This week on Studio SN: Spectrum Noir pens and Stencils!

I am all about this technique because it’s easy, looks great and I find that the coloring process is pretty therapeutic too. If you’ve ever been reluctant to try alcohol pens because you’re not a “colorist”, this is a super option because you get shaded, layered effects effortlessly just by combining a couple of colors in the same pen set.

Spectrum Noir pens

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Spectrum Noir pens: Reds (Crafter’s Companion)

– Neenah Classic Crest Card or Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock (Crafter’s Companion)

– Mini Abstract Leaves stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop)

– Fine tip black pen (Pigma Micron 02 pen, .30mm)

– White grosgrain ribbon

– Thank You stamp (Savvy Stamps)

– Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger)

– Patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye Honey)

– Cardstock: Brown, mauve

– Blank card: Mine is 5 3/8″ x 8 1/4″

Here’s how to do it:

1) Trace the leaves on Ultra Smooth cardstock, using the black pen. Remove the stencil and color as listed here—using the fine tip for all coloring:

– DR5:

Top leaf: outline

Middle leaf: top 2 rows

Bottom leaf: top 3 rows

– CR10:

Top leaf: the inside

Middle leaf: middle 2 rows

– DR3:

Middle leaf: bottom 2 rows

Bottom leaf: bottom 2 rows

– CR11:

Bottom leaf: outline

– CR8:

Bottom leaf: inside

Middle leaf: innies and outline

Then back to DR5:

Outline the two middle rows on the middle leaf

2) Outline the middle leaf with black pen.

3) For the ribbon: Place it onto a piece of scrap paper and use the chisel tip to color it with DR3.

4) Trim the piece to 7″ x 2″ and stamp the sentiment at the bottom. Mat on brown, then mauve cardstock.

5) The patterned paper is 6″ x 6″ so I cut a 4.5″-wide piece, then positioned it onto a piece of brown cardstock. I left a small space at the bottom, then glued the remaining 1.5″ piece at the bottom, covering the seam with the ribbon. That’s matted on mauve card and then glued to the front of a blank card.

Want to see a video demonstration? Then pop on by Studio SN on You Tube to watch me make the card!

Happy Wednesday!