Author Archives: Melissa

debbie’s dollar store challenge…by melissa cash

Hi there!
This week on the Tombow blog, Debbie has challenged us to transform something that was purchased at the Dollar Store.
I picked up these two mugs:
Pretty sad looking huh?
Here is what they look like after I made some new tags and added my own candy to them.
I cut the tags from a Silhouette cut file.  I embossed the mustache and beard with a swirls embossing folder and then added the mustache to the face using Tombow Foam Tabs.  I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens to color the cheeks and the details on the holly leaves.
For his hat, I added a thin layer of Tombow Mono Aqua and then sprinkled red glitter to make them sparkle.  I used a wee bit of Mono Aqua to adhere the googly eyes to his face.
Pretty simple project, but very effective.
Be sure to play along with Debbie’s challenge this week.  You could win this prize pack:
You will find all of the details for the hop on the Tombow blog.  We would love to have you play along.

happy halloween….by melissa cash

Happy Halloween!  I hope you are having a boo-ti-ful day!
Today, I am going to re-visit some of my favorite Halloween card creations.
First up is this adorable Witchy Prue card:
Prue was colored with Tombow Irojiten Color Pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I used Tombow Foam Tabs for the popped up parts and Tombow Mono Adhesive for the flat panels. Prue is a digi image from By Lori Designs.
Next up is Frankie:
Frankie is another digi from By Lori Designs and was colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a bit of Irojiten color pencil for the shading.  The Dual Brush Pens and Irojiten pencils like to play nice together that way.  Try it out!
I used Tombow Mono Multi to hold this adorable Fry Box together.  The box is a downloadable file from the Silhouette store.
Last, but not least is another By Lori Designs digi file (can you tell I really love BLD?) called Marvin Mummy.
Marvin was simply colored with just a couple of Tombow Dual Brush pens and the Blender pen.  I added the shading with Dual Brush Pen #N95 and for his skin I used Dual Brush Pen #850 and the Blender pen.  When using the Blender pen, I like to scribble my color onto an acrylic block and then pick up the color with the Blender pen.  Tombow Foam Tabs and Tombow Mono Adhesive were used to hold everything together.
I hope you have enjoyed this little blast from my Halloween past!  Happy trick or treating today!

pretty in pink….by melissa cash

Hi there!  This week the Tombow team has been sharing cards/projects with a pink theme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month and all of the Warrior women who have had  breast cancer.
I think if you ask anyone, they will say that they have either battled breast cancer or held the hand of someone who has.
The card I am sharing today is for all of them.  This card has a bit of a vintage feel, yet soft and powerful with pink tones.
The technique I used for this card is one that I call Glazed Watercolor Technique. It is simple, fun and quick!
I started this card by pulling out the Noble stamp from Penny Black and applying Tombow Dual Brush Pens directly to the rubber.  The colors I used are:
Leaves:  126 and 098
Flowers:  772, 723 and 761
Shading:  N95
After coloring directly to the rubber, I gave the stamp a few spritz with some homemade shimmer spray (recipe below) and then I stamped it onto some 140# cold press watercolor paper and held it there for a count of 10.  Carefully lift the stamp and allow image to dry.
 Now here comes the fun….glazing part…okay it isn’t really glaze, but it looks that way when finished.  I inked the stamp with Versamark ink and overstamped the watercolor image (be sure your image is dry) a little to one side or the other as this gives a bit of a shadow. Emboss with clear embossing powder.   Use the Tombow N95 marker to add some light shading to the side of the image that is not covered by clear embossing.  See, I told you the technique was easy.
I would love for you to give my technique a try, if you do please come back and leave me a message so that I can check it out and show you some love!
Now, here is the recipe for the homemade shimmer spray:
In a fine mist spray bottle add a little bit of Ranger Perfect Pearls in whatever color you prefer and then fill with water.  Give the bottle a shakey shake and you are ready to go.  If you like a little sparkle, just add a little powder.  If you like a lot of sparkle, add a little more.  I always start with a little and adjust as needed.
I used Tombow’s Xtreme Adhesive and Foam Tabs to hold everything together.  This is a great combo when you are using heavier paper like watercolor paper.

let it snow….by melissa cash

Hi there!

This week, Marie has challenged the team to create a shadowbox project.

Well, this one scared the bejeebies out of me as I have never created any type of shadowbox before.

I didn’t do a traditional shadowbox, but I did create this cute little winter scene in a shadowbox fashion.
I found this hanging metal tin at the craft store and then wandered around wondering what to do with it…

Next, I found the string of snowflakes and that got my brain in gear.  I picked up a pack of small trees, some snow, the snowflake garland and the tin and headed to the house to get crafty.  

I started by adding the trees to the tin using Tombow Power Tabs as they are super sticky and super strong.  Next I stamped this adorable snowman from the GKD Let It Snow set that was designed by my friend Theresa Momber onto some white cardstock and colored him in with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  I added him to the tin using another Power Tab and then I created some paper snow out of white cardstock and covered it with Tombow Mono Aqua and lots of snow.  

Now, bring on the cold weather, rain and snow and I will be ready to start decorating for Christmas!  

Be sure to head on over to Marie’s post here on the Tombow Blog to check out all of the details of Marie’s challenge.  Be sure to play along as you could win some goodies!

watercolor sunflowers….by melissa cash

Hello and happy Fall Friday to you!  I love Fall and with it comes rich colors and sunflowers!
I stamped the Northwoods Sunflower in Teapot image with Archival Black ink onto some 140# cold press watercolor paper and colored it in with Tombow Dual Brush Pens in various colors. When I do this technique, I like to scribble some of the color directly into the area that I want it in and then I take a small watercolor brush and spread the color around in a very loose fashion allowing it to bleed and blend.

When I use a heavier paper like watercolor paper, I like to use Tombow Foam Tabs to hold it down to the base card as it is strong enough to hold the watercolor paper good and flat.  I don’t skrimp, I use quite a few squares. 

To adhere each of the flat layers together, I used Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, this works especially well when you have an embossed panel like the woodgrain frame on this card.

For a finishing touch, I added some glitter glue to bring lots of sparkle to the pretty sunflowers.

Tombow Challenge….fall bookmarks….by melissa cash

Hi there, this week Jennie is challenging us to create a project with a”Book” Theme.
For my project, I chose to make some Fall themed bookmarks.
I used one of my favorite Fall themed stamp sets from Reverse Confetti called Forever Fall.  I love to color my stamps with Tombow’s Dual Brush pens and wanted to give it a try with this set.  I wasn’t sure how well it would work because the stamps are clear and sometimes that can be a bit tricky.  I loved how these turned out.  I colored the images with the markers and then gave them a light spritz with water and stamped them onto some cream cardstock.  I wanted to keep these very simple as I am going to make quite a few and donate them to our local library to give to the kids when they check out books.
A little tip I gave a few days ago and want to repeat because I used it again today.
Use some Tombow Mono Aqua on your twine to stiffen it up a bit as this allows it to be much easier to tie in a bow.  The bow will really hold it’s shape this way.  To do this, I just squirt some Mono Aqua out onto a scrap of cardstock and run the twine through it,  I use my fingers to lay the twine out nice and straight on my non stick craft mat and let it dry for a few minutes before I tie a bow or add to a project.

Now, how would you like to win this awesome prize pack?

Foam Tabs

Be sure to head on over to Jennie’s post…you can find it HERE to see all of the details and link to your amazing “Book” themed projects!


birthday challenge….by melissa cash

Happy, happy Monday everyone!
This month it is my turn to host the challenge here on the Tombow blog and since it is my birthday month (yes, I am celebrating ALL month) I am challenging each and every one of you to create a “BIRTHDAY” themed card/project.
Each day this week one of the AMAZING Tombow designers will be sharing a “BIRTHDAY” themed card/project with you.  Be sure to check back each day and check out their creations.
I stamped the RI Gumball Machine #9702 in black ink and colored it in with Tombow Dual Brush Pens Jellybean Set.  Next I added the RI Gumballs #9710-I and colored them in.  I added some Glossy Accents and Microfine Warm Diamond Glitter to a few of the gumballs.  They look yummy! I added the gumball machine to the card using Tombow Foam Tabs.  Tombow Xtreme Adhesive was used to adhere each of the layers together.

I stamped the RI Have A Ball #9703-F onto a scrap of white cardstock and added it to the side of the gumball machine.  Next, I tied a twine bow around the machine and added some Stardust pen to the silver parts of the gumball machine.

Now, I challenge you to play along, you could win this awesome prize pack if you do!


Use the InLInkz below to link up your “BIRTHDAY” themed card/project.  We can’t wait to see your amazing creations!

you’re special….by melissa cash

Hi there and happy Friday to you all.  Today I am going to share a fun technique using Tombow Dual Brush markers and stencils to create a fun watercolor background.

For this card, I started by taping a stencil onto a large piece of watercolor paper and then going over the entire stencil with embossing ink and then I removed the stencil and embossed it with black powder.   Next, I spritzed the paper with a fine mist of water and scribbled some pink, yellow and orange Tombow Dual Brush pens onto the paper and then rubbed the colors around with my finger.  If your paper has dried a bit, just give it another spritz and continue moving the color around.  

Next, I trimmed down the piece to the size that I wanted for my card and added a black and white mat.  I used Tombow Xtreme to hold the watercolor piece to the black cardstock and then some Tombow Foam Tabs to adhere the white panel to the orange embossed card.  

I stamped the sentiment with black ink onto a white scrap and popped it up with some foam tabs.  I added some die cut butterflies and sequins as a finishing touch.

you are my sunshine….by melissa cash

Debbie Fisher has issued up a challenge on the Tombow blog.  Debbie has challenged us to create a card/project with a sunshine theme.
Well, the sun sure has been shining here and it made for some awesome inspiration for my card.
This card is a fun size at 3″ x 6″.  I started this one by heading to my Silhouette library and looking for a sun and sentiment.  I found this fun sun and cut it out in orange and yellow cardstocks.  I layered the orange to the yellow using Tombow Mono Multi and then popped it up using Tombow Foam Tabs and then adhered to the top left corner of my card with another foam tab.  The cloud and orange cardstocks were added to a yellow card base using Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.
Next, I stamped the “You” and “are my” in black ink using the Reverse Confetti All About You set and then cut three of the “sunshine” with my Silhouette and stacked them using Tombow Mono Multi and added it to my card with a little more Mono Multi.
For the finishing touch I used Tombow Mono Aqua on the sun and the sentiment and then covered them with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.
 Be sure to head on over to  Debbie’s challenge and check out the details of her challenge.  We would love it if you would play along.

watercolor friendship…by melissa cash

Hey, hey there Tombow fans!

I hope your summer is treating you right and you have been staying cool and out of the heat.  No better way to do that then by heading to your stamping space and getting creative.

Today, I am sharing a card I creating using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a spritzer to give my card a watercolor effect.

I started by die cutting three of the Hero Arts Spring Branch dies out of 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and then coloring one of them completely using the following Tombow Dual Brush Pens: Avocado #098, Pink Rose #703, Pink #723 and Chocolate #969 (always need a little chocolate somewhere when crafting ;)

On the 2nd die cut, I colored only the leaves and the flowers and on the 3rd, only the flowers.  Give each of the die cuts a little spritz with water and watch the magic happen.

The Tombow Dual Brush pens will blend together and give you a beautiful watercolor look.

Before you layer and add your Spring Branch to the card, add a few splatters of color using the markers, a non porous surface (ie:  an acrylic block or plastic plate), a paintbrush or toothbrush and some water. I scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block, spritz with water and then pick up color with the brushes and holding the brush over the cardstock, tap it with your finger.  Do this with each of the colors.  You will really be glad that you did!   I got the larger splatters by using a large soft paintbrush and smaller splatters by using the toothbrush.

When your card base is good and dry, stamp a sentiment in a coordinating ink on the lower right corner.  The sentiment I used is from the Penny Black, Special Wishes #30-229 stamp set.

Next, you will want to adhere your completely colored die cut onto the card using some Tombow Mono Multi.  Next, you will want to snip the leaves and flowers off of the second die cut and layer them to the first die cut using Tombow Mono Multi.  Be sure to offset the leaves and petals a bit for a more realistic look.  Now, you will add the final set of flowers from the third die cut in the same manner as before.  Add a few pearls for a finishing touch and you are good to go!

This card was really quick and easy to make and would be perfect for when you need to mass produce some cards.

Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by!