Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

How to Use Tombow Dual Brush Pens for Direct Blending


Welcome back to our May Flowers Challenge week! We hope you’ve been inspired by our talented Design Team‘s projects! Don’t forget to link up your own floral projects HERE for a chance to win some great prizes.

Today we’re excited to share with you a video tutorial by our Signature Designer Marie Browning. Marie has created a fun floral Zentangle that she’s going to use to show you how Tombow Dual Brush Pens can be used for direct blending.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to link up your projects HERE to enter our May Flowrs Challenge! You have until Sunday May 24th at 11:55 pm EST to enter.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday May 26th right here on the Tombow blog!

3 Steps to Getting Started with Lettering

If one week of lettering just wasn’t enough for you, don’t despair! We have a Lettering Pinterest board you can follow, and we routinely share amazing handlettering on our Instagram account (follow us @tombowusa).

If you’ve been inspired by our Guest Designers and Design Team members to take up handlettering, we have three quick tips that will guide you on your way as you get started:

Tip 1: Just Start!

It sounds so easy, and that’s because it is! Don’t be afraid that your work won’t look like a masterpiece on the first try. Like most things, lettering takes time and practice to get really good at, and you’ll never know how good you can be unless you try!

"Everything is Figuroutable" by @reachalana on Instagram

“Everything is Figuroutable” by @reachalana on Instagram

Tip 2: Practice, Practice, Practice

Unless you just have a natural talent for lettering, it’s going to take some practice. Practice by lettering your to-do list, grocery list, kids’ chores, homework, whatever. Eggs, milk and bread not giving you enough creative inspiration? Do a search on motivational quotes and try one on for size instead.

Create More by Andy Lethbridge

Create More by Andy Lethbridge

Tip 3: Sketch First

When you sketch in pencil first, it’s so much easier to see your composition and make changes. Once you’ve put ink to paper, it’s a lot more difficult to change the look of what you’re doing. Our MONO Drawing Pencils and MONO NP Non-PVC Eraser are perfect for this!

"I'm in love with the Tombow" by Dion Sadji - @graphicfanatik on Instagram

“I’m in love with the Tombow” by Dion Sadji – @graphicfanatik on Instagram

We hope these tips help you get on your way with lettering! Have a question about handlettering? Leave us a comment here, or on our Facebook page! We’d love to hear from you.

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.




These Fast Fabulous Tags are the perfect finishing touch for any gift.  They are almost a gift all by their self!  These tags are super easy to make using Tombow products!

Mono Mulit Liquid glue has 2 tips.  We will use the Broad Tip first.


Step 1~ Make a swirl/squiggle of the Mono Multi Liquid Glue.


Step 2~ Add glitter to the glue and remove the excess.


Step 3~ Add sequins using the Fine Tip of the Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

Step 4~ Write your recipient’s name on your tag using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Step 5~ Add a ribbon!  You have a FABULOUS Tag to go with your gift!!


Here is a TIP!  Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive is repositionable when dry.  Add a line of glue to the back of the tag with the fine tip and let it dry.  Now you can stick a gift card on the back, that will stay in place and come off easily.  How fun is that????

Thanks for visiting!!


Valentine Treat Bags by Marie Browning

Love is in the air at Tombow! Here’s a cute little bag to fill with chocolates, theater tickets or diamonds for your sweetheart(s)! Follow the simple steps on how to create your own using Tombow’s new Adhesive Dots! Make sure you read the whole post so you see the bonus tip PLUS how to enter our Valentine Challenge and win a prize!

First the bag – using a 8″ x 5.5″ piece of unbleached muslin with the top edged frayed. Fold in half, place a 16″ piece of 1/4″ width silk ribbon from May Arts into the seam and sew up bottom and side.

The NEW Adhesive Dots from Tombow are super for adhering paper panels or small embellishments with a firm, strong hold. They are also colored (Pink, Yellow, Green and Blue!) so you can see them. This glitter dot technique is also a favorite to do with the colored dots! With the pink Adhesive Dots, remove from the backing and place 8 to 10 dots onto the lower part of the bag.

Remove the top protective sheet and sprinkle on fine clear or transparent white glitter. Use your finger to rub the glitter into the Adhesive Dots.

Brush the excess glitter onto a piece of paper to reclaim it. I like to use a large, clean mop style brush for this task.

To make the clothespin ‘tag’, I simply write my message with the fine point of a Dual Brush Pen, and then again with the Glue Pen. Sprinkle on the glitter and let dry.

Fill with treats, tie the bow, clip on your message! These are so simple you can make lots!


Bonus! Layer the adhesive Dots to create even more hues! From left to right: Pink Adhesive Dot, Pink and Yellow to create Orange, Yellow Adhesive Dot, Green Adhesive Dot, Blue Adhesive Dot, Blue and Pink to create Purple! I also forgot to include my favorite layered combination of Blue and Green to create a pretty Teal.

DON’T FORGET!! This month Tombow is challenging you!  We want
to see your Valentine’s Day crafts, gift and projects.  The challenge
started February 2nd and ends February 15th at 11:59PM EST.
You still have time to make your project and link it.
Tell your friends to join the challenge too and spread the love!
Valentine Challenge
The winner will be picked randomly and that person will WIN
the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, Tombow NEW Adhesive Dots and a Dual
Brush Pens Bright 10 Set pictured below.
See more at:  Tombow Blog 
Link up your Valentine’s Day projects HERE until February 15th at
11:59 PM EST!

FYI: Project Life Tips By Jennie Garcia

Happy Friday! This is Jennie and I just wanted to share some techniques and tips that I’ve learned these past months while doing Project Life. I know that many of you will be starting Project Life this year and I thought you may need a hand. I think I finally found my groove and rhythm, now I really feel like I know what I’m doing instead of just guessing as I go. So here are my tips and I hope you find them useful! If you want to, leave us your own tip on the comment section! Here are 7 Project Life Tips for you!

Tip #1: Keep it Simple

I LOVE embellishing! I know how tempting it is to put 20 embellishments on the same card but easy does it! Once you feel you like the card stop looking for things to add. This will also help you finish those spreads faster.

Tip #2: Know your photos

What I mean by this is that you should find out if you prefer portraits, horizontal or square photos. Most of my photos are portraits (taken with my iPhone), some squares with a few horizontal ones every now and then. This will help you find the perfect page protector. These 2 below are my favorite, I use them all the time! With these kind of page protectors I also feel like I can put lots of photos without looking too busy!

Tip #3: Get a photo printer! 

I know it can be pricey but it’s worth the extra cents. No waiting for prints to be done, not driving to the store and you can print as you go! I got a Canon PIXMA MG6320 for around $70 and I’m pretty happy with my purchase. Every week or two I print my photos and I slip them in their page protectors even if I don’t work on them right away.

 Tip #4: Include yourself! 

Yes, scrapbookers tend to scrap everyone in family from the great grandparents to the goldfish but where are we? Like 5 photos if you count all the albums since 1995. I don’t blame you. I HATE PHOTOS OF MYSELF! Really! I’m the least photogenic person in the Galaxy! I’m not exaggerating! Well maybe a tiny bit. I’m not taking photos each week and that is why I include my Currently List Card by the awesome Kristin aka rukristin! Every Sunday I take a few minutes to fill my card. I actually fill the answers on pencil on the back of the card, when I work on the spread I type it with my typewriter.

 Tip #5 Get tech support!

I have really bad memory so I LOVE that my phone tells me what day I took the photos. Also mix it up with apps! a few of my favorites are: Pic Tap Go, RealBokeh, Pic Stitch, A Beautiful Mess, InstaWeather, InstaPlace and Rhonna Designs.

 Tip #6: Make your own kits!

Supplies are cool. NEW Supplies are even cooler but STOP buying! (Unless you buy Tombow which you HAVE TO since you always need awesome adhesives!) I keep my embellishments and cards by color to find them easily and when I make a layout I just pick my little color boxes a go to town with them. My three staple embellishments are: Alpha Stickers, Labels (most print and cut freebies I find online) and Enamel Dots. Of the last ones I have some store bought and some home made with perler beads which I glue using the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

Tip #7: Write your story! 

I write my journaling on the back of the photos as I print them but maybe you can use your planner or even write notes on your phone. Sometimes all you need are funny memes or even snapshots of your Facebook or Twitter Status.

I’ll have more tips in the future but to avoid making this post a book, I’ll stop here. These are just a few basics I wanted to cover but if you would like me to talk more about one of these tips or you have any questions just leave them in the comments and I will get back at you on that!

To glue the photos, papers and labels on this spread I used the Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent. To glue the glasses I used Tombow Power Tabs and some of my alphas were not that sticky so I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

For this spread I used cards from the Happy Core Kit, Embellishments and Alphas from Freckled Fawn and Simple Stories.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Take Care!

Project Life and a Bow Tutorial By Jennie Garcia

Happy Thursday! Today I have some Project Life pages and a little tutorial that I filmed a while ago and forgot to share! 

Check out THIS VIDEO for a tutorial to make these bows using the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.

Have you tried making your own Homemade Enamel Dots? It’s super easy! Just put perler beads in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 325 degrees in parchment paper and it looks great! Make sure you use the Perler Beads brands because other brands come out a bit wonky. Once you make your batch just use the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to glue them in your project.

To glue the papers on the card I made in the corner I used the Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent

To make this tiny bow I used ribbon from May Arts and the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive! To glue the bow once it’s made, I used the Tombow Power Tabs to glue it to my project.

I love keeping tags, I think they will be interesting in a few years.

I had to add a special insert since this week my daughter started Kindergarten.

To glue the photo and other die cuts I use the Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know how your bows turn out!

Take Care!

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!

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!

Bird Tags! by Jennie Garcia

Happy Monday!

This week Tombow has an awesome challenge for you! All you have to do is use a birds on your project! You can make any project your crafty heart desires as long as it has a bird or something related to birds like nests, feathers, eggs, etc.!

For my tag I’m using a technique that I learned from Marie. It is super easy and I love the effect!

Color the blending palette with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Once you have all the colors you want you can use the Tombow Bleding Mister but I wanted a little shine so I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

Put the tag or piece of paper on the blending palette and try to smooth it with your finger so the whole tags gets a little color!

It looks like this! and you even get a little extra enough for one or two extra tags.

I took one of the tags and I stamped it with a rubber stamp and a Tombow Dual Brush Pen.

I used the Dual Brush Pen on a clear stamp for the birds.

I used the red as a shadow so then I stamped the birds in black!

I stamped the quote with alpha stamps from Studio G. I used Rusty Hinge and Mustard Seed Distress Ink for the corners to make it a little brighter. I also did some white highlights with a pen. The ribbons are from May Arts and the key is from Momenta.

  I also covered a Maya Road Bird with paper and a stamp using the NEW Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. I colored the branch with a brown Dual Brush Pen and then I used some Clearsnap Gold Smooch. I glued the branch and the trim with the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I outlined the bird and tag with the Mono Twin Permanent Marker.

This is my second tag. I made 3 in less than an hour which is lighting fast for me! I did the same background with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a little distress inks in the corners. I stamped a quote on the May Arts Ribbon.

On the top of the tag I did a little collage with some washi tape, a piece of paper and used postal stamps. to glue them I used the NEW Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive which I also used for the metal corners.

 They come with a foam dot so I took it off and just used the Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. I like that the stamp reads “Very Effective”

Third Tag! For this one I didn’t use Distress Inks on the corners and the background was made with leftovers from the others.

Did the same stamping shadow that I made on the first tag.

All the tags and some of the elements were outlines using the Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker. I glued the metal cage and bird with the NEW Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive!

Here is the awesome prize you could win if you upload your bird project before June 10th at midnight! Once you upload your project tell your friends to vote for you!

I hope you enjoyed my post and since you must be inspired go flying to make your project!

Take Care!