It's a Wrap - Holiday Gift Packaging

 

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Hi friends! Belen Sotelo here, with a fun way to personalize your gift packaging using Gelatos and Pitt Pens.

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I started by doodling some holly leaves and berries onto old book paper, using a Pitt Artist Pen.

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I trimmed them out and gave them some color using the Deluxe Water Brush and Gelatos in Spearmint and Green Tea. I colored the berries in with Cherry.

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I set those aside to dry while I wrapped the gift using kraft paper.

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Next, I added some marks using a Pitt Artist Pen and stamping using a Stamper's Big Brush Pen.

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I used the Holiday Pitt Pen Lettering Set to add even more marks and doodles.

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Next, a bit of Gel Medium to adhere my leaves to the package.

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I made a quick little tag using the Cherry Gelatos and one of the Stencils from the Stencils 101 Collection.

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I added a few more marks with the Holiday Pitt Pen Lettering Set, added some red jute cord and done. My package is ready to go under the tree!

Thanks for following along and Happy Holidays!

xo, Belen

 

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A Layered Mixed Media Decor Piece

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for a layered mixed media decor piece perfect for the Holidays! 

Before I walk you through the steps, let me list the supplies.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft-

Gelatos® Colors -

Textural Accents -

Tools -

Other - 5x7 inches canvas, silk leaves, thread, chipboard, palette, paper trimmer, scissors, heat tool (optional)

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Rub Gelatos colors Iridescents Blue Moon and Odyssey generously on 5x7 inches canvas and blend with your fingers or a smudge sponge. Seal with a top coat of Gel Medium applied lightly with a silicone spatula and let dry.


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Layer the feather stencil from the Mixed Media Paper Stencils (Faith) near the right edge of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Let dry.


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Rub a little Gelatos color Blueberry around the feather design and blend with water. Let dry.

Pick up a slight bit of Texture Luxe Gold and gently rub over and around the feather.


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Color a 2.5x5 inches chipboard with Gelatos colors Mars and Iced Rose. Blend the colors with Gesso. Let dry. 


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Mix three parts Glass Bead Glitter Gel and one part Texture Luxe Gold thoroughly in a palette.


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Apply the mixed medium through the Sing His Praise stencil from the Faith collection on the colored chipboard. Let dry.


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Apply dots around the stenciled phrase on the chipboard with Texture Gems Gold. Let it dry.


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Color a 4 x 6 inch chipboard with Gelatos color Boysenberry. Apply Gelatos Color Iridescents Odyssey through the floral stencil, also from the Faith collection.

Trim the chipboard into two pieces -  2.75 x 5.25 inches and 0.75 x 3 inches.


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Now, let's assemble the pieces on the canvas.

Cut some 18 inches of thread and loosely wrap around your palm. Pull it out and attach near the bottom left of the canvas with Gel Medium.

Attach the 2.75 x 5.25 inches chipboard piece on top of the thread layer as shown.

Layer a pair of silk leaves so they extend beyond the canvas on top of the chipboard piece.

Mount the Sing His Praise chipboard on top with Gel Medium.

Add the 0.75 x 3 inch strip below the Sing His Praise chipboard.

Apply some more Texture Luxe Gold through the flower stencil around the canvas to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will reach for your Design Memory Craft stash for creating handmade Holiday decor and gifts!

 

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Keepsake Holiday Doodled Ornaments

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Whether you're trimming a tree, decorating your mantle, or just want to add a little extra cheer to your gift packages,  keepsake holiday doodle ornaments are a wonderful addition. The best part is that the whole family can join in on the fun!

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I picked up a set of plain ceramic ornaments at my local craft store for a couple bucks and enjoyed a bit of quiet time turning them into keepsake pieces with my Holiday Pitt Pen Set

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I'll be the first to admit that drawing really isn't my thing and I'm not much a doodler, but I didn't let that stop me!

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Sometimes you just have to give your inner child permission to come out and play and just have fun!

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With all three ornaments doodled, all that was left to do was to tie some ribbon or jute to each one so they'd be ready to go, once the gift wrapping begins.

I hope that I've inspired you to grab your set of Holiday Pitt Pens and enjoy some time creating your own keepsake ornaments.

xo, Belen

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Holiday Happy Mail

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Hi friends! For many, this is the time of year when we send cards and letters to loved ones, to let them know that we're thinking of them. Today I'm going to share with you an easy way to make that happy mail even merrier!

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I started with white card stock that I coated with a light layer of gesso. Once it was dry, I used stencils from the Stencils 101 Collection and a Red Cherry Gelatos.

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I used various stencils from the same stencil collection and repeated the same technique on 3 pieces of card stock. To give my greeting cards a more rustic look, I hand tore the edges to give them a nice deckled edge.

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Once they were trimmed to size, I used gel medium to adhere the torn decorative card stock to the front of a plain white greeting card.

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I repeated this same step for all three cards.

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Next, I used the Holiday Pitt Pen Set to decorate white die cuts that I cut using my personal die cutting machine. If you don't have a cutting machine, you can find a nice selection of die cuts at your local craft store.

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The Holiday Pitt Pen Set comes with red, black, green and gold Pitt Pens, and I just went for it, losing myself in doodling colorful patterns.

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When I had my die cuts doodled on, I used dimensional sticky dots and adhered them to each of the cards.

Thanks for joining me as I created handcrafted holiday happy mail that's sure to brighten anyone's mailbox!

xo, Belen

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Merry Canvas

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Carolyn Dube here sharing a Christmas gift I've made for a friend. These 4 Pitt Pens, from the Holiday Lettering Assortment, did it all on this canvas from creating the soft background color, to the two tone edging, to the bright stars, and more! In the video, you'll see how it all came together! 

 



Using a preprimed canvas board, I colored the background in sections with a Pitt Pen. While the ink was still fresh, I added Gesso with a brush. The ink, mixed with the Gesso on the canvas, created a custom color for the background.  One word of caution, you want to keep the tip of the pen out of any wet gesso.  

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Next, I ripped three triangles out of old book text.  Using the same pen that I used for the background, I colored each tree.  It didn't have to be a perfect coloring job because of what was coming next.

Once the trees were colored, a layer of sparkle and texture was added using the Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  When it goes on, it is white but when it is dry, it is sparkly, textured and see through.  Here you can see one that was just covered in the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and one that is completely dry.

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Trees need a star on top, so a free handed a star.  For the largest tree, the largest star, for the smaller trees, smaller stars.  When I drew it on the book text, I didn't worry if it was perfect or had well defined points.  Cutting them out with scissors took care of that.

IMG_3557I am not a big fan of my handwriting so I have learned ways to make my handwriting a little better.  One trick is to write on book text.  Often, when I write words seem to slant as if they are going up a hill. But if I write on the book text, I use the lines of words as my guide to keep me level.  Without a guide, letters in my words are often different heights.  The book text acts as my guide so the -erry in Merry had letters all the same height.  Another benefit of writing on the book text is that if I don't like it, I can simply grab another piece of book text and try again.  

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Another trick is to layer the pens. No matter what I do, I can never get the second layer to be exactly the same as the first. That's a good thing because that means some of the bottom color peeks through and adds interest. I wrote Merry in red first, then wrote over it in black.  I did the same kind of thing on the edges by first drawing the lines in gold, then going over the top of it with the red.  

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Thanks for stopping by for today's play.  Now I am off to wrap up this gift! 


Holiday Art with Holiday Lettering PITT Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a Holiday art tutorial for you! Whether you are looking to make a quick home decor or just de-stress in your art journal, I hope you'll find today's tutorial using the Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens inspiring.

Let's look at the supplies before I walk you through the steps.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday Lettering Mixed Nib Set of PITT Artist pens

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Other: Watercolor paper, trimmer, star die-cut, scissors, paint brush


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Trim watercolor paper into 1 inch wide strips. Cut the strips into smaller pieces as shown with scissors, with the smallest piece at the top and increasing the length as you go down. Picture the conical shape of a Christmas tree in your mind. Ink the edges of each strip with the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


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Handletter Christmas words, alternating between Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens, on the above strips. Take your time to hand letter - it doesn't have to be perfect but being patient will certainly improve the quality of writing.


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Color the star die-cut with the Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen. Use the same pen to color a stem for your tree.


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Arrange the pieces to create your tree and attach them to the page with gel medium.

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Make simple marks around the focal point as shown with the Permanent Green Olive 167 and Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pens and Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen to finish.

I hope you enjoy this Holiday Lettering Pen set as much as I did!

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Stamping Holiday Tags with Pitt Pens

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Carolyn Dube with a quick holiday gift tag tutorial using the Pitt Artist Pens Holiday Lettering Set.  These pens did it all! They were used to stamp the tree, color the book text, and create the lines on the ribbon.

 


Using a pen makes it easy to selectively color parts of the stamp, like the star on top and the tree trunk. To stamp with a Pitt Pen, I use the side of the brush tip to add color to parts of the rubber stamp. 

The tag, which is just basic white cardstock, has a small piece of vintage book text glued on with Gel Medium. Using the same pen to color that book text is why it matches perfectly with the stamped tree.  
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Using the black Pitt Pen and a straight edge, I drew lines to frame the stamped image.  The ribbon had been plain black ribbon but the gold Pitt Pen is opaque so it shows up wonderfully on the ribbon.  Using a straight edge, I customized the ribbon with 4-5 lines on each side.


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Thanks for stopping by for a some of Pitt Pen play!  

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Life is Change Art Journal Page

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Hi Loves,

Tiare here.   Well, the weather is changing and we have gotten our first bit of cool here in GA.  I've had to turn on the heat for the past couple of days. The leaves are starting to change colors and this time of year reminds of how much, life is change, we renew, we start fresh, we let go etc. Seems like the appropriate time to celebrate that continuous change.  Here's what I did. 

 

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Tada!

Now it's your turn.  

Supplies Used:

Stamper's™ Big Brush Pen(s)Nougat,

Gelatos® Gift Set- Dolce 2

Stencils 10ct 101 Collection


Color and Cardboard

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Carolyn Dube here playing with cardboard, Gelatos, and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to make a sign.  It can be tough to remember progress not perfection when creating, so I've made a little sign as a reminder for a friend that I think could use the reminder.  Come to think of it, I could use that reminder too!

 


Add a thin layer of Gesso to a piece of cardboard.  Next, add the rainbow with Gelatos, drawing and making marks all willy-nilly!Glitter-bead-gel-gelatos-play-carolyn-dube-4

Using old alphabet stickers, add the words.  I chose "Progress not Perfection".  Once the letters are placed where you want them,  spread the Glass Bead Glitter Gel on top.  It will look creamy white, but never fear, you'll be able to see the words and all that color when once dry.

The dots that you can see in the white below are the little glass beads that are in the gel.  The glitter is there too but the camera had a hard time picking it up.

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When it is completely dry, the Glass Bead Glitter Gel is wonderfully translucent, so you've got the texture of the small round glass beads with the sparkle of glitter. Now this sign is ready to sit on the shelf, a reminder that a step forward, no matter how big or small, is progress.

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Fall Pumpkin with Gelatos

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a mixed media pumpkin tutorial using Gelatos®! Get out your Gelatos® and follow along to see how I made the pumpkin above.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos colors: Mango, Banana, Lemon,  Margarita Mix, Green Tea, Cherry, Black Licorice, Chocolate, Cinnamon

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush 3 Ct Red

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Whipped Spackle, Gesso, 102 Stencil Collection, Gelatos Tool Kit

Other: Watercolor paper, pencil

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Lightly sketch a pumpkin on watercolor paper with pencil. Color in with  Gelatos colors Lemon, Banana, Mango, Cinnamon and Chocolate as shown.

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Blend the colors with Gesso.

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Color around the pumpkin with Gelatos colors Margarita Mix and Green Tea.

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Lay a stencil from 102 Stencil Collection over the pumpkin and apply Whipped Spackle with Palette knife. Shift the stencil a bit and repeat in a different area of the pumpkin.

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Apply more Gelatos colors to the background and the pumpkin through stencils.

Also make marks on the pumpkin with Stamper's big Brush pens.

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Make more marks in and around the pumpkin. Drip some Black Licorice Gelatos color down the pumpkin.

Write pumpkin in brush lettering style with Stamper's Big Brush pens to finish.

Hope you enjoy this tutorial!

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