Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Spectrum Noir Ink Refill Technique & Giveaway Friday Winner

Today is all about coloring!! A couple weeks ago I shared a fun technique that I learned at the Chicago Create Retreat with alcohol re-inkers. When I was doing it, I thought.... hmmm, one day, I'm going to try this with Spectrum Noir ink refillsToday's the day!! :o)  Jennie reminded me about it and I had to get my ink refills out!! There was also another technique I've been wanting to try with outline stickers and fine glitter - I thought "what the heck, just do both in one project!! :o)  This all comes at a good time because I was looking for something artistic and special to put in a memory book for a wonderful woman I go to church with.

There may be a better of way of doing this part. I'm sharing the way I did it - I had no training. :o) I cut a piece of the two sided tape a little larger than the sticker I planned to use. I laid one sticky side down onto a piece of scrap cardstock.  I peeled the other side off and laid my outline sticker down.  I cut around the sticker. I then sprinkled the glitter, pressed it down, and put the excess back in the bottle. I gently colored with T3, then dabbed in a little T6, and then went back in with T3 where the two blues met. It blended so easily!! I love it!!

Next, the background!!  I liberally spritzed the Yupo paper with alcohol then dropped color onto the paper. The ink refills come with dropper caps which makes this technique so easy. I blew the color around with a straw until I was happy with it. NOTE: If it dries before you are happy with it, spritz with alcohol again. I set it aside to dry. I just love how the blending naturally occurred with the rich, vibrant colors and the texture that was created.  You get a lovely surprise every time!  I kept my background in the "blues" (IB3, TB2, TB5, TB6) this time and I will experiment with more color combinations.

I also tried this same process on glossy cardstock and I like that results too!  Below you can see the glossy looks darker, but that may be a result of me adding more drops of TB6. I'll have to play it more.

I decided to use the Yupo paper for this project.  I picked out the section I liked best and cut it to fit. I'll save the rest and the glossy background for another project.  I added a little more shading to the sticker outline with IG1 and IB3.

Try it, you'll like it!! :o)

List of Supplies Used: 
PaperYupo white watercolorStampin' Up! glossy & metallic gold
Ink/ColoringSpectrum Noir Marker RefillsSpectrum Noir Markers
Accessories: Sookwang double sided tape, Glitter Ritz transparent micro fine glitter - cool highlight,  drinking straw, alcohol, Elizabeth Craft Designs outline Sticker


Now! Announcing the winner of the lovely  Sheena's A Little Bit Festive - Mistletoe

Sheena's A Little Bit Festive - Mistletoe

Congratulations Carol

Carol Hirsch said...

Absolutely beautiful. Would love to be the winner of the Mistletoe set.
September 14, 2012 6:12 PM
Carol , please email your full name, snail mail address and stamp set won to: tlynn@wideopenwest.com

Thanks for visiting!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!



Stacy H-W said...

What a cool technique. You made a really special card here Trena.

Dawn's Craft Place said...

I have never heard of Yupo paper, your always sharing the best ideas.
LOVE the richness of the colors Spectacular sweetie

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Wow this would make for a beautiful sky.

KYCrafter said...

Will have to investigate Yupo paper. Loved the techniques! Great work as usual!

Dorina D said...

Great tutorial and I love the blues you used in this card, It is gorgeous,

vinyl stickers said...

I have seen this post and images on another blog with the title of "Use of Marker" i think (

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