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awesome, amazing….by melissa cash

Hey, hey, hey….it’s Friday!
Today, I am here to share a card I created for my hubby…shhh, don’t tell, but it will be for our anniversary a little later this Spring.
I always find it hard to create cards for my hubby, especially when I am trying to say something sweet and let him know how much I love him.  Recently, I received this great set of stamps called Chalkboard Love that was created by Lizzie Anne Designs for Simon Says Stamp.  I love when you can take a set that is “themed” for a holiday, but versatile enough to be used for other occasions. :)
I started with a white card base and then popped up a blue/white checked panel with Tombow Foam Tabs and then layered a yellow panel with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Next,  I wrapped some blue/white bakers twine a couple of times around the yellow panel and tied a simple bow.  I die cut a white and light blue panel and embossed the sentiment with white powder onto the blue die cut panel using Tombow Mono Multi I added the panel to the card front using more Tombow Foam Tabs.
Now, I have a couple of tips for you.
Tip #1
Sometimes when embossing, your paper can warp just a tad. When you are layering to another panel use Tombow Mono Multi as it will create a nice even bond and your warping problem will be history!
 Tip #2
When popping up a panel onto a card, be sure to use plenty of Tombow Foam Tabs around the edges and center of your panels.  This will keep your card nice and even and you won’t have any sagging area in the center and sides of your panels.
I wish you all a safe, happy and crafty weekend!

Debbie’s Challenge: Glittery Radiant Orchid! by Marie Browning

For Debbie’s challenge, we are using the Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid! As it is so close to Valentine’s Day, I thought a cute ‘n quick card would be fun!


I really wanted to do something with candy, but alas, no candy stamps (I have so many stamps you would think I would have one with candy!) So I made one using a favorite Penny Black stamp! I stamped the ‘Cheesecake Wishes’ stamp, but masked off the dandelion wishes.


I did it by making a mask. Stamped the image onto a piece of 20 lb. copy paper, cut out what I didn’t want, and adhered it temporarily with the Removable Adhesive . Now stamp the image with the mask.


I added in a lollipop and a tongue for cheesecake using the MONO Twin Permanent Black Marker. Easy to draw stuff, don’t panic…if you need to, use very light pencil marks to sketch the design first.


Color the image using the Dual Brush Pens, including of course, the #685 Color of the Year! I also added a few heart DoodleDabs to the image.


Now the challenge called for glitter, so to bling it up a bit, out came the Art Institute Glitter. The glittered swirls and outlines around the hearts were added with the Glue Pen and pale pink glitter. The lollipop used the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and Angel Dust Glitter. 


Here’s the finished card!

Thanks for the challenge Debbie! It was Sweet!


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Blending on Vellum by Marie Browning

You can use Tombow’s Dual Brush Pens on vellum with great success! It’s a great introduction to blending for beginners as the vellum is forgiving and beautiful!


The trick to working on Vellum is to stamp on the front, and then do all the coloring on the back. You can use a good permanent ink such as StazOn, or even a digital stamp such as this rose from Crafty Secrets. As you are not coloring on top of the image, you have no problems of compatibility with the ink and and the Dual Brush Pens. Here I am adding the deep red to the roses, letting the shadows on the stamp be my guide. I will then add the medium and light hues to create the blending.


Here is the completed blended rose. Look closely at the leaves, I added a bit of the red flower color to the leaves for added interest.

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Place your finished stamped and colored panel up against different backgrounds to see what looks best. The translucent vellum has the background showing through and can achieve very different effects.


Here is the finished card and envelope. Vellum is beautiful to stamp and color, but also makes adhering difficult as everything seems to show through. I used Permanent Adhesive at the top of the panel and camouflaged it with a pretty tulle bow and crystal.

Have you tried blending on vellum lately? You will be surprised how easy the soft translucent vellum magically blends the colors together when you work on the back!

beautiful day….by melissa cash

Hi there!  Today I am sharing a card that I created using a fun technique that creates a pretty watercolor effect.
A few weeks ago, I shared this card on the Tombow blog and one of our followers named Ann suggested that I create the background with Tombow Dual Brush pens instead of the inks that I had previously used.  So I did just that!
I started by embossing the Penny Black Damask Pattern stamp with black embossing powder and then I scribbled ink in #676 Royal Purple, #679 Dark Plum and #725 Rhodamine Red onto a craft mat and spritz with water.  The picture below is the markers before the water was added.  After spraying the scribbles with water, I smooshed the embossed image around to pick up the pretty colors.  I used Tombow Stamp Runner, Foam Tabs and Power Tabs and Mono Multi to adhere the parts of the card together.
Give this simple, fun technique a try, you will love it!

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Bee Box by Debbie Fisher

Hello! Did you all have a wonderful Easter? My kids were here along with one’s girlfriend and my nephew and we all had a great time. Today I have a fun 3-D Bee Box to share with you all.

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The box is an Inky Antics stamp that you stamp onto designer paper (tip: use a pale color so that the lines don’t show on the inside), then cut, score, fold and glue together. I like using Mono Multi Liquid Glue so that I know it will STAY put together.

I colored the hive and bee (also Inky Antics) with Irojiten Color Dictionary Pencils and added glitter with Mono Aqua Liquid Glue.


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So that the ribbon doesn’t fall off, adhere it to the bottom and sides with the Dot Pattern Adhesive Stamp Runner. The bee is added to the front with foam tabs.

Thank you for stopping by,


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Blog Hop with the Tombow Design Team


Good Morning Bloggers!

Tombow is pleased to announce we will be giving away an AMAZING prize package!

Blog Hop

This prize package includes:

Tombow Stamp Runner
3D Foam Tabs
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Tombow Power Adhesives

In order to qualify to win this AMAZING prize you must:

  1. Comment on each of the Design Team Member’s blog post.
  2. Comment back on this blog post.Tombow will select randomly from a comment written on either the Design Team Members’ blogs or the Tombow blog as the winner.

This will be announced Wednesday April 3, 2013 at 3 P.M. Eastern Time.

The order for this week is:

Debbie Fisher

Melissa Cash

Jennie Garica

Marie Browning

And Our Guest Designer for this week will be:
Michelle Criswell

We hope you enjoy our Design Team’s Beautiful Creations.

Good Luck Bloggers!

Blending Technique with Tombow Dual Brush Pens by Marie Browning

Pat Niemuth from Northwoods Rubber Stamps shared this beautiful blending technique with me recently. It really makes the Dual Brush Pens Colors rich and glorious!


I’m starting with a stamped and embossed butterfly stamp from Northwoods Stamps. Just one of the many wonderful works of art by Jean Arneson. I used the recommended paper, 90 lb. watercolor paper from Canson.


Next, color everything with a yellow marker, 055 is a great choice. This yellow base of color makes the other colors blend beautifully and makes the stamped image more brilliant. You can also get more detailed instructions and recommended Tombow colors on the Northwoods Website.


The other colors are added, and then blended with a waterbrush. Pat made her butterfly dimensional by stamping twice,cutting and mounting the second butterfly on top. A great way to use Tombow Foam Tabs!


This is my version of the technique using the same stamp. I blended the colors beyond the stamped image – not sure if I’m that happy with that move or not, what do you think? I did, however, love the coloring of the butterfly with that yellow undercoating! I used the following Dual Brush Pen Colors for my version: 055, 245, 098, 725, 452, 493.


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Guess Hoo? By Jennie Garcia

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I hope you are having a great day so far, full of Valentines and candy!! I made this cute Valentine Owl using Paper Piecing. To glue the papers on the rest of the card I used the Mono Adhesive Dots Runner.

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The best glue I have ever used for paper piecing is the Mono Multi Liquid Glue and the fine tip is perfect for jobs like this. I used the Tombow Dual Brush Pens to add some color to the eyes and the beak. I used the Tombow Foam Tabs to give the sentiment banner a little dimension.


Did you made your Valentine Cards with Tombow? Show us on Facebook!!

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I hope you enjoyed my post!!

Take Care!!

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Mixed Media Owl by Marie Browning


This little owl is the star of the workshop Tombow will be presenting at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) in Anaheim later this week. He is put together with MONO Multi Liquid Glue, MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, Dot Adhesive and Power Tabs. He will illustrate how easy it is to use different Tombow adhesives to glue paper to canvas, fabric to paper, jute to fabric, burlap to paper and fabric and cork to paper or fabric. Perfect for all your mixed media projects!

Just by adding eyelids, and changing the angles, you can change the mood of your owl instantly! Check out all the different expressions!


No Eyelids for a startled look


Eyelids at an angle for a innocent look


Eyelids at an angle for an angry look


Eyelids straight across for a sleepy look

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Tree-mendous Tree Tutorial!! By Jennie Garcia

We are 5 days away from Christmas!! Can you believe it?? Already!! Just in case you need to squeeze a few more cards in, or in case you need embellishments for your layouts and December Dailies I have a tutorial and a bonus tip for you!!

This tree is really cute and easy to make, you can make it as big as you want and the same goes for the heart punch you want to use. To put it together I just used the Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

To put “Christmas lights” on the tree just wrap some twine around your tree and randomly glue some bling, pearls or punches on the tree.

To glue the papers down I used the Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive and to glue the whole bow I used Power Tabs!!

Are you done with your cards?? Have you mailed them??

Happy Holidays!!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!! and I would LOVE to see your version of the tree!!

Take Care!!

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