Time for Tombow!

Many months ago, I began collecting Tombow’s Dual Brush Pen Art Markers. Available at Michaels, JoAnn’s and numerous other craft stores, my stash has grown but is not yet complete. I became a “marker” fan after attending one of the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s where I discovered Art Impressions (AI) stamps. I took an AI class and got hooked on the art! In this post, I’ve included one AI stamp but then decided to branch out and try other card designs. So glad I did! It was fun!

This card features the Large Watering Can and several different vines, grasses and flowers from multiple Art Impressions collections.

The AI image was stamped on Canson Watercolor paper. The deckled edge for the watercolor paper was achieved by taking a large sheet, making numerous folded edges, wetting the edges with water and then tearing the edges before they dry. I placed the small rectangular pieces of wet edged watercolor paper on a cookie rack and allow them to dry.

The striped backing is core-dinations’ Light Pink Stripe purchased at JoAnn’s. I used the same cardstock to make an envelope liner from The Stamps of Life die. Finally, I placed it all on purple cardstock and added the gold sentiment, Sending Smiles, also from The Stamps of Life.

I used multiple Tombow Dual Brush markers for this image. Because I’m not a trained artist, I recently invested in The Color Catalog and The Color Catalog Companion by Sarah Renae Clark. It’s an incredibly valuable tool for anyone needing a resource for color combinations and coordination. Sarah has a complete listing of Tombow colors (as well as other manufacuteres of color products) and provides an easy to follow format on how to pair those colors for maximum effect. I highly recommend it!

My Favorite Things, Snow Drifts Cover-up Die, was a simple and elegeant base for this card.

After cutting the Snow Drift base die from Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb cardstock, each wave section was colored in four alternating colors with Tombow Markers #947, #991, #847 and #177. Next, I glued the base outline of the Snow Drifts die onto an A2 size card front (also cut from Neenah Classic Crest) and adhered the colored waves back into the die cut with Tombow adhesive. The leaves, from Spellbinders Autumn Leaves, were also die cut (same Neenah cardstock) and colored with Tombow #991, low lighted with Tombow #947, blended with Tombow #NOO colorfast blender and adheared to the card front. Finally, the “thanks” sentiment die from The Stamps of Life was cut from gold cardstock and added to the front. The same gold cardstock was used for the envelope liner, also from The Stamps of Life.

This simple and easy card was made from three stamps in the Altenew Golden Garden stamp collection.

This A2 card was stamped with three floral images from the Altenew Golden Garden stamp set and embossed with Princes Gold embossing powder by Ranger. The flowers were lightly highlighted with Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art markers #772, #451 and #850 and blended using #NOO. Blending the Tombow #772 with water, I placed a series of light splatters over the front of the entire card. The Cherish the moments sentiment and shadow by Tonic-studios, was cut from gold cardstock and placed at the bottom. The envelope liner cut from pink cardstock, is The Stamps of Life.

Bright, happy and easy little A2 card!

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers #623, #173, #723, #055 and #133 were used for each heart (cut from watercolor paper) using Memory Box Double Stitched Hearts dies. Each letter of the Smile sentiment die, from The Stamps of Life, was also colored in the same markers. Mixed with water, I used Tombow #723 and splattered the front of the card card, masking the hearts. Not finding an appropriate colored cardstock for the envelope liner, I came up with a simple solution of coordinating watercolor stripes painted on watercolor paper stock and cut from The Stamps of Life envelope liner. The final addition was coordinating enamel dots also by The Stamps of Life.

Something bright as we head into the winder months!

This card was so much fun! I had recently purchased a selection of bird dies from Papertrey Ink. At the beginning, I had no idea what kind of card I wanted to make and the final product was a hodgepodge of dies from different manufacturers. The base die, Watercolor is one of my favorite from Altenew. After cutting the Watercolor die from Neenah Classic Crest, I colored it in Tombow #723 mixed with water. Next I cut the bird, Papertrey Ink Feathered Friends #9, from the same card stock and used the following colors for the various wings, crown, body, feet and beak: Tombow #055, #933, #026, #947 #837. The two tropical leaves, cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs Tropic Florals, were colored in Tombow #173, low lighted on the edges with Tombow #195 and blended using the Tombow #NOO colorfast blender. Finally, I mixed Tombow N15 (Black) with water and color splattered the base prior to assembling the images on the front. Searching through my sentiments by The Stamps of Life, I found the Brigher Days, cut it from glossy black cardstock purchased at Michaels and placed it to the top right. The card size is also A2.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Time for Tombow” cards. As always, constructive critiques are very much appreciated.