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Custom Tie Dye Ribbon Tutorial

Custom Tie Dye Ribbon Tutorial is what we have for you today. Do you ever look at a project and think Wow! Those two or three colors would look awesome with this creation but can’t figure out how? PROBLEM SOLVED! I have an inexpensive way for you to create your own Custom Tie Dye Ribbon for your projects that won’t break the bank! Ready? Let’s do this!

Supplies Needed for the Custom Tie Dye Ribbon Project

Alcohol Ink

Isopropyl Alcohol

Paper Clips

Seam Binding

Plastic Baggies or a Jar you don’t mind getting stained

Clothes Pins (yay remmebered!)

Paper towels or I used make up pads

GLOVES if you don’t want to get ink all over your hands because YOU WILL

For this project, I used Chameleon Ink refill colors Y03, V04 and BG4 for the alcohol ink colors.

I also used white seam binding.

For the seam binding, there is a small pin in it to hold the ribbon. Take it out but be sure to keep it as it comes in handy for storage!

To begin, take the amount of ribbon you need for your project and cut it off of your roll. For this ribbon, I am making it a little bit messy looking on purpose to I am just randomly bunching my seam binding ribbon together as shown.

Twist the seam binding and clip one end of it in the clothespin.

Twist and clip the other end so it looks like the above and set aside.

For the second Custom Tie Dye Ribbon, wrap your ribbon neatly around your hand as shown above.

Take out four paper clips and place them on the ribbon as shown above.

This is the back side of the ribbon. Notice that the paperclips are placed differently to get a different effect.

Using your baggy as an ink catch all, place your ribbon inside the bag. Carefully place a small amount of alcohol ink inside your bag of the first color.

Add the second color to your bag. I put WAYYY too much of the first color in however you will see what I do with the extra in a little bit.

Close your baggy and Smoosh, yes I said SMOOSH, your colors inside the bag. This is what your bag will look like, A MESS! Set your Custom Tie Dye Ribbon aside.

Take out your second baggy and place a few drops of the colors you wish to use inside the baggy.

Using your clothes pin seam binding ribbon, strategically place the ink on various parts of the ribbon.

Take out your first inked creation and set aside to dry.

With the extra ink inside the baggy from the first creation, I placed some more seam binding ribbon and smooshed it to see what effect I would get. Set it aside to dry.

Take out the inked ribbon with the clothespins from the bag once they have dried. These are still a little bit wet.

This is what it looks like! I love it! What do you think?

I used WAY TOO MUCH ink for the first ribbon project. LESSON LEARNED however, I do like how it came out so maybe it wasn’t so bad after all!

You will need to carefully take off the paperclips so the ribbon doesn’t snag. ANOTHER lesson I learned…

This is what the ribbon looks like although it is still quite wet as you can see by the look of my fingers.

The results of the ribbon as it is drying.

This is what the purple and yellow ribbon looks like once it is completely dry.

When the yellow and blue ribbon is completely dry, this is what it looks like. I am glad you can see more of the blue now and it doesn’t look all green!

This is the extra piece of ribbon I put in the baggy just to see what it looked like. I know I can use this on a future project!

Here are all of them side by side completely dry. Which would you want to try?

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Teresa G.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring

SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring is what we have for you today. I bought some pearl embellishments at the dollar store. I am going to show you how to custom color them for any project and save money while doing it!

Supplies Needed for the SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring Project

Alcohol Markers or Pens

Embellishment

Project you are trying to color match

This all started when I was at the dollar store and saw these.

There are 216 self adhesive pearls for ONE DOLLAR!  Now, I am going to show you how to create your own colors for these so you can use them on any of your projects!

Here you can see that there is an adhesive line that the pearls are on. You can cut those however it works best for you.

For the SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring tutorial, I am using OL3 and YG3 chameleon pens to color the pearls for my project.

To begin, take out your OL3 chameleon pen.

Using the brush nib of your chameleon pen for your SAVE MONEY – Dollar Store Embellishment Custom Coloring project, color the embellishment completely so there isn’t any white showing through. I think it’s a pretty good match! What do you think?

Take out your YG3 chameleon pen and color your second pearl.

What a difference in the two colors! I really like them both but the first one matches my project better.

This is what happens when I colored the pearl with the YG3 and then colored on top of that OL3 and this is what it looks like on the right. I really like it!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Mary V.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Custom Color your Embellishments using Chameleon Pens with GIVEAWAY

Custom Color your Embellishments using Chameleon Pens is what we have for you today. You know that I like to create cool things but I want them to be fast. We all have very busy lives but I like to be creative. In order to do so and still take care of my responsibilities, I utilize quick and easy techniques for customization. In this case, coloring your own large rhinestone embellishment sheet.

These are awesome to custom design a candle, notebook cover, scrapbook and so many other things!

This is a quick and easy tutorial perfect for the holidays to Custom Color your Embellishments using Chameleon Pens. If you happen to have a few minutes, I would love for you to try this and let me know what you think! What you are going to utilize this tutorial for?

What you will need:

Chameleon Pens 

Rhinestone Embellishments

In this picture, I am using the PK3 Chameleon Pen. I am coloring all of the areas I wish to change. It is a simple but awesome tip that gives you great results!

Here is a close up of what it looks like once it has been colored with the pink pen.

Here we are going to color with the YO3. As you can see, the YO3 has a lot more pigment which makes it more visable when it is used to color the embellishment.

Here is a close up of both of the colored items as well as what it looked like before it was colored.

Pretty simple, huh? It’s a great way to customize a creation and  have matching embellishments for all of your projects!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastel 5 pack of pens. It is the set that was showcased in the video above. Be sure to check out my other Chameleon Pen tutorials via our blog or YouTube Channel for more ideas on the amazing ways you can use these awesome pens!

To qualify to win, you must be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY you subscribed with as I don’t want you to get spam or have your comment go to spam. Just enough for me to match you will work perfectly. Thank you for your understanding.

Now for last weeks WINNER!!

The winner of the You’re Snow Wonderful stamp set is Helen Gullett!

Helen, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website and I will get your prizes out to you! Thank you so much ????

We hope you enjoyed our Custom Color your Embellishments using Chameleon Pens tutorial. We hope you have a fantastic holiday and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Card Tutorial with Giveaway

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Card Tutorial with Giveaway is what we have for you today.

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We are not only doing a tutorial for a Breast Cancer Awareness Month Card

but we are also giving away the Awareness Ribbon Stamp Set #1 we used to create the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Card. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and Blog so that you can qualify for the giveaway! This is the same set we gave away last week and the winner for last week is Jean Marmo! Send us your info so we can send you out your prize! Now….this awesome tutorial is super cute and pretty easy! Let’s get started!

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In addition to the items shown above, you will also need a manual die cut machine, adhesive and scissors.

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This is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Card we will be creating today.

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First you will want to get out your dies, paper  you plan on using to cut with the die and  your manual die cut machine.

If you are using a Sizzix die cut machine, place your platform on tab 2 and place your clear platform on top of tab 2 as shown.

Place your paper on top of the clear platform

and then place your die cutting side down on the paper you want to cut.
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Using the handle, rotate it so that your die goes thru the machine.

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This is what your die and die cut looks like once it has gone through the machine. Repeat the die cut process for as many feathers you wish to placed on the front of the card.

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Take out your card base and patterned paper. Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper.

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Adhere the decorative paper to the front of the card base.

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Take out your Awareness Stamp Set #1.

Using the acrylic block, adhere the largest ribbon stamp to the block.

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Open your ink and apply ink to your stamp and stamp on your paper.

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Take out your PK 3 Chameleon Pen. Remove the blending solution chamber and the cap from the bullet nib end. Set aside the cap for the bullet nib.

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Be sure that the nibs are touching to allow proper transfer of the blending solution.

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Hold the pen upright for 10-15 seconds.

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Remove the blending solution cartridge and color your image in the area where the light source would be which is the lightest part of the image.

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Fill in the rest of the image. Notice how the middle is lighter as that would be where the light would hit the ribbon. This lighter color from the blending solution allows for proper shading.

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Now to Create the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Card.Cut out the ribbon. Take out your acrylic block, ink and warrior stamp.

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Place the warrior stamp on the block and ink the stamp. Stamp the word on top of the colored Awareness Ribbon. Set aside.

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Take out your feather die cuts.

Place them in the way you wish to put them on your card. Place a small amount of adhesive on the back of the top two feathers to keep them in place. Set aside.

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Place adhesive on the back of your awareness ribbon and apply the bead garland to the back of the awareness ribbon.

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Next, you will want to take out your pearls and your quick stick tool. Carefully place three of the medium sized pearls using the rhinestone tool.

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You will place one pearl on each feather as shown.

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Once this is done, take out your foam squares. Place one foam square behind the front leaf and the middle leaf.

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Place your leaves on the card front to check out placement.

Once you have it where you want it, place a foam square on the card front where the leaf will be placed. Remove the backing of the foam square and adhere.

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Place your foam squares on the back of the awareness ribbon with the beads.

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Remove the backing of the foam squares and adhere the ribbon to the top of the feathers as shown.

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You have finished your creation! Thank you for joining us to create the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Card tutorial. We appreciate you taking the time to visit us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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How to correct your Chameleon Pen coloring MISTAKE plus giveaway

How to correct your Chameleon Pen coloring MISTAKE is what we have for you today.

How many times have you been coloring and went out of the lines? Frustrating right?

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Well, with Chameleon Pens, you can correct your Chameleon Pen coloring MISTAKE! Don’t know what Chameleon Pens are? They are an alcohol pen / marker. Like Copic or Spectrum Noir, they are alcohol based pens/markers but their difference is HUGE! The Chameleon Pens can give you multiple colors with just one pen! If you would like to see more of how they work, be sure to check out this video! We have an awesome sale on them right now as well. For US residents, we have them on sale for $79.99 including priority shipping! For international orders, please send me a message with your exact mailing address so I can calculate shipping for you. Be sure to check them out!

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Now… For the winner of the Awareness Ribbon #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set from last week

The Winner is….

Helen Gullett says:

Fabulous cards for these causes. Thank you for the video, too.
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THANKS, Melissa!

Helen, please be sure to send me your mailing info so I can get the Awareness Ribbon #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set out to you!! Thank you so much for participating!awareness-ribbon-set-1

For this week, we are going to be giving away the Awareness Ribbon Set #1 stamp set. This
is the set that I used for the correct your Chameleon Pen coloring MISTAKE  example below and in the above video.

To qualify, you must be a YouTube subscriber and Sign Up for our Blog/Newsletter list. That is it!

I don’t remember exactly who actually showed me how to color for the first time but I have a very fond memory to share. My paternal Grandmother and I used to color. I remember her showing me how to outline the item I am coloring and then fill it in with color. I remember this and still do it! Well, sometimes I get a little to excited about coloring and go outside of the lines…. YES, I KNOW! Usually it is on something that I have been coloring on for a while and I am at the last finishing touches and the mistake happens!how-to-correct-your-chameleon-pen-coloring-mistake-plus-giveaway-a

Now, for the creative stuff….let’s get started. I am so excited about showing you this. It is SO SIMPLE and super helpful!

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I am going to be coloring the Awareness Ribbon with the Chameleon Pen PK3. You will want to take out your pen and take teh bullet nib cap off and set it aside. Place the blending solution chamber on top of the nib ensuring the nibs are touching. Wait 10-15 seconds.

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I took off the blending solution chamber and begin coloring your image with the lightest (light source) place first.

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OH NO! I made a mistake… lol

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Take out your colorless blender pen. I use the bullet nib unless there are really small areas in which I would then use the brush nib.

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Using the colorless blender pen, “push” the ink that you want to remove toward the colored area. For deeper pigmented colors, you may have to repeat or it is possible you will not be able to get all of the color off depending on the color saturation.

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Here are the beginning results using the colorless blender.

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Here you can see where the color has dissipated.

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In this picture, I have colored the ribbon slightly outside of the stamped image at the top as shown above.

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Using the colorless blender, I am slowly using the bullet nub and pushing it toward the line.

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This is the result! Looks great!

We hope you enjoyed learning How to correct your Chameleon Pen coloring MISTAKE! This will work with ANY ALCOHOL MARKER MISTAKE I just used the Chameleon Pens as an example. It will also be difficult to completely get rid of the pigment if it is a very dark color as stated above.

Thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa

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Gradient Coloring Tutorial using Chameleon Pens

Gradient Coloring Tutorial using Chameleon Pens is what we have for you today. I am so excited to show you a different way to use your Chameleon Pens. I previously I have shown you how to use them using the blending solution chamber. Today, I will be showing you how to layer your colors to get the same gradient effect! I love the endless possibilities for these pens and hope you enjoy learning this technique today! Let’s begin!

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Supplies Needed

Cardstock

Stamped image (we used an image from the Greetings on the Go Stamp Set)

Chameleon Pen Set ( I used colors RD4, OR4, BL3, BL6)

Our Chameleon Pen Set of 22 is on SALE for $84.95 and includes priority shipping in the US! Limited to stock on hand. Be sure to check them out!

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You will want to pull out something that you can color. I used the stamped images from one of our stamp sets Greetings on the Go. I love the little truck and thought it was perfect for Father’s Day.

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You will want to start off with the lightest color you will be using for your creation. In this case, it was the OR4. We colored the area we intended to shade completely with the OR4.

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Take your R04 using the flicking motion (by placing your marker down and lifting up in an upward motion) and color approximately half of your image.

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This circled area above is the results of the flicking technique.

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Here is a close up of the second layer once applied. As you can see, there is a definite line between the two colors. Now we are going to layer more color so we can have a better blended look.Gradient Coloring Tutorial using Chameleon Pens g

Now to blend the two colors together, you will use the lighter color (OR4) to blend it. Color the whole image again placing a bit more emphasis on the area around the red.

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Notice how it doesn’t look as harsh as it did before and more blended. It looks great but we are going to do another layer to be sure it is blended with the results we want.

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I am blending it here again using the flicking motion to try to get the blending to be more smooth.

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I think I have the results I was looking for. What do you think?

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Now we are going to be using the BL3 and BL6.

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As we did with the previous coloring, we are going to start with the lighter color and color the whole area with the BL3. The difference with these two colors is quite a bit more drastic thank the previous ones so it will take a bit more ink to get the blending look I am looking for.

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Now you are going to layer half of the image as shown with the darker color BL6.

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You will now want to color in the truck using the BL3 marker. This is what you will be using to blend the darker color to the main color. be sure to color the whole image with the lighter color placing a bit more coloring emphasis on the middle area where it is to be blended.

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This is really starting to come along but still has a bit of ink to be added before it gets to where I want it. Continue to add more ink in order to get the results you are looking for.

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*NOTE* Please be sure to protect your work surface or else you can get ink on it. As you can see here, we are saturating the paper with ink therefore you can get bleed through with different kinds of paper. You can use alcohol ink to clean your surface but if it is a porous one, you may ruin your area so be sure to protect it.

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Now we are going to color a light blue layer again by again emphasizing on the area where we want it to be blended.

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This looks great! I really like how it came out! I think I like it better than my example.

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Your coloring tutorial is complete! Be sure to subscribe to our Blog, YouTube Channel and other social media outlets to be up to date on the latest happenings! Friday we are going to be participating in an amazing Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop with some AMAZING prizes, projects and Sponsors! You are going to love it so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on anything!

Thank you for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway is what we are doing today! The amazing Julia from Chameleon Pens gave a great demo at CHA and I thought you would like to check it out. Not only does it explain the markers well but also at the new colors they are introducing! First, I would like to announce the winner of the one of a kind Becky Higgins Autographed card. The winner is Jessica Marshall! Jessica, please contact me with your mailing info and I will get that out to you this week!

Now back to the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway! In this tutorial Julia from Chameleon gives you a peek at the new colors in action as well as some coloring techniques!! I am really excited that they have added more grays and color tones that will help with more specific bright colors, skin and shading. Although the original set is awesome, the extra added colors I think really round out the set to make it absolutely complete! The tutorial is approximately 35 minutes long. It is a bit longer than my normal videos however, I think the information given is important and worth every minute!

When watching the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway video. Here are a few pointers that I found very helpful and informative. When we were videoing using the mirror so you can see the details of the video. The graphics are seen backwards due to the mirror.

  • When opening your pen, be sure to color with it to release the shipping material protectant. It does have an added material to protect the Japanese nib during shipment so you want to be sure that you use it before you work on your project. By using your pen, it will release the protectant so there isn’t anything you have to manually take off.
  • You are able to use copy paper when coloring because you aren’t layering color on top of color. Typically you are just blending with the various shaded colors because you have already mixed your blending solution with your ink. If you plan to use more than one layer or plan to saturate your coloring area, it is suggested you use at least 110 lb weight paper.
  • The longer you keep your blending solution cartridge in contact with your colored nib, the longer your blend will last. Typically the most amount of time used in Julia’s experience is 10 seconds.
  • Be sure to have some scratch paper so that you can test your color off to the side ensuring that your blending worked as you had planned for.
  • Be sure to have your pens vertically when fusing so that the blending solution does reach the colored nib.
  • Store your pens flat.
  • You can use these markers as you would with any other alcohol markers.
  • Memento is the ink of choice to use on paper.
  • If you are going to use your ink on another material, the ink of choice is the Memento Luxe.

Here are some pics of the results taken from the demo in the video.

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On the left is coloring without blending and on the right is the blending solution showing depth and different colors.

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Here Julia is showing coloring a leaf using the Chameleon Pen as a standard marker without shading.

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Using the Chameleon Pens with the blending solution to show shading.

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Here is a good comparison to the different coloring techniques used. On the right is a picture that shows the blending. It also shows the right side leaves, right leaf is the standard color without blending solution. The left side leaves, right leaf is showing the Chameleon markers used in layers to color and shade.

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Here is two different colors being used and shaded as a beautiful blend.

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Here is a beautiful picture of how Julia showed how you can get lovely dimension. You do this by highlighting the inside of an item. You can also do this by deepening the color around the edges to emphasize the shape (round) of an item or picture.

Now for the Giveaway part! We are doing a giveaway!

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For the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway, we are doing a giveaway. We giving away an entire Chameleon Pen five pack of the Earth Tone colors!  All you have to do is be a YouTube Subscriber, sign up for our Newsletter at the right side of your screen and follow us on Instagram. That is it! We will pick a winner on Sunday and they will be announced Monday on our blog!

Thank you so much for joining us and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Refilling Your Chameleon Pens

Refilling Your Chameleon Pens – Did you know that Chameleon Pens are a FOREVER PEN? You can replace the nibs and refill not only the ink chamber but the blending solution cartridge too! Check out how easy it is and you will see that using these affordable alcohol markers are not only awesome but easy to maintain too!

Supplies you will need:

Chameleon Pen

Paper Towel

Cleanable Work Surface (preferably covered as the ink can stain)

Tweezers

Chameleon Refill Ink Kit

Isopropyl Alcohol or Blending Solution (In the video I used Copic blending solution since I had it on hand)

supplies needed

The Chameleon Pen is refillable and you can also replace the nibs. A great and affordable FOREVER pen.

chameleon pen

First you will take the cap off of the bullet nib on your Chameleon Pen

bullet nib

Take your tweezers and gently pull the nib out of the pen. Place it aside.

replace nib into the pen

Get your Chameleon Pen Ink Refill Kit, open it and take out its contents.

refill kit

You will take out the syringe, ink applicator and ink. Take the cap off of the ink bottle and set aside.

take out the ink and uncap

Take the applicator and remove it’s protective cover. (protective cover is in my left hand)

uncap ink refill applicator

Place the applicator on the syringe.

Note: On the syringe below, the bottom of the plunger is at the 1 ml mark. This is where you will be filling it up to when you are taking the ink from the ink bottle.

you will only fill ink to ml mark

By pulling the syringe up, you will be pulling ink into the syringe. You want this to be filled up only to the 1 ml mark. This will help ensure you don’t overfill the pen.

place ink applicator in ink bottle

Get your Chameleon Pen and place the syringe applicator into the bullet nib opening until you feel a slight spongy resistance. This is where you will be placing your refill ink. Push the top of the applicator all of the way down so that all of the ink goes into the pen. Set the syringe aside.

place applicator inside pen

Get your tweezers and pick up the bullet nib. Place the nib back into the pen by pushing it gently. Be sure to do this gently and do not squeeze the nib, gently hold it with the tweezers. Also grab the nib under the bullet nib. Do not grab the top of the nib.

pull out nib

To ensure the nib is in properly, place the blending solution cartridge as if you were going to use it. If it looks squished up and not just touching the blending solution nib, you need to push the coloring bullet nib in further. Take off the blending solution cartridge. Put the cap back on the bullet nib side of the pen and set aside.

ensure nibs fit together properly

Now it’s CLEAN UP TIME! You can use regular Isopropyl Alcohol‎ that you have on hand to clean up after you refill your pen. I didn’t have any so I used my copic blending solution which worked well too. First, rinse off the outside of the applicator.

clean outside of applciator

Take out the plunger of the syringe. Set it aside. Place the solution inside the syringe to rinse the inside. Rinse off the black piece of the plunger for the syringe. Allow the cleaner it to flow onto a paper towel or a bowl when you are cleaning.

.clean out syringe

Wipe off the syringe plunger off using the solution. Set them aside. You may still have some staining however this will not cause any issue with future use. Be sure items are dry before you store them.

clean out syringe results

Be sure to clean up any spilled ink and throw out all towels. YOU ARE DONE! You did it! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on your FOREVER CHAMELEON PENS! Refillable and replaceable! PERFECT!used supplies

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Chameleon Pens – Creating Your Personal Color Guide

For today’s Mondays with Melissa we are going to be using Chameleon Pens – Creating Your Personal Color Guide. Chameleon pens or markers (I call them both! LOL) are alcohol based markers like copic markers however you only need 20 markers to create a huge variety of colors. The more blending solution (longer the cartridge is on your marker,) the lighter your color will start out as. It’s really an awesome product! Whether you prefer a pictorial or a video, we have you covered!

Before we get started, I want to be sure that I announce who is the winner of the Tool N’ One by Spellbinders from last week!

The winner is Barb Macaskill!!

Please be sure to sent me an e-mail with your shipping info and I will get your prize out to you!

Now, onto the tutorial!

For this tutorial you will need the following:

Pen (I used the Chameleon detail pen)

Y03, YG3, BL3, and RD4 Pens

Paper

 All of the pens above are included in the complete set of 22 Chameleon Pens. You are always welcome to do this for ALL of your markers however doing this in smaller amounts was much easier for the tutorial 🙂 I would also suggest you do all of the different times for each color so you have a record of what they will do. What a time saver to be able to look at a guide each time you are to color, right?

To begin, you take out your paper and write a few different numbers on them. I chose 5, 10, 15 and 20. These numbers will represent seconds that you will be keeping the blending solution on the chosen nib. This will give you a great guide as to what your colors will look like depending on the different amounts of time. You can do varying times so that you have a better idea as to what each of the colors do with varying amounts of blending solution. I am showing you four different colors and times. You can do this for each of your colors and keep a book so that you can have an idea as to what colors you want to use for your various projects! Regardless of which nib you choose to use for your guide, the color variation will be the same as it is the blending solution and ink that create the variance in color.  Every guide should be a personal one as it would be different for each person. Not with the ink color but as with any marker or pen, the degree in which you push on the nib, how fast you color with it can make a difference.

The numbers at the top of your paper (as shown) 5, 10, 15 and 20 represent the number of seconds you will be keeping the blending solution on your nib.

Card w numbers

Choose your nib preference. For this tutorial, we used the bullet nib. Take off the cap for the color you are using. On the bottom of the paper, color a small area using your first marker. Be sure to mark  it with the color name as shown.

color the bottom of your paper and write color numberRepeat for the rest of the colors you wish to do the personal color guide for.

card with solid colors on it

For the first example of the difference between adding the blending solution, I chose RD4. Take the cap off of your preferred nib. You will then take your blending solution cartridge (see below)

blending solution cartridge

Take the blending solution cartridge and place it on the nib you have chosen.

Place blending cartridge on top of the pen

Be sure it is completely on so that the nibs are touching.

nib touching blending solution

Hold your marker upright (vertically) with the blending solution cartridge on the top (closest to the ceiling)

Place pen vertically with the blending solution at the top

After your desired time has passed, take your blending solution cartridge off and set it aside. Begin to color with your pen.

After 20 seconds the first part

As you can see the longer you color with the pen,

part 2

the bigger the difference in the color

part 3

until you get to the original color where all of the blending solution has been utilized.

part 4

Repeat this for all of your chosen markers. I would suggest that you do each of the times for EACH marker. This will give you a more comprehensive guide for you to refer to.

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I love the Chameleon markers/pens and think they are AWESOME! So awesome in fact I am sold out of the 22 pen collection sets however I do have a few of the smaller five packs of markers. Not only are they awesome, they are a forever marker/pen. Why you ask? Because you can change out the nibs and the markers are REFILLABLE! YES! Isn’t that great? If you are interested in purchasing them, please send me a note so I can put one aside for you. I will be ordering more but this will give you the opportunity to get them as soon as I receive my shipment which should be this week!

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Chameleon Markers – Coloring Gift Tags

Today we are featuring Chameleon Markers – Coloring Gift Tags. I love to color various things and have since I was little everything from using crayons, markers, colored pencils and of course paint. I really think it is therapeutic and I love to get my creative on. Today I am showing you a more in-depth look at coloring with Chameleon Markers and how they work. I do have two cute little tag projects and have instructions below. This time however, instead of showing you the project step by step, I concentrated on the details of using the Chameleon Markers and how you can get a wide array of colors with just the 20 colors they have. First the project directions. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Project Supplies Needed:

Chameleon Marker Set

All colors I used for all projects: GR3, OR4, RD4, BL3, BR5, CG8, Colorless Blender

You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set by A Creative Journey with Melissa

Memento tuxedo black ink

Tim Holtz Stapler

Paper

Tag Punch

Twine

Ribbon

Stamp Block

Supplies

Take out your ribbon or twine. Cut the appropriate length for your creation. Set aside.

Take your ink, stamp block and paper.

Stamp the image and sentiment you wish for your creation using Memento Ink.

Take out your tag punch. Punch out your stamped creation.

Take out your Chameleon Markers.

Choose whichever tip you prefer to work with. Remember-depending on how light or dark you want your colors to be will decide how long you keep the blending solution cartridge on the nip of the ink. The longer you leave it on, the lighter the color will be to start with. A good method that I prefer to use is to count how many seconds you leave the cartridge on and then that way you will have a more uniform look if you need to have the same color further along in your project. You can use the colors and amount of blending solution you think best suit your creation and not what I did. This would be a design choice. Ultimately, you would color your image and background as desired using the following guidelines and techniques.

This is the brush nib side

brush tip

This is the bullet tip nib side

bullet tip*NOTE* A great guide to use to see which side is which nib is the gray ring as shown is where the brush nib is located. gray ringTake off the cap of the marker color that you have selected on the appropriate nib side. Put the cap aside. Place the blending solution chamber on the appropriate nib. Be sure it clicks in place.adding blending solutionKeep marker upright for the blending solution to join the alcohol ink. Count out the amount of time you do this for.
keep upright for blending solution

This is what the nib looked like. Often you will be able to see the color difference in the nib as it will show it very light on the tip of the nib itself. I have noticed however that on the darker colored markers, it is not as obvious. You will see an example of this further in the tutorial.tip w blending solution

Starting with the right Christmas tree, I started coloring where I wanted to have your lightest colored area on my project. Remember your blending solution will be used up and the true color will come as you use it up so it will get darker as you color.

coloring tree 3

As you are coloring, move your marker to where you wish to have your darkest color. This is the result.

colored tag varigation tree

If you need to repeat the colored area in a section which is larger and would need more of the lighter, medium and dark colors, repeat the above steps. This is where it helps to count how long you have placed your blending solution cartridge on your nib to continue to get the uniformed look.

Now, moving onto the trunk of the tree. You will repeat the steps above. In the below picture you can see where I over saturated when coloring. This was because I added too much blending solution at first so much of the color was transparent. This caused me to color over areas I had already colored causing this effect. Next time I will keep the blending solution on less in order to avoid this mistake.

close up tree w trunk

This is how dark the brown marker is normally without the solution.

brown difference color

Here’s a little closer up 🙂

brown-difference-color closeup

Now I am going to show you how coloring with the markers without any blending solution looks. It’s a very clean rich color. The left is without the blending solution, the right is with the blending solution. I really like both looks 🙂

tree tag 1

Now it’s time to color the snowman tag! Take out your snowman tag as well as your Chameleon Markers GR3, R4, RD4, BL3, CG8, and your Colorless Blender pen.

We will start with the snowman and we will be coloring the inside of him. Sometimes you will find you will need to color him in again to enhance his look (we do end up doing this for this project) but this is not always the case. Once again, you will pick the nib of your choice on your CG8 marker, take off that cap, place the blending solution cartridge on that nib ensuring it clicks and holding it upright for the desired amount of time needed for your preferred color.  Once you have done this, you will color inside of the snowman’s body and head just to show dimension.  Set this marker aside.

color snowman

To add a little bit of shadowing, you can color an area below the snowman to give this appearance.

snowman

Take out your BL3 Chameleon Marker out.  Once again, you will pick the nib of your choice, take off that cap, place the blending solution cartridge on that nib ensuring it clicks and holding it upright for the desired amount of time needed for your preferred color.  Once you have done this, you will color in a circular motion on the tag eventually coloring in the entire area surrounding the snowman sometimes repeating your coloring over areas where you have already colored in. This gives the cloudy look as shown below.

CLose up snowman tag

Take out your Colorless Blending Marker/Pen. You will use whichever side you prefer and make a design on your tag creation. I used the brush nib and made a pattern that appeared as if there was snow falling on the tag. This is right after I had done this.

blending solution on gray 2

This is after 20 seconds. As you can see, the dots are more pronounced on the tag.

after a few seconds

Now I am going to take my CG8 and color it in a little bit more to go with the background color to add a little dimension. Now I am going to take my OR4 Chameleon Marker and without using any blending solution, I am going to use the brush nib side and create a small carrot nose. I do have various sized carrots in my stamp set however I thought it would show you how you can also use the markers to create the same look.

carrot nose

Now I take my RD4 Marker and color in the scarf except for the knot.

color scarf red

I take out my BL3 marker and color the knot of the scarf. I used two different colors because I thought it would add a little difference as well as a cute color combo.

color scarf knot blue

Here is the finished colored tag.

close up snowman tag 2

Take out your stapler, twine and ribbon. Using the twine or ribbon, fold it in half and place it on the top part of the tag. Staple your twine or ribbon to the tag.

fold and attach twine

fold ribbon and staple

Your projects are complete!

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