Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Resist technique with ZIG Metallic markers! by Laury

Hi! This is Laury and today, I'd like to share a cool technique with you.
The resist technique with a metallic pen is an easy way to make your background or create your own embellishments. 

You will need: Zig painty gold & silver, Zig Waterbrush H2O

First doodle with the ZIG Painty gold on watercolor paper.

Draw with your neocolor II crayons. You may use 1, 2 or more colors. Blend then with the ZIG Waterbrush H2O. You may use watercolor instead of neocolors. Metallic pens resist to watercolor!

Cut squares of different dimensions with your dies, punch or artecut and outline each with the Zig painty gold.


Monday, 27 August 2012

KurePunch Corner Punches

Hello Kuretake Fans!  

Have you discovered all the other products that Kuretake have to offer along with the fabulous pens??
I am here today to share with you a card and layout made using the KurePunch Corner Punches

These punches not only punch out decorative corners for your projects but they also create amazing borders and more.

Kuretake Products used : KurePunch Corner - Sweet Flowers,  KurePunch Corner - Gothic,  Ribbon

Here's How - Card :

Cut a piece of blue paper to the size of your card blank

Turn the Sweet Flowers punch over and remove the 'corner' guide by gently pushing your finger on the lines and pushing outwards.

Place the punch at the edge of one side of the paper, as shown in the diagram and punch.  To create a continuous line, slide the punch along and match the end section of the punch.  Repeat on the opposite edge.

Using the Gothic punch, punch along the edge of another piece of patterned paper as described in the step above.  Repeat until you have two strips with the decorative edge.

Build your card up with other papers and corner punch out the centre of the greeting section.

To create the layout I used the same techniques to create the border on the page.  

If you like matting your photo here is an easy way with the corner punches.  First trim the mat to slightly larger than your photo.  Place the punch over one of the corners so it fits snuggly into the corner guide. Punch.  Repeat on all four side of the mat.

Gently slide your photo into the mat tucking each corner through the gap, as shown below.

You can create chevron effects by cutting into the punched design. Create a mat for a topper by corner punching a square.

Try creating some faux rik rak by using these decorative scissors, also from Kuretake.   Cut a line through the paper and then when cutting the second line match the 'valleys' together.

If you would like to have a go with the Kuretake products you will find them on sale in the Kuretake Shop {HERE} 

Enjoy creating and have a great day
Thanks for stopping by

Beckie :)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Using Calligraphy Pens to Create A Wedding Card

Hello .....
I hope you have been enjoying the wedding tutorials and they have inspired you to pick up your Kuretake pens and get creative!

Today I would like to share my wedding tutorial using the  ZIG Memory System Calligraphy pens.  I love using these pens as they create really fun effects just by simply 'mixing' them together.

First you need to decide how tall you want to make the writing.  A good way of doing this is mark some squares on the side of a piece of card in a ladder shape using the width of the pen nip.  Then draw some faint lines with a pencil .

Next the fun begins!  Choose two pens and hold one on top of the other on the left hand side, as shown in photo below.  Repeat with another colour pen on the right hand side.

The colours I have used are :
Hyacinth, Pure Pink and Metallic Silver

Next holding your pen at a 45 degrees angle, write the word 'Wedding'.  Add a line to the top of the first 'd'  As before add some silver to the middle of the pink pen.  Hold the pen in position at the end of the line and turn the page to create a petal. Repeat until you have all the desired petals.

Take the pale mint calligraphy pen and using the fine nib, doodle some flourishes.  Create some more flowers and leaves, add some tiny squares as decoration.

Take the Pure Pink pen and lightly press the wide nib on to the left side of the 'W' to create some lines.

Finish the card by embellishing with some silver gem stones.

Well I hope you are inspired to create a card for somebodies special day with the calligraphy pens

Thanks for stopping by
Beckie :)

Monday, 13 August 2012

A Wedding Card With ZIG Emboss Pens

Hi All, Kim Dellow here with some more tips for using Kuretake pens.

You might have noticed that there is a Wedding theme on the Kuretake blog at the moment? We have lots of tips and tutorials from the Design Team and of course the Wedding-inspired challenge that you can all join to be in with a chance to win some fabulous product.

My tutorial today is based around the Wedding card I made for the challenge using the ZIG Emboss pens.

You Will Need:
Embossing Powder
Spray bottle - water
Plastic Palette
Mask (TCW Damask)
Sentiment (Lawn Fawn Happily Ever After)
White Card
Anti-static Bag
Heat tool

First you will want to add some colour to the card using the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens and the  ZIG Watercolour System BrusH2O

I like to scribble the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens onto a piece of plastic such as a palette or some old packaging or even a spare acrylic block, then I pick up the colour with the ZIG Watercolour System BrusH2O and swish it across the card. To get more of a spread I might also spritz the card with water. 

Let the card dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Wipe the card with the anti-static bag then line up the mask where you want the embossed image to be.

Hold the mask in place (you can stick it down with masking tape if that helps) and use the ZIG Emboss Pen brush nib to 'block out' the design through the mask.

Sprinkle on the embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat. I added the embossing powder in stages by embossing part of the pattern, heat fixing it then re-aligning the mask and adding the next part of the pattern. If you need to, you can also fill any 'missed' bits by going over the pattern with the pen again and adding more powder.

Next emboss the sentiment.

You can use the ZIG Emboss Pen directly on the sentiment stamp, again I've used the brush nib. Stamp the sentiment out and add the embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat.

Enjoy all the Wedding inspiration on the blog and don't forget to link up your makes on the Challenge post.

Thanks for popping by.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Fabric tags with Fabricolor pens.

I'm a huge fan of collecting clothes labels especially fabric ones.  The trouble is I tend to squirrel them away and not use them for fear of never finding another again!! Stupid I know but there we are.

There is a way I can have it all though by making my own labels.  Here I've taken a few of my favourites and re-created them with some white cotton fabric, Fabricolor pens and a few stamps. 

It is possible to ink up the stamp with colour from your Fabricolor pen and stamp directly onto the fabric.  Once the stamp was loaded with colour I just gave it a quick 'huff' (technical term for hot breath) then stamped onto the fabric. I cut my fabric to the size I wanted and added it to a piece of card. 

As well as stamping I also used the pens in the usual way and created freehand flowers and a faux stitched border to this one. 

I gave them a quick iron to seal the ink although as a tag for scrapbooking or crafting this isn't stricktly necessary.

Have fun with your Fabricolor pens.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

How to use ZIG Emboss pens

Hi all, Laury here with a quick tuto using your Zig emboss pen.
I wanted to combine embossing and fabric. Here is how I made a flower embellishment with heat embossing and fabric.
First cut a circle in your fabric and a second circle in tissue paper of the same dimension.

I used my Zig Emboss to draw a flower on the tissue fabric, cover it with embossing powder and used my heat gun to heat it up.
Then adhere your embossed tissue paper on your fabric, cut a circle of a smaller size in purple fabric and add a button.
My flower embellishment is ready to be sewed on an elastic band for closure of a notebook.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Tutorial: How to create your own wedding favour boxes

With a lot of us crafters turning our hands at wedding crafts either for ourselves or as a business, we know how important it is to save money where possible.  

Kuretake offers a favour box template which is so simple to use and gives you the opportunity to make two different types of box, you'll be knocking out boxes like lightning.  

I thought I'd show you one way you can decorate your little box and turn it from just a little box into something stunning the guests will be blown away by them.

You'll need;
Some white or cream card
Mulberry paper in white
a piece of tulle netting fabric
coloured wire

Glue the mulbery paper to the card with a glue stick.

On the reverse side trace out the box template marking out the points where the fold lines go.

Cut the box out and score the fold lines (I've drawn these out in pencil so you can see them here on my pattern).

Assemble your box and for a professional finish cut a small square for the bottom to hide the flaps.  Cut a strip 20 x 2 1/2 cm and score it 5, 10 and 15cm to fit into the inside of your box. 

Add a small circle of tulle into the box. Now you can add in your favours whatever you're putting into the box.

To make the fancy topper, take your tulle and cut 10 x 30cms.  With a needle and thread sew running stitches down the centre and pull up into a ruffle.  Secure the thread. 

If you're not confident with calligraphy, don't worry.  Print off the word you want to use in a calligraphy font. This could be the date, names or just a word as I've done.

Lay a vellum tag over the word and trace over with the Emboss pen.  You can then cover the writing with embossing powder and heat set it.

I cut the tag twice, once in vellum and once in the same white mulbery paper and card. 

I also cut myself a butterfly and secured everything together with some twisted wire.  As I tied the ribbon around the box, I also tied in the tulle, tag and butterfly together. 

I hope you liked my tutorial and happy crafting.

Jaine x


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