Metallic Pencils on Dark Paper? Yes please!

Spectrum Noir has some awesome new products coming our way, and among them are these fabulous metallic pencils that color on dark paper! And Spectrum Noir is satisfying all of our coloring cravings with an awesome new line of Colorista Dark premium paper pads to go along with them!


You can find these crafty goodies debuting in the UK on HOCHANDA February 27th, followed by the US debut on the Home Shopping Network March 8th. Stay tuned for more details!

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

It’s a Dog’s Life-Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Coloring Tutorial

Looking to color an image with a vintage or nostalgic feel to it? The new Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolor pencils and Crafter’s Companion Kraft cardstock are the perfect combination to give you the results you’re looking for. I have a new tutorial over on the Crafter’s Companion blog showing step by step how to create that vintage feel on this adorable It’s A Dog’s Life stamp from Sheena Douglass using AquaBlend pencils on kraft cardstock.


Click HERE to view the step by step tutorial.

Project details:

Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolor pencils
(Cherrywood, Brunette, Sorrel, Spruce, Pesto Green, Blue Marine, Sky Blue)
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencil #001
Crafter’s Companion kraft cardstock
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy It’s A Dog’s Life stamp
Vintage Floral Collection Sentimentals Phrases stamp set
Sheena Douglass Hedgerow Corner die set
Downton Abbey Leaf Flourish embossing folder
Marvy Matchables Yellow Green distress ink
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Congrats Grad (in sepia tone)

It’s that time of the year, graduation time! Our youngest son is graduating high school this year, where has the time gone?!? He’s always been a bit of a bookworm, so I thought this stamp from Sheena Douglass’ Knowledge stamp set was the perfect fit for his graduation card.


I used a tutorial from the Spectrum Noir website for coloring sepia tones and applied the techniques to this coloring. I think he’ll like it! 🙂

Project details:

Books stamp – Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Magical Knowledge
Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils 100, 094, 090, 088, 008
Sentiment stamp – Crafter’s Companion Victorian Floral Sentimentals Phrases
Embossalicious 6×6 Lattice embossing folder
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Colorbox Liquid Chalk Dark Brown

Spectrum Noir April Challenge – Use Pastels

A new challenge is up over at Spectrum Noir, the theme for this month is Use Pastels. This is the perfect theme for this beautiful springtime season!


Here is my challenge inspiration for you. I colored this stamp using Spectrum Noir Blendable colored pencils on Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock using Gamsol blending solution to blend and soften the colors. I chose this cardstock because I knew the smooth surface would help keep the colors from becoming too vibrant, thus aiding the soft pastel look.

Spectrum Noir April Challenge

Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencil color list:

Butterflies – 045, 013, 063, 037
Flowers – 034, 031
Leaves – 048, 045
Background – 065, 030, 017
Butterfly diecuts – Sara Davies Signature Collection Butterfly Lullaby Butterfly Dance die
Rubber Stamp by Recollections

Tutorial – Coloring Grass with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils

Hi all, I have a new tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog showing a simple way to color grass with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils.


Click HERE to go to the tutorial on the Spectrum Noir blog

Project Details:

Bebunni Floral Stamp set
Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Vintage Floral stamp set
Die’sire Classiques Chantilly Lace die
Die’sire Classiques Delicate Butterfly die
Die’sire Edge’ables Fancy Borders Floral Dance die
Crafter’s Companion Green Envy, White Pearl and Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock
Ranger Archival Magenta Hue, Chrome Yellow
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Grass – 047, 046, 044, 043
Bunny body – 117, 114, 113, 112
Bunny ears/belly – 034, 031, 029, 005
Flower – 085, 017, 015, 013, 020, 097
Stem – 053, 051, 049, 046
Sky – 065, 064, 002
Strathmore 500 Series cold press watercolor card

No Bites

There are no bites from this cute puppy! This adorable image called “No Bites” from Saturated Canary was colored with Spectrum Noir pencils.


The sentiment stamps come from the Sheena Douglass Poppy clear stamp set that is included as part of the Crafter’s Inspiration Issue 7 magazine kit from Crafter’s Companion.

Project details:

Image is “No Bites” from Saturated Canary
Colored with Spectrum Noir pencils
Skin – 104, 96, 89, 020, 007, 004, 002
Hair – 120, 118, 113, 112
Dress – 056, 055, 054, 050, 046
Apron – 094, 026, 023, 020, 007, 001
Heart – 096, 026, 023
Shirt/Dress – 055, 073, 067, 065, 001
Shoes – 118, 073, 067, 065, 001, 120, 118, 113
Dog – 118, 113, 112
Eyes – 073, 065