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Hello everyone – Kerry Engel here with a fun card for you to colour and design at home. This card is a bit of a mash-up. I first drew out the words and cut out half the butterfly on my electronic cutting machine. You could easily just print it out on cardstock and fussy cut half the butterfly if you do not have a cutting machine. – CLICK HERE for the project.I stamped around the words with a Falling Flowers stamp from Stampin’ Up! I made a mask of the stamp (and words) so I could layer the flowers down the side of the card.I used a Ranger  embossing pen and traced around the main title and used clear embossing powder to create a raised border on the letters. I  coloured in the letters, butterfly and flowers using my Chameleon pens. Shading and layering with various yellows and oranges. To finish it…

Hello everyone! It’s Kelly Klapstein here today sharing a cute “Good Luck” card with you. I designed this card using only a few supplies: Chameleon Pens, Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock, Tombow Adhesive, Westcott Trimmer, and a pencil. You might know that I’m slightly obsessed with brush lettering and calligraphy, so I wanted to show you a way you can ‘fake’ out lettering in an easy way. Start by writing a word with a pencil. Then add a second line to the downstrokes of the letters. When you finish sketching the rest of the card, you trace over it with a permanent pen.  I love the black detail pen that comes in with the Chameleon Pen set.  It has 2 nibs of different sizes on either end. I used the larger .6mm nib for my card. For the lettering, you can either fill in the strokes with the black pen or leave…

It’s a 3-in-1 challenge! by Kerry Engel Many of you have been using Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s sketchy challenge as your inspiration-spring-board, creating some beautiful layouts and cards but did you know that you could use a sketch to inspire you in your art journal too? I’m still relatively new to the art journal game. To be honest sometimes I look at all my yummy layers and colorful pages and while I love the techniques and I realize that it’s about ‘playing’ and exploring, at the end I wish that they made more sense.  Visual sense. Visual sense for me starts at the beginning; when I think about the direction or movement that I want in my page. That’s where having a sketch as a launching point helps. I loosely used this months sketch to contain my techniques and create movement down the middle. I really liked how it turned out…

Are you enjoying our free colouring cards designed by Betty Hung? We sure are! And look at this month’s creative illustration! Betty coloured her card using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the Tombow Irojiten Vivid Coloring Pencils. To download and print this coloring card, click HERE.  You can print the card on regular copy paper sized 8.5″ x 11″ and then cut out the card however you wish. The original is sized approximately 5″ x 5″ . We would love to see your finished coloured cards….so tag us on Instagram or share on our Facebook page! You can visit Betty at her fabulous website and blog www.colorart.ca to get more coloring and art tips and techniques. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

January is here, which means it’s time for another free colouring card from our illustrator and designer Betty Hung. This month Betty’s card celebrates 2017 as the Year of the Rooster. Betty used Tombow Dual Brush Pens to color and achieved beautiful gradient effects with her colouring techniques. Here is what the card looks like when you download and print it. It is sized approximately 5″ x 10″ and you can print it on regular copy paper or heavyweight cardstock. The paper choice for printing depends on which products you use to colour. To download and print this month’s card, click HERE. To learn more about colouring techniques, click HERE and visit Betty’s blog “Color Art” where she shares her ideas, tutorials and even video demonstrations.

Hi everyone, Kim here today. I just finished working on a layout using October 2016, sketchy challenge. If my memory is good…that means I have used every sketch from 2016! Bring on 12 more for 2017! I LOVE them. Here is October’s sketch; my starting point. My completed layout below makes me smile, I love the Simple Stories product I used…It’s whimsical and sweet. My layout started like many of mine do, on a piece of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s Superstock. I love to build up from the basics and seem to be drawn to the contrast the white gives me when playing with other products! My first layer was created using a TCW stencil and Clearsnap’s Colorbox chalk inks. From there, I positioned my picture. I will usually just add adhesive to the center back of my photo leaving the edges free to slip embellishments under. I added several little…

Once again, Betty Hung has illustrated a card for us to download, print and colour!  December’s Christmas card is beautiful! Betty used the same colouring techniques with Tombow Dual brush pens as she did last month. Isn’t that plaid effect on the Merry Christmas wonderful? Here is what the card looks like when you download it and print it…in 8.5 x 11″ size. Then you can cut it out and colour! Just click HERE to download your free colouring card, and share with us on Facebook when you’re finished. To see more of Betty’s artwork and colouring techniques, click HERE to visit her blog. Save Save Save

Kim here with a cute card share before I drop it in the mail! It’s no secret among our team that I love Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea collection! The colours, the stamps and dies speak to my love of all things ocean. Here’s a quick card I put together for my Aunt’s upcoming birthday using patterned paper and dies from the collection and some Core’dinations cardstock. So many different products were used to pull the card together, let me share them in a few detail shots. I have used Clearsnap’s Smooch and Top Boss to add colour and a bit more depth  to the flower. Jackie showed you this technique recently in a CSM Live on Facebook (Oct. 12/2016). I couldn’t’ resist adding some Ranger Stickles to the Seahorse and fish fins for some added sparkle and iridescence. And one of my favourite things to add to my projects lately…irRESISTable…

Hi everyone! It’s Kelly here, feeling a bit panicked now that Christmas is quickly approaching. I always make a handful of cards at this time of year for those special people in my life (and when you receive one, I guess you will now know you’re ‘special’) Since I am totally obsessed with lettering and watercolors, I thought I would combine the two for my card. This is an easy no-fail design that anyone can replicate. The new Spectrum Noir Sparkle brush pens distributed by Canuck Crafts should be on your wish list. They come in gorgeous colour sets and are water-based AND have glitter! How perfect for a Christmas card! I actually used a set called “Winter Warmers” with the red, blue and green colours, plus a black Sparkle pen for the hanging strings and writing “Be Merry.” The paper that works beautifully for this technique is the Spectrum Aqua…

Today on our blog, we have a wonderful 5″ x 5″ Fall colouring card design for you to download, created by Betty Hung, an artist and illustrator who lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Betty is an expert colourist and enjoys sharing her colouring techniques on her new blog “Color Art.” Using Tombow Dual Brush pens, Betty layered colours to create the beautiful multiple tones in the leaves. To download and print your own “Fall Leaves” colouring card, click HERE. Here is Betty’s video that demonstrates this blending technique with Tombow pens. https://youtu.be/okF3jWAbuTU Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful art with us, Betty! For more colouring techniques and project ideas. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door! Save Save