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

Christmas Ornament Using AquaTint Inks

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The Christmas is almost upon us and there is nothing more special than receiving a present that shows attitude and personal touch.
That’s why I offer you to make a traditional Christmas tree ornament by using your Specrum Noir AquaTint Inks. The theme is snowy winter night because of how much I like the color combination blue, white and gold.
It takes less than half an hour and will be fun.

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Here’s the list of what you’ll need to make you Christmas ornament:

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Step 1
I decided to recreate a snowy Christmas night into my ornament and I have chosen dark blues Spectrum Noir AquaTints Inks and a stamp with trees used as a foreground on my winter sky.  You have to create the background with your Spectrum Noir AquaTints Inks – I  did choose wet on wet watercolor technique.

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Step 2
After making the background you need to outline the template that was into the ball.  If there’s no template, outline the half of the ornament but in this case cut inside the shape to be sure the contour will fit into the plastic ornament.

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Step 3
Once you outline the shape continue and stamp the background. Make some snowy winter sky and trees. I wanted my winter night to be more realistic, so I stuck the warm yellow cardstock on the back of the wooden house. This way it looks like there’s light through the windows.

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Step 4: Decorate the second background with AquaTints Inks and stamp. Use it for the back side of your ornament because it has to be perfect on both sides. You can use some sentiment like me or even put a picture of your sweetheart or a baby etc.

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Step 5: In the end assemble the Christmas ornament. You could insert some artificial snow or ice.

Add some embellishments – for example I put paper poinsettia and a few tiny cones.

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02,07, 08 – Landscape & Primary sets

I hope you enjoy this and give it a try !
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Tutorial credit: Mila Popova

Watercolor Layering Stamps

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

 

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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

Spectrum Noir Aquatints – Flowers and Background

This video tutorial will show you how you can color your die-cut flowers to match your background perfectly! Make them into a stunning but quick card using your Spectrum Noir AquaTints.

For this tutorial I have used the Pretty Pastels but think how stunning they would look done with any of the other sets too!

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This fifteen minute video tutorial will show you just how easy it is:

I hope you enjoyed the video! Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Supplies used:
Pretty Pastel Aquatints – 39, 05,25,35
Sheena Douglass – A Rosy Outlook die
Crafter’s Companion watercolour card (in the US, Spectrum Aqua watercolour card)

Tutorial credit: Claire Simpson

Coloring Small Flower Petals with AquaBlend Pencils

The new AquaBlend watercolor pencils from Spectrum Noir make it so quick and easy to turn designs into watercolor masterpieces!

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This tutorial will show you step by step how to color small flower petals.

Tip: For the flower petals shown in the picture, the AquaBlend pencil colors used are Hickory, Carmine, Ruby and Strawberry. If you prefer to color flowers using a different color scheme, pick four colors from the same color family: a dark shade, a light shade and two medium shades.

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Using either a water brush or a paint brush dipped in water, apply water to the petals in the image.

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While the paper is still wet, using the Hickory (or darkest) pencil, color from the base of the petal outwards about a third the length of the petal.

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Using the Carmine (or next shade lighter) pencil, color from the base of the petal outward, going over and extending past the Hickory color just a bit.

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Next, using the Ruby (or next shade lighter) pencil, repeat by starting at the base of the petal and color outward past the first two colors. This color will extend about two thirds (2/3) the length of the petal.

Tip: If the paper begins to dry, rewet it slightly using either a waterbrush or paintbrush dipped in water. Be careful not to blend the colors too much yet.

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For the last color, Ruby (or lightest color), start coloring from the outside edge of the petal inwards towards the base of the petal.

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To prepare to watercolor the image, dip the paint brush in water, then dab some of the excess water onto a paper towel. If you are using a water brush, lightly tap it on a paper towel to take off any excess water.

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Beginning at the outside edge and stroking towards the base of the petal, brush the water over the coloring to blend the colors together.

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While the coloring is still wet, reapply the Hickory color from the base of the petal outwards about one third the length of the petal.

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Lightly use a water brush or wet paint brush to blend the base color out, being careful not to over-work it with too much water.

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Water-colored flowers make a beautiful addition to your crafting projects.

Project details:

Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Watercolor Pencils
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock
Inky Antics Flower Chick HoneyPOP stamp set
Flowers – Hickory, Carmine, Ruby, Strawberry
Leaves – Pine Green, Parakeet, Bright Green
Chick/flower center – Sorrel, Chrome, Orange, Pineapple
Beak – Carrot, Strawberry
Shirt – Cherry, Ruby, Petunia, Watermelon
Ground – Cherrywood, Oak, Sorrel
Sky – Sky Blue

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Tile Stamping with Spectrum Sparkle Noir Pens

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

https://youtu.be/7Ax4SBGUFV4

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.

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.

Video: Easy Christmas Landscapes with Spectrum Aqua

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In this tutorial the Spectrum Aqua markers are used to make light weight of those ‘must do’ Christmas makes.

The image created is the front page to a Christmas Gift Card Wallet to hold all those store gift cards for the hard to buy for members of the family. Watch the video below to see how it’s made:

There will be a follow up tutorial at a later date to show the dimensions of and how to make the Gift Card Wallet itself using your Spectrum Aqua artwork.

Materials used:
Spectrum Noir, Spectrum Aqua markers in Navy & Aquamarine (from the Primary set)
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm Watercolor card
Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray
Crafter’s Companion Stick Away
Pebeo Drawing gum and old paintbrush or toothbrush (old, not to be used as a toothbrush again!)
Wide flat end paint brush
Hill mask made from acetate, doeflex or acetate packaging (just cut a wavy line across acetate or an alternative to give you a mask for the snowy hills)
Paper towels (so you can keep the paintbrush clean and take any excess color removed with the brush)

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Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demoing, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more at http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

Stamped Watercolor Backdrops

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Faux Watercolor with Spectrum Noir Markers

Hi everyone!  I have a technique to share with you called Faux Watercolor with Spectrum Noir markers. It’s super fun and the results are amazing!

Just like real watercoloring, you will get unique results every time. With a little practice, this coloring technique is really easy.

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Make sure you read through this whole tutorial, as I’ve put some important details and tips at the end (about cardstock,  stamps, nibs and more!)

Let’s begin!

HIBISCUS FLOWER  – Markers used are PP3, CR5, DR2, DR6, CT2, OR2, Blender

1. Stamp hibiscus image on cardstock with marker friendly ink.

2. Color image as shown with PP3. You may need to color a couple layers to get the ink soaked into the paper. Don’t worry about staying inside the lines –  you can’t tell on the back side.

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3. Color image as shown with CR5. Again, you might need to lay down a couple layers. The ink should really start to show on the back now.

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4. Color image as shown with DR2. This is a darker red, so be sure to color where you want the image defined with darker areas. Flip over and look at the backside. You can see the areas that are colored darker and which ones are light.

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5. Color image as shown with CR5. This will begin to blend and soften the darker color. You will see the ink starting to push more to the back side.

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6. Color image as shown with PP3. You might need to color a couple layers. Flip over and check the back. This is where you will really start to see the darker colors showing up on the back.

Lighter colors always blend/move/push the darker colors.  Scribble off on a scrap piece of paper any ink color that got on the marker nib.

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7. Using the fine tip nib of DR6, color the areas that you want dark red. Look at the sample picture to see the areas where I added this color to create shadows and depth where petals overlap.

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8. Using the Blender chisel nib, color each area thoroughly. Go back over each area again to “push” the color toward the stamped lines. Flip over often to check.

It’s OK to go on top of the stamped lines. If you don’t “push” color over the stamped lines, you will see white spaces. Scribble off on a scrap piece of paper any ink color that got on the marker nib.

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9. Color image with CT2 as shown. I used the fine tip nib since the middle of the flower is a small area. Color several layers to get the color soaked into the paper.

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10. Color image with OR2 as shown. It’s ok to color right on the stamp lines.

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11. Using the Blender chisel nib, color over the middle of flower to “push” the color to the back of paper. Flip over and check. Repeat as needed.  Scribble off on a scrap piece of paper any ink color that got on the marker nib.

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12. Color around the center of flower with DR2 and DR6 as shown.

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13. Using the Blender chisel nib, color over the dark reds that you just colored around the middle – and over entire image to further “push” the color toward edges and to the back of paper.

Flip over and check. Scribble off on a scrap piece of paper any ink color that got on the marker nib.

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14. Using the fine tip nib on DR6, DR2, CR5, and CT2 markers, color the areas that you want darker. Add the colors from darkest to lightest. This helps to create deeper shadows and depth where petals overlap and around middle stem.

Finish by using the chisel nib on the Blender marker to blend and “push” the colors. Flip over to check the back as needed. Scribble off on a scrap piece of paper any ink color that got on the marker nib.

Wet vs. Dry

The flower on the left is the one I colored for this tutorial – using the Blender marker while the inks on the image were still wet – creating a softer edge when pushing the colors. The flower on the right was colored with the same markers –  using the Blender marker after the inks on the image were completely dry – creating a sharper edge when pushing the colors.

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LEAVES – Markers used are LG1, LG3, LG5, Blender

Here are pictures showing how I colored leaves. Use the same procedures as described for coloring the flower.

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BONUS TIP! Next time you color an image that doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it, flip it over and see what it looks like on the flip side. It just might be a faux watercolor masterpiece waiting to happen!

Purple hibiscus on sample card – marker colors: HB1, TB2, TB4, Blender

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are ready to give it a try.

Have fun coloring!

Lori

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Some important details to consider:

CARDSTOCK – Not all paper is the same. With this technique, it’s important that the ink easily soaks through to the back side of your paper. Thick paper and coated paper don’t work well.

It’s always a good idea to do a practice test on a scrap. For this tutorial, I used Neenah Classic Crest Cover 80 lb.

INK – Stamp with ink that won’t bleed when coloring over with the markers. If you have trouble with ink bleeding, or showing through to the back of the paper, try a lighter color ink – or simply stamp-off on a scrap piece of paper, then stamp the image again on the paper you will be using for your project.

Again, it’s a good idea to do a practice piece.

MARKER NIBS – Spectrum Noir markers come with a fine tip nib on one end, and broad chisel nib on the other. For this technique, I prefer to use the brush nib.

The brush nibs are optional nibs that fit on the chisel end on next generation markers. On the tutorial sample pictures, the marker colors and nib I used to color with are pictured.

If you don’t have the brush nibs, use the chisel nib – especially for the lighter colors. If you are coloring in a smaller stamped image, the fine tip nib should work just fine.

STAMP IMAGES – Images with a lot of small or fine detail don’t work well for this technique. Floral images are great to start with.

After you have some practice, experiment with different images and colors. For this tutorial, I am using images from Crafter’s Companion Sheena’s Floral Fantasy – Wild Rose and Hibiscus stamp set.

COLORING – All coloring is done with Spectrum Noir markers on the same side of the paper as your stamped image. The reverse (back) side is what will be your main image when finished.

As you are coloring, flip over your paper frequently to make sure that your marker ink is soaking through to the back.  If you don’t see color on the back side, continue coloring another layer and check again. For this tutorial, start coloring with light colors first.

Once you get the hang of it, try coloring in reverse – dark colors first. When you like a certain color combination, make sure to write down the colors and in what order you used them, for future reference. Experiment and have fun.