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Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Hey crafty friends! Chala here and today I am sharing a super quick and beginner friendly card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

If you are just starting out I recommend the set of 24 which give you a great selection of colours at a fair price point.

Getting started:

For today’s card I pulled out the Birth-yay stamp set from MFT. I stamped it with VersaClair Nocturne Ink onto some Canson Cold pressed water colour paper cut down to 4″ x 9″.

The Technique:

I am using a wet on dry technique. Start colouring with your lightest colour. You can then go back after to add a darker shadow or shading. It is always easier to cover lighter colours then try to mute darker ones!

Take time to swatch your mediums so that you have a better idea of what colours you would like to use. You can see I did not do this in the video…but decided to take time to do it once I was done. This will make colouring on future projects much easier and quicker!

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Set of 48 colour swatch

Once I achieve the shading I like I will go back over with my darker colour and use my Aqua Flow waterbrush to pull the colour out.

To avoid getting a “muddy” look with the watercolours (and because I am impatient) use your heat tool to dry the image in between.

A few of my thoughts:

The Zig Real Brush markers are very user friendly. I shared with you in a previous post my experience with Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Pens and to me they are night and day. I love both for very different reasons. In my opinion, I found the Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Pens to be very juicy and heavy pigmented.

You may find as a beginner to watercoloring that the Zig Real Brush markers give you a bit more control and are more forgiving. The look is more translucent and in keeping with a more “traditional” watercolour look.

To create the blue wash background I scribbled the Zig Real Brush marker onto my Tim Holtz Glass media mat. Then I picked up the colour with the Aqua Flow water brush and applied it direct to the watercolour paper.

Finishing Touches:

Once the image was dry, I trimmed down the panel and matted it onto some Lawn Fawn Black Licorice carstock and adhered that to the card base. My card base measured 9″ x 8″ and was scored it at 4″ creating a unique business envelope sized card.

I stamped the coordinating sentiments from the Birth-yay stamp set onto Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock. Then using Versamark ink I heat embossed with white embossing power.

By using foam squares to pop the sentiment strips up I add a nice layer of dimension and interest to the project.

I added some highlights to the card with a white gel pen. and stamped a few images onto the envelope itself and coloured them with Copic Markers.

I was so excited to send this card in the mail I forgot to take nice close up pictures of the finished product. 🤦🏻‍♀️ So I apologize for the grainy look of this photo.

The Video:

Remember you can watch the video of how I painted and put this card together by clicking below.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

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Have a wonderful crafty day!

~ Chala
"Crafting Through the Chaos of Life"

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3D Peony Sympathy Cards

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Hello and Happy Wednesday, Nancy F on the blog sharing a set of cards I created out of necessity due to a family member passing away not too long ago.

I am featuring the Crafters Companion Peony Trio 3D embossing folder, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays and Nuvo mouse along with some extras polishes from my stash. 

With all the cards I make over the year you would think I would have had something in my stash, but alas I did not and so I needed something quick and simple yet elegant and thus my cards were born. I hope you like and find some inspiration. 

How I came up with this design was really a “happy accident” as Bob Ross would say. I wanted to figure out a way to make the 3D image stand out and get my colouring done in a quick and simple way.

What better way to add color then with distress inks. Since I have been on an oxide spray kick as of late, I thought hey why not continue with the theme and try them with the embossing folder, so that’s what I did.

I pulled out some cardstock from my stash in both black and white, and cut it down to fit in the embossing folder. I sprayed the folder directly with the oxide ink and then I ran it through and the end results were very cool.

Some I did just with the oxide spray and some of the panels I would add spritzes of water as well, just to see what kind of effect I would get. The look was so cool in fact that I went on to make about 20 or so different backgrounds with both oxide sprays and mica sprays. Stay tuned, as you will see these later in other blog post.

Once all my backgrounds were completely dry it was time to play around with different products from my stash that sadly aren’t carried in the store but I have linked to something very similar.

I used Opal Gilding Polish, Nuvo Mouses, and Prima Mattalique waxes to bring out the flowers on the backgrounds. I applied all of this with just my fingers which allowed for more control over the different products. For finishing touches, I pulled out my trusty black soot distress ink and went over all the details gently just to bring out the flowers even more.


For the cards itself, each measured differently as I would trim them down to different sizes to make up for certain little blunders, so this time I won’t be adding in the measurements. I do apologize.

The sentiment I decided to use was from the Deepest Sympathy set from My Favorite Things. I used Archival ink as I stamped them onto vellum. I heat set each of the sentiment strips with my heat tool so I would not smudge the ink. I have had issues with stamping on vellum as I am always in a rush and forget to heat set.

To assemble the cards I wrapped the vellum sentiments around the floral image, taping into place on the back. I then added fun foam to the back of the panel and adhered it onto the black layer, and flat onto the card. I kept it very simple this time around as I really wanted the focus on the main images.

I am sorry if this is a bit rushed, both kids are sick, whiny and clingy, which means this mama is on very little sleep and a lot of caffeine and crashing slowly. I hope you were inspired I really love this embossing folder and have some other fun cards in the works for you. Stay tuned,

Have a wonderful week

Nancy F


Blooms Fill In – Concord & 9th

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Hey there and happy Saturday! It’s Chala and I am back for another “Floral Frenzy” themed card.

I am going to be using the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-in stamps. This is an older set but it is one of my favourite floral stamp sets. There are so many different themes you can use this stamp for: Birthday, Mother’s Day, Thank-you, Christmas, Wedding, etc. There are also coordinating dies, however, I will just be using the stamps today for which I created three cards.

For the first card I used Blue Print Sketch Distress Ink and my Tonic Travel Stamp Platform to create the background with the largest of the stamps. I highly recommend using some type of stamp platform as you will need to stamp this background multiple times to get a good coverage and you will need to apply a bit of “CPR” type pressure. This large stamp measures just a bit larger than a standard A2 size card.

The next step is layering on the flower and leaves. I am able to do this with an acrylic block along with the help of my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion. The metal platform and the large magnets keeps everything in place so your project does not shift or accidentally disappear from your work surface. (It is also great if you are in the midst of a hot flash and need to have a fan on, or if you have small children and/or fur-babies who like to hover while you work….)

The Distress Inks I used for the flowers and leaves are as follows: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Antique Linen and Weathered Wood. I do drop my stamp and get ink where I do not want it…but that is okay! I used the Tombow Mono Sand Eraser and it removes that ink blotch just fine!

I cut the panel in half on an angle and trimmed of an 1/8″ of each side. This will allow me to create two cards. I adhere one of the pieces onto a piece of cards stock that was complimentary to the colours of ink used. The sentiment is from the same set and I used the “You Matter to Me” phrase. This was stamped with the Blue Print Sketch Distress Ink. To finish off this card I added some Nuvo Drops in the following colours. Midnight Blue, Woodland Green, English Mustard. Disclaimer: I need to practice using mine more! I admittedly have not used these particular colours and I should have shaken them and tested them on a piece of paper prior to applying them…..So they are a bit gloppy. I will likely remove them with a craft knife and try again! 😬 I wanted to show you the original as it is important to know we all make mistakes!

I really like that this stamp can have a Spring/Summer look as well as a Christmas look. So, the next card I created I followed the same steps, however, this time I created the background by stamping in Versamark Ink and Gold embossing powder. I then stamped the flowers and leaves in the following Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss and Aged Mahogany. I again cut the panel on an angle so that I could create an additional card. I adhered a piece of cardstock similar to the crushed olive colour to my card base and then adhered the stamped panel. I used two thin strips of cardstock over top of where the two pieces joined. I then used the Birch Press Designs – Joy – Sugar Script Die for the sentiment. This die is a beautiful script font and it gives you the shadow layer to go behind it.  I die cut two of the script dies from two different colours and layered them together to give more interest to the card. Finally, I added some sequins to give the card a bit of sparkle.

The third and final card is more of a summer look. I kept the panel whole this time. Stamping the background in Versafine Black Ink and the following Distress Inks for the flowers and leaves: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss andAged Mahogany. I used the same green cardstock as before to create a sentiment banner and stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Lawn Fawn – Hay There stamp set with Versamark ink and gold embossing pohttps://www.scrapnstamp.ca/store/pc/Lawn-Fawn-Embossing-Powder-Gold-825p22850.htm?idaffiliate=24wder.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.

You can watch the quick video of how the first two cards came together here:

https://youtu.be/nvCZ9UiOV58

Share a photo of your Floral Frenzy card on the Scrap’N Stamp Challenge Facebook wall and get your name entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Scrap’n Stamp! You’ve got until May 31st to post. Make sure to hashtag it for another chance to win #SNSfloralfrenzy.

Stay Crafty Friends!

~Chala