How to create depth using Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers



Hi everyone, today I’m showing you how you can create depth in your image by using multiple colours and layers.


Step 1:

Start the project by stamping the house image from the StampingBella stamp set “Tiny Townie Fairy Garden House” onto some Spectrum Noir “Premium Watercolour Paper Pad” using Spectrum Noir Water-Proof ink in “Noir Black”.





Step 2:

Next start colouring the image: for the first layer use the Spectrum Noir AquaMarker in “Crimson” for the flowers and “Olive” for the leaves. Apply some of the colour to the paper and while it’s still wet work the colour outwards using a Spectrum Noir Water-Brush.

This doesn’t create a very dimensional look as you can see.


Next add some deeper colours sparingly (if you add these colours over the entire flowers/leaves then you are loosing the depth you want to create again): use “Rose Red” and “Leaf Green” for this. This already looks better!

The green leaves are very small so they don’t need much else, you can add a little of the first green colour to brighten them a little if you like. For the flowers add an even darker red colour to the deepest shadow parts: “Burgundy”.

If you feel you added too much of a certain colour then you can re-wet that specific area and dab of the colour with a paper kitchen towel.

Finally add some highlights using a white gelly roll pen. This gives the projects just that little bit of extra detail. Don’t you love how much more dimensional this looks?


Step 3:

To colour around the house image use the Spectrum Noir Sparkle ink in “Moonstone” because that is also the colour that we will be using on the background panel. Apply the colour with a small brush and work the colour outwards using clean water. If you feel the colour is to dark dab of the colour with a paper kitchen towel while wet.


This step doesn’t have to be really neat, we will fussy cut the image later on.


Step 4:

We first coloured around the house so that we now know what colours (blue tones) we don’t want to use on the house itself. Choose other colours to colour in the remaining area’s: “Desert”, add a second layer underneath the roof and underneath the flowers to create the feel of shadows; and “Chocolate”: use vertical strokes with the marker on the door and wash out to create the feeling of wood grain, add a second layer when needed.

Add highlights using the white gel pen. Then fussy cut the image.

All the Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers used on today’s project are from the “Essentials”, “Primary”, “Nature”, “Floral” and “Botanicals” set. You can of course choose other colours that you have at home.



Step 5:

Die cut a rectangle panel, two sizes smaller then your card base, from Crafter’s Companion “Watercolour Card”. Decide on your lay out (don’t adhere the house image yet) and stamp the sentiment (this one is by Clearly Besotted “Brushed Sentiments”) using the same black water-proof ink as before.



Step 6:

Now we work on the background design: for this you temporarily adhere a stencil (this one is TCW920s “Tropical Fronds”) over the rectangle panel and apply some “Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste” by The Crafter’s Workshop over the stencil using a palette knife, remove the stencil carefully (wash under the sink) and let dry.

Once dry spray the panel with water and apply some of the Sparkle “Moonstone” ink, that we used before, to the panel with a brush. Make the colour run, when needed add more water. Dry with your heat tool and repeat the process when you like to create a darker colour in certain area’s. While wet you can dab of the colour if it runs to area’s you don’t want it to go.

When you are happy with how the panel looks then create splatters using a brush and Spectrum Noir Metallic ink in “Antique Bronze” and dry with your heat tool (cover up the sentiment with a piece of scrap paper if you don’t want any splatters there).


Step 7:

Time to put the project together. Die cut a slightly larger mat from some matching red card stock and adhere both panels using liquid glue. This combination you adhere to a white linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. And to finish the card you now only have to adhere the coloured house image on top using one millimetre thick foam tape!

Detail pictures:



And that’s it for today’s fun card project! I wish you a creative day!

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