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Author: Maya Isaksson
Maya Isaksson

My name is Maya Isaksson, I’m 38 years old and I live in Sweden with my husband, two kids and three dogs. We are a family of geeks, both me and my husband are programmers. When I’m not getting my craft on I love to read, play video games and binge watch series on Netflix. I also design cut files and stamps because I love being creative with the computer too. I have always loved coloring, I wanted to be an artist since I was a teen but I put the dreams on the shelf for many years until I discovered the magical world of paper crafting about 7 years ago. Since I am a geek and have to try all new techniques and mediums I can find I have tried most crafts through the years. I am a cardmaker at heart but I love mixed media, art journaling and scrapbooking as well. As far as my favorite way to color I really can’t decide, I love all the Spectrum Noir pens, markers and inks for different reasons and purposes. I grew up way up north above the arctic circle where there’s a lot of space and room to breathe and I think that’s why I like to create things that are pretty clean and simple and not overly complicated, while still being colorful and pretty. I’m really looking forward to being a part of this amazing team and to inspire you to have fun with your Spectrum Noir products!

16th Feb

Adding shimmer to embossed backgrounds

Create a shimmer background This tutorial will focus on how to add shimmer to embossed backgrounds with Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks. Gather your supplies First, get all of the supplies you nee din one place, to make crafting easy! You will need Gold or Silver AquaTint inks to recreate this project. In addition to this - Read full post [...]

22nd Dec

Making Plaid Backgrounds with AquaTints

I wanted to share a really fun and easy technique for making backgrounds. Plaid patterns are very on trend at the moment and I keep seeing them everywhere. Making them yourself is super easy, and adding the metallics from the Essential sets makes them a bit dressed up. Perfect for the holidays. If you want - Read full post [...]

30th Sep

Wavy Background with Spectrum Aqua

You can’t really have too many background techniques in your arsenal. Here is one that is really fun to do, and it looks great for any occasion. Just change the colors. Use good quality watercolor paper for this technique. You work the paper a lot and make many layers and many of the cheaper papers - Read full post [...]

13th Sep

AquaBlend pencils on Kraft

Experimenting with different kind of paper is a great way to stretch your supplies. The same image colored the same way can look really different by just switching your plain white cardstock to a colored one. Discovering you could watercolor on regular kraft cardstock without warping or pilling was a happy accident to me but - Read full post [...]

29th Jul

Sparkling AquaTint backgrounds

Making custom backgrounds is so trendy right now in papercrafting – we’ve been showcasing different ways to make your background unique all week here on our site. This tutorial will show you another fun option to try! One big advantage with using liquid inks like the AquaTints is that you are able to mix it - Read full post [...]

29th Jun

Using AquaBlend Pencils with Stencils

If you like the hand drawn look but don’t feel confident enough to draw on your projects this is a great way to make it look like you have hand drawn your images. Use your stencils, die-cuts or an electronic die-cut machine to make your own stencils to use as guides. I have put together - Read full post [...]

8th Jun

Coloring with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

Some images need a bit of extra sparkle! It’s very easy to add it by coloring with Spectrum Noir or Spectrum Aqua markers and then adding a coat of clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle over it. I think it’s so much more fun to actually color with the many colors of Sparkle markers. Did you know - Read full post [...]

13th Apr

Watercolor stripes

This is a quick technique for making backgrounds that is super easy and fun. You can also vary it in so many different ways to make it just the way you want it. I used the new AquaBlend pencils but you could as well use the Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers. Start by drawing lines with - Read full post [...]

28th Mar

Double Stamping with Spectrum Aqua

This is a fun technique to make a black stamped image bleed color, like a watercolor halo. The first time I encountered this technique was on Jennifer McGuire’s blog, using distress ink. But the Spectrum Aqua markers, in my opinion, are even better to use if you also want a variation of color because you - Read full post [...]

12th Feb

Airbrush & Embossing Powder: Two Different Looks

Airbrushing color on top of embossing powder is a great way to add texture to your backgrounds. Here are two different looks you can achieve that way. These are the supplies used for the backgrounds. You can use white or clear embossing powder. If you use a colored embossing powder remember that your markers aren’t - Read full post [...]