Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Card by Sharon Curtis

Materials Used:

15 x 15cm white card blank
Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen
Watercolour card
Black card
Zig 2 Way glue pen
Apple Blossom Nativity Scene die
Cut a piece of watercolour paper to measure 14x14cm, and apply Gansai Tambi watercolours to create a night sky background.   Use the metallic gold paint towards the bottom.  Set aside to dry.
Put some of the white pearlescent paint onto an acrylic block, then using a paint brush, flick the paint over the background.  This will give a sparkly, star effect.
Die cut the nativity scene from black cardstock.
Add some Zig 2 way gluepen to the reverse of the die cut, then affix onto the watercolour background.   Trim any excess watercolour card from around the die then stick to the card front.
Then add some Clear Winkof Stella brush pen to the star for added shimmer.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Create your own gift card envelope with Jo Nevill

With Christmas fast approaching I’m trying to get organised and make the gift card envelopes I shall need.  These are so simple and yet add something special to your gift.

As you can see, I went for non-traditional colours !!
Products used :

ZigWink of Luna – Silver

To make this gift card holder start with a piece of cardstock measuring 7 ¾ x 5.  Score at 2 ½ and 6.  The patterned paper on the top measures 2 ¼ x 4 ¾ and the smaller piece on the bottom measures 1 ½ x 4 ¾.  The piece on the inside for your greeting measures 2 ¼ x 4 ¾.   Fold the bottom piece up and apply adhesive to the sides only so that you can insert your gift card.
Next, stamp out your Santa 
Using the flesh coloured KurecolorMarkers, colour Santa’s skin.
Using the Lilac Art and Graphic Marker, colour Santa’s clothes.
Finish colouring the rest of your Santa.
Die cut some snowflakes from silver glitter card and attach to the top flap of the gift card holder with the ZigTwo Way Glue Pen.
Give your Santa some sparkle by covering his clothes with Clear Wink of Stella.

Heat emboss your sentiment with white embossing powder and either cut or die cut a fishtail.
Stamp some snowflakes on the inside greeting panel and go around the edges of your greeting panel with the SilverWink of Luna pen.  I also added some “splats” of silver too !!
Wrap around a piece of metallic twine and hold in place with your Santa which is attached using foam tape.  Your gift card holder is now complete.
I hope I have inspired you and have fun making your handmade gifts.

Thank’s for popping by !

Friday, 20 November 2015

Will you be on the Naughty or Nice list this year? by Anna Vuong

For my Christmas themed project, I wanted to draw a scene of Christmas Elves preparing presents. I started the composition with a loose sketch using a mechanical pencil.
I start to ink the pencil outlines using the ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Flexible Medium pen and the Japanese Brush Pen No. 24. I alternate between the two pens to experiment with line variations. The Japanese Brush pen allows for versatility in line work with the smooth flowing ink and the Mangaka Flexible pen helps tidy up any wonky lines.
When completed with the inking, I erased the un-needed pencil lines, leaving a clean image ready for my selection of colours.
I start laying down my base colours using the Brush tip of the KureColor Fine & Brush markers for wide coverage.
After the base colour is dried, I apply another layer using darker colours from the same colour range to create shadows. I use the Fine tip for this task as I want precision in the darker colour layering.
For the fine hair details on the boy elf, I used the Fine tip of a darker colour to layer quickly over a lighter base colour with firm and sharp straight strokes…

…and I use the Brush tip of two similar colours to create a softer shade for the girl elf by first edging the darkest part of the shadow with the darker colour and while the ink is still wet, switch to the lighter shade and stroke the still wet darker ink outwards so it blends with the lighter shade, creating a fading effect.
Using the Wink of Luna metallic pens, I coloured in the present box and ribbons, giving the image another colourful layer of vibrancy.
To add even more sparkle and shine to this piece, I used Gold and Silver Mica inks with a thin detailer brush to add details to the elves’ garments. I swirled the brush around quickly to create scattered and faded silver patterns on the girl elf’s dress and cap and brushed on a thick layer of gold for the boy elf’s outfit’s trimmings.
I wrote random names on the elves’ list using the Mangaka 05 pen and round off small details of the piece such as the freckles on the boy elf’s nose and adding highlights on the eyes using the ZIG White Ink 30 and a fine brush.
I finished off the image by adding a frame of bow ribbons and holly and berries and added a thin layer of glitter over the bow ribbon using a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen for more sparkle.
DONE! Will you be on the Naughty or Nice list this year?
For this piece I used ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Flexible Medium, Mangaka 05 and Japanese Brush Pen No. 24 for outlining, ZIG Cartoonist KureColor Fine & Brush Pens for the main colours, Brilliant Gold and Brilliant Silver Mica inks, ZIG White Ink 30, Wink of Stella and Luna pens for adding details and sparkle. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015


I’m here again today to guide you step by step and show you how I made this CAS card (Clean And Simple) I tend to get started really late in making my Christmas card so a CAS card is always welcome.

The first step today is to make a mask. You can make this by stamping your image onto thin copy paper and cut it out. We will be using this mask to cover another stamped image so a little adhesive at the back is always very helpful. 

That’s when the ZIG 2 Way Glue comes in very handy.
At the back of my mask I put little dots of the glue, as you can see it’s blue. If I were to put it onto another paper right now, the two papers would be permanently bonded. But if you leave the glue to rest it will become clear and now you can temporarily adhere this mask, for example, onto another paper. The nice thing is you can also use these mask several times, when you are ready you can store them on the plastic sheet of the stamps, ready for future use.

While my glue is left to rest I start my card. I stamped my first bauble onto the paper. I used a waterproof ink as I want to use water to blend out some of my Clean Color Real Brush markers.
Since it’s a CAS card I decided to make several of them at one time ;-)
When my mask is ready and the glue is completely transparent  I cover up my first bauble using my mask. Now I can go ahead and stamp a second bauble on top of my first, since it’s protected by my mask.
Removing the mask is very easy and the glue didn’t bruise my paper at all. You can see now why my mask was so important. By using a mask I can stamp two objects and give the impression they are behind each other.

I stamped a third globe and started coloring in my baubles. I used my Clean Color Real Brush marker nr. 33 Persian Green and a Wink of Stella for this as I want my baubles to be a bit shiny.

When my baubles are colored in I gave them  a soft background to stand out a bit more. I blended the Clean Color Brush Marker nr 95 Dark Gray using water to blend out the color and create the soft background even though it’s a dark ink.
Stamping onto watercolour paper isn’t always easy since there is some structure in the paper.If you have stamped images that aren’t stamped dark enough you can easily fix this.  I used the Zig Millenium to put a thin layer of black on top of the outside of my baubles. That way they stand out again and it looks as if they were stamped right.
I also used the Zig Millenium to draw in some strings for my baubles.
All that is left to do now is finish of the card. As I said I kept it CAS, that way I can make several of them really fast and fill my box with Christmas cards. And why not make some using different colors?
Used materials
·         Zig2 Way Glue squeeze and roll
·         ZigClean Color Real Brush markers nr. 033 Persian Green - nr 95 Dark Gray
·         ZigWink of Stella Clear
·         Watercolor papers - cardstock
·         Waterproof ink

Friday, 30 October 2015

Halloween Card by DT member Sharon

Materials Used:
10.5 x 15cm white tent fold card blank
Tando Creative chipboard spider and web
White, black and orange card
Lil’ Inkers Stitched Alphabet die set
1.       Push the nib of the white Posterman pen onto a craft mat to release some of the paint onto the mat.
  Use a fine paint brush to paint the spider’s web with the white paint.
Do the same with the black Posterman pen on the spider.
Mat and layer the orange, black and white card onto the card front.
 Die cut the letters from black card.
 Use the Zig 2 Way glue pen to attach the letters, the spider and the web to the card front.  Then add some Clear Wink ofStella brush pen to the web and spider for added shimmer.