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

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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

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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Supplies:

  • 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

Coloring Fair Skin

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This tutorial will share how to color fair skin with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

For this example the following markers are: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, and TN2.

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The first step is to add in the shadow details with the darkest marker in the blend, FS9. The shadows will be around the sides of the face, under the hair, under the chin, on the outer edges of the neck and around her necklace.

At this point you can also draw in a nose if you’d like.

I’m coloring this as if the light source was to the right so the shadows will extend further on her left side since it farther away from the light source.

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Next take the FS4 and slightly overlap the previous color to get a smooth blend.

Extend the FS2 a little further out from the shadow areas but be sure to leave some white space for the lighter colors.

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Now add the FS2 just slightly overlapping where the FS4 ended and blending even further out from the shadows.

Repeat the step above with TN1, but this time extend the color over the rest of the face.

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Add some blush to the cheeks with CR2.

Start at the outer edge of the face and lightly extend it over the cheek area.

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Lightly blend the CR2 out with the TN1 until you are happy with the amount of blush on her cheeks.

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Repeat the FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1 blend on the rest of the skin areas. You can go back in and deepen any shadow areas that have blended out too much during the first coloring.

To add the freckles I just made tiny dots on the cheeks and around the necklace with TN2.

Stay tuned for part two of this tutorial, all about coloring red hair!

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Skin: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, TN2
Hair: TN7, TN6, OR1
Jewelry: GB9, GB7, GB4, Clear Sparkle Pen
Shirt: BT5, BT4, BT2
Eyes: DG2, CG1, LG2
Background: GG2, GG1, Blender Pen

Flamingo Coloring Tutorial

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This tutorial I will show you how to color a flamingo with a bit of realistic feather texture with the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

For the flamingo I will be using markers DR6, CR11, CR8, CR7, CR5, CR3, CR2, GG5, GG4 & GG1.

flamingo legs

To color the legs, add some GG5 in the darkest shadowed areas. Next add in some GG4, extending the color a little further out.

Repeat with the GG1 extending out even further to cover the rest of the leg area.

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For the flamingo body I will be using mostly the CR family of markers, but am adding just a tiny bit of DR6 to really deepen the shadowed ares.

Using very small flicks add some DR6 to the ares with the darkest shadows- under the scarf, in the folds of the wing, around the bottom of the belly.

Use this color sparingly, you can always go back in and add more, but you don’t want the flamingo to look red when it’s finished.

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Next I came in with the CR11, again using very small flicks. Only add this color in the shadowed areas, extending just slightly further than the DR6.

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I repeated the steps as above with the CR8 and also added some color into the shadows and folds of the tail feathers to start building up some dimension there as well.

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The next color I added was the CR7. This color is quite a bit lighter and will start giving the flamingo the pink color.

Using the same flicking motion I added in the CR7, extending much further than the previous colors.

Repeat this step with the CR5 and CR3 extending each color further into the white area.
After you’ve gone through all the colors,  you can go back and darker up some of the DR6 and CR11 shadow areas to give them even more depth.

The image used on this card is by From the Heart Stamps. Additional Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used are EB3, EB2, EB1.

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Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic