I like to color. I admit it. When my kids used to break out the coloring books, I made sure they invited me!
When Spectrum Noir came out with a colored pencil line- that works in conjunction with their alcohol ink markers that I already had- I was one happy camper!
Coloring for adults! Not that I feel like I need the excuse, but it looks much more professional than Crayola.
I wanted to give them a whirl on a small Spectrum Noir tutorial project- to get a feel for them. These colored pencils are oil based. They blend smoothly, and are waterproof.
- Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Markers
- Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils
- David Tutera Celebrate Mini Cards
- White Embossing Powder
- Ranger Emboss It Pad
- Heat Tool
- Spectrum Noir Blender
- Tidy Mate Craft Tray
- Rubber or Acrylic Stamp(s) of your choice
- Adhesive Pearls (optional)
Set your stamped card in a Tray Mate. I love these things for embossing! No mess, and no waste.
Cover the stamped image with white embossing powder. Tap off the excess into the tray.
Repeat this process for all of your gift cards. Open the cards up to begin coloring them with the markers. This is so the color will not bleed through. I didn’t have a bleed issue, but better to be safe!
Begin coloring your image using Spectrum Noir markers. First, fill in the entire image using a lighter color. Do not go all the way to the edge of your embossed white lines. We want to leave the white lines crisp. These markers have a broad tip on one side, and a fine tip on the other. This makes it really easy to throw these cards together quickly!
In the marker line, Spectrum Noir makes a “Blender” pen. This is great for taking out the marker lines, and smoothing them up- to give your image a gradient look.
Go over the entire colored image with the Blender pen. The Blender pen is a clear alcohol ink formula. Spectrum Noir markers and colored pencils will react to the alcohol. You could use rubbing alcohol, or unscented hand sanitizer. I felt like I had the most control with the Blender pen.
The Blender pen will not cause the colored pencil to spread like it will the marker ink. It breaks down the pencil lines, and softens them. It created a more natural look to my flowers. The end result is very watercolor looking.
Then I added a tiny self-adhesive pearl to the flower center.
I repeated the process I used on the white Spectrum Noir tutorial cards.
You can add white colored pencil to any image, to give it some highlight.
(Coloring supplies for grown-ups! 🙂 )