Last year, I started learning how to brush letter and naturally, I picked up some Tombow Dual Brush Pens to practice. Although I still letter from time to time to address envelopes, the majority of my use of these pens is now for my card making.
My favorite medium for these brush pens is on watercolor paper. The pens glide so smoothly on the paper and when mixed with a brush pen or watercolor brush, it works like watercolors but with more control. I always heat emboss my images when I use the Tombows because helps keep the color and water contained within the image.
To color, the technique is easy: you use the pens to lay down the color you want and using a water brush pen, you drag out the color to look like you are shading your images.
Coloring with the pens is super easy, but for me, creating a background is my favorite thing to use Tombows for. It’s easy, fun, and unique, since you’ll never be able to recreate exactly. For this particular background, I used two colors for creating dimension on the ground: N15 (Black), 879 (Brown).
I scribbled horizontal lines using these two colors and used a waterbrush to mix it up. I use the same technique for the sky. I’m creating a background for Maleficent after all, so it needs to be sky of green: 346 (Sea Green), 245 (Sap Green), 173 (Willow Green), and 133 (Chartreuse). Isn’t that cool?
Once I have everything ready, I’ll fussy cut my image and glue it down using the Mono Multi liquid glue. I’ve always thought of this glue as a staple in the crafting world; so many people love it and I know why! You can’t tell from the photos but I actually didn’t like where I placed the image. Since the glue doesn’t dry right away, it allowed me to move my image to where I wanted it. Once my image is down my front panel is complete I’ll use the permanent adhesive to tape the card front to a card base.
I only used a few colors to create this image and background but I think the card came out to be super cool. An evil background for an evil queen!
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Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for review and use. All other items were personally purchased.
Canson XL watercolor paper: http://amzn.to/2wS7f6k
*Sweet Stamp Shop – Queen: https://goo.gl/4f1MGA
*Sweet Stamp Shop – Evil Background: https://goo.gl/zLZTc5
Versafine Black Onyx ink: http://amzn.to/2yEl71i
Hero Arts Clear embossing Powder: http://amzn.to/2xDi0IA
Wagner heat Gun: http://amzn.to/2k0nCI4
*Tombow Dual Brush Pens (Primary): http://amzn.to/2xDBywh
*Tombow Dual Brush Pens (Brights): http://amzn.to/2xxBH2F
Pentel Aquash Water Brush: http://amzn.to/2wSAZjK
*Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue: http://amzn.to/2yExDhw
*Tombow Permanent Adhesive: http://amzn.to/2yDMoRH