Bunny Friends

With Valentines Day approaching our thoughts turn to friends and loved ones, this wonderfully cute card by Ilina is perfect to give a friend to show you care. And yes those bunnies were coloured just using the one Cool Grey pen!

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Materials used:-

Chameleon Pens: RD4 Crimson Red, NU3 Fawn, YG3 Spring Meadow, CG8 Cool Gray, PK3 Bubble Gum,  Toadstool for Two (Lili of the Valley), Scripty Sayings (Paper smooches) stamps, Memento ink Tuxedo black,
Christmas Eve Chowder patterned paper(Jillibean soup), Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up!), Green Apple(Simon Says stamp), Ultra smooth white (Prism) Papers, On Film Framelits die (Stampin’ Up),: Red button (papertrey ink), Linen thread (Stampin’ Up!).

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This cute coloured image just makes us want to go all mushy inside!

Introducing Our Wonderful Guest Designer Victoria Schultz Grundy

We were so excited when Victoria agreed to try out our pens, as a published Zen Doodle artist her work really caught our eye.  When her finished projects hit our in box the oohs and aahs could be heard for miles!

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Victoria has used our deluxe pen set which contains a detail pen with a 4mm and 6mm nib which is perfect for drawing your Zentangles. Rather than using a blended approach she has used blocks of color using the same pen to get the myriad of shades seen here.

Here is another shot of the work in progress, we just love how cluttered her desk is with arty bits but there is still room for her Chameleon Pens!

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We asked Victoria to tell us a bit about her creative journey.

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“I’m an artist”. That statement was very powerful to me growing up in a small Midwestern town. There weren’t many artists that I knew and no art museums or computers or internet, yet somehow I was still an artist. My sister says I was born to be one. Most of us artists figure this out early in that we see the world differently, I surely did.
Because of this I saw art in everything, mostly nature. I created with what items I had often painting rocks and later sculpting with salt dough. It didn’t matter what the material was. I think now I believed in the meditative equation of time spent lost in drawing was really good for me. In College I studied interior design and art I was able to travel abroad.
I was excited to see the world through another culture and through the art of Europe.
I like painting and drawing but I am just as creative sewing and cooking as well as designing.
Currently I’m exploring teaching a drawing class were we explore much more than drawing. Of course I cover techniques, composition, and color but the best part is that we share our lives. There is great joy for us both when my students find they can do these amazing things. I helped them to find this creative thread and nurture it.
It is a mighty thing when the thing you love gives back.
I give away a lot of what I create because I want to make room for more and because I love the gift of giving. I will keep creating I believe, because that is what I was made to do.

We have more of Victoria’s stunning work to share with you over the coming weeks so make sure you have clicked the follow us button so you don’t miss her amazing work.

Floral Thanks

 

As promised we are back with more inspiration for all those thank you cards that need to be made!

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by Annette Allen

Supplies: Chameleon Color Tone Pens: Bubble Gum PK3, Aquamarine BG4, Crimson Red RD4, Seville Orange OR4, Olive Green OL3, Spring Meadow YG3,  Summer Sun YL2 , Royal Blue BL6 and Grass Green GR3, Avery Elle: Thank You die, Altenew Hennah Elements stamp set , Mama Elephant: Bear Hugs stamp set, Waffle Flower Crafts: Flower Circle die set, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, Neenah white card-stock, Simon Says Stamp heart stencil, Stickles Star Dust, Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Riviera, Misc black gel pen and foam adhesives.

Instructions:

1. Make card from card-stock. Place stencil on top of card base, use dabbler and Kaleidacolor to add color. Set aside.

2. Stamp images on separate piece of card-stock.

3. Infuse BL6 for 5 seconds for each petal on one flower. Infuse PK3 for 5 seconds each petal and color over BL6 flower, blending the colors.  Infuse RD4 for 5 seconds color each petal on one flower.  Infuse OR4 for 5 seconds for each petal and color over RD4 flower.  Infuse GR3 for 5 seconds for each petal on last flower.  Infuse YL2 for 5 seconds for each petal and color over GR3.

4. Infuse YG3 for 5 seconds for each leaf.

5. Trim all images leaving a hint of white unless you have the matching dies. Cut out images.

6. Die cut Waffle Flower Crafts: Flower Circle die on separate piece of card-stock.  Using Black gel pen add dots to Waffle Flower Crafts: Flower Circle die.

7. Add Stickles to flowers to give a little shine. Set aside and let dry.

8. Adhere Waffle Flower Crafts: Flower Circle die to card base using foam adhesives to give dimension.

9. Adhere flowers and leaves to card base using foam adhesives.  Stamp sentiment.

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Isn’t it cool how Annette has created new colours by overlaying one pen color over another?

Introducing Our Fabulous Guest Designer Teresa

We scour the globe looking for artists to showcase our products and during one such search we came across the wonderful Teresa Abajo, she kindly agreed to do a video for us and if you are local to where she lives in Australia you might find her teaching a Chameleon class near you!

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We asked Teresa to tell us a little bit about herself  so you could all get to know her.

I am a mother of three, part time hospital scientist who loves to play with paper. I generally classify myself as a cardmaker, but I also love to make books, dabble in mixed media and generally make a colourful mess.
I am lucky to be able to teach this craft at my local shop, I’m published regularly in several publications, and I serve on a number of design teams.
I love to make things and when they put a smile on someone’s face, I feel fulfilled and happy. I think I’m exactly where I should be.

With spring around the corner this is the perfect home decor project to brighten a wintery day!

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Teresa used Warm Sunset (Y03) to colour the flowers, yes she really did get all those shades from the one pen!

If you would like to see more of Teresa’s projects you can find them on her blog, The Tamarisk here.

 

Showcasing Our Second Design Team Member Annette Allen

We just adore Annette’s clean style and this Hello card is just the perfect way to introduce her wonderful creative talent. Annette says

“I do not plan my cards out in advance. I always base my card off the image. I think this helps when pulling all those colors together in fun ways.”

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Materials used:-

Chameleon Pens used: Bubble Gum (PK3), Fawn (NU3), Bisque (NU1), Bark (BR5), Grass Green (GR3) and Aqua Marine (BG4), Some Odd Girl (Dressy Mae), Papertrey Ink die, Reverse Confetti (Love Note die), Waffle Flower (Bowtiful) stamp set, The Twinery (Caribbean solid), Avery Elle (The Everyday Collection) and Neenah (solar white) card-stock.

Instructions:
1) Start with the face when coloring the image. Begin with Bubble Gum (PK3) using the brush nib infusing for a minimum of 10 seconds to give the light to dark shading on the cheeks for the affect of blush then blending the skin tone with Bisque (NU1) and Fawn (NU3) each infused for a minimum of 15 seconds.

2) Moving on to the hair use Bark (BR5)  infused for 25 seconds. Don’t you just love how only one pen was used to create all the highlights in the hair?

3) Enjoy using non-traditional color combos, so on the dress use Grass Green (GR3) and Aqua Marine (BG4) both infused for a minimum of 15 seconds.

4) After coloring the image, place the card together.

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We hope Annette has inspired you to get creative, please join us in welcoming her to the Chameleon Team.

Merry and Bright

Ilina Crouse joins us again today with this adorable little girl, wearing her fairy wings looking at the parcels.  This Scene is probably being recreated in homes with little children all over the word!

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By Ilina Crouse 

Materials used:-

All Dressed Up digital stamp, Happy Christmas Little Star stamp by Papertrey ink, ‘Tis the Season Sentiments, Memento ink Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens: NU1- Bisque, PK3 Bubble Gum, BR5 Bark, BL3 Sky Blue, YO3 Warm Sunset, YL2 Summer  Sun, RD4 Crimson Red, CG8 Cool Gray, PR4 Purple Grape, BL6 Royal Blue, Prism smooth white paper by Stampin’ Up! Glimmer red and Shimmery white paper, Wink of stella glitter brush pen -clear.

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Don’t you just love how dimensional all those little parcels look and to think that all the shades in her red dress were created with just the one Crimson Red pen!

A Cute Christmas With Ilina Crouse

As promised Ilina is back with an adorable Christmas Bear, do you notice how she has cleverly used the pens so that it appears that the light source is coming from the left of the image?

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By Ilina Crouse

Materials Used:- Chameleon Pens Hot Cocoa, Warm Sunset, Crimson Red and Cool Grey. White ultra smooth Prism cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Real red card stock, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Lili of the valley stamp James little star, Papertrey ink ’tis the season sentiments mama elephant peek a frame die, dimensional foam pads, die cutting machine.

How to:-

1) Stamp the bear onto white cardstock using Memento ink.

2) Fuse the Hot Cocoa pen for 10-15 seconds and then colour from the left side of the bear towards the right, you can add extra shading and shadow as necessary. Repeat this process for the star fusing the Warm Sunset pen for around 5 seconds and again for the hat using Crimson Red and Cool Grey.

3) Fussy cut around the bear and mount onto white card that has been stamped with the sentiment using dimensional foam pads.

4) Die cut the aperture in the red card and mount the white card behind with dimensional pads.

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Can you believe that Ilina coloured this whole image with just 4 pens!

Showcasing Our First Design Team Member Ilina Crouse

Ilina creates the cutest clean card designs and this birthday card is no exception!

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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.

How to:-

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.

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Ilina will be back soon to share the most adorable Christmas Card, so remember to follow the blog so you don’t miss it!

Do I Need Special Paper?

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?

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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.

http://media.wix.com/ugd/b51330_aee194ae3c684e95a843d0f2bbfdd57a.pdf

Here is one already colored in as an example

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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

http://www.chameleonpens.com/#!contact/ciig.

 

Announcing Our Amazing New Design Team

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.

Annette Allen

Anette Allen

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!”

Monica Edwards 

Monica

 

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!

Ekaterina Oleinik

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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.

Isha Gupta

Isha

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.

Kasia Frezja

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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!!

Ilina Crouse

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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.