Coloring with Spectrum Noir!

Ok, it’s been a while. I just never seem to find time to craft enough,  I’m so busy coordinating everyone else’s crafting! 🙂

But this week…well, this week I just had to jump in. The good folks at Spectrum Noir have been very good to me and the rest of the Stampendous Design Team. So when we had a chance to play with their super talented Design Team, well, I just had to play, too.

spectrum noir banner

For this project I pulled out my Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. I love using alcohol markers, but I always have to be so fast to make sure they don’t dry before blending. It’s kind of “hectic”, and I don’t always have time to finish a project, so I just don’t start one. But with colored pencils you can leave the images partially colored and return to finish at any time later. Even when you blend them as you can with these pencils.  And there’s a complete set of these great pencils up for grabs! Plus all the blending accessories you’ll need. Just be sure you enter the Rafflecopter giveaway over on the Stampendous blog. (there are lots of other prizes, too! Be sure you leave a comment here to be entered for some cute House-Mouse Stamps and a Spectrum Noir gift certificate!)

My project features the Stampendous Asian Umbrella Set. This darling parasol is just wonderful, and all the accessories that go with it are so much fun. I wanted a card that reminded me of those 1940’s MGM musicals where the chorus pulls away a series of umbrellas, or fans, or parasols leaving a dancing and singing Vera Ellen or Rosemary Clooney to do her stuff. This gatefold card does just that… with all the glitz and glam of a 1940’s musical, too!

Asian Umbrella by Laura Weed

inside Asian Umbrella card

Stampendous Asian Umbrella Card by Laura Weed

Here’s the list of who’s hopping today. Scroll below the list if you want more “tutorial” kind of detail. Be sure to leave a comment!!

Stampendous Blog

Laura Weed (you’re here)

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

Spectrum Noir Blog

stamping I started by stamping my parasols on Mixed Media White Paper. I used Onyx Black VersaFine ink from Tsukineko.

pencilsPencils and accessories at the ready! Pencil sharpener, Gamsol, paper stumps, and sandpaper bar for cleaning the stumps. Ooooh…the goodness! And don’t worry. I won’t be breaking the tips on my pencils, I put soft foam in the bottom of the cute little buckets.

colored pencil I used colored pencils, trying for at least two shades of each color. The spaces are small, but it was really easy.

gamsolThen I dipped the stump into the Gamsol (that’s hopefully how you do it, it worked anyway) and as I rubbed the colored pencil, it became a lovely, blended, watercolor look. I have seen this technique a million times, but this is the first time I’ve done it. I was thrilled with the results.

background close up I stamped all over my light pink panels with VersaMark Watermark Ink and the three-flower background design in the set. Then I embossed with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder for a shiny, glittery look. This is soooo much better IRL!!

closeup glitterHere’s a closeup that kind of shows the glitter. I stamped and colored the inside panel as well, then trimmed out a greeting for the front panel. I added Multi Crystal Glitter everywhere with a glue pen. Hope you’ve enjoyed it!


Blog Hopping with Tombow and Stampendous



It’s always so much fun when I get to play with a Stampendous Blog Hop. I’m really excited about this one, because Tombow markers have been huge favorites of mine since my days working at Stampa Barbara in Costa Mesa! (I used to cringe every time someone called them Tomboy! aaaagh!)

Tombow had the good red! And I recommended them to everyone. The Brush Markers are just loaded with gorgeous ink and so much fun to use with blender pens, waterbrushes, and just about any marker techniques you’ve tried.


This week Stampendous is blogging along with the folks at Tombow and the prize package includes the Stampendous Top Hat Snowman Cling Rubber Stamp Set. I decided to color him with the Brights Tombow Dual Brush Marker set.

markers and stamp

snowman stamp copy

Stamped him with VersaFine Onyx Black for a crisp, dark black outline perfect for waterbased coloring media.

IMG_7302 copy

Used the blender pen and the brush tip of the markers to color and blend his various areas.


I stamped the background with a light blue pad using the turquoise marker on the one set of words so it would stand out as a greeting. Mounted it on Parakeet cardstock (Bazzill) and used May Arts baker’s twine to wrap around the top. I added some Stampendous Multi UltraFine Glitter with a Zig 2-way Glue Pen.


I’m pretty happy with my finished card. You can’t see all the sparkle here, but the snow at his feet and the highlights all have the shiny glitter… oooh!!!

Be sure to check out all the other designers posting samples today.

Stampendous Blog

Jamie Martin

Laura Weed (you are here)

Jennie Garcia

Tombow Blog