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 (

Great Finds Friday: Sparkle & Shine

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today’s finds are all about the dazzle! Add sparkle and shine to your holiday greetings, gifts, and gatherings using these five fun products.

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Festive Berries is one of my favorite glitter shades for holiday crafting, but you’ll find 23 more in this gorgeous line. Use Distress Glitter with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, Wonder Tape and other Ranger adhesives to add vintage sparkle to your paper and mixed-media projects.


Tsukineko Delicata Ink Pad

This beautiful metallic gold ink will not tarnish or lose its luster over time, making it a perfect choice for cherished handmade greetings.


Wishy Washi Tape Glitter Tape

Use it to decorate cards, scrapbook pages or even your packages and gift tags this holiday season. Sparkle is always in style!


American Crafts Spark Tinsel Glitter

Because one type of glitter just isn’t enough for a “sparkle & shine” list, look for Spark Tinsel Glitter in a variety of holiday-happy shades.


May Arts Reindeer Cut-Out Satin Ribbon

More shine than sparkle, this sweet embellishment will add just the right touch of Christmas wonder to a variety of creative projects.

Happy holiday crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (

Great Finds Friday: “Tape It & Make More” & Designer Duct Tape WINNERS!

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Before we get to today’s GFF post, it’s time to announce the five lucky winners of a book-and-tape prize package courtesy of Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., publishers of Tape It & Make MORE: 101 More Duct Tape Activities by Richela Fabian Morgan, and Platypus Designer Duct Tape. Each winner will receive a copy of the book and one roll of tape, our choice.

Potential winners were asked to leave a comment on the original blog post telling us their favorite roll of tape from the Platypus Designer Duct Tape website. If you missed the original post, read more about this idea-filled book and Platypus Designer Duct Tape here. The five winners are Carla, Laura, Linda, Samantha, and Diana.

Winners, we will contact you via email for your mailing addresses. Congratulations and happy duct taping!

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 or 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, 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, 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 (, ISBN: 978-1-4547-0386-0

Marianne S. won Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray, Lark Crafts (, 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 (, 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