Trick or Treat – A Spectrum Noir Coloring Tutorial

Halloween is quickly approaching, and I’m here to help get you prepared for those last-minute Halloween cards, or if you’re on top of your game there, you can use this fun technique for your scrapbook pages of those little trick-or-treaters, or for lots of other projects too!

Check out this fun tutorial on the Spectrum Noir website for learning how to color computer generated, stamped or even hand-drawn text to look like candy corn. It will add such a fun element to your project!

Project details:

Spectrum Noir Markers – GB7, CR7, OR2, OR1, CT2, IG2, Blender
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker – Harvest Moon
Computer Font – Freya
Clip art/Design program – Sure Cuts A Lot
Bat cutout – Brother ScanNCut

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!


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!


Project Details:

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

Tutorial – Create a Sunset with Spectrum Noir Markers

I have a new tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog for creating this gorgeous sunset background, and it is very easy!


Click HERE to follow along with the step by step tutorial.

I would love to have you share your creations using this tutorial on the Spectrum Noir Facebook page!

Project details:

Spectrum Noir markers: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2
Spectrum Noir UltraSmooth Premium White Cardstock
Paper punch
Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps used: Stampscapes Lakeside Cabin and Stampscapes Pine Row

Sparkly Borders with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers

Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers are a fun way to kick your projects up a notch. You can take your projects from boring to Blingy with just a swipe of the Sparkle brush nib. I have a new tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog showing a very quick and easy way to create Sparkle borders using a Sparkle marker and a scrap piece of cardstock.


So Sparkly and so much fun!


Project details:

Ornament stamp – Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive EZMount Christmas Bauble Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers – Spun Gold, Sterling Silver (for Ornament), Red Berry (for frame)
Die’sire Edge’ables Christmas Only Words – Wishing You A Merry Christmas die

White Uni-Ball Signo gel pen

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