Hello! Today I am sharing a bit of coloring with real color brush pens… along with a few gift card pocket card designs.
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]
Awhile back, I shared a few videos showing a closer look at Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (SSS | EH | AZ) and the many ways you could use them. (Find the videos HERE.) I received many requests to do a follow up video, but this time I thought I would again use the Arteza Watecolor Real Brush Pens (SSS | AZ). (I also used them in THIS video.) These markers are similar in many ways but have a lower price point. In the video I share more info on this. Both are great products and the colors compliment each other nicely!
My first card example shows using the Arteza Watecolor Real Brush Pens (SSS | AZ) and an Arteza Water Brush Pen (SSS | AZ) to watercolor a Pink and Main Christmas Mug (SSS | P&M) image. I have found that I like to watercolor images that are heat embossed, so I decided to clear heat emboss on Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock. You can use Arteza Watecolor Real Brush Pens (SSS | AZ) on a variety of cardstocks, but I find the color moves best on watercolor paper or Bristol Cardstock, which I used today. In the past I would get frustrated that most bristol cardstocks are not white, but I found that the Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock is! So that is what I used today for the cup of hot chocolate.
For the background of my card, I layered the die cut layers of the Pink and Main Layered Stripes Dies (SSS | P&M). I skipped the adhesive in some areas so I could create a pocket for a gift card! Works perfectly. I added a sentiment strip with a greeting from the Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | EH).
My next card also shows another way to create a card that holds a gift card. All you need is a cardstock piece and foam tape! Works great. (Check the video for the how-to.) This cute cup is also from the Pink and Main Christmas Mugs Stamp Set (SSS | P&M). This time I blended the Arteza Watecolor Real Brush Pens (SSS | AZ) with a Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen instead of water. This gives it lots of shine. The sentiment is again from the Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | EH) and I used the leftover background pieces from the first card to create this background.
My next card also holds a gift card… but this time tucked behind a circle die cut.
I can’t get enough of the Pink and Main Layered Stripes Dies (SSS | P&M)! Here is used it with white cardstock and silver shimmer cardstock. So pretty! And the sentiment is from the Pretty Pink Posh Winter Wonderland Stamp Set (SSS | EH).
I can’t get over how cute that Santa from the Pink and Main Nice List Stamp Set (SSS | P&M) is! The sentiment is from Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | EH) and I added Honey Bee Snowballs to his hat. 🙂
I also made a few tags using the Pink and Main Winter Portraits Stamp Set (SSS | P&M) and Studio Katia Dotted Shaker Tag Die. Lila and I had fun coloring these and adding shimmer with the Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens. The first tag also has a glitter bow made with the Pink and Main Small Bow Die (SSS | P&M).
Want to find the products I used?I have listed them below! (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Pink and Main or Pretty Pink Posh or with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each picture to go to a favorite store.