Mixed Media Houses by Jennie Garcia

Happy Friday Everyone! Since February is the shortest month, this week we are sharing mini projects! For my project I made some Easy Mini Mixed Media Houses using scraps from photo paper, Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the Tombow Mono Twin Permanent.Mixed Media Houses

Mixed Media Houses

Mixed Media Houses by jenniegarcian featuring home decor

I print a lot of 4×4’s on my Photo Printer and I always have scraps of photo paper around.  I kept a few because I learned how to use photo papers with Tombow Dual Brush Pens from Marie. It’s the same technique as in paper but it looks different and it’s easier and smoother to doodle! I use glossy 4×6 paper from Canon but I’m sure any glossy photo paper will work! Just scribble some lines, circles, etc. with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens in the Blending Palette and mist them with the Tombow Blending Mister.

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Remember to use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel because choosing complementary colors will create a muddy background.

Mixed Media Houses1 Cut shapes for the roof, windows and doors. I love the wonky look! Then use the Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker to draw details and doodles on them.  Mixed Media Houses2

To make this moon I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and Clearsnap foil. If you want more details about the foil technique using the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue check out this post by Jennifer Priest.  By the way, how cool is it that you can see the stars?

Mixed Media Houses3  To glue the houses I used the Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots. For the background I used a Bokeh Technique I shared a few weeks ago.

Mixed Media Houses4 There you have it! Easy and shiny mixed media houses for your art journaling! If you try it, share your results with us on Facebook or on Instagram using the hashtag #tombow.

Mini Luck shamrock banner

We’re almost to the end of our mini week here on the Tombow blog. It’s been so fun to see what the other girls have made. So inspiring! Today I have a fun mini banner that’s sure to bring you Luck. Check it out.

I took these simple steps to create my banner. Follow the images below to make your own today!
Lay it out.
Use tabs to put it all together.
 Double check spacing.
 Hang it up!
It really added the little bit of “something” I needed on my mantle.
Thanks so much for coming by the blog today. Jenni will have another project for you tomorrow!!
xo,  LM_2015

Mini Basketball Garland with Punched Paper Basketballs and Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive Runner 630

Easy Mini Basketball Garland

Tournament season for sports is almost here and that means lots of game day get-togethers! Part of the fun of a sports party is the decorating! We recently got together with friends and family for a fun day of watching the Big Game and I created a game day sliders and fries bar full of munchies for the whole family to snack on. I didn’t want the decorations to get in the way so I made them “mini” sized:

This mini basketball garland is festive but doesn't get int he way of everyone enjoying the food while watching the big game!

This mini basketball garland is festive but doesn’t get int he way of everyone enjoying the food while watching the big game!

I strung a mini basketball banner from the three-tiered cupcake stand on the table to a bamboo skewer in one of the bowls of fries. This mini easy basketball banner goes together lickety split with the help of Tombow Xtreme adhesive.

Mini Basketball Garland



Other Supplies:

  • White Cardstock
  • Basketball stamp – 2 parts
  • Black and Orange Dye Inkpads

Here’s how to create a mini easy basketball banner for your next game day get-together:

I made more of the basketball circles and used them to make cupcake toppers, or slider toppers in this case, to compliment the mini garland and carry through the basketball theme. You can change the ball to any sports ball for whatever season, from soccer to football to golf and tennis! Do you watch the big game at home or do you tailgate it at the arena or stadium?

Thanks for stopping by the Tombow blog today!


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Ribbon Spool Candle Holders

I love how some craft project inspirations just pop into my head out of everyday tasks!  I was putting away some new ribbons that I had purchased recently.  While taking the ribbon off of the spools and stacking the spools on my desk, I started looking at the stack of empty spools wondering what I could make from them.  Then it dawned on me – they looked like the chunky candle holders that I have seen in all of the Home Decor stores recently.

Ribbon Spool Candle Holders


Hang on to those ribbon spools instead of throwing them away and create some trendy Candle Holders!

Step 1 – Select your ribbon spools and stack them until you are happy with the composition.

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Step 2 – Base coat top and bottom of ribbon spools with Design Master Color Tool Primer, let dry.  Top Coat with Design Master Color Tool October Brown, let dry.

TIP – Primer is an excellent way to cover up labels, etc. when upcycling and allows you to start with a paintable base.  Always spray paint outside or in a well ventilated area.

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Step 3 – Measure each spool and cut 2 strips of Decorative Scrapbook Paper, one for each spool on each candle holder.  My project required 12 strips of paper in widths from 3/8″ up to 1 7/8″.

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Step 4 – Attach decorative scrapbook papers to spools with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, making sure to snap the Xtreme off at a 90 degree angle to break the adhesive.


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Step 5 – Attach spools together with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Line up your spools so the bases match up perfectly.

TIP – If you want your candle holders to be a matched set, make sure to line up the spools on your work surface in the same order, so you put them together using the same pattern.

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Step 6 – Measure and cut 24″ length of ribbon.  Attach to base of candle with Tombow Adhesive Dots, to secure.  Tie ribbon in a bow and dove tail ends for a finished look.

TIP – Ribbon is attached to the candle for decorative purposes ONLY. Do not burn candle with ribbon attached -OR- use flameless candles.

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Additional Supplies Needed – Pencil, Ruler, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Decorative Scrapbook Papers, Candles (2), Blue Satin Ribbon (two 24″ lengths)

Be creative!  I made my candle holders shabby chic to match my home decor.  But I encourage you to play around with shape, height, number and color to create your very own Ribbon Spool Candle Holders to match YOUR home decor.

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Check out more of my UPCYCLED projects on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth


Easy Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap

Fun and Easy Upcycled  Cereal Box Book Wrap


Easy Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap


I am one of those people who has a book for everything.  And I carry them with me wherever I go.  But sometimes the things I’ve tucked into the books fall out and I’m stuck digging through my bag for them.  So I started making Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wraps for my books.  The cool thing about this book wrap is that it can be used for several different sizes of books and it grows with your book.  Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue is perfect for this because it creates a strong repositionable bond when dry!

To begin making your Upcyced Cereal Box Book Wrap, take some string and wrap it around your book to measure it.
Cut a piece of your cereal box to the length you measured plus at least 2″ so it will overlap in the front of your book.  Then cut some cardstock the same length, to cover your cereal box.  The width of the wrap is up to you.  Usually 1″-2″ is good.  Wrap the cardboard around your book, just to be able to mark the areas where it will bend, like the spine and front. Score the cardboard and cardstock at these areas every quarter of an inch for approximately 1″ of the wrap.  That will let your wrap bend without ripping.  To adhere the cardstock to the cereal box, use Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  This  adhesive is 5x stronger than other adhesives so the book wrap won’t come apart.
Have fun with you Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap!  Decorate it however you’d like.  I added some ribbon to mine with Tombow XTreme Adhesive.  Xtreme Adhesive is the perfect width for ribbon.  Don’t Forget, to pull the adhesive to the side when you are finished, to get a clean break.
To finish your Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap, add a large circle of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive where you want it to close.  Let it dry.  This will create a strong repositionable bond to close your wrap.
I added a flower to the outside of my Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap with the Mono Multi Adhesive.
There you go!  A super Easy Upcycled Cereal Box Book Wrap!  I hope you have fun making these for your books.

Spoon Nest by Marie Browning



All you need is some moss, a spoon, a bird charm, some beads for eggs and a bit of ribbon and Tombow Adhesives will transform them into this charming ‘Spoon Nest!’ Incredibly easy to put together using Xtreme Mounting Putty, NEW from Tombow. I also used a little MONO Multi Liquid Glue for the rhinestones on the handle. I also used the Xtreme Mounting Putty to hang it up!

IMG_1702Here’s a tag using Xtreme Mounting Putty for the moss and mushrooms at the bottom. So, it’s not just super strong and handy to put up decorations inside or outside  AND reusable, you can also craft with it!


Bokeh Background Tutorial by Jennie Garcia

Happy Friday! This is Jennie and today I have two Bokeh Background Tutorials using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Thank You Bokeh

Here is everything you need! **Remember to use Watercolor paper. This technique requires lots of water and ordinary paper won’t hold well.Make A Bokeh Background

Use washi tape to tape a piece of watercolor paper to a hard surface like clipboard or a cutting mat. Leave a border so the water won’t accumulate in the corners, the washi tape also leaves a nice border if you like that look. Spray the paper generously with water using a Tombow Blending Mister.

Bokeh Process

Scribble on the Tombow Blending Palette using Analogous Colors from the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, they are next to each other in the color wheel. If you choose Complementary Colors (these are opposites in the color wheel) they will make brown shades when they blend. After you scribble on the Tombow Blending Palette use the Tombow Blending Mister over it to create your own watercolors. I used a waterbrush but you can use any watercolor brush.
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Take the washi tape off, carefully… Notice how my background has lines, you can also apply the colors using circles or a blotchy pattern.  Bokeh Process3

You can let it dry naturally or use a heat gun. Bokeh Process4

Using a dauber, white ink and a stencil with circles of different sizes rub the ink on the background. Make some circles darker and overlap them! Keep making circles until you are happy with the result!

Bokeh Process5 Voilá! How dreamy and easy was that! Keep experimenting with different color combos!  Bokeh Process6

For this card I used an red-orange-yellow color combo! To glue this heavy and wavy watercolor paper on the card base I used the super strong Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. Peace Bokeh I have a second technique! Even easier than the first one! When you scribble on the Blending Palette using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, you can make lines like these or you can make circles or random scribbles. After you scribble spray water using the Tombow Blending Mister. Peace Bokeh Step1

Just put you paper on the Tombow Blending Palette to pick up the colors, if you feel that you missed a spot on the paper, just pick up some more. You can use the same Tombow Blending Palette up to 4 times to get different and lighter effects! Then make the circles using a stencil, white ink and a dauber (or a makeup sponge if you can’t find you dauber). Peace Bokeh Step2

Such a pretty background that you only need a few stamps to make a finished card! Go get your bokeh on! Make sure you share your results with us!

Have a great Friday! Friday!!!…. YAY!!

Tissue paper Texture technique for cards

Happy Thursday! I’m thrilled to be blogging for the team today from my hotel room in Atlanta Georgia!! I can’t even believe that I’ve been blessed to get to hang out with Tombow and the other DT girls for a few days. Having a blast.

Today I have a fun and simple technique for you. I’m calling it Tissue paper texture. Very similar to the art projects back in the day with the glue and tissue paper and pencil eraser, but more Mixed media-esque. I used it on a fast card today, but you could used in on just about any kind of project.

Some others ideas:
Art Journaling
scrapbook layout backgrounds
cover something in it (Like a vase or jar)
card making
punch it (like I did)

This technique also lends itself well to painting or using mists after it has dried. How about adding different colors of tissue to create wall art on a canvas? I think I just gave myself my next project idea. Below is everyhting you need to know about creating this card here.

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Create a Neon Card that Pops with Black Suede Cardstock and Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils

Neon Cards That POP!

Neon is a hot trend right now… who would have imagined we’d ever say that again after the 1980’s and 1990’s? But it’s true!  If wearing dayglo green and electric orange is not your thing, you can still embrace the neon trend on your papercrafts, like these neon cards I created with Tombow Irojiten Pencils:

Neon Cards with Tombow Irojiten Pencils


Other Supplies:

  • Grid Patterned Paper
  • Scissors
  • ColoBox Archival Dye Ink in Wicked Black
  • Acrylic Stamp Block

Here’s a closer look at the two cards I created with these brilliantly colored Irojiten Pencils:

Neon Card with California State Bear - use Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils to color stamped images - Jennifer Priest Create a Neon Card that Pops with Black Suede Cardstock and Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils - Jennifer Priest

Each is slightly different in the way that I colored the bear images but both use the same Tombow Irojiten Pencils. What really makes them pop is the black suede paper I used to make the card front.

I created this video to show how I created these cards. The card is a textural experience in and of itself, from the textured cardstock base to the velvet paper card front and then the bright pop of neon from the colored bear image. Here’s how to create neon cards that POP! for everyone on your friends list:

I hope that you’re inspired to try the neon trend out! If not on a shirt, then definitely on a card, right? The Tombow Irojiten Pencils make it easy to embrace this trend in a fun, artsy way.

Thanks for stopping by the Tombow blog today!


See more of my crafty ideas over at Hydrangea Hippo

Sweet Valentine Challenge Winner!

A big thank you to everyone who entered our Sweet Valentine Challenge! We were blown away by the beautiful creations you all made!

If you haven’t seen them yet, take a look at the bottom of the Sweet Valentine Challenge entry post for all of the entries.

Our randomly selected winner is receiving a prize pack with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, Adhesive Dots, and a Dual Brush Pens Bright Set!

Valentine Challenge

And our lucky winner is…

Donna G.

Here’s Donna’s card:

Vday Challenge Winner

Donna, please send us a private message on Facebook with your contact details and we will ship you your prize package!

Thanks again to everyone who entered!