Make Stained Glass Letters to Celebrate Your Name

Today we are joined by the talented Phwanda Moore to show us how to get creative with letters.

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Hi, I’m a calligraphy and mixed media instructor in Northern California. Most of my students want to learn lettering for personal projects, so I enjoy trying new pens like the Chameleons. I’ve discovered they’re a great tool for making chunky letters ~ those hand-drawn letters, often fashioned from a variation of 4 – 8th century uncials. We artists have been reinventing them lately with colorful shades, sketching, and sparkle!

The Chameleon Pen with its built-in shading is perfect for our project today: Celebrate Your Name. I happen to have an unusual name (it’s Cherokee and pronounced “Fonda”) but I think everyone’s name is interesting! Here’s a card I made for my friend, Viktoria.

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Supplies: 2B pencil, eraser and graph paper, 4-8 squares to the inch; a Chameleon pen (or two, in neighboring colors: yellow/orange, red /violet, blue /green); a Chameleon Detail pen or several black micron-type markers in a range of sizes, 03, 05, 08, to make both fine and bold lines; a very fine-tip colored pen in the same color/s as the Chameleon marker, such as the 0.25 Pentel Slicci gel pen, for sketching techniques and heavier copy paper or mixed media paper for alcohol markers.

How to Design Stained Glass Letters: You can download my templates from the Chameleon store or draw your own letters. To draw, choose capitals like uncials, Neuland type, or even block letters. Sketch the outline freehand with a pencil on graph paper, evaluate, and erase when necessary.

Next, imagine a stained-glass look and draw sections inside the outline. Keep it simple, aim for about 3 – 9 areas. Make them all different sizes and use the letter’s shape to inspire you.
Once your letter is complete, outline it with the smaller end of the Chameleon Detail pen or a 05 black micron.

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With the Chameleon pen bullet tip, color and shade the sections of your letter. Choose a direction for your light source (think of the sun) and make those areas lighter. (After you fuse the pen, test it on a piece of scrap paper.) Also aim for contrast. For example, if you have a darker shade down, add a lighter color next to it.

Drawing / sketching techniques are fun and add interest to your design ~ short lines, cross-hatching, scumbling, dots, diagonals. With the Chameleon’s shading, these little marks are even more enhanced when you layer them on the lighter areas. Scumbling is my favorite, where you just let the pen tip meander rather aimlessly over a section. Try it! Leaving some spaces white will help create interest and contrast. Take a final look at your letter, and smooth the rough spots with the bullet color tip or a finer black pen. Sometimes making the outline a bit bolder (Detail pen) is a perfect fix.

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Look up the meaning of your name (via book or online) and print it below the initial. Celebrate who you are with Stained Glass Letters, and then show us what you make!

 

Phawnda Moore is an award-winning editor / designer with decades of experience in corporate communication, special events, and educational publications. She studied design at UC Davis, class of ‘92, and loves exploring creative techniques. Her art has been featured on the cover of Bound & Lettered and in numerous professional publications. Phawnda teaches lettering and mixed media workshops by blending modern tools with traditional design principles. For more information, contact her via: www.journalismdesign.net
Visit her on Facebook: CalligraphyAndDesignByPhawnda

Stampendous Blog Hop Day 5

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Welcome back to the final day of the Stampendous/Chameleon Blog hop, we hope you have been inspired to get creative with all the amazing projects from both design teams.  Today Isha shares a little Christmas cheer, with this jolly Santa card.

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By Isha Gupta

Materials used:
Chameleon Color Tones Pens Deluxe Set; Crimson Red (RD4), Bark (BR5), Olive Green (OL3), Sky Blue (BL3), Bubble Gum (PK3), Purple Grape (PR4), Cool Gray (CG8), Deep Black (BK4), Fawn (NU3), Bisque (NU1), Spring Meadow (YG3), Royal Blue (BL6), Seville Orange (OR4), Grass Green (GR3), Colorless Blender; Stampendous Jumbo Cling Dear Santa; Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Neon Amplify White; The Perfect Airbrush; Dreamweaver Design Beam Stencil (LX7028); White Embossing Paste, : Stampendous Scarlet Embossing Enamel, : White, Black (Neenah) Cardstock.

Instructions:

1) Stamp image using Memento black ink onto Neenah cardstock.
2) Start coloring the image using the brush nib. Color the face first, keeping the infusion time to 3-5 sec.
Color Santa’s coat using Crimson and keeping the infusion time of 3-20 seconds depending on the area.
Color in the belt and shoes using Gray marker, keeping the infusion time of 5-10 seconds.
Color in the gifts using the bush nib and keep the infusion time of Orange, Green and Blue for 5 seconds and Purple for 15 seconds.Color the belt buckle using black and keep the infusion time of 4 seconds.
Cut the image.

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3) Apply Amplify to the fur area and use heat tool to achieve the puffy look.
4) Using the Perfect Airbrush spray inks onto the cardbase using Sky Blue, Bubble Gum and Spring Meadow.

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5) Apply embossing paste using the stencil.

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6) Remove stencil and sprinkle some Embossing Enamel, use heat tool to melt the powder.

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7) Cut a strip of black cardstock and just add some embossing enamel and heat from the back till it melts.
Adhere a strip of vellum to the cardbase. Adhere the black strip using 3D foam. Adhere Santa image using 3D foam.

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We just love how the highlights give Santa that rounded look!

Now for your last chance to play with these pens? We have a great prize draw where you can win a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens of your choice and some Stampendous goodies. To enter just leave a comment at the end of this blog post and sign up for our newsletter HERE, the draw will remain open until Midnight GMT on the 20th July and the winner will be announced on the blog.

Now to hop on over to Stampendous to see what the designers from our hop partners have created.

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Stampendous Blog Hop Day 4

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Hi everyone, we have been blown away by the fabulous projects created by the teams on the hop so far between Stampendous and Chameleon. Monica from our design team now joins us to share her fabulous projects.

Hi Crafters!! Today I am sharing 2 projects I made with Stampendous, my Chameleon Pens and Dreamweaver. I made a card and a canvas decorative piece.

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Materials used:- Chameleon Color Tone Deluxe Pen Set; Cool Grey CG8, Bubble Gum PK3 and Sky Blue BL3, Stampendous Pop Up Kitties Stamp and Die set.

Monica colored the kitty with the the Cool Grey pen getting highlights in the face to give a dimensional look, and a touch of Bubble Gum was added to the nose for super cuteness.  The basket was then colored with Cool Grey and Sky Blue.

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Monica has then die cut the kitty out and mounted onto the basket.

We love Monica’s kitty card but we also love this canvas.

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Materials used: Chameleon Color Tone Pens Deluxe Set;  Bark BR5 and Grass Green GR3, Dreamweaver White Embossing Paste and Dreamweaver Tree of Life Stencil

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Monica added white paste over the stencil and then colored with Chameleon pens when dry, what a cool effect!

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Now how would you like to have the chance to play with these pens? We have a great prize draw where you can win a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens of your choice and some Stampendous goodies. To enter just leave a comment at the end of this blog post and sign up for our newsletter HERE, the draw will remain open until Midnight GMT on the 20th July and the winner will be announced on the blog.

Now to hop on over to Stampendous to see what the designers from our hop partners have created.

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Stampendous Blog Hop Day 3

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Welcome back to the Stampedous, Chameleon blog hop, we have lots of inspiration for you today and another chance to enter into our draw for a prize pack from Stampendous and Chameleon! We start today with a bouquet of summer flowers…….

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Supplies: Chameleon Color Tone Deluxe Pen Set; Purple Grape PR4, Crimson Red RD4, Warm Sunset YO3, Deep Violet V04, and Spring Meadow YG3, Stampendous Lovely Garden Stamp Set and matching dies, Words Know Your Heart Stamp set, Stampendous Clear Acrylic Stamp HandleFrantage Encrusted Jewel kit Silver, Dreamweaver White Embossing Paste, Dreamweaver Paste Spreader, Dreamweaver Design I Beam Stencil, Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Layers, Cutting Mat and Airbrush, White, Purple and Green Cardstock, Vellum, Craft Wire, Imagine Crafts Clear Pico Embellisher, Vellum, Dimensional Glue and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Directions:

1) Stamp flowers and leaves onto white card using Memento ink.  Color the individual petals of the largest flower using the Purple Grape pen, infuse the brush nib for 15 seconds and color from the lightest areas out towards the dark shadows. Color the medium size flower using the Deep Violet, infusing the brush nib for 10 seconds for each petal.  Repeat the process with the 3 smaller flowers using Crimson Red. Color the centres using Warm Sunset.

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2) Color the leaves using Spring Meadow, infusing the brush nib for 15 seconds. When coloring the butterfly work from the centre out towards the edges of the wings using Deep Violet and then from the centre towards the middle using Warm Sunset. Die cut each element.  Curl a wire for the butterfly antennae and adhere to the back.

3) Place stencil over light green card and cover using embossing paste using the paste spreader (make sure you remove and clean the stencil immediately so that the paste doesn’t dry on the stencil). Sprinkle Silver Glass Glitter from the Frantage Encrusted Jewels kit and leave to dry.

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4) When dry, replace the stencil over embossed area and then use the Perfect Airbrush to add color to the paste and glitter using the Spring Meadow pen (either nib works in the airbrush).

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5) Use the Perfect Layers 1/8″ ruler to butt up against the embossing paste and trim, then mount onto purple and green card and trim using the 1/16″ and 1/8″ edges. Mount onto white card. Arrange flowers and butterfly and adhere into place using dimensional glue.

6) Stamp sentiment onto vellum and trim to make a banner add to flowers, then add Clear Pico Embellisher to the centres of each of the flowers to finish.

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Now our other design team member Kasia has created this stunning card using white flowers!

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Supplies: Chameleon Color Tones Re-Inker Purple Grape and Deep Black, Stampendous Design Beam Dreamweaver Stencil, Frantage Encrusted Jewels, White Embossing Paste, Canvas and card.

1) Prepare the flowers by adding glue to the edges of the petals and then sprinkling with Frantage Encrusted Jewels.

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2) Attach to a paper die cut with some twine and leaves.

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3) Drip ink onto Canvas, and add Embossing paste using the design beam stencil.

4) Ghost stamp the sentiment (this is where you stamp off on scrap card so that there is only a small amount of ink left on the stamp, that gives a ghost image) and add flicks of black ink.

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5) Add the flowers to finish.

Now how would you like to have the chance to play with these pens?  We have a great prize draw where you can win a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens of your choice and some Stampendous goodies. To enter just leave a comment at the end of this blog post and sign up for our newsletter HERE, the draw will remain open until Midnight GMT on the 20th July and the winner will be announced on the blog.

Now to hop on over to Stampendous to see what the designers from our hop partners have created.

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Stampendous Blog Hop Day 2

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Welcome back to day two of the Stampendous, Chameleon blog hop, Annette and Kasia  join us today with this super cute dog card and a Santa Card ready for Christmas.

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Thank you by: Annette Allen

Supplies:
Chameleon Pens Deluxe Set, Chameleon Color Tone Pens Refills: Spring Meadow (YG3), Crimson Red (RD4), Grass Green (GR3) Fawn (NU3), Bubble Gum (PK3) and Aqua Marine (BG4). Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Perfect Layers, Stampendous Say It Today stamp set, Stampendous Cling Pop Up Puppies, Stampendous Pop Up Puppies Die Cut Set, Stampendous Dreamweaver White Embossing Paste, Paste Spreader and Stencil, Reverse Confetti die, The Twinery Solid Natural twine, Tsukineko Memento tuxedo black ink pad, Neenah white card-stock and American Crafts foam adhesives.

Directions:

1) Make card from card-stock, cut a separate piece of card-stock measuring 4.25″x5.5″

2) Using washi-tape or any removable tape place on top and bottom of stencil then place stencil on top of card-stock that was cut to size.

3) On a separate surface place some embossing paste and add one drop of Chameleon Pens refillable ink and mix together. The color will not be true since you are mixing with white paste. The color will be very light almost pastel.

4) Using Dreamweaver Paste Spreader gently spread across stencil. Repeat process for all colors then let dry for 1 hour or use heat gun to set.

5) Stamp image and color infusing pen for 5-10 seconds in each section of the face and feet.

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6) Using matching dies cut out images. Die cut shape for sentiment.then stamp sentiments and adhere images to top of die cut.

7) Wrap twine and tie bow around die cut. Once Stenciled background is dry trim each side by an 1/8th using your Perfect Paper Crafting layers. Adhere stenciled background to card and adhere die cut with foam tape to give dimension.

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Supplies: Chameleon Color Tone Pens Deluxe Set, Spring Green (YG3), Crimson Red, Hot Cocoa (BR2), Fawn(NU3), Bisque (NU1), Olive Green (OL3), Stampendous Dear Santa stamp, Perfect Cutting Mat, Crystals.

Instructions:
1) Stamp image onto white card and color. fussy cut around the image.
2) Put a strip of patterned paper onto the card base, and cut circles of various sizes the add to card. Adhere Santa Claus using dimensional tape, add some crystals, and sentiment.

Annette’s card is perfect for a dog loving friend and Kasia’s gives a great head start on those Christmas designs, now how would you like to have the chance to play with these pens? We have a great prize draw where you can win a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens of your choice and some Stampendous goodies. To enter just leave a comment at the end of this blog post and sign up for our newsletter HERE, the draw will remain open until Midnight GMT on the 20th July and the winner will be announced on the blog.

Now to hop on over to Stampendous to see what the designers from our hop partners have created.

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Stampendous Blog Hop Day 1

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Hello and welcome to day one of the Stampendous, Chameleon blog hop, we are so excited to be partnering with such an amazing team over at Stampendous! Stampendous stamps work perfectly with Chameleon Pens and with such a diverse range of stamp styles there is a stamp to suit all styles! Oh and did we mention that the embossing paste range colors beautifully with Chameleon pens too! Ilina has worked her magic and created this fabulous box using the  super cute Forest Stamp set.

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by Ilina Crouse

Supplies: Chameleon pens deluxe set, Stampendous Forest stamp set and dies, Dreamweaver white embossing paste, Dreamweaver paste spreader, Perfect Paper Crafting airbrush, Chameleon pens sky blue ink refill, My time made easy template, Stampin’ Up! Tin of cards stamp set, Memento Tuxedo black ink pad, Neenah white card stock, Paper Source Pool card stock, Stampin’ Up! wild Wassabi card stock, Stampin Up! Medium white envelopes

Directions:

1). Print and cut the My Time Made easy template from Pool, Wassabi and White card stock. Put the lid and base together.
2) Stamp the images on white card stock using Memento tuxedo black ink.
3) Color the images:
– for the tree use Bark Chameleon Pen and infuse the pen for 15-20 seconds and color in sections starting from the middle towards the bottom and towards the top.
– For the tree leaves use the bullet point of the Grass Green pen and infuse with the toning medium for about 3 seconds for each leaf.
– For the fox infuse the Seville Orange pen for 10-15 seconds depending on the section you would like to color. Use the Fawn pen infusing it for about 7-10 seconds for each remaining section.
-For the dove use Cool Grey pen and infuse it for about 12 seconds using the bullet point.
-For the owl use the Bark pen and infuse the bullet point for about 5-6 seconds and color each section of the owls.
-For the deer use the Hot cocoa pen and infuse it for 15-20 seconds and color from the center toward the bottom and then towards the top.

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4) After you are done coloring all the images, using the coordinating dies cut them out.
5) Arrange the images on the front layer of the box for the cards and adhere them using dimensionals.
6) For the cards cut 5 white layers measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.
7) On a paper plate, mat or any other non-porous surface mix some embossing paste with sky blue chameleon pens refill ink.

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8) Using the paste spreader apply embossing paste on each of the white layers and let it dry.

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9) Stamp the sentiment on each layer using the black ink pad.
10) Adhere the images using dimensionals.
11) Cut five card bases measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″ (scored at 5 1/2″) from Pool card stock and adhere one white layer on each.
12) Using the same embossing plate and the perfect airbrush with Sky Blue pen decorate each envelope.

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13) Put all the cards and envelopes in the box you already made.

What a wonderful gift to give someone! Now how would you like to have the chance to play with these pens? We have a great prize draw where you can win a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens of your choice and some Stampendous goodies. To enter just leave a comment at the end of this blog post and sign up for our newsletter HERE, the draw will remain open until Midnight GMT on the 20th July and the winner will be announced on the blog.

Now to hop on over to Stampendous to see what the designers from our hop partners have created and for a bonus project from Ilina, we have a sneak peek here just for you.

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One Pen Welcome Little One Bag

 

Annette joins us today to show how incredibly versatile one pen can be!  Think not just of coloring on paper, think bags, fabric, clothes, and many more surfaces. Yes you guessed it almost nothing is safe from being Chameleonised!

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By Annette Allen

Supplies:

Chameleon Color Tones Pens: Spring Meadow (YG3). SRM Stickers muslin bag (small), Precious Remembrance Shop Little One Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Gnome Sweet Gnome, Studio Calico heart wood veneers and Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black.

Instructions:

1) Stamp images on muslin bag using black ink pad.

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2) Using one Chameleon Color Tone Pen we are going to give this bag a whole lot of color.

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3) Infuse Chameleon Color Tone Pen for 10 seconds. Randomly choose images to color with the light color by infusing each time.

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4) For the remaining images just color without infusing. This gives you the diversity of using just one pen.

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5) Take two wood veneers and give them a little color. On these hearts I decided just to give them the full vibrant color, no infusing here.

6) Adhere the hearts to the muslin bag using adhesive for fabric.

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Don’t you think this would make the “tweetest” gift for a little one, you could even be traditional and do blue for a boy and pink for a girl!

A Butterfly Frame with Illusion Film

Isha makes a statement with this Rowlux Illusion film home decor project, a must for any one that loves buttefies!

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by Isha Gupta

Materials used:
Chameleon Color Tones Pens Deluxe Set; Seville Orange (OR4), Spring Meadow (YG3), Sky Blue (BL3), Bubble Gum (PK3), Purple Grape (PR4), Royal Blue (BL6), Aqua Marine (BG4), colorless blender; Cardstock: Neenah Solar White and Black; Die: Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet Dies; Rowlux Illusion Film; Perfect Airbrush; Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop; Twine from stash; 3D foam; Scor-Tape

Instructions:

1) Cut a piece of the film (5 ¼ inch square). Cut a piece of white cardstock of the same size.
Spritz ink onto the back side of the film using bullet nib of Chameleon markers in sky blue, spring meadow, bubble gum colors with Perfect Airbrush.

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2) Then take the white layer. Put the stencil over it, mask everything except the flower. Use Perfect Airbrush and color the flower using Orange and Purple marker. Then, mask everything except the leaves and stem and color in using Spring Meadow.

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3) Adhere the Film to the cardstock using score-tape to the edges. Die-cut the butterflies using the illusion film.
Color the butterflies using the bullet nib infusing for 18 seconds. Blend a bit using colorless blender. Adhere to the background using some glue. Adhere some sequins onto the center of each butterfly.

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4) Cut a Black frame, keeping the window (4 ½ by 5 ½), adhere it onto the artwork using 3D foam.
Adhere some twine at the back to hang the frame.

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We love the shimmery effect that the Illusion film has when used with Chameleon pens, what would you create with Chameleon Pens and Illusion film?

Happy 4th July

To all our American friends we wish you a happy 4th July, Annette has created this wonderful card to celebrate American independence.

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by Annette Allen

Supplies: Chameleon Color Tone Pens, Royal Blue (BL6), Fawn (NU3), Crimson Red (RD4), Spring Meadow (YG3), Bubble Gum (PK3) and Bisque (NU1). A Jillian Vance Design Whimsie Doodles (Miss Adventure Celebrate), Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Cuts), American Crafts Becky Higgins (High Five Edition), Tsukineko Memento (tuxedo black ink pad), Tsukineko Memento Luxe (Danube Blue), Tsukineko Memento Luxe (Love Letter), Neenah white card-stock and American Crafts foam adhesives.

Instructions:

1.) Make card from card-stock.  Stamp image on separate piece of card-stock.

2) Starting with face infuse NU1 for 10 seconds before coloring, color hair infusing NU3 for 5 seconds for each section of the hair. Color remaining image infusing each color 5 seconds.

3) Cut a separate piece of card-stock that measures the same as card. Stamp images using Tsukineko ink pads.

4) Infuse for 5 seconds when coloring firework image. Then trim colored image leaving a hint of white around the edges.

5) Adhere background and image to card base. Finally stamp sentiment to strip of card-stock, add designer paper to top and adhere to card base.

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We love Annette’s 4th July card, what will you be doing to celebrate the day?

 

Winner of the Art Impressions Blog Hop

Hi everyone, after counting up all the comments and putting them all into our electronic hat the random generator came up with a name!

Charity Chamberlain

Is our winner, Charity if you could email me at blog@chameleonpens.com and let me know your choice of color for a 5 pen set together with details of where to ship the pens and a phone number for the shipping company.

If you were unlucky this time, we have more chances to win over the coming months so stay tuned!