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 three different ways... watercolour wash, smooshing and flicking! Each technique is soft, subtle and works for any occasion!
What do I need?
For all cards
Pastel Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Spiffy Speckles paper pad by Lawn Fawn
Clear Ultra Slow Drying Pad by Wow!
Butterflies Fluttering stamp set by Whimsy Stamps
Mayan Glintz embossing powder by Wow!
Star Dust Stickles
White organza ribbon
All items above plus:
Notched Square dies by Whimsy Stamps
White organza ribbon
All items at start plus:
Pierced & Stitched Circular dies by Whimsy Stamps
All items at start plus:
Stitched Oval dies by Whimsy Stamps
1 Create an 11.8cm square white card blank with the fold at the top. Using the 10cm Notched Square die, run it through your die-cutting machine, remembering to place the die over the fold of the card. Die-cut patterned paper the same size and FIx to the card front.
2 With the 8cm Notched Square die, die-cut watercolour card. Scribble lilac, blue and green Tombows onto a craft mat and spray with water. Wet the watercolour card with a brush and using the same brush, pick up the Tombow ink and create a wash of colour across the card. Allow to dry and fix to the card front.
3 Stamp the butterfly and heat emboss using Mayan Glintz. Cut out the butterfly and paint using Tombows, using the same technique as in Step 2.
4 Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment and trim to size. Fix the sentiment and the butterfly to the card front.
5 Dab some Star Dust Stickles around the butterfly. Tie white ribbon into a small bow and fix securely to the left-hand side of the card front.
TOP TIP! Pick up the ink from the Tombow pens with a wet brush and apply to card for a wash effect!
1 Fold white card in half and position with the fold at the top. Using the largest Pierced & Stitched Circular die, run through your die-cutting machine, placing the die over the fold. Create a circle
of patterned paper the same size, then die-cut a second circle from a different patterned paper with the 9cm die. Layer the circles together so they are o set to the left. Tie ribbon around the centre, securing with a bow on the right. Fix to the card front.
2 With the 8cm circle die, die-cut watercolour card. Scribble some ink from the pink and green Tombows onto your work surface and spray with water. Pick the ink up with a paintbrush and flick and splatter it across the circle. Repeat until you have an effect you are happy with. Allow to dry and fix to the left of the card front.
3 Follow Step 3 from the previous card to heat emboss and paint a butterfly. Trim to size. Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment and cut out.
4 Fix the sentiment and the butterfly to the card front. Dab some Star Dust Stickles around the butterfl to finish.
TOP TIP! Be very gentle with the application of the ink. Start with hardly any ink at all and slowly build the colour up. It is easy to add more ink but impossible to remove it if you go in too heavy!
1 Create a white card blank 13x9cm with the fold at the top. Cut patterned paper to the same size as the card front and tie ribbon around the middle, securing with a bow on the right. Fix to the card front.
2 Using the second largest Stitched Oval die, die-cut watercolour card.
3 Using a selection of pastel Tombows, randomly scribble some ink onto your craft mat around the same size as the oval. 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 Die-cut a larger oval from patterned paper and layer the ovals together. Fix to the top of the card front.
5 Follow Step 3 from the first card to heat emboss and paint the butterfly. Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment and cut out both.
6 Fix the sentiment and the butterfly to the card front. Dab some Star Dust Stickles around the butterfly to finish.
How do I smoosh? 1 Apply ink to a craft mat. 2 Spritz with water. 3 Rub card into the ink and remove Ta dah!
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