Halloween Doodles in 5 Easy Steps

Found this great post for you, just enough time to put them together and have some fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/10/20/halloween-doodles-in-5-easy-steps/

Time for some adorable 5-step Halloween Doodles for your journals, accenting your lettering or for cards and tags. This coloring method uses Tombow’s wonderful new MONO Drawing Pens and TwinTone Markers!

5 step Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

5 step Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

Step 1: Sketch the Halloween Doodles

I chose a mix media paper for this step-out, but this method works on a wide variety of journal papers and cardstock. For the first step, use a 3H or 4H MONO Drawing Pencil to sketch out your doodle. Use a light touch when sketching to avoid denting your paper.

Step 2: Ink the Doodle

Using the MONO Drawing Pen 05, outline the doodles and any main parts with this thicker pen tip. Use the finer tips of the 03 and 01 MONO Drawing Pens for the details such as the eyes and loose threads. At this time, erase the pencil marks. I like to use the MONO Light Eraser or the medium sized MONO Eraser, white.

Step 3: Add TwinTone Color and blend

Add the TwinTone colors by adding a line of color in each part of the doodle. Keep the eyes white. I used colors from both the Bright TwinTone Set and the Pastel TwinTone Set. With a brush and water, blend the TwinTone colors. Be careful not to over blend – you may still see the original of color and that’s okay, it gives the doodle more interest.

Step 4: Add Details

With the extra fine tips of the TwinTone Markers, add more interest by adding details to your Halloween Doodles. Cobwebs, spiders and veins in the eyes are easy add ons to make your doodles extra creepy (Okay, sort of cute-creepy)! Ta da! You’re finished! Have some fun with this doodle and continue to scroll down for even more Halloween Doodles!

5 step Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

 

Use your doodle to accent your lettering! Here I used the Fudenosuke Brush Pen to create my lettering, added the doodle and then used it for a caption on this super-cute photo of my grandson Ryder and Mummy Jessie!

more Halloween Doodles @mariebrowning #tombow #monodrawingpen #twintone

More Halloween Doodles!

Here are some more Halloween Doodles using the same method with the MONO Drawing Pens and TwinTone Markers! Have fun!

Tombow Signature Designer Marie Browning

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Easy Spooky Lettering with Tombow in 5 Steps!

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/10/21/easy-spooky-lettering-tombow-5-steps/

Hey Everyone! I hope you are keeping up with Tombow’s Spooky October! I’m Jennie and today I’m going to show you how to create spooky lettering in 5 easy steps!

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #1:

Write your quote using a Tombow Dual Brush Pen. I used the N75- Cool Gray 3 to write Ghouls Night Out! Tombow has an awesome Grayscale Dual Brush Pen Set that only has black & gray shades. You could use a darker gray but not too dark so the red can pop. I used a light gray so it would look ghostly.
Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #2:

I used a red Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Marker to draw blood on the letters. These markers are made from the same formula as the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Another option is to use the fine tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. I drew the blood like it was dripping from the top to the bottom but I also drew random drips to fill empty spaces.

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #3:

Using the Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 01 draw a line around the letters and the blood.  Most of the time I use 03 or 05 because it’s easier to create straighter lines. This time I used 01 because I didn’t want perfect lines. I wanted them to look almost like tombstones.

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #4:

Using the Tombow Fudenosuke Twin Tip Brush Pen I drew cobwebs. You could also use the fine tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen or the gray Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Marker that comes in the Pastel Set.

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Step #5:

Finally scribble on a Tombow Blending Palette with a red Dual Brush Pen. Spray just a little bit of water with a Tombow Mister. You want a lot of color and just a little bit of water so the drops are really red. Pick up the color with a brush and splatter the color on the page.

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

Finally, it’s gory enough! You can use these techniques with any quotes. New to lettering? Download these awesome free lettering worksheets from Tombow and start practicing! Share your results with us using the hashtag #tombow!

Spooky Lettering in 5 Easy Steps by @jenniegarcian using Tombow Products

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! We can’t wait to see your spooky creations!

Tombow Design Team Coordinator Jennie Garcia

 

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DIY Traveler’s Notebook Inserts for Autumn/Halloween

tombowFound another great post for you to have a break from colouring, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/10/12/diy-travelers-notebooks-inserts/

Hey Tombow fans, It’s Katie here! This week on the Tombow blog we are partnering up with Paper House Productions to bring you some really fun projects. They sent me some really beautiful Autumn and Halloween papers and embellishments (thanks!!) and I immediately knew what I wanted to create with them: Autumn Traveler’s Notebook Inserts!

A Midori Traveler’s Notebook is basically a simple leather cover with an elastic band to hold notebooks inside and a band to hold it closed. That may seem pretty basic, but they’re really really neat. You can purchase inserts, but you can also make your own, which is what I am doing here today!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

How to Create Traveler’s Notebook Inserts:
Supplies:

Autumn/Halloween Papers (I used papers by Paper House Productions)
Paper Trimmer
White Paper for the insides
Stapler
MONO Twin Permanent Marker
Tombow Twin Tones
MONO Permanent Adhesive
MONO Aqua Liquid Glue

Step one:

Start by trimming your paper down to size. To create a Traveler’s Notebook insert, you’ll want to trim all of your papers down to 8.5×8.25″.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step two:

Fold all of your papers in half, stack them so that your cover is on top and all of your white paper is on the inside. For you insert you can use any sort of paper you’d like- printer paper, watercolor paper, etc. You’ll just want to include less pages if you use a thicker paper like watercolor paper so that it doesn’t get too bulky.

Next, unfold them but leave them stacked and bind the papers together by stapling through all of the layers along the fold you creased. I stapled twice, about an inch in from the top and the bottom.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step three:

To embellish the cover of my Autumn insert, I sketched out a quote using a Tombow MONO J pencil and the MONO Dust Catch Eraser, which is my favorite. An eraser with no eraser bits left behind? Yes, please!

I colored in my bubble letters with Tombow’s new TwinTone Dual Tip Markers. These are perfect for adding little details like stripes and dots to your lettering. Here are 3 ways to Embellish Lettering using the TwinTone Markers!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Step four:

You can easily create little tabs on your insert pages by folding strips of washi tape or stickers in half along the page edges. Washi tape is not always super sticky, so to secure my tabs better I place a small line of MONO Permanent Adhesive where the washi tape will go.

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

I fell in love with the little witch feet epoxy sticker below, so I used a bit of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere it to a paper clip, so I can easily mark my place!

Create Autumn Inserts for you Traveler's Notebook ! Tutorial by Katie Smith for @tombowusa

Want more Traveler’s Notebook crafts? Check out these posts by my fellow Tombow Design Team members:

Traveler’s Notebook Happy Mail
Using Scrapbook Paper in your Traveler’s Notebook

If you make your own inserts, please share them on instagram and hashtag #tombowusa. Be sure to tag both myself @studio.katie and @tombowusa, while you are at it! To shop the products in this post check out TombowUSA and Paper House Productions!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Tombow Design Team Member Katie Smith

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DIY Envelope Scrapbook You Can Mail

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/28/postable-scrapbook-mini-album/

Hey everyone, Katie here! This week on the Tombow blog we are focusing on all things happy mail, which to me means anything that you can send through the mail to brighten someone’s day! So today I am showing you how to create a scrapbook mini album inside of an envelope!

This project is inspired by Moleskine’s Postal Notebooks, which are notebooks that transform into an envelope to mail. I wanted to create a handmade version so that I could fill it with pretty patterned papers and photos. Here’s how:

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

How to Create an Envelope Scrapbook – Supplies:

Scrapbook Patterned Papers
Envelope
MONO Adhesive Permanent
MONO Adhesive Removable
Beginner Lettering Set
MONO J Pencils
MONO Air Correction Tape
Transfer Foil
Photos
Scrapbook Embellishments
Sewing Machine

 

Step one:

Unfold a regular envelope to use as a template. Apply MONO Adhesive Removable to the inside of the envelope and adhere it down to a piece of patterned paper. Trace around the envelope using a MONO J pencil and then cut the envelope shape out of your patterned paper.

I recommend using a double sided paper, so that you have a pattern on both the outside and inside of your mini album.

 

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step two:

Measure the inside of your envelope so that you know how large to make your pages. Fold your pages in half and place them inside the middle of the envelope, with the folded edge up next to the crease in your envelope.

Depending on the thickness of the paper you are using, you will only want to add in 2-4 pieces of paper into your envelope so that it doesn’t get too bulky. I used 2 pieces of double sided paper for 8 pages.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step three:

With your pages opened up, use your sewing machine to run a straight stitch down the middle of the pages in the crease, sewing them to the envelope.

 

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step four:

Now that the envelope scrapbook base is complete, all that’s left is to decorate the pages!

I added a bit of copper foil to each page. I always think adding a bit of foil to a project really makes it stand out, and the MONO Adhesive Permanent makes it super quick to add a metallic touch.

Simply run a strip of the MONO Adhesive Permanent along the page, and then press a piece of transfer foil on top of the adhesive. Peel it off and the foil will stick only where you applied the adhesive!

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step five:

Add your photos, scrapbooking embellishments and journaling! I also wanted to add a little bit of lettering and doodles to this mini album, so I grabbed the Beginner Lettering Set and used Amy Latta’s new book Hand Lettering for Relaxation as a reference to add a few custom designs onto my pages.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Here are a peek at a few of the pages I embellished. I recommend only using flat embellishments. Anything too large will make you envelope too bulky to mail.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products! Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step six:

Seal up the back of your envelope! I used washi tape to make it cute, but I will also be putting a piece of packing tape over top of it, just to maker sure the post doesn’t damage it.

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Step seven:

If you used a colorful piece of patterned paper to make your envelope like I did, you will need somewhere to address it!  MONO Air Correction Tape to the rescue! Just use the Correction Tape to create little white boxes and address your envelope with the Mono Twin Permanent Marker!

Learn how to make an all-in-one Envelope Scrapbook that you can mail! Tutorial by @punkprojects using @tombowusa products!

Want another fun Happy Mail project? Check out the mini album Jennie created in a Cassette Tape Case!

I mailed this mini album to my sister in Arizona, and it got there just fine with only 2 stamps on it! Depending on how many pages/embellishments you added, you may need to add more.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve mailed?

Tombow Design Team Member Katie Smith

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Coloring Books for Grown Ups 101: How to Color!

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When I first published Coloring Animal Mandalas, I just assumed that this would be a zero-instructions-needed kind of book. It’s coloring! Who hasn’t colored before?! To my utter surprise, how to color in coloring books has been THE most asked question I have gotten as a coloring book artist. I realized that most adults haven’t colored in 20+ years (or sometimes 60-70+ years!). Also, when you’re coloring as an adult, crayons just don’t cut it anymore. We want a great experience, and want to use great, grown up materials. So since I’ve been asked about this a zillion times, here’s my overview of how to color coloring books.

How Do You Choose Which Colors to Use?

I’ve been asked this question a lot. The question I hear when I read between the lines is that people don’t feel particularly artistic and are fearful that they don’t have what it takes to color something beautiful. To which I say: IT’S COLORING. 2 year olds can handle this. There is no wrong way to do it. And almost any color combination will look good. But in the interest of actually answering this question, there’s several ways to tackle color choices:

Go with a rainbow spectrum. Who doesn’t love rainbows?
Go in blindfolded. Meaning: just pick up a color and go. Let the spirit of spontaneity take over.
Go hip. Pantone releases it’s trend forecast twice a year. Admittedly, they are pretty good at it.
Go overboard. Find an image with colors you love (I have a Pinterest board full of them here) and upload it to this free online color palette generator. I take no responsibility for the hours you will lose once you start playing with this tool.

How Do You Maximize Relaxation While Coloring?

One of the main reason adult coloring books are getting so popular lately is because they are a major stress-buster and tension reliever. You know how artists create art to stay sane and get into The Zone? That’s what coloring does for non-artists. Personally, I don’t think that there is any wrong way to color for relaxation. I’ve heard of people coloring on planes, in front of the TV, in coffee shops, and even in therapy sessions. It’s all good. For me personally, I like to color in my studio, which is an enclosed porch and has tons of natural light. I try to do it when I know I won’t be interrupted for at least 30 minutes. I also like to color with my favorite music playing in the background. My go-to coloring music? The soundtrack to The Great Gatsby (2013 version).

What Materials Do You Use to Color With?

Below I discuss my favorite pencils, markers, and a few other non-traditional art supplies that are killer for coloring. This section contains affiliate links to products I have purchased with my own money and tested with my own hands. 🙂

Best Colored Pencils for Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books are intricate and have tiny details. Even if you have an attachment to the waxy smell of Crayolas, they are too fat to use for filling in tiny spaces. My number #1 go-to material for coloring is colored pencils. But I have a soft spot in my heart for art markers. There is a WIDE range of art supplies you can use, here are my favorites at every price point:

Sargent Art 50-Count Assorted Colored Pencils

I had a book signing at a local bookstore and ordered these for people to use so that they could play with some print outs and test the merchandise. I really didn’t want to bring my expensive colored pencils for strangers to use and abuse. I have to admit, for a cheap set of pencils these are astonishingly awesome. This is a GREAT beginner set for adults or teens. The colors aren’t quite as vivid or blendable as the higher priced pencils, but they are solid decent quality at a tiny fraction of the price. I’ve bought them for under $10, but the price fluctuates up to $14 or so.

Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils, 132 Colored Pencils

The best of the best when it comes to colored pencils, I’m always raving about my Prismacolors on Facebook or Instagram when I’m posting pictures of my works in progress. Smooth, blendable, layer-able… they just rock. They are also kind of expensive (currently $80). I actually have the 150 color set, but the price of that set is almost $50 dollars more than the 132 color set. That’s not very cost effective for an additional 18 colors. Wish I had noticed it before I made the purchase! My only complaint about Prismas: they break. A LOT. And since they are wax-based they wear down incredibly quickly, so that after you sharpen your tip, it will be gone within just a minute or two. But despite these drawbacks, they give me the absolute BEST results out of all my coloring tools. In fact, every single one of my coloring books covers (except for the first one) has been colored with Prismacolors.

Faber Castell Polychromos

Polychromos are a close second to the Prismacolors. So close, in fact, that sometimes I prefer them over the Prismas despite the fact that I just said I usually choose Prismacolors first. Polychromos are oil based instead of wax based, and they are extremely high quality artist grade pencils (and priced as such!!!). They don’t have any of the problems I just mentioned in the previous paragraph – they keep a fine point for a long time after sharpening, they hardly EVER break, lay down smoother color and they are just as blendable. Sometimes, though, the colors are slightly less saturated than the Prismacolors. This can be a good thing a lot of the time, but other times I really want and need bright, saturated colors. Here’s a close up side by side comparison of the two. The difference is small, to be sure, and some people might feel like I’m splitting hairs. But I’m an artist, and I’m allowed to be picky about my colors. 🙂 Frankly, when I don’t need bright colors, I probably reach for my Polychromos first because they are smoother and last longer. So, with all that information, you’ll have to make your own choice based on what’s most important to you!

Prismacolors Vs. Polychromos Colored Pencils

Close up comparison of Prismacolors Vs. Polychromos Colored Pencils

Derwent Inktense Pencils in Metal Tin, 72 Count

I am also frequently raving about my Inktense colored pencils, which are actually like watercolor pencils. They aren’t ideal for straight coloring, but are definitely ideal if you want to add a little water to your page. Inktense pencils are bright, bold colors that once wet turn to liquid ink that is permanent when dry.  If you use just a tiny bit of water, they can be used in coloring books with normal paper, and they will make your colors super-smooth and jump off the page. Side note: they also work on fabric. On. Fabric.

Best Markers for Adult Coloring Books

Because of my carpal tunnel wrist problems, I tend to color more with markers than I do with pencils. I wish they were as blendable as pencils, but they are just SO much easier on my hands to use. So if you are older, have arthritis, or carpal tunnel like me, start with markers.

Copic Ciao Art Markers, Set of 36

I hesitate to recommend Copic art markers to anyone but the most serious of coloring fanatics because they are redonkulously expensive. Like, $3 bucks PER marker expensive. I actually buy them at a local art supply store a few at a time and pay more than that each. But seriously? They are like coloring with liquid velvet. Smooth. Blendable. And you can color large areas in one solid color with no worries about overlap. The alcohol based ink takes slightly longer to dry than regular markers, which means you can color somewhat sloppily and still get even, smooth color. Prismacolor makes art markers that are slightly (only slightly) more affordable, and I’ve heard they are comparable to Copic markers, but I haven’t tried them so I can’t say for sure.

On the down side, they will bleed through your paper. Even card stock, so they aren’t great for double sided books. And always use a scrap piece of paper between pages in a book in case it bleeds through to the next sheet.

By the way, if you’re looking for a recommendation for cheaper markers that are good for coloring, there are a few that I can recommend, but in no way will they live up to the Copics. See below.

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Markers

 

My favorite thing about Staedtler markers is that they are the LEAST likely to bleed through the paper (almost any paper) to the other side compared any other marker I’ve used. They also have very tiny tips, which make them absolutely perfect for the most intricate of details in your coloring books. But because the tips are so tiny, they are decidedly not good for coloring any large areas. I also don’t like that the largest set of colors available is only 36, and they really aren’t blendable.

But besides these drawbacks, I use them almost every. single. time. I color. They are just extremely versatile, reliable, and their tiny tips fit better into tiny spaces than the Copic markers will. They are also extremely affordable, and very well made/high quality. You can’t go wrong with them.

Sharpies Ultra Fine Points

I wasn’t a fan of Sharpies at first because they shared the biggest problem with the Copics (lots of bleed through) with little to no blendability. But I had a set laying around from a different project and I tried them in my Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards book and I kind of fell in love with them. The fact that they bleed a lot actually helps to keep the wet edge where you are coloring, making it so that when you fill in an area there isn’t a darker strip where the strokes overlap. And the paper stock in my postcards book is nice and thick, and I was surprised as can be that the Sharpies didn’t bleed through to the other side. So I’m using them a lot more lately – the trick to getting good results with Sharpies is to color just inside the lines, and let the ink bleed out to the edges of the area you are coloring. That way the ink won’t bleed into adjoining areas and you’ll get nice, clean results.

Other Coloring Art Supplies
Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens

I was happy to leave this post up with my favorite materials above – but then I tried Sakura gel pens and I HAD to come update this post to rave about them for coloring. They came highly recommended to me by other colorists, so I ordered a set. I heard lots of complaints about other gel pen brands = that many of them skip or dry up, but I didn’t have either problem with these.  What I like best about them is that they are easy on the hands to use. I love my Prismacolors, but you have to press pretty hard on the paper to use them and after a few hours that can really mess with my carpal tunnel syndrome. These are like having opaque gouache paint in a pen – heaven! My only complaint is that they aren’t really blendable. For blending colors, stick with the Copics or the Prismacolor pencils.

PanPastels

You might have heard that some people like to ‘color’ with eyeshadow – considering my eye shadows are about $10 bucks a pop, it’s a CRAZY expensive way to color!!! Coloring with PanPastels is exactly the same – but cheaper than eye shadow and come in real colors you’d actually use. Not to diss neutral colors or anything, but a girl needs a big spectrum to choose from, ya know?! PanPastels are essentially chalk in the shape of a disk and are applied with a sponge, in the same way that you would apply eyeshadow to your skin. They really aren’t good for tiny areas. Where PanPastels really shine are in covering large areas, and unbelievable blendability. I use them, and have seen them used extensively on backgrounds, skies, and sometimes filling in the white space around a colored image.

 


       

25 Ideas For Your Pretty Happy Mail!

I hope you are enjoying this type of post I have found for you, makes a small change from colouring pages so have some fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/29/ 25-ideas-for-our-pretty-happy-mail/

Hello Tombow Friends! This is Jennie and today I’m going to share an easy way to make pretty happy mail because September 1st is National Letter Writing Day! Make someone smile when they open their mailbox! At the end of this post, I’m going to share 25 ideas of items to put in your happy mail!

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

The first thing I did was decide what I would put in my happy mail. I’m sending my friend a soap and some skin care samples. Since they come in foil packets I’m not a fan of putting them in envelopes where they will get squished, so I chose a box! Sometimes you don’t need to buy one, you can recycle. I used a Play By Sephora Box. To cover the brand I used Felicity Jane paper. You could also use washi tape.

To glue the paper I needed a really strong adhesive, so I chose the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. This card is a nice way to say “Hello!” I used the Simple Gold Party Invitation card from Mixbook. To add texture I used stickers. Get fancy and spend a few extra minutes to make your letter extra nice. If you are still a lettering newbie try the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen. We have a few guides to help you be a pro!

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

Little details matter! I used a Tombow 8900 Drawing Pencil to draw a line so my scallop cut would be even.

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

 

Then I used the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to wrap my box with paper. I also use this adhesive to wrap my presents!

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

Speaking of presents, doesn’t this look like a present? You could wrap presents and old cancelled stamps. I would also add doilies and more ribbons. Since this is mail-bound, I need to keep my pretty happy mail simple. To write the address I used the Sweet Notes Note Card  and the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen. I used a bit of twine so I had to use the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs to glue the mail label.

Check out @jenniegarcian 's tips to make easy pretty happy mail. She also shared 25 ideas to put in your happy packages! #tombow #happymail #snailmail

25 Ideas for Pretty Happy Mail

Handwritten letter
Questions to get to know the recipient better
Recipes
Greeting cards
Gift card
A joke
A poem
Book
Stationery so they can write back
Cookies
Makeup or lip balms
Skin care items (soap, body lotion, hand lotion)
Mix CD (2001 called and said it wants that back but you can still use it!)
Photos
Socks
Pretty pens like the Tombow TwinTone Dual Tip Markers
Candy
Handmade accessories
A movie
Vintage finds
Nail polish
Tiny toys (like the ones that come in blind bags)
Art items (brushes, sketch pads, etc.)
Souvenirs from a trip! (maps, tickets, postcards, etc.)
Travel board games or card games

I hope this post helped you! Share your pretty happy mail on social media using the hashtag #tombow!

Tombow Design Team Coordinator Jennie Garcia

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DIY Pencil Cases made from Sandwich Bags ~ Back to School

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://karenkavett.com/blog/3974/diy-pencil-cases-made-from-sandwich-bags-back-to-school.php

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Did you know that you can make pencil cases out of sandwich bags and duct tape? I’m showing you five different ways to do it in my new DIY video on HGTV Handmade. Keep reading to check it out!

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I think these are my favorites, because you can customize them with whatever round design you like!

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This rainbow bag is fun and colorful and perfect for Back to School!

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You can add a cut-out shape of whatever you like, like I did with this star!

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Show off your washi tape collection by covering a bag in it and then protecting it with duct tape so it holds up all year!

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And finally, you can tape two bags together to get a double-sided pencil case, to carry around double the school supplies!

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I hope you guys liked these projects, and be sure to stay tuned to HGTV Handmade for even more Back to School projects all month!

Create Butterfly Sun Catchers with Cricut

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/19/create-butterfly-sun-catchers-with-cricut/

Good morning y’all!  Beth here today to share a tutorial on how to create butterfly sun catchers.  This is an easy project thanks to my new Cricut Explore Air™ 2 and my Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue!  A big THANK YOU goes out to Cricut for supplying the Tombow Design Team with the Explore Air™ 2 Machines and accessories.

Having never owned a digital cutting machine before, I have to admit that I unboxed it and then let it intimidate me from the corner of my studio. Deciding later that this was completely silly.  I watched a few video tutorials, read a step-by-step blog post and then turned the machine ON!  I had it up and cutting in less than an hour!  Cricut’s website walks you through the entire process.  This project has actually been in my head for a while, but I could never find the correct size butterflies, so well done Cricut!

 

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON
CUTTING:

Open the Cricut Design Space and select Picturesque Butterfly (#M3F6B3).  Enlarge image to approximately 10″ wide and 6″ high.  Click duplicate, position second image under first image and save.  Click on Make It to see if both images fit completely on one mat.  If not, go back, shrink image slightly, save and click Make It again.  Load mat with 12″ by 12″ black cardstock.  Follow the prompts and cut two images. Gently remove the cut image by peeling back the mat and lifting gently with the Spatula.  If you peel the cardstock from the mat, it will bend and crease.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

Repeat above steps with Paper Lace Butterfly (#M454E1), isolating just the top layer of the cut file.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

EMBELLISHING:

Trace each butterfly onto separate sheets of plain white paper using a MONO Drawing Pencil F grade.  Place a 10″ by 6″ piece of plastic on top. My plastic is recycled packaging that I have hoarded saved, but transparency sheets from the office supply store would work as well.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

For the first butterfly, I selected a Monarch Butterfly inspired orange color palette of Dual Brush Pens 905 Red, 925 Scarlet, 933 Orange and 985 Chrome Yellow.

Moving from darkest to lightest, scribble on the plastic in a random fashion, overlapping colors slightly. Squeeze out a quarter size dollop of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue onto the palette from the Blending Kit and gently apply to the plastic using a single stroke (with an old paintbrush).  Pick up more MONO Aqua and apply additional strokes until all exposed areas are filled.  The MONO Aqua blends the Dual Brush Pen colors on the plastic in a stained glass effect. Let dry and apply additional layers until you are please with the depth of color.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

The second butterfly has a more intricate pattern, so apply the MONO Aqua directly to the plastic with a clean paintbrush and allow to dry. Using the Dual Brush Pen Bright Set, individually color each section of the butterfly a different rainbow inspired shade.  Gently apply a top coat of MONO Aqua.  Make sure to clean your brush often to prevent the colors from blending too much and becoming muddy.

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FINISHING:

Roughly cut out the colored plastic with scissors, making sure that none is exposed around the edges of the butterfly images.

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

Carefully apply a thin bead of MONO Aqua around all of the cut outs on the back of the first butterfly image.  Place the rough cut plastic on top.  Then apply additional MONO Aqua on the plastic.  Flip the second layer of the first butterfly image over and attach, so that you have a mirror image and all of the cut outs match up.  Repeat above steps with second butterfly image.  Set aside to let glue dry.

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Once dry, punch a small hole at the top of each butterfly.  String ribbon or twine through the hole and tie to make a loop.  Hang with a suction cup in a bright window or on a sliding glass door.

Here is a detail of the stained glass effect – simply gorgeous!

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

CREATE BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHERS WITH CRICUT BETH WATSON

I hope that you will be inspired to create butterfly sun catchers.  It’s a quick and easy project that would be fun to complete with the kiddos! If you enjoyed my butterfly project, check out how Marie Browning made butterfly doodle dabs HERE or how Katie Smith included a butterfly in her art journal HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tombow Design Team Member Beth Watson

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Customized Cup Tutorial with Cricut!

Found this great post for you, have fun!! http://blog.tombowusa.com/2017/08/20/customized-cup-tutorial-cricut/

Hi everyone! You know when you have a project in mind and it comes out better?! This is that project! I’m Jennie and I’m a lucky girl! Our friends from Cricut are so amazing that they sent me a Cricut Explore Air 2! I’m going to share a super easy customized cup tutorial!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

For this project I suggest white paper like the one in this Rhodia Pad and a black marker. You can use the Black Tombow Dual Brush Pen, any Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen or even the Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

I used the Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Hard Tip Pen. I like the Hard Tip Fudenosuke because I like my upstrokes super thin. Then I took a photo with my phone. Nothing fancy, I just made sure I had enough light. I also used the PicTapGo app to add even more contrast and crispness to my photo. After editing I emailed this photo to myself.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Once the photo is in the computer, open the Cricut Design Space. On the left at the bottom, you are going to click Upload. Then you are going to upload your image.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The Cricut Design Space will ask what kind of image you selected. Let’s keep it Simple!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Now you are going to clean your image so you can cut it. You are going to click on the white spaces to eliminate the paper from the image.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

When you erase it, you should see this pattern behind your image or lettering.
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Don’t forget the little spaces inside the letters. When you are done press the green button that says “Continue”. 

Now you can save your image to Print & Cut or just Cut. Insert the image in the project, adjust size and placing and get ready to cut!

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

When it was time to cut I got worried about the fine lines that I love so much but this little machine got the job done! Cricut Vinyl has over 40 colors and styles and this beauty is Holographic Opal.
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

From your sketch book to the cutting mat! I think it was super easy to do! Now you are going to peel off the excess. To get the little bits out you are going to use the Weeder Tool from Cricut.You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The Cricut Transfer Tape is perfect for these type of projects. It’s hard to pick a long skinny word like this without twisting it.  After you remove the vinyl excess, place the Transfer Tape at the center and smooth it out to the sides. Use a craft stick to rub the word until it gets attached to the Transfer Tape.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Before cutting the word I measured my cup. Don’t get too close to the handles. Leave a little bit more than 2 inches. Use a craft stick on top of the transfer tape to attach the vinyl to the cup.

You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

Check out all the colors in this vinyl!
You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

The stars turned out perfect! They are around 1/4 of an inch. I’m going to use this same customized cup tutorial to make a cup with just tiny stars! You have to see this tutorial by @jenniegarcian It's a super customized cup tutorial!

I hope you enjoyed this customized cup tutorial! If you try this tag me on Instagram @jenniegarcian! Make sure you follow me because I want to make a lot of them! #vinylallthethings!

Tombow Design Team Coordinator Jennie Garcia

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DIY Harry Potter Perler Bead Crafts

Found this fun post for you, enjoy!! http://karenkavett.com/blog/3907/diy-harry-potter-perler-bead-crafts.php

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Today I’ve got a really fun video for you guys – we’re doing Harry Potter crafts made with Perler Beads! I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and you guys have been asking for more Perler Bead projects, so I thought I would combine the two! Keep reading to watch the DIY video and see more photos of the projects!

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First up are some projects that will be perfect if you’re going to dress up as Luna Lovegood for Halloween – her Spectrespecs and radish earrings!

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I’m using striped Perler Beads for the first time in this video, and I think they look so cool and are perfect for Harry Potter projects!

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I had to switch out the earring setting before taking this photo so I’d actually be able to wear the earrings since I don’t have pierced ears! I also accidentally wore the earring backwards, but that’s what happens sometimes when you take all your own photos.

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Next are two projects using mini Perler Beads, which are adorable but really annoying to work with.

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I made this mini snitch, which I think is so cute!

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And then I also made this phone case, which shows everyone how much of a Harry Potter fan you really are!

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And finally, I made this fun Platform 9 3/4 sign! It’s really easy to make and I think it adds a special touch to any Harry Potter room.

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I hope you guys liked those projects! Be sure to check out the full DIY video to get the downloadable patterns, and check out my Perler Bead and Harry Potter playlists for even more DIY ideas!