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From the Heart Card with Claire and Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend alcohol markers


Hello Happy Crafties! How are you all? Lots going on here at Thirsty Brush in preparation for the up coming Creative Craft Show at the Birmingham NEC. I’m having a tough job keeping the dog from getting under my feet!

This weeks blog project is a super bright and spring like A5 card using the very seasonal Camellia set by Thirsty Brush called ‘From the Heart’.

Having ordered the new Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend pens, last week during the launch, I thought this weeks blog would be the perfect place to try them out! I do love a good alcohol marker, although I always think I use them differently to most. I definitely prefer looser colouring techniques in general, so I very rarely spend ages and ages colouring in to achieve a ‘perfect’ look. For this reason, my alcohol marker of choice up until now has been the Altenew Brush markers. The brush nib end is perfect for my imperfect colouring style. But, the limited colours available were beginning to frustrate me.

Because these Spectrum Noir pens are bullet nibs, I was forced to colour a little more consciously than normal. I don’t think I’ll ever be a professional colourist, but its nice to try and refine my technique all the same.

I’m actually really impressed with these pens. The colours are really beautiful, with a lovely mix of warm and cool colours. Then, the Tri-blend system gives lovely tones within each colour. I’m not convinced they blend any better than any other alcohol marker though. I think most pens are the same in that respect, but that really doesn’t bother me for the look I like. Perfectly Imperfect.

So, all in all. I like them. I’m happy with how the Camellias came out for this card. The coral colours look really nice (Living Coral is Pantone colour of year 2019, don’t you know!), and using a grey ink designed for use with alcohol markers gives a lovely soft finish. Want to give it a go?

You will need:

How to do it:

  1. On a piece of white card stock, stamp out the three large Camellia images in Momento London Fog
  2. Colour in the flowers using the following colours: Coral blend, orange blend and dull green blend for the leaves. Leann for Crafters Companion demo’d these pens on the Create & Craft channel, but for those who missed it or who need a recap, here is the recommended how to - Start with the lightest of the pen blends. Colour a portion of the desired area to wet the card. This allows for a good blend. The go in with the darkest tone where you want it. I’m discovering less is more sometimes here. Then go in with the mid tone, go over the edges of the darkest area and blend out. Finally go back in with your lightest tone to blend it all together. I will do a video tutorial soon on the technique as there aren;t that many out there at the moment.
  3. Die cut the coloured images using the co-ordinating die set and shape the main flower petals and leaves where the die cuts into the flower head.
  4. Trim a piece of white card stock 1/2 inch smaller than A5
  5. Use the mica glimmer spray to create and loose background and leave to dry or heat set
  6. Trim some gold pearl card stock 1/4 inch smaller than A5
  7. Use this gold and the sprayed background to mat and layer on the card blank
  8. Use scraps of Kraft and mirror gold card to die cut into square and rectangle shapes. Also stamp or heat emboss the sentiments
  9. Arrange the shapes and flowers on the card and mount using foam pads

I think this layout would work great with any of the Heartfelt blooms stamp sets - Elegant Just like You Lilies, Romantic Blooms Peony or the Bright Colours and Blooms Gerbera. Or you could change the colours to pinks, purples or blues would look gorgeous.

Let me know what you think of the pens or what our preferred colouring mediums are.

Claire x

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