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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.

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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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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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