Watercolouring With Spectrum Noir Sparkle

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Watercolour is fun to use for cards with various trendy themes, especially coffee.

This tutorial will be showing you how to use your Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to create a gorgeous watercolour background.

See design team member Roxanne's process below:

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Creating the Card

Step 1:

I grabbed my paper supplies which are a card base out of a simple brown cardstock, cut and scored to 4-1/4″x5-1/2″. The scrap piece of the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock will be for the coffee cups, and the piece of Spectrum Noir Aqua Watercolour Cardstock was trimmed down to 3-3/4″x5″.

My first step is was to create the layout of text. This was fun to make this little block of elements for my background.

To use the emboss resist technique, I applied the watermark stamp pad to the stamp layout on my block and stamped it onto my watercolor cardstock panel. It’s a bit hard to see, so keep reading to see it come out!

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Step 2:

I stamped it several times on my watercolour cardstock panel and I used a white embossing powder to heat set the stamped wording.

In the photo you can see the embossed wording just ever so slightly.

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Start watercolouring

I used just four different colours of the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.

Step 3:

As you can see in the photo, I have placed a puddle of each colour on a large acrylic block. To this I will also add a puddle of water (I used a spritzer for this step) and wet my paintbrush.

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Step 4:

Start adding colour to your background and mixing some of the colours together. If needed, you can clean your paintbrush and apply a slight amount of water to the brush to work your colours around the way you’d like.

I just love how these grouping of colours mimicked different coffee colours. And now you can see the beautiful embossed wording in the background.

Step 5:

Important step – LET IT DRY. You don’t want to use a heat gun as that will move the wet colour around on your paper. I loved it just the way it was, so I let it dry completely.

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Step 6:

I stamped the two coffee drinks onto my Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock in black ink and used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to colour them in. To give my hot coffee the signature kraft with green logo band, I simply stamped the coffee cup on to some kraft coloured cardstock and trimmed it out. Using the end of a pen, I dotted on the bright green “logo” in the center of the kraft band.

Step 7:

After colouring the images, I cut them out leaving a slight white border all the way around and adhered my kraft coffee sleeve to the cup.

Step 8:

The card needed a simple sentiment, so I stamped “thanks” onto a die-cut tag shape and embossed that with white as well. I tied on a simple jute bow to the end.

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Make the Background Perfect

I think this next step really makes the background.

Step 9:

Now that the watercolour panel is all dry, it’s time to get creative. I wanted the signature coffee rings that are just so pretty. And since this is watercolour, all you need to do is apply water to the bottom of a coffee mug and set on the panel. Push down on the cup to get the water pushed into the paper fibres. Lift up and repeat.

The picture shows the result when you remove the coffee cup.

I hope you are inspired to create a watercolour card/project! This technique can be used for so many different themes.

Tutorial credit: Roxanne O'Brien


Spectrum Noir Watercolour Cardstock
Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Moonlight, Smoked Quartz, Pink Champagne, Spun Gold
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: LG2, JG1, BG1, BG3, TN1, TN5, TN8
Sweet Stamp Shop, Cuppa Coffee Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn, Love You A Latte Stamp Set
White Embossing Powder
Versamark Stamp Pad
Memento Inks: Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa
Memento Luxe Ink, Wedding Dress
Radiant Neon Ink, Electric Green
Bobunny Nested Terrific Tag Dies

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