Thursday, 27 February 2014

Discovering Pluto

A few days ago back in 1930 Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto so I decided to make a card inspired by this.

I really wanted to make a glittery 'star' filled background so here is how I created the starry background using the {Wink of Stella brush pen}..  These pens add a spatkle to your projects.  As well as the brush pens there is a fine nib option so they can be used in all sorts of projects.

First squeeze the pen to release ink in to the barrel of the pen to fill it. 

Using a hard tool, I have used a knitting needle, tap the {Wink of Stella brush pen}.  This will cause splatters of paint to fly all over your card.

Repeat this with some other colours until you have the 'starry' sky you require

Next take a {Zig Painty pen} in gold and some Rangers grungeboard or any other type of chipboard stars.

Colour each star carefully, you may need to add a couple of layers to get a good coverage.

Here is a close up of the finished card all stuck together.  This technique is perfect on scrapbooking layouts too.

Have fun creating
Beckie Dreyer

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cupid Bear

Okay so I know that Valentines day has been and gone for this year but there is always an occasion to tell someone you love them.

I used the Kurecolors pens to colour in the Forever Friends cupid.  Here's how I coloured the bear.

After stamping the bear in black and embossing I used the light brown (793) to colour in the bear.  I went over some of the areas that I wanted to be slightly darker.

I coloured the nose and bows with the vanilla (423) and the soles of his feet with the pale rose (262)

After colouring the soles of the feet I gently went over the with the pale beige (731) which caused the pink to slightly fad.  I did the same with the red while colouring in the hearts on the arrows.

Another great way of adding some shading to parts of your drawing is to touch the blender pen to the colour you wish to use.  This gives a paler shade of the colour.

So that is how I coloured in Cupid Bear

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Music to my ears... 

Still using the Kurecolor Blender (B.1) to blend colors, but this time, I wanted to achieve the metallic effect, which can be seen in the headset. 

I love how the blender captures the shinny impression not only with the metallic headset, but also with the hair and with the eyes. It makes the illustration standout more and appear to be more digital than traditional.

To achieve the metallic effect, what I usually do is color in the image-- starting with the basic color, followed by the highlights and shadows, and then lightly apply the blender, just to mesh the colors as they touch each other- making sure though, they don't blend all together. Also, I leave white spaces on the image, to highten the glossiness of the parts of the image that is hit by the light.

Thank you Estella Dee for sending through this fantastic Manga artwork. We hope you like it as much as we do :) 

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Love Manga? You'll love this... 

One of our newest design team members Estella Dee has sent me this amazing Manga artwork and the write up that goes with it is refreshing and inspiring...  keep your eyes open for more work from Estella. 

Here is a write up sent to me by Estella herself... 

For some odd reason, I got myself the Kurecolor Blender (B.1) sometime ago. Odd, because I had no idea how to use it-- at all! 

I just started using graphic markers over a year ago to render my work (I usually use watercolor). Anyways, when I first used graphic markers I fell in love with it, because, when used properly, it gives the same effect as watercolor-- minus the, somewhat, tedious preparations I have to do with watercolor, eg. mixing the colors.

So I did a little research and a few hours of youtube views, I have finally "decoded" the secrets of using the blender. Generally, of course, it is use for blending colors, but apparently you can also use it to "erase" minor mistakes in your rendering. In this sketch though, I used it mainly to blend the colors. I like how it elliminates those hard edges, especially if you need that extra blur to make the colors move from one to the next.

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

So Umbrella day was 10/02 and Jamie Pope provided a card in honor of this day, which is all about one of the world's most invaluable inventions. So in honor of this day, Jamie has provided a really fun and colorful card. So let's get started, and she'll show you how it's made.

I started with a 4in x 4in card.  I inked a background stamp with my ZIG Brushables pen and stamped the cardstock.  The color of the pen? Splash! Very fitting for this card.

Next, I stamped my umbrella using a Black ZIG Writer, then colored it with my ZIG Brushables and ZIG Wink of Stella pens. Lastly I simply cut it out.

Using the Yellow Brushables pen, I edged the card with ink.

Now, it's just a matter of putting it all together. I simply added a small transparency and some baker's twine.


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Friday, 14 February 2014

Love is in the air... 

Check out this romantic card designed by Cecila Sanchez. I'll give you a run through of what Cecila has done... 
First of all Cecila chose her products and colours which are:
1. Collection of stamps
2. Card stock 

If you've not used the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens, you need to get your hands on them. Not only are they twin tipped but they can be diluted with water and used as a water colour. Perfect on paper and ideal for use with stamps. Buy from our online shop for only £2.65. Cecila mixed the ink with some water to create a watered down shade. Once the correct shade was achieved Cecila stamped onto her card stock. 

TIP - Around the edge of the card Cecila used the a Red ZIG Art and Graphic Twin and then smudged it using a baby wipe. 

Afterwards Cecilia wrote love in big letters using a Black ZIG Scroll & Brush

TIP - Using the unique flexible tip of the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens you can create love hearts. 

We hope you enjoyed that tutorial as much as we did - the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens rock! Buy online at UK Delivery is only 99p and European Delivery is just £7.99
Happy Valentines everyone. We hope you have a lovely day. See you soon for another tutorial straight from Kuretake UK office. 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

A fun, new project bought to you by American Design Team Member Jamie PopeToday Jamie will show you how she turned a small piece of canvas into an adorable set of earrings.

I started with small piece of adhesive backed canvas, approximately 3in by 5in.  Then, using a Yellow ZIG Fabricolor pen, color the entire piece of canvas.

I always add a bit of bling to my projects and that's just what I did.  I squeezed a couple of drops of ink from an Orange ZIG Wink of Stella Brush Pen onto my craft sheet.  Then I mixed the ink with a bit of water.  By diluting the ink, it allowed me to get all the benefit of the glimmer, but just a hint of color, which is exactly what I wanted.

Next, I randomly stamped on two different images using my Black and Red ZIG Fabricolor pens.

Next I created the heart shapes.  Start with removing the backing on the canvas, then fold the canvas in half.

Now, simply cut out two heart shapes from the canvas.

Next, add an eyelet into the upper corner of each heart.

Lastly, attach a jump ring to the eyelet, then attach an earring hook.

Now you have a ready to wear unique, one of a kind set of earrings. 

Thank you Jamie for the lovely idea *thumbs up*. Buy now online at Where you'll find two fantastic promotions this month; (i) double your discount with your loyalty card, and (ii) Two limited edition Valentines Kits to buy.