Great Finds Friday: STAEDTLER® Triplus® Color Fibre-Tip Pens

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to show you four ways to use Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens from STAEDTLER. These versatile markers are a perfect tool for stampers, card-makers, and scrapbookers, as well as for kids and fine artists. The brilliant, environmentally friendly, water-based ink is ideal for watercolor techniques, detail work, and coloring larger areas. Unique Dry Safe technology ensures that the markers will not dry up, even if left uncapped for days. In a home where kids frequently help themselves to mom’s craft supplies, that means added peace of mind. Here are some recent holiday tags I made using cardstock, stamps, and Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens.

Outline + watercolor: For the Deck the Halls Wreath Tag, I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the wreath and sentiment onto cream cardstock. I stamped the top portion of the wreath again onto cream cardstock. Using the Triplus markers, I outlined the leaves in green, both bows in red, and the sentiment in red. I dotted each leaf with two additional shades of green. I dotted the berries red. Using a water-barrel brush, I blended the color directly on the cardstock, drawing the ink from the edges to the center of each section. For the sentiment, I simply ran the tip of the brush along the outline to create a soft watercolor effect. After letting the images dry, I detail cut the second bow and adhered it to the main image using two small foam dots. Finally I adhered the cream tag to a larger kraft tag and added borders using a ruler and the green marker I used to outline the leaves.

Stamp + detail: For the Silhouette Tree Tag, I colored the silhouette stamp with an aqua marker, huffed on the stamp to moisten the ink, and then stamped onto cream cardstock. I hand drew the outline using the same marker, then added a dot border.

Watercolor background: For the Warm Winter Wishes Tag, I scribbled small puddles of three different colors – soft gray, purple, blue – onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up the soft gray ink and applied it in random strokes over the center of the cream cardstock tag. Next, I picked up and applied blue ink around the outer edges, leaving a bit of gray visible in the center. Finally, I picked up and applied purple ink around the blue. I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the sentiment and snowflakes, and highlighted the snowflakes with Ranger Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue.

Watercolor color lift: For the Season’s Greetings Tag, I wanted a more vintage effect, so I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the bells image and sentiment onto kraft cardstock. I detailed the bands on the bells with a bit of red marker (center of bell on left, top and bottom of bell on right). Next, I scribbled small puddles of gold, red, and green marker onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up each color and applied it to the image. I quickly blotted the image with a paper towel to prevent the color from spreading and to “lift” some of the vibrant pigment in order to create a worn look. I repeated this process for the sentiment.

The first thing you’ll notice about these markers is the nifty, triangular shape. The easy-to-hold shape means no hand fatigue when you’re doing a lot of coloring. Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens are particularly good for little hands, too, and the water-based, natural inks wash easily from hands and most clothing. I’m a big believer in giving kids the opportunity to use great supplies to create their own art, and these kid-friendly features make it easy to let them explore their creativity.

The markers are available individually or in sets of 10 or 20 shades, and the box doubles as a helpful stand, keeping markers at your fingertips when your creative muse calls. I know I’ll be creating more tags this weekend. What will you create?

 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Craft Ideas Online Editor (www.craftideas.com)

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Before we take a look at some fun craft books on the market, and give them away to three lucky readers, I want to announce the winners of the Zoom Creative Products prize package offered on the May 10th blog post. The winners of the Coloring Glitter Kits, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Terry Fowler, Sharon Gullikson, April Lopez and Shirley Hutchins

The winners of the StickPiction Magical Glitter Craft Kits for kids are:

Natasha Poteraj, Marilyn Tucker, Nancy Siebert and Donna W.

Congratulations, winners! I will contact you with more prize info via email.

Zoom Creative Products has generously offered Crafts ‘n things readers an exclusive 50% discount on any order placed through June 30th! When you place your order, enter coupon code cnt and hit “apply” to get the discount.

Now, here are three craft titles available in your local book or craft store that will introduce you to the art of hand-carved stamps. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win; winners will be announced here on June 7th.

Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More by Meagan Lewis, Chronicle Books, (www.chroniclebooks.com), ISBN: 9781452115719.

Stationery lovers, paper crafters, hand-printing enthusiasts and anyone looking to make personalized gifts will love the simple, colorful projects found in this book. From hand-stamped gift wrap, journals, and cards, to towels, totes, aprons, and hair accessories, each project is presented in the author’s engaging, easy style. Filled with templates and extra tips, Put Your Stamp On It is a great reference for beginners and experienced hand-carvers alike. The author includes excellent guidance on materials and tools, how to clean and care for hand-carved stamps, how to create your own custom color palette, and more. Artsy and inspiring chapters include Decorations, Gifts, Accessories, and Organizers. Project #13, the whisk-stamped Kitchen Apron, belongs in every crafty girl’s kitchen! Put Your Stamp On It retails for $19.95.

Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs by Jenny Doh, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 9781454703990.

Author Jenny Doh, former editor of Somerset Studio magazine and President and Founder of www.crescendoh.com, invites every crafter to expand the creative horizon through the versatile art form of stamping. In the opening chapter, Basics, Doh writes: “With a single stamp, you can customize stationery, embellish a tote bag, create a card, or personalize wrapping paper. You can design wedding invitations, print on T-shirts, or make unique placemats for your kids. You don’t have to take a single art class or know how to sketch. All you need is a stamp, ink, and a surface.”  In addition to giving great tips and techniques for rubber stamping, Doh also teaches that it’s easier than you think to carve and work with custom stamps.  The eclectic motifs included in the book, approximately 20 each from Jenny’s hand-selected group of contributors, can be used in countless ways on countless surfaces. Stamp It!  retails for $19.95.

I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods by Charlotte Rivers, Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York (www.rizzoliusa.com), ISBN:9780789324887.

I Heart Stationery presents work by stationery-industry designers from around the world, showcasing a number of different processes including screen printing, block printing, letterpress, hand illustrating and more. Block printing is the process of inking a design that has been carved into wood, linoleum, cork, rubber, vinyl or foam. Rivers tells readers that the art form originated in China and India and has been used for centuries to print images and patterns onto fabric. Gather all that knowledge and use it to create your own modern, hand-carved stamps, using the designs in this book as inspiration, or visit the blogs and websites of the included designers to purchase these texture-rich, visually exciting paper goods.  Rivers’ fabulous Resources section includes a list of suppliers for various techniques, popular blogs and online communities, tradeshows, and details of the contributors and where to find their crafts. I Heart Stationery retails for $24.95.

I’d like to send these beautiful books to three lucky winners! Leave a comment for a chance to win. We’ll announce the randomly-selected winners here on June 7th.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Great Finds Friday: Zoom Mess-Free Glitter

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today, I want to introduce you to an incredibly sparkly, absolutely mess-free glitter option from Zoom Creative Products called Coloring Glitter. Available in a gorgeous palette of 16 colors, each Coloring Glitter kit includes one 3-1/4”x8-1/4” sheet of GlitterFast glitter and one 3-1/4”x8-1/4” sheet of DoubleStick double-sided tape. Here are three cards I created recently using Coloring Glitter. Normally, I wouldn’t shoot photos in bright, overhead sunlight, but I wanted you to be able to really see the sparkle!

For the Happiness Always Card at top left, I die cut double-sided adhesive using one of the new Thinlits Damask & Scallop Borders dies from Sizzix. I also die cut the butterfly from the Sizzix Originals Butterflies & Rings die from double-sided adhesive. I applied the border to cream cardstock and the butterfly directly to the card, removed the top liner, and then simply pressed Desert Sand Coloring Glitter over the adhesive. Burnish firmly with your fingers, then slowly peel away the glitter sheet to reveal the sparkling, detailed design. This glitter will never come off on your fingers or other surfaces, which is fantastic! Here’s a close-up shot:

I must mention that I didn’t use the included double-sided adhesive; I used something else I had on-hand, and the results weren’t as precise as they would have been with Zoom’s adhesive. Zoom’s DoubleStick adhesive sheets can be die cut, punched, or hand-cut.  I recommend you use the tape sheet in the kit, but other types of adhesive will work, too. You’ll just need to experiment like I did for the Embrace Life Card shown at top right in the main photo. I applied a line of Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner down the left side of the card, and then pressed the Cinnamon Coloring Glitter sheet over the adhesive. Next, I applied a line of Aleene’s Tacky Line Roll adhesive on each side of the Cinnamon strip, and then pressed Victorian Pink Coloring Glitter over them. Here’s a close-up shot:

For the Hi Card, I applied adhesive letter stickers to my card, and then pressed Fantastic Fuchsia Coloring Glitter over them. Have you ever seen anything sparkle so much? Wait until you try it for yourself! Here’s a close-up shot:

I used four of the Coloring Glitter kits for my cards — Desert Sand, Fantastic Fuchsia, Victorian Pink, and Cinnamon —but you can see from this photo that I only used a small portion of the glittering sheets. Every little bit of glitter can be pressed from the sheet onto adhesive on all kinds of creative projects. No mess, no waste, no drying time, no worries!

WIN your own Coloring Glitter Kit! Zoom Creative Products has generously offered a complete set of the made-in-the-USA Coloring Glitter kits to be split among four lucky winners! Each winner will receive four individual kits to try. Each kit retails for $3.99. Products can be purchased online at www.zoomcreativeproducts.com or www.joann.com. To win, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me why you love glitter! Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on May 24th.

WIN more glitter! In addition, Zoom Creative Products has also offered four StickPiction Magical Glitter Craft Kits for kids to four additional winners. Here’s a photo of the Space is the Place kit. Other kits feature jungle animals, transportation, and sea creatures; each kit retails for $9.99. Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win.

SAVE, too! Zoom Creative Products is offering Crafts ‘n things readers an exclusive 50% discount on any order purchased with them through June 30th! When you place your order at www.zoomcreativeproducts.com, enter coupon code cnt and hit “apply” to get the discount. I’ll be ordering a few of the Island Blue kits, shown here, for my summertime cards and scrap layouts. Sparkling waves, indeed!

Finally, a quick announcement! As chosen by Random.org, here are the winners of the three new craft books reviewed in my last Good Finds Friday post on April 26th:

Linda Basile won Adventures in PomPom Land: 25 Cute Projects Made from Handmade Pompoms by Myko Diann Bocek, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 978-1-4547-0386-0

Marianne S. won Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 978-1-4547-0363-1.

Carla Hundley won Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman, Storey Publishing (www.storey.com), ISBN: 978-1-61212-042-3.

Linda, Marianne, and Carla, I will contact you with prize information.

Happy Crafting! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the crafty moms out there!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff