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

Watercolored Three-Tier Gift Box

This watercolored gift box set uses just one Spectrum Aqua Marker. An easy to make project that is sure to impress!

How to watercolor the box lids

First, trim two sheets of 8 1/2” x 11” Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock as shown in picture.

Then apply anti-static powder to each panel, if desired. On the three lid panels, use VersaMark ink to stamp flowers. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. On the left-over scrap panels, stamp and heat emboss more flowers. These extra flowers will be used to embellish the boxes.

Next, to watercolor the box lids, color Kingfisher Aqua marker randomly around the flowers.

After that apply a wet watercolor brush to an uncolored area, and then work the brush into the ink color. The ink will begin to flow into the wet areas, and you can continue to brush the color around as desired. The goal is to create a watercolor background around all the flowers.

How to watercolor the flowers

First, color the flower centers, and then blend out with watercolor brush.

Next color the flower embellishments with the Kingfisher Aqua marker in the areas you want darkest.

Then apply a wet watercolor brush to uncolored area, working the brush up to the ink. The ink will flow into the wet area and create beautiful watercolor flower petals.

Finally, set aside the panels to completely dry. Once dry, trim out all the flowers from the scrap panels and add a pearl to the centers. These will be used to decorate the boxes.

How to make the lids using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

First place the lid panel onto The Boxer Board with one edge butted up against the “Box Lid” sidebar. Score at the 1″ line. Repeat this on all edges of all three panels.

Next cut a small v-shaped notch in each of the corners, where the scored lines intersect. The first cut should be along one of the scored lined, and the diagonal line should be cut from the excess corner piece. Fold and crease along each of the scored lines and adhere the corner tabs to form the lids.

How to make the box bottoms using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

Start by creating the bottoms using three panels of white cardstock (measurements below). This time butt them up against the “Box Bottom” sidebar to score the lines. Cut corner notches, crease, and adhere the same way as the box lids.

Box bottom cutting and scoring measurements:

  • Large box bottom – 11 1/2” x 11 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Medium box bottom – 9 1/2” x9 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Small box bottom – 7 1/2” X 7 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/4” Box Bottom score line. (Note: The side tabs may need trimmed off a bit on this box bottom before adhering.)


Finally, assemble the boxes by stacking on top of each other, adhering together if desired.

Tie ribbon around the stack and embellish with cut out flowers.


Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Supplies used for this project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
  • Spectrum Aqua Marker – Kingfisher
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Groovin’ 60’s Collection – Bloomin’ Sixties EZMount Rubber Stamps
  • The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Score Board
  • Watercolor Brush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Gun
  • 12” x 12” White Cardstock
  • White Pearl Stickers
  • White Ribbon
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Adhesive

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.

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: 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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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: Mari Kocjancic

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.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle on Diecuts


Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens make it so fun and easy to take your diecuts to the next level. This tutorial will show you a quick technique to add a burst of shimmery color to your diecuts.


Choose the diecuts that you would like to add some Sparkle to. For this tutorial, the Sheena Douglass Wild Rose flower dies were cut from Crafter’s Companion shimmering cardstock (availabel in the US).


Pick a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen that is darker in color than your chosen diecut paper.

For this dark red paper, Spectrum Noir Sparkle ‘Smoked Quartz’ was used. Using a flicking motion, brush lines from the outside edge and going in toward the center of the diecut.


Repeat the line flicking technique on all sides of the diecut.


Pairing Spectrum Noir Sparkle ‘Inspired Violet’ with this rose colored cardstock really makes the edges pop. With a flicking motion, brush the Sparkle from the outside edge going in towards the center of the diecut.


For a lighter shade of pink cardstock, the ‘Pink Garnet’ is the perfect companion. Repeat the flicking process on all sides of the diecut.


For the white diecuts, Spectrum Noir Sparkle ‘Cosmos’ was used. On the center of the flower, only the tips were colored with Cosmos.


Allow the diecuts to dry.

Then, using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear overlay pen, color over the entire diecut to add a final layer of shimmery sparkle.


Sentiment dies are also a great candidate for adding Spectrum Noir Sparkle to. This ‘Thank You’ diecut was coated with a Clear overlay pen.


Assemble your diecuts and add them to your project.

Tip: You can color Spectrum Noir Sparkle onto diecuts that have already been added to your project as well. Just brush it on your diecut and allow to dry.

Sheena Douglass Wild Rose flower dies
Bebunni Floral Cottage Lace border die
Die’sire Classiques Only Words Thank You die
Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers Smoked Quartz, Inspired Violet, Pink Garnet, Cosmos, Clear
Crafter’s Companion shimmering cardstock – Candy Red, Rose Pearl, Pink Pearl, White Pearl, Black Pearl

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Watercolor Floral

This step by step tutorial shows how depth and shading can be achieved when watercoloring with the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.

If you haven’t yet seen the pens, they’re the new glitter pens in the Spectrum Noir range, that contain a fine glitter micro-pigment. The flexible nylon brush tip means you can apply the colour to your projects accurately and without mess. There are 18 colours in the range, plus a ‘Crystal Clear’ glitter topcoat that can be used over other mediums too.

In this tutorial, just one pen is used to show that the Sparkle pens are not just for adding ‘sparkle’ but they can be used to colour an image start to finish.

Don’t forget you can pause and replay parts of the video or color along in real time.

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Once finished I added a little distress ink around the edges to focus the eye to the image and a simple raised frame. I just love the flowers in the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Rubber Stamp range and I think they are just perfect for note cards when we need to let someone know we are there.
Materials used for this tutorial:
Spectrum Sparkle Pens – Solar Red
Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Sparkle Stamp Set – Floral Delight
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm Watercolor Card
Embossing Powder – Stampendous Frantage Shabby Green
Paint Brush, Paper Towel, Craft Heat Gun
Sheena’s Stamping Card
Distress Ink – Blueprint Sketch
Basic Mat and Layer Die’s for frame
Collal Tacky Glue & Collal 3D Glue Gel

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.

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

Gift Card Wallet with Spectrum Aqua


Gift card wallets are a great way to use your Spectrum Noir products to make personalized gift card or store card wallets for the hard-to-buy for friends and family!

This tutorial will focus on completing the gift card wallet started in this video below, and seen in this blog post. Please do refer to it for more information and tips on creating this project!


To make the gift card wallet for your A6 Spectrum Aqua scenes here is the guide:

1. Base: black card measuring 6 ¼” x 9 5/8”.

2. Score (long side to top) at 4 5/8” and 5”, fold, and burnish.

3. Cut three black cardstock mats measuring 6” x 4 3/8”.

4. Adhere your front cover A6 Spectrum Aqua landscape scene (see previous video link above) to one black mat and one x A6 blank white piece of card (her, I’ve used Sheena Stamping Card) to the second using a wet glue (here, I’ve used Collall All Purpose Glue).

Note: Do not glue the second watercolor sheet yet to a mat.

Adhere to front and inside left of wallet

5. Take the third black mat and adhere to the right hand side of inside wallet.

6. Cut the final landscape A6 watercolor card and trim 1 7/8” up from bottom.

7. Adhere the large piece to the right hand inside mat.

8. Cut a scrap piece of black card 4 3/8” x 2” and adhere the final small section of watercolor card.

9. Optional step: use a circle punch to make a notch in the centre or corner punch if desired.

10. Turn over and add red liner tape to bottom edge and both sides, remove tape backing and adhere (with un-taped edge to top) to inside right mat (your watercolor insert is now whole again).

11. Create a mat if desired to go in pocket to hold a photo or note along with the gift/store card.

12. Using a thin 2” strip of black card (with a matching small strip of watercolor card on top if desired) and crease at approx. 1” and 1 ¼”.

13. Using red liner tape, secure the one end to the centre back of wallet and cover with a 1” circle of black card (or square if desired).

14. On front add red liner tape to very top and bottom of a 1” circle of black card and adhere so tape is horizontal on the middle right hand side of front.

The thin black piece of card will now fold in and tuck under the front circle forming the closure.

15. Die cut chosen die (here, I’ve used Die’sire Christmas Classiques die), and add die cuts where desired to front (also covering the black circle closure) and both inside panels.

16. Alternative closure: an alternate closure can be created by adding ribbon under the front matted design and on the back cover so the wallet can be drawn together by a ribbon bow.

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.

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 at http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

Complete Materials:
Spectrum Aqua Primary set: Aquamarine and Navy
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm watercolor card
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black Card
Sheena’s Stamping card
Big Score and scoring tool
Crafter’s Companion Red Liner Tape
Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray
Die’sire Christmas Classique die set (as desired)
Collal All Purpose and Tacky Glue
Paper trimmer
Flat end watercolor paint brush
Circle punch
Hill mask (acetate or doeflex)