Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Home Decor Tutorial

It’s been awhile since I played with my Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, so I decided it was time to bring them out for a little play.

The US recently celebrated International Day of Forests, and these nature stamps from the Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A Sheltering Tree and Lakeside Shore stamp sets are perfect for creating a beautiful scene. I put together a quick tutorial on how I created the scene, colored it using my Spectrum Aqua markers, and re-purposed a wall hanging from a discount store into a beautiful home decor piece. Be sure to check it out!


Happy Snowman

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


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
Windows -Lemon
Spectrum Aqua Sky – Peacock Blue, Aquamarine

Live the Life You Dreamed

I love making my own backgrounds for my projects, and is so easy to do using Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, an acrylic block, a water spritzer and a stamp or two.


Spectrum Noir has a tutorial on their website for creating backgrounds like these HERE. For this card, I used Spectrum Aqua colors Sunset, Gold and Yellow, following the technique shown in the tutorial for scribbling on the acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the cardstock to the block. Then I inked a floral background stamp with Begonia Aqua marker, spritzed it with water and stamped over the background colors. The floral stamp used for the center was a rubber stamp from Rubber Cottage, stamped on Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. Sentiment stamp is from the Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Phrases stamp set.

Project Details:

Background created using Sunset, Gold and Yellow Aqua markers on Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock. Bkgd floral pattern stamped with Begonia Aqua marker. Edge airbrused with Spectrum Noir TB6.
Flower stamp from Rubber Cottage.
Colored with ColourBlend pencils
Flowers – Cranberry, Tangerine, Honey, Bumblebee
Leaves – Lake Blue, Ivy, Amazon Green, Forest Green, Grass, Citrus
Butterfly – Lake Blue, Royal Blue, Denim Blue
Sentiment stamp – Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Phrases stamp set

Garden Gate

The new ColourBlend pencils from Spectrum Noir are Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I created a little garden scene using some new stamps I got at the Scrapbook Expo in the Stamps By Judith and Heather booth and colored it with my ColourBlend pencils.


Crafter’s Companion will be bringing the ColourBlend pencils to HSN on Wednesday, October 5th.

Tune in for some fabulous deals on these and more new products from Crafter’s Companion!


Project Details:

Pot, Planter, Gate, Stems, Ivy Branch, Bird in nest, Dots Stamps from Stamps by Judith and Heather
Colored with ColourBlend pencils
Spectrum Aqua markers for stems in pots (Evergreen) and dots around outside (Teal)
Sentiment stamp from Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Phrases stamp set
ColourBlend colors:
Woodgrain – Bark, Walnut, Paprika, Yellow Ochre
Leaves – Alpine, Amazon Green, Grass
Flowers – Blackberry, Velvet, Mauve, Antique Rose
Pots – Grape, Peach, Nectarine, Rose Red
Bird – Twilight Blue, Royal Blue, Denim Blue, Petrol Blue
Ground – Sage, Cinnamon, Saddle Brown, Maize, Smoke


Layered Backgrounds with Spectrum Aqua markers


I’m sharing a new tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog for creating these unique backgrounds using stamps, Spectrum Aqua markers, and Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock. They might look somewhat complex, but they really are quite easy!


Project Details:

Spectrum Aqua markers: Navy, Bud Green, Gold, Crimson, Sepia
Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock
Crafter’s Companion UltraClear 5″x7″ Acrylic Block
Small water spritzer bottle
Staz-On Black ink
Stamps used:
Honeycomb and Script Bkgd stamps from Justrite Papercraft
Tree Branches and Vine with Flowers Bkgd stamps from Seaside Stampin’ Ink

Spectrum Noir September challenge – Get Krafty!

Wowzers, this has been a busy month, and Spectrum Noir’s September challenge is in full swing! The theme this month is “Use Kraft Card”. You can use it anywhere on your project, you can even color on it if you wish (that’s what I did!).


I’ve used my Spectrum Aqua markers to create this fun floral themed card. I inked up the stamps with the Aqua markers and stamped directly on the kraft card. Then I used a paintbrush dipped in water to pull some of the color into the design. The sentiment stamp from Crafter’s Companion fit perfectly with the floral theme.


Project Details:

Stamped and colored with Spectrum Aqua markers:
Bud Green, Boulder, Olive, Moss, Scarlet, Kingfisher
Flower, leaf sprig and box stamp from Stamps By Judith
Grass stamp from Stamps ‘N More
Sentiment from Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Vintage Floral Phrases

Watercolor Flowers

I just got back from this year’s Scrapbook Expo, and not only did I have a fabulous time, I found some new goodies to play with as well!


I thought these cute stamps from Stamps By Judith would work perfectly with the Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, and I was very pleased with my first attempt! I inked the stamps directly with the brush tip of the Aqua marker, stamped it on the watercolor cardstock, then used a fine tipped paintbrush lightly dipped in water to blend out the ink slightly for a nice watercolor effect. Can’t wait to play with these some more!

Project Details:
Flower pot stamp, leaf stamp, flower stamp and dots stamp from Stamps By Judith
Colored with Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers
Pots – Sepia
Leaves – Moss
Flowers – Wildflower
Sky – Teal
Ground – Desert



Verity Rose Sunbeam

I just love the Crafter’s Companion Verity Rose collection, and this Sunbeam character is simply adorable!


Colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils, and finished with a touch of Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker, she’s the perfect fit for these coordinating papers and envelopes from the Verity Rose collection. The Verity Rose flamingo and sunflower diecuts were colored with Spectrum Aqua markers, and also finished with Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.


Project Details:

Verity Rose
Verity Rose card blanks
Verity Rose Mini Coloring Book – Sunbeam Character
Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories die set – Flamingo and Sunflower
Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories stamp set – Flamingo and Sunflower
Verity Rose 6×6 envelopes
Verity Rose Luxury paper pad
Crafter’s Companion Pink Pearl shimmering cardstock (for Flamingo)
Sunbeam Character image colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
Hat – 054, 049, 051, 048, 045
Skin – 030, 029, 009, 008, 004
Orange Hat Trim – 025, 022, 020, 017
Flower – 022, 020, 015, 013
Hair – 089, 015, 017, 013
Shell – 071, 070, 066, 082, 078, 080
Ice Cream – 025, 029, 008
Cone – 89, 015
Sunflower diecut colored with Spectrum Aqua markers – Amber, Moss, Fawn
Flamingo diecut colored with Spectrum Aqua Rose Pink
Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle added to shell, sunflower and flamingo


When I first saw these new stamps from the Sara Davies Signature Just For Men collection from Crafter’s Companion, I thought they would be great for creating backgrounds, and they worked perfectly for this male teen card.

To create the background pattern, I used a tutorial from the Spectrum Noir website for creating patterned paper using Spectrum Aqua markers (tutorial can be seen HERE). Instead of mixing the colors, however, I used a single color for each stamping of the image, rotated the stamp each time and overlapped previous impressions.

Project Details:

Stamp sets from the Sara Davies Signature Just For Men Collection:
Urban Graffiti stamp set
Rock Star stamp set
Street Wise stamp set
Spectrum Aqua markers used:
Burgundy, Bud Green, Peacock Blue
Memories Black ink

Spectrum Noir Vintage Sparkle

Have you seen the latest color additions to the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens? These gorgeous Vintage hues are simply stunning!


Here, I created a gift box using my Big Score scoring board, and used the colored design for the topper. I colored these tropical stamps from the Sheena Douglass Tropical Nectar stamp set with Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, and then overlaid the watercoloring with Vintage hue Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.


The inside of the box has a fun little compartment for a special gift, and space left over to tuck in some yummy goodies!

Project Details:

11×17 Opulence Card Pack
Sheena Douglass Tropical Nectar stamp set
Spectrum Aqua markers
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor cardstock
Spectrum Noir Vintage Sparkle Markers
Hummingbird – Spectrum Aqua Orchid, Wildflower, Evergreen, Bud Green, Peacock Blue, Kingfisher, Scarlet. Overlaid with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Vintage markers Sage, Fig, Peacock Blue
Flower – Spectrum Aqua Marigold, Gold, Yellow. Overlaid with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Vintage markers Biscuit, Sage

Big Score scoring board