04/20/2017I was THRILLED when I saw a couple weeks ago that MarkerPop (MP) is carrying Tombow Dual Brush Pens! You see, long, long ago, Tombows were the first coloring medium I ever used when I started stamping & coloring. I loved them then, but I stopped using them because Copics entered my world next and took over my heart, and also because MP didn’t carry them…BUT THEY DO NOW!! So this month’s Watercoloring focus gave me the perfect excuse to take out my Tombows again, and rekindle our relationship (lol)! Here’s a great video by Tombow demonstrating different ways to use these markers: For my card, I pulled out a lovely older Lawn Fawn set, Flutter By. I stamped the images with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink (available in this mini ink pads set) onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. There are many ways to color with these markers. For this project, I wanted bold color; so added the ink directly onto the paper, then used the Colorless Blender N00 to pull the ink out into the image which creates a lighter tone and shadowing effect. You can see this technique in this next Tombow video starting at 1:03: When I was done coloring them, I die cut the images out. I decided to make thIs card a Thank You card, so I used the Lawn Fawn Thank You Border die for the sentiment. I cut that sentiment 3 times and glued them all together using my Fine Point 1mm X-Press IT Glue Pen to create a “thick” sentiment for added depth. I mounted the sentiment onto a banner cut from the Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die set. The background paper is from My Favorite Thing’s 6×6 Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Paper Pack, and I die cut it using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s STAX Scalloped Rectangle Cut Set. For some sparkle, I painted the butterfly with my Zig Clear Wink of Stella Brush Glitter Pen Marker. Then I added Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Cupped Sequins in 4mm, 6mm, and 10mm. I will definitely be using these markers again! FYI, you can get them in Sets of 10, or in singles. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I’ve encouraged you to check these beauties out!
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Join us as we celebrate watercolor all month here on the blog. The Design Team will be sharing lots of great projects and fun techniques. We will have two Challenges this month focusing on Watercolor, and we have Prizes! We will pick 2 winners for a Prima Confections Watercolor Pan Set Of 12 in Pastel Dreams, and a Zig Watercolor BrusH2O Long Detailer Tip. And 1 Grand Prize – The New Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Brush Pen Set of 12. To enter, join us for each of our Challenges this month and share the contest info with your friends using the Hashtag #mpwatercolorgiveawayI stamped the images onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock with VersaMark, then heat embossed them with Wow! Opaque White embossing powder using my Ranger Heat It Craft Tool. Then I used the Zig Clean Color Set of 24 to color the images. The clouds are die cut from Bazzill White Cardstock Paper using 2 dies from the MFT Puffy Clouds die set. I painted the clouds with Zig Clear Wink of Stella. The scalloped frame is from MFT’s Stitched Square Scalloped Edge Frames set. The stitched square for the card base is from Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Square Cut Set. The background hill is the middle die from Lawn Fawn’s Simple Stitched Hillside Borders Cut Set. Hope this made you smile! Have a wonderful day, and Happy Crafting!
04/06/2017This month on the MarkerPop blog we are focusing on different watercoloring mediums! And to tell you the truth, I was pretty unsettled with this – lol! This is because I am pretty much a Copic girl. I’ve used watercoloring pencils before, and they can be SO beautiful; I’ve colored with Distress inks, and they can be amazing! But to be honest, I never felt like I could get the look like I wanted. Then, along came Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; ohhh, I was very, very curious, but I never took the plunge to order them. That’s why I was pretty excited that this month gave me the excuse to HAVE to try them! Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers are available in 80 colors; here is the entire color chart: You can buy sets or singles of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; I chose to dive in with a medium size set, the Set of 24. I felt it had a good range of colors ranging from all the basics to a few “in-betweens” for each color group. But there are smaller sets (Set of 6, the Set of 12, or even 4 different Sets of 4 are available) if you want to start smaller. And then there are the larger sets that are available (Set of 36, Set of 48, and the Set of 60!). Here’s the chart that shows 4 of the sets available (24, 36, 48, 60): Here’s a great video by Jennifer McGuire showing & demonstrating these great markers:
OK, on to my card for today; now remember, this was my first time using these markers! And I’ll tell you, I was thrilled with them! You can get a completely different look than mine today; for example, check out Lisa’s project yesterday where she’s also using these markers! Mine is a very solid, dark color, and hers is very light (& gorgeous!).
For my card, I’m using and older set by Altenew (I have just recently become obsessed with Altenew, so my collection is very small, but growing! I’m featuring the Oriental Orchids stamp set (they have a coordinating die set, also).
The colors I used for this card are:
- Pink (the main color for the flowers)
- Carmine Red (the center of the flowers)
- Light Green & Pale Green (the leaves)
03/30/2017Hi Crafters! Have you heard of Chibitronics?! Well, MarkerPop is carrying them! This system is where you use LED circuit stickers to build circuits and create little lights on your projects! Here’s their page explaining what’s possible. The following video shows how to complete a simple circuit; there are other videos on the above linked page, too. On my project I’m using Chibitronics for the first time; my project is very simple and basic; of course you can go detailed and all fancy, too. Here you’ll see my pencil sketch of where the light is going to be, and the path for the currents to the battery. And in the 2nd picture, you see me pressing the current onto the battery so the light will light up! Now the background current “stuff” is mounted onto the scalloped background piece. And then you can see the finished product in action! My project was part of a set I created; here’s my set and how I created it: This great My Favorite Things stamp set, Make a Wish, and it’s coordinating die set came out in August last year, and I finally ordered it last month! I pulled those 2 sets, some other MFT products, and some Lawn Fawn stuff all together, and I created a fun set of birthday cards! Now, after I show you these cards, I’m going to focus on one of them that has a special feature added to it; you’ll see that later! I stamped the candles and flames with different Lawn Fawn inks & MFT inks onto Bazzill White Cardstock, Then I die cut them with their coordinating dies. Next, I die cut the rectangular white background pieces with the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangular Stackables die set (and I also die cut the same shape from white foam). In those rectangular shapes, I then die cut the candles and flames into them to create openings. (and, OOPS, I realized later that I had die cut the flames in the wrong direction and had to do them all again… lol!) I glued a thin piece of white printer paper on the back of the rectangular shapes, and then glued the candles and flames into the openings. I glued the finished piece onto the white foam pieces. The scalloped rectangular shape is from the 2nd largest die in Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Rectangle Stackables die set; the papers are from MFT’s Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots 6×6 Paper Pack. I glued the finished candle scenes onto the scalloped pieces. Next, I stamped the different sentiments onto Bazzill White Cardstock, and die cut them using my Mini Misti and dies from Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Sentiment Banners die set and their Extra Sentiment Banners die set. I added Ranger’s Crushed Pineapple Stickles to the flames to give them a glittery finish; and the final touch was adding Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm & 6mm Clear Droplets. Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day, and Happy Crafting!
03/27/2017I can’t believe it’s time for another Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop! AND, it’s the Springtime one… yippee! I am SO ready for Spring 😉 I had the day off from work yesterday (a Sunday, which is rare!), so I relaxed and enjoyed creating this card for the Hop. It features an oober amount of Lawn Fawn products and the interactive part of it is My Favorite Things! All the products used are in the Supply List at the bottom of the post. Isn’t that fun?! Hope you enjoyed! Have a wonderful day, happy crafting, and happy coffee card hopping! ~Valerie