Monthly Archives: February 2017

Stamping and colouring with Spectrum Noir markers

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I stamped the My Favorite Things ‘Farm Friends’ farm animal and tree image on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black because that cardstock is really good with alcohol markers and the Memento ink does not bleed. Other dye inks can smudge or bleed into the colouring.

The co-ordinating dies are so handy! As well as being able to cut the images precisely, I love the clean lines of the perfectly aligned dimension I was able to add to the images by backing them with die-cut white funky foam.


img_20170225_155153I have a swatch strip on the top of each packet so that I can see the true colour at a glance.

Price was the deciding factor when I decided to invest in a set of 72 Spectrum Noir markers. I watched other crafters’ videos enviously as they coloured with their Copic markers. But then I discovered Spectrum Noir markers in David Walsh’s shop in Dungarvan and didn’t look back. At €8.50 for a pack of 6, they are really good value. I do wish they had a brush tip but I manage without it. The chisel tip can be replaced with a brush tip but they cost £4.99 for a pack of three. By the time that is converted to euro and postage is added on, there would be huge expense involved in replacing all nibs. I think I will however invest in a few packets, so that I can have brush tips on the markers I use for colouring hair and skin, as blending is really important to achieve a good result.

img_20170212_160747And of course, there is my addiction to stamping with Concord & 9th’s Perfectly Penned set. There is something so satisfying about stamping and linking the letters to create a script that looks very attractive.


The products I used to make this cute farm animals card:

My Favorite Things Farm Friends stamp set and Farm Friends co-ordinating dies
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 80lb cardstock

Papermania white 300gsm card base
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Spectrum Noir Markers:
Horse: TN2, TN7, GB10, Black
Cart: GB8, CG2, Black
Pig: PP1. FS6
Mouse: BGR1, BG2, BGR3
Sheep: EB1, EB2
Cow: FS2, FS3, Black
Tree: EB5, DG3, CG2

Perfectly Penned alphabet stamp set from Concord & 9th
Parker Number die-set
XCut speech bubbles die set


I used a Cuttlebug to die-cut the images. The sandwich is from bottom to top: A plate, C plate, die (cutting side up), cardstock, B plate. I keep my C plate clean but my B plate is very scratched. Scratching is no harm but you don’t want the scratched plate coming into contact with the image surface as the fine scratch lines will transfer to the paper or card.

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Here is a link to my Altenew Vintage Roses post


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Altenew Vintage Roses and Perfectly Penned from Concord & 9th


Welcome to my blog.

Altenew layering stamps are just so gorgeous to work with – they make you feel like an artist! The Vintage Roses package which I use in this video contains 3 sets of 4 layering stamps and 2 sets of 3 layering stamps making 5 different roses. I use shades of pink and red but you can create roses from any colour family. Your imagination is the only limit … not the natural world!

This is what the package looks like


The leaf stem has five leaves on it and each of those leaves has its own background stamp and two layering pieces. I numbered mine to make finding the layering pieces easier. There are just so many stamps in this set!!

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This Perfectly Penned set lives up to its name 🙂 With very little effort you can add stylish handwriting to your projects.


You can also add personal touches to the project or envelope


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Altenew Vintage Roses stamps and dies

Memento inks: Rhubarb Stalk, Lady Bug, Angel Pink, Bamboo Leaves, Northern Pine, Tuxedo Black

Distress ink: Worn Lipstick

Perfectly Penned Alphabet Stamp Set from Concord & 9th

Double Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics die

XCut lattice embossing folder

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb cardstock

Pink cardstock

Papermania 300gsm white 5″ x 7″ card base