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Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens Review and Card

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Hello! Chala here for today’s blog and I am excited to share a “new to me” product the Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens.

Scrap’N Stamp sent me two packages of the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens to try and I thought I would share my thoughts and the card I created.

Having used pens similar to this in the past like the Wink of Stella and the Aqua Flow Waterbrushes I thought I had a good idea of how they worked…but, I quickly learned that there were some differences as well!

Let’s start by talking about the sets I received and the colours that are included in each.

The Festive Season set which included Matador Red, Pressed Olive and Baked Cherry.  The Autumn Woodland set and it comes with Spiced Ginger, Rustic Oak and Evergreen Fern.  These sets really compliment each other well and were perfect for the fall themed card I had in mind.  I did some simple stamping, masking and heat embossing to create a scene and then wanted to watercolour the images in. (Check out the YouTube video to see the card being made)  Before I got started though…there was a bit of set up with the pens.

The first thing you need to do is to remove the little yellow washer.  To do this you unscrew the pen top from the base.  Remove the yellow washer.  You can throw this away as you won’t need it anymore.  Carefully rethread the top and bottom piece together, being careful not to cross-thready.  There should be a “click” once it is together.  I recommend taking the lid off the top to do this as it took me a while to figure out I was just turning the lid and not the whole pen top.

With the two pieces are back together, locate the raised word “press”  it should be located next to the colour indicator swatch on the base of the pen.  gently squeeze to push the watercolour into the clear reservoir of the pen.  Don’t squeeze too hard as you can actually project some of the pigment out.  You will want to have a scrap piece of paper handy so that when the colour drips out you can work it into the bristles of the brush.  This process can be seen in my YouTube video which is linked below.

Continue this process with all of your pens.  Once they are primed and ready to go….it’s time to play!

The one thing I noticed was how “juicy” these were and how rich the pigment is!  A little goes a long with with these babies!    You can use them direct to paper, wet on dry, wet on wet or scribble some onto a smooth media surface like the Tim Holtz Glass mat and then use a brush to pick up the colour.  Again, I show all of this in my YouTube video linked below.

These pens would be great if you like to travel with your supplies.  It is best to seal them in a bag or container to ensure they do not leak or become crushed.  I think the best way to store these would be laying flat on their side or with the brush tip pointing up in a container to avoid leaking.

Please note that on the back of the packaging there is a bright yellow sticker that says “Adult use only.  Not suitable for under 14’s”.  I am not exactly sure why this would be…but, it must be there for a reason.  The only thing I can think of is because the pigments are so rich they might stain!  So, if you are using with small children…use at your own risk!

My honest opinion is that I really enjoyed using these and I think if you are looking for alternative to tradition cake/pans of watercolour these might be fun for you to try.  Below is the finished card that I created.

I love how rich the colours are, not like your traditional watercolours which can be quite translucent.  That’s not to say that you can’t achieve that translucent look by adding more water.  Again, I encourage you to check out the YouTube video where I show how I used them.  I also will link all the materials I use below and in the YouTube video description.

Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Brush

I hope that you found this blog and video helpful and it inspires you to try them out!  I would love  if you share your creations over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Have a creative week!!

~Chala

Materials List:

Nuvo Products:Nuvo Aqua Flow – Autumn Woodland, Nuvo Aqua Flow Festive Season, Nuvo Aqua Flow Water Brushes ,Nuvo Gold Embossing Powder,Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder

Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink

Versamark Ink

Thermo Web Purple Tape

Heat Tool

Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine

Tombow Mono Sand Eraser

Used Ranger Embossing Pen /Simillar pen: Lawn Fawn Embossing Pen

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies

Foam Squares

Cutter Bee Scissors

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock & Lawn Fawn Sunflower Cardstock

Distress Ink:  Chipped Sapphire

Lawn Fawn & Chibitronics Light up Card

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Welcome back to the blog! I cannot believe how fast summer has come and gone! I wanted to hang on to that “Ooooh oh…those summer nights” (Insert your best Olivia Newton John and Jon Travolta voices here) feeling by creating a fun light up card using the Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses and Little Fireflies stamps as well as showing you how you can add a new dimension to your cards with Chibitronic lights!

There is a lot going on in this card and I just can’t show you the cool light feature in pictures very well….so I am going to direct you to watch it all come together on the YouTube video below. I will have a list of materials and links on where you can find them at the end of this blog.

If you liked today’s card please remember to leave a comment here on the blog or on my YouTube channel to let me know! We love to hear your comments and if you have any questions about the techniques we show we would love you help you as well!

Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses
Lawn Fawn Interactive Chibitronics Light Up Card

Remember to share your creations over at our Scrap’N Stamp Challenge Page! We love to see what you create!!

Enjoy these last summer days!

Chala, xoxoxo

Lawn Fawn Keep Swimming Reveal Wheel Card

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Hello Again! It’s Chala and I am here to share a cool technique to add extra dimension to your scene cards! We will be using some great products from Lawn Fawn including the Reveal Wheel die cut set, the Keep Swimming Reveal Wheel add-on and the Keep Swimming Stamp set. I will also be sneaking in some images from the Friends at First Sip stamp set from My Favourite Things. There are many stamps sets from Lawn Fawn that would work for this technique like the Loads of Fun or Fantastic Friends stamp sets just to name a few!

This post will be a bit different as I will only be sharing in writing the list of supplies I used and then directing you to the video to see how the card was made. I will list the materials with links below. I often find it difficult to explain in writing the process of making cards and today this has become even more difficult today with a migraine. 😔

So, without further ado….here is the link to the video and remember the list of materials will be listed below.

I hope you enjoyed the video and that you are inspired to create your own 3D card and share it on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page.

Here are some close -up pictures of the finished card and the materials used are listed below. Have a great day!

~Chala, xoxoxo

Materials: