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Faber-Castell USA is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is part of the global network of Faber-Castell companies operating in countries such as Australia, Brazil, and Malaysia.

Faber-Castell is celebrating it's 250th Anniversary this year! Today Faber-Castell is world renowned for its high quality, professional art supplies in the Art & Graphic line, as well as its fine writing instruments and accessories in the Design, and Graf von Faber-Castell product lines.

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Aged Recipe Index Cards

STRAWBERRY CAKE  - RECIPE CARDS

Swapping recipes is something I really enjoy as well as learning about their origins. They all have a great story behind! Is it all fashioned these days to keep them in a recipe box? Well, I do have one in my kitchen...

Swapping recipes often happens at family or friends gatherings. Everyone wants to know how the food served was made. Some guests might even take some hand written notes.

How about sending them home with a unique keepsake from your gathering? You can have some recipe index cards ready for them to fill up or design a recipe card index bundle illustrating the menu.

A nice keepsake for guests to take home! Show off your artistic and culinary talents at the same time!

Tinting recipe index cards background:

Adding a tint adds a weathered, vintage look to your recipe cards.

Using PITT® Pastel Pencil: 1122-106*** slightly paint the background of your recipe index cards.

Smudge the surface using your fingers.

Using Gelatos® Colors Butterscotch paint the edges of your recipe index cards and smudge with your fingers.

Using Gelatos® Colors Chocolate paint the edges of your recipe index cards and smudge with your fingers. This darker colour will add more depth to them.

STRAWBERRY CAKE RECIPE CARD CORNER DETAILS 1

Sketch drawings of your sweets.

Once ready draw your sweets on the right side of your recipe index cards using Drawing Pencil 4B.

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How to paint my Strawberry Cake:

Using Art GRIP® Color Pencils: 132 paint and cover the outside of the cake. This will be the frosting.

Using Gelatos® Colors Light Pink from the Red pack to achieve a textured background.

Make a past using a little water and apply it to the background.

Draw stylized strawberries on the textured background using Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Pink

Paint the divide sections of the open cake alternating with: PITT® Artist Pen(s): Cadmium Yellow 107*** and Art GRIP® Color Pencils: 132.

Then used PITT® Artist Pen(s): Copper252 to add more definition to your cake illustration.

Using Art GRIP® Color Pencils: 147 paint the cake base/plate.

Using PITT® Artist Pen(s): Indanthrene Blue 247*** draw the edges.

Using Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Pink draw small flowers on it.

Drawing the heart cookies is optional. They have been coloured using Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Pink and PITT® Artist Pen(s): Cadmium Yellow 107***.

Hand write your recipe on the left side of your new aged recipe index card.

FABER CASTELL MATERIALS FOR AGED RECIPE CARDS

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Products:

Drawing Pencil 4B

Art GRIP® Color Pencils: 132, 147, 119,151.

Gelatos® Colors: Chocolate, Butterscotch & Light Pink from the Red pack.

Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Pink

PITT® Pastel Pencil: 1122-106***

PITT® Artist Pen(s): Copper252**, Cadmium Yellow 107***, Indanthrene Blue 247***


Other: 

Recipe Index Cards

Gabriela

Gabriela Delworth is Product Designer & Instructor with over ten years of experience in the creative industry. She designs and develops high-end products for leading arts & crafts manufacturers and publications. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Living in one of the most multicultural cities in the world she finds inspiration in every corner.

Gabriela blogs at: gabrieladelworthdesigns.blogspot.com where she shares a variety of tutorials, news from her studio and information about her workshops.

 



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Mini Album with Paper Crafter Crayons and Gelatos

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Here's a fun mini album to make with your kids!  Designer Tiffany Johnson created the cover by  coloring  a Grungeboard with the Gelatos and added texture by melting the Paper Crafter Crayons.  You can see here that the Paper Crafter Crayons work well on different surfaces!

She even melted some on the little Maya Road chipboard house!

The fluffy clouds were added with the Stamper's Big White Pen.

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What a great craft to do with your kids!  On the left, you can see the sketches her little boys did.  This is really one of the best ways to preserve memories.

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How did you preserve your favorite memory?

 

TiffprofileTiffany Johnson Tiffany is a hard-working mother and wife whose creativity & sense of humor shine in her paper crafting projects, in her clever video tutorials, and on her blog "iheartart." Tiffany also designs for Hambly Studios, Lawn Fawn, Clear & Simple Stamps iPhone App, and CupCards To Go.

 

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Designing Fabric with Paper Crafter Crayons

As an artist, I love designing different things and for today’s post I’m going to show you how I designed my own fabric for this zippered pouch using the Paper Crafter Crayons.

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1. Draw your designs directly onto your fabric with the Paper Crafter Crayons. You can use a stencil if drawing isn’t your specialty, but I just freehanded my design.

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2. Place a sheet of printer paper over your fabric and designs.

3. Set your Iron on to the cotton setting, no steam and iron over the paper and fabric. This will heat set the crayons and your designs into the fabric.

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I love how my zippered pouch turned out. Once I heat set the crayons I decided that I wanted to outline my design in black, so I grabbed my small Black PITT® Pen and sketched around them. I think this turned out pretty cute.

 

Supplies:

Paper Crafter Crayons: BLUE/GREEN

Paper Crafter Crayons: RED/YELLOW

PITT® Artist Pens: BLACK SMALL

 

Other supplies:

Muslin Fabric

Katie

Katie Smith is a published artist currently living in Texas. She loves scrapbooking, sewing, art journaling, mixed media and trying new craft techniques.  She has been crafting and creating since she was a young girl, but started her blog, Punk Projects, in January of 2010 where she posts craft tutorials, inspiration and features other artists.

You can find out more about Katie here: Blog, Facebook, Twitter

 

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" Reflection "- Gelatos on Canvas

Hello everyone, Swarup here with a canvas that's worth framing!.......

........and all it took me to create this beauty were some Gelatos® and Stamper's Big Brush Pens.

Last week we had some totally unseasonal warmth and of course instead of snow we had some really heavy downpour.  This painting is a reflection of that beautiful winter evening . As I was driving through this rain , I noticed these beautiful colors being reflected in a puddle by the traffic signal, perhaps of the lights, colors of the cars and the sky, all blended together so well that it called for a beautiful painting!

..and what better way to depict water than by using water soluble Gelatos!

 

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Here is step by step tutorial , so you can create one yourself..........

the supplies-

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Step 1- Start with a pre- gessoed  canvas or apply 2 layers of gesso befor you start , it helps the color to spread more evenly and easily. Apply mettalic Teal Gelato and spray water using a spray bottle enough to move the color and let it drip. These Gelatos are  soft and creamy and full of rich pigment , they move so easily and despite all the water, the colors  stay extremely vibrant.

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 Step 2- Apply metallic blue Gelato and repeat step 1

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Step 3- Continue adding more colors and spraying them until they drip

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 Step 4- Add a hint of red Gelato and spray and tilt the canvas.

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Step 5- Once you are satisfied with the  depth of colors and the canvas is completely dry, take a bottle cap and stamp those circles and fill them in using Stampers Big Brush Pens .

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Step 6- let dry completely, then  take Glossy accents and apply it at the top and tilt your canvas so that it has the drippy effect, like water flowing on glass!,

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There you have it ..all done and ready to frame!....hope you are inspired and  give it a try!

 

Supply list-

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft

Stampers Big Brush Pens

Dark Chrome Yellow-109,

Cobalt Blue-143,

Deep Scarlet Red-219,

May Green-170

Metallic Gelatos® -Blue and Teal

Red Cherry Gelatos

Glossy Accents

Swarup

Swarup MI am a self taught watercolorist and a  trained textile designer . Over  the last 20 years I have  learned how to blend them both and bring that into my Papercrafting. I have been scrapbooking and card making for more than a  decade now and immensely enjoy creating these mini masterpieces as I like to call them. I consider every card I create to be  a miniature piece of art and  usually favor a clean and simple style in my card making..and  enjoy a bolder look in  my  Art journals. I enjoy photography and love to travel.

I  blog  as Sanketi and love sharing my work with others. I  have been published in Designed to color magazine , Simply Handmade and Cards Magazines.

 

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Tag Tutorial with Irit

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Hello, my dear crafty friends! Irit is here again and this time I decided to make my "Same, but different" crafty project.

Lot of times we see a tutorial from one of the most popular artists over the web that is great and inspirational, but we don't feel like those "copy and paste" kind of crafters, so we just pass. I saw this tag tutorial online,  and I felt that as much as I like this tag, I hate to be a " duplicating monkey" and if I would make it, it should be done in my own and totally different way. So I made a design, even with similar shapes, but not a single product the designer used was used making this project. All I used were some stamps from Visible Image company I design for and all possible Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products.

So here we go! 

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Step 1 and the only one without Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products:

Stamp some Clock stamps with clear embossing ink; add clear embossing powder and heat emboss them as shown. (I really wanted to use Stamper's White Big Brush here, but as it can't be heat embossed as it is a permanent India ink, so I moved to embossing ink after all. The original background was dry embossed one and I thought that I need some texture).

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Step 2 and here the watercolor fun begins:

Pick some green and blue  Gelatos   and begin to play with them all over the tag. I picked 4 colors from 3 different sets (Green, Blue and Metallic):

 Metallic teal, Metallic blue,  LimeBlueberry Gelato

Now spread the colors and use my favorite baby wipe to do so. Less water, less drying time till the next step.  

Wipe the cardstock all around to get this lovely look. Aren't those colors blend so great? They sure do. 

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Step 3:

Stamp the Film stamps randomly over the tag with Cold Grey Big Brush Pen, but let the tag be totally dry after the blending. The Stampers Big Brush Pen India ink is totally permanent and will show well over the water colored background. The original tutorial was to add some clear film tape, but if you have a similar stamp and Big Brush pen you really don't need to use all those expensive products at all.

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Step 4:

Paint your chipboards. Again, the original tutorial was about to die cut your own cogs, but for this you need a die to use and I don't have it, but fortunately I do have some bare grey chipboards from Tando Creative and they were just perfect for this project. 

The dry Gelatos coverage was sufficient and a bit of   Light blue Big Brush made it look like an old distressed metal. I also added some gold highlights with Metallic Mixed Media Sampler Gold pen.

This is how my tag looks with all chipboards covered with paint and some more brass metal cogs added over them.

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Step 5:

Make the sentiment tag. I used a plain Kraft cardstock with 2 more stamps and 2 colors of Big Brushes from the  Red  set (Magenta and Deep Scarlet Red)

 

I also inked the edges with Light Blue Big Brush and added some White Gelatos to mute the cardstock around.

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Step 6:

And now for the last step for this project- arrange the sentiment tag and stamp Enjoy Life over the white seam binding ribbon. Again, Red Big Brush Magenta was just perfect for this kind of stamping.

Here is my final project, very similar to the tutorial, but yet so different.

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Hope you got a message: use tutorials as you primary inspiration, but try to leave your "copy and paste" comfort zone and to make it your own. Good luck with it!

Supplies: 

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft

Gelatos: : Metallic teal, Metallic blue,  LimeBlueberry Gelato, Gold, Silver ,  White

Big Brush: Cold Grey,  Light blue, Red (Magenta, Deep Scarlet Red)

Artist pen: Metallic Mixed Media Sampler- gold

Tag

Chipboards: Tando Creative

Stamps: Visible Image

Brass: Handmade Halo

Ribbon: May Arts

 

IritIrit Shalom I am an Israeli designer and scrapbooker. In my real life I am a working dentist, but I love to create in my spare time. Right now I design for 7-8 American, British and Australian stamp, chipboard and tools companies and I was print and web published in Israel,UK and USA. .

 

 

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Creating a Colorful Scrapbook Background

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Hi, Katie here. This is my first project as part of the Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team and I hope you like it! I created the big sunburst on the background of this layout with Gelatos® Colors and Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. I love the creamy texture of the Gelatos®. They really live up to their name.

Here’s how I created this layout:

 

1. Lightly sketch out a sunburst with a pencil.

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2. Fill in your sunburst with Gelatos® Colors and Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.

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3. Using a wet paint brush, wet your colors. You can blend the colors slightly if you like.

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4. Add your photo and any embelishments you want.

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5. After I added my photo and embellishments I added what I consider my signature style which is doodling. I grabbed my black PITT® Artist Pens and my black Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and drew the clouds and my title.

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Supplies:

•             Gelatos® Colors Metallic Blue, Metallic Mint, Butterscotch, Metallic Gold

•             Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils #125, #105, #119, #143, #111, #115

•             PITT® Artist Pens Black, S, M, B

•             Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Black, Pink Madder

 

Other Supplies:

Paper: American Crafts,

Border Stickers: SEI

Letter Stickers: Basic Grey

KatieKatie is a published artist currently living in Texas. She loves scrapbooking, sewing, art journaling, mixed media and trying new craft techniques.  

You can find out more about Katie here: Blog, Facebook, Twitter

She has been crafting and creating since she was a young girl, but started

her blog, Punk Projects, in January of 2010 where she posts craft tutorials,

inspiration and features other artists. 

 

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Clean and Simple Stamping with the Stamper's Big Brush Pens

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Hi, it’s Jill here with tutorial demonstrating how fabulous Stamper’s Big Brush Pens are for the oh-so-popular clean and simple stamping style!

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Begin by stamping your images onto white cardstock.  Don’t be afraid to stamp off the edge of the cardstock as it creates visual interest for your overall design.

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Color your image with a Stamper’s Big Brush Pen.
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Next, choose a coordinating color in a darker shade.  Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft makes color selection easy with their Mix and Match color system.  Color with this second color where you would like darker shading.  You can already see the depth created by adding just one more color.

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Add one more dark shade.  There’s no need to go back and blend- this creates a bright, stylized look.

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Now follow this procedure to color the leaves and bees.

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Add to your notecard using dimensional adhesive and you’re ready to start your next card!

Hugs and Happy Stamping!

Supplies
Faber-Castell:
Stamper’s Big Brush Pens (Black 199, Pink Madder Lake 129, Scarlett Red 118, Deep Scarlett Red 219, May Green 170, Permanent Green Olive 167, Cadmium Yellow 107, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Light Cobalt Turquoise 154)
Penny Black Stamps:  30-145 Sweet as Honey
Other: White Cardstock (Penny Black), Dimensional Adhesive

 

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Jill Foster Always looking for fresh inspiration, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art.  As her “Inspired By” blog followers know, Jill has a beautiful style and an unparalleled love of paper crafting.  She also designs for Penny Black stamps and loves to share her passion for paper, color and stamping through video and photo tutorials.   

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Design Memory Craft Birthday Card

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Hello everyone! Patty here.   I would like to share with you a Birthday Card I made using  digital image and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. We only have a hard time looking for the perfect Bday card for a relative and so today I will show you a lovely and very easy Birthday card I made using Mixed Media Aquarelles, Gelatos and more which you could duplicate anytime.

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I gathered my supplies:  Art grip Aquarelles, water, digital images, PITT artist Pen big brush: Black and Red, digital image, stamps and scissors.

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I first colored the digital image using Art Grip Aquarelles, add all the color shadow and light trying to blend them together.

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Finish bleeding the colors with water… can you noticed the brightness in the hue of the colors? I love this process is like colors comes alive! Try not to over watered the paper or the image will get all soaked.

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Next I took Metallic Gelatos Tropical colors and add a bit of color to the image… it gives the image that shimmering feeling and there are so easy to use! I just use my brush… and you should have something like this…

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I used Red PITT artist pen Big brush to add some depth to the inside leaves of the images and with purple Gelato painted the middle.

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When I finished the coloring process of the digital images I add some swirl and dots in the front of the card before adhering the painted digital. I used Black PITT artist pen M point.

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Add the finished image to the card front and embellish as desire, for mine I used some mini adhesive pearl, stamped the sentiment on black ink and add a purpple bow to contrast with the middle of the flower. You will have something like this!

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Here’s the final card with all embellishments.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project for today. Have you noticed that all of Faber Castell design, memory, craft products and variety are so easy to use? And so many combinations to choose from.

Thanks and have a great day!

Patty

PatriciaPatricia Chalas I'm a papercrafter, mixed media, enthusiastic cardmaker and invitations maker. I've been crafting since I was 6 and love all thing color. Besides my crafting world, I enjoy having time with my kid who's the light of my life, with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowfairy Scrapbook Layout

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We absolutely adore this layout by Colleen.  Inspired by a photo of her niece, she picked up her Stamper's Big White Pen to create this stunning layout.  The interesting thing is that the Stamper's Big White Pen transfers very nicely onto the photo so that it's visible,  but it doesn't look like it's etched in the way it is.

Here's how to make this layout: 

  • Layer and stripe misc. wintery looking scrapbook papers.
  • Add lace and snowflake paper stripes.
  • Mount wintery looking close-up photo on white foam core for a focal point layering scrapbook papers underneath.
  • Use Pitt Artist Pen white , to add dots for snowflakes directly on the photo.
  • Use Pitt Artist Metallic Pens, blue & silver to draw tiny snowflakes directly on the photo.
  • Add glittery wings, snowflake paper, mini rhinestones to decorate the photo.
  • Choose a background photo, use the Stamper's Big White Pen to add dots to look like as snow scene on the photo.
  • Cover the background photo with white vellum, decorate with glitter wings, and Artist Pitt Pens metallic silver & blue.
  • Add chipboard words and winter fairy quote written out with Pitt Artist Pen super fine Indanthrene Blue #247
  • Decorate with acetate glitter snowflakes and rhinestones.

 

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Colleen McGinty Colleen has a rich, eclectic style that she has honed during her 12 years she has worked in-house with us at Faber-Castell. She has been using our products with amazing results on all her paper crafting projects for years! You can also find her on Etsy.

 

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Use Gelatos® Colors to create your own unique background

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Hello friends. My name is Yvonne and I am a Gelatos® Colors addict. Yes, I can’t help myself. I love the beautiful shimmer and the versatility of the products. You can use them as a dry or wet medium as I did on my layout.

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I started by applying Gelatos® Colors directly on the edges of a piece of 12x12 watercolor paper and then using my finger to spread and blend the Gelatos® Colors.

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Then I chopped off a small slab of Gelatos® Colors (a little goes a long way) and added a little water to create a paste. After that, I placed the paste along with some water in a spritz bottle to create my Gelatos® Colors mist! 

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Then I used a Donna Downey mask and misted my Gelatos® Colors on my base.

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A little stamping at the edges to “grunge” it up, photos of my cute nephews, some buttons in coordinating colours and title work cut with my Cameo and I’m all done!

Now you see why I can’t get enough of these Gelatos® Colors? This addiction is a good thing right? Are you a Gelatos® Colors addict like me? *winks*

 

Supplies

Gelatos® Colors in metallic blue, rose and teal

12 x 12 Daler Rowney watercolor paper, American Crafts stamp, white pen, buttons, cardstock(for title work)

 

YvonneYvonne Yam lives in sunny Singapore and has a funky eclectic style. She is big on using found objects on her mixed media projects. She shares her projects on her blog Do More With Less and is the founder and creator of LESSology - a challenge site dedicated to upcycled altered art. 

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Doodling with Rita

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Hey bloggers Rita Barakat here with a layout made from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® ,the Mix and Match Blue collection of Gelatos®, a PITT® Artist Pen in black and the new Stampers Big White Pen! 
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I love playing with new items and the new Stampers Big White Pen is a must have!
I used gesso in some places with a stencil, Gelatos® and wet paint brush to blend.
On the title "Love" is where I used the Stampers Big White Pen on top of everything
that had already dried.
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Here where you see the faint white doodles is where I drew first,  the added Gelatos® and wet paint brush to blend on top!
It acts like a resist! Fun stuff!
Can you imagine all the fun places you can doodle with this cool white pen?
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Rita Barakat  Rita channels her boundless energy into her family (she has 5 kids!), directing a youth choir & drama team, and her eclectic paper crafting projects. She is on the design teams for Clear Scrap and Ta Da Creative Studios. 

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Altered Arch

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Hello, dear crafty friends! My name is Irit and this is my very first post here as Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Guest designer for the next 3 months.

As I am mostly an altered artist, I decided to make this altered triple arch project and to show you some of my own tips and tricks.

So here we go!

1.  My triple arch chipboard frame is a piece from Tando Creative UK company and first of all I covered it with Ranger White Enamel Accents paint and let it dry.

2. Now we are going to make the background that we use under the chipboard tray.

 I decided to use resist white dotted paper (very old Heidi Swapp one, but you can use any resist cardstock you have ort even to make your own using white ink, stamps and clear heat embossing powders). I used 3 colors of Mix and Match Blue set from Faber- Castell   Design Memory Craft Gelato® .

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Here is a way I used them: scribble some lines, the lightest color on the bottom and the darkest on the top. The colors I used here are Cotton Candy, Blueberry and Boys berry colors. 

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Next (and here is my first tip for you) - wipe the paper with Baby wipe and not with water. We want it to be smooth and not too wet and after a lot of tries I can tell you that non alcohol baby wipes are just the best to use with Design Memory Craft Gelato®.

And as I used resist cardstock you can see those white resist dots all over the colored cardstock piece.

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3. Our next step is to stamp over this background cardstock. I picked Brick Wall stamps (old Hanna stamps company, but any other brick stamp will do the same job. And as you all know those Stamper’s Big Brush Pens are just the best: India ink is permanent, lightfast, acid-free and archival, also for altered project the last two are not a must, but it's good to know that we can use those Big Brush Pens with scrapbooking too.   I used Scarlet Red  Stampers Big Brush Pen.

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Next I stamped the Iron Gate Prima stamp using Cool Grey color of Stampers Big Brush Pen.

And now for my second tip  here: also India ink is totally permanent, you can clean it from resist spots using the very same baby wipes as I did here.

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4.  Now your background cardstock is done. Cut it around the triple arch shape, glue on the back of your chipboard shape and begin to embellish.

I decided to stay with those winter colors and made this red- blue- white flowers cluster, but I was short of blue flowers, so I decided to make some using   Design Memory Craft Gelato again and here is my way to make your color wash.

Most probably you are familiar with those clear plastic containers we all get with some take- away dips. Clean one (or more) and use then to keep you Gelatos color wash.  First cut a bit of Gelato into the container.

And now my final tip for today: hot water. Just a drop, not more, but really hot and your wash is done in a second.

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Here is my blue flower made (still wet, it will take some time to dry it and as this is a fabric one do not try to heat it with your heat gun!)

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5. For now my enameled frame is dry, but too white, so I added a bit of blue color using Stumpers Big Brush Light Blue Pen all around the enamel (and it's totally permanent over the surface).

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That's it for today and here is my final project completed and shiny with all as Faber Castell Design Memory Craft paints and colors over it and some fine tips to write and to keep.

Hope you like this post and see you again in about 2 weeks with another as Faber Castell Design Memory Craft project.

Product list:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft:

Cotton Candy Gelato

Blueberry Gelato

Boysenberry gelato 

Stampers Big Brush Pen Cool Grey

 Stampers Big Brush Pen Scarlet Red

Stampers Big Brush Pen Light Blue      

Other products:

Cardstock- Heidi Swapp

Chipboard- Tando Creative UK

Wood, flowers, bling, buttons:Prima

Stamps: Hanna stamps, Prima

 

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My name is Irit Shalom and I am an Israeli designer and scrapbooker. In my real life I am a working dentist, but I love to create in my spare time. Right now I design for 7-8 American, British and Australian stamp, chipboard and tools companies and I was print and web published in Israel,UK and USA. .

You are invited to visit my blog at http://iritshalom.blogspot.com/

 

 


 

 




 

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January 'Take the Challenge' Winners!

The winners for our January challenge is  Meihsia Liu and Danie May!  Congratulations!  Please email your mailing address to naoko@fabercastell.com.  Thanks!

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Meihsia Liu'(left) and Danie May's (right) art.  

Our challenge for January: 

CREATIVE RESOLUTIONS.

Document your creative resolution(s) for 2013 in some form of art.
Every new year, many of us resolve to do certain things, set up goals, make plans, make lists, and such. My creative resolutions for 2013 are to try new things, to try to think outside the box, to stretch beyond my comfort zone, to look for creative possibilities, and also to expand my creative connections by attending crops and shows and events, teaching and taking classes, making new creative friends, and more.

 

Danie May's resolution: "Creatively this year I want to have more POSITIVE experiences undertaking more courses, trying new things as well as being less critical and more positive about my own work.  I want more PATIENCE when it comes to creating, and not try and have everything finished in a day, but to allow time for my creations to dry naturally, giving time to reflect on what may need more attention, to be added etc and lastlyPERSISTENT in all activities I undertake, and trying to create regularly and routinely." 

Meihsia Liu's resolution: " My creative resolutions for 2013 is keeping dreaming and creating 
more mixed media art works reflecting my life and thoughts."

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Black Velvet Art

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Jen Matott here again to share another mixed media project with you!  I love finding new materials to create my art on... I love dark surfaces for Faber- Castell Design Memory Craft's Gelatos and Metallic Gelatos to be used on.  They just come alive against the dark background!  Here I used a black velvet paper to create this journal page. This is nothing like those Elvis paintings!

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I chose a mask in a bird shape that I had cut out of a printable shipping label that has adhesive on the back.  It allowed me to stick it on the velvet and color over and around it without holding it or worrying about it shifting. 

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I used Metallic Gelatos and the White Gelato to create a very vibrant and rich look.  The Metallics just vibrate on the surface and are so soft and brilliant.  Once I finished random marks I then added a circle stencil (sequin waste) and rubbed the Gelatos through it with my finger.

 

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Here's a close up of the dots once I removed the mask sticker.  You can see the contrast between the black velvet and the metallic colors.  I think it is just amazing!   So if you are looking to create drama in your work, try using black velvet paper or a dark material with Gelatos!

 

Supplies: 

4ct Metallic Gelatos

Gold & Silver Gelatos

White Gelato

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Black velvet paper

 

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Jen Matott  A designer with a funky style, Jennifer will show you how to play with art media, art journaling, and mixed media techniques. By day, Jennifer is an art teacher as well as a mom to two very active boys. She currently designs for WOW Embossing Powders USA, Get It Scrapped!, Scrapbooking From The Inside Out kits, and is on the Prima Marketing Educator Team. 

 

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CHA Winter 2013 Recap

Wow, what a week!  We spent the last week at Anaheim for the CHA show and now we are back at our USA headquarters in Cleveland, OH.  

Here's a quick recap:

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On Saturday, the fabulous Donna Downey taught our much awaited workshop.

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This is the altered canvas we created with Donna-isn't it great?

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A picture of our products in the innovations showcase.

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And of course we can't forget the sweets!  Last year, we had a Gelatos cart that served spoonfuls of the  frozen delights, but this year, we decided to go with these delicate bites.  

Our graphic designer designed this amazing color wheel for our cookies and the taste was worth every calorie (yes, unfortunately there was a nutritions facts on the back of the wrapper so we were aware of the colossal calorie count.  For those of you who are curious, every cookie was a 150 delicous calories).  

Anyways, when they're this cute, who cares about the numbers?

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The Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft team at dinner.

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And finally, a snapshot of the Anaheim Convention Center at night. 

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I want to be an Artist...by Nikky Hall

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Hi everyone! As Valentine's will be here in a heartbeat, today I am sharing a perfect project for you to use with all your Faber Castell products!
I decided to alter this heart in readiness for Valentine's Day...something my hubby refuses to celebrate because he says it's a Capitalist's Dream haha! Really he's just a misery and doesnt want to spend any dosh!
Anyway, let's get on with it shall we...

 

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1. I coloured the chipboard heart (about 99p from somewhere or other, bargain as it's about 5" tall) using the Stampers Big Brush Pen - the coverage on this is awesome, chipboard can be difficult to colour like this but the rich pigments meant it all covered in one quick and easy coat without a problem.

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2. Next I took a silver Gelato and using it dry I splodged it into rough circle shapes using it like a wax crayon. Gelatos warm my heart, I ADORE them! They ARE like a wax crayon but somehow or other... and this bit freaks me out a bit... you can add water and they dissolve! It's just bizarre! But, so COOL!

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3.  I then rubbed some more Gelato around the edges and then rubbed over with my fingers to smooth it out and give a nice metallic sheen.

4. I then took a scrap piece of red spotty paper and wrote a sentiment on it with a black alcohol pen...

"I want to be an artist to paint pictures just for you, so then when it's your birthday I can send you quite a few"

I love this! I came across this a few years back and I've been waiting to use it, I know it's a Valentine's project but who cares when it comes to art anything goes! I then distressed the paper and rubbed more gold and silver Gelato around all the edges.

5. I then took some crackle paste and edged the whole heart, just being rough and ready and blobbing it around and set it to dry. When I came back the crackle hadn't worked at all but I was left with some great texture anyway so I just rubbed even more silver and gold Gelato over it and round all the edges, mixing it together to give it a nice grungey feel (I find fingers are best for this!) . 

 6. I was determined to have some crackle so I turned to my Crackle Accents and added that over the sentiment instead. Next I took a stamp from one of my Faber Castell Mixed Media packs and inked it with a gold Metallic Pitt pen and stamped onto the heart randomly just to add some pattern in there.

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7. Finally I cut some hessian and decorated the corner, again rubbing Gelato onto the hessian (yes, it works on fabric too!), then I just added some embellies. Finally I made a little ticket and again edged it with the Scarlet Stampers Big Brush Pen and the silver Gelato to tie it all in together.

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I think I like it and I think his nibs might do too!

 I really hope you'll have a go at making this too - so easy and if you're a little scared when it comes to getting messy this is the perfect way to start!

See you next time! 

Love Nikky x

 

NikkyI'm Nikky Hall and I have been crafting all my life. I love using all kinds of different products in my crafting but my favourite is mixing different mediums and finding new techniques and effects - usually by accident! You will find me hanging around all the pens and pencils in any craft store!

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MIni Clipboard

Hey bloggers Rita Barakat here! Did you know that you can write on acrylic with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® White Stampers Big Brush?  I decorated this mini clipboard with my white Stampers Big Brush & Gelatos®.
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First I used the White Stampers Big Brush to fill in a stencil on some watercolor paper. I added the Mix and Match  Blue Gelatos®  pack and the Metallic Grape Gelato®. Just draw randomly, 
add water with a spray bottle and move the color with a paint brush. 
The white pops up from underneath!
If you look closely the shimmer specks you see come from the  Metallic Grape Gelato®.
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On top of  my newly designed clipboard I cut a clear piece of acrylic so that my surface would be smooth; because I expect to put this through alot of use I drew on the bottom of the acrylic. If you are using it for decoration purposes only you can write on top of the acrylic. 
I even filled the flower with PITT® Artist Pens!

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Rita Barakat  Rita channels her boundless energy into her family (she has 5 kids!), directing a youth choir & drama team, and her eclectic paper crafting projects. She is on the design teams for Clear Scrap and Ta Da Creative Studios. 

 

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An art journal page with Stamper's Big Brush Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with an art journal page using Stamper's Big Brush pens , some Gelatos®and PITT Artist Pen. This page is about finding and connecting with a creative friend.

Let me walk you through the steps.

1. If you are working with an upcycled book like me, gesso the pages first. Let dry.

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2. Attach cling mount stamp to acrylic block. Ink stamp with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen. Stamp near the right edge of the page.

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3. Use neutral set of Gelatos® to color the face.

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4. Use various colors of Stamper's Big Brush Pens and PITT® Artist Pens : BLUE to color the background. Work quickly to blend the colors a bit using Water brush. Remember that these pens have India Ink which is permanent when dry.

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5. Journal using Essential PITT® Artist Pens: BLACK.

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6. Add details to the stamped image and doodle to personalize using Essential PITT® Artist Pens: BLACK and Stamper's Big White Pen.

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Hope you enjoyed today's post and will get your Stamper's Big Brush Pens out to play.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Other products:

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Mou Saha  Mou won the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame in 2007, was a member of their Dream Team in 2009 and you've seen her work in numerous craft publications. She currently collaborates with 7 Gypsies, Anna Griffin, Glitz Design and October Afternoon. 

 

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Fluidity in Compositions

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Hello, friends!  Vivian here today with my second post as a Guest Blogger with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.  Did you know that yesterday was Make Your Dreams Come True Day?  Well, in honor of this meaningful day, I crafted this Art Journaling page along with a coordinatingvideo tutorial in which I share some techniques for creating fluidity in your compositions. 

The dreams I have for myself as I approach the big FOUR OH bear no resemblance to the dreams I had for myself growing up - they're not nearly as outrageous, but in some sense, equally difficult to realize. 

This tireless performer in our Vegas garden very much encapsulates what I'd like to see for myself artistically this year - the ability to thrive with little coddling, and spiritually - to respond in trying situations the way this one below truly embraces the scorching Vegas sun. 

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Hope you'll take a break from your day to check it out!  It's in HD, so don't forget to adjust your settings.

Supply list available in the description box under the video.

 

VivianPupusaWebVivian is a papercrafter, mixed media artist, enthusiastic student of watercolor, and produced writer.  Outside of these passions, she enjoys just hangin' with her husband, frolicking with her dogs, and all things which keep her present, including occasional pretty drinks.  You can find her at several locales in the ether - her blog, youtube, facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

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Behind the Scenes at CHA

So what is CHA?  Those of you who have been around in the crafting world are probably familiar with these three magical letters, but for our new readers, here’s a quick description:  CHA is bi-annual tradeshow in the crafting industry. The winter show is the bigger of the two, and is THE place to be for the latest and greatest. 

For buyers it’s an opportunity to scour the show for the hottest new products, and for us manufacturers, it’s an opportunity to bring our best bling. 

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Booths inside the Anaheim convention center.
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On Thursday, half of us flew in to Anaheim to set up the booth.  The only problem? The crates that contained our booth was nowhere to be seen.

Despite our months of planning, the crates hit some delays so we weren't able to set up our booth until late Friday afternoon (in contrast, most of the other booths were already up by Thursday).

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This is a picture of our booth on Friday morning.
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Here's our finished booth.

Now to the fun part! Here's what we launched at this show...

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NEW Gelatos ® colors!!  We're excited to launch our first 'Designer Series'; the Tropical and 50's Diner collection.  Dedicated to the newest, hottest color trends, these color collections were also selected as one of CHA's Hot 20 products. 

Tropical colors (from left to right): Snow Cone, Margarita Mix, Raspberry, and                                                                                                        Watermelon

50's Diner colors (from left to right): Aqua Dolce, Squid Ink, Banana, and Blood Orange


MistTool set

Also chosen as another CHA Hot 20 product, The Gelatos® Mist Maker and Gelatos® Tool Set feature easy-to-use tool kits that provide crafters with an arsenal of tools designed to create unique, one-of-a-kind effects.

Textural Accents

You've asked for it, we've created it.  A larger version of our popular Textural Accents is now available!  The 100ml Textural Accents tubs consists of Gesso, Gel Medium and Glaze.  

That's it for today's blog post!  Another CHA blog post to come soon!

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Upcycled boots!

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Hello, Colleen here. 
I upcycled an old pair of cool Dr. Martens Leather boots by embellishing them with a hand drawn flower design using Design Memory Craft Pitt Artist Pens in Metallic, and super fine black along with Big Brush Stampers Pens. I then added hot fix crystal rhinestones for “bling”. I just love that I found new life for a pair of old boots!

((p.s see my inspiration picture in the background of a pair of new Dr. Martens boot design!))

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Colleen McGinty Colleen has a rich, eclectic style that she has honed during her 12 years she has worked in-house with us at Faber-Castell. She has been using our products with amazing results on all her paper crafting projects for years! You can also find her on Etsy.

 

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Colorful Creative Escape - Gelatos Techniques

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Today I have a layout to share with you!  I used some texture mediums and then layered Gelatos using a few techniques and created a colorful and artsy scrapbook page.

I love the bright colors of the Gelatos and how the different colors can mix and match other media in the Design Memory Craft lines.   The Gelatos are so versatile!  You can use them dry or wet.  So many fun techniques and ways to use them!

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You can see here how I dripped the color down the page.  I love doing this to create lines, interest, and it's just plain fun! 

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First, I used an old credit card (don't worry, it expired!) to apply Gesso from the Textural Accents pack.  I also added some Fiber Paste in areas.  Once they were dry, I applied a rainbow of Gelato colors across the middle.  The textural surface allowed it to grab on and stay really bright!  I added a bit of water from a misting bottle in the tool kit and allowed it to drip down the page!  

In the second photo you can see the intensity of the colors on the textured surface.  I love how the edges are softened by the water and the fiber paste.  I layered papers and embellishments to highlight the colors.  I also printed my journaling on vellum so that it wouldn't cover up the gorgeous color!

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The page is about my need to have creative escapes throughout my week.  I have to create!   The photos are from the Scrapbook Expo in Akron, Ohio.  I had so much fun showing people how to use Gelatos in a variety of ways! 

I hope some of you got Gelatos for Christmas from your own Santa!  Have fun playing with Gelatos over a variety of surfaces.

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Jen Matott  A designer with a funky style, Jennifer will show you how to play with art media, art journaling, and mixed media techniques. By day, Jennifer is an art teacher as well as a mom to two very active boys. She currently designs for WOW Embossing Powders USA, Get It Scrapped!, Scrapbooking From The Inside Out kits, and is on the Prima Marketing Educator Team. 

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Too Much of a Good Thing......

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Hello everyone,

Swarup here with my very first post as Guest Designer for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

.......am so excited to be here and thank you all for joining me today!

With the holidays behind us now, time to start thinking about Valentines day!

I am sharing a clean and simple card with you all today, which I think would be perfect for Valentines day!. As much as I love all the pink and red that goes with Valentines, I sometimes prefer to use non-traditional colors too.I went for a 'page  out of my sketchbook look" for this card. I took some pictures along the way to give you all an idea of how easily an artsy look  can be achieved if you have the right tools and mediums. The Mix and Match line of Faber - Castell Design Memory Craft blend so well you can create something with a just a few colors.

 

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The supplies

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Stamp the sentiment on watercolor paper in black using Stampers Big Brush Pen or Memento ink

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Stamp the image using Versamark or any pigment ink which stays wet for a longer time and emboss the image using Gloss embossing powder. Then color in the image using Stampers Big Brush inyellow ,red and blue , for the shoes I used Black Pitt Pastel pencil  

Then start coloring around the image using Gelatos® in metallic blue and green ...once I laid down the Gelatos®, I went over it with a wet brush to soften the color and give it a more watercolor effect.

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For the green, I used Stampers Big Brush pen in May green and also green Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

That all there is to this card..wasn't that easy?

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 The rich vibrant color of  the metallic gelatos compliment the  Stampers Big Brush pens.. a match made in heaven! 

Faber Castell's Design Memory Craft line of products are just what you need when you want to create something without worrying about the rights and the wrongs..cause there is no wrong when you pick up a set from this line, they all Mix and Match perfectly!

 

Supplies-

Stampers Big Brush pens-

Dark Chrome Yellow-109,

Cobalt Blue-143,

Deep Scarlet Red-219,

May Green-170

Metallic Gelatos® Color & Clear Stamp

Art GRIP® Aquarelles: GREEN

 PITT® Pastel Pencils: NEUTRALS

 Stamps- Unity Stamp company-Rain or Shine, and 7 Gypsies sentiment.

Memento ink-black and Embossing powder-gloss-Martha Stewart.

Watercolor Paper.

 

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I am a self taught watercolorist and a  trained textile designer . Over  the last 20 years I have  learned how to blend them both and bring that into my Papercrafting. I have been scrapbooking and card making for more than a  decade now and immensely enjoy creating these mini masterpieces as I like to call them. I consider every card I create to be  a miniature piece of art and  usually favor a clean and simple style in my card making..and  enjoy a bolder look in  my  Art journals. I enjoy photography and love to travel.

I  blog  as Sanketi and love sharing my work with others. I  have been published in Designed to color magazine , Simply Handmade and Cards Magazines.

 

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Melted Paper Crafter Crayons

Today's technique is all about melting the Paper Crafter Crayons.  To make these tags, Tiffany rubbed the crayons on a  heated mini craft iron and then swiped it over paper.  The result?  Beautiful shiny backgrounds.  

Watch the video to see how she created these tags!

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Melted textured crayon background.

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Red crayons were melted and then brushed on embossed paper.  

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Tiffany Johnson Tiffany is a hard-working mother and wife whose creativity & sense of humor shine in her paper crafting projects, in her clever video tutorials, and on her blog "iheartart." Tiffany also designs for Hambly Studios, Lawn Fawn, Clear & Simple Stamps iPhone App, and CupCards To Go.

 

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Gelatos® Embossing

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Hi everyone, it's Anita and today I want to share a tag and an embossing technique that I love to do with my fabulous Gelatos® Colors. I really love to emboss with my die cut machine, but I want to have color on the finished product - much like the letterpress technique. For this project I started with a manilla tag and a snowflake embossing folder. I rubbed my Gelato® in Blue Metal on the raised side of the folder. The color goes on really well. You don't have to be extremely careful about it, but you will want to brush away any specks of color that are in open areas.

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I  misted is lightly with water and then ran it through my die cut machine as normal then used a small piece of sponge to smooth the color out. I added a piece of doily to the top of the tag, and a sentiment to the bottom.

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The fabulous snowflakes were from a greeting card a received - I just had to cut them out and use them on something as they were to pretty to toss out! I highlighted them with Metallic PITT® Artist Pens Silver #251 and Copper #252. I added a jewelry finding and a brad to the center of each one. The small flower at the bottom was also highlighted with the Blue Metal Gelato®.  To finish my tag off I added lots of ribbons to the top and bottom.

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The tag on the left was embossed without the mist of water- it gives a completely different look! I hope you give both of these a try.

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Supplies:     

Metallic Classic PITT® Artist Pens

Mixed Media Sampler Blue

Ranger Manilla Tag, doily, jewelry findings, brads, McGill Square punches, ribbons, lace, flower


AnitaAnita is a SAHM whose kids have flown the nest. She is currently driving her husband crazy redecorating the house and hoping to get her first flock of chickens this spring. She keeps busy doing freelance design work for a variety of manufacturers and teaching at the local  scrapbook store.


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Aquarelle Background Tags

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My name is Patricia Chalas and this is my first project to share with you as a guest designer with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.  I have created Aquarelle Background Tags today using Mixed Media Aquarelles & Ink.

I started gathering some of my supplies: Red Mix & Match Aquarelles & Ink set, PITT artist Pen big brush: white & pink madder lake, tags, stamps and scissors.

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Then, I colored each tag combining the aquarelle pencils that comes in the kit I used all 3 colors in each tag. And it looked like this.

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Then I used the brush that comes in the kit to blend and disperse the color trying not to blend to much one color into the other when you’re done you should have something like this

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Now using your PITT artist pen big brush stamp your image I stamped on the corner but you can do it anywhere you like!  I used PITT artist pen big brush: Red and pink madder.

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Then with PITT artist pen White I added a dotted border to each one

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After your done you can embellish your tag as desire, for mine I used some ribbon, white twine and ringtones and as the final touch the variety of sentiments.

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Here’s the final tags ready to use!

I hope you've enjoyed today's project. Have a great day!!

Patricia Chalas

 

PatriciaI'm a papercrafter, mixed media, enthusiastic cardmaker and invitations maker. I've been crafting since I was 6 and love all thing color. Besides my crafting world, I enjoy having time with my kid who's the light of my life, with family and friends.

 

 

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January 'Take the Challenge' with Mou

Hi everyone, Mou here  and welcome to the first 'Take the Challenge' of 2013!

Today, I have a challenge for you. I feel that creative challenges help us experiment and learn new
things. Challenges can help us get unstuck from creative ruts. They can also inspire us to create in ways we would not have thought of otherwise. So, I decided to take a few creative challenges myself and thought you might like to play along.


Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. The following Monday, we will pick TWO winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that week's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

Today's challenge is about CREATIVE RESOLUTIONS.

Document your creative resolution(s) for 2013 in some form of art.
Every new year, many of us resolve to do certain things, set up goals, make plans, make lists, and such. My creative resolutions for 2013 are to try new things, to try to think outside the box, to stretch beyond my comfort zone, to look for creative possibilities, and also to expand my creative connections by attending crops and shows and events, teaching and taking classes, making new creative friends, and more.

In keeping with my resolution about trying new things and making new connections, I made this New Year's greeting card for a new friend.

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In an attempt to do something out of the box, I used an image that does not necessarily relate to celebrations, but something that let me express my sentiments perfectly.

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These are the steps to making this card:

1. I scribbled on the card with Paper Crafter Crayons™ to create a colorful freestyle background.

2. Then I pieced together a few scraps of paper, some washi tape, and fabric.

3. I used Stamper's Big Brush Pen: BLACK to ink up my stamp. I cut out the stamped image and layered it on the card.

4. I stitched the pieces to secure them as well as to add some texture.

5. Finally, I added the sentiment using Essential PITT® Artist Pens: BLACK

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Don't forget to share your clallenge creations with us... just leave a comment to this post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 1/18 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these

 
The prizes for this challenge are:
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Don't forget to check back on Monday, 1/21 to see if YOU won!
Hope you play along!
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Mou Saha  Mou won the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame in 2007, was a member of their Dream Team in 2009 and you've seen her work in numerous craft publications. She currently collaborates with 7 Gypsies, Anna Griffin, Glitz Design and October Afternoon. 

 

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Mixed Media Mini Album

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Hello Everyone!

I’m going to share with you my last project as a Guest Design Team member for Faber Castell Design Memory Craft!  I’ve had a wonderful time and I wanted to thank Faber Castell for the opportunity! I hope the readers enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed making them!

For my last project I decided to make a mini album. I’ve never actually made a mini before because I found it daunting to have to create so many different, yet cohesive pages. Well I wanted to challenge myself and I decided to approach it with a “formula”J  I used my Stamper’s Big Brush Pens, Gelatos™ and Essential PITT™ Artist pens to help me along.

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First I took the chipboard mini and covered all the pages with gesso. Next I approached all the pages in the same order:

First I colored an area of the page with one color of my Stamper’s Big Brush Pen then spritzed over the color with water. I let the india ink drip in whatever direction I wanted then heat dried it. I colored in the same area with a different Stamper’s Big Brush pen and again sprayed with water. The colors blend very nicely together!

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Next I put washi tape down, then I took my metallic Gelatos™ and colored on the washi tape and blended with my fingers.

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I stamped using the same Stamper’s Big Brush pen as the color in the background for tone on tone effect.

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A bit more stamping this time using my PITT™ Artist pen…

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I used vellum stars on each page which I outlined using my Essential PITT™ Artist pen.

Lastly I doodled and journaled on my pages also using the Essential PITT™ Artist pen followed by some acrylic paint splatters.

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The cover and back.

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The inside pages.

I’m definitely going to be making more minis in the future!

So with that I say Good bye! And of course…Happy New Year!!

 

Supplies 

Stamper’s Big Brush Pens #143, 153 (Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Turquoise)

PITT™ Artist Pen #290 (Ruby Metallic)

Essential PITT™ Artist Pen #199 (Black) S,M

Gelatos™ Metallic Blueberry, Silver Ice

Queen &Co. washi tape

Prima  alphas

Studio g stamps

Market Street Stamp

Recollections and Daiso star punches

Daiso striped vellum paper

 

MiaeMiae Rowe Sometime ago I discovered this thing called scrapbooking and it's fair to say I'm an addict! I love color, I love texture, I love putting all that together! Life with my Aussie husband and our 2 daughters is full of plenty of adventures for me to photograph and get creative with...fodder for the fuel!

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Tag it with Nikky

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Happy New Year everyone!

Nikky here with my very first post - it's so exciting to be part of this wonderful team for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!

I've always used Faber Castell products since childhood so I was very excited to start creating with all the latest goodies they have to offer. I hadn't used Gelatos before so I really wanted to get a feel for what this product does and how it works with all the other mixed media in the range so I decided to just have a mess around and see what I could do as a quick make. The Gelatos didn't let me down!

 1.  To make this I cut out a simple tag shape and covered it with paper.

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I used the Stampers Big Brush Pen to ink up a clear stamp from the Mixed Media pack and then also pushed a Metallic Pitt marker through the ink too and repeat stamped the image.

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I love how that came out and that you can mix the inks together, it's so cool to get a mix of metallic and non-metallic together on the same stamp, quite difficult to achieve with other pens. I also loved how much coverage there was on the actual stamp, sometimes when you try to ink direct to stamp you get a resist to the polymer so it goes all patchy but the coverage was great! I then stamped onto the tag - the result was a fantastic sheen to the stamping, love this technique!

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2.  Next, I made a dotty pattern with the Pitt Pastels, added a corner of a doily and then used the pastel to slightly colour tint it.

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You really don't need to add much Gelato - just touch it lightly where the embossing is on the doily, then rub it with your fingers to push it into the design of the holes and paper. It's very subtle but gives the doily a lovely metallic finish.

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3.  I added a gold edge to a heart which I cut freehand using the Metallic Pitt marker just to finish it off and hide the white edges.

4.  Finally, I ran around all the edges of the tag with a gold, blue and silver Gelato to distress it.

 

The Gelato's are amazing! For some reason I thought they'd be a wet ink but they are a waxy texture which means you can use them like wax rubons which I absolutely adore. I'm really not a glittery bling person but I love the metallic sheen you get with these and they could be used on an array of different surfaces!

Hope you like this tag, I'm giving this to my husband for Valentine's Day as a bookmark, why not make one too for the man in your life! See you next time! xx

 

Nikky

I'm Nikky Hall and I have been crafting all my life. I love using all kinds of different products in my crafting but my favourite is mixing different mediums and finding new techniques and effects - usually by accident! You will find me hanging around all the pens and pencils in any craft store!

 

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Upcycled cake box using Faber Castell Gelatos® Colors

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Hello there! It’s Yvonne here to share my upcycled box using the fabulous Faber Castell Gelatos (r) Colors. The beautiful sheen of Gelato (r) Colors really help to create a fabulous shimmery background.

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I started by scrunching some wrapping tissue and adhering it to the box. Then I covered it with gesso and applied Gelatos(r) Colors in blue and green.  I misted the background with some water, then used a paint brush to spread the colors. 

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Then I just went crazy with the embellishments to create my cluster. I think I might just create a coordinating album to put inside the box. What do you think?

Supplies

Gelatos(r) Colors blue and green

Cake box

Wrapping tissue

Gesso

Buttons, blooms, charms, trinkets.

 

YvonneYvonne Yam lives in sunny Singapore and has a funky eclectic style. She is big on using found objects on her mixed media projects. She shares her projects on her blog Do More With Less and is the founder and creator of LESSology - a challenge site dedicated to upcycled altered art. 

 

 

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Mixed-Media Resolutions Quote Art Journaling Page

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My name is Sally Lynn MacDonald and this is my first project to share with you as a guest designer with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.  I have created an art journaling page today using several mediums in combination to show you how well they work together.

This page is the first one I've made in 2013 and something I am dedicating to my daughter, Brianna.  I wanted to incorporate a favorite quotation (that I wish I could attribute, but sadly it is anonymous) as a title or resolution page on her art journal page.

"I Choose...
to live by choice, not by chance
to be motivated, not manipulated
to be useful, not used
to make changes, not excuses
to excel, not compete
to have self-esteem, not self-pity
to listen to my inner voice, not to the random opinion of others."

I started with a piece of watercolor paper with a digital print around the edges as my base.  I then sketched a rough outline of a face onto the paper.

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Then, I added a few lines for possible placement of hair, creating a 'peak' and filled in the skin tone with a peach Gelato.

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Use a large waterbrush to blend and disperse the color evenly over the face.

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Working wet-on-wet, apply the pink Gelato around the edges of the face and features.  Create shadows for a more defined nose bridge and shadow under the chin to create dimension.

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Watercolors always look best when you build up several layers of color.  Bring in a little sunlight with the yellow gelato along the top of the hairline, above and below the corners of the eyes, along the nose and under lip and chin areas.  Blend colors with water brush.

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The last color used to shade is something you might not expect, but if you think of shadows as being blue it works.  The earth's atmosphere is blue as the sky, so shadows are naturally cool blue.  Add it sparingly and play with the intensity.

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Now I used the Paper Crafter Crayons to create the eye color.  I like the precision of the crayons, the fact that they will resist other mediums so that I don't have to worry about my watercolor work bleeding into that work area and the range of colors is really fun to work with.

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I like the pupils to be a deep, rich black.  Therefore I used the Stampers Big Brush Pen in black to fill them in.

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Once all the wet areas are dry, in order to soften existing lines and add some shadows, I went around the edges with the gray Pastel Pencil and smudged the lines slightly.

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Time for some makeup!  I used the metallic pink Gelato and a pink Pastel Pencil for definition on the lips.

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The brown Pastel Pencil fills in her brows and adds some lashes around her eyes.  To deepen shadows around the edges of the face and under the chin I blended in a Pitt Artist Pen in Warm Grey III. 

I've also used the Paper Crafter Crayons to add some movement and texture to the base layer of the hair.  These marks won't blend and will resist subsequent layers.

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Now I've applied the Stampers Big Brush in yellow ochre, using flicking brush strokes to create texture.

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I added Paper Crafting Crayons in brown to deepen the roots.  Then I applied the peach Gelato and blended it in with a water brush.  Lots of water has been applied so I speeded up the drying process with a heat tool so that I can start working on the background.

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Gelatos are a quick and easy way to fill in the background.  I scribbled the teal, blue metallic and a bit of bright green into the corners and wet it a bit with a water brush.

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To blend the background to the edge of my focal point, I used a wet fan brush with quick motion to blend the colors.  A little overlap is ok.

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Add journaling or a quotation, and you are done! 

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I hope you've enjoyed today's project and I look forward to answering any questions that you may have about its creation.

Sally Lynn MacDonald
www.sallylynnmacdonald.com
www.facebook.com/sallylynn.macdonald

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Strawberry & Cream Cupcake Birthday Crown

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A sweet paper crown for a little girl’s 1st Year Birthday. Easy and fun to make! Cupcakes have such a childish and fun feeling that makes them the ideal addition to any party. I decided to “make” my own hand coloured papers using Gelatos and Art GRIP© Color Pencils to achieve this feeling.

Birthday Crown - Strawberry & Cream Cupcake - cupcake liners and banners details - 500

INSTRUCTIONS:

BIRTHDAY CROWN-STRAWBERRY & CREAM CUPCAKE TEMPLATE

  1. Print and trace the “Strawberry & Cream Cupcake Birthday Crown” template on a sheet of Sketch paper. You will have two paper parts: the cupcake frosting and base of the crown.
  2. Using your craft scissors cut them out.
  3. Color and cover the cupcake frosting with the Gelatos Bubble Gum. Apply a second coat if necessary.
  4. With a wet craft brush slightly coat it to add some volume to the cupcake frosting. Let dry.
  5. Using the Yellow Art GRIP© Color Pencils colour the base of the crown. Apply another coat if necessary.
  6. Brush and seal the base of your paper crown and cupcake frosting with a thin coat Mod Podge. Let dry.
  7. Make two holes for your ribbon ties on the ends of your paper crown bottom using a paper punch.
  8. Using a ruler draw and trace two size paper mini-bunting pieces.
  9. Colour the biggest one using the Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in Light Blue. Then colour the smallest one using Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in Pink Madder.

10.  Add definition to the edges of your paper mini-bunting pieces using Art GRIP© Color Pencils in Black.

11.  Repeat previous step on the edges of the crown base and cupcake frosting.

12.  Cut up all bunting flags using your craft scissors.

13.  Decide where you want to place your paper mini-bunting.

14.  Measure and cut two pieces of baker’s twine.

15.  Tie a double knot on each end.

16.  Attach them to the paper crown base using a few Micro Glue Dots®.

17.  Attach your paper mini-bunting flags to the baker’s twine using Micro Glue Dots® on the back of each one.

18.  Measure and cut a piece of self-adhesive ribbon to decorate the bottom of your paper crown.

19.  Attach it using a few Micro Glue Dots®.

20.  Remove the bottom of your white cupcake liners using your craft scissors.

21.  Cut your white cupcake liners pleated section open using your craft scissors.

22.  Measure the width of your cupcake bottom. Measure and match two cupcake liners pleated sections. Make one slightly shorter.

23.  Cut it using your craft scissors.

24.  Decorate your cupcake liners pleats using Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Light Blue & Pink Madder.

25.  Add colour on every other pleat. Let it dry.

26.  Attach the bigger cupcake liner pleat to the bottom section of the cupcake frosting and then attach the smaller one right on top using a few Micro Glue Dots®.

27.  Cut two pieces of ribbon to make ties for your paper crown and pass them through the holes at the ends.

Tie your new “Strawberry & Cream Cupcake Birthday Crown”.

Birthday Crown - Strawberry & Cream Cupcake - flat - 500

IDEA: great for table decorations, party favors, etc.

Gabriela Delworth is Product Designer & Instructor with over ten years of experience in the creative industry. She designs and develops high-end products for leading arts & crafts manufacturers and publications. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Living in one of the most multicultural cities in the world she finds inspiration in every corner.

Gabriela blogs at: gabrieladelworthdesigns.blogspot.com where she shares a variety of tutorials, news from her studio and information about her workshops.

BIRTHDAY CROWN-STRAWBERRY & CREAM CUPCAKE

Supplies:

Sketch paper sheets

White cupcake liners

Baker’s twine: pink and white

Craft brush

Ribbon cuts

Self-adhesive ribbon

Art GRIP© Color Pencils: Light Blue, Yellow & Black

Color Gelatos: Bubble Gum

Stamper’s Big Brush Pen: Light Blue & Pink Madder

Micro Glue Dots®

Mod Podge

 

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Techniques with Water Soluble Media

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Hello, friends!  Vivian here with my first tutorial as a guest designer with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.  I have an art journaling page to share with you today.
My video tutorial shares the inspirations that went into creating my project, detailing a variety of techniques you can use with an assortment of water soluble media available from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.  We have some fun with salt (yes, the salt you flavor your foods with), "drizzling" with homemade mists, and vascular effects with hot glue! 

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The gnarled effects above represent for me our collective "winter."  Transitioning into an inevitable spring.

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This phrase really resonated for me personally and has helped me process recent tragedies in our country and the world.
I hope you'll take a break from your day to watch and that you'll come away with some inspiration and a few new techniques to try out on your next mixed media endeavor!

-Vivian Keh

SUPPLIES:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft:
Mix and Match Mixed Media Sampler in Blue
Mix and Match Mixed Media Sampler in Green
Mix and Match Mixed Media Aquarelles and Ink in Yellow
Stamper's Big Brush Pens in Orange Glaze 113, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Leaf Green 112, Cobalt Turquoise 153
Gelatos in Metallic Blueberry, Metallic Mint, Lemon, Boysenberry

Hampton Art - SC0273 "Believe in Christmas" Clear Stamp Set
White Gesso
Pigment Ink - White and Black
Hot Glue

VivianPupusaWebVivian is a papercrafter, mixed media artist, enthusiastic student of watercolor, and produced writer.  Outside of these passions, she enjoys just hangin' with her husband, frolicking with her dogs, and all things which keep her present, including occasional pretty drinks.  You can find her at several locales in the ether - her blog, youtube, facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

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