Shimmer on Vellum: Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens & Wink of Stella Glitter Pens + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video shares how to add color to cardstock and vellum with shimmer pens. I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Markers as well as the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and give a bit of a “comparison” of the two.

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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I really like adding shimmer to my cards to make them a little more special. And when I can very easily add shimmer AND color at the same time I am a happy girl!

I started by heat embossing a few daisy images from the gorgeous Whimsy Stamps Mom’s Layered Flowers Stamp Set on to vellum and white cardstock. I did the stamping with my MISTI because I was making multiple cards, but you can use an acrylic block. I overlapped the flowers and sentiments, so I used full-sticky-back Post-It Notes to create masks. (This is super cost effective and quick to use.) Masking does take a bit of time, but it is so worth it!

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I trimmed down the vellum and white cardstock “cards” leaving some of the petals hanging off the edge. For the vellum, I put it over a cardstock notecard as a simple overlay.

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Adding shimmery color to vellum is incredibly easy. I used both Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and Wink of Stella Glitter Markers to blend colors. Since neither absorb into the vellum right away, you can easily move color around until you are happy. Look at that shine!

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can even blend two different colors into each other effortlessly…

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you don’t have all the colors of shimmer pens, you can do A LOT with just a clear shimmer pen. Use regular markers for the coloring, then move and blend them with the clear pen.

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also get bold, shimmery color on cardstock with both Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and Wink of Stella Glitter Markers. I will say that the Spectrum Noir color seems less “permanent” immediately and gives a bit more time to work. But both give incredible results.

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Yummy shine…

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Allowing the flowers to hang of the edge gives a fun unexpected look…

Shimmer Pen Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Be sure to check out the end of my video where I compare the two shimmer markers. I really like them both but do share different properties of each, so you can decide what works best for you. Both have fantastic advantages and no real disadvantages! I will continue to use and love both. 🙂

Here is a comparison of the colors of the two markers. However, Spectrum Noir has recently released additional colors. (I shot this video before they were released.) I will share these colors soon.



How would you like to win THREE 3-packs of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/15/16 telling me if you ever use vellum on your cards. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


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907 thoughts on “Shimmer on Vellum: Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens & Wink of Stella Glitter Pens + GIVEAWAY”

  1. SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Glitter and SHINE!! It makes me HAPPT too!! I LOVE to use Vellum and Transparency Paper on my Cards!! Such AMAZING Projects!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  2. I’ve only used vellum a couple of times. While it looked good, it didn’t have the “Wow” effect that you seem to get, which is surely as a result of my inexperienced technique. I would love to incorporate it more though, especially when I see such great outcomes as you have!

  3. I’ve only used vellum a few times on my cards, but your beautiful cards sure inspire me to try out these techniques. I sure love watching your videos! Glad you are back!

  4. I used to use vellum when you could get that special ‘disappearing’ tape but gave up because it never worked well. I loved watching your techniques tho and you’ve inspired me to try again!

  5. Thanks for the pen overviews – this was really helpful for me. I like the techniques you used in these cards. I use vellum once in awhile, but I would like to try the heavier version!

  6. I have never used vellum but plan on buying some with my next paycheck. Your cards look awesome!

  7. Jennifer so glad I rediscovered you after 8 years absent from stamping. I love vellum on my cards so after watching your video I headed to my scrap room and started stamping will be making cards using this technique. Thank you for your amazing videos I have been watching them all day. I cannot believe all the new products and companies I’m so excited once again to stamp and scrapbook

  8. I love using vellum on cards. I have colored sheets and several different styles of white. I tend to use it for printing the inside greetings of the cards when I don’t have coordinating paper to match the card stock I have used. I also use it on the fronts. Love learning new ways to use vellum and I have a few Wink of Stella pens that I will have to try the blending technique with. I have used the clear over my watercolor pencils and love the look. Thanks for another great video.

  9. Fun cards! I rarely use vellum but would love to try the shimmer pens. Great video and thanks for the overview and tips

  10. Yes I have used vellum on cards and love the effect, but not very often. I will for sure try to do what you did on these cards. They are very special…love them Jennifer. Have not tried the shimmer pens because I don’t own any. Thanks for the chance to win these.

  11. LOVE Vellum on cards….white heat embossed powder with stamped flowers are so beautiful! I also love to stamp my sentiment on a little flag banner, that way you can still see the beautiful image behind it!

  12. I do use vellum although it took quite a bit of practice to emboss without warping. It taught me to have better control of heat application. Love these shimmer pens! Beautiful card Jennifer as always!

  13. I do love using vellum on cards, but have used it mostly for creating sentiment strips. Thanks for the comparison of the two shimmer pen brands. I have tried Wink Of Stella, but not Spectrum Noir. Guess that might be one of my next purchases. All these cards are fantastic!

  14. I do use vellum on my cards at times. I did not know about the anti-static powder so I am going to purchase some of that and start trying to use more vellum and embossing! You are truly an inspiration! Thank you so much!

  15. I love vellum so much and love the way it looks on cards. I have not yet worked up the nerve to actually use any yet, though. I’m just worried I will screw it up.

  16. I have never used vellum on cards, but after seeing video I will be trying to use it. Thank you for the great video & inspiration.

  17. Yes, I have used vellum on cards and scrapbook pages. It fun, but I don’t think a ever go the “total” hang of it!
    Linda Bowen

  18. Yes, I like to use vellum. It adds a nice touch and can be that subtle accent that makes a card special.

  19. I have used vellum over the years without much success…. however! since I’ve discovered you Jennifer earlier this year, I now use it ALL the time!
    and I am also broke now too coz after watching your videos, I must have the same stamps lol… and most of them you can’t get in Australia 🙁 so the postage is killing me here 🙂
    Love your creations

  20. I love the look of vellum, but struggle to mount it in a manner that conceals the adhesive. Appreciate the inclusion of an overlay for an alternative look.
    Have you tried the chameleon markers yet? They look interesting…

  21. I have used vellum on cards a few times but now I am inspired to use it and color images on it. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks!

  22. I have never used vellum before. I saw Jenifer demo vellum with the beautiful day note card. I loved it! I ordered the materials needed and followed the instructions and made a few beautiful day carded and also made Kindness from me to you cards. Im going to make this new card Jenifer posted too. Thank you Jenifer!

  23. I have used vellum on my cards – but not very often. Now that I have your video I am anxious to try to do more and buy the shimmer pens. Many thanks for your tutorial.

  24. Hi Jennifer, So glad to see you back! Another amazing video. I am just starting to hand craft kindness, and I am loving the use of vellum. There are so many different ways to use it and the look is always an “oooo, ahhhh” moment :-)Thank you so much for sharing.

  25. I never have liked using vellum on cards UNTIL you started using it as the card itself and showing so many different techniques – now I can’t wait to get some vellum so I can try them all out! ! !

  26. I love watching your videos. I have just finished working on my Vellum cards with my Wink of Stella glitter pens thanks to this video. I never would have thought of it on my own. The cards I made came out fabulous and I get such great tips and techniques watching your videos.

  27. I have used vellum on a couple of cards. Love the look and will be making more projects vellum. Thanks for your video!

  28. i have bought some because it seems to give great effects on cards but haven’t quite managed to use them yet. thanks for sharing good ideas!

  29. Your cards are absolutely stunning!!! I have not used vellum on my cards but need to do so as it is so pretty.

  30. Two new things to try – vellum cards AND spectrum noir sparkle pens! These cards are gorgeous – can’t wait to experiment.
    Thanks again for the wonderful videos.

  31. I have used vellum on my cards, and I love to use vellum. Just wish there was a clear adhesive to use with vellum so you could adhere it down on all sides, not just under embellishments so it won’t show.

  32. Yes I use vellum. It is a good way to soften a background. I sure would like to win the shimmer pens.

  33. I’ve just started experimenting with vellum after watching some of your YT videos. I love the way the white on white looks with vellum peeking out from the top of a white, top-folded card, with white embossing on the vellum. Thanks!

  34. Gorgeous cards Jennifer. Your color choices add pop to the flowers. Yes I love to use vellum on my cards.
    I need to get some glitter pens and give this a try.

  35. I’ve been using vellum for a few months now on a regular basis. Mostly for die cut sayings, but I like how your flowers are off the edges of your main piece. I have a couple of Wink(s) and would more colors.

  36. I do use vellum on cards, but only in the past six months. Saying that, I’ve been cardmaking for six years. I only began using it since I have been following your website. You made it look so easy and even shared tips and tricks how to heat emboss on it. Thank you for inspiring and teaching me how and when to use the vellum!! You inspire me to be a better cardmaker and person!!

  37. Love the cards! They look absolutely gorgeous! I haven’t gotten around to using vellum yet, but after this post I sure am going to use these techniques in my next card!

  38. Oh so pretty!! Thanks for sharing the info on the pens!! I typically use vellum for sentiment strips so thanks for your fun ideas using them as the base for cards-it makes them elegant!

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