Below are the directions and products used in this video..You’ll receive a 10% discount from Arteza using the following coupon code is CraftingForAlmostEveryone4, which is valid until the 20th of August, 2019
– Glitter Gel Ink Pens – Set of 14: https://arteza.com/collections/pens/products/glitter-gel-ink-pens-set-of-14?a_aid=Youtube_CraftingForAlmostEveryone&a_bid=e1307ad4
The stamp set I used is from Pink Ink Designs and is called “Chameleon” P1041. I was wrong, I bought it at Ecstasy Crafts (where I bought the double ended jewel picker that I love.) Here’s a link to both. Chameleon stamps: https://www.ecstasycrafts.com/PI041
Jewel pickers: https://www.ecstasycrafts.com/PUT001
I started by using a sheet of watercolor paper from Arteza from the pad of watercolors (discount code is above)...I cut it down to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ tall and stamped the chameleon, a fly, and “You’re One in a Chameleon”… I added some leaves later and used Versafine Onyx Black Ink and clear Ranger embossing powder and heat set it. I used a scrap of the watercolor paper to stamp leaves that I would later cut out to layer on the card.
I wanted to try the Arteza Expert Watercolor pencils and the nice folks at Arteza sent them to me at no cost, so that we could see if I can use them….I don’t receive any monies from Arteza, and am not an affiliate (so don’t get money from any sales that result from my videos.)
I used a water brush that you can buy very inexpensively..here’s a set of three I found on Ebay for under $2…here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/y45a28q2
Water brushes have water in the base, so all you do is squeeze them to get the water flowing, and then
The pencils I started with were for the leaves A041, 099, 113, and 076. You don’t have to push hard on the pencils, and scribbling is just fine, as you’ll be liquefying the pencil and only need to make sure you have enough color to fill your space once wet
I moved on to the fly and the Chameleon, using a lot of the same greens for the Chameleon, but also using a grey for the bug. You’ll want to squeeze and wipe the tip of the water brush before changing colors.
I am picky about watercolor pencils and these are nice and creamy and put out a good amount of pigment…I didn’t get any hand or wrist fatigue using them, and think they are a great value for the number and colors you’ll be getting with this set..
I used an Aliexpress makeup brush with a coppery colored handle. I like these much better than the black handled ones. Links:
https://tinyurl.com/y26erm99 or https://tinyurl.com/yyshw57v
I used Distress oxide inks in Broken China and Twisted Citron to color the background. You need to wipe the brush between colors to ensure that the brush is clean. Since I used Distress Oxide inks, if I wanted to change to a dye based ink, I’d need to complete use a different brush (only used for dye inks) or clean this brush with soap and water to get the oxide component out of the brush…It would also need to dry in between, so it’s better if you have more than one of these brushes.
I cut out the leaves I’d colored earlier and put foam tape toward the top of the leaf, and Glue Dots near the bottom of the leaf, then glued them over the leaves I’d stamped and colored on my card front. I put a weight on the ends of the stems to ensure they stayed glued down.
I put Diamond Glaze (Glossy Accents) on the eyes of the Chameleon to make them look more 3-d.
I used Taylored Expressions “Dream Big” stamp set on the inside of a 5 x 7″ card base in craft color….This set is retired, but you can use any graduation stamp set..
I used the black Arteza Glitter Gel Pen to color the inside of “Class of ’19” and the fly. I took yellow and green pens and scribbled on the Chameleon to make his stripes stand out more and greens on the leaves…If you can’t get your gel pen to work or to start working, simply scribble it on your finger and the heat from your hand will activate the ink.
I stamped a long strip of graduation caps on the envelope flap ..if you don’t have a long acrylic block, you can use a paint stirrer or a ruler and attach the stamp (if it doesn’t stick on its own) with a glue stick…
I rounded the corners of the card with my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder link: https://tinyurl.com/y23wf4o9 and using the same copper handled brush, used Faded Jeans Distress Oxide on the sides of the card. I attached my card front with tear tape from Craftchameleon.com..here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/y6zwd8rh
I really liked using both the watercolor pencils and the glitter gel pens and found the gel pens easy to use, and no clogging or skipping, that would normally happen when coloring over another medium.
I stamped the back of my card with the personalized stamp I bought from Stampanda.com link: https://tinyurl.com/y4hodenq. Look for coupon codes online as this will be almost $50 otherwise. I simply changed the address info to “Made for you by Sandy Parker”…and I get a ton of compliments from recipients. I recommend these stamps highly…