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Author: Taylor Usry
Taylor Usry

Hello! My name is Taylor Usry and I live with my husband and two kids on the East Coast of the United States (in Virginia). I am the Social Media Manager for Crafter's Companion. I’ve been an avid crafter my whole life, but I’ve only been obsessed with paper crafting for the last 8 years or so. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have a crayon, marker, glue stick, ribbon, or something crafty in my hands! I’m often asked if I have a particular style – I’d say it’s eclectic. There really isn’t much I don’t like, or anything I won’t try. I love every aspect of the creative world. I’m honored to currently be part of several talented design teams, and am absolutely thrilled to be working with the amazing ladies that make up the international Spectrum Noir team. My Blog

26th Feb

Quick & Easy Coloring with Markers

Quick and easy cards are fun to make, and easily achieved with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers! This tutorial will show how to color an image with markers in just a few steps. Stamp your image on white cardstock (here, Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth, available in the US) with a fade-resistant dye ink (I’ve used Tsukineko - Read full post [...]

7th Oct

Inspiration from our Video Coloring Guide

The Video Coloring Guide from Spectrum Noir has some fabulous digi-stamps on it as well as loads of useful coloring tips! This card features our Turquoises marker pack, as well as Greens. It was colored with BT7, BT5, BT4, CG2, DG3, CG1. This is one of my favorite images from the DVD – isn’t she - Read full post [...]

6th Oct

Coloring Inspiration for HSN

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers will be featured on two shows on the US shopping network, HSN, on Tuesday, October 7th! Sara Davies has flown to the US from the UK to demonstrate the markers live on air! This card, the gorgeous poppies from our Video Coloring Guide, features the Reds and Greens packs of markers. - Read full post [...]

4th Sep

Witchy Shoes

I’m going to share a quick and easy way to use a small image to make a big impact! This how-to was inspired by the recent ‘Layered Images and Coloring’ tutorial. Start by stamping your image on patterned paper. Using your darkest hue (CG3) color around the very edge. Gradually work inward, using lighter shades - Read full post [...]

19th Jul

Creating a Cloud Background

One of my favorite ways to enhance a card is to create a cloud-filled sky in the background! This tutorial will show you how easy it is to do that. The markers and pencils used on this card: House exterior: BT2, BT3, BT4, BT 6, BT7, HB1, HB2, IG1 + 51, 53, 54, 62, 112, - Read full post [...]

24th Dec

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

I created a winter evening scene that’s perfect for this time of year! I colored the village with: scarf: DR2, DR4, DR5, DG2, DG3, CG2; nose: OR1, OR2; arms: BG4, EB7; broom: GB8, GB10, GB11; village: TN2, TN3, GB3, GB6, EB2, EB1, BG1, BG2, BG4, BG6; snow/snowman: IB1, BGR3, BGR1 cheeks: FS1 Have a very - Read full post [...]

24th Aug

A ‘Magical’ Giveaway

Crafter’s Companion released four enchanting new stamps, drawn by the talented Sheena Douglass this week!  They are perfect for coloring with Spectrum Noir pens. Here are three cards I made using the different sets: On this card, I used these markers: Browns: TN3, TN4, TN6 Oranges: OR2, OR3, CR11 Greens: EB1, EB2, BG4 Labels: TN1, - Read full post [...]

15th Dec

Winter Blues Challenge

A new challenge was posted today on our Challenge page! This month our theme is the “Winter Blues” – create any card or project with the color blue on it, use your Spectrum Noir pens to color your image, and you can play along with us! Have a look at this darling tag, colored by - Read full post [...]

12th Dec

Spectrum Noir In Print

We are so excited to have spotted Spectrum Nor pens in two different magazines recently! The Winter 2012 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today features Spectrum Noir pens on their Top Ten Most Wanted Wishlist!  You can see the entire article online here. We also noticed a great feature on the pens in the latest - Read full post [...]

6th Dec

Color Focus: Pale Hues

The Color Focus for this week is the Pale Hues. Be sure you take a look at all of the tutorials covered so far: Blues, Yellows, Purples, Browns, Turquoises, Pinks, and Warm Greys.  Each one shares how to color a complete image with just the six pens included in the set; downloads are available for each tutorial as well. Six - Read full post [...]