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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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

Simply Haunted Background

Simply Haunted Background Finished Project Lori Barnett No Watermark

Here’s a fun background that is quick and easy to create. If you are a beginner with the eBrush, this simple tutorial is just right to get you started. By switching out the colors and stamps, you can transform the haunted background into a winter scene and more!

Supplies:

  • Spectrum Noir Marker – Black
  • Craftwell eBrush
  • Wide Art Masking Tape  (or other low-tack stamping mask paper)
  • Circle Die (Crafter’s Companion)
  • White Cardstock
  • Sentiment Stamp (Stampabilities)
  • Tree Stamp (Hero Arts)
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Black Soot Distress Ink Pad
  • Vivid Green Embossing Powder (Stampendous!)
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool

 

Simply Haunted Background Step 1

Die-cut a circle from the re-positional masking tape. Stick the circle on the white cardstock panel to be airbrushed. The white panel for this card is 5 1/8″ x 3 1/2″ and the circle die used is 2.4″

Simply Haunted Background Step 2

Place cardstock panel on a piece of scrap paper. This will protect your work surface from ink over-spray. Insert the chisel nib end of the black marker into eBrush. Begin airbrushing, until desired look is achieved.

TIP: Start by airbrushing onto the scrap paper, then move to the cardstock panel. This will help keep the airbrushing more even, each time you begin spraying.

Simply Haunted Background Step 3

Remove the circle mask. If you plan on making more backgrounds, save the mask to re-use it.

Simply Haunted Background Step 4

Use an anti-static pouch to treat the airbrushed cardstock panel before stamping and embossing. This helps to prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. Stamp sentiment and heat emboss with green embossing powder.

Simply Haunted Background Step 5

Stamp the tree with Black Soot Distress ink. That’s it! Your simply haunted background panel is ready to be used for a card. Mat the panel on black cardstock and decorate as desired.

Simply Haunted Background Finished Project Closeup Lori Barnett No Watermark

Additional supplies used to finish this card:

  • Spectrum Noir Markers FS2, FS3, GB8, GB9, IG2, IG4, IG6, IG8, IG10, GB1, GB3, GB5, OR2, CT2, CT4
  • House-Mouse Halloween Stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Black and  Green Cardstock
  • Orange polka dot A2 Notecard
  • Fence Border Punch
  • Sequins & Rhinestones

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: Lori Barnett

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist Lori Barnett No Watermark

‘Emboss Resist’ is a very popular technique with card makers. There are many different ways of using this technique to get fantastic designs. This tutorial takes the basic emboss resist technique one step further.

With just two Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, along with a few other supplies, you will be amazed at the added depth that is achieved without adding layers of bulk. Once you try this fun and easy “Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist” technique, you are sure to do it again and again.

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Trim a Piece of watercolor cardstock to 3″ x 5 1/2″ (or desired size).

Secure the panel to a hard board with low-tack tape, overlapping the tape on the edges of the cardstock about 1/8″.

This leaves a nice white border around the panel. Taping watercolor cardstock to a hard board also helps to reduce warping while the panel dries.

Use an anti-static pouch to treat the watercolor cardstock before stamping. This is an important step when doing the emboss resist technique, as it helps prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

Stamp sentiment image, using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.

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Scribble Aquamarine Aqua marker ink on an acrylic block.

Dip a wide watercolor brush into clean water and pick up some ink from the block.

Paint the ink on the watercolor panel, adding more ink and water as needed. Set aside to dry.

NOTE: It’s best not to dry the panel with a heat embossing tool. The embossed image will re-melt when heated, and any ink that might be on top will permanently set into the embossed image.

However, if you don’t want to wait for the panel to air dry, use a baby wipe or paper towel to carefully wipe off any ink on the embossed image, and then dry with with a heat embossing tool.

Be careful not to overheat the embossed image, as it may scorch or melt down into the cardstock.

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Once the panel is dry, treat it again with the anti-static pouch.

Stamp flower images, using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder.

Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.

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Scribble Navy Aqua marker ink on an acrylic block.

Brush a wash of clean water over the panel with wide watercolor brush.

This pre-wets the cardstock so when the navy ink is painted on, it flows easily.

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Pick up some of the navy ink from the block, and then begin painting and dabbing it onto the panel, picking up more ink as needed.

If there is excess ink in an area, or it puddles next to the tape, simply dab the area with the corner of a clean paper towel to lift the excess ink off the paper.

Set aside to dry.

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After panel is completely dry, use a baby wipe (or slightly damp paper towel) to gently wipe away any ink that remains on the embossed images.

Carefully remove the tape from the from the panel.

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The flower images will have the Aquamarine color under them, and the sentiment will be white.

This beautiful “Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist” panel is now ready to be used on a greeting card.

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist Lori Barnett No Watermark

Aqua Emboss Resist with a Twist Closeup Lori Barnett Watermarked

I hope you will give this technique a try! 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.
Supplies used to make project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers – Aquamarine and Navy
  • Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things – Chalkboard Greetings Stamp Set
  • A Muse Studio – Mini Blooms Stamp Set
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Wide Watercolor Paintbrush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Hard Board
  • Low-tack tape
  • Clear Stamping Block
  • Baby Wipe or Paper Towel
  • Misc Cardstocks
  • Washi Tape
  • Blue Rhinestone Stickers
  • White button
  • Misc Ribbons & Twine
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

Shades of Gray with Blendable Pencils

Shades of Gray Card Warm Lori Barnett No Watermark

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils are wonderful for coloring an image solely with grays.  When coloring in black and white, “Cool Grays” and “Warm Grays” are the two most common color options.

Shades of Gray Color Samples Lori Barnett No Watermark

This is a sample of the Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils that can be used for both coloring options.

Shades of Gray Warm Sample Lori Barnett No Watermark

Warm Grays add a hint of brown.

Warm Gray Pencil Colors:

  • 112 – Essentials Set
  • 115 – Marine Set
  • 117 – Essentials Set
  • 119 – Essentials Set

 

Shades of Gray Cool Sample Lori Barnett No Watermark

Cool Grays add a hint of blue.

Cool Gray Pencil Colors:

  • 114 – Marine Set
  • 116 – Marine Set
  • 118 – Marine Set
  • 120 – Essentials Set

 

When coloring an image with only grays, the shading is done the same way as you would when coloring with any other color family. Use the lightest shade where you want the lightest color and highlights, then work up to the darkest shade where you want the darkest color and shadows.

Shades of Gray Cards Together Lori Barnett No Watermark

These 2 samples show the difference in coloring solely with the grays. The one on the top is colored with Cool Grays. The one on the bottom is colored with Warm Grays. You can see how a different look is achieved depending on what grays are used.

Shades of Gray Card Cool Lori Barnett No Watermark

The first card was colored in cool grays. The look is more of a steely blue gray color.  The cool grays tend to look more like the typical gray color – such as regular black and white photo.

Shades of Gray Card Warm Lori Barnett No Watermark

The second card was colored in warm grays.  The look is more of a brownish color. The warm grays tend to look more vintage or antique in color – such as a sepia black and white photo.

Which gray should you use? It depends on what look and feel you are going for.

  • If you want something to feel warm, use the warm grays. Warm grays are good for warm earth-toned natural things. When coloring with warmer colors, such as yellows, oranges, orange-reds, yellow greens, and browns, we usually use the warm grays.
  • If you want something to feel cold, use the cool grays. Cool grays are good for cool and cold things. When coloring with cooler colors, such as blues, blue-greens, blue-based reds, pinks and purples, we usually use the cool grays.
  • Try coloring a sample image both ways to see which works best for your project.

 

Stamps used on project card:  Crafter’s Companion Art-Kure US Landmark Collection – Mt. Rushmore Rubber Stamp; Paper Smooches Slang Gang Stamp Set

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!

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!

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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.

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

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

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**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.)

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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

Santa Christmas Ornament

This fun ornament was made by coloring Spectrum Noir markers on clear acetate.

Santa Ornament LoriB No Watermark

The idea for making this project came from a tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.com. You can check that out HERE  to get an idea of the process. I’m sharing a slightly different version.

The supplies I used:

  • Spectrum Noir markers FS3, CR8, DR7, CG2, DG3, DG4, BG5, BG7, TN2, TN5, TN7, Blender
  • Heat resistant clear acetate
  • Crafter’s Companion Mulberry Wood Dreaming of Santa stamp set
  • Black StazOn Ink
  • White Pigment Ink Refill
  • Dove Blender Pen (It will only be used with white pigment ink from now on.)
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Clear Plastic Ornament Ball
  • Circle Die (one that’s smaller than the size of the ornament)
  • Small hole punch
  • Silver Elastic Cording
  • Fake Snow

 

Instructions

1. Die-cut circle from acetate. Punch small hole near the top edge.

2. Stamp image with StazOn ink. Let dry! TIP: If it smears or smudges – simply wipe off the ink with a cotton ball or old soft rag and a little Isopropyl Alcohol (Surgical Spirits) alcohol – then try again.

I decided to do this next step BEFORE coloring the image. It made it easier to see when coloring. (The original tutorial shows coloring first.)

3. Squeeze a little white pigment ink onto a craft mat/clear block/etc. Dip the Dove Blender Pen into the white pigment ink and color the entire image.

Make sure not to go outside the black stamped line of the image.  Also, try not to color back and forth over the stamped lines – because it could start to smear the black ink.

TIP: You may want to label the Dove Blender pen “white pigment ink only”. That way you won’t accidentally use it on something else.

4. Sprinkle on white embossing powder. Tap off excess and brush away any stray bits.

5. Using a heat embossing tool, melt the embossing powder. Be careful not to over heat. Let cool!

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6. Flip over the acetate piece and color the image with Spectrum Noir Markers. Keep it simple when coloring. Use the Spectrum Noir Blender pen to clean up any “outside the lines” coloring.

Face – FS3
Reds – CR8, DR7
Tree – CG2, DG3, DG4
Gloves – BG5, BG7
Chimney – TN3, TN5, TN7
Shadow under chimney and toy bag – TN3, TN5

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7. Remove the metal cap from the ornament. Set aside. Add some fake snow into the ornament.

8. Thread a piece of elastic cording through the hole in the acetate piece. Tie the ends together. Note: Make sure the cording is long enough to hang out the top of the ornament a few inches. You can trim later if needed.

9. Carefully roll the acetate circle into a tube – having the embossed side on the outside. It will look like a small straw. You need to roll it small enough to slide into the ornament. The trick here is to avoid cracking the embossing. Once inserted into ball, it will unroll and be flat again.

10. Thread the elastic cording up through the hole in the ornament cap and push the cap back on. Tie the cording around the metal hanger. Embellish with tag and ribbons.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ways of coloring and/or embossing. One of the main things to remember is you don’t color the stamped image on the side that you stamp on. StazOn ink will always smear when coloring with Spectrum Noir Markers.

You can see a second tutorial on how to make the gift box I’ve packaged this in over on the Crafter’s Companion US blog.

Santa Ornament in box LoriB No Watermark

 

These make great gifts for someone special. Have fun creating!

Candy Cane Stripes

Using Spectrum Noir Markers with the Craftwell eBrush is so fun and easy! This card features a bright and bold “candy cane stripes” panel that was airbrushed using one marker.

Candy Cane Stripes Card Lori Barnett

Here’s how to make the “candy cane stripes” panel:

Supplies

  • Spectrum Noir Marker CR11
  • Craftwell eBrush
  • White Cardstock
  • 1/2″ Art Masking Tape (or other low-tack repositional tape)

 

Instructions

Place strips of masking tape as shown on white cardstock panel.  TIP: Start by placing the first strip down the center (corner to corner). That will make it easier to position all the other strips.

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Insert chisel nib end of CR11 marker into eBrush marker adapter and begin airbrushing.

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Carefully remove masking tape to avoid tearing the cardstock.

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The result is so professional looking! Now you are ready to us the “candy cane stripes” panel on a project.

Candy Cane Stripes Card Closeup Lori Barnett

I mat the airbrushed panel on green cardstock and attached to card base with dimensional foam adhesive. This sentiment is from Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Vintage Christmas Collection – Family and Friends stamp set.

I hope you give airbrushing a try!

Nordic Mitten

I’m a huge fan of getting the most out of my crafting supplies. Using Spectrum Noir Markers with the Craftwell eBrush helps me do just that! This tutorial will show you how easy it is to transform a piece of plain white cardstock into beautiful designer paper.

Final Project Front

Supplies used for this project:

  • Spectrum Noir Markers – CR8, IB2, Blender
  • Craftwell eBrush
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena A Little Bit Festive – Ivy Borders Stamp Set
  • White Cardstock
  • Ranger Festive Berries Distress Ink
  • White Flock
  • Medium Crystal Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Ribbon and Bakers Twine
  • Liquid Adhesive and Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Ink Blending Tool or Sponge Dauber

 

Cut gift card shapes from white cardstock. The mitten template for this tutorial is an electronic cut file designed by Lori Whitlock.

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Using chisel nib end of CR8 marker, airbrush mitten card pieces. TIP: Use a small piece of removable adhesive under the cardstock pieces to keep them from moving while airbrushing.

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Stamp image to create desired pattern. TIP: Use a stamp positioning tool, if precise placement of stamping is desired.

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Using the Blender marker, touch the marker tip in center of each stamped snowflake. This will “push/erase” the red marker – leaving the spots looking white.

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Using chisel nib end of BT6 marker, airbrush white cardstock heart. TIP: Use a small piece of removable adhesive under the cardstock pieces to keep them from moving while airbrushing.

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That’s it! You are now ready to assemble your project!

Steps to complete the Mitten Gift Card Holder (All cut out pieces are part of the electronic cut file.)

1. Adhere sides and bottom of mitten pieces to create the gift card pocket.

2. Lightly sponge red ink around edges.

3. Cover white cardstock scalloped strips with white flock. Embellish with sequins. Adhere to mitten.

4. Attach heart to mitten with foam adhesive.

5. Cover white cardstock snowflake with crystal glitter. Adhere on top of heart. Embellish with sequins.

6. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock with red ink. Add a small touch of glitter to each letter. Trim closely. Attach on top of heart with foam adhesive.

7. Tie on ribbon and bakers twine.

Final Project Closeup

And here’s a peek at what is inside:

Final Project Back

I hope you give this a try soon!

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett