Spring has Sprung!

Ahh, the smell of Spring is in the air, finally! My flowers have been trying to peek through the ground for a few weeks, but a little frost and snow has delayed them, boo!

Well, the frost and snow can’t stop this flower! Hahaha!

I colored this flower from a page in the Spectrum Noir Colorista 5″x7″ Exquisite Florals coloring pad using Spectrum Noir Colorista markers, fussy cut it out and used that as the focal point of my card. I added a sparkly border using a blue Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. Visit the Spectrum Noir website to see a tutorial on how to use the Sparkle markers to create these fun borders!

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker Border Tutorial

 

 

No-Blend Shading with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers

Looking for a quick, easy way to add a pop of shading to your projects? I have a tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog showing you how to do just that – shading, without blending!

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The Spectrum Noir Colorista line of coloring pads, markers and pencils are a wonderful way to spend time coloring, de-stressing, relaxing, or simply killing time (I always take them to the car dealer while I wait for my oil change to get done!) In no time at all, you’ll have some fabulous pieces to use for cards, gift boxes, home decor or whatever else you can brew up in that crafty mind of yours!

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Project Details:

Colorista Exqusite Florals premium marker pad
Leaves – Leaf Green, Pear Green
Flowers – Rose Red, Nectarine, Gold

Happy Snowman

Even though we’ve had a couple 60+ degrees days, technically it is still winter, and this adorable snowman melts my heart!

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This winter stamp is from the Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy line and is called Happy Snowman. I’ve colored it up using Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. The sky was created using Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers. For a little extra dimension, I added some snow texture along the bottom edge.

Project Details:

Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy Happy Snowman stamp
Sky colored with Spectrum Aqua markers
Stamp Colored with ColourBlend Pencils
Scarf – Jade, Shamrock, Ivy, Grass, Pewter, Maroon, Blackberry, Cranberry, Rose Red
Bushes – Pistachio, Sage, Ivy, Jade, Shamrock
Blue Houses – Royal Blue, Atlantic Blue, Petrol Blue, Denim Blue
Brown Houses – Maroon, Maple, Maize
Red Houses – Maroon, Blackberry, Cranberry, Rose Red
Gray House/Buttons – Black, Rock Pool, Pebble, Smoke
Nose – Pumpkin, Mulberry, Nectarine
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Spectrum Aqua Sky – Peacock Blue, Aquamarine

Spectrum Noir February Challenge

The Spectrum Noir February Challenge is up and running! You can enter anything you color up with your Spectrum Noir products and submit it for a top honors award, and if you follow the bonus theme of Love and Friendship, you’ll have a chance to win a prize!
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For my challenge inspiration, I used this adorable image from Saga Stamps called Celebrating Love, which I’ve colored with my Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils. I used my Gemini diecut and emboss machine to emboss the “Love” embossing folder from the Sara Davies Signature Love and Romance collection for the background, and colored it using various distress inks. The sentiment was diecut using the “Always and Forever” die, also from the Sara Davies Signature Love and Romance collection.

Color up anything using your Spectrum Noir products and play along with us!

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Project Details:

Digital Image – Celebrating Love by Saga Stamps
Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils
Hair – Walnut, Saddle Brown, Maize
Skin – Peach, Eggshell, Vanilla, Linen
Dress – Ivy, Amazon Green, Forest Green, Pear Green
Red Balloon/Ribbon/Heart – Fuschia, Tangerine, Cranberry, Boysenberry
Orange Balloon – Poppy, Tangerine, Honey, Vanilla, Bumblebee
Always & Forever Diecut – Sara Davies Signature Collection Love & Romance
Love Embossing Folder – Sara Davies Signature Collection Love & Romance
Various distress inks

Gemini diecut and emboss machine

Colorista Home Decor

Here’s a fun way to use those Spectrum Noir Colorista coloring pages: Home Decor! There are lots of great ways you can incorporate your Colorista coloring pages into home decor, including coasters, picture frames, serving trays, and so much more!

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I bought this inexpensive picture frame at the Dollar General store for just a few dollars and dressed it up with a colored piece from one of the 12×12 Colorista Exquisite Florals with Foil coloring pages, colored with Colorista markers. These pages are great for larger projects like scrapbook pages or gift boxes, but they also go along way if you trim them down to use on smaller projects.

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I also made this card from the same 12×12 Colorista coloring page. I finished the edge using the Die’sire Edge’ables Floral Dance border die, which was the perfect complement to the floral coloring page.

 

And don’t forget that the theme for this month’s Spectrum Noir challenge is Use A Coloring Page, so if you color one up be sure to get it entered!

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New Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers

Spectrum Noir has recently launched a new line of markers, the Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers (currently available in the UK and coming soon to the US). I had a chance to play with them around the holidays and they are fabulous markers for design creation and coloring.

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I wanted to try my hand at some drawing with the Illustrator markers, so I hand-drew this pinecone and evergreen branches. The soft brush nib at one end of the marker is perfect for coloring and blending, and I used the brush nib for the pinecone. The opposite end has a very fine-point bullet nib, which was perfect for fine details like the needles of the evergreen branches. I can’t wait to play some more with these markers and see what else I can create! 🙂

Project Details:

Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers
Pinecone – EB7, EB1, TN8, TN7, TN3, RB2, RB1, GB9
Evergreen Branch – YG2, DG2, DG3, DG4, AG3, VB2, BG6, TN9

Season’s Greetings die – Festive Wonder Signature Collection by Sara Davies

Spectrum Noir January challenge

Wow, did 2016 go by fast or what?!? 2017 will bring lots of fun and exciting new things from Spectrum Noir, and part of that is some new challenge themes for the new year. Each month will be an Anything Goes challenge with a bonus theme for a chance to win a prize. First up, it’s Use A Coloring Page for the January theme.

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I used a coloring page from Spectrum Noir Colorista In Full Bloom With Glitter coloring pad. This owl was just begging to be brought to life with some color, and I obliged with my Colorista pencils and Colorista markers (glitter areas only). The sentiment is from the Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Vintage Floral Greetings stamp set.

Join us this month for your chance to win! Click image below for details and entry form.

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