Tip of the Day: Tips and Tricks for Sparkle Glitter Pens from Crafter’s Companion

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Michelle Peard, Education Specialist for Crafter’s Companion, shares some tips for using those fabulous Sparkle Glitter pens. Learn how to use them to your best advantage in your next coloring project; you’ll be glad you did!

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Tip of the Day: Three Ways To Blend by Chameleon Pens

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Calling everyone who loves to color! Julia with Chameleon Pens shares a great tutorial on how to blend with Chameleon pens. These alcohol based markers are very versatile and you will love the way they color!

Make sure to stop by chameleonpens.com to see all their new colors, a gallery of ideas, and additional video tutorials.

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Latest & Greatest: Card Making with American Crafts


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Card Making workshop: American CraftsCreative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers.


I love that coloring has become a cool thing to do again. It definitely takes me back to when I was a kid. I would spend hours with my coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. It is just so relaxing and it is something that I really enjoy.

I started with the Floral 2 Thank You card pack, the Jewel coloring markers, and some coordinating colored pencils.


I outlined the flowers and leaves with the markers and used different shades of colored pencils to fill in.


To finish, I added some rhinestones to the small flower centers and added a bow to highlight the sentiment.


I haven’t colored in a long time, so I am sure there are techniques that I missed for getting better blends. But it was just so much fun working with these products that I can’t wait to play some more and improve my coloring skills.

This Card Making workshop featuring American Crafts’ Creative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tip of the Day: Colored Pencil Eraser by Tombow

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Looking for ways to take your coloring to a whole new level?  Marie Browning from Tombow shares tips for using their colored pencil eraser. Marie demonstrates how perfect it is to use to blend colors, regenerate your paper, and is also ideal for erasing your little mistakes.

Visit tombowusa.com to learn more about all their products. They also share nearly a hundred lovely projects for all kinds of inspiration!
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Tip of the Day: Colored Pencil Blending with Gamsol from Inky Antics

Calling all coloring fans! Jackie from Inky Antics Rubber Stamps shares a fabulous tip for colored pencil blending with Gamsol. Jackie shows how simple it can be to create a soft, pretty, blended look for all your coloring projects!

Make sure to visit inkyantics.com for lots more coloring and stamping inspiration.

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Coloring Pages for Cardmakers

Miss You card by Danielle Flanders

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Coloring pages for adults seem to be all the rage right now… I mean, really, who doesn’t like to color? It’s so relaxing and reminds me of my childhood love of art! I’ve recently discovered that now cardmakers get to color, too! Check out these neat card-sized paper packs with different designs you can color in with Copic Markers, colored pencils, etc. So much fun! This one is called Fancy Pants Sentiments Coloring Pages by Papertrey Ink, but they have others including a feather-themed pack, a butterfly-themed pack, and more. And when you are done coloring, you get to send your finished artwork to someone special in the form of a card!

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I’ve chosen this particular sentiment, because I had these tulips all stamped and ready to go, and this “Miss You” coloring sheet has a nice open space in the lower left corner where I can add my tulips. So this one, it is! I’ve also grabbed some Copics from my collection that I thought would go well with the colors in the tulips.

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I learned that I’m not the best colorer in the world, but I had a lot of fun with it, and it sort of turned out with an “artistic” look to it. I used the R39 Copic Marker to color in the “Miss You,” then shaded around the words with R20. The swirls were colored in with BG10, then shaded with two greens on the ends, YG11 and YG63.

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What do you think? Will this be a trend you’ll try? See you next time with more cardmaking ideas!

Danielle

Tip of the Day: Shading Techniques with Alcohol Markers from Crafter’s Companion

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I am completely in love with the process of coloring, so I was very excited to have Michelle Peard from Crafter’s Companion stop by for a tip. Today Michelle is sharing techniques for shading with the color red with Spectrum Noir markers. A very interesting and surprising tip!

Thank you, Michelle, for sharing this technique. Stop by crafterscompanion.com for lots more inspiration!

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