Shabby Chic Background Tutorial with Guest Designer Erin Reed

This week the Tombow USA Blog is in the mood for a challenge! So our amazing designer Beth Watson challenged us to create something with flowers! Our fabulous Guest Designer Erin Reed created this flower layout for the challenge! Check our her easy techniques to take your layouts to the next level!

Shabby Chic Background

My little girl let me put cute pigtails in her hair for a birthday party and while we were at the party I took some pictures of her playing.  These wonderful pictures came out of that impromptu photo shoot with my phone.

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I really wanted to capture the sweetness and girlishness of my daughter with this layout.  She is such a girly girl loving to wear her dresses, pretty shoes, and just being a girl!!  I wanted to really try for the shabby chic look with torn section on the paper, so this is how I achieved this look.

Shabby Chic Torn Background Paper Tutorial

1) Tear out some paper of your choice, I choose papers that looked similar to my background paper, but different enough so they stand out.  Make sure their are white edges to your torn section all around it.

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2) Apply a good liquid glue to the back of the torn paper.  I used Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue, it allowed me to lay the torn paper onto my background paper and adhere completely as if it is apart of the background and not just stuck on top of it.

3) Layout torn paper onto background paper and press and rub until it lays flat with no air bubbles.  Let it dry completely.

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4) After the parts have all dried you can then apply a chalk ink (I used a light brown) and you can add more distressing to the background.  For this layout I applied glitter and beads with the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

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5) The effect is that the paper is torn from the top revealing what is under, but really you just laid it on top!! sweet 3

To glue all the layers pf papers together I used the wonderful Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive, to pop up some of the embellishments I used the Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs, and to hold all the larger embellishments in place I used the Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. sweet 4 sweet 5 sweet 6

The Tombow challenge is to use flowers on a project. I had fun with this! I used the background paper that had flowers and then added even more flowers as embellishments to the layout.  I just love flowers!!!

Thank you Erin, for joining us these weeks to share your amazing projects with us!

You have from Monday May 11th through 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!


Project Life Flower Challenge By Jennie Garcia

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Happy Friday! This week Beth is hosting an amazing May Flowers Challenge! Just link any project using flowers HERE for the chance to win some awesome Tombow Goodies! For my project I made a Project Life Spread and went all out on flower patterns!

Project Life Flowers

To glue all the die cuts and photos I used the Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive and to glue the homemade enamel dots I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.Project Life Flowers1

This challenge is as simple as using a flower pattern! Project Life Flowers3

Adult coloring is very popular right now and after coloring these fun Freckled Fawn stickers using Tombow Dual Brush Pens I understand why. It is so relaxing and fun!Project Life Flowers4 Project Life Flowers5Project Life Flowers2

I’m a big fan of these Free Print and Cut Labels! It’s a lot cheaper using these, with the Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive, than buying adhesive ones. I just take a day once in a few months to cut and print a bunch of these to keep in a color coded box. I use them often on my Project Life for dates and layering.Project Life Flowers6

This is the prize you could win when you play with us! Just link your flower project HERE! You have from Monday May 11th through 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!

Cards + Flowers in minutes

This week the Tombow USA Blog has a challenge for you so wake up and smell the flowers – the theme is May Flowers!

Welcome back to our May Flowers Challenge week. I’m happy to share a couple floral cards with you that I can’t wait to send off to friends or family. Each card uses a different die cut using the print and cut option on my Silhouette. Here they are with a few short instructions to create your own.

I did some background stamping and inked the edges to created a bold background for these orange flowers. I layered two of the cuts for dimension. I also added glittered gems to the flower centers. Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue is the best for those gems.  I like to make sure they aren’t going anywhere especially if being mailed.

I created the second card using the same technique by layering the die cut, adding some ink to make it pop and adhering it to the card.

I used the materials shown below on both cards.

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Tombow Foam Tabs

Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive

Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue

I loved seeing all the floral projects this week and can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Thanks for stopping by today! Happy May and come on Spring weather!

Join the challenge HERE! Just add a photo to the inlikz tool so we can all see your creation! Remember the deadline is May 24 at 11:55PM EST. Winner will be announced Tuesday May 26.

xo,  LM_2015

Use a Tombow Dual Brush Pen to add a sentimen to handmade cards, like Jennifer Priest shares in this card tutorial on the Tombow blog.

How to Make Crepe Paper Flowers – May Flowers Challenge

Making flowers is super fun so I was really excited when I found out we were doing a flower themed challenge on the Tombow blog this week! I love working with crepe paper because it is soft but keeps its shape, making it great for creating dimensional or 3D flowers. I recently shared a tutorial on my blog about how to make crepe paper rosettes, which requires a needle and thread. Today I am going to share how to make a flat flower with crepe paper and the Tombow Stamp Runner to create a really fun posie shaped card. Here’s what you’ll need to make this pretty flower card:

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This card goes together much easier than it looks and once you learn this technique you’ll “wow” everyone in your circle. Teehee, circle, and the card is a circle…

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I created a tutorial video showing how to make these pretty posie flowers with crepe paper and the Tombow Stamp Runner:

These are so easy to make! You can assembly line a bunch of them for invitations to a party or even get the kids making them for mom or grandma. Yes, Mother’s Day has passed but Grandparents Day is in September and then there’s also graduations and end of year teacher gifts, which all could use a card with them. Write a sentiment on a scrap of paper with the bullet end of a Tombow Dual Brush Pen to customize the card for a special recipient.

Use a Tombow Dual Brush Pen to add a sentimen to handmade cards, like Jennifer Priest shares in this card tutorial on the Tombow blog.

Make larger posies by cutting out larger circles and using an unfolded piece of crepe paper to form the “petals”.  If you’re decorating for a party, make these posies to decorate the walls using the same crepe paper used for the streamers.

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I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy card tutorial. Don’t forget to enter the May Flowers challenge, hosted by Beth Watson, on last Monday’s blog post for your chance to win! And for more craft inspiration, please visit my blog over at Just JP.




Tombow May Flowers Challenge Card By Daniella Hayes


This week the Tombow USA Blog has a challenge for you, so wake up and smell the flowers!  The challenge is “May Flowers”!
You could win this awesome prize!!
For this challenge, I made a card using Tombow’s Recycled Color Pencils and my new Big Bold Blossoms Stamps!
I started by stamping the face on ivory cardstock.  Then I stamped the flowers on white cardstock and cut them out.
Next I used the Recycled Color Pencils to color the flowers.  I started with yellow in the center and worked my out, then I colored pink and finished with dark pink.  When you color with pencils you should color in circles so you don’t get lines in your coloring.
I also colored a little bit of pink pencil on the cheeks of the face.  There is no way to do that without leaving some circular marks.  In the picture above, I pointed out the cheek color and the lines in the flower.  No matter how hard I try, there are always some marks.  And I have a solution!  Use a paper towel and “buff” you coloring!
Just take the paper towel and put it around your finger and “buff” the coloring!  It makes your coloring positively shine!  And the Recycled Color Pencils by Tombow are AWESOME to use!  They are so soft and they color wonderfully!
When I was done coloring and buffing, I cut a piece of patterned paper and attached the face to it with the Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Pattern Adhesive.  I also used it attach the flowers.  I cut some of the leaves off of the flowers and adhered them in different areas too.
This was a super fun project to make and I love how it turned out!!
Now, it’s your turn!
Add your wonderful creations to the Link Up Here!  You have You have from Monday May 11th through 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!
Good Luck!!

May Flowers Challenge – Watercoloring with Tombow Dual Brush Pens


Good Monday Morning and WELCOME to the Tombow USA May Flowers Challenge!


This month of May we are handing down a new challenge with a new theme – MAY FLOWERS!  We want to see all of your flower projects of any color, any shape, any size and any medium.  Be free and let your imagination just CREATE!

I recently took a few classes at Whim So Doodle, my local art store, with Joanne Sharpe and she taught us some techniques using Tombow Dual Brush Pens to watercolor – LOVE!  Now I am addicted. Watercoloring has always been a challenging media for me, but the Tombow Dual Brush Pens makes the process smooth and easy!

Here’s How I Made It:


Start out with some 90 lb. Watercolor paper and the Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Pen.  Doodle flowers on the watercolor paper, alternating between the fine tip and the medium tip of the  Tombow MONO Twin pen.  I really like the variation that the two tips gives to the images!


Select colors from the Tombow Dual Brush Pens Muted Set, Bright Set and Soda Shop Set to roughly color in the flowers and leaves.  I used a light and dark in each color selected to create some depth.


Dip a #6 round watercolor brush in clean water and paint over The marker strokes, blending as you go.


Next, select a background color, again using a light and dark tone to create depth.  Color in the background with random strokes.


Blend background with water and brush, pulling the color around the flower image.


Repeat with additional flowers and experiment with fun color combinations. TIP: if you loose too much contrast when watercoloring, let the image dry and go over again with your Tombow Dual Brush Pen color of choice.


Measure and cut a 2″ by 2″ and a 4″ by 4″ square template to coordinate with We Are Memory Keepers Ring Photo Sleeves.  Trace templates over water colored flower images, then cut out.


Select special quotes and add them to your flower images with the flexible brush tip and the fine tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen in black.

Place finished flower images with quotes in Ring Photo Sleeves, then insert into We Are Memory Keepers Instagram Albums Made Easy.  I created this Album with inspirational quotes for my Niece as she graduates high school and moves on to college.

Join in us for this May Flowers Challenge by linking up your project below.  You have from Monday May 11th through 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!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

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Paper Issues and Tombow USA Blog Hop!


Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Paper Issues Blog Hop!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these amazing projects! This is your last stop but you probably got here from Meaghen’s blog. If you stumbled across this blog go the Paper Issues Blog to start!

 As always we have some amazing prizes!

Paper Issues Blog Hop Prize

The Tombow USA prize includes: Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue.


The Paper Issues prize: $20 Gift Card to the Paper Issues Shop

To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts and go to the Paper Issues Facebook Page and tell us which project was your favorite! You have until May 12 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on May 13, 2015.

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Paper Issues on Facebook!

Here is the line up in case you missed a spot!

Paper Issues

Beth Watson

Kathy Skou

Daniella Hayes

Heather Joyce

Erin Reed

Jen Boumis

Jennie García

Leah l’Orange

Jennifer Priest

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Latrice Murphy

Meaghen Calder-Losier

Tombow USA Blog <<YOU ARE HERE!

Tombow + Art Impressions Winner!

We had so much fun hopping with Art Impressions last week, and we hope you did too! If you didn’t catch the projects, make sure to visit the original post for the full lineup. We’ve included a look below at what our talented Design Team came up with for the hop!

Use a masking technique with stamps to create a repeating, overlapped pattern with any stamp. These cat bookmarks were made with this technique and then colored with colored pencils.


We’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who hopped with us! We hope you enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful creativity, and have a few new project ideas of your own now. We’re excited to give away a Tombow prize pack of Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dot, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and NEW Tombow Foam Tape. Our lucky winner is…

Jean Marmo

Jean, we’ll be sending your prize pack out in the mail tomorrow!

Win Big on National Scrapbooking Day!

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Happy National Scrapbooking Day! At Tombow we love to celebrate and inspire. What better way to celebrate this day that with an awesome challenge! The challenge is super easy! Just make a scrapbook layout using Tombow Products and link it up in our Rafflecopter for the chance to win a $50 Tombow Prize! Want more chances? Of course! Follow us on social media for extra points!

You have until May 10th, 2015 to submit your layout!

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As I said, we love to inspire so here are a few layouts to get your creative juices flowing!

Week Three Not the average 12×12 scrapbooker? Show us your scrapbooking style! More details on this Pocket Pages Layout  by Jennie Garcia HERE! You can also see a process video HERE!

Newport Beach Layout -Jennifer Priest

How fun this layout from Jennifer Priest. Check out how to make it HERE!

NSD Layout Latrice

This foil technique by Latrice will knock your socks off! Learn how to make it HERE!

Easter-Scrapbook-Page-JPriest-700x686 If you are an artsy/mixed media scrapper get inspired by Jennifer’s doodled layout. Watch the how to video HERE!

Project Life Week 6

Capture special occasions, everyday life, or both! Take a look at THIS POST for more details!

If you are up for more prizes and inspiration check out the Art Impressions and Tombow USA Blog Hop! Start HERE!

Stock up on your favorite Tombow Products!
May Sale

Art Impressions and Tombow USA Blog Hop

AI and Tombow Blog Hop Hello and Welcome to the Art Impressions and Tombow USA Blog Hop!

You probably got here from Sharon’s blog but if you stumbled across our blog, go the Art Impressions’ Blog to start!

Art Impressions and Tombow USA Blog Hop

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Tombow USA prize includes: Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and NEW Tombow Foam Tape.

The Art Impressions prize includes: Elephant Set, Cat Big Mouth, The Queen Set and Joy Found Window.

To win, enter on the Rafflecopter above! You have until May 5th at 11:59 EST to enter. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on May 6th 2015.

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Art Impressions on Facebook!

Here is the line up in case you get lost.

Art Impressions Blog

Cheri Burry

Beth Watson

Dana Warren

Daniella Hayes

Diane Zechman

Jennie Garcia

Karen Day

Jennifer Priest

Kerry Kung

Latrice Murphy

Reneé Matarese

Sharon Caudle

Tombow USA Blog <<YOU ARE HERE