Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Making Mother Proud...

With Mother's Day just around the corner in America, one of our American Design Team Members, Steph Ackerman, has created this adorable card for us. Here is how she produced it...

"Today I stamped this cute pup from Stampavie on Cryogen White Cardstock.  Then I used ZIG® Brushables to color her.  The ZIG® Brushables are awesome markers because they come as dual colors.  One end is the full color and the other end is 50% lighter. 

Create a 5 1/2" square card from pink cardstock.

Use your Scor-Pal or Scor-Buddy to score at 5 1/2" and fold to create the card base.

Stamp the image and color with the following markers:
Cool Cucumber
Pale Yellow
Baby Pink
Platinum (not shown)

Using the ZIG® Brushables makes it very easy to create dimension in your projects by creating gradient colors.

Cut black cardstock 5" x 5" and adhere to the card base.

Cut green cardstock 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and adhere to the card.

Place a rub-on sentiment on a strip of green cardstock and mat with black cardstock.

Add across the center of the card.

Die cut a large oval from black cardstock and adhere over the sentiment with foam adhesives.

Add the image with foam adhesives for dimension.

There you have a sweet card for Mom"

Thank you Steph for another lovely creation.

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Pretty flowers for a spring mood.

Italian Design Team Member, Miria Molinari has created this very inspiring Flower Pot Card using ZIG® Art and Graphic Twin pens, ZIG® Millenium, ZIG® H20Waterbrush and the template to make the envelope.


Take a look at our KuretakeShop for more ideas.

Have a great weekend. 

Becki x

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Colourful Spring!

Here is a beautiful piece from Jaine Drake

Jaine used ZIG® Art and Graphic Twins, a brown ZIG® CleanColor Real Brush, an Artists sketching pen and a ZIG® Calligraphy Pen in Wheat.  

Jaine then scribbled the blue ink all over my acrylic block and spritzed it with some water before stamping it directly onto the page.  

She then used the ZIG® CleanColor Real Brush to create the branches of the tree. 

Jaine says she chose the Clean Color pen as the nib resembles and acts rather like a paint brush creating the thick and thinner lines of the twigs. 

Jaine used the ZIG® Art and Graphic Twin in pink to create the blossoms adding detail with an artists sketching pen.  

Thank you Jaine, have a lovely weekend x 

Friday, 26 April 2013

It all starts with 3 circles...

One of our European Design Team members, Cuchy Sanchez has created this beautiful art journal page based on the Spanish spring party (fiesta de primavera)

The steps are easy to follow and this is how you go about achieving a page like this...

1. Cut 3 circles out of watercolour paper and 3 more a bit smaller

2. Paint the bigger circles with yellow ZIG® Art and Graphic Twin. Let it dry and paint it again

3. Paint the small circles with pink ZIG® Wink of Stella Brush and let it dry

4. Distress the edges of the yellow circles. Paint the edges with ZIG® Metallic Writer Gold

5. Add some dots over the pink circles with yellow ZIG® Painty

6. I used an already made background to layout the circles and add straight lines for journaling with ZIG® Millennium Pens

7. I added the title with pink and blue ZIG® Painty

8. I also used white journaling pen to add an edge to the letters

Thank you Cuchy. As always we love it and already can't wait to see more of your brilliant work. 

All of these items are available to be brought from our online shop at KuretakeShop. 

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic weekend wherever you are. 

Becki x 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Spring Themed Cards...

Hi everyone, hope your having a great week. 

It's Thursday and I've got two lovely Spring Themed Cards for you to see:


Both designed and created by one of our new USA design team members, Karen Jiles. 

Karen has certainly captured the Spring Theme on these cards.  


Both are very pretty and have been coloured in using our ZIG® Brushables

Take a look our shop site for more of our fantastic ZIG® products. 

Take care and look out for more posts from us soon :) 

Becki x  

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Something colourful for your day!

Okay, okay now I know Easter has been and gone BUT does that mean I can't share the following card with you? 

I love the precision of this card, how detailed it is and the colours used. 

Designed by Beckie Dreyer

Beckie has used three of Kuretake UK's many products. On this card she has used ZIG® Kurecolor Twin pens on the bird and KurePunch on the edge of the card. 

Only a short and sweet post from me today folks but hope you've enjoyed it. 

Our Kurecolor pens and inks are the best at illustrations. Take a look at them at our shop site here.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Perseverance pays off...

Its Tuesday, Monday is over with and if you love creating art journal pages then you will love this. I love the vibrancy of this page. 

One of our lovely UK Design Team Members, Zoe Ford has created this and emailed it to me, which I wanted to share with all of our fabulous readers and fellow bloggers. I hope you like it...

Zoe told me that she was originally finding it difficult using the ZIG® Cartoonist Ink and our Dip Pens and initially gave up BUT she persevered and wallah here is a finished page.

Thank you Zoe for sharing this with us. 

Everyone should have a go at drawing with the Nibs, they are very special and leave a lovely finish to anyone's work. 

If you have ever used them, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear your stories. 

Or if you think you'd like to give it a go, then you can purchase all you need from our UK shop site here

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your week

All the best, Becki x 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Sew amazing....

Good morning everyone, I hope you've had a lovely weekend. 

This post you are about to read will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys sewing or actually for anyone that wants to do something a little different. I'm personally a big sewer myself and will definitely be having a go at making this. It would also be a super cute birthday present for someone. 

This idea has been created and drawn up by one of our American Design Team members, Jamie Pope. Here is what the lovely Jamie says:

I'm not much of a sewer.  In fact, me and sewing machines don't get along well at all.  But on occasion,  I do want to add a few stitches to a project.  Somehow, I have managed to collect a small amount of thread, bobbins, and straight pins and need a good way to keep them all organized.

So I decided to make my own storage container/pin cushion.  The best part of this project - it was made completely with items I had on hand.  So what do you need to re-create this project: a Mason jar and lid, white fabric, stuffing, stamps, and markers. That's it!

I started with a 6x6 inch piece of scrap fabric and randomly stamped flowers.

Next, I colored in the flowers.  I used the following ZIG® Fabricolor Twin markers:  Black, Yellow, Violet, Cobalt Blue, Green, Light Green, and Pink.  And because you know I can't complete a project without some sort of shimmer, I added a bit of sparkle using my Wink of Stella pens in Glitter Clear and Glitter Dark Pink

To set the ink and to get the wrinkles out of the fabric, I gave the fabric a quick run under an iron.  To create the pincushion itself, I took a small amount of cotton stuffing and hot glued it to the bottom of the inside lid of a Mason jar.  Then I simply wrapped the fabric over the stuffing and glued the fabric in place on the bottom of the lid.

How cute is this? Now I have the perfect place to stash not only my straight pins when I get the urge to sew something, but the jar itself now holds all my bobbins in one place.

Simple and functional.  What more could I ask for in a project?

Thank you Jamie, we love this! I can't wait to get started with mine :)

If you would like to buy the above fabric pens and glitter pens, then take a look at our UK shop site here.

Becki x