Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Flexmarker Christmas Tags

I have a bit of a fixation for tags at the moment in my crafting, and I think it's probably because my crafty time is very limited now that the Christmas shopping is well underway. I usually use the water based AquamarkersMetallic Markers or Neon Markers to colour backgrounds on tags and cards, but I thought I'd show you a super quick and effective way to use your flexmarkers and promarkers for backgrounds.
Firstly I cut strips of Diamond White card a little larger than I required
I then selected a few flexmarkers that were in the same area of the colour wheel - in this case I used Imperial Purple, Red Violet, Vermilion and Shocking Pink 
Using the broad chisel nib end, I coloured the strips horizontally, overlapping at each colour change. Now you can take your time to get a nice smooth blend between colours, or be as rough and ready as I was for a more textural effect. (I also used the brush nib to get some more defined flashes)
I then die cut the tags, but you could just as easily cut to size with a paper trimmer or scissors and a hole punch. I then chose some Christmas stamps and stamped over the tags using Archival Ink. And here are the finished tags - quick as  a flash!
Supplies List:
  • Letraset Flexmarkers
  • Diamond White cardstock from The Papeterie
  • Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die
  • Christmas stamps - I used ones from MME and Inkadinkado
  • Archival Ink
Debbi x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Magical Metallics

One of Letraset's special promotions this month (November 2012) is 20% off Metallic Marker Sets,  so I thought I'd take the opportunity to go all Metallic &  Magical for my project this week. Metallic Markers are ideal for all your Christmas craft projects, and I decided to use them to make these little tags.
I created a multi-coloured background by scribbling two different metallic marker colours onto a non stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and pressing the tag onto it. I did quite a few layers until I got the effect I liked. For the pink tag I used Pink and Gold metallic markers, for the blue tag I used Blue and Silver metallic markers and for the green tag I used Green, Light Green and Gold metallic markers. I used the colour that was left on the craft sheet to also colour some white seam binding to match each of the tags.
I used the metallic markers in various colours to ink up some snowflake stamps, and stamped these onto the tags randomly.
I diecut a couple of snowmen and a small deer from chipboard and coloured these in with either Silver or Gold metallic markers, then added some glitter and attached the diecuts to the tags as shown.
And this is how my finished tags turned out. If you use a heat tool to dry the tags in between layers, then this is a nice quick project - perfect for those last minute creations.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial - we'd love to see what you do with your Metallic Markers too. Remember to pop over to my blog for a festive marker giveaway.
Debbi x 
Supplies list:
  • plain white card and chipboard from The Papeterie, Aberdeen
  • Metallic Markers from letraset
  • Hero Arts CL622 Designer Snowflakes stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Alterations dies: Tag and Tie, Winter Wonder, Mini Reindeer & 25
  • Glamour Dust, Glossy Accents, Seam binding