Colouring and Embossing.

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Colouring and Embossing

Coloring & Embossing with Spectrum Noir Markers by Martha Lucia Gomez
Hello crafty friends, I want to share an easy and quick tip to create an effect of coloring over dark cardstock.
Coloring with Alcohol markers over dark card stock is not always a good idea because the pigment of the materials can mix and change immediately creating an opposite effect. On this tutorial, I am show you how you can color your images and integrate them with the dark color of your card.

1. Use a stamping tool or stamp platform with Finesse Alcohol Proof Dye Ink Noir Black to stamp your images onto white card stock. I selected a branch of flowers from the stamp set Have Courage from Neat & Tangled.  The images don't need to be dark, just available to see the lines and let you colored them. Remove the card stock from your stamping tool but DO NOT remove your stamps. Keep them in the same position.

2.Select the colors from the same family of Spectrum Noir Markers that you want to use for your images. I selected six colors of Illustrator Markers to mix and combine during the coloring of my flowers.

3.Flick going up the dark color to cover the lower part of the flower, then use the mid tone with a flick movement to cover a bigger area of the petal. To finalize the petal, take the lightest color and flick going down from the top border to meet the three colors of the center.  On these petals I used the Illustrators BO3, BO1 and GY1.

Repeat the process, flick up with the dark and medium colors of markers and flick down with the light color of marker  to color other petals. I also used GY3, GY2 AND LY1 to finalize my combination of colors. Remember that you can repeat the process two or three times to have the complete saturation and blending of colors.

4. Put your colored images inside of the stamping tool to re-stamp the original images. Verify that your card stock and stamps are in the correct place. Pass the embossing buddy or antistatic powder over the colored images and re-stamp it with using clear pigment ink and gold embossing powder.  Melt the powder with the heat tool.

5. Cut the colored images with scissors or corresponding dies. Select a dark piece of card stock to make the card base of your card and match that color with a Spectrum Noir Marker. I used Island Indigo card stock that match with the BT9 Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker. Be careful  don't touch the embossing with the tip of the marker when you color the white borders around of the images. After finish the coloring, add double sided foam tape to the back of your images.

6. Adhere the flowers your card base, add a sentiment and finalize the decoration.


From Spectrum Noir:

  • Premium Marker Pad White
  • Finesse Alcohol Proof Die Noir Black
  • Illustrator Markers: BO3, BO1 and GY1; GY3, GY2 AND LY1
  • Coloring System Alcohol Marker: BT9

Other Supplies:

  • Stamping Tool
  • VersaMark or Clear Pigment Ink
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Embossing Buddy  or antistatic powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Have Courage Stamp Set from Neat & Tangled
  • Scissors
  • Orange Jewels from Kat Scrappiness

Tutorial by design team member Martha Lucia Gomez

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