Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Be a Kuretake a winner!

It's almost time for us to pick our next ZIG Follower of the Month!  This months winner will be the lucky recipient of a bundle of Christmas Kuretake goodies, perfect for creating your Christmas cards and gifts!

December's prize bundle includes our ZIG Memory System Christmas Collection, Kurecolor Alcohol Inks, ZIG Brushables, ZIG 2 Way Glue, ZIG Wink of Stella shimmer writers and a Basically Bare Booklet and pack of Embellies!

We will be drawing the winner at random tomorrow, out of all our Twitter, Facebook and Blog followers*


* To be entered into the draw as a blog follower, you must publicly follow us through Google Friend Connect or Networked Blogs.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Kuretake Advent Calendar - Door 2: Basically Bare Christmas Hanger

Basically Bare Hearts Hanger
by Beckie Dreyer

Hello ... I have been having some fun with the Basically Bare Hearts to create a little hanger for Christmas.  

Kuretake Ribbon
Christmas Greeting Stamp
Little Heart Stamp
Cinnamon Sticks
Embroidery Thread

Here's How
1  Choose three of the canvas Basically Bare hearts.  
On two of the smaller hearts draw a grid with a Red ZIG Fabricolor. 

2 Colour in alternate squares to create the ‘gingham’ effect.  Sew a button on to each one.

3 Choose a Christmas greeting and ‘ink’ with the ZIG Fabricolor pen.  Stamp this on the centre of the largest heart.

4  Place a smaller heart over the top of the greeting to create a mask, then spritz with Kurecolor Green.  Remove the heart mask.  Stamp two little hearts to decorate the centre.  Use the ZIG Fabricolor pen to dot around the edge.

5  Sew the matching felt heart shape to the back of each heart and add a small amount of filling.

6  Sew each heart to a line of Kuretake Ribbon.  Tie on some cinnamon sticks to finish.

These hangers will look great on a tree on simply hung on the wall.  I hope you have a fun time making one for yourself.

If you would like to give this a try then pop on over to the Kuretake shop as there is a 30% off Basically Bare for 2 weeks from the 1st December.
And there's more as there is FREE delivery for orders over £15 in the Kuretake Shop throughout December!

Thanks for stopping by
Beckie :)

Monday, 28 November 2011

Kuretake Shop Christmas Offers....

Have you visited the Kuretake Shop yet? 

We've got loads of exciting offers for you in the run up to Christmas!  Starting with this fantastic ZIG Posterman offer.....

Friday, 25 November 2011

ZIG Links

Basically Bare Cards - Sarah Hurley 

Infinimentscrap Novembre - Blog de Laury

Let it be me - La Almohada

Gorguss Wintery Birthday Card - Sarah Hurley 

Finally some Christmas cards - Angelicas Digiscrap

Creating with Kuretake - My Sweet Earth

Holiday Gift Picks - Shop out of hand

Fall Centerpeice Art - What a bunch of craft

Birthday Fun Loot and Layout - Christina Types

Match Made in Heaven - Crafty Drake

Winter Wonderland - Amanoamano Miria

Oxygen - Blue Birdie

Saturday, 19 November 2011

ZIG Links

Celebrate Marker Card - Quiet Fire Style
Chrysanthemums for our birthday - Jo Kill Blog
The Caveman Conspiracy - A Touch of Jeff
Happy Veteran's Day - Erin Bassett
Favs for 11-11-11 -
Gobble, gobble, until you wobble! - Basically Bare Blog
Calendrier Octobre - Blog de Laury
ABC Christmas Challenge - Amanomano Miria

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Tutorial: Basically Bare And Kuretake Album Cover

Hey Everybody, Kim Dellow here, how do you fancy a bit of album decorating today? I recently used one of the Basically Bare albums you can get from the Kuretake Shop using Kuretake ZIG pens and I thought I would share how I put the front cover together.

You will need:
Water bottle spray
PVA glue
Make up Sponges (or Cut N' Dry)
Old book and map pages
Craft knife
Heat tool (optional)
Craft sheet, or plastic bag
Cotton bud

Step 1 - Remove The Cover
Carefully take the Basically Bare Booklets Simply Shapely album apart, you don't have to but I just find it easier and cleaner to work on the pages separately.

Step - 2 Cover The Cover

Using diluted PVA glue start glueing down the old book and map pages to the front cover.

Scrunch up the pages as you go along to add texture to the finished cover. Leave the cover to dry before trimming the extraneous papers and painting with Gesso.

Step 3 - Colouring Time!

I added the colour one layer at a time with the lightest colour first and building up the colour gradually to the darkest colour. Starting with the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pen 43, scribble it onto the craft sheet and spritz with water. Press the cover into the droplets of colour and then use the heat tool to dry. Repeat this to get a bit of droplet texture on the cover then use the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pen directly onto a make-up or Cut N' Dry sponge and dab it onto the cover, building up more colour.

Move onto the ZIG Memory System Calligraphy Pens and finish by carefully touching the ZIG Calligraphy Black pen to the edges and the raised creases of paper.

Step 4 - Prepare The Gear

Use the large heart from the Basically Bare Heart Set 1 as a template on the large Basically Bare Gears Set 1.

Using the craft knife cut into the top layer of the corrugated card.

Peel off the top layer to expose the corrugation below.

Step 5 - More Colouring

Cover the heart gear with Gesso and let it dry. Colour the heart with the ZIG Caligraphy pens on a cotton bud to get between the corrugations. Then add a touch of ZIG Posterman White onto the top of the corrugations. Add colour to the rest of the gear with the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens on a sponge and build up the colour as in Step 3. When the gear is dry stick it to the front cover. Use the pens to colour the small felt button, tie it with a thread and stick the button to the heart. Finish with a sentiment, written with the ZIG Memory System Writer black pen and ink the edges with the ZIG Memory System Scroll and Brush Pen.

Hope you enjoyed this little look-see into how I made the cover, there are a couple of other pages from the album in this post.

Friday, 11 November 2011

ZIG Links

Custom DIY Envelopes - Jet Pens Blog

So much for good intentions - An Artists Ramblings

Tanglelicious Pumpkins - Leighs B Designs

Tips for Tuesday - My o Scrappin

My Mixed Media Art Journal - Stars in Palm

I am in search - Kissinia

Red Christmas - Amanomano Miria

Layout titled: My Alter Ego - Irma Peredne

AJED 60 - La Almohada

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Live, Love, Create Tag

This is such a fun and easy mixed media tag to create using ZIG Memory System Writers on acrylic, and ZIG 2 Way Glue!


ZIG Memory System Writer: Black
ZIG 2 way Glue Squeeze & Roll
ZIG Emboss Powder

Foam adhesive & brush
Heavyweight cardstock
Acrylic paint: sky blue, white, tan,
Paper: Susan K.Weckesser


1.        Take the foam brush and load it with half blue, half white paint. Dab the entire surface of your tag to achieve a speckled effect.

2.        Now do a triple load. Without cleaning your brush dip it in the white paint. Then dip one edge into the blue and the other edge into tan.  The edge of your foam brush will look tan, white, and then blue. Gradually use the same dabbing motions as use go down one side of the tag and across the bottom.

3.        Use the very tip of the foam brush and dip it into the white. Now you can go ahead and in a painting motion paint a couple clouds at the top of the tag.

4. Cut out images and words.

5. Using ZIG Writer, outline the images, the words, and the tag. The pigment of the ZIG Writer is so strong, it will

6. Using ZIG 2 Way Glue Squeeze & Roll, outline the clouds.
7. Sprinkle some ZIG Emboss powder on the glue.
8. Glue on the words.
9. Use foam adhesive to stick on the image to make it pop.

Enjoy your tag! For more creative ideas be sure to come and visit me over on my website. Be sure to check out the Christmas Love Campaign that is starting this week .


Kuretake is a sponsor and there are going to be a lot of fun things going on!  
Have a AWESOME day!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Design Team Tutorial: Basically Bare

We've launched a brand new product range to the UK and European market!......

Our Design Team have been busy getting creative with Basically Bare and Kuretake products!  The first project, "Dress to Impress" has been done by Dee Paramour. Here's her tutorial....

Basically Bare items

Other Materials

Lilac A4 cardstock
Lightweight white cardstock
Silver thread

How to Make

1. Fold the lilac card in half to make an A5 card blank.

2. Take the large felt heart from the Basically bare heart pack and spritz with water.  Scribble lines of colour next to each other with the Art and Graphic twin pens.  Spritz the ink with water then lay the heart on to colour, move the heart around slightly to ensure good colour coverage.  Allow to dry.

3. Fold over the point of the heart and sew in place with Silver thread.  Sew some stars at the bottom and add a lilac flower brad to the folded piece.


 4. Scribble purple, lilac and blue Art and Graphic twin pens on a craft mat, spritz with water and lay the white card over it.  Swoosh it around a bit and put to one side to dry.  Repeat with the same colours but add some pink to it.  Cover the piece with cling film and allow to dry naturally.

5. Use the corner punch to punch out a border from the blue card.  Fix to the right hand side of the card.  Trim down the coloured/cling filmed card and fix to the card as shown.

6. Use the embossing pen and white embossing powder to cover the top and the bottom areas of the large greyboard dress form from the dress form pack.

7. Cut out a bodice shape from the other piece of coloured card and fix in place on the dress form.  Fix two short pieces of pink ribbon across the bottom of the dress, a piece round the waist and a twisted piece across the top of the bodice.  Fix the coloured heart in place on the skirt area.

8. Cover a star from the celestial shapes pack with the coloured card.  Edge with the blue pen and write your message on it.  Fix some pink ribbon down the right hand side of the card, fix the dress form and the star in place.  Add 3 blue brads in place at the bottom of the ribbon.

The Kuretake and Basically Bare supplies can be purchased from the new Kuretake Shop!

Friday, 4 November 2011

ZIG Links

Fashion Statement - Emma Williams

Your Ticket to Glitter - Crafty Makes

Swing Wedding - Galaxia

Manga with ZIG Art & Graphic pens - Naniiebim

Smash Book Alternative - Sarah Hurley

Happy Halloween - Sarah Hurley
Your Ticket to Jingle - Crafty Makes

Spectacular Spiderman - not your typical Artist! - The SAA

Kuretake No. 40 Brush Pen - Eliza Fry

Using the Glitter Lace Technique - Creating the Hive

And of a course, an extra special link.... The all new Kuretake Shop! 

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Kuretake Shop is open for business!

We're open!

Come and take a look around and find out about our new range - Basically Bare!.....

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

November winner!

With the help of we've picked a winner for our first bundle of Kuretake goodies....

Twitter follower @flaminkatie

Congrats, Kate! You’ve won this package:

Thank you all for being such wonderful and loyal followers. Hopefully next month will be your lucky month! Next draw will take place on the 1st December.

Make sure you pop back to the blog soon and also check out our all new Kuretake online shop!
Launching VERY soon!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Be a Kuretake a winner!

We're running a new competition for all our lovely followers, and the best thing is.... you don't have to do anything to win!

Just by being a Kuretake fan and following us on Facebook, Twitter or the Blog you'll be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a bundle of Kuretake goodies worth over £100!!

Each month for the next 6 months we'll be picking one lucky follower at random on the 1st of the month.

Novembers winner will be announced on the blog tomorrow!