Pumpkins and Halloween

With halloween soon upon us, pumpkins are being carved and displayed all over the world!  Ilina’s pumpkin has acquired a new resident, anyone else have this problem?

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By Ilina Crouse

Supplies: Chameleon Pens deluxe set, Neenah white card stock, Tangerine tango and Basic black card stock from Stampin’ Up!, Hey Pumpkin Simon Says Stamp stamp set, sequins, Pumpkin Pie cotton ribbon by Stampin’ Up!, Memento ink in Tuxedo black, Lil inkers designs stitched rectangle dies.

Instructions:
1: Die cut white card stock using one of the stitched rectangles dies.
2. Stamp image and sentiment in black ink
3. Color image using Cool Gray, Seville Orange and Summer Sun Chameleon pens. Color the pumpkin using the Seville Orange pen by infusing it for 4-6 seconds and coloring from the middle of each section towards the top and then towards the bottom, repeat this for each section. For each half section infuse the pen. Then color each section with the Summer Sun pen, again following the same pattern of coloring and infusing the pen for the same amount of time. Color the cat using the Cool Gray pen and infusing it with toning medium for 3-5 seconds for the tail and about 8-10 seconds for the head.
5. Cut orange card stock 1/8 or 1/4 larger than the white card stock, or  use Perfect Layers mini by Perfect Paper crafting this will give an even mat all the way around your design.
6. Tie ribbon and add sequins.  Adhere the whole panel onto black card base.

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Well at least we know that Ilina’s cat has found somewhere cosy to hide this halloween!  Let us know any strange places you have found your pets.

 

 

Autumn Leaves

As Autumn takes it hold, the leaves on the trees start to fall and provide the perfect inspiration for fall cards. Ilina has used Autumnal leaves as one of her focal points on this card.

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By Ilina Crouse

Supplies:
Chameleon Deluxe pen set, Neenah white card stock, Ripe Avocado PTI card stock, pico embelisher clear, Vintage leaves stamp and die set by Stampin’ Up!, Vintage Gold linen thread by May Arts ribbon, Expressions natural elements by Stampin’ Up!, Memento ink Tuxedo black, sequins.

Instructions:
1.Stamp and die cut leaves.

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2.Color leaves use Summer Sun and Seville Orange pens. Infuse each pen for about 10-12 seconds and color each half of the leaf starting from the middle going towards the end. Color one side with the Summer Sun and the other one with the Seville Orange. Infuse the Olive green pen for about 15-17 seconds and color each half of the leaf (over the orange and yellow), starting from the top going down. Do the same for each half of the leaf.

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3. Score the leaves along the middle and fold them little upward so they get dimension.

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4. Take one of the expressions natural elements and draw lines with the detailed Chameleon pen, then using a nail file of sand block sand the top.

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5. Then apply the clear Pico Embellisher to get little shine and dimension.

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6. Cut 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel from white card stock. Adhere the linen thread is a circle to create a wreath, then adhere the leaves and the sentiment.
7. Mount the whole panel onto Ripe Avocado card base. Adhere sequins using the clear Pico Embellisher.

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We love Ilina’s card and if you are anything like us you would rather be making leaf cards than sweeping them up from the yard!

Autumnal Journal

This autumnal journal is perfect for recording all your adventures as you head into winter, Kasia shows you how you can create your own today here on the blog!

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by Kasia Frezja

Supplies: Chameleon Color Tones Pens Deluxe Set; Fawn (NU3), Bisque (NU1), Bark (BR5),
Hot Cocoa (BR2), notebook, lace, scrapbook cardstock, flowers, paper doilies and lace.

Instructions:

  1. Print digital image and color it using Chameleon Pens.
  2. Cover the notebook with designer papers. Add lace to the side.
  3. On the center of the cover put 2 paper dollies and rectangle of dotted
    paper.
  4. Attach the digital image with foam tape.
  5. Arrange the flowers on the front of the journal and add ribbons to the spiral side.

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Please leave some love for Kasia’s project in our comments. We would also love to see your autumn journals using Chameleon pens, so why not share them on our Facebook page.

We Want You – The Chameleon Design Team Call!

It is that time of year when we invite you to apply to join our design team. We are looking for talented designers and artists to showcase our unique alcohol pens as well as sharing knowledge on general crafting techniques. This year we have two types of application, one for the main design team and one for an adult colourist.

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Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, mixed media artist, home decor artist, adult colourist,  or upcycler we are looking for diverse people to join our happy team. Entries are welcome from all corners of the world, our only requirement is that you can submit your projects and written instructions and videos in English.

 

In return for being on the main design team  you will get a Deluxe set of pens and partake in cross company promotions, such as blog hops. Our adult colourist will also receive a Deluxe set of pens and a full set of our brand new color cards. All team members will be given credit for work on the company blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and in our newsletters. We will also share a link back to your own blog and an artist biography and you will  have the opportunity of having your work shown at consumer and trade shows and on TV in the UK and USA.

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For the Main Design team we ask that you be an active team member  for 1 year commencing 14th December 2015. During this time we would like you to submit 2 projects per month, one to be a general crafting technique, in addition to this you will be required to participate in any Partner Company hops that are organised and be active on our Social Media pages.  From time to time you will also be asked to submit projects for magazine publications for Chameleon Pens.  If we make any additional requests for work beyond this you will be compensated, and if you independently have projects published in magazines that promote the pens there will be additional rewards.

The Adult Colourist will be required to create one colouring project per month for the blog and also post 2 projects each month on one of our preferred adult colouring group pages on Facebook.  We also ask that this person be active on our Social Media pages too.

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The projects submitted for the blog should include an unwatermarked photo and written instructions (at least one video post a month will be required by one of the design team members to go on the blog). We ask that you only use Chameleon pens in projects for our blog (but you are welcome to use other alcohol pen systems in conjunction with Chameleon pens on projects you make for your own blog or other design teams). Chameleon will have the right to use all artwork and projects across all advertising, mixed media and TV mediums.

So how do you apply?

There are two submission rounds this year, in the first round we would like you to submit a project with step out photo and written instructions showcasing your colouring talents, we will be looking for skills in shading, highlighting and blending.  Your project can be a card, scrapbook page mixed media piece or if you are applying for the adult colourist post then it should be an adult colouring page. All projects must be new and not shared anywhere else on your blogs or other social media sites. If you wish to include a video tutorial too that would be a bonus (Please remember videos should be no more than 5-7 minutes in length). Your projects can be coloured in any medium, e.g. pencil, watercolour or alcohol pen. We ask that you do not share these projects elsewhere until the design team call ends and we have announced the team.

Photos of your projects should be taken against a neutral background with no dressing of the design and should be of a high quality. Please do not include a watermark.

Please provide details of your name, address and phone number.

List all links to your blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and tell us about existing and past design teams and publications you have had.

The deadline for submission of the first round will be 6th November 2015, our chosen finalists will be contacted and invited to partake in the second round.  We will be sending out product for use in the design process for the second round project, which will need to be submitted by the 12th December, we then plan to announce the new team on the 14th December 2015.

Send your entries to nickwatt@chameleonpens.com

Fall into Fun

The leaves are turning here at Chameleon HQ and it appears they are doing the same stateside too, with Annette’s fall themed card.

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Supplies:

Chameleon Color Tone Pens Deep Violet (VO4), Bubble Gum (PK3), Spring Meadow (YG3), Summer Sun (YL2), Seville Orange (OR4), Hot Cocoa (BR2), Warm Sunset (YO3), Bark (BR5), Sky Blue (BL3), Fawn (NU3) and Bisque (NU1), Some Odd Girl (Fall Friends) stamp set, Tim Holtz (Dot Fade) stencil, Ranger Malted Milk, Seed Packet, Chicken Feed and Lemon Drop ink pads, Tsukineko Memento tuxedo black ink pad and Neenah white card-stock.

Instructions:

  1. Make card from card-stock
  2. Stamp images on separate piece of card-stock.
  3. Infuse each color for 5 seconds before coloring each section.
  4. Trim images leaving a hint of white.
  5. Using stencil and ink pads create a fun fall colored background.
  6. Adhere images using foam adhesives to give them a little dimension.
  7. Finish card with stamping sentiment.

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Well with all those leaves on the ground, we will have to get our Nick out with the broom to tidy them up, any one else need him to sweep their leaves?

Vellum Pansies

Today we have the last of the design team’s Vellum projects, Monica shares this beautiful pansy card using Chameleons and Parchment.

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Materials used: Chameleon Color Tone Pens, Vellum, Staz on Jet Black ink and Pansy stamp.

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Instructions:

Stamp image onto vellum using Staz On Jet Black ink.

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Turn vellum over before colouring, so that the ink doesn’t react with the alcohol pens.

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Infuse the pen and then color the image, repeat infusing the nib once the color darkens.

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Once the image is colored cut out the design and mount onto the card base.

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Now you have seen our design team’s vellum projects we would love to see yours, so why not share them on our Facebook page!

Fairy Magic

Did you know that it is only 11 weeks to Christmas!!! Ilina has some fairy magic to help us get into the spirt today.

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Chameleon Pens: NU1-bisque, BR2- hot cocoa, PR4-purple grape, BG4-aqua marine, PK3- bubble gum, YL2- summer sunStamps: Fairy Magic digital stamp (All dressed up), Fillable Frames Sentiments (papertrey ink) Ink: Memento in Tuxedo black, Staz-on in Jet black, Paper: Pool Party (Stampin’ Up!), Printed Vellum (Paper Source), Ultra smooth white (Prism) Dies: Circle Framelits (Stampin’ Up!), Other: Rhinestones (Stampin’ Up), Wink of stella glitter brush pen – clear

Instructions:
1. Print image on white card stock. and color it using your Chameleon pens, for the
face and legs use the Bisque pen and infuse it for about 7-10 seconds, then add little bit of the Bubblegum pen for the cheeks. For the hair use the Hot Cocoa pen and infuse it using the toning medium for about 7 seconds and color from the middle towards the ends of the hair. Do this for each section. Use the Aqua Marine pen and infuse about 5-6 seconds with toning medium for each wing. Use the Purple Grape pen and infuse for 3 seconds for each part of the bow, and about 4-5 seconds for each section of the dress.  Use the Aqua Marine, Summer Sun and Bubble Gum pens and infuse them for about 2 seconds for each wing of the butterflies.
2. Cut out your image
3. Cut a circle from white card stock using the Circle Framelits and cut one end.
4. Adhere the image on your trimmed circle.
5. Cut the vellum to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and adhere your image.
6. Stamp sentiment, adhere butterflies and rhinestones..
7. Adhere the whole panel onto your card base (pool party)

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We think Ilina’s fairy would look fabulous on top of the Chameleon Christmas tree, what do you put on the top of your tree, let us know in your comments!

Spellbinders Whimsical Woodland Blog Fest

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We are super excited to be joining in this whimsical woodland Spellbinders partner blog hop today, joining in this fabulous hop with 11 partners sharing inspirational tutorials and lots of product giveaways too!
Let your imagination wander through an imaginary, whimsical world with Spellbinders new Woodland Collection. This collection features a Forest Fox, a Woodland Owl, Stylized Flowers, Pinecones and Mushrooms. These dies together with Chameleon pens will surprise you with what you can create!

Today we have our wonderful Design Team member Annette Allen sharing a project using the new Whimsical Woodland dies.

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By Annette Allen

Supplies: Chameleon Color Tone Pens Crimson Red (RD4), Spellbinders S3-229 Woodland Deer from the new Woodland Collection; S4-292 Beaded Circles, Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug, WPlus9 Design Studio Winter Wishes, Avery Elle The Jewel Collection 6×6 paper pad, Neenah white card-stock, Ranger Enamel Accents black & white, Tsukineko Memento tuxedo black ink pad and Misc jewels.

Instructions:

  1. Make card from card-stock, then stamp stocking and bow on separate pice of card-stock and color using Chameleon Pens. Infuse for 5 seconds for santa hat and for bow use full color.
  2. Trim designer paper to the same size as card base and adhere.  Using  a separate piece of card-stock and die cut Beaded circles. Then inlay the smaller circle die in to the  large.
  3. Use Glitzy glitter paper to die cut Woodland Deer. Adhere antlers to deer.
  4. Using Enamel Accents give the deer some eyes. Use the white first and then add a dot of black and let dry.
  5. Stamp sentiment on to smaller beaded circle. Add jewels to both beaded circles.
  6. Adhere both beaded circles to card. Adhere santa hat and bow to woodland deer.
  7. Adhere woodland deer to card. Finish card with adhere a strip of designer paper to bottom of card base.

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What a wonderful project Annette, now we have the lovely Ekaterina sharing a project that shows that these dies can be used all year round!

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Supplies used:- Chameleon Color Tone pens, Purple Grape, Bubble Gum and Olive Green, Spellbinders diesS3-228 Stylized flower, IN-037 Celebration Two

Die cut elements and color with Chameleon pens, dimension has been added by fusing the pen for 5-8 seconds to get the blended tones.

  1. Splash Chameleon Purple Grape refill ink over a white piece of card and mount onto the card base.

_MG_19833. Die cut sentiment, infuse the Aquamarine pen for 15 seconds and then color form the top of the sentiment down towards the bottom.  Attach to the base of the card.

4. Color the flowers with Chameleon pens and then attach all elements to the card to finish.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Click here to enter the giveaway: Chameleon, for the competition rules and more information on the woodland collection please click here.

Please be sure to visit all the blogs participating in the hop today to enter the generous giveways and see what their teams have created:

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Xyron – Stephanie Chan

Xyron – Pam Bray

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But before we say goodbye, we wanted to ask the crafting community for your support and help, Chameleon has launched it’s first ever Kickstarter campaign, to find out more check out the information HERE.

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Vellum Sunflowers

We are still trying to cling on to the last hints of summer here at Chameleon HQ, so when we saw Ilina’s beautiful vellum sunflower card it brightened our  rather grey day!

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Supplies:
Chameleon Deluxe pen set, vellum, Papertrey ink Botanical Blocks stamp set, Neenah white card stock 110lb, Versamark ink, Hero Arts White embossing powder, Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

Instructions:
1. Stamp image with versamark on vellum.
2. Emboss image using white embossing powder.
3. Color your image using your Chameleon pens. Color from the back side, not on top of the embossed image.

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For the flower use the Summer Sun pen, infuse the pen with toning medium for about 3-5 seconds (brush nib) and color each petal ( infusing each time). Repeat again, to get darker color.
For the leaves and stem use the Olive Green pen and infuse it for about 3 seconds for the smaller leaf and stem and 5-7 seconds for the larger leaf. After that color the leaves and stem again
For the center of the flower use the Bark pen and infuse it with toning medium for about 7-8 seconds and color. Repeat.
For the background use the Sky Blue pen, and for each section infuse it for about 3-5 seconds (depending on the side of the area you are coloring)

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4. Cut out the image and adhere it on piece of white card stock.

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5. Cut the main panel and stamp the sentiment. Adhere the image using dimensionals.
6. Adhere the whole panel onto White card base.

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Ilina has provided some great tips for this project, such as coloring on the reverse side of the embossed image and going over an area again to intensify the color.  We would love to hear any tips you have discovered whilst using Chameleon pens, so let us know in your comments below!

We Are So Excited…We Just Have To Share!

Oh my! I have had tape over my mouth for over a month now, just to make sure I didn’t spoil this surprise……Yes you guessed it, this is not a normal post, we have a mega, super big announcement to make today! ( I apologise if I am a little over excited).

As you know we usually like to inspire our readers to create with our pens but today we were hoping we could inspire all of you to help!
Why ? Because today we launched a Kickstarter campaign for new Chameleon colors!

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You may already know that our philosophy is to do MORE with LESS and that is still the case. Our customers tell us they love what they can do with just 20 colors, as Chameleon Pens allow them to go up and down the tonal scale of a color as well as the ability to overlay to create new colors. However a Crimson Red will not easily become a Dark Wine nor will our Bubblegum Pink become an intense Fuchsia, so we realised there were a few color gaps in the system. We have also had some of our users  asking for more skin tones, warm, cool and neutral greys along with more pinks and purples. So as always, at Chameleon we aim to please and have taken your requests on board.

Our goal is to create a complete Chameleon 50-color pen system (don’t worry we will not be needing 300 plus colors!). But in order to develop and formulate inks and get them to market faster we are looking to get a bit of help from the artistic community!

Kickstarter funding is an all or nothing deal and the first 48 hours of the campaign can really make a huge difference in our success. If we get some strong initial interest we have a good chance of being featured on the front page!! So please share this with all your friends and family on social media sites.

If you get a chance please stop by our Kickstarter Page  were you can see all the proposed colors and if you want to jump in and back us you will help bring the vision to life.
By helping us achieve our goals you can get some exclusive Kickstarter kits !! … like this awesome “Color Alchemist” Kit.

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This kit so great because you can custom create YOUR own color! PLUS you will have the opportunity to be the FIRST to get the new palette, as the full color line will not be shipping to retail until later in 2016.

We need your help to make this happen!
Together, we can “Change Color”!