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Colouring Tutorial: Four Ways to Blend with Spectrum Noir


We've got a special guest from the Spectrum Noir design team joining us today! This tutorial from Sandie Gough goes back to basics and shows how to practice the basic blending technique with Spectrum Noir markers, but in a way that uses up scrap card stock in a very useable manner.

Blending is one of those techniques that takes practice, and the tutorial covers 4 easy to put together note card designs that utilise the blending technique in a fun and surprisingly quick way.

Watch this thirty-minute video to see how Sandie created the stunning effects shown on the cards below:

Materials and additional tips:

Mat and layer tip: to get a nice size border increase each layer width and length by ¼” or 0.5cms
Change it up: use corner punches when making scraps into small note cards to turn them into funky shapes. Try punching only one corner or as in this tutorial opposite corners only!

Blending: die cut and punch out shapes, such as Butterfly’s with off cuts of Neenah card and remember to keep your eye on the color numbering system for the depth of color each marker will deliver
Color blends: don’t be afraid to try out new blends! The advantage of using up those scraps is just that, they are scraps! Try new color tones and you might find a new favourite blend.

For a closer look at each of the cards:


Spectrum Noir markers: LG1, LG2, LG3, LG4


Spectrum Noir markers: BG1, BG2, BG4, IB1, IB2, IB3


Spectrum Noir markers: CT1, CT2, CT3


Spectrum Noir markers: BG1, BG2, BG4, LG1, LG2, LG3, LG4, CT1, CT2, CT3, BT1, BT2, BT3, GB1, OR1, OR2

Tutorial credit: Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She has over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demoing, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more at

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