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Mail Art Week – Mixed Media Postcards

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This week the Design Team Members are featuring Mail Art!  Now I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what mail art was, but I am always decorating my envelopes and creating my own postcards, so I was creating Mail Art and didn’t even know it – LOL!

Here are some colorful and easy Mail Art Postcards that can be created in just a few hours!

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Start with Watercolor Paper, select a few colors of Tombow Dual Brush Pens ( I used 373 and 515) and scribble randomly over the entire surface.  This is FUN and let’s off a little steam!

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Next is the magic!  Apply clean water with a large flat brush and mix the colors around.  The Tombow Dual Brush Pens just melt!  TIP – I always watercolor on a towel, so if the colors bleed off the paper, it will not ruin your work surface.

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While the background is drying, we can move on to the top layer.  Now the Tombow Dual Brush Pens are ideal for lots of surfaces including wood.  I recently stumbled across these cool wood veneer 12″ by 12″ scrapbook sheets by American Crafts.  Measure out six 4″ by 6″ rectangles.  Color in loosely with Tombow Dual Brush Pens (I used 933, 815, 743, 703, 296 and 173).

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Use Tombow Dual Brush Pen Blender N00 to smooth out the color and “erase” any stroke marks.  TIP – Make sure to draw on a blank piece of scrap paper in between light and dark colors, so your image does not get muddy.

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Once dry, measure and cut with scissors 4″ by 6″ rectangles from watercolor background.  Flip over and draw on postcard markings with Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.  Erase any pencil lines with Tombow MONO Plastic Eraser.

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Measure and cut with a craft knife 4″ by 6″ rectangle from wood veneer.  Attach to watercolor background with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.

Write a message on the back of your postcard, address and mail some HAPPY to a friend or relative today!  TIP – Check with the Post Office for how much postage this card will need AND request that it be hand canceled.

Create your own Mail Art this week and share it with us on the Tombow Facebook Page!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

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Mail Art Week!!

This week, the Tombow Design Team is making awesome Mail Art.  I love Mail Art!  I love making my own envelopes, decorating them and lettering the addresses.  I don’t know which one I love more, making mail art or receiving it!!

This is my finished mail art envelope.  All it needs is an address.

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I cut and scored my watercolor paper into an envelope shape and sprayed it all over with water from the mister that comes with the Tombow Blending Kit.  The Blending Kit is awesome!  It comes with a mister, a Blender Pen, an instructional blending guide  and a Blending Palette.

I picked a blue and a red Tombow Dual Brush Pen because when these colors are combined they make purple.  The Blending Kit also comes with an instructional blending guide to help you with your blending.  After I applied all of my wet ink from the blending palette to my watercolor paper, I sprayed it again with more water from my mister and let it dry.

Isn’t it sooo pretty???  All the beautiful colors from Dual Brush Pens stayed true and blended into a super pretty purple.  The paper stayed flat and accepted the water perfectly because it is a heavy weight paper that is made to get wet.  Looking good so far!!

Next I stamped several different background stamps all over the envelope using Tombow Dual Brush Pens as my ink.  Just color the stamp with the brush tip and it works just like an ink pad! If it is a large stamp, you might have to huff on the stamp before stamping it.  I used 3 different shades of blue and stamped light to dark.  Then I stamped the feather stamp and the postage type stamp with brown ink so they would stand out.  And I added a few little bird stamps too! To finish the envelope off I added some dots and circles with my darkest blue dual brush pen.

To close the bottom 3 flaps, I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Fine Tip.  Mono Multi is a super strong adhesive which is definitely what you want when you make envelopes or pockets.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope you make some awesome Mail Art yourself!  I know you will LOVE it!!  And so will the person you send it to :)

xxDaniella

 

National Smile Week Home Decor By Jennie Garcia

Smile Girly Frame It’s National Smile Week! As a reminder I made this cute frame for my daughter’s wall using the Walnut Hollow Circle Thin Plaque. You can make it in just 3 steps!  Smile Girly Frame -001 The first step is to glue the May Arts Mini Pompoms around the plaque using the fine tip of the Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue. I leave the point where the pompoms connect at the bottom so you can’t see it. You could use other trim like lace or just leave it without trim.

Smile Girly Frame -002 Second, glue the paper to the plaque using the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. To cut this circle I used a Sizzix Die, you can also use any electronic die cutting machine, or just trace the circle with a pencil and cut it with scissors. You could also glue the paper to the plaque using the Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue or the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Smile Girly Frame -003 Last, use the Tombow Foam Tape to give dimension to the speech bubbles. I cut the bubble speech out of patterned paper and drew the faux stitching around them. Add the little details that are like sprinkles in cupcakes, or in this case, buttons and enamel dots.

These little frames are super easy to make and you can customize them to fit your room theme or style. Hang them on your wall using the Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty so you won’t damage your walls!

I hope you enjoyed this project! If you make one, please share it with us on Facebook!

If you want to see more of my projects check out my blog Earthy Scrap!

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DIY Smile Artwork for National Smile Week

Today I am continuing on with National Smile Week. The projects have been seriously fun. I love all the smiley faces and emoji’s so far. I went a little bit of a different route and used words rather than images for my project. I wanted to create a small framed piece for my daughter. I knew I wanted it to be very bold and colorful.

Here is what I came up with:

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Materials you’ll need:

Tombow Dual Brush Pens 

Tombow Xtreme Adhesive

Tombow Blending Kit

Stickers

Cardstock

Enamel dots

Frame

Directions:

1. Gather your supplies

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2. Create a colorful background by layering colors and spraying with the Tombow Spray Mister until saturated. Heat dry if needed.

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Don’t worry if the colors run together. The more the better. I loved that organic mixing of colors for this.

3. Next, using the stickers you’ve chosen create a saying, quote or sentence.

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4. Add the enamel dots with their coordinating colors. I didn’t have purple, so white is always my back up.

5. Add stitching along the bottom if desired. I love the texture that machine stitching adds to a project.

6. Frame it up and put it on display.

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I loved creating this simple, fast and fun project for you today. I know it will help my daughter smile a little bit more, especially now that school is just a week away.

Don’t forget to check out the other projects this week and come back tomorrow for another project. Happy National Smile week everyone!

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Emoji Piñata Card – Smile Week – Day 3

Hey Everyone! Jennifer Priest here with a fun emoji inspired card for this week’s “smile week”. Did you see Beth Watson’s adorable emoji project yesterday here on the Tombow blog? It’s ADORABLE! Like Beth, I love emojis and since I’ve been playing with piñatas, I thought it was a good time to combine them both. I mean, who doesn’t smile when they see a piñata?!

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The fringe on this card has a lot of dimension because of the Tombow Foam Tape I used behind some of the layers. The card has a more lively feel that just makes me happy!

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Here’s how to create this fun, dimensional emoji piñata card:

You can add a sentiment to the front of the card but I decided to add a sentiment to the inside of the card.

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To carry over the tactile experience from the front of the card, I added a die cut sentiment to the inside of the card. It’s unexpected and fun!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Tombow blog today. For more crafty goodness, visit me over at Just JP, where I share smart, practical crafts & DIY like this pretty mirrored gift tag.

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Smile Week – Day Two – Emoji Bulletin Boards

When I think of smiles and smiling I immediately think of EMOJI!  It is funny to think that just a few years ago emoji were just called smiley faces and all they did was smile.  Now we have so many choices when it comes to expressing our emotions – sometimes it’s hard to decide, so I made three!

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Paint the top, bottom and sides of the three 8″ Smoothfoam Discs, let dry.  Trace and cut three 8″ circles from Kunin™ Eco-fi® FriendlyFelt™ in Yellow.  The nice thing about the FriendlyFelt™ is that it is pre-stiffened, so it holds it shape well.  Attach each circle with the broad tip of the Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.  I did a test before I completed this project to see which Liquid Glue from Tombow would perform better – the MONO Aqua or the MONO Multi and the MONO Multi won!  Another great use for my Tombow adhesives, they are so versatile!

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Measure and cut six strips 1″ by 12″ of  Kunin™ Eco-fi® Rainbow ClassicFelt™ in Yellow.  Apply to the edges of the Emoji with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue secure with rubber bands until dry.

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Download and cut out patterns.  Attach to Kunin™ Eco-fi® Rainbow ClassicFelt™ in Black, Red, White and Candy Pink with Tombow MONO Adhesive Removable then cut out all patterns.

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Once all patterns are cut out attach to Emoji faces with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue and set aside to dry.

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Attach Emoji bulletin boards to wall with Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty.  For a project like this I like to cut the Xtreme Mounting Putty with scissors to get a nice square.  This Putty has an Xtreme hold, but is not permanent on your walls!  Perfect for the College Student’s Dorm Room!

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The Smoothfoam makes a perfect base for the bulletin board and felt will hide the many holes from the push pins.

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The possibilities are endless with these Emoji Bulletin Boards and would make the perfect addition to any teenager’s room!

Thanks for stopping and remember…a SMILE is the prettiest thing you can wear!  -Beth

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It’s National Smile Week!!

It’s National Smile Week!

And we are celebrating National Smile Week with super fun projects that will make you SMILE!! I used a page out of Joanne Fink’s Zenspirations  Coloring Book Flowers and, of course, Tombow products!

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I started by coloring in my flower images with the Tombow Colored Pencils.  I didn’t worry about being really neat with my coloring because Tombow has products that are like Magic!!

Like the Tombow Mono Sand Eraser!  As you can see, it removes colored pencil beautifully.  It also erases pen marks too.  Super awesome!

In some areas I used light and dark colors together and complimentary colors in others. For the tall Rectangles in the center I used red, orange and 2 yellows.  I just colored, not worrying about pencil marks or anything because I have a Tombow Dual Brush Colorless Blender Pen!  It is part of the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, but it can also be used with Tombow’s Colored Pencils!  Crazy, right?  But true! Look at how the colors go from dark to light so smoothly.  It looks like a sunrise to me!!

Then I used a black Tombow Colored Pencil to do some fun creative writing of the word SMiLe!  I had so much fun finding cool places to write on, over and in.

Here’s a close up of my page.  I know it makes me smile!  I was smiling the whole time I was making it!  The colors are happy and all of the SMiLeS all over the page are so fun!!

I hope this post makes you smile!!  Go out and make someone smile today!!

xxDaniella

 

 

Fancy Pocket Pages with Fancy Pants Designs By Jennie Garcia

National Zoo This week the Tombow USA Design Team have been sharing projects using Fancy Pants Designs Products along with Tombow Products! I made a Pocket Pages Spread using the Office Suite Collection. I used the 3×4 Office Suite Brag Cards, Labels Pack and Button Mix National Zoo-001

For the 4×6 Cards I used the 6×6 Office Suite Paper Pad. To attach photos and die cuts I used the Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Pattern Adhesive. I colored the “Fun” wood veneer from the Making Waves Collection with a Tombow Dual Brush Pen. National Zoo-002

These alphas are from older lines from Fancy Pants Designs but I used the buttons from the Office Suite Button Mix. They come with foam adhesive but since I like them as flat as possible for my pocket pages so I take it off and I glue them with the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. National Zoo-003 To glue the wood veneers I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue National Zoo-004 National Zoo-005 I added this insert and I made a confetti pocket with sequins and buttons from the Office Suite Button Mix, I sealed it using a Fuse Tool. National Zoo-006 National Zoo-007 To glue this little tag pamphlet from a stuffed animals I used the Tombow Mono Adhesive Removable, in case someone wants to look at the back in the future.  National Zoo-008

I hope you enjoyed this Fancy week! Make sure you share your creations using Tombow Products on Facebook or Instagram. You can use the hashtag #tombow or #tombowusa !

If you want to see more of me check out my blog Earthy Scrap or find me on Instagram!

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Fancy Pants Week: Creating a Back to School Scrapbook Layout

Hey there readers. Happy Thursday. I’m excited to be here today to share more with you for our Fancy Pants week. Today I’ve created a photo tutorial for you showing you each step I took in creating a fun Fancy Pants Layout with a little bit of a back to school theme.

Here’s my fun layout for you today.

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Here is what you’ll need:

Fancy Pants Flutter Collection

Cardstock

Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent

Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue

Tombow Foam Tape

Tombow Foam Tabs

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose your patterned paper. I chose from the 6×6 pad since I knew I was going to be cutting the paper down to size.

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Step 2: Cut your 6×6 pieces down to 5×5 and then cut in half to create triangles.

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Step 3: To make these pieces easier to assemble I taped them all together to create a “new” piece of paper.

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Step 4: Choose your photos and trim if needed. I originally had three 4×6’s and cut two down to 4×4 to work for my page. I then chose a cardstock in a bold color to matte my photos onto.

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Step 5: Matte photos and adhere to page. My center photo was adhered with Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent and the two side photos I used  Tombow Foam Tape.

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Step 6: Add all your pretty embellishments. I used a couple of borders, some gold butterflies and create my title with the pieces as well. The smallest dots were adhered with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue and the butterflies were given dimension with Tombow Foam Tabs.

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Here is again all finished up!

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How fun is this collection?! So colorful and vibrant – I love it so much. Thanks a bunch for stopping by the blog today for Fancy Pants week. There is still more to come tomorrow and if you haven’t checked out the rest of the awesome projects this week, go do that too!

Don’t forget to visit me on my blog over at Latrice Murphy Design and Photography! Lots to share with you always.

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Scrapbook Your Summer with Fancy Pants Designs and Tombow!

This week the Tombow Design Team members are featuring projects created with paper and embellishments we received from our friends at Fancy Pants Designs.  We each received an assortment of items from Fancy Pants Designs’ new releases, Making Waves, Summer Sun and Office Suite. Since we’re nearing the end of summer, it’s the perfect time to get those summer fun photos onto scrapbook pages before the memories fade. It’s never too early to scrapbook your summer!

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Fancy Pants Designs’ Making Waves collection is perfect for scrapbooking beach photos but it also has a bit of a patriotic feel to it so I thought it would be perfect for scrapping my 4th of July beach photos from this summer. To bring it all together, I used Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue, Tombow Power Tabs, Tombow Dual Brush Pens, and Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent.

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I cut the papers to the following dimensions:

  • Cut the Seafood paper to 6″ x 12″.
  • Cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of paper from the Blazing Paper.
  • Cut a 4″ x 6″ piece of paper from the Beach Shorts paper.

Using a Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent, adhere the Seafood paper to the center of a 12″ x 12″ Plunge paper. Line up the strip of Blazing Paper so that it is flush with the bottom of the page but about 1″ from the left side of the page. Overlap the Beach Shorts paper on top, about 1″ up and 1″ over to the right. Add photos. Layer elements from the Making Waves Ephemera Pack, adhering them to the page with Tombow Power Tabs. Use Tombow Dual Brush Pens in coordinating colors to draw doodles and lines on a title from the Making Waves Wood Veneer pack. Adhere the wood veneer title to the page with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue. Here’s how it all came together:

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I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy scrapbook page. It’s never too early to scrapbook your memories so get those photos printed, stock up on Tombow adhesive, and get scrapping with Fancy Pants Designs’ fabulous papers and embellishments. For more crafty goodness, please visit me over at Just JP.

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