Ilina creates the cutest clean card designs and this birthday card is no exception!
Created by Ilina Crouse
Here is all you need to know to recreate this fabulous design.
Materials used:- Chameleon Pens Hot Cocoa, Seville Orange, Spring Meadow, Crimson Red, Sky Blue, Cool Grey, Fawn and Summer Sun. Avery Elle set Blooming Banner sentiment, Lili of the Valley You and Me stamp, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Mama Elephant Femme Frames Die, Prism white ultra smooth card stock, Stampin’Up Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive card stock and Stampin’Up cotton ribbon Pumpkin Pie. Die cutting machine.
1. Stamp image on whitecard stock using Memento ink.
2. Color using Chameleon pens. Fuse the marker for 10 seconds and applying one layer, then add darker spots with the same marker and no fusing. At the end apply 1-2 more layers by fusing the marker for 8-9 seconds, or add more layers until you are satisfied with the image.
3. Die cut image
4. Stamp sentient using Memento black ink
5. Tie ribbon
6. Die cut green layer and adhere the panel with the image using foam tape
7. Adhere the whole panel onto orange card base.
Ilina will be back soon to share the most adorable Christmas Card, so remember to follow the blog so you don’t miss it!
Over the coming months we want to answer your most burning questions on the blog and one that seems to come up quite often at the moment is what paper/card should I use?
As you can imagine there are a lot of different types of card and paper available on the market and we haven’t tried them all yet, but as a rule for super smooth seamless blends, we recommend you use a card or paper product designed for alcohol markers such as Bee Paper, Neenah or similar. What ever your choice we suggest you download and color in the free color chart, that way you will always have an accurate color guide close at hand. Click the link below to download.
Here is one already colored in as an example
But wait there is more, did you know that you can also practice on photocopier paper! Just make sure you put something underneath incase it bleeds through…I am sure you don’t want a Chameleon colored table. How is this possible you ask? Because with Chameleon pens you do not have to keep going over the same area to get the seamless blend, so your paper doesn’t get saturated with ink.
So don’t forget if you have any questions that you would like us to answer here on the blog let us know here
The time has finally come to announce to the world our amazing design team, we have to confess that we struggled to decide who to pick as the standard of work submitted was incredible! But after much deliberation here is the fabulous new team, with a little bit about each team member so that you can get to know them. You can click on their names to check out their personal blogs.
Hi, my name is Annette Allen and I am so excited to be a designer for Chameleon Pens. I live in Colorado and am a stay at home wife who loves the Lord. I have been crafting since 1997 and I do not just make cards but also enjoy sewing, scrapbooking and various other crafts. I think if it involves glue you could say that I love it. I have been married for almost 20 years. My passion is crafting and I love being inspired and also inspiring others. Thank you for having me and I look forward to the many new friendships. Happy Crafting!”
Hi everyone first I want to thank Chameleon for offering a spot on their 1st ever design team. I hope to represent them well. My name is Monica and I am a mother of 2 older children. My son Andre is 24 and daughter Mariah is 20. I live in the sunny state of Florida and work at the Kennedy Space Center and love it. I believe I am a chameleon crafter (no pun intended) meaning I have different styles. I do vintage, whimsy, altered, mixed media. I literally love all the different niches and I strive to somehow bring them all together. I hope to inspire and represent the team well and can’t wait to get things started!
Good day, my name is Ekaterina Oleinik. I live in the Ukraine, in the city of Khmelnitsky . I am 28 years old and I am a wife and mother . By profession I am a design-technologist in clothing, working as a designer in the design studio “Peoni”. Professionally engaged in scrapbooking for 5 years. In the last year I have enjoyed drawing and painting with stamps. I am very glad to be in the design team . And I hope that I will make you happy and inspire you with my work with Chameleon Pens.
My name is Isha Gupta. Four years ago, I discovered stamping and have been hooked ever since! I enjoy creating cards, paper crafts projects, scrapbooking and mixed-media projects. Furthermore, I love doodling and painting. I also enjoy singing, cooking, reading and gardening.
I tend to create fun and cute cards and love to incorporate various kinds of techniques in my creations. Whenever possible, I experiment with my crafting goodies to achieve something fresh and clever. I’ve been published in various paper crafts magazines in the US and UK. This year, I’ve been lucky and honored to win the World Card Making Day contest.
My name is Kasia, but I use nickname Frezja and I live in Italy. I started my blog in August 2012, fioridifantasia.blogspot.it. My style? First I experiment and then later save that what remained, ahahah :). I like a variety of strange color combinations and texture. I’m glad to have an opportunity to play with Chameleon markers!!
Hello, my name is Ilina Crouse, and I’ve been living in the USA for a little over 10 years now. I moved here from Macedonia. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Sean, for almost 10 years and have two beautiful daughters Anna (3 years old) and Milena (16 months old) and we are expecting baby #3 (boy) in early February.
In “real” life I work as an Electrical Power Engineer for Siemens Energy, here in Atlanta, Georgia.
I have been crafting for as long as I know. Since I was little girl I loved coloring and making cards and handmade gifts, so my passion for it continued through my adulthood. I find paper crafting, and especially coloring therapeutic, especially after a long day at work. Now, I can’t imagine my life without it. My passion is rubber stamping and coloring. I love coloring with all sorts of mediums such as pencils (oil and wax based), watercolors (pencils, crayons, sticks, traditional watercolors, ink refills) and with alcohol based markers. I especially love coloring with the alcohol based markers due to the richness of color you can get, as well their property to blend easily. And I am honoured and flattered to be on the Chameleon Pens design team.
I am sure you all can’t wait to see what the team create over the coming months, so please join me in welcoming them to the team and if you don’t want to miss any of their creations hit the follow me button.
Hi everyone, we just wanted to let you all know that the latest edition of the Chameleon Newsletter has gone out and should be in your inbox’s now! It is a jam packed issue with an amazing free digital stamp download from Kristy at Some Odd Girl Stamps.
If you haven’t signed up yet to our free online monthly newsletter , you can now by clicking here make sure you don’t miss out on bonus offers, including free digital downloads, sign up now!
Hi welcome to the Chameleon blog, today is all about Perfect Papercrafts Magazine, you will have arrived here from Anja Bytyqi.
We would like to thank Papercrafts Magazine for wonderful years of inspiration, it is so sad that we will no longer be able to enjoy such amazing creations, we will miss you!
As a tribute for all you have given us we would like to share this project using Penny Black’s Reflection stamp and JUST ONE Hot Cocoa Chameleon Color Tone pen.
How is this possible? Just one pen, well here is a video showing you how.
Chameleon Color Tones Pens Deluxe Set; Hot Cocoa pen, Penny Black Cling stamp Refection 40-218, Imagine Craft/Tsukineko Potters Clay Memento Ink, DCWV Coral Couture Collection Papers, Mark Richards Pearls, Maribo Feathers, Brown and Cream Linen card stock, SRM Stickers Fancy Sentiment Birthday.
Thanks for joining us today, if you would like to be kept up to date on Chameleon News, get tips, tutorials and free digital downloads to color please sign up to our news letter by clicking here. Next on the hop is Francine Vuillème. If you get lost along the way here is a full list of hoppers.
We were so excited that Beck wanted to try our pens, we let her take over the blog today, if you have not come across Beck before, she is an avid scrapbooker and crafter and is on the Spellbinders Design Team.
Hi everyone it’s Beck BT here today and I am so excited to share with you my first project on the Chameleon Blog! I have had lots of fun with the Color Tones Pens already and I’ll even share a link to my first project created with them on my own blog at the bottom of this post.
For this card I decided to colour this sweet image. I teamed up the coloured image with divine Spellbinders – Opulent Ovals die set and beautiful pattern papers finished off with bright and cheery Manor House flowers.
Here is a nice detail shot for you as well
I am by far no colouring expert, but enjoyed how quick and easy the pens made colouring this image.
I recently made another card which I shared on my blog. If you missed it, head on over here to check it out. I even have a video showing how it came together!
I hope you enjoyed my share today and that you get to have a little fun playing with this awesome pens.
We are always excited when amazing artwork appears on our Instagram page, Kristina was kind enough to share some of the artwork she created using Chameleon Pens. After seeing her creations we just had to ask her if we could share it here with you on the blog together with a little bit about herself and luckily she said YES!
“I grew up in Hullbridge, a small riverside village in Essex. It was there I spent many hours watching my mother paint, draw, make clay sculptures, and sew clothes. The things she made, fascinated me and I longed for the ability to create things like she did. I enjoyed sitting at our dining table scribbling, doodling and rummaging through the goodies in my mother’s art box. I asked her what the tools I found were for and how they were used. My mum happily answered my questions and taught me, just as my granddad had taught her!
Growing up in an artistic environment, I developed my own skills which I built on at school and then college. I chose courses that featured teachings of a number of different art and design techniques that I continue to find useful.
Although I have developed a style of my own, my creations often reflect certain characteristics learnt from studying the styles that have inspired me throughout my life. I often use black outlines and shade/colour in a fashion similar to Manga and other cartoon/comic strip art. I admire the bold and often colourful nature of street art and I get a great deal of inspiration from tattoos, especially Traditional old school, and Japanese too.
I paint and draw an array of different subjects, mainly people; but I don’t just stick to painting on paper or canvas, I also love to customize items for my clients; these items include skateboards, bags and even furniture!
I am married and have two gorgeous children (little artists in training!), so I just love having my own website where I take on commissions, and sell my original artwork and prints, all from my home studio! ”
This image was coloured using only five Chameleon pens, luckily Kristina explains how!
To create the picture above I first sketched my idea out in pencil onto plain copy paper, then traced it lightly and cleanly onto a piece of smooth surfaced card. Next, I ‘inked’ the traced image using a dip pen and an ink specially designed for use with alcohol based markers. Once the ink was completely dry, I rubbed out the faint pencil lines and began the fun part, the colouring in!
I used BR2 (hot cocoa) for the hair, OR4 (seville orange) for the bow and her top, NU3 (fawn) for her skin and pearls, OL3 (olive green) for her eye colour and PK3 (bubble gum)for her cheeks, lips and pendent.
I started with the skin first. I infused the NU3 pen (brush nib end) with the blending soultion for about 20 seconds. I then tested the pen on a scrap piece of paper to check the tone. It was too light at first so I run the pen over the scrap paper until I right tone appeared.
When colouring, I use whatever motion feels right for the part I’m colouring at the time; for the skin, I mostly used short strokes and circular motions.
As the chameleon pens are designed to gradually release the colour back into the, nib as you work, I made sure I was working towards (what would be) the shadowed areas (light to dark). I then layerd the ink useing the same process (re-infusing when needed) until I was happy with how the skin looked, going over the shadowed areas once more when the ink was at its darkest.
I pretty much relied on the same technique for the rest of the image, except for the hair and cheeks.
For the hair I used longer strokes and the bullet nib; lifting the pen at the end of each stroke, as if I was colouring a strand at a time, moving from place to place as the tone of the pen changes (again re-infusing when necessary). For the cheeks, I laid down a layer of blending solution with the chameleon blender pen, and then infused the PK3 pen (brush nib end) for about 8 seconds. I rubbed the nib over the area that I pre-dampened with the blender pen in a circular motion. I then infused and reworked a layer of NU3 over the top for a fully blended finish.
Lastly, I refined my drawing by using a white gel pen over the colouring to add some twinkly highlights to the eyes and other areas.
Tip: keep an eye on the colour at all times, as soon as it becomes even slightly, darker than you want, re-infuse!
The next illustration (Rose Blue), was made with a combination of materials. I sketched the image, and then inked it using a fine liner. This time, I gave my image a very light, gentle wash of water colour paints. Next, when completely dry, I coloured over the wash with my chameleon pens to give the base more dimension. After that, I further defined my drawing with colouring pencils.
Now for my most amazing tip, you can actually use the chameleon blender pen to blend your layer of coloured pencil! I can’t say if it works with all brands of pencils, but I used ordinary Crayolas and it worked perfectly! Be warned, using the blender pen like this may stain the nib.
Kristina has given some great tips, showing how colour hopping works on the hair and how nicely our pens play with other mediums such as watercolours and pencils.
Have you ever been asked something and then thought well how can I answer, it depends on …… and that famous saying comes to mind “how long is a piece of string”!
Well it is exactly the same for how long do you leave the mixing chamber on the nib of the pen, it depends on how long a blend you want and the size of the area you would like to colour. But hey we can’t just leave you hanging without an answer so we suggest you see our handy guide and print a blank one and try it for yourself.
As you can see at the bottom of each coloured/blended line is a little clock that indicates how many seconds the mixing chamber was left on the nib to get the graduated colour before returning to the rich tones.
You can print out your own blank chart to colour by clicking the link below
As a general guide we find that if you are colouring small areas, such as flowers about an 1″ square in size then 5-10 seconds is enough, for larger areas around 2″ square allow 15-20 seconds and for bigger areas allow 35-40 seconds. If you want to colour a really big area we suggest that you work in sections and then blend sections together by re-fusing the pen with the blending solution and then join the sections together by using a circular motion with the nib. We plan to cover working in larger areas in a future post.
Hair can be difficult in real life and equally difficult on paper, but the wonderful Kristy from Some Odd Girl has created a simple easy to follow tutorial to show you how to turn dull flat hair into something coiffed and wonderful.
Kristy makes it so simple, work out the dark areas and add rich colour using a flicking motion, then add blending solution for 5-10 seconds and work the light areas to darker shades, it is that simple!
Can you believe that she was able to achieve the whole hair effect with just the one Bark pen!
If you would like to have a go at colouring in “Coy Kaylee” yourself it is available as a digital download from some odd girl http://www.someoddgirl.com/index.php/digitalstamps/co
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