottle for water
  • Anti Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Die-cutting Machine
  • Hard board
  • Low-tack tape

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

Stamping with Spectrum Aqua Markers

Here is an easy way to color Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers directly on a stamp, then stamp the colored image onto paper. This technique is simple, yet stunning!

Happy Mother's Day Card LoriB No Watermark

Spectrum Aqua markers used for this project: Spice, Moss (Essentials Set)

Mother's Day Card Pic1

Working with the brush nib, color the flowers on the stamp with Spice marker. Do this by holding the marker parallel to the rubber stamp, placing the widest part of the brush nib down on the rubber.

Mother's Day Card Pic2

Color the flower stems and leaves with the Moss marker.

Mother's Day Card Pic3

Re-moisten the marker ink on the rubber stamp with a light spritz of water, using a Mini Mister or other water mist bottle.

Mother's Day Card Pic4

Stamp the image on cardstock panel. (Watercolor paper was used for this sample.)

Mother's Day Card Pic5

**Optional** If desired, make a couple more stamped panels by spritzing the rubber stamp again, and stamping on another cardstock panel. Each time this is done, the stamped image will get lighter.

As you can see, I was able to stamp two more images without coloring any additional marker ink on the stamp. All the images turned out beautifully! (Smooth white cardstock was used for the two sample above.)

Mother's Day Card Closeup LoriB No Watermark

After marker ink dries, embellish as desired and finish the card.

For this project, the flowers and leaves have Frosted Lace Stickles added over them. Since Stickles is a wet glitter glue, the marker ink reacts – adding a bit of shading.

Happy Mother's Day Card LoriB No WatermarkCard Dimension: 7 1/2″ x 4 3/4″

Supplies used to make this projet:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers – Essentials Set
  • Stampendous Ranunculus Field Stamp
  • Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Family & Friends Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Bebunni Floral Cottage Lace Die
  • Strathmore Cold Press 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Kraft, White and Colored Cardstocks
  • Mini Mister
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Frosted Lace Stickles
  • Die-Cutting/Embossing Machine
  • Embossing Heat Tool
  • Twine
  • Hole Puncher
  • Clear Sequin
  • Sanding Block
  • Foam Adhesive
  • Adhesive Tape

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

Happy Birthday Bebunni

A perfect image to color and add to a 10th Birthday card for my grand daughter, Gracie.  I’ve chosen Hip Hip Hooray and have listed the colors used below.

I normally color animals in with grays and I’ve done the same today, however I knew I wanted my finished card to be purple so I have added some purple tones to Bebunni.


Bebunni: IG1, IG2, IG4, IG6, IG8, LV1, LV2, CR3, plus blender on his fur to add some texture

Ears: EB1, PP1, PP3

Bow: LV1, LV2, LV3


Grid Background

I have a tutorial for a fun technique for creating a cool background.  I’ve seen this technique in many different places so I am not sure who to give credit to, but I can tell you that I didn’t invent it.  !

To begin, draw a grid pattern lightly with pencil on a panel of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  Then color in each of the squares on the grid with Spectrum Noir Markers.  You will want to use several coats to make sure that the cardstock is thoroughly saturated.  This will help the ink  flow more in the next step.

For my sample I used: OR3, GB4, and IB3.

I made a little mistake in the bottom right corner but I left it there so you could see that it won’t matter in the finished project.  The second step is to randomly drop blender refill on to the grid and allow the ink to spread.

When dry, stamp a solid image on to the panel (here, I have used Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink).  Notice the mistake in the bottom right hand corner is no longer visible.

The final step is to assemble your card.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you want give it a try.  I think you will love the results!



Building Volume With a Center Highlight

With this fun Halloween image, I will show how to build dimension by placing your highlight in the center of your image.

You can actually make a flat image look as if it has shape or dimension by placing our darkest color (shading) furthest from our eye and the lightest color (highlight) closest to our eye.  These bottles are cylinder shaped, so I put the highlight right down the center of each bottle.

Start by adding your lightest color, GB1, all over the label.  Then add darkest color, GB9, on the area furthest from your eye (the sides of each bottle or label).

In the picture below, you can see where I blended the light and dark golden browns together using a medium color (GB6).  I then softened the edge of GB6 with my original light color (GB1 or GB2).

As seen in the photo above, I colored the green label using the same steps as I used on the first label.

The colors used are listed in order of use: DG1, DG3, DG2, DG1.  I then softened the center highlight with the blender pen. 

I also started coloring my red bottle starting with my darkest color on the edge of the bottle (DR7).  I then worked my way towards the center of the bottle with my lighter colors.

Here are the colors I used in order of use : DR7, DR5, DR3, CR8. 

Note: The CR8 is a higher number, however it is from a completely different color tone which happens to be lighter.  The Coral Reds are lighter with more of an orange tint than Dark Reds.

Other bottles were were colored using the same steps.  Here is another view of the finished project with different background paper.

Other colors (listed in the order used):
Golden brown labels: GB1, GB9, GB6, GB1
Brown Bottle: TN2, TN9, TN6, TN4, TN2
Red Bottle: DR7, DR5, DR3, CR8
Gray Bottle: IG7, IG5, IG2, IG1
Corks: EB8,EB4
Base: IG7, IG4, IG1
Background: TN1

Edging was done with a brown ink pad.

I hope you are are encouraged to give this simple technique a try!

Tutorial by: Jennie Black