Friday, 31 August 2012

Tombow Dual Brush Pens - Tutorial by Vicky Pedlow

Tombow Dual Brush Pens are water based and have two nibs – the shorter nib is ideal for colouring small details or writing with and the longer nib is ideal for colouring with.

In this tutorial I will impart some tips on how to get the most of out these versatile pens. Photo one, below, shows the tools I have used but you will find a full supplies list at the concolusion of this tutorial.

Photo One


Given the pens are water based it is best to use them with absorbent paper, such as water colour paper, to achieve nicer colour graduations.



If colouring a stamped image it is best to use a waterproof ink such as Archival Inks to avoid the outline bleeding while you colour. If you do not have waterproof ink you could use a non-waterproof ink then emboss the outline with clear embossing powder.

Refer to my earlier tutorial on heat embossing if you are unsure how to do this.


Photo Two

If you intend to colour your stamped image with more than one colour work on the smaller details first using the short nib then emboss the details to seal in the colour and prevent them from bleeding. To do this apply a little glue directly to the coloured detail using a glue pen (photo two), then emboss with clear embossing powder. Embossing also adds a little dimension and interest to your image.

TIP: Remember to clean the tip of the glue pen before moving onto your next colour.

Photo Three
Once your embossed areas are dry apply your other colour/s to the outer part of your image. I have used brown (899) as shown in photo three.


Photo Four

To achieve a smooth colour graduation you can use the Tombow Blender Pen, which is an uncoloured pen based on water or you could use a water pen or a fine paint brush with water. I have used a water pen in this tutorial.

Commence blending at the outline and bring the colour inwards as per photo four. Bring more colour in if you want a darker shade. If you find your image is getting too wet sweep the tip of the water brush across paper towel to remove excess water. You can blend right over the heat embossed details with no problem.

To achieve some creative accents or deeper colour graduations, wipe the tip of the water pen directly over the tip of the coloured pen to obtain some colour then continue to blend.

Clean the tip of your water brush before you blend a different colour by sweeping it across a piece of paper towel a few times.

Photo Five

You can easily blend two colours together to achieve a new colour. Simply scribble two or more colours onto a non-porous surface (such as spare CD) then use your water pen to blend the colours together. Use the water pen to apply the new colour directly to your image. This is a great way to get the most of out a few primary colours as I have done. I used bright green (245) and brown (899) to make a slightly earthier green colour to colour my owl - refer photo five.
Once your image is coloured take a pale grey pen (N95) to create a “shadow” around the whole image. 

Colouring Directly Onto A Stamp

Photo Six
Another way to use Tombow Dual Brush Pens is to colour directly onto a stamp with one or more colours. As you can see from photo six I have coloured the trunk of the tree in brown (899) and the leaves in yellow (055), orange (925) and green (245).
Once you have finished colouring the stamp, breathe on the stamp a few times to moisten the ink before stamping it onto water colour paper. The stamped image takes on a slightly weathered look as you can see from photo seven below.

Photo Seven

And here are the two finished images which I have incorporated into card designs – the owl coloured using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a water pen and the tree coloured with the pens directly onto the stamp. I added a little crystalina Glitzin Glamour to a few of the leaves to add a little sparkle.

Supplies used in this tutorial

Clear Stamp Block
Heat Tool

Additional supplies used to make the cards

Patterned Papers and Card - from my stash

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Doily Die Card by Jan Rankine

1.  Cut dark blue card and fold to make a 15cm side fold card
2.  Cut a piece of mirri card 14cm square and attach to card using double sided tape
3.  Cut a piece of light blue card 12.5cm square and attach using double sided tape

4. Attach Peel Off Sticker Border and Corners to the outside edge of light blue card.
5.  Using a Cuttlebug or Big Shot machine and Cheery Lynn Doily Die Canadian Kaleidoscope,  cut a doily from white card.
6.  Glue doily to middle of light blue card


7.  Cut small sections of Prima "Say it in Crystals" Item #560232 and arrange in a circular pattern around the doily.

8.  Attach roses in the centre of the card using glue dots
9.  Attach a blue ribbon bow under the roses.
10.  Cut three leaves using Joy Crafts Die Template Leaves - 23 and arrange among the roses.

Your card is now complete

Products Used


Thursday, 23 August 2012

Marianne Design Creatables LR0202 Card - Sharon Blaxter

Please read all instructions before commencing

1.   Cut a piece of white card 13.5cm x 14cm with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat
NB. This is larger than needed, afterwards trim along the both edges where the die finishes.

2.  Place the Marianne Creatables Edge LRO202 on the white card with the curve end along the edge.
Adhere with removable tape.  Run through the Cuttlebug using plates A, B, and C.
Place a embossing mat on top of the die and run through the Cuttlebug once again.

3.  Place the large leaf from Marianne Creatables LRO192 on white card run through the Cuttlebug using plates A, B and C.
Place an embossing mat on top of the die and run through the Cuttlebug again, repeat.
Squeeze a small amount of  Glitzin Glamour Silver along the ends of the 2 embossed leaves.  Place to one side to dry.

4.  Cut a piece of pink card 14.5cm x 14cm and place under the white card , with a pencil lightly trace around the top shape of the die-cut, making sure that you have the same amount of edge on the sides and bottom of the card.
Trim with scissors slightly inside of the traced pattern.
Adhere to the white card with double sided tape, along the edge of the die run a small amount of Zig 2-Way-Glue to adhere.

5.   Cut a piece of silver shimmer card 28.5cm x 15cm with a paper trimmerscore at  14.5cm.
Rest the topper onto the silver shimmer card, make sure that the topper is centred and once again with a pencil lightly trace around the shaped edge.  Trim with  scissors slightly inside the traced pattern.
Adhere with double sided tape.

                                    Picture 1.

6.   Carefully remove the Prestigious Pearl Flower and tidy the edges with scissors.
Cut the stems of the 2 leaves and arrange under the flower, when you are happy where they look remove the flower and adhere the  leaves with Zig 2-Way-Glue.
Adhere the main flower with Elmers Glue attach the petals with foam squares

    Picture 2.

7.    Carefully place silver fancy line stickers along the edge of the card, make sure they meet up at the corners.
Trim with decoupage scissors
With the help of a pokey tool lift one of the Happy Birthday stickers and place onto the card.

                   Your card is now complete!



Monday, 20 August 2012

Marianne Design Creatables Flower Card - Vicky Pedlow

Photo One

** Please read through instructions before commencing **

1. Trim a piece of white shimmer card to 260mm x 130mm using a paper trimmer, score and fold in half to make a 130mm square card. I find using a bone folder helps to make a neat crease.

2. Trim a piece of mint green card to 120mm x 120mm and adhere this to the white base card using double-sided tape as shown in photo one.

Photo Two

3. Use a die-cutting machine and the Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large Die Set to die-cut two circles - one of out white shimmer card and one out of mint green ColorCore chalk card as shown in photo two. I used the second and third smallest dies in the set.

4.  Distress the edges of both circles using a paper distresser. Ink the edges of the white circle with pale pink ink and set aside to dry. Use a Sand It Gadget to gently sand away some of the chalk from the surface of the green circle to reveal more of the pretty mint colour underneath.

5.  Place a sentiment of your choice onto the white circle. I used 'thinking of you' from the peel-off sticker sheet Various Wishes 343. It helps to use a craft knife to carefully lift the sticker from the backing sheet and position it onto the circle. Mount the white circle onto the green circle using foam squares then adhere both to the top right hand corner of the card using double-sided tape. Refer photo one for placement.

Photo Three
6.  Use a die-cutting machine and the Marianne Design Creatables Stencil Flower XL LRO129 set to die-cut the flower from the pale pink ColorCore chalk card and the blossom Papicolor card. I used the largest and smallest dies to cut the chalk card and the middle-sized die to cut the blossom card.

7.  As per step four, use a Sand It Gadget to gently sand away some of the chalk from the surface of the large and small pink petals to reveal more of the pretty pink colour underneath.

8.  Assemble your flower using a pearl brad to secure it in the centre.

9.  Now die-cut three leaves using the leaf die from the same die set out of white shimmer card. Ink the edges of the leaves with pale pink ink and set aside to dry.

10.  Place your leaves onto a piece of clean scrap paper and use a fine point glue pen to trace the embossed areas on the leaves. Sprinkle each leaf liberally with white glitter, shake off the excess glitter onto the scrap paper and return to the pot. Set the leaves aside for a couple of minutes to dry.

11.  Adhere the three leaves to the card using double-sided tape and foam mount the flower in the centre of the leaves as shown in photo three.

Photo Four

12.  Die cut a fancy flourish out of blossom card. Use sticky dots to adhere the flourish to the bottom right corner of the card as shown in photo four.

13.  Add three small self-adhesive pearls to the flourish and three more to the bottom left corner of the card as shown below.
Your card is now complete.

Photo One


Friday, 17 August 2012

"Sticky Shapes" Flower Card
by Jan Rankine


1.       Lift a flower off Peel Off Sticker Sheet 491 and stick onto a piece of white card.
2.     Lift off matching Sticky Shapes of the above flower (not the leaves and stem) from the
 Double Sided Sticky Shapes Sheet using a pricking tool or tweezers and stick inside the matching
 shapes of the gold flower outline.
3.      Sprinkle generously with fine purple glitter.
4.      Lift sticky shapes of stem and leaves from Sticky Shapes Sheet and attach in appropriate
 outlines of the gold flower.
5.      Cover with fine green glitter

6.   Using Peel-Off Markers colour the negative shapes left on the gold Peel Off Sheet
 (the flower purple and the leaves and stem) green.
7.     Peel outline of double sided sticky shapes flower off sheet and attach to a piece of card
8.   Sprinkle generously with black glitter
9.     Attach coloured negative shapes in appropriate spaces of sticky shapes outline.

10.      Cut a piece of purple Core'dinations Card and fold to make a 160mm x 120mm side fold card
11.      Using Spellbinder Nestabilities Classic Rectangles second largest die and your Cuttlebug or Big Shot cut  a piece of green core-dinations card
12.      With Nestabilies next size down cut a piece of purple core-dination card
13.      Emboss both pieces using Embossing Folder “Venus”
14.      Lightly rub over embossing with a Sand-It Gadget or fine sandpaper.

15.      With Spellbinders cut two pieces of gold glitter card
16.      Colour a greeting with Peel Off Markers and attach to the smaller glitter panel.

To assemble the card

a.      Using double sided tape, attach the larger gold panel to the base card at the top left hand corner as shown
b.      Attach the green embossed panel 2cm from the left side and 1.5cm from the top and bottom
c.      Attach the purple embossed panel in the middle of the green card
d.      Glue the flowers onto the card as shown
e.    Attach greeting

Your card is now complete

Don't forget your fabulous little Joy Craft card stand.

Luv Jan xx

Materials used 
                  Peel-Off Markers
                 Core'dination Card
              Embossing Folder Venus

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Marianne Design Creatables, Christmas Card - Sharon Blaxter

Please read all instructions before commencing

1.   Place a piece of red card into the Reindeer embossing folder, which has been cut slightly larger than required, with a craft knife and  ruler on a self healing cutting mat.

2.   Using a Cuttlebug,  plates A and  B run the Reindeer embossing folder through the machine.
Take the red card out of the folder and trim back with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.

3.  Attach to green card which has been cut to 24cm x 16.5cm and scored at 12cm with double sided tape.

4.   Place the Marianne Creatable Christmas Tree LRO176 into a Cuttlebug machine using plates A, B and C with green card run through the machine. Run through the machine once again using an embossing mat on top of the die to emboss the Christmas Tree.

4.  Turn the Christmas Tree over and cut a piece of white card to cover the cut outs on the Christmas Tree
Adhere with a small amount of Elmers glue.  When dry adhere to the card as pictured with Elmers glue.

Picture 1.

5.   Place the Marianne Creatable Reindeer LRO179 into a Cuttlebug machine using plates A, B and C and a piece of gold shimmer paper, run through your machine to cut out the die and then once again run through with the embossing mat on top of the die to emboss the reindeer.  Repeat for the second reindeer.
Attach one reindeer to the card with Elmers glue and the lower reindeer with small Zots to give it dimension. 

Picture 2.

6.  Place the Marianne Creatable Merry Christmas LRO225 into your Cuttlebug machine using plates A, B and C and a small piece of gold shimmer paper, run through the machine.  
Adhere to the card with Zig roll pen with the help of tweezers

 Picture 3.

7. Carefully pick up a straight edged Peel-Off-Sticker with a positioning tool and place along the edge of the red card.  Trim the ends with scissors and gently press down.

You card is now complete!


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Marianne Design Doily Card - Sharon Blaxter

Please read all instructions before commencing

1.   Cut a piece of pink card 14cm x 14cm with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.

2.   Carefully lift off a Ribbon peel-off-sticker with the help of a positioning tool.
Be careful to leave all the negative parts of the petals on the sheet.

3.   Attach 1cm from the bottom pink card,  making sure the pattern on the Ribbon peel-off-sticker is centred.
Cut the excess off with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat

4.  Cut a strip of transfer sheet 2cm x 16cm and peel of the back of the sheet and rest on top of the negative Ribbon peel-off-sticker.
Gently rub the transfer sheet with shaping tool to adhere all the negative Daisy petals.
Lift the transfer sheet gentle to make sure that you don't miss any or the petals.
Remove any of the unwanted pieces with a positioning tool.

                                  Picture 1

5.   Measure down 1cm from the top of the pink card and place the  transfer sheet onto the card making sure that Daisy petals are in alignment with the Daisy petals below.  Gentle rub with a shaping tool  to make sure that the petals adhere. Pull away gently.

       Picture 2

6.   Cut a piece of  mauve card measuring 30cm x 15cm, score at 15cm with a bone folder.
Adhere the pink card on top with double sided tape

7.   Cut out the doily from light patterned paper using the Marianne Doily Die and a Cuttlebug with plates A, B and C. You can emboss on the Doily Die although I chose not to.
Position as pictured and attach with Elmers glue.

8.   Cut out 2 of the flowers from Marianne Doily Die using a Cuttlebug and plates A, B and C with darker patterned paper.
Place the flowers on top of each other with Helmar Quick Dry Glue and move to the right slightly, let dry, then flip up the petals so they are all going the same way.  Adhere the flower to the Ribbon peel-off-sticker with Helmar Quick Dry Glue
Place a large clear adhesive jewel in the centre of the flower.

             Picture 3

9.  Cut out a Butterfly  with a Scalpel on a self healing mat and attach to the Doily Die with Elmer's glue.
When dry flick the wings up a little.

10.   Using a positioning tool lift a Just For You peel-off sticker and place onto the card.

                    Your card is now complete!