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Free Project: Techniques Using Tombow Pens

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So, you've got your amazing Tombow subscriber gift and you're ready to get going... but what exactly CAN these fantastic pens do? What are they good for?

Regular contributor and expert cardmaker Sue Hastead shows you how to make the most of your Tombow pens by using them in two different ways... watercolouring and smooshing! Each technique is soft, subtle and works for any occasion!

 

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What do I need?

For all cards
White card
6x6 Spiffy Speckles paper pad by Lawn Fawn
Watercolour card
Pastel Dual Brush Pens by Tombow
VersaMark watermark ink pad
Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder & Clear Ultra Slow Drying Pad by Wow! Embossing
Star Dust Stickles
Water spritzer
Snow Flurries Sequins by Taylored Expressions
Die-cutting machine

Watercolour wash
All items above plus:
Lilac & Butterfly rubber stamp, Card Builder
Windows die set & Smile Large Word die
by Whimsy Stamps

Smooshing
All items at start plus:
Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die set,
Special Large Word die, Quick Strips die set,
Butterfly Background rubber stamp & You’re
Too Kind clear stamp set by Whimsy Stamps
Watering Can Archival inkpad

 

 

Watercolour wash

1 Create an 11.5x14.5cm white card blank. Cut Spiffy Speckles paper the same size as the card front and secure in place.
2 Use the largest rectangle die from the Card Builders set to die-cut watercolour card. Scribble some ink from the lilac Tombow pen onto your craft mat. Spray it with water and use a paintbrush to apply it to the left of the watercolour card.
3 Repeat to add yellow below the pink.
4 Spritz the card with water and allow to dry, either naturally or with a heat tool.
5 Stamp the image over the inked area using VersaMark ink, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat to set. Fix the panel to the card front.
6 Die-cut ‘smile’ from white card and fix across the bottom right-hand corner of the card front.
7 Add some sequins randomly around the card front, securing them with Stickles.

TOP TIP! Allow each colour to dry before painting with another, this prevents the colours becoming muddy. Make a watercolour wash in one place for a soft look!

 

How to make a watercolour wash

Scribble some ink onto a craft mat, spritz with water and apply to card with a paintbrush.

How to make a watercolour wash step 1

Repeat to add another colour next to the first colour.

How to make a watercolour wash step 2

Spritz both colours with water.

How to make a watercolour wash step 3

Dry with a heat tool.

How to make a watercolour wash step 4

 

Smooshing

1 Create a 14.5x11.5cm white card blank with the fold at the top. Die-cut a Hand Stitched Nested Rectangle from Spiffy Speckles paper the same size as the card front and secure in place.
2 Cut watercolour card to 13.5x10.5cm. Using a selection of pastel Tombow pens, randomly scribble them onto your craft mat creating the same sized space as the card.
3 Spray the ink with water and press the card face down onto it. Lift the card up and allow the ink to dry either naturally or with a heat tool.
4 Stamp the butterfly background over the panel with VersaMark ink, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat to set. Attach to the centre of the card front.
5 Die-cut ‘special’ from white card and fix to the left of the inked panel. Stamp ‘friend’ on white card and die-cut a strip around it. Adhere just below the first word on the panel.
6 To finish, add sequins around the card front, fixing them with Stickles.

 

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