Quick and Easy Festive Coloring!

Christmas is rapidly approaching.  Here is a quick and easy coloring to bring some festive cheer.  The image is colored with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils.

Stamp or print the image of your choice onto Neenah Classic Crest Card, or the card of your choice.

Starting with the skin create shadow on the image with the Saddle Brown pencil.

This is used under the hat, round the eyes and nose and as a base color for the hair.  Peach and Peony brings color and tone to the cheeks and lips and all are blended with the Cream pencil creating a smooth color flow.


Depth and shade are added to the hat of the infant and to shape and add detail to the bears fur.

Short pencil strokes create the illusion of fur and texture using the Smoke pencil.  Deep shadow is added under the brim of the hat with the Pewter pencil.

Warm highlights are added to the cheeks, ears and paws of the bear with the blending of Peony and Mulberry pencils.


Shadow and definition is created in the hat and suit of the infant  and the fur of the bear with the Black pencil.  This also adds a roundness to the bear.

Slightly longer pencil strokes are used to apply the color.


Strong red tones and shades are added to the suit and hat of the babe and the bow tie of the bear.  Here Raspberry, Carmine, Cherry Red, Poppy and Rose Red have been used to create a color gradient, working from light to dark areas, where the light would be reflected by the clothing.

A further application of Black pencil into the folds and hollows of the image really makes this ‘pop’ with color.


Areas of deep shade, created with the Black pencil,  are blended and softened with the use of the Smoke pencil.


A background is created with the use of Denim Blue and Shamrock.


This quick and easy coloring is complete.  White gel pen detail is added to the eyes and to highlight white areas as required.  The image is mounted onto Core’dinations card and onto the front of a card.  Sequin detail is added.

Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils used:

Saddle Brown, Peach, Peony, Cream, Smoke, Pewter, Mulberry,  Black,  Raspberry, Carmine, Cherry Red, Poppy, Rose Red, Denim Blue, Shamrock.
Digi Stamp – Beary Merry Christmas – Mo Manning.
Neenah Classic Crest Card
Core’dinations Card
Sparkle detail to hat.

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

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 whole different effect to the end result.

Design team member Nicky shares her process below:


I printed the tags from the free Spectrum Noir online Adult Coloring course download from week three (see the course here), on to kraft card from Crafter’s Companion. This is a lovely recycled card that has quite a rough finish, but it’s not too thick that it doesn’t go through my printer.

You could also try Neenah Desert Storm if you wanted, it has a smoother finish (it’s all down to personal preference).


Start covering the petals with the white pencil. Try and keep and even pressure at this stage, as you don’t want to fill the tooth of the card too quickly.


Next, starting at the top of the petal use Peony from the Florals set, covering about a third of the petal.


Take the Mulberry pencil from Essentials and blend the next third of the petal (remembering to take the first color back over), blending the two colors together.


Now the last color on the petal is Boysenberry from Florals. Again fill the last portion of the petal and then take the Mulberry over the top to blend the edges. 

You may have to repeat this if the color isn’t quite as strong as you would like it.


Color the leaves in the same way, starting with the white pencil. I used Avocado (Naturals), Sage (Essentials) and Verdigris.


Another thing you can do is to use the white pencil like a blender! Try going over the top of the colors and watch the colors blend seamlessly together.

The rest of the tag is colored with the following: White (Essentials), Lemon (Primaries), Tangerine (Floral), and Cherry Red (Floral).


Why the need for the white pencil in the first place? It helps to fill in the ‘tooth’ of the card a little bit so that when your colored pencils go smoothly over the top, you’re not using so much of the pigment that’s in them.

You are also eliminating the need to press hard or do layer upon layer in order to achieve a vibrant finish. The picture above demonstrates the same image colored the exact same way but one is with the White pencil underneath and one without.


To make my tag into a card I also printed the Week one download onto the same Kraft card, trimmed it down to fit a 4″x6″ card blank, then drew around the tag in the position I wanted it.

There is no point coloring the whole sheet or anything that will be covered!


I then used all of the same colors to finish the backing card:

White (E), Peony (F), Mulberry (E), Boysenberry (F)
White (E), Avocado (N), Sage (E), Verdigris (S/T)
White (E), Lemon (P), Tangerine (F), Cherry Red (F)

Tutorial credit: Nicky Hayden

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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 kraft or other colored cardstock.

I often think this pencil is overlooked, and it shouldn’t be because it is a great little tool to have in your craft room and can be used in so many different ways!


For this all you need is your stamps, cardstock (I am using Neenah Desert Storm), Ink pads and your white pencil.


Stamp your image onto your cardstock and I give 5-10 mins to make sure it is fully dry.


Now take your white pencil, I always make sure it is nice and sharp, And go in where you want to add detail…for example on the flower stamp it shows line detailing but on this card it doesn’t stand out too well, so I will be adding the white pencil to those areas. As you can see below it really does make a difference.


This can also be used to lighten certain areas like on the leaf below, I decided i wanted the middle area to be the lighter area. This also gives texture and movement.


You can also add white around the image if you want to give more of a dimensional look.


If we look at the before and after images you can really see the difference.

This is such an easy way to add that little something extra to your solid stamped images, and you can also use your other Colourblend Pencils and take it to that next level.

Thank you for stopping by, I do hope you will try this technique out and don’t forget to share your creations with us.

Tutorial credit: Tracy Freeman

ColourBlend Pencils on Vellum!


Create a soft and delicate coloring with your Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils on Vellum Paper.


Stamp or print out the image of your choice onto Neenah Classic Crest Card. Cut a square of vellum paper to cover the stamped image, attaching to the image with low tack tape.  You will see the stamped image clearly through the vellum layer.  Choose the base colors for your rose.  Here Pink Blush, Antique Rose and Sorbet have been used.


Starting with the deepest of your base pencils color the image with the Antique Rose, creating areas of shade as indicated by the shape and shading detail of the stamp.


Next the mid tone Sorbet has been used to further color the petals and to blend the Antique Rose layer.  The pencils produce beautiful color transitions, blending well on the  vellum.


Pink Blush further blends and colors the petals.  A band a color has been created across the petals to indicate light hitting the flower.


White is used across the band of light creating a smooth transition of color between the pink and the white pencil.


Deeper tone, shade and detail is created on the petals with the use of Geranium. This pencil is used around all of the petal outline detail and folds.  The Geranium is blended into the Pink Blush with the Sorbet.


Next color the leaves.  Pistachio has been used to create natural areas of light on the leaves.


Peacock Green pencil colors the outside edges of the leaves and the veins and shadow in the middle of the leaves.

The mid tone pencil Shamrock is used to blend in the Peacock Green and Pistachio areas.


The coloring is complete. Remove your vellum coloring from the stamped Neenah layer and you will see your soft and delicate coloring, ready to be mounted onto a project or card.

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Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils:

Essentials:  White, Pistacchio.                                                                                                                                                             Primaries:   Antique Rose, Sorbet, Pink Blush.
Naturals:  Shamrock, Peacock Green.
Florals: Geranium.

Image – Rose and Chamomile – Power Poppy
Neenah Classic Crest Card
Crafter’s Companion Printable Vellum Paper
Core’dinations Card
Black Matt Card                                                                                                                                                                                 Brads to attach vellum layer to Neenah card.

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

Fruits of the Season


The nights are drawing in and autumn is upon us.  The focus is now on shades of orange and yellow and we know that the year is on the turn!  This tutorial looks at coloring some fruits of the season.  Here delicious, shiny apples have been colored and shaded using Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils.


Print or stamp the image of your choice onto Neenah Classic Crest Card, or your preferred card stock.  If printing use a draft, grayscale print and leave your image to dry before coloring. This stops your printer ink bleeding into your pencil color.

For this coloring the outside of the apples are highlighted using the Cherry Red ColourBlend pencil.


Decide where the light would be hitting your apple to create definition and shape to your coloring. Here the light is coming in from the right and almost center of the image.  Starting with you darker red shades move the color towards the center of you apples working from darker shades to lighter.

ColourBlend pencils used:  Cherry Red, Poppy, Rose Red, Carmine, Flame Red.

The pencils are blended into each other and blend easily. This creates a smooth color gradient for your fruits.

You may choose to use your favorite blending method to blend the pencils. The Spectrum Noir free online coloring course (week 3) features several fabulous pencil blending techniques.  You can sign up for the free online coloring course here!


Here a yellow highlighted area has been created with the Citrus pencil to define the center of the apples. This is blended into the red areas with Flame Red.


The black pencil further defines the outside of the apples and where deep shadow occurs.  This would be into the dip where the stalk emerges from the front apple and on the bottom of the second apple in the dip where the blossom would have formed.


A selection of green pencils have been used to color the leaves. Darker shades being used in the middle of the leaves and areas in shadow, working out to lighter shades.  Again the pencils are blended into and over each other to create a smooth color blend.

The pencils blend easily.

Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils used for the leaves:  Lemongrass, Avocado,  Pear Green, Shamrock and Amazon Green.

The Spectrum Noir Blender pen has been used to remove small dots of color from the center of both apples and create a focused highlight.


The apple blossom was colored with Sorbet and Antique Rose.  The small blossom leaves with Amazon Green.  The stem with Walnut.

I was not completely happy with the color gradient between the yellow center of the apples and the outer red areas. Some further blending was added with the Clementine between the red and yellow areas and it produces a pleasing color blend.


A very light application of Denim Blue creates some sky detail and highlights the apple image.

The completed coloring, mounted in autumnal shades.

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I had colored another version of this image, printed onto kraft card.  The same pencils were used to color the image with the addition of Oyster, Snow Peach and Vanilla to bring lighter/white shades to the Kraft card.

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Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils:

Primaries:  Flame Red, Carmine, Antique Rose, Sorbet, Denim Blue.
Shade and Tone:  Driftwood, Oyster.
Naturals:  Lemongrass, Clementine, Shamrock, Avocado, Amazon Green, Pear Green, Walnut.
Florals: Poppy, Rose Red, Cherry Red.

Apples in Season – Power Poppy – Digital Stamp
Sentiment is a Crafter’s Inspiration Magazine previous issue freebie
Neenah Classic Crest Card
Core’dinations Card
Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Classiques – Lattice Corners
Black Matt Card
Ribbon, flowers and sequins are from my stash

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

ColourBlend Pencils on Kraft Cardstock

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Coloring on kraft cardstock is fun and using the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils produces a subtle, soft effect when applied.



For this project (which I have used Neenah Desert Storm kraft for) we will look at coloring the skin and hair of the image using the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. A digital stamp from Tiddly Inks has been printed onto the kraft cardstock using a draft setting.  

The Ginger pencil has been used to add areas of shadow and depth of color as shown in the picture. Some extra detail has been added to create the nose and eye sockets.


A warm rosy glow has been added to the cheeks with the Antique Rose pencil.


The shaded area on the skin is extended with the Cider pencil. Blending solution has not been used for this coloring as the pencils easily blend themselves and each other.  

The Antique Rose and Ginger layers have been blended using the Cider pencil. The pencil is applied with a light touch and a smooth round direction.


Further definition is added with the Spice Brown pencil round the area of the hair, and to accentuate the nose and eye sockets.  

Also in the areas of deep shadow on the arms and legs.  

The Cream pencil is applied over all of the colored layers to further blend and to add highlight to the areas of skin which catch the most light.


This image has thick hair which has been drawn with many layers and areas where light and shade can be created with your pencils.

Starting with the Ginger pencil, hold the pencil in an upright position and apply the color pigment using sweeping flicking strokes. Leave areas of the hair where the light is reflected uncolored.


Add interest to the color blend with the Russet pencil.


The Auburn pencil is used to create depth and shadow and applied near the hair parting and in the deeper layers of the hair.


Lighten the color blend by again applying the Ginger pencil.


A layer of shine is added with the Cinnamon pencil and Daisy is used to color highlights in the areas of hair which are uncolored.  The Black pencil redefines the outine and layers of the hair and is used in areas of deep shadow, at the parting and under the face of the image.


The coloring is completed with the coloring of her dress, shoes and cake. The background is also created.

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The completed coloring is mounted onto a layer of Core’dinations cardstock and  Crafter’s Companion kraft cardstock.

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Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils:  
Skin and hair:  Ginger, Antique Rose, Cider, Spice Brown, Cream, Russet, Auburn, Cinnamon,  Daisy, Black  
Clothes, cake and background:  Velvet, Sea Urchin, Pink Violet, Daisy, Cherry Red, Sea Foam, Stone, Black

Tutorial Credit: Laine Webb

Depth and Highlights


Here’s a quick tutorial on how to add a little depth and highlight to your colored image using two other mediums! You can really take your coloring to the next level by adding a bit of colored pencil shading on top of your markers, and then adding a bit of AquaTint ink.


Start by completely coloring your chosen image with Spectrum Noir markers. This image is from Di’s Digi images.


With your Black ColourBlend pencil, color using small circular movements. Then add some shading into your image.

Using a paper stump and some blending soloution, soften it out.


Next, with a very thin paintbrush, shake your white AquaTint ink (with the lid on!).

Remove the lid and use the paint from the inside of the lid to add some fine lines to your image


You can add more or less, once the AquaTint dries a bit you can build it up more if you want!

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The Spectrum Noir markers I used were:

Red – DR1,5,6,7, IG9, OR3
Black – IG8,9 True Black
Blue – TB1,2,3
Aqua – IB1,2,BT1,IG3
Green – LG4,5,JG2
Floor – BG1,2,4,5,9,EB1
Hedgehogs – FS6,8,PP4,BG1,2,4,5,9,EB2
Black ColorBlend pencil
White AquaTint

Tutorial credit: Jo McKelvey

No Lines Coloring with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils

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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 they have very pale lines that you just don’t see when colored.

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I used a digi-stamp for this and the artist actually provided a pale version in the download, if you want to use a rubber stamp, try using a pale grey or beige ink. I have a dark image at the side of me so I can see all the detail that is sometimes trickier to see on the pale version.

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I started by going around the edges of the image with my background colors in order to isolate the image from the white page and blended out with blender solution and paper stumps to soften the edge. I used Seafoam and Duck Egg.

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Then I colored her top with Vivid Pink and Pink Violet. As it was an odd shape I had to keep checking the black line drawing.

I used soft circular movements with the pencil and built the color slowly. If you press too hard you won’t get enough color down.

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She looks like she has a sheer long jacket over her clothes, so in order to show that it’s see through I made sure a put a little of the background color in the jacket and colored it with Cherry Red.

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Next I colored her jeans, remembering to color through the sheer jacket areas. If you don’t do this it will look like solid material and you will lose the effect.

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I then colored her skin with Cream, Peach, Raspberry and Velvet, still using those small circles, always keeping the pencil in contact with the paper but not pressing hard.

I also used the skin colors over the sleeve of the jacket, again accentuating the appearance of sheer fabric.

Her eye was colored with Espresso. I lost a little definition at this point so used a graphite pencil to pick out the detail and a white gel pen for a highlight.

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Next I used Maize and Espresso to color her hair, this time using soft strokes instead of circles, using the darker shade to deepen the shadows in her hair.

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To finish my picture I colored her bag with Pistachio and Sage. The book was Maize and Espresso.

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I sometimes get asked how I choose my colors. The answer is I always choose my papers first and take my color chart to the paper and pick out some of the colors in the design.

For me it’s much easier than trying to find a backing paper to match with an image, and gives me a point of reference.

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I hope I have de-mystified this technique for you and that you give it a go!

Download ColourBlend color charts here:
Shade & Tone

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Tutorial credit: Nicky Hayden

Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils Techniques Part One

This tutorial will show how to achieve one of the possible techniques with the new Spectrum AquaBlend pencils.

The AquaBlend pencils are so rich in pigment that the colours are achievable from the darkest shade to the palest!


The video tutorial is a real time journey with just three AquaBlend pencils using the wash effect technique to make two cards at a time…

Materials used:
Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils, Naturals Set – Aqua, Lagoon, Ocean
Sheena Stamping Card
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black Card
Die’sire Kimono die set – Peacock
Collal All Purpose Glue, Collal 3D Glue Gel
Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray & Stick and Stay
Clever Cut Paper Trimmer
Ultimate Pro

With the AquaBlend pencils are so pigment rich that a real soft subtle look can be achieved with this technique. Without the richness of pigment the color would wash out to nothing too quickly making soft subtle washes harder to achieve. The AquaBlend pencils are so easy to use that they can become a little addictive.



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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.

Tile Stamping with Spectrum Sparkle Noir Pens


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


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.