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

  1. Just took your OCC ClearnSheer Class so I just started using vellum more and loving it! Can’t wait to try this technique out soon!
    ~God bless~

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I love using vellum. I made a stained glass look with Copics at Christmas. Looking forward to trying these shimmer pens on vellum and cardstock. Catching on to your making 4-5 cards at a time idea. I get much more done that way. So glad you are back and hope you and your loved ones are doing well.

  3. Just starting to use the spectrum noir pens, really like them also. Haven’t used them on vellum yet, loved your cards. Will use your technique , absolutely love the over hang of flowers on the side. Really like the idea of doing more than one card at a time.
    Keep these videos coming , thanks for the great ideas and instructions.

  4. no i never used velum but seen so many cards made and they look so pretty your are so pretty i would like to win some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. thanks for the chance to win

  5. Hello, Jennifer,
    I have not used vellum paper for making cards… yet! I am very curious and interested in trying it, I’ve been looking up different techniques online. I love your idea with the sparkle pens and having the flowers hang over the edge! Hopefully soon I will be able to experiment with my own project, I have some very pretty sheets of vellum right now that I would like to take advantage of and I have a very big social next year that I am preparing a supply of cards and crafts for.

    Thank you,
    Sr Gail

  6. Love this technique, definitely want to try this, have not used vellum yet but I plan on it now! Thanks!!

  7. I like to stamp Mason Jars in vellum and put stuff behind it to create the look of the jar being full & frosted. Great idea to color on vellum. I’ve never tried it. Thanx for the tip! Learn a lot from your videos. Keep them coming! 😉

  8. Hi! I used to use vellum on my projects – mainly Pergamano. But, after I had children my crafting changed to preparing projects for them. Now that they are older, I’m getting back to my own crafting and card making. I find your blog and videos very inspiring. Thank you for encouraging me to be my own crafter again!

  9. I love using vellum in my crafts, including my cards. It is versatile and adds a beautiful touch. And it is fun to work with too!

  10. Your vellum cards win hands down!! I am still experimenting with vellum and do love white embossing effects on vellum.

  11. Another fabulous video!!! I love how you show multiple stamping and cards. So inspirational, and now I’m going to have to use more vellum when creating cards. Fabulous techniques and explanations, as always. Thank you!

  12. Thank you for the comparison video. It is good to see how both markers work. I only have the clear in both and love them equally for their properties.

  13. I use vellum on my cards, but never tried to color ii, I’m just stamping on the vellum occasionally. Or I die cut shapes out of the vellum like butterflies.

  14. So far have used vellum only in small bits, like banners for greetings. I do want to try the cards you have recently shown us using vellum for the whole card.

  15. I am completely new to this beautiful world of stamping!! I just ordered the Wink of Stella in clear. I would love to try vellum!

  16. So pretty! I like how the flower petals overhand the vellum strips. I have used only the Wink of Stella pens. I don’t use vellum much in my cards but should really start.

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a great week!

  17. I have used vellum, but it has been a while. However, after these cards I need to pull it out again.

  18. I have not used vellum on my cards yet but just finished the clear & sheer class so I definitely will do! Thanks for the awesome inspiration Jennifer!

  19. I just discovered your wonderful web site. I love to watch and I have to tell you that you have the most pleasant voice to listen to while you are explaining about the card techniques. I have learned a lot so far. I have been making cards for many years. I have a favorite card I have made with Vellum (pretty old). Thank you so much for all the great tips.God Bless.

  20. Yes, I have used vellum before but tend to “hoard” it. Thanks for the reminder to use it as your cards are very striking, Jennifer!

  21. What a fun technique! Thanks for sharing. I use vellum all the time. Sure wish someone would come up with a way to attached it so the adhesive wouldn’t show. Oh well, one day maybe. By the way, I sure would wish that your affiliate links would have enough stock on hand to cover the masses when you post! It’s really a bummer when everything is “out of stock” within hours at SSS or EH. I guess you know your good when that happens. =)

  22. I love these new markers!! I have used vellum on my first invitation I ever created. It was for my own baby shower lol. Thank Jennifer for being utterly amazing!!

  23. I haven’t used vellum on cards in years. I recently purchased some to start again. Your cards are lovely.

  24. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the comparison video. I’ve only used Wink of Stella but would love to try the other pens. I use vellum on cards as an overlay, to add dimension, and when the bottom layer needs to be muted a bit.

  25. Lovely cards! I have used vellum on cards but never tried coloring on vellum sheet. I would love to try that soon. Thanks for sharing this technique. Your cards are always an inspiration 🙂

  26. Hi Jennifer,

    I finally managed to buy a Wink of Stellar clear shimmer pen not too long ago after watching your videos. They are not that easy to come by where I live. Maybe they will become more available as crafters ask their local craft stores to stock them, who knows? I do enjoy your videos tutorials. They are creative and so crisp and clean. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and creativity. I have tried many of the techniques you showcase and always enjoy your ideas and style. Cheers – Trudy

  27. I love, love vellum and have used it on cards. However, I need to find and buy some sturdier vellum (40lb) to use on future cards as I love your previous post (flamingo cards)! 🙂

  28. I use vellum primarily to add sentiments to my cards or scrapbook pages, but would like to diversify so this is incentive to get more adventurous with vellum! Thanks for the chance to win these nifty pens!

  29. Beautiful card and I cannot wait to try making it and to buy the Spectrum Noir pens.
    I cannot see the link for the pdf for the sparkle pen swatch that I thought you said you would post in the video??

  30. Love your ideas for vellum and shimmer – yet another thing to add to my list of “must make” cards! You mentioned the Wink of Stella color chart template — I’m having difficulties finding it on your website. Can you point me in the right direction. Thanks!

  31. Not going to stretch the truth: vellum and I have a fickle relationship, so I use it rarely. We just don’t see eye-to-eye, but oh, how I enjoy seeing the fabulous results others have with it. I do LOVE colouring though! Thank you for the video: such a joy to watch on this rainy, cold Wednesday…

  32. I have used vellum in the past and I think I need to bust it out of my stash and use it again- such a beautiful effect!

  33. I mainly use vellum on cards to hi-light a sentiment that will sit over a background that I don’t want to cover up too much. Love the idea of colouring on the vellum, and the sparkle give a great finish. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  34. Hello! I love these cards and the shimmer from these glitter pens! What a nice, no-mess way to add shine and shimmer!. I like to use vellum on my cards, especially now that there are easier ways to hide the adhesive or use the Stick-it adhesive. On the Mother’s Day card I made for my mom this year, I used pink vellum and it was very pretty. I love the filmy look and the ability to see the design/color from behind it.. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. I really enjoy watching your videos and tips!

  35. Hi Jennifer…
    I have just recently discovered you on Youtube and now your blog ! Just wanted to say that I love your teaching style. You speak very clearly and I have not thought ” What did she mean?”
    I have only seen 2 so far and have already made a card….the embossed acetate…and I am so thrilled with the results….Thank You and I look forward to more learning with you !

    PS…I now want to run out to get myself some sparkle / glitter pens !

  36. Wow, Jennifer, what an amazing video (I could watch you for hours, LOL)! I just took the most recent OCC, Clear & Sheer, & also splurged on the entire Spectrum Sparkle collection a few weeks ago (including the new colors!), so I have everything I need, & I am really looking forward to trying the markers on some of the Bazzil Cardstock Vellum.

  37. Great cards, video and comparison of these two products, Jennifer. It came across as very unbiased and having both products, I have to agree with your assessment! They are fun to use and I too love how easily both pens blend. They are different enough that I had to have both! I bought a number of Wink of Stella first, and their clear ones are now a staple in my stamping for accenting! Keep up the great work……

  38. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS cards Jennifer!!!
    WOW – I am IN AWE of how you can take a piece of cardstock & vellum, ink pad & stamp, add your CREATIVITY and TRANSFORM them in to STUNNING pieces of ART!!!
    I have used vellum several times on my cards, sometimes I heat emboss a sentiment (not often, it’s pretty slippery and a challenge to get a “clean” image) other times I add layers or die cut pieces as decorative accents. I HOPE to be going to a craft show this weekend and have put the heavy weight vellum and these markers on my list to look out for => THANK YOU SO MUCH for ALL the INSPIRATION, INFORMATION and EXPERIENCE you SHARE 🙂

  39. Yes, I did use vellum on my card and love it. Your vellum card is just gorgeous and fabulous! Love those shimmer pens as well.

  40. I am always inspired by something new you have to offer. This was very special the use of shimmer on vellum wa really impressive and a wonderful technique.

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