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Happy #TexturalTuesdays! It's Lisa and what a fun Tuesday it is! Paper Smooches is in the house. YAY!! I love Kim Hughes' quirky style and what I've seen other people do with these fun stamps. It was such a joy to be able to try my own hand at them for the VERY first time (other than just sentiments anyway).
And while we're talking about Paper Smooches -- Did you know that the store is having a sale of 20% off this week (March 27 - April 1) on all in-stock Paper Smooches products while supplies last?
I started by stamping my little chickadee in Versafine and then embossing it with clear embossing powder. I used a square Zig Zag Stitched Square STAX from MFT to die-cut the image prior to coloring. I wanted to do this to try to keep my coloring in perspective.
I used three yellows to color the little chickadee. I think these three worked really well to give him (or her?) really good shading.
I added some grey for grounding. Whether it was necessary or not, I'm not sure. But, it would have looked odd if the chickadee was just floating around on the blank card. Y'know?
For some sky or background color I used B000 and B00 which was blended out. I then added some pretty shimmer to the chick using the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen from Tonic. This pen is much like the Wink of Stella, but has less of a silver tone to it and comes in a pack of two (which I love!).
The patterned paper I selected was adhered to the card base, the chickadee square was adhered in the area I thought would look best, and then I die cut my remaining pieces and parts.
Now that I have my frame, I put that in my MISTI and selected my sentiment and some other small images to go around the frame. I'll color those in with my Copics and add some other embellishments after they're colored.
I'll be using the Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops and the Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix as my finishing touches.
Aren't they the coolest thing ever?!!
I thought that the frame was too "white". Weird, huh? So I used a Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker in Light Blue (036) to break up the white space. It's a bit hard to tell, but it works really well and makes ME much happier. :) The frame was popped up with adhesive squares when all the embellishments are dry.
Here's a slightly different view of the card. I hope you like it and get out your Paper Smooches stamps!!
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You asked for it and we are on it!! Today we are sharing a comparison of the markers we covered this week here in the CLASSroom; the ones we carry in our store that we think are fabulous for coloring stamped images, lettering, journaling and so much more. Disclaimer - this is our opinion and experience, it is not scientific, but we hope it helps guide those of you who are looking for comparative information! Here are our best answers to some of the most commonly asked marker questions and a comparison of the main markers we carry at Ellen Hutson LLC, divided by type:
Q. How are alcohol ink markers and water-based dye ink markers different?
A. Alcohol markers have pigment suspended in alcohol and water-based dye markers have pigment suspended in water. Generally, alcohol markers are easy to blend, work on a variety of surfaces (even glossy surfaces like coated paper and metal). Typically dye (or water-based) markers work better on porous surfaces like card-stock.
Q. Which markers are the best?
A. That's an impossible question - we love all the markers we carry! It depends on what kind of project you want to use them on, what type of paper you are working with, what type of look you would like to achieve, and so much more! Check out the lists below to see some of the important features of each type of marker to help you better determine which marker may be best suited to your style.
ALCOHOL INK MARKERS
Q. Can you use two different brands of alcohol ink markers together?
A. Yes, from the brief amount of testing I have done you definitely can combine Copic and Altenew alcohol markers.
Alcohol Marker Brands We Carry:
WATER-BASED INK MARKERS
Other Comparison Articles:
Water-based Ink Markers We Carry:
"SPECIAL EFFECTS" MARKERS - Embossing & Watermark, Glitter and Shine
Hi everyone! Happy Satur-YAY! We're celebrating the weekend by getting our craft on. I hope I can inspire you to get in your crafty zone and create something that brings you joy on this fine Satur-YAY!
Today, I wanted to give you a look at the Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip Markers and show you the similarities and differences between the Twin Tips and the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, also from Zig. Zig is well known for their amazing color products, from the Clean Color markers that we love, to the sparkly Wink Of Stellas and the Gansai Tambi watercolors. Their quality products never disappoint. The Twin Tips are now available in the Ellen Hutson shop and I wanted to give you an up close look at these markers.
In the video tutorial below, I will give you a look at the Art & Graphic Twin markers alongside the Clean Color Real Brush markers. There are some similarities between the two. However, there are a few important differences that set them apart from each other. I am hoping this up close look will help you determine which suit your crafting needs best.
Here are a few of the most important features of the Zig Art & Graphic Twin markers
Zig recommends that you store these markers horizontally for best results.
While I was playing with and discovering these markers, I wanted to make a project. My favorite part about these markers is the durable rubber brush nib which makes them perfect for coloring directly on to a stamp. This allows you to get effortless color blending on your stamped images.
I used a few colors to color directly on this Dina Wakely circle stamp and stamped it directly on to a card front. I used multiple colors on one stamp to get a gradient effect and worked my way up the card, fading the color as I went. I wanted the focus of this card to be the green, Pantone's color of the year. And I love green....have you ever seen my craft room? I was cool before Pantone said I was cool.... ;)
Be sure to check out the video below. We're going to go through a lot of features of these markers. You won't want to miss it.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you've enjoyed this look at the Zig Art & Graphic Twin makers. You'll be seeing these in my projects to come. I'm very excited about the possibilities.
I hope I've inspired you to create something today. You don't have to have these exact products. Pull out your markers and get to coloring. I can't wait to see what you create. Be sure to share it on Instagram using #EllenHutsonSaturYAY so I can check out what you're up to.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope to see you soon. Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous Satur-YAY!
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It's all about markers this week in the CLASSroom! Markers are fabulous and flexible crafting tools and we are so excited to feature some of our favorites and tell you all about them! My favorite markers are the ones I'm featuring today...the Zig Clear Color Real Brush Markers from Kuretake. It's a bit of a mouthful but these markers are so fab they live up to their big name!
While I'm sharing a bit about these markers and how to use them, I'll be sharing step outs on how to watercolor this card design. This Mondo Peony Stamp Set by Julie Ebersole is so gorgeous and watercoloring it with all it's beautiful detail really shows off what the Clean Color Real Brush Markers can do.
To start off with I first stamped the images onto watercolor paper in Jet Black Archival Ink and then pulled out my markers. Before I get using them...here's a little more information about these markers.
Marker Type: water-based...watercolor markers
Nib Type: brush nib with actual fine bristle tip
Ink Properties: blendable
Type of Surfaces to Use On: watercolor paper is highly recommended
Best Techniques: coloring images, watercoloring images, direct to stamp, lettering
Recommend for Beginners?: Yes!!! These are a great way to start watercoloring stamped images.
Recommended Starting Colors: I love the color packs as they are a great value and the hues chosen work well together. I'd suggest the 24 set to start of if you can afford it, the 36
Why do you like these markers? These markers make watercoloring soooo easy! The colors are amazing and I love the way you can color with them and blend them together. They even work well brush to brush for color mixing without staining. I wish I'd had these years ago when I started stamping. Right now they are really the only marker I reach for and believe me...I have all kinds!
These markers can be used so many different ways. You can color them and blend them together with each other right on the watercolor but for this project, I'm blending with water for a lighter look. To color each petal I've drawn a line of the pigment right along the inside of the petal...right where the shadow will be the darkest. I then I add water and pull out the color with a wet watercolor brush.
I do that with each petal. For color variation you can also touch one marker to another to mix ink, then add the color to a petal. This is a great way to add different shades! It WON'T wreck your colors or brushes!
Gradually add color to each petal. The more blending and subtle variation of shades you add, the more realistic it will look.
After I've done the petals once, I like to go back in and add even more depth of color where it needs it. You don't even have to use the same shade. Here I've added in a darker purple to the shadow areas. Next step will be to add water again and blend it out to a soft graduation of color.
Keep on building up the color.
And add in the greenery until you feel it is finished. Remember that watercoloring is a very loose look so don't be afraid to have some white spots and some color bleeding. It all adds to the artistic look.
Add shadows beneath the petals and leaves with a very light gray. Then blend with water again.
I wanted to add a little something to the background and decided to draw on lines with a blue marker. I love how you can do this easily with the marker format.
Blend it out with water for a finished background. I think it looks a little like falling rain.
Add in your sentiment using the Misti. There was NO way I wanted to botch the sentiment after all that work! The beautiful sentiment is from the Lovely Stamp Set by Julie Ebersole.
Finally...adhere your watercolor panel to a card base and add some droplets of Glossy Accents. I love how it adds water droplets to the petals and adds to the spring showers look.
While this is a complex image to watercolor...the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers really made a huge difference in how easy it was to mix colors, and add them to tiny areas! I find they give me so much more control!
I hope you've enjoyed this project and marker week in the CLASSroom! What are your favorite markers to use and which ones have you been inspired to try?
Thanks for joining me!
Happy Thursday! It's Carly and I'm here for another #throwbackthursdays, where we find inspiration in The CLASSroom archives! This week in addition to learning from past posts by our fabulous team, we are sharing info about markers! Today let's talk about "special effects" markers, markers that are glitter, metallic and watermark ink!
Wink of Stella
Wink of Luna
One of my favorite techniques to use with all of these special effects markers is faux chalkboard! Of course the technique is most like chalkboard when done in white, but it looks amazing with these other markers and makes a stunning background.
This technique is super easy!
Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the CLASSroom. We’re focusing on markers this week and I’m showing how I used them to apply color to die cuts. My project today was made using the Penny Black First Blooms, Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair, My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery and Poppystamps Leafy Frame. The flowers, foliage and hummingbird were cut using Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper.
Mist the watercolor paper lightly to prepare it to receive color.
Color the stems of the flowers using the brush tip of the marker.
Apply ink on an acrylic block or craft sheet, pick up the color with a waterbrush and apply it to the tulip heads.
Allow the flower to dry slightly and then apply petal marks on the tulips using the brush tip of the marker. Use the waterbrush to blend the lines.
While the foliage is still wet use the green and yellow markers to add variegated color to the leaves.
Mist the hummingbird, apply green and teal ink on the acrylic block and use the waterbrush to apply it to the hummingbird.
Apply clear Wink of Stella to the tulip heads and humming bird and allow to dry.
Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.
Arrange the tulips and foliage a few stems at a time and attach together using glossy accents. Continue adding the pieces to complete the bouquet.
Tuck a few extra pieces of foliage in the arrangement and attach using glossy accents.
Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the hummingbird and attach it to the frame.
I have used Distress markers for years and have just recently had the opportunity to work with Memento markers. I decided I would do a little experiment to compare the two markers so you could see them side by side. Both performed equally well in coloring my tulips and foliage.
In the sample below (Distress on left/ Memento on right) I show two examples using the markers. The first sample shows ink applied to hot pressed watercolor paper using the brush end of the marker and then washed with a wet brush. The Distress ink blended and spread much better than the Memento ink. The second sample shows ink that was applied on the acrylic block and picked up using a wet brush and then brushed on the watercolor paper. Both inks performed equally well using that technique.
If you would like to see a more in depth comparison of these markers check out the May 2012 In Touch article “Distress Markers and Memento Markers - Are There Any Differences?”
I hope you enjoy my framed tulips. I love making flower projects and these tulips were so much fun to color and arrange.
Hi friends! This is marker week here in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom and I (Carolyn Peeler) am really happy to walk you through a few techniques with Distress markers.
First, let's walk though some basic 'getting to know you' questions about the Distress Markers (please tell me I"m not the only one who now has the "getting to know you, getting to know all about you" tune running through my head after reading that sentence, lol!):
Q: What kind of marker are Distress Markers?
A: They are water-based dye inks which are also water reactive.
Q: What is the nib type?
A: Distress Markers have a brush and fine tip.
Q: Do they have any special properties?
A: They are totally blendable and also water reactive.
Q: What kind of surface do they work best on?
A: They work on any porous surface, but if you are using the markers with a great deal of water, watercolor paper is the best bet.
Q: What techniques do Distress Markers work best for?
A: You can use Distress markers for many different techniques including: direct to stamp, watercolor, creating backgrounds, and coloring images.
Q: Are Distress Markers difficult to use and would you recommend them to a beginner stamper?
A: Just like any coloring medium, Distress markers take a bit of shading know-how in order to get the best results. However for backgrounds, watercolor or direct to stamp applications, Distress markers are great for every level of crafter from the newbie to the seasoned vet.
Q: What colors would you recommend to someone just starting?
A: I think that the answer to this question is different for everyone. You should purchase the colors you use the most. If you color a lot of dogs and cats, purchase the browns and blacks. If you color a lot of flowers, then you'll want to pick up the greens and your favorite shades for blossoms. I will admit to owning the whole collection and I enjoy having the entire catalog of colors available to me.
Q: Why do you like these markers?
A: I am currently enjoying a love affair with watercolor - or watercolor looks - and I love using Distress markers in those applications. I have also used them extensively in direct to stamp applications.
So now that we have the basics of Distress Markers under our belt, let's jump into today's project!
This adorable card features imagery and a greeting from the Essentials by Ellen "Sock Monkey Surprise" stamp set. Using the Tea Dye Distress ink marker, color the image lines and stamp it onto watercolor paper.
Next, I used the Distress marker line to watercolor paint the monkey. First, I colored the markers onto a paint palette - you could also color onto plastic or the Ranger Craft Sheer. All these surfaces create the perfect base for picking up the ink with your paint brush. In this first time lapse, I am using the Tea Dye marker.
Before filming the time lapse shown below, I used Worn Lipstick as a watercolor to color the mouth and cheeks of the monkey.
In this time lapse I added the blacks directly with the Black Soot marker.
The balloons were the next card element that I tackled and they were also colored with the Distress Markers, but this time using a different technique. For each of the balloons first I stamped them by coloring with the Distress markers directly onto the stamp. Then I colored directly onto watercolor paper with the markers. Notice that I only colored onto part of the balloon. The area I colored will be the darkest area of each balloon and the other areas ends up lighter when the color is dragged over to them. After coloring, use water and your paintbrush to spread the color as seen in the timelapse shown below. The balloons were colored with Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry.
Next we'll work on the sky background. This one is simple and fun - Using a Ranger Craft Sheet color with your markers directly onto the sheet. Color going dark to light, top to bottom. The colors I used were: Salty Ocean, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. After coloring, mist with water then drag your paper across this water/ink mixture. Set aside and allow to dry (or dry using a heat tool).
Cut a strip of this awesome striped paper from the Cute Girl 6x6 paper pad and glue down the left side of your card front. Then, using the Mama Elephant Borderline Trio dies cut a piece of vellum and attach on top of the striped paper using a sewing machine and white thread.
Using Tuxedo Black Archival ink stamp the 'cheer up' greeting on the front right of the card as seen here. Then, using thin (low profile) 3d foam squares or mounting tape attach the balloons to the card front. To attach the monkey use normal profile 3d foam squares
or mounting tape.
Thanks for your visit, here are the direct links to the products used in today's project:
(click on the pics to enbiggan)
Today I'm sharing how I use Copic Markers to quickly color and shade images!
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Today's project features very basic coloring techniques and only two hues of similar colors (one lighter, one darker). This is primarily the way I tend to use alcohol markers, but there are other fun, more advanced techniques you can explore.
After coloring and assembling my card, I coated the smoothie cups with Pico Clear Embellisher, added some Stickles, Washi Tape, and made my own enamel dots by applying Black Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops directly to the card.
Join us this week as we celebrate scribbly, colorful, magnificent markers! Each day will fresh inspiration from our team and lots of info about some of our favorite markers! Did you know that Copic Markers are 25% off every day on our site? Through March 26ht, 2017 get an additional 10% discount on all in-stock markers no coupon code needed!