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Pastel Pencils on Black

Hi folks! It's Jill Foster here with a Make and Take project from CHA.  This is a pair of Christmas cards featuring our wonderful Pastel Pencils on black cardstock.

Jill Make and Take 4 PB booth
Here's how you can create this look--it's simple, fun, and easy!  Which is especially nice if you are planning to mass produce your handmade Christmas cards this year.

First, stamp your image, Penny Black Floral Story, onto dark cardstock and emboss with silver embossing powder.

Next, color directly onto the cardstock with Pastel Pencils.  You can layer your colors to create depth and add shading.  Isn't it fun how they stay nice and vibrant, even on the dark cardstock?

Now to add a cloudy, distressed edge to your piece, color with a white Gelato onto the corner of the cardstock.

Blend by rubbing with your fingertip.

Add white Gelato to all four corners.

Mount onto cardstock.  Add sentiment, twine, and gems and your card is complete!

Jill Make and Take 4 PB booth
Thanks for visiting! Hope you're inspired to pull out your pastel pencils and do some coloring on dark cardstock!

It's In The Bag!

Jen Matott back from Chicago and my 1st Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show with Faber- Castell and I just wanted to share one of my CHA projects using the DMC products.  This bag was so fun to alter!  I used the Gelatos, Aquarelle pencils, and Pitt Artist Pens on the surface along with some matte gel medium and texture paste (otherwise known as Modeling paste).  I'll share my process along with some detail shots of the textures and colors used.  The canvas bag is the large tote from Donna Downey with Prima. I purchased it at my local scrapbook store a while ago and finally decided what to do with it!  I knew I was coming to CHA and wanted a carry on bag for the plane!  It is a perfect size to carry magazines and necessary personal items in!


So, I started with the unprimed surface and used a handmade template of a bird shape and my homemade Gelato sprays over it in black.   I sprayed over the template on one side of the front of the bag and then traced the template backwards so that the bird faced the other with the Pitt Artist Pen in Cold Grey VI.  I love this new color!  It is rich and very opaque but not quite black. I created a sort of doodle effect (much like this zendoodling post).


Next I added some circles using the waste of a game board pieces punchout. I used metallic and regular green and blue Gelatos in which I just colored inside the shape and added a bit of water with the brush to blend.

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Next, I added some random strokes of gel medium with gelato mixed in to tint it like a paint.  Learn more about this technique here.  I did this for the sides of the back and around the edges of the front,  back, and inside flap. I also used more sprays on the back with a variety of stencils and screens/ masks.

I couldn't resist adding some drips too!  Love my drippage! Here's a butterfly that I outlined and filled in with Gelatos.


Okay, so I liked the canvas texture but wanted a bit more texture on the bag.  So, I added a peacock feather shape with a stencil and texture paste.  I used Golden's Light Modeling paste for this because it's flexible and light.  I used a palette knife to spread it over the stencil like I'm frosting a cake. Then, I scraped it over to remove extra paste.  Lifting the stencil straight up, I had a distressed and raised image!

You could tint the modeling paste with gelatos too or color over them with either a wash or direct application of color.  I think you can even draw over it with the pens!

Now, because this bag is going to be functional and maybe out in the weather, I covered the entire bag with a coating of gel medium to seal it.  Use a brush and apply and even coat or two.  It dries clear.  So, now I have a very unique bag to carry and have gotten many "where did you get that bag?" inquiries.  Much to my delight I can say "I made it!"... You can too! 



Is it Summer yet?

Hey bloggers, Rita Barakat  here with an easy way to get color into really small spaces!
By now you surly have seen the new superfine PITT® Artist Pens!
They have superfine tips, perfect for journaling and for getting in those really tiny areas
on a totally cute stamp! (Penny Black stamp of course!)
The back ground was made with the Metallic Gelatos - all of the Design Memory Crafts products are designed to work together! I drew the lines and added water with a paint brush!
I used the Pastel Pencils for her skin color.
On a piece of watercolor paper I stamped the imaged and colored with PITT pens and cut them out.
Foam squares attach the images to the card. 
Viva Stone Effect is on the bottom of the card.


More Design Memory Craft & Penny Black!

Our Design Team has been busy Mixing & Matching and Stamping too!  Using Penny Black Stamps and their most favorite Design Memory Craft products they have created some yummy projects. Take a peek! 

Who's day wouldn't be brightened by this card using Penny Black's "Birds on a Wire" stamp by Jennifer Matott?  Jennifer combinded a Penny Black stamp with Gelatos and Stamper's Big Brush to create the min banner card.


Rita Barakat expresses a sweet sentiment with this card using cool shades of blue and a floral Penny Black stamp.


Mou Saha stamped the adorable Penny Black hedgehogs with the Stamper's Big Brush before adding the color.  Stamper's Big Brush is waterproof and permenent when dry so you can layer color over your stamps without them becoming muddy!
Check out the Penny Black blog to see what their design team has been up to! 

Design Memory Craft and Penny Black

Hi everyone! It's Jill Foster here today to announce that the Penny Black designers have been playing with their favorite Design Memory Craft products and are LOVING every minute of it!  Here's a look at a card I created with Stamper's Big Brush Markers and Penny Black stamps:

A PB faber card 
To see what the rest of the Penny Black team has come up with, visit the Penny Black blog HERE.  Wishing you a creative and colorful weekend!

Coloring Wood Accents


Hello, it's Tiffany here with another fun technique tutorial video! I was cleaning up my scraproom and getting rid of old (hoarded) product when I came across my Creative Imaginations Real Wood Veneer! It must have gotten lost between last year's Christmas paper and several dust bunnies because once upon a time, I really loved the stuff! Then, an idea just came to my mind..."I could totally color this with the Stamper's Big Brush Markers and PITT Artist Pens! 

To begin, I used a Quickutz Die, Swirls, to diecut the Creative Imaginations Real Wood Veneer. Then I used various Stamper's Big Brush Markers (Light Turquoise, Cobalt, Black) and PITT Artist Pens (Chrome Yellow, Orange) to color in the details! I even made some stamped fishes using Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Sea stamp set!

Here's a from start to finish video:


I hope you enjoyed the the video and that it's inspired you to try coloring on different mediums/surfaces! The sky is the limit with these awesome markers!

Thanks to all who came to our party!!

June 30 Party Winners
Winners can contact with their name, Twitter handle and physical mailing address (where they get UPS) to receive their prize!

Giveaway #1
PITT Artist Pens

• @breaduh
• @chaotickarma23
• @mom4always

Giveaway #2
ArtGRIP Aquarelle Pencils

• @projecthope7
• @pansycottage
• @tammyakay

Giveaway #3
Gelatos & Clear Stamp

• @JenClark74
• @lilsnowbumble
• @sunnee63