Day 4 reveal is underway! Thanks in advance for stopping by to check out the new tag and to catch up on the rest of the tags, drop by the FB page for more.
This tag started out on stark white AC smooth cardstock. Once again, dipping into a 6 in pad of paper for some additional interest, 2 strips were cut from 2 papers and secured to the tag. Dry-brushing some white acrylic over the tag, softened the papers a bit and pulled the two patterns together. Edges of the tag were blended using some Old Paper distress ink.
The focal piece for this tag is from Dreaming Tree's Lavender Greetings. Cut from white cardstock, the 3 pieces of the image are colored using Ohuhu markers and Craftwell's eBrush. The colors are rich and vivid.
Once the coloring was finished, a small embossing tool was used to add a little more texture. If desired for a little shimmer, add a touch of Pearl Ex to the floral portion of the cuts and a few drops of Crystal Nuvo.
A wrapped ribbon on the stems finishes off the focal piece. Add a few mini gems (nail art kit), sequins and Nuvo drops as desired to finish it off. Let dry and add your ribbon hanger.
Not quite finished yet, but getting there. The last post for this birdhouse featured adding the color to the roof. For this post, I added a bright cheery yellow Ohuhu marker to the house in hopes of bringing some cheer to what is normally a pretty dreary January around here. More details and the final project coming soon.
Once again, I used the eBrush and the hacked adapter. If you're a copic marker user, make sure that you have a second adapter on hand.
Need to hack an adapter? This youtube video that Mitsyana (UpOnTippyToes.com) created is a super reference video. You'll find more helpful hints on the eBrush page on Facebook. Link below.
Craftwell, is offering a special deal this first week of January! If you've been wanting an eBrush, now's the time to get it!
Head over to the Facebook eBrush, AirBrush Fun page for all the details. The special is only good until January 9, 2021! This is a fabulous deal, so don't miss out. Order yours today!
And while you're waiting for your eBrush to arrive, hope you have some creative time set aside for some play time. I'm looking forward to sharing more eBrush fun with you in the weeks ahead as well as other fun ideas that have been filling my mind in recent weeks.
It's been a couple of weeks and a trigger thumb flare... so working on this project has been a bit of a hit and miss as far as crafting is concerned.
The new markers posed a bit of a problem in that they didn't fit into any of the adapters made for the eBrush, however I was able to hack one of the Copic adapters to work. You can learn how to hack the adapter in this youtube video The barrels of the markers are the same shape as the copic markers but differ just enough not to fit into the adapter.
The markers are from Ohuhu. They're a good price for the larger bundles and are juicy from the get go. The only drawback to using them is you would need to buy bundles in order to replace individual markers once the color was used up in an individual marker. They aren't refillable and the nibs cannot be adjusted like some other brands.
The color I got while spraying was perfect with a limited amount of fiddling to find the sweet spot for each of the pens I used. This is a sneak peek of the roof after using the eBrush and a warm gray to color.
More to come as I continue to work between the flares.... In the meantime, I hope you're carving out some creative time and nurturing that part of your being this season.
It's been a while -- and this project has been in the making for several months. Just kept hitting some snags with the build. I do need to thank Sandy Stark from SimplyCraftySVGs.com for the hexagon box and base. They're perfect!
Print, foil, cut and assemble the box and base, leaving the top of the box off. Do not glue the box and the base together yet. You'll have two pieces.
Add music to the EZSound Box according to manufacturer's directions from the instruction card in the packaging or from the video on the website. It's really easy!
Position the music box without the turntable attached on the top of the foam, with the turntable spindle as near the center of the foam as possible. The spindle should be facing up. Trace around the box with a pen.
Place the EZSound Box on the top farthest from the music box and trace. Using a craft knife or box knife, trim out that area. Trim out the area for the turntable as well. The foam and boxes should fit snugly in the foam.
Secure the foam and boxes in the hexagon box. Glue the hexagon box to the base. Using a little dye or pigment ink pad, apply a little ink to the top of the spindle of the turntable box. Carefully lay the top of the box centered and press lightly. This will mark the placement of the hole in the top. Using a punch, place that hold and glue the top to the tabs of the hexagon box. Secure the turntable to the music box spindle. you will need to turn the turntable to wind it up so it will spin. I have about 1/4" of space between the top of the box and the turntable.
Add your choice of decor to the turn table.
Spring always reminds me of my Grandmother's yard and the violets that grew wild in the grass. I'm using a file from Dreaming Tree from the Alluring Florals Bundle - African Violets (file pieces were reduced by 50%). The leaves were from a file from Lia Griffin's site (paid membership).
Hope this inspires you to do a little Spring crafting. Nurture your heart and soul with creativity this week.
This idea has been formulating for a couple of months. Lots of different iterations, but I do like how the "idea" ultimately came together.
I asked Sandy Stark at Simply Crafty SVGs for the design of the egg shape***. She graciously accepted and created the SVG file for me. Sandy's design skills were spot on and the design worked perfectly.
The teeth were made using basic shapes from the eCal library (triangle and horizontal rectangle, Union)
All of the leaves were cut from heavy white crepe paper using a template created in the eCal3 software and cut with the eclips2 using a heart shape from the library and the knife to cut the shapes in half and the close path command.
Since the eclips doesn't cut crepe well, I invited a friend over to cut the crepe since my tendonitis is still in flare mode. Wires were glued to the crepe paper pieces before coloring using a technique from a Lia Griffeth you tube video. The leaves were colored using the eBrush and Bic Mark-it markers.
The tongue was a hand cut shape. A highly texture paper would work, or you could use some paper twist or heavy floral crepe paper and have it work. The Feed Me sign was made using a font from Creative Fabrica - Halloween. (affiliate link)
An 18" dowel was attached at the back of the head and the wired leaves added using floral tape and hot glue. Secure in the pot (10") and add any finishing touches.
As you know, I love to add lights and music to a lot of my pieces, and this one was no exception. An InviteByVoice sound module with push button was added with a little bit of an instrumental version of "Feed Me" from Little Shop of Horrors recorded on the module. A string of fairy lights under the lip of the pot and through the center were added as well.
I hope you enjoyed this bit of whimsy and fun! Thanks for stopping by. Have some fun in your creative world this month!
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I love sunflowers! And this post always brings a smile to my face. I got a little "inky" from all the eBrushing, but it was truly worth it. Originall published April 2015, I'd like to share this one again.
I'm so excited to share that I'm on the Craftwell eBrush team for another term. I wanted to start off this term with some sunshine! And sunflowers seem to fit the bill! They have always been a favorite of mine and it's been a pleasure to watch them turn their heads towards the sun in our gardens in years past. My friend, Diann, is fabulous photographer and it was her photo that has inspired this project.
This project, cards and box to store them in, is based around a stencil created using a file from SVGCuts.com (my box files can be found here and here) Once I got started ebrushing the flowers, I couldn't stop at just one! So I made up a set of cards and a box to store them in. Cards are standard A2 (4.25 x 5.50) size. 8 cards and envelopes will fit into the box easily.
Plan on using both the negative and the positive elements from the flower petals cut. I added a square (basic shapes) around each of the 2 layers of petals available in the eCal shapes library. Cut with your cutting machine (I use the eclips2)I also added a circle similar in size to the center of the flower petal shape and cut that as a separate element to be used during the stenciling process. You'll want to resize as needed, just be sure to resize all the pieces you'll be using to make sure everything fits.
Since the negative area of the stencil has lots of little pieces that are not connected to each other, you may want to use a little bit of repositionable glue on both of those layers as well as the circle. You'll find you'll get a crisper edge. Set aside until needed.
Choose your colors (I used Spectrum Noir's LY3 and OR1, EB5, EB8 and GB3). I also used GB3 and EB3 along the outside edges for additional contrast on my finished card fronts and to add details on the flowers.
Using the eBrush and the LY3 marker in the SN adapter - with the top layer of your stencil secured on your cardstock, make sure your marker is in the sweet spot and spray lightly. You may choose to deepen the color with a second layer... it's purely up to you. Watch the video below to see how I used the other pieces of the stencils to work on my sunflower.
Here are a few more pictures of this project.
Both layers of the stencil have been used and the center has been sprayed and some of the detail work completed. You can use a white paint pen (mine was a Sharpie) to add a few highlights.
The sunflower cardstock is cut to 5.00 x 3.75. Additional layers are cut slightly larger. To a few of the other bases, I added a dark brown before applying the standard card base. Most of my top layers began at 5.25 x 4.00 and trimmed if needed.
These will make a beautiful gift for a special friend of mine.
It's nearly the 4th of July and Watermelon time is here! I thought I would re-share this post from 2014! This was my first project using the eBrush as a design team member!
The end of the holiday season offers a bounty of paper coasters for a minimal cost at the neighborhood dollar stores in our area. Most of the designs don't catch my eye, but the $.25 a pack makes them worth the purchase. And here's my latest upcycle of one of the packs in the stash!
Materials needed: 1 pkg - paper coasters (my package had 6 coasters in it) White cardstock Craftwell eBrush Markers, permanent -- for this piece I used Spectrum Noir (two shades of red, green) - if you use a water based marker, you may experience some bleeding when you apply the sealer to the surface...just saying! :) Adhesive - permanent bond (waterproof if using a liquid glue) - I used Xyron's permanent adhesive. Electronic Die Cutting machine to cut your stencils/masks (I used my Sizzix eclips and eCal software) Zig Marker - black Waterproof Sealer (for this project, I used Collage Pauge from Aleene's/Duncan Enterprises) foam brush emory board or 220 grit sandpaper
Gather all the materials you need. Open your software; using basic shapes, resize your first circle to 4 inches in diameter. Create another circle slightly smaller (about 3.350 inches making sure that keep proportions is checked. ) Center inside the 4 inch circle. When you cut these circles, you'll have your "mask" for the outer green and white of your watermelon, while you fill in the watermelon center using your eBrush. Make another circle at 3.495 inches (keeping proportions checked). This will be your mask for the center of the melon and the white portion. Cut your masks. You'll also need enough 4 inch circles to cover each coaster.
Grab some fine grit sandpaper or an emory board and roughen up the printed side of the coaster -- not a lot, but you do want a little bit of tooth to hold the adhesive when you apply the 4 inch cardstock circle to the top. Wipe any dust off of the surface. I used my xyron 510 to adhere the cardstock. Trim edges if necessary.
If you used a liquid glue, be sure your surface is smooth and there are no bubbles. Let dry thoroughly.
Center the 3.495 inch circle on your coaster. Using the eBrush, and a green marker fill in the outer edge. Use a smooth side to side movement starting off the edge of the coaster and moving towards the center (which is now covered up with your mask). When you have completed that process and are satisfied with the color and depth, carefully remove the circle and place the other mask on the coaster. It should be even with the outer edge of the coaster and cover slightly more than the green area you just applied. Using a lighter red marker, lightly spray the center of the coaster. I found that setting the nib so it was slight off -- so I got some splotching, I sprayed the entire center. You can use the side to side method or as I did, used a circular motion to imitate the interior of a natural melon. I changed markers once I was satisfied and completed using circular motions.
Add a few seeds to your slice. Embellish with a white gel pen if desired. Once the paper has thoroughly dried, apply at least 2 coats of sealer to the top and sides of the coaster. Let dry thoroughly between coats and if you can, wait at least 24 hours before stacking or using. (The humidity is horrible here right now, so I'm giving mine an extra 24 hours before using.
I have a feeling there will be some oranges, limes and lemons coming soon! How about you?
There are lots of commands I haven't used previously, but it sure was fun to do a little playing to create this sun.... and the best part is that I can size as needed -
Supplies: Cardstock, white 110lb Neenah; Bazzill texture, yellow; unknown smooth, blue Tombow markers Craftwell's eBrush with TB adapter WRMK's Foil Quill, fine tip pen with D adapter for the eclips Spellbinder's Black Foil Sizzix eclips2 and eCal3 Scor-Tape, 1/4 in wide
I also used some black foil and the foil quill to add the "You Are So" to the vellum cloud piece. Tombow markers and the eBrush added the fun coloring to the word "amazing" and some highlights to the sun.
Object to path is a great tool to use for things other than text. Adding a series of shapes (narrow triangles in this case) to another shape (the circle) is so simple and made quick work of the sun.
The cloud piece was made using a horizontal rectangle and half circles and the Union command.
I'm happy to be sharing this post with CraftwellUSA as a guest blogger this week.
This can be addicting!
Prep your paper - apply a very thin layer of gesso and let dry.
I generally Gesso several full 8.5 x 11 sheets and then cut to size once the paper has dried.
Other things you'll need: eBrush and marker adapter Markers (I used Tombow dual brush markers) background stamps inks painter tape small water mister embellishments, digital stamps (optional)
Once you've prepped your paper, if desired, apply a piece of tap around the edges of the paper. Press the edge down to keep the color from bleeding into the edges For a little interest on in the background, stamp as desired.
Set up the eBrush and seat the marker.... begin spraying. Below is a video that shows how I accomplished this piece.
Hope you've carved out some creative time this week! Enjoy and try something new!
It's been a bit of a dry spell, and hopefully, the posts will be back again on a fairly regular basis - February illnesses hit us hard.