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Author: Tracy Freeman
Tracy Freeman

I'm Tracy Freeman...known to most as Tracy Crafty, I live on the lovely Fens in the UK. I could not be more happy to be part of the Spectrum Noir Design team (I had to pinch myself several times), I am also extremely lucky to be part of the Crafter's Companion UK Design Team & Challenge Team. I have always been a creative person, even as a toddler all I ever wanted to do was colour and play with paper, I originally was more into cross stitch and home decor, but one day saw a paper crafting and stamping kit and decided to give it ago, fast forward 15+ years and It is now what keeps me sane. I like to think i have a mixed style....but I do have a huge soft spot for all things vintage. I am always looking for new techniques and ways to improve and expand my crafting knowledge, and that is the main thing I love about crafting is there is always something new to try and learn. I love my Spectrum Noir markers...but I have instantly fallen in love with the pencils and I am having so much fun using them and cannot wait to share my creations with everyone. Visit my blog:

2nd Jan

Creating Shimmer Sprays with AquaTint Inks

Stretching your craft supplies is always a great idea… everyone loves ideas to use things in an unexpected way! This video tutorial will share how to create shimmer sprays. Tip: swap out the Christmas sentiment for a generic winter one and use these throughout the colder months! Watch the video below showing how I make - Read full post [...]

12th Dec

White Colourblend Pencil on Solid Stamped Images

This tutorial will show how you can use the white pencil from the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend range to add dimension and detail to solid stamp images. Solid stamped images are becoming very popular again and look great, but by using your white pencil you can really make them pop, especially if you are stamping onto - Read full post [...]

2nd Nov

Custom Coloring Shaker Beads with Spectrum Noir Refill Inks

Refill inks are often thought of as just to refill your markers, but you can do so much more with them. Shaker cards are great fun to make and receive, but I often find that I don’t have the color shaker material I am looking for…this is where my refill inks come in. This is - Read full post [...]

28th Sep

ColourBlend Pencil Resist

I wanted to share an easy, and versatile technique using Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. I have used a stencil in the below video, but this can be used if you want to freehand a pattern or image. It also works with a number of different mediums, including Spectrum Aqua Markers or Spectrum Noir AquaTints. I - Read full post [...]

14th Sep

Creating a Night Sky with AquaTints

Night skies and all things outer space are quite popular in crafting at the moment. Creating a night sky/galaxy can seem a bit daunting, but it really is easy and fun! I have found that Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks are one of the best mediums to use for this technique, along with good watercolor card - Read full post [...]

25th Jul

Fun Backgrounds with Spectrum Noir Aquablend Pencils

I have created a quick video to show you a fun technique for use with your Aquablend pencils. This technique can create backgrounds as shown in the video, and the cards below. It can also be used to create a textured look, or even to create Cupcake sprinkles….the possibilities are endless and so much fun. - Read full post [...]

20th Jun

Coloring Black & White Objects

Lots of people struggle with how to color black and white images with depth and shading. For this tutorial I will be sharing with you how I use my IG markers to accomplish this. The video shows how the penguin was colored but the concept applies to any object that has the same color scheme. - Read full post [...]

25th May

Stretching Your Craft Supplies with Spectrum Aqua Markers

For this video I wanted to show you that you can stretch your craft supplies that little bit further by using your Spectrum Aqua Markers in place of ink pads, and with a simple circle die & some fun foam you can create some simple cards that would be handy to make in bulk or - Read full post [...]

11th Apr

Sparkle & Color Together

I wanted to share a fun and different way to use your Spectrum Aqua Markers along with your Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen. This tutorial will show you how to create the card pictured above, but this technique lends itself to so many different styles of card. A list of supplies used are at the - Read full post [...]

11th Mar

Some Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Basics & Tips

I wanted to share with you some basics and some tips when working with Spectrum Aqua markers. For those that haven’t used Spectrum Aqua, or don’t know much about them they are a water based marker so working with them is different than when you use your Spectrum Noir Markers which are alchol based. You - Read full post [...]