Sunday, 6 January 2013

Something new for 2013!

Happy New Year everyone!
I was very lucky to be asked to Guest over at the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog and today is my very first post and make for this very talented team!

I've always used Faber Castell products since I was a kid, so I was very excited to start creating with all the latest goodies they have to offer. If you've never tried their products you really should give them a whirl because they have a fantastic selection which are great for crafters, including waterproof inks and Aquarelle's, Gelato's and so much more!

 The thing I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE is that they have some special Mixed Media packs ...these mean that you get a selection of different types of pens which are all colour matched for you already. This means they're perfect for trying out the range if you just want to dip in and see what they can do for your crafting - awesome idea! And you know that if you love a certain colour in say, Aquarelle, that you can pick the same colour in a Stamper's Big Brush Pen or Gelato and it will all colour match - something so simple but so many other brands miss out on this little trick!

I hadn't used Gelato's before so I really wanted to get a feel for what this product does and how it works with all the other mixed media in the range so I decided to just have a mess around and see what I could do as a quick make. The Gelato's didn't let me down!..
To make this I cut out a simple tag shape and covered it with paper from my Picknix Christmas collection.

I used the Stampers Big Brush Pen to ink up a small clear stamp from the Mixed Media pack and then also pushed a Metallic Pitt marker through the ink too and repeat stamped the image. I love how it came out and that you can mix the inks together, it's so cool to get a mix of metallic and non-metallic together on the same stamp, quite difficult to achieve with other pens. I also loved how much coverage there was on the actual stamp, sometimes when you try to ink direct to stamp you get a resist to the polymer so it goes all patchy but the coverage was great! 

Next, I made a dotty pattern with the Pitt Pastels, added a corner of a doily and then used the pastel to slightly colour tint it. I added a gold edge to a heart which I cut freehand using the Metallic Pitt marker just to finish it off and hide the white edges. Finally, I ran around all the edges of the tag with a gold, blue and silver Gelato to distress it. The Gelato's are amazing! For some reason I thought they'd be a wet ink but they are a waxy texture which means you can use them like wax rubons which I absolutely adore. I'm really not a glittery bling person but I love the metallic sheen you get with these and they could be used on an array of different surfaces! (plus it's a perfect excuse to get your fingers into the inks and get messy rubbing away!) 

Hope you like this tag, I'm giving this to my husband for Valentine's Day as a bookmark, why not make one too for the man in your life!

We also have some exciting news - our fantastic Studio 12 blog will now be combined with the Polkadoodles challenge blog and publish 3 times per week! We know most of you love both our brands so it makes sense to have it all under one bloggy roof where we can feed the inspiration through regularly to everyone! So make sure you go check it out here today and take part in the Polkadoodles blog hop where you can win some great candy!