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Author: Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden

Hi, my name is Nicky, I am lucky enough to be doing the thing I love the most as a job! I have worked in a craft shop for the last 9 years and love every minute of it, especially teaching a lovely group of ladies because what could be more enjoyable than craft, cake and laughter. My joy of craft comes from my early childhood much of which spent in hospital, where there was an endless supply of colouring books pencils, pens and crayons, and a little paper flower kit from Santa, when I was six ignited my passion for paper, scissors and making everything and anything by hand. My ultimate passion of course is colouring, and the joy I get from pencils especially is enormous, and I simply LOVE the Spectrum Noir pencils, the range of colours and blend ability is second to none. I was dancing around the house for days when I was asked to join the design team, but am honoured to represent such wonderful brands as Spectrum Noir and Crafter's Companion, and very much look forward to the exciting journey ahead.

16th Dec

Colourblend Pencils on Kraft Card

Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils look amazing on kraft cardstock. This tutorial will share a great tip on how to brighten the vintage tone that results in coloring on kraft cardstock and also helps with blending! The white pencil (found in the ColourBlend Essentials tin) can be used to color the initial layer, which gives a - Read full post [...]

26th Nov

Colorista Explosion Card

Here’s a quick tutorial to show you one way of using your Colorista coloring pages, its an explosion card. First color this page from the Eastern Promise A4 marker pad using pens from sets 1,3, 4, and 6. I used all the yellows, oranges, reds and purples, as I wanted to have a fiery look - Read full post [...]

8th Sep

Stamping & Coloring on Canvas

I recently discovered how easy it is to stamp and color onto canvas, and thought I would share this lovely technique. The canvas I have used is a printable sticky backed canvas that can also be die cut. Having the adhesive on the back means it sticks to your project easily enough but also that - Read full post [...]

22nd Jul

No Lines Coloring with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils

I love the trend of no lines coloring at the moment! I usually see it done with markers, so I thought I would show you how I do it with the brand new Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. What is no line coloring? Essentially it’s just regular coloring in, but instead of an image having black defined lines - Read full post [...]

24th Jun

Quick Coloring with Spectrum Noir Aquablend Pencils

Here’s a really quick way to create a hand painted card that will make your friends think you spent ages creating a piece of art that just took a few minutes. You will need: AquaBlend Pencils, watercolor card, a paint pallet, a craft knife, a mop brush and a round brush, heat tool, stamp of your choice - Read full post [...]

22nd Apr

Clear Sparkle Pen & AquaBlend Pencils

This tutorial will share with you another great way of combining two versatile & popular Spectrum Noir products, clear Sparkle pens and the gorgeous AquaBlend pencils. First stamp your image using a permanent ink (I used a grey Versafine). It’s not as heavy as black so a softer, more pastel look can be achieved. Permanent - Read full post [...]

18th Mar

Confetti Background using Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils

I’m going to show you a fun technique using the brand new Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolour pencils. Start by creating a mask. Stamp your chosen image onto some watercolour card. Stamp a second image onto some copier paper, cut out, and use some two way glue on the reverse and leave to dry. This will - Read full post [...]

17th Feb

Making a Bubble Background

This tutorial will focus on how to create a bubble bckground. Have you ever had an image you wanted to use but no backing papers that match the theme? I had this very problem as I wanted to use a mermaid digi stamp and had nothing to go with it so decided I would make - Read full post [...]

4th Dec

New Techniques with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens!

I am going to show you a couple of ways to use the brand new Sparkle pens from Spectrum Noir. The first is water coloring. First scribble some of the Sparkle pen onto a tile or craft sheet. I colored my daffodi with Pink Champagne, Soft Jade and Moonlight from ‘Shades of Spring’ and Emerald Green - Read full post [...]

19th Oct

Sponged Backgrounds with Alcohol Markers

This tutorial will focus on how to create sponged backgrounds using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I love to make my own backgrounds for my stamped images and was wondering if there was another way to use my alcohol pens to do this, without touching the pen nib to my paper. To make my backgrounds I - Read full post [...]