Friday, 30 November 2012

Faux Stained Glass with Cuchy

M. Carmen Sánchez – Cuchy has created a wonderful piece using ZIG® Painty markers. Cuchy has made this piece from a shadow box.

Take the glass out off the box and put a stained glass pattern underneath, so you can use the image as a template. (Cuchy found her image here: )
Secure the glass with tape. We recommend placing the design on the side that will be facing into the box for a more authentic look.

Start tracing the edges with your black ZIG® Painty marker, and then fill the image with your favourite Painty colours. Let it dry.

 Once dry turn your design over and place back into the box and it should look something like this...

 To see more of Cuchy's wonderful designs have a look at her blog here.


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Handmade Christmas Gift Winner!

As you all know we have been running a competition to find the best Handmade Christmas gifts and our winner is... *drum roll*... May Jones from England with this lovely photo album made by recycling old CDs. May has used ZIG® Kurecolor Inks to decorate this handmade gift. Inside it is filled with beautiful assorted paper and photos. To finish off May has used a cropadile to punch through each page and tied it with an assortment of ribbon.

Our runners up, who will be each receiving a ZIG® Calligraphy Blending Collection of their choice, are....

Elizabeth McGuire from Scotland who impressed us with this Christmas wreath by covering a polystrene ring with rafia and using ZIG® Kurecolor markers to colour the pinecones and leaves. Elizabeth has also used a ZIG® Emboss writer to create the snow and added red twin to finish.   

Lena Koch from Luxemburg who went as far as making the sweets and chocolates inside these handmade bags. Lena used a ZIG®  Emboss Writer and a number of colourful ZIG® Wink of Stella Pens.

And finally Annette Allen from the USA who created this lovely little ornament using a ZIG® Emboss Writer to emboss the sentiment, the penguin and the edges of the ornament. An ZIG® Opaque Writer was also used on the opposite edges so the ornament looks amazing from all angles. 

Congratulations Ladies!!!


If any of you would like to enter this month's Facebook contest to be in for the chance of winning £50s worth of Kuretake products all you have to do is create a handmade Christmas Decoration
using anything Kuretake! Then post us a picture on our Facebook Page under the title December entry! The closing date is the 19th December! GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

ZIG Emboss Pens

Hello there, it's Jaine here with hopefully a little inspiration. I imagine most of you are well into your Christmas preparations and you're frantically making those cards??

I thought I'd show you a card made using the Emboss Pens.  These are so handy, coming in packs of 4 with 8 different tips for different effects.  Here I'll show you just one way you can use them.

I love this stamp but it's huge and all I really wanted to use was the tree. Normally this would be a tricky job and I would most likely have to stamp it and cut the tree out, but the emboss pens make this stage so much easier.

I took the fat bullet tip and used it to go over the part of the stamp I wanted to use.

As you can see, once I'd sprinkled it with powder and heat embossed it, the image was perfect.  If at all you do miss a bit you can use the finest tipped pen to draw in the lines and touch up with more powder (don't linger too long with the heat gun over what you've already done as it may flatten the embossing).

Next I cut out my tree with a label embossing die.  With the die still in place I drew inside the die using it like a template, with the smaller calligraphy tipped pen.

I took off the die and sprinkled more powder over the pen mark and embossed it.

I'd like to wish you all a happy crafty Christmas and I hope I've managed to inspire you.

Jaine x